The Best Cabins to Book in Sweden

Explore nature's finest with a stay in one of Sweden's most awe-inspiring cabins
Explore nature's finest with a stay in one of Sweden's most awe-inspiring cabins | Courtesy of Arctic Bath Hotel
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27 September 2021
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There’s no doubt that Sweden has cabin fever – when they’re not plonking cabins on lakes or ridges, they’re finding a way to put a shed in a tree. All jokes aside, the range of cabins set aside for visitors here is remarkable: from primitive dwellings with no electricity to swanky huts with designer furniture. All serve the same purpose, though – to help visitors enjoy Sweden’s lakes, freshwater streams, mountains and ancient forests as much as the locals do – and the best of them are now bookable on Culture Trip.

Kolarbyn Eco-Lodge

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Known as “Sweden’s most primitive hotel” – and that, as it turns out, is a very positive thing – Kolarbyn Eco-Lodge is located in a spruce forest next to a lake in Skinnskatteberg. The lodge comes with 12 traditional charcoal huts that require guests to chop their firewood for heating and sauna baths. While you can opt for a lumberjack hut – which is luxurious by comparison – prepare yourself for no electricity and no showers. Feeling peckish? A buffet of berries and mushrooms awaits, but you’ll need to pick them first.

Grinda Wärdshus

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Part of a cluster of lodgings on the island of Grinda, the Wärdshus cabin village is basic but brilliant. Situated on the southern ridge of the island, the sea is just a meander away from your cabin – or you can take in the picturesque surroundings from your own private patio. The kitchens are simply equipped: with plates, cups, cutlery and a frying pan for cooking, while earth-closets, a common shower cabin and a sauna round off the digital detox surroundings.

Anfasteröd Gårdsvik

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Located on a forest-clad slope in Bohuslän, Anfasteröd Gårdsvik is a dream for those who treat the great outdoors as their own playground. Go for a swim in the sea, jump in a boat or kayak, fish or hike one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. If you still haven’t had enough nature, forgo the comfortable cottages – built in a Victorian style that harks back to the area’s days as a seaside resort – and stay in a furnished safari tent or caravan.

Stedsans in the Woods

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A forest resort in remote East Halland, Stedsans believes luxury, sustainability and wellbeing all go hand-in-hand. And they make a compelling case. The off-the-grid restaurant uses filtered lake water and serves dishes with plants foraged from the garden or forest that day. Meanwhile, the no-harm farm uses methods based on the permaculture principles of working with – and not against – nature. And don’t feel guilty about taking a long shower – the skincare products are biodegradable and the water flows back into a lake.

Gesunda-Gården

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Courtesy of Gesunda Gården / Expedia
Swimming, horseback riding, fishing, cycling, canoeing, bird watching – the Siljansbygden region around lake Siljan in the Dalarna province will keep you busy from dusk till dawn. The well-equipped log cabins of Gesunda Gården – charmingly named Olle and Lova, Wille and Tilde and Liten, after the grandkids of the owners – are perfect for resting weary bones. Conveniently, Lake Siljan is just 800m (2,625ft) away and its bathing place, less than a mile (1.2 km).

Tree Hotel

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The Tree Hotel is not as cool as it sounds – it’s way cooler. Located in Harads near the Lule river, this collection of contemporary tree rooms – in the middle of a stretch of unspoiled nature – is about as fun as accommodation gets. Among the cabins, you’ll have the Mirrorcube that reflects and blends into nature, the Birdnest, which is a bundle of twigs, and the UFO – a silver spaceship with a ladder just waiting for ET to climb down.

Arctic Bath Hotel

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It pays to look up while staying at the Arctic Bath Hotel and the location – in Swedish Lapland – means you’re under the northern lights in winter and the midnight sun in summer. The cabins, which are either on land or the Lule River, are equally eye-catching. The elevated Land cabin sits amongst the vegetation, while the Water cabin is connected to the shore by a floating walkway. Inspired by the timber floating industry, the spa is topped with a pile of pine logs and offers traditional, open-air cold baths.

Gullviks Havsbad

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With a location adjacent to one of the finest sandy beaches on the High Coast, Gullviks Havsbad is your place for those lazy seaside holidays. There’s a wide range of cottages available here – from family accommodation with bunk beds and a fully equipped kitchen to a mini hiking cottage for two people – and you can dip into a heated pool when the sea’s too cold. Basketball courts, a bike cross-track and a fenced agility course for dogs will keep the kids – and doggo – happy.

Falun Strandby

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Sitting right on Lake Runn, Falun Stranbdy is a gateway to the wide variety of outdoor activities on offer in Dalarna – whether it’s sauna rafts, paddleboard yoga, World Heritage tours to the Falu copper mine or a hiking trip out into the woods. Cottages here are all top class and come with a complete kitchen, shower and toilet º while some also have underfloor heating or a wood-burning stove.

Logger's Lodge

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Built in the late 1800s – as a temporary home for loggers as they transported timber along the rivers and streams to sawmills on the coast – Logger’s Lodge in Swedish Lapland is now the cosiest of wood-panelled cabins with a roaring central fireplace. There’s been a slight upgrade since lumberjacks first kicked off their boots here, including a handmade bed and designer Swedish furniture. And don’t worry about privacy – about 3mi (5km) of forest separates you from the nearest neighbour.

For more options, discover our guide on the best hotels in Umeå, Northern Sweden, and book now on Culture Trip.

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