Get back to nature at Sweden's most primitive hotel

Kolarbyn Ecolodge is called “Sweden’s most primitive hotel. Why? Because there is no electricity, no showers, nothing fancy at all, just natural mysteriousness. And that is precisely why you are going to love this place!
— Marcus Eldh, founder of Kolarbyn Ecolodge
 
 This is one of twelve forest huts at Kolarbyn Ecolodge in Skinnskatteberg, just two hours away from Stockholm.

This is one of twelve forest huts at Kolarbyn Ecolodge in Skinnskatteberg, just two hours away from Stockholm.

Nature lovers from all over the world come 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 watch for moose, beavers and wolves

So, where is this? Well, just a two hours drive from Stockholm. Its just outside the village of Skinnskatteberg, in the green and lush Bergslagen forest.

You don’t need a car. You can easily get here by public transport.

>> How to get to Kolarbyn Ecolodge

 The huts are not far from each other. Photo: Mikaela Larm

The huts are not far from each other. Photo: Mikaela Larm

So, what is Kolarbyn Ecolodge?

Kolarbyn is a place to stay... but not a hotel.

Kolarbyn is a place to experience nature... but not a park.

When you first arrive at Kolarbyn, you will be greeted by pine trees, spruce trees and birch trees, a proper forest!

Everything is green here. But if you look closer you will soon find that in between all trees are twelve well camouflaged little cabins. All covered in mud and grass. Bilberries and mushrooms grow wild on their roofs.

Kolarbyn is an ecolodge in it’s true sense. One guest called them mud-holes, another one called them hobbit houses.

We simply call them forest huts. Forest workers used to stay in these. They're authentic. Read the true story of Kolarbyn here.

 Another one of the forest huts, Botvid.

Another one of the forest huts, Botvid.

 What else do you need?

What else do you need?

Can I really sleep there?

Each forest hut has two beds and a fire place. Wooden beds. No spongy mattress. But with layers of insulated air-mats and a topping of sheep skin rugs, it gets pretty comfortable, or even soft. But not as soft as your own bed at home.

Roll out your sleeping bag. Lay down on your back. Close your eyes. Fall asleep to the sound of the crackling fire.

>> Frequently asked questions about Kolarbyn

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.

You made it, you actually slept well! What time is it?

After a silent night... wake up slowly. Take some time to listen to the birds singing outside. And think about what is truly important in life.

Get dressed. Brew some coffee over the open fire. Or herbal tea. And a refreshing swim in the lake.

A new day of adventures begins just outside your forest hut.

Kolarbyn Ecolodge is not only for adventurers. It is a place for nature loving people like you and me. Come here with your partner, your best friends, or your family.

 No need for wifi. Connect with nature.

No need for wifi. Connect with nature.

deserve some Late nights by the camp fire

How to make yourself a cup of coffee:

  1. Grab an axe

  2. Chop some fire wood

  3. Get some fresh water from the spring

  4. Start a camp fire, just like that

  5. Pour water and add coffee into a pan

  6. Boil with love

  7. Enjoy with passion. Its organic and fair trade.

 Canoe to the floating sauna. Photo: Inez Davidson

Canoe to the floating sauna. Photo: Inez Davidson

floating sauna? Of course

Kolarbyn is located by Skärsjön, my favourite lake in Sweden. The water here is always so fresh.

  • Take a swim

  • Catch a fish

  • Or walk around it

If you need to clean your soul... heat up the sauna, sweat it out. Plunge in the lake.

 Cook outside, or cook in here

Cook outside, or cook in here

Food tastes so much better outdoors

When you are hungry... visit the small food shed. There you will find basic groceries like pasta, tomato-sauce, bread, müsli, fruits, eggs, coffee, tea, some fresh vegetables, spices, pancake-mix, frying oil as well as syrup for your berry drink.

Most of the food items are of organic produce. Use these as ingredients for your breakfasts, lunches and evening meals.

Remember there is no kitchen.

Prepare your meals over open fire. We provide pans, plates, knives and much more.

You don’t have to be Crocodile Dundee or Ray Mears to survive at Kolarbyn. Our hosts are here to help you. And we will eat some of the meals together during our safaris.

Pee behind any tree, but not on the berries!

Kolarbyn has two tidy little toilet sheds. With framed pictures of the King and Elton John (for some reason). Flush with soil. Wash your hands in water from the stream and some environmental friendly soap.

Find out more

>> Frequently asked questions about Kolarbyn

>> Read the true story of Kolarbyn