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The Most Quirky Places to Stay in Sweden This Summer

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Judi Lembke
Updated: 15 August 2017

Despite their logical and orderly ways Swedes love quirky things and that includes quirky places to stay. Sweden is filled with all sorts of inventive and unusual places to lay your head, from glass tree houses to airplanes. Here are the best.

Ice Hotel

When it first opened in 1990, 200 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle, the Ice Hotel put the tiny village of Jukkasjärvi on the map. Now, nearly 30 years later, the Ice hotel remains one of the most unique places to lay your head in the world. A new hotel is built every winter, with a different architect designing it each year, so even if you’ve been there before it’s going to be a totally new experience if you come back another year.

Website and Phone Number:

The Ice Hotel. Marknadsvägen 63, Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, +46 980 668 00

Tree Hotel

What started as part of a documentary film has evolved into one of Sweden’s most well-known and unique hotel experiences. With seven “tree rooms” nestled in the tree tops, guests enjoy spectacular views of the Lule River valley, as well as peace and solitude amidst miles of forest. The “rooms” have been designed by some of Sweden’s leading architects and each one has a unique theme, ranging from the Bird’s Nest to the UFO. Food is prepared by the owners and can be enjoyed in the little pension where you check in or delivered to you in your room.

Website and Phone Number:

Tree Hotel. Edeforsvägen 2A, Harars, Sweden, +46 928 103 00

Stedsens in the Woods

Sleep in a lux canvas tent, eat local fresh food, and have an into-the-wild experience like no other. That’s what Stedsens in the Woods offers, along with a communal experience where guests come together to cook over fire or in a dirt oven, using fish from the lake or vegetables harvested on the grounds. The owners want to give guests a one-of-a-kind experience that puts them back in touch with nature and basic living, while not skimping on the joys of great food and a good night’s rest.

Website and Phone Number:

Stedsens in the Woods. Boult 109, Hyltebruk, Sweden, +46 721 513614

Courtesy of Stedsens in the Woods

Sala Silvergruva

The award winning Sala Silver Mine is one of the leading tourist attractions in Västerås, and while the tour of the mine is pretty incredible, checking into the bedroom suite 155 meters below ground is something else. Your mobile phone won’t work so this is where you really can get away from it all and you can do it in a year-round temperature of around 2°C year round. A perfect night of complete cocooning is what this is all about.

Website and Phone Number:

Sala Silvergruva. Drottning Christinas väg, Sala, Sweden, +46 224 67 72 60

Courtesy of Sala Silvergruva

Woodpecker Hotel

You know those little red wooden houses Swedes love so much?  Well, artist Mikael Genberg decided to put one 13 meters up in the air, in an old oak tree, where it is held in place by wires. The only room at the hotel (which is reached by climbing a rope ladder), Woodpecker (Hackspett) has a bed, ten liters of water, a fridge, a dry toilet—that’s it. Room service is delivered by a pulley system and because there isn’t any heating the hotel is open only during the warmer months.

Website and Phone Number:

Hotell Hackspett. Vasaparken, Västerås, Sweden, +46 21 39 01 00

Utter Inn

Yet another unique offering in Västerås from artist Mikael Genberg, the Utter Inn (Otter Inn) is located in (literally) the majestic Lake Mälaren. You reach it by boat and after relaxing on the 25-square-meter deck above the water you then climb down the stairs to the bedroom three meters below the surface. There you have windows on all four sides, as well as water, a fridge, a hot plate, and crockery. There’s no electricity but there is a gas heater and lighting.

Website and Phone Number:

Utter Inn. Lake Mälaren, Västerås, Sweden, +46 21 39 01 00

Norrqvarn Hotel

Nestled on the edge of the stunning Göta Kanal, Norrqvarn Hotel offers guests the opportunity to live like a hobbit in cozy little cabins built in the shape of tree stumps and mushrooms. The hotel calls these Trollstubbar or Troll Stumps, and they are furnished simply, one with a double bed and the other with a double bed and a bunk bed.

Website and Phone Number:

Norrqvarn Hotel. Norrqvarns Slussområde, Lyrestad, Sweden, +46 501 507 70

Courtesy of Norrqvarn Hotel

Falknästet

Perched at the top of a rugged cliff in one of Sweden’s most stunning nature reserves, Kullaberg, is Falknästet, The Falcon’s Next, where just one room is offered in a former observation post 70 meters above sea level. Enjoy astounding panoramic views of the sea from the bed suspended from the ceiling, as well as views of Sweden’s highest and brightest lighthouse. There’s room for just two and this is one of Sweden’s most popular and exclusive honeymoon spots.

Website and Phone Number:

Falknästet. Möller, Sweden, +46 70 582 2372

Courtesy of Falknöstet

Salt & Sill

Sweden’s first floating hotel opened in 2008, with 48 beds, as well as meeting and conference facilities, and plenty of activities at your fingertips. With cool Nordic design in full flower, the tranquil setting and gentle rock of the waves makes sleeping a dream, while waking up to jump directly into the sea is one of the best ways to start your day.

Website and Phone Number:

Salt & Sill. Tjörn, Sweden, +46 304 67 34 80

Courtesy of Salt & Sill

Kolarbyn EcoLodge

If getting back to basics is your idea of a great holiday, look no further than Kolarbyn EcoLodge, where there is no electricity or showers, and you live in primitive mud and wooden huts, chopping your own wood, fetching your own water, and washing your clothes in a nearby spring. Food is basic—spaghetti, bread, fruit, and eggs are gathered from the hotel’s storage hut—and you cook over an open outdoor fire. If you need to go to the loo? Head for the nearest tree (or use the dry toilet sheds). This is truly living it rough—and it’s a real treat to completely get away from it all.

Website and Phone Number:

Kolarbyn EcoLodge. Skärsjön, Skinnskatteberg, Sweden, +46 70 400 70 53

Courtesy of Kolarbyn Ecolodge

Jumbo Stay

Set at the entrance to Stockholm’s Arlanda airport, Jumbo Stay is a hostel created in a decommissioned 747 plane. There are 27 rooms containing three beds each, as well as the “deluxe” cockpit suite, which is located on the upper deck. All rooms come with a flat screen TV, where departures from Arlanda are screened. While this is basic hostel living (the toilet and shower is shared except for the cockpit suite) this is still Sweden, so free WiFi is of course available.

Website and Phone Number:

Jumbo Stay. Jumbovägen 4, Stockholm-Arlanda, Sweden, +46 8 593 604 00

Use this handy map to find the most unusual places to stay in Sweden: