Photos: 1,3:T.Peterson; 2,4-7:Öivind Lund
A secluded forest location, no electricity, cooking over open fire, bathing in cool clear lakes and drinking ice-cold water from the well - Back to Basics in Cosy Cabins epitomises the simplicity, beauty and purity of a traditional Swedish summer holiday.
With a choice of accommodation in one of three simple grass-roofed cabins or your very own tree house, the "Cuckoo's Nest" (just the thing for a romantic hideaway with a difference), this experience is ideal for families looking to spend quality time together in a beautiful natural environment as well as couples or friends looking to really "get away from it all" and leave the trappings and bustle of modern civilisation behind for a while.
But "basic" does not mean "uncomfortable"! The cabins (with the exception of the tree house) are heated by wood-burning stove and lit by paraffin lamps. In the evenings, relax in a wood-fired sauna right by the water's edge before jumping into the lake to cool off. For those who would prefer a shower to a refreshing morning dip, there is a "jungle shower" using water heated in a pot over open fire. Cooking is also done over open fire and the "longhouse" provides a cooking and eating area or simply a place to relax and reflect on the day's adventures.
Use of canoe is also included for your stay, giving you a chance to explore the area by paddle power. The surrounding forests are rich in wildlife including elk and beavers.
Back to Basics in Cosy Cabins gives you the opportunity to appreciate the simpler (and many would say the most important) things in life - clear air, cool water, a roaring fire, a swim beneath the stars and the company of friends. Families will appreciate the endless playground nature provides for children, while couples can unwind in a tranquil and nourishing atmosphere and find the time to reconnect.
Choose to enjoy the atmosphere of the cabins and surrounding area or, if you have a car, it is just 20km to Glaskogen Nature Reserve, which offers extensive areas of wilderness and a stunning network of lakes and is a wonderful area for hiking.
Dates by arrangement between 1st May and 30th October 2013, minimum stay 3 nights.
The cabins are suitable for stays throughout this period. For the Tree House (unheated), mid-May to late September is the most suitable period.
Prices are in British Pounds. If you wish, you are also welcome to make your payment by bank transfer in Euros or Swedish Kronor. If this would be of interest, please let us know and we will be happy to provide prices.
NB: These cabins are in a fairly remote location. The experience is accessible by public transport (see "Optional extras" below) and it is not essential to have a car, but you will require a car if you would like to explore the local area.
You should have general good health. This experience is ideal for both adults and families. In early/late season (May to mid-June, September and October) you should be prepared for cooler conditions.
A detailed recommended equipment list will be sent with your booking confirmation.
NB: We advise you not to buy equipment or clothes for your trip or to incur other non-refundable expenses such as flights until you have received confirmation of your booking from us in writing.
This experience is ideal for small groups of friends or families travelling together. There are three cabins in total sleeping 4 persons per cabin. The Cuckoo's Nest tree house accommodates an additional 2 persons. Up to 14 persons can be accommodated in total.
This host has a written environmental policy and is a member of the Swedish Ecotourism Society.
Detailed information on travel options will be sent with your booking documentation. We are happy to advise on suitable connections and assist you with any aspect of planning your journey.
You can choose to fly to Stockholm, Gothenburg or Oslo airports. From Oslo or Stockholm, you travel by public transport to Karlstad (around 2.5-5.5 hours depending on options chosen) or from Gothenburg you travel to Säffle (approx. 2 hours). From Karlstad or Säffle, you travel by local bus (approx 1 hour) to the cabins. You can also choose to travel by hire car.
Ferry from Harwich to Esbjerg (Denmark) for onward train connections to Karlstad.
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