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!
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
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.
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.
Day 4 - Departure or Wolf howling tour extension
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.
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)
When can I come
You can book this package every Monday-Thursday from the beginning of June until mid September.
Welcome introduction at arrival
Two guided safaris which lasts for 5 hours in the evening
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.
Please arrive at the reception at 2 pm. You have access to your huts until 11 am on the last day.
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.
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
Travel by train & bus
Many guests take the train from Stockholm, sometime you have to change to bus, depending on where you travel from. If you arrive by train/bus to Skinnskatteberg station, you get a free taxi transfer (5 minutes) to Kolarbyn Ecolodge. Book your taxi transfer by email directly with the taxi company, at least some days before arrival: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone +46-222-10040. At the time of booking, let them know that WildSweden will pay for the transfer.
- Supporting the local economy
- Promoting "eco" activities
- No single dose
- 100% renewable energy
- Organic or Local Food
- Car-free accessibility
- Ecological cleaning products
- More than 80% waste recycling
- Energy saving lights
- Green building
- Solar thermal panels for hot water
- Water flow reducers
- Recovery & reuse of rainwater
- Recycled paper
- No disposable packaging
- Water-saving toilets
- Regional Food
- Fair trade products
- Biodiversity of green areas
- Guest Satisfaction
- Digital Detox
- Electric Vehicles Charging
- Breakfast included
- Organic garden
- Ecotourism itineraries
- Wellness center
- Small pets allowed
- Child & Family Friendly
- Pets allowed
- Gluten free meals
- Vegetarians meals
- Play area for children
- Artisanal products for sale
- Vegan Meals
- Ebike Charging Station
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