Step back in time at Kolarbyn Eco-LodgeSkinnskatteberg, Sweden
Bring out your inner Viking with an adventure deep in a Swedish spruce forest. Twelve tiny charcoal huts, covered with earth to protect them from the elements, each house two single beds covered with animal skins, an open fireplace and candles for light (there’s no electricity or running water). Spartan? Yes. But that’s part of the joy. The rest is found in the activities: wilderness hikes, a moose safari, swims in the lake followed by time in the floating sauna, trout fishing and snowshoeing in the winter. You chop your own wood and cook your own meals, so it’s pretty much the perfect destination for anyone wanting to get back to basics. You still can, of course, bring chocolate and wine.
- Feeling like you’ve stepped back in time, to when lifestyles revolved around the simple pleasures of nature
- Being disconnected from your gadgets (for a little while)
- Exploring your lush surroundings on a hike or taking a dip in the lake
- You’ll be disconnected from wifi, which not feel great at first, but will encourage you to be present and immerse into your surroundings
- If you need to get up in the middle of the night – for fresh water or the loo – you’ll need to fumble around for a candle for light
Hop on a train from Stockholm to Köping, then take bus 550 to Skinnskatteberg. The trip takes about two-and-a-half hours. You can purchase tickets for both modes of transport for about US$28 at sj.se
- Inflatable mattress
- Sheepskin rugs
- Spring water
- Outdoor toilet
- Wood-fired floating sauna (for rent)
Huts start from about US$56 per person a night.