Kolarbyn Ecolodge

Kolarbyn Ecolodge

Kolarbyn Ecolodge in Skinnskatteberg, Sweden

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 a two hours drive from Stockholm. It is nearby the village of Skinnskatteberg in the Bergslagen forest. You don’t need a car to get here. You can easily get here by public transport.

>> How to get to Kolarbyn Ecolodge


So, what is Kolarbyn Ecolodge?

I’s 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 houses covered in mud and grass. Bilberries and mushrooms grow wild on the 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 lake Skärsjön?

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.


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.”

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!

Behind Kolarbyn is lake Skärsjön, my favourite lake in Sweden! Feel free to take a swim, catch some fish or go for a walk around the lake. If you are cold, heat up the floating sauna!

>> 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 hut number 12. There you will find groceries like spaghetti, 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. We provide all outdoor cooking equipment for you.

Happy chopping and cooking!

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



Rates & packages for Kolarbyn Ecolodge

These are the rates and value packages for Kolarbyn.

Rates valid until 31 October 2014

Andreas at Kolarbyn

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 don’t really give yourself the chance to slow down. Spend some relaxing days. Book yourself onto the Moose and Beaver tours before you arrive. You will meet other guests returning from these trips late at night, with a smile and stories to tell. See you in the forest!”


Kolarbyn Ecolodge

Kolarbyn Ecolodge Wildlife Adventure

Our all inclusive package at Kolarbyn Ecolodge with Moose and Beaver tours!
Includes: 3 nights lodging with breakfasts, lunches, dinners transfers and 2 safari tours.
Thursdays – Sundays and Friday – Monday, April – September
Adult: 4390 SEK    Child: 2350 SEK

>> More info on Kolarbyn Ecolodge Wildlife Adventure


Kolarbyn Ecolodge

Kolarbyn, 3 nights + 2 safaris

Our most popular package at Kolarbyn Ecolodge with Moose and Beaver tours!
Includes: 3 nights lodging with breakfast and 2 safari tours.
Thursdays – Sundays and Friday – Monday, April – September
Adult: 3895 SEK    Child: 2200 SEK


Kolarbyn Ecolodge

Kolarbyn, 2 nights + 2 safaris

A wild package at Kolarbyn Ecolodge with Moose and Beaver tours.
Includes: 2 nights lodging with breakfast and 2 safari tours.
Fridays – Sundays, April – September
Adult: 3430 SEK    Child: 1930 SEK


Kolarbyn Ecolodge

Kolarbyn, 1 night + 1 safari

One night at Kolarbyn Ecolodge with Moose or Beaver tour.
Includes: 1 night lodging with breakfast and 1 safari tour.
Moose Safari on Fridays and Beaver Safari on Saturdays, April – September
Adult: 1715 SEK    Child: 965 SEK


Kolarbyn Ecolodge

Kolarbyn, 1 night only

Just one night at Kolarbyn Ecolodge with breakfast.
Includes: 1 nights lodging with breakfast and no safari tours.
Any day April – September and most weekends the rest if the year.
Adult: 465 SEK    Child: 270 SEK

Price list

Sleeping bag: 150 SEK per person per stay. Includes sleeping bag, travel-pillow and a fresh travel sheets for a comfortable stay. Note that this is not included in the above packages.

Food packages: You can cook your own food over open fire with our simple but popular food-packages.

  • Breakfast: 65 SEK per person, (children up to 15 SEK 45). This is included in the above packages.
  • Lunch: 65 SEK per person, (children up to 15 SEK 45).
  • Evening meal: 65 SEK per person, (children up to 15 SEK 45). Outdoor dinner is included in the Moose and Beaver tours mentioned above.

Transfer: 140 SEK per car (max 4 persons) from/to Skinnskatteberg train/bus station one way to be booked in advance.


Logding at Kolarbyn Ecolodge also includes:

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