The Treehotel’s UFO building forms a stark contrast to its organic surroundings.
Photo: Peter Lundström/Treehotel
10 amazing places to stay in Sweden
We’ve travelled far and wide in the vast country of Sweden to find these 10 amazing places to stay for you.
Escape the beaten track
Sweden’s popularity as a tourist destination is ever-growing. Here’s your guide to avoid the crowds, escape the beaten track and catch up on your beauty sleep in 10 Swedish accommodations way out of the ordinary.
Photo: Johan Hammar
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 remarkable one-room hotel – with a round bed hanging from the ceiling and panorama windows offering a front-row sunset view. Works well for wedding nights as well as a Wednesday nights.
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.
Photo: Lisa Nestorson/Salt & Sill
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 is only a 45-minute drive north of Gothenburg.
Photo: Pia Nordlander/Västerås & Co
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. Why not try Hotell Hackspett (Woodpecker) by the same artist too?
Photo: Lioba Schneider/Jumbo Stay
Jumbo Stay is a jumbo jet turned hostel. The conversion included throwing out 450 seats to make room for 27 rooms and 76 beds. This aeroplane, parked at the entrance to Stockholm Arlanda Airport, offers a budget alternative to pricier airport hotels. Perfect for plane spotters – as well as anyone who needs to catch an early flight.
Photo: Claudia Deglau/Kolabyn 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.
Sweden is home to the world’s deepest hotel room, the Mine Suite of Sala Silver Mine. Dress warmly before venturing the 155 metres underground – it never gets warmer than 2 C° in the mine. Fortunately, the suite itself is a comfortable 18 C° and there are extra blankets to go with it. If you suffer from vertigo or claustrophobia, this may not be your thing.
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, as long as you keep your distance to people’s houses and stay 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.
Photo: Peter Lundström/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.
Photo: Paulina Holmgren (Artists: Julia Gamborg Nielsen and Lotta Lampa)
Come April every year and the Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi melts down. Then, in the colder season, it is built up again using ice and snow from the nearby Torne River. Artists decorate the interior, making it not only a hotel destroyed and rebuilt on a yearly basis, but also an art exhibition. The icy part of the Icehotel opens in December each year, but there are warm accommodation alternatives all year round.
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Last updated: 24 September 2015