The Tree Hotel, which opens in northern Sweden and gives tourists the chance to live in one of several ultra-modernist treehouses, is just the latest addition to and impressive line-up of eccentric Swedish hostelries. The Ice Hotel is perhaps the most famous, but here are some of the others:
Forest life: it’s billed as Sweden’s most primitive hotel, but the huts at Kolarbyn in the woods of Bergslagen are cosy nonetheless. The hard beds are equipped with warm sheepskin rugs and wood-burning fires. You fetch fresh water from the spring and wash your dishes in the creek. If you want to explore the area, you are provided with a canoe and a wooden rowing boat. You can also sweat in Kolarbyn’s floating sauna.
Photo: Lasse Fredriksson
Jumbo Stay might be a hotel in a Boeing 747, but these days the plane stays firmly on the ground. The plane, which is parked at Stockholm Arlanda Airport, has three-bed hostel rooms with shared bathrooms, plus a cockpit suite with views over the airport
Early flight? Spend the night in the cockpit of a Boeing 747 at Arlanda Airport’s Jumbo Stay.
Photo: Jumbo Stay
Photo: Jumbo Stay
Underwater life: perhaps the most eccentric of all, Utter Inn is located three metres under Lake Mälaren. Like Hotell Hackspett, Utter Inn was created by Mikael Genberg. With space for just two people, the ‘hotel’ is entered via a little red and white floating cottage, which also contains a toilet and a kitchen. The Utter Inn (literally Otter Inn) also has a sun deck on which to while away the lazy summer days.
Bird life: the Tree Hotel was not the first place in Sweden to offer tourists treetop living. For the past twelve years, adventurous holidaymakers have been able to head to Hotell Hackspett, or Hotel Woodpecker, 13 metres above Västerås’s Vasaparken. The brainchild of artist Mikael Genberg, the treehouse is reached by a hand operated lift and has space for two people. You choose to go half board and get breakfast and dinner delivered to your terrace
Hobbit life: the Norrqvarn Hotel in the town of Lyrestad by the Göta Kanal offers guests the chance to live like Frodo in dinky little cabins built in the shape of tree stumps. The hotel calls them ‘Trollstubbar’ or ‘Troll Stumps’, and they are simply furnished. There are two cabins, one with a double bed, and another with a double bed and a bunk bed.
The Tree Hotel in Harads promises to give a surreal experience – the Mirrorcube is one of 24 rooms that will soon appear in this northern Swedish village .