Kolarbyn Ecolodge Wildlife Adventure

With this adventure you get to stay three nights in a forest hut at Kolarbyn Ecolodge. Enjoy canoeing, Beaver Safari and Moose Safari evening tours. We have included all you need to survive some days in the forest.
— Marcus Eldh, founder of Kolarbyn Ecolodge
 
 

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The plan

Stay three nights in a forest hut at Kolarbyn Ecolodge.

  • Chop fire wood and cook food over open fire

  • Watch for Moose, Beavers and other wild animals

  • Go for hikes, canoe at the lake, use the floating sauna, collect berries & mushrooms

  • Local guides and small groups for more genuine experiences

For who: This adventure is ideal for nature loving families, couples and friends who are looking to do something truly different and memorable. You will have plenty of time to explore nature at your own pace. And if you travel with kids, they will LOVE it here!

The whole idea with Kolarbyn Ecolodge is back-to-nature and do-it-yourself.

Time to eat: You prepare your own meals over open fire, and we provide the outdoor cooking equipment that you need. There is a food shed where you find ingredients like pasta, tomato-sauce, bread, müsli, eggs, coffee, tea, juice, fresh vegetables, dried fruits, spices, pancake-mix and water. It will take a bit of time, but everything tastes so much better outdoors. Enjoy your meal by the camp fire!

  • Cook over open fire

  • Do your dishes in the stream

  • Recycle your waste

>> Common questions about Kolarbyn

Day 1: Welcome day

Arrive and meet with our host at 2 pm. There will be a welcome session by the camp fire later in the afternoon. Our outdoorsy host will let you know how everything works, where to fetch water, how to start a fire, how to sleep well in the forest and more. Then place your bags in your hut, unroll your sleeping bag and light some candles. We hope that you will feel like home.

Go for a hike, take a wild swim in the lake, go for a sauna or just rest by the campfire.

Cook your own dinner over open fire.

As night falls you enter your sleeping bag and close the door of you very own forest hut.

Day 2: Outdoor activities & Beaver Safari

Wake up to birds song whenever you feel like getting up.

Prepare your breakfast using the ingredients from the shed.

You will have a whole day to explore the surrounding forest. You can go for a hike in the woods, explore the lake by canoe, relax at the sandy beach, go for a wild swim, go birdwatching, pick endless amounts of berries in season, mushrooms and edible plants, meditate among tall trees, chop firewood or just hang out by the camp fire with the others.

Our canadian style canoes are stable and safe and each fits two adults and two kids. Canoeing is the ideal way to explore the lake and the surrounding forest. Use our waterproof map where we have marked out some of the highlights of this lake called Skärsjön. It is a relatively small lake but it is good enough for an hour or two of paddling.

Optional extra: During this morning you have the chance to join a bushcraft workshop with focus on how to make fire in the wild. This activity is not included in the package, but we can highly recommend you to add it if you are interested. You will be asked to add this activity in the next stage during the booking process. This workshop will be led by Jonas Landolsi, one of Sweden's leading bushcraft experts who happens to live near Kolarbyn. Jonas will teach you about the art of survival and the concept of bushcraft, with lots of examples and practical tips. You will also learn the history of fire making and the different primitive techniques of creating a flame. After this session you will have the basic practical knowledge of how to create fire using a ferro rod and a knife. And also how you can build and maintain a fire in an efficient and safe way.

Cook your own lunch over the open fire.

In the evening our guide will take you out for a Beaver Safari. Our guide will meet you at Kolarbyn’s reception to travel together by minivan to another nearby lake. During the evening we will have an outdoor evening meal together and then travel by rubber boat and spend the evening silently cruising on the lake and river in search of beavers and other wildlife. We return to Kolarbyn late at night.

Read more about the Beaver Safari here

Day 3: Outdoor activities & Moose Safari

Enjoy another day in the forest. There is always more to explore.

In the late afternoon you will meet up with one of our wildlife guides again. This time for a Moose Safari. We travel by minivan to another part of the forest which is exceptionally good for moose watching. We see moose on nearly all tours. We will have a camp fire meal somewhere in the forst and return to Kolarbyn late at night.

Read more about the Moose Safari here

Day 4: Departure or Wolf howling tour

Breakfast in the forest. Say goodbye and leave when you have to.

You can also extend your adventure with a Wolf howling tour, but only on selected Thursdays during July - September. The wolf tour is very popular and has limited availability so make sure you book well in advance.

Read more about the Wolf howling tour here

View this calendar to see when the wolf tours are available

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 3 nights in a forest hut

  • 3 x ingredients for breakfast

  • 2 x ingredients for lunch

  • 1 x ingredients for dinner

  • 2 guided evening tours with outdoor meals

  • Canoes to use a few hours on day 2 and 3

  • Life jacket/bouyancy vest in your sizes

  • Access to the floating sauna on day 2 and 3

  • Transfer Skinnskatteberg - Kolarbyn Ecolodge with return

  • Sleeping bag, small pillow, travel sheets

  • Sheep skin rugs & isolation mat

  • Candles & matches

  • Firewood & axe

  • Fresh water to be fetched from the spring

  • Access to fire places

  • Outdoor cooking equipment

  • Washing-up utensils & liquid

  • Waste separation bins for recycling

  • Access to big hut with tables and 45 seats (if not occupied)

>> Common questions about Kolarbyn

WHEN CAN I DO THIS?

Arrival Mondays, June - September. See calendar at this page for available dates.

View monthly calendar for wolf tours

GUIDED ACTIVITIES

  • Welcome introduction at arrival

  • Two guided safaris which lasts for 5 hours in the evening

There is staff at Kolarbyn every day, but not all day, and not during the evenings and night time.

ACCOMMODATION

Rustic bed in a forest hut at Kolarbyn Ecolodge. Sleeping bag equipment is included.

Single room supplement: Each hut has room for 2 persons. But with an extra bed you can fit one small child in the same hut. Or you can choose to pay the single room supplement for one person so that you get two huts and more space for bags. You cannot sleep 3 adults in one hut as the extra bed can only hold one small child. If you book for 4 persons you will always get two huts.

MEETING TIMES

Please arrive at the reception at 2 pm. You have access to your huts until 11 am on the last day.

FOR WHO?

For nature lovers who are not afraid to sleep in a forest hut. We have a recommended minimum age of 8 years since we are out until late after dark on the guided tours. Please note that the long sun hours during June and July means we have to stay out until late, even until midnight, but you will have the chance to sleep in the mornings. Participants should be able to walk in the forest. Walking level is easy.

SMALL GROUPS FOR A MORE GENUINE EXPERIENCE

There will be max 7 persons with one guide. With two guides there may be up to 14 participants out during the same evening. Kolarbyn Ecolodge has availability for 24 guests in total.

LOCATION & HOW TO GET HERE

Kolarbyn Ecolodge is a 5 minute drive from Skinnskatteberg or a 2 hours drive from Stockholm and Arlanda airport.

Address: Skärsjön, 73090, Skinnskatteberg WGS 84: N 59° 48.311′, E 15° 43.718′ WGS 84 decimal: 59.80519, 15.72864

More info om how to get to Kolarbyn Ecolodge

BOOKINGS & CANCELLATIONS

Our booking procedure is simple. Just pick a date, fill in the form and off you go. You pay 10% now and the rest 45 days before you arrive.

We manually review your booking to make sure that we still have availability. If everything is okay we will send you a confirmation by email within 24 hours. Until your booking is confirmed no payment or charges will be applied, and credit card details are held for security purposes only.

  • You may cancel your tour at no cost up to 7 days from the time of booking. We will provide a 100% refund.

  • Cancellations between 8 days from the time of booking and 46 days before arrival will be charged at 25% of the booking’s total amount.

  • Cancellations between 45 days and 15 days before arrival will be charged at 75% of the booking’s total amount.

  • Cancellations within 14 days of arrival will be charged at 100% of the booking’s total amount.