A woman climbs up a ladder to a tree house designed like a Ufo located in the pine tree tops, in a forest in Swedish Lapland.
The UFO at the Treehotel in northern Sweden. Photo: Tina Axelsson/imagebank.sweden.se

10 amazing places

Here is a selection of 10 remarkable places to stay in Sweden, from south to north. Visit later?

1. Falknästet

The Kullen lighthouse (Kullens fyr), on the peninsula of Kullaberg in the south, is the highest standing lighthouse in Sweden. Nesting at its foot is Falknästet (the falcon’s nest), a one-room hotel with a round bed hanging from the ceiling and panorama windows offering a front-row sunset view. Works both for the wedding night and a Wednesday night!

2. Fabriken Furillen

Fabriken Furillen is a creation of concrete and hardwood in the middle of an old limestone quarry. The buildings reflect the rough industrial setting, yet act as cosy, comfortable shelters from it. Whether you choose to stay in a hotel room or a hermit cabin, this design hotel’s remote location on the island of Gotland’s Furillen peninsula, makes for a special stay.

3. Salt & Sill

Salt & Sill is a hotel toe-dippingly close to the sea. Six two-storey houses combine to make a floating hotel steeped in Nordic minimalist design. The hotel is permanently moored on the small fishing island of Klädesholmen – hence the name Salt & Sill, sill meaning herring. The island lies a 45-minute drive north of Gothenburg.

A tiny red cottage with a wooden deck around it floating on water, a city in the background.
Utter Inn is an underwater hotel in Västerås. Photo: Pia Nordlander

4. Hotell Utter Inn

In Lake Mälaren, outside Västerås, floats a lone red cottage. It marks the entrance to Hotell Utter Inn, an underwater hotel. Above water you’ll find cooking facilities. Below the surface is the bedroom – with panorama windows to the underwater world. Launched as an art project by Mikael Genberg, Utter Inn is hugely popular during its season, April–October.

5. Nolla Cabin

Nolla Cabin in the Stockholm archipelago is all about heading towards zero emissions. The cabin, designed by Robin Falck, is run on solar energy and illustrates how self-sufficiency and the use of renewable energy sources can be achieved using modern solutions.

A prototype of a sustainable cottage, Nolla Cabin is an experiment to show how we could live on less, while spending more time enjoying nature. The cabin is bookable through Lidö Värdshus and is part of Zero Island, a project by Neste.

6. Kolarbyn Ecolodge

Kolarbyn Ecolodge is luxury in its most primitive form. Its twelve cabins are covered in mud and grass, with blueberries and mushrooms growing from the roofs. Come here to escape electricity and showers – and experience fresh air, peacefulness and wildlife. Kolarbyn is two hours’ drive from Stockholm, just outside the village of Skinnskatteberg.

7. Camping in the wild

In Sweden, allemansrätten – the right of public access – grants everyone the right to pitch a tent pretty much anywhere in nature. But camping comes with a few rules, such as keeping your distance to people’s houses and staying away from farmland.

For a unique yet natural experience of Sweden – bring a tent, find a remote spot in a field or on a rock, pitch your tent and enjoy the silence. All for free.

A view into a room from the outside, a glass door on the left.

Furillen on Gotland is hard on the outside, but cosy inside. Photo: Furillen

A view over the water on a sunny day.

View from Salt & Sill, a so-called boatel. Photo: Lisa Nestorson/Salt & Sill

A triangular building with a glass front, in green surroundings.

Nolla Cabin outside Stockholm leaves a minimal carbon footprint. Photo: Fanny Haga/Neste

A primitive-looking hut in a forest.

Kolarbyn Ecolodge – luxury in its most primitive form. Photo: Johan von Helvert/Kolarbyn Ecolodge

At night, a tent raised on a cliff overlooking water is lit up from inside.

Camping for free – as Swedish as it gets? Photo: Erik Leonsson/imagebank.sweden.se

The tree hotel made of mirror glass, set in a snowy forest in Swedish Lapland.

The Mirror cube room of the Treehotel in northern Sweden. Photo: Lola Akinmade Åkerström/imagebank.sweden.se

Lavvu tents at a nature camp in Lapland. It’s a starry night in a snowy landscape and the light glows in the tents.

Typically Sami tents at the Sápmi Nature Camp. Photo: Lennart Pittja/Sápmi Nature/imagebank.sweden.se

The inside of a room in the Icehotel, built entirely out of ice. The room is artistic, with asymmetrical ice windows and an animal pelt on the bed.

The Icehotel, possibly Sweden's most internationally famous hotel. Photo: Hans-Olof Utsi/imagebank.sweden.se (Artist: Petros Dermatas and Ellie Souti)

A view into a room from the outside, a glass door on the left.

Furillen on Gotland is hard on the outside, but cosy inside. Photo: Furillen

A view over the water on a sunny day.

View from Salt & Sill, a so-called boatel. Photo: Lisa Nestorson/Salt & Sill

A triangular building with a glass front, in green surroundings.

Nolla Cabin outside Stockholm leaves a minimal carbon footprint. Photo: Fanny Haga/Neste

A primitive-looking hut in a forest.

Kolarbyn Ecolodge – luxury in its most primitive form. Photo: Johan von Helvert/Kolarbyn Ecolodge

At night, a tent raised on a cliff overlooking water is lit up from inside.

Camping for free – as Swedish as it gets? Photo: Erik Leonsson/imagebank.sweden.se

The tree hotel made of mirror glass, set in a snowy forest in Swedish Lapland.

The Mirror cube room of the Treehotel in northern Sweden. Photo: Lola Akinmade Åkerström/imagebank.sweden.se

Lavvu tents at a nature camp in Lapland. It’s a starry night in a snowy landscape and the light glows in the tents.

Typically Sami tents at the Sápmi Nature Camp. Photo: Lennart Pittja/Sápmi Nature/imagebank.sweden.se

The inside of a room in the Icehotel, built entirely out of ice. The room is artistic, with asymmetrical ice windows and an animal pelt on the bed.

The Icehotel, possibly Sweden's most internationally famous hotel. Photo: Hans-Olof Utsi/imagebank.sweden.se (Artist: Petros Dermatas and Ellie Souti)

A view into a room from the outside, a glass door on the left.

Furillen on Gotland is hard on the outside, but cosy inside. Photo: Furillen

A view over the water on a sunny day.

View from Salt & Sill, a so-called boatel. Photo: Lisa Nestorson/Salt & Sill

A triangular building with a glass front, in green surroundings.

Nolla Cabin outside Stockholm leaves a minimal carbon footprint. Photo: Fanny Haga/Neste

A primitive-looking hut in a forest.

Kolarbyn Ecolodge – luxury in its most primitive form. Photo: Johan von Helvert/Kolarbyn Ecolodge

At night, a tent raised on a cliff overlooking water is lit up from inside.

Camping for free – as Swedish as it gets? Photo: Erik Leonsson/imagebank.sweden.se

The tree hotel made of mirror glass, set in a snowy forest in Swedish Lapland.

The Mirror cube room of the Treehotel in northern Sweden. Photo: Lola Akinmade Åkerström/imagebank.sweden.se

Lavvu tents at a nature camp in Lapland. It’s a starry night in a snowy landscape and the light glows in the tents.

Typically Sami tents at the Sápmi Nature Camp. Photo: Lennart Pittja/Sápmi Nature/imagebank.sweden.se

The inside of a room in the Icehotel, built entirely out of ice. The room is artistic, with asymmetrical ice windows and an animal pelt on the bed.

The Icehotel, possibly Sweden's most internationally famous hotel. Photo: Hans-Olof Utsi/imagebank.sweden.se (Artist: Petros Dermatas and Ellie Souti)

8. Treehotel

Imagine a tree house gone boutique hotel and you have the Treehotel – six customised tree houses spread out in a forest. Leading architects have created little havens of contemporary design in the middle of nature here, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the unspoiled landscape. You’ll find your home in the trees an hour outside of Luleå, way up north.

9. Sápmi Nature Camp

Camping yes, but above the Arctic Circle? Sápmi Nature Camp lies outside the towns of Gällivare and Jokkmokk in the Laponia World Heritage area, and is for anyone who wants to go glamping, Sami-style. Lavvu tents (that look like teepees) have been furnished with double beds, stoves and furnishings inspired by nature and Sami culture. Meals are based on the Sami cuisine, where fish, reindeer and moose meet local berries and herbs.

10. Icehotel

Come April every year and the entire Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi melts down – well, part of it, anyway. One part of the Icehotel stays open all year round. Solar panels harvest energy from the sun, which is then used to keep the ice from melting. The rest of the hotel melts down and is built up again in the colder season using ice and snow from the nearby Torne River. Artists decorate the interior, making the hotel an art exhibition as well. There are also warm accommodation alternatives all year round.