Kolarbyn Ecolodge

Kolarbyn Ecolodge

Kolarbyn Ecolodge. Photo: Claudia Deglau

This is Sweden’s most primitive hotel! Why? Because at Kolarbyn Ecolodge there is:

  • no electricity
  • no showers
  • nothing fancy at all, just natural mystic!

And that is precisely why you are going to love this place!

Nature lovers from all over the World come to Kolarbyn to stay for a few nights. For an adventure off the beaten track. To breathe fresh air, to enjoy the peacefulness, to take part in free outdoor activities and to be guided to see wild animals like nowhere else! You will soon realize that the forest is full of MooseBeavers and other wildlife.

So, where is this fantastic place? Kolarbyn Ecolodge is located just outside the village of Skinnskatteberg, in the green Bergslagen forest, just a two hours drive from Stockholm. But you don’t need a car. You can easily get here by public transport.

>> How to get to Kolarbyn Ecolodge


So, what is Kolarbyn Ecolodge?

Its kind-of-like a hotel.

Sweden’s most primitive.

When you arrive at Kolarbyn, you will see a lot of trees, more trees and even more trees. You are in the forest!

Everything is green. But if you look closer you will soon find that in between all trees are twelve well camouflaged little cabins covered in mud and grass. Bilberries and mushrooms grow wild on their roofs. As natural as it can be!

A real ecolodge. A rustic hotel. Cabins for rent. Some guests have even called them mud-holes or hobbit houses.

We simply call them forest huts.

Kolarbyn is an unusual hotel. And you’re gonna love it!


Can I really sleep there?

I’m not telling you that these wooden beds are comfortable.

Not at all actually.

Its not going to be as comfortable as your own bed at home.

Nothing is.

Each forest hut has two beds and a fire place. Wooden beds. No mattress. But with some layers of insulated mats and topping of cosy sheep skin rugs it gets pretty comfortable, or even soft. Unfold the soft sleeping bag.

Roll it out. Sleep like a baby!

If you are a family of three, just ask for an extra bed. If you are a family of four, you will need two huts. Close to each other.

After a silent night you slowly wake up to birds’ song and a feeling of triumph.

You made it, you actually slept well!

Fancy a cup of coffee? Perhaps even a refreshing swim in the lake?

No matter how you prefer to wake up, a new day of adventures begins just outside your hut every day. Kolarbyn Ecolodge is undoubtedly a true nature experience. Not only for adventurers, but for couples, friends and families. Normal people like you and me.


Fire it up!

Each forest hut has a fire place. Go chop your own wood. Use our sharp axes and chop up some birch log. There is a Swedish saying: ”Let the wood heat you twice. First when you chop it, then when you fire it up.”

Something like that.

I often get the question what there is to do at Kolarbyn? Wood chopping and lighting fires is probably closest to the truth.

Want some coffee?

  1. Chop some fire wood
  2. Go fetch some fresh water from the spring
  3. Light a fire
  4. Boil your coffe in a black ol’ coffee pan
  5. Enjoy with passion. Of course its organic and fair trade.

Behind Kolarbyn is the beautiful lake Skärsjön, my favourite lake in Sweden! Fresh water. Feel free to take a swim, catch some fish or go for a walk around it. If you are cold, heat up the floating sauna and feel like a real man or woman of the woods!

>> Free outdoor activities at Kolarbyn Ecolodge


Back to nature

The whole idea with Kolarbyn is back to nature and self-catering. That simply means do it yourself.

  • Chop your own wood
  • Fetch water from the spring
  • Cook your own meals
  • Do your own dishes in the stream
  • Recycle your waste

When you are hungry, just visit the small storage shed  behind the hut names Olof. There you will find groceries like pasta, tomato-sauce, bread, müsli, fruits, eggs and other food items that can be used as ingredients for both breakfasts, lunches and evening meals. Remember there is no kitchen. You prepare everything over open fire. And we provide all outdoor cooking equipment for you.

Enjoy your meal!

But hey, you don’t have to be Crocodile Dundee or Ray Mears to survive your holiday at Kolarbyn. If you need any assistance at all, our helpful hosts are here to guide you through every step.

If you need to visit the toilet, you are welcome to pee behind any tree.

Just not on the berries! ;)

We also have two nice little toilet sheds. Flush the toilets with soil. Wash your hands with water from the stream and some environmental friendly soap.

>> Frequently asked questions

>> Read the true story of Kolarbyn


Andreas at Kolarbyn

Andreas, your host and wilderness guide at Kolarbyn Ecolodge

Recommendations from Andreas, the owner and manager of Kolarbyn Ecolodge:

”Stay at least two nights. If you arrive one day and leave on the next, you won’t really give yourself the chance to disconnect and slow down. Spend some relaxing days in the forest. Hand out by the camp fire at night. And the Moose and Beaver tours is a must! You will meet other guests returning from these trips late at night, with a smile and with stories to tell. You deserve more wild moments. See you in the forest!”


Rates & packages for Kolarbyn Ecolodge

These are the rates and value packages for Kolarbyn.

Rates valid until 31 October 2014




Kolarbyn Ecolodge

Kolarbyn Ecolodge Wildlife Adventure

3 nights at Kolarbyn Ecolodge + Moose & Beaver
April – September
From 4390 SEK   Children 2350 SEK

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Kolarbyn Ecolodge

Kolarbyn Ecolodge, 1 night + 1 safari

1 night with Moose Safari or Beaver Safari
Includes: breakfast, 1 safari, sleeping bag, transfers.
April – September on selected dates in our calendar.
Adult: 1995 SEK    Child: 1115 SEK

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Your stay at Kolarbyn Ecolodge always includes:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Small pillow
  • Fresh travel sheets
  • Isolation mat
  • Sheep skin rugs
  • Candles and matches
  • Firewood for self-cutting
  • Fresh water to be fetched from the spring
  • Access to fire places
  • Outdoor kitchen facilities and equipment
  • Dish place with running water in the creek and washing liquid
  • Waste separation bins for recycling
  • Access to big hut with tables and 45 seats (if not occupied)