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Back to Basics in Cosy Cabins (Sweden)

Choose forest cabin, romantic tree house or floating cabin for an electricity-free adventure for couples or families

  • Self-guided
  • Easy-Med
  • From £333/cabin
  • May-Sep, 3 or more days
  • Adults, Families, Groups

Book now for 2018

Bookings are now open for Back to Basics in Cosy Cabins for the 2018 season.

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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, 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.

Choose between:

  • Forest Cabins: Three simple grass-roofed cabins ideal for couples or families
  • "Cuckoo's Nest" Tree House: As the name suggests, a cabin in the trees! Ideal for couples.
  • "Lake View" Tree House: A newly-built cabin also in the trees! Ideal for couples.
  • Floating Cabin: Beautifully situated out on the lake (a canoe is provided for reaching land). Ideal for couples or a family of 4 (not suitable for 4 adults).
Back to Basics in Cosy Cabins

Clockwise from top left: Forest Cabin, Cuckoo's Nest Tree House, Lake View Tree House, Floating Cabin

But "basic" does not mean "uncomfortable"! The Forest Cabins, Lake View Tree House and Floating Cabin are heated by wood-burning stove and lit by paraffin lamps (Cuckoo's Nest Tree House is unheated and most suitable for stays spring-early autumn). 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.


Please let us know your arrival time. You will normally have access to your cabin from 15.00, but if you arrive earlier and your cabin is not yet available you are welcome to make use of the camp facilities.


Please check out by 12.00.

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Dates 2018

Dates by arrangement between 1st May and 30th September 2018, minimum stay 2 nights.

The Forest Cabins, Lake View Tree House and Floating Cabin are suitable for stays throughout this period. For the Cuckoo's Nest Tree House, mid-May to late September is the most suitable period, as this cabin is unheated.

Prices 2018

Prices are in British Pounds and Euros. If you wish, you are also welcome to make your payment in Swedish Kronor (SEK) - please contact us for details.

NB: Please note that bedding and towels must be added for all prices below.

Standard Prices  
Bedding and towels/person/stayGBP 20EUR 22
Forest Cabin (per cabin)  
2 nightsGBP 390EUR 440
3 nightsGBP 542EUR 612
4 nightsGBP 675EUR 762
5 nightsGBP 789EUR 890
"Cuckoo's Nest" Tree House (per cabin)  
2 nightsGBP 333EUR 376
3 nightsGBP 456EUR 515
4 nightsGBP 560EUR 633
5 nightsGBP 646EUR 729
"Lake View" Tree House (per cabin)  
2 nightsGBP 352EUR 397
3 nightsGBP 485EUR 547
4 nightsGBP 599EUR 676
5 nightsGBP 693EUR 783
Floating Cabin (per cabin)  
2 nightsGBP 447EUR 505
3 nightsGBP 628EUR 709
4 nightsGBP 789EUR 891
5 nightsGBP 931EUR 1,052
Optional extras (see description below)  
Hot tub session/groupGBP 239EUR 269
  • Hot tub session: See image below. A wood-fired hot tub can be booked in advance, capacity 8-10 persons.
Hot tub

Hot tub



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.

The two tree houses are approx 50m or so apart and both feel quite private. The Floating Cabin can be seen out on the lake but is at least 300m away. From the Floating Cabin, it is difficult to see the tree houses.

Forest Cabins: Sleep 1-4 persons in bunk beds. Cabins have grass roof and are heated with wood-burning stove. If you are a family of 5 with younger children, an additional mattress on the floor can be added (free of charge) to the cabins, though note that this will of course reduce available space.

Forest Cabin

Forest Cabins

"Cuckoo's Nest" Tree House: Sleeps 1-2 persons in double bed. Located approx. 50m from the water and approx. 200m from the swimming/sauna area.

Cuckoo's Nest Tree House

"Cuckoo's Nest" Tree House

"Lake View" Tree House: Sleeps 1-2 persons in double bed. Located approx. 70m from the water and approx. 200m from the swimming/sauna area. Heated by wood-burning stove.

Lake View Tree House

"Lake View" Tree House

Floating Cabin: Sleeps 1-4 persons (max. 2 adults + 2 children) in double bed + 2 x bunk beds. Bunk beds (180cm x 70cm) are suitable for children and are combined couch and bed - the backrest lifts up to form upper bunk. Heated by wood-burning stove. Dry toilet and cooking facilities.

NB: For families, please note that the cabin veranda has no barrier. Children should be able to swim.

Floating Cabin

Floating Cabin


  • Meals are self-catering. The nearest shop for food is approx. 2km from the camp. There are several fireplaces around the camp for making food over open fire, as well as in the "longhouse" which provides cooking and eating area.
  • Wood is available for guests to chop themselves for fires. Pots, pans and simple utensils are provided for making food as well as cutlery, plates, etc.
  • Use of wood-heated sauna (capacity 8-10 persons) is included during your stay. Wood is available for you to heat the sauna yourself.
  • There is no electricity in or around the cabins. Lighting is by oil lamps.
  • There is no running water. Drinking water is taken from the well.
  • Toilet facilities are dry outside wilderness toilet. A "jungle shower" using water self-heated over open fire in a large pot is available.


  • Canoe: there are nine Canadian canoes (Trapper 525) at the camp which guests are welcome to use during their stay. Paddles and buoyancy aids are provided.

Not Included

  • Travel: We do not arrange flights or domestic travel, but are happy to advise on suitable connections and assist you with any aspect of planning your journey. See under "Good to Know > Getting There" for general travel information.
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Health requirements/experience:

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.

For families staying in the Floating Cabin, children must be able to swim. Please note that the veranda around the cabin has no barrier.

What makes this "Easy-Medium"?

There is great flexibility to make your stay as relaxing or active as you wish. The simple "bushcraft-style" nature of the accommodation and facilities gives a higher level of challenge compared to a fully-featured cabin experience. Activities you choose to do during your stay will of course also affect the level of challenge.

NB: Perception of difficulty is very subjective. What is hard to one person may be easy for another and vice versa, depending on factors including level of fitness, age and previous experience. Weather conditions/temperatures can also dramatically affect the actual level of challenge encountered.

Equipment/clothes needed:

For information on any equipment and/or clothing included as standard for this experience, please see under "Dates and Prices > Included".

A detailed recommended packing list for personal items to bring will be sent with your booking documentation.

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. Note of course that the most appropriate clothing to use as well as the level of challenge experienced during any outdoor activity may vary significantly depending on factors such as the time of year and the particular weather/temperature conditions during your trip.

Getting There

Detailed information on travel options to this experience will be provided in response to your enquiry. We are happy to advise on suitable connections and assist you with any aspect of planning your journey.

Please ensure that you make a booking with us first and wait for confirmation that your spaces are reserved before making any travel arrangements.

By Air:

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.

Without Flying:

Ferry Dover-Dunkirk or Newcastle-Amsterdam for onward train connections to Karlstad.

Combine This With

This experience makes a good combination with the following:


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.

Eco Info

This host has a written environmental policy and is a member of the Swedish Ecotourism Society.

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