A traditional winter log cabin experience in the Swedish forest
Winter is an ideal time of year for a log cabin holiday in Sweden, whether you are a couple looking for romantic winter evenings by candlelight or an active family wanting a winter adventure with the children.
Värmland is located in the west of Sweden, bordering Norway. The main season for winter activities in this area is from January to mid-March.
Simple forest skis are an ideal way to explore the winter landscape. Photo: Caroline Bennett.
If you're planning a stay at the Winter Log Cabin Escape earlier in the winter, for example at Christmas or New Year, you should be prepared to be flexible regarding conditions and activities - in some winters, activities such as cross country skiing are possible from around mid-December onwards or even earlier, while in other years the snow may arrive later.
If your stay is outside the snow-cover period, there is still plenty to enjoy. The lakes will usually be frozen from around November onwards, and the silent forests and beautiful surroundings offer an atmospheric setting for your stay. Curl up next to the fire with a good book, take a hike in the woods or enjoy a relaxing session in the sauna!
When the snow comes, cross country skiing, tobogganing, snowshoeing and ice fishing are all possible to enjoy and suitable for both adults and families.
Whenever you choose to visit, Winter Log Cabin Escape in Värmland is a wonderful, tranquil and close-to-nature experience.
Ideal for couples or families, or choose 2-3 cabins as a group of friends
There are three traditional log cabins spaced about 30m apart, each sleeping up to max. 4 adults (or family of 5 with children) in 2 x 2-person rooms and 1 x sleeping loft (very popular with children!), meaning this experience is also an excellent choice for 2-3 families or groups of friends travelling together.
Each cabin is fully equipped with kitchen, shower, WC and wood-burning stove, and has a veranda looking out over the lake just 75m away. There is also a sauna in an adjacent building for your use. If you plan to have a car during your stay, there are a number of small villages and local restaurants to explore within easy driving distance.
The cabins make an ideal base for an active or relaxing winter holiday. Photo: Caroline Bennett.
Winter activities from the doorstep
Värmland in winter offers a wide variety of possibilities for winter activities (typically between January and mid-March):
- Cross country skiing: There are prepared tracks for cross-country skiing running right from the door and "forest skis" (simple skis that can be used with any winter boots) are available to hire locally. Please note that instruction on using the skis is not available, but the trails are easily followed and the basic technique easily learned.
- Snowshoeing: A great way to explore the winter world, snowshoes are available to borrow free of charge.
- Tobogganing: Let your hair down and rediscover the simple joys of tobogganing (children not essential!). Tobaggans are available to borrow free of charge.
- Ice fishing: The lakes freeze over and it is possible to try your luck at ice fishing (best conditions for ice fishing normally mid-February to late March). Please note that this activity must be guided, min. age 16 years. Guiding and equipment hire can be arranged locally.
- Downhill skiing: For those who just can't resist the lure of the pistes, there is a small downhill ski area just 30 minutes' drive away (note that you will require a hire car for your stay to access these facilities).
- Dog sledding: Dog sledding day tours are available to arrange locally, best time normally January-March.
If you feel the urge to explore, go in search of animal tracks in the forest. Among the tracks you may see are moose, deer, fox and pine marten. The area has a large population of beaver, and the tell-tale signs of their industrious efforts are a common sight. You may even find tracks and signs left by some of Sweden's largest and most elusive mammals, the wolf and lynx.
Relaxing and romantic or active and family-friendly, Winter Log Cabin Escape in Värmland is an ideal choice for a log cabin holiday in Sweden.
You will have access to your cabin from 15.00 on your arrival day. You should aim to arrive between 15.00 and 18.00. Later arrival times are also possible by prior arrangement. Please let us know your estimated arrival time in advance.
As the cabins are located in a small hamlet with no public transport connections, this experience is most easily reached by car and having a car will give you the greatest flexibility during your stay. However, taxi transfer to/from Arvika or Torsby is available as an optional extra for guests travelling by public transport - see under "Prices > Optional extras" for details.
Please let us know your arrival/departure times to/from Arvika/Torsby so that transfers can be arranged. Please note that transfer times must be booked at least four weeks before departure.
If driving, please let us know your estimated arrival and departure times to/from the cabin and also your flight arrival time and airport (if applicable).
Please vacate your cabin by 12.00
Dates & Prices»
The log cabins are available to rent all year round.
Winter activities may be possible from mid-December onwards and there may be snow before Christmas depending on the year. The main season for winter activities is normally January to mid-March.
Prices given here are valid for stays up to end December 2024.
- During high season, rental periods are normally 8 days Saturday-Saturday, though other start days and durations may also be possible. Short stays (min. 3 nights) are available during low season and may also be possible during high season on request.
- High Season prices apply June/July/August (+ Christmas and New Year). For stays spanning two price periods (low-high season), the higher period price applies.
NB: Please note that bedding and towels must be added for all prices below.
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- Transfers: This experience is most easily reached by car. As an alternative, taxi transfer from Arvika (or Torsby if preferred) to the cabins can be arranged. The taxi will be booked for you, but payment is made locally direct to the driver. Typical cost around 1000 SEK (about £90) one-way for up to 4 persons (for larger groups, please contact us for details and prices). Please note that transfer times must be booked at least four weeks before departure to ensure availability. If you do not have a car during your stay, you will need to shop for all provisions in Arvika before pick-up and spend your stay in the area of the cabins. If you wish to explore further afield, own vehicle is required (car hire is possible in Arvika or alternatively you may of course wish to hire from your chosen airport).
- Canoes and mountain bikes: Canoes and mountain bikes are also available to hire from your local host, payment to be made locally. For bikes, child sizes for children aged approx 8-12 years are available.
What's Included »
Log cabins situated just 75m from the water with wood-burning stove. Each cabin sleeps up to 4 adults (or a family of 5 with children) in 2 x 2-person rooms (one twin/double room, one room with bunk beds) and 1 x sleeping loft. Please let us know in advance if you have any special requirements (e.g. cot, high chair). Bed linen is provided for guests to make up the rooms as required on arrival.
The cabins have the following facilities:
- Fully-equipped modern kitchen for self-catering, including microwave.
- Satellite TV with Swedish, German and one or two English channels. All English-language programmes (films, comedy, etc) shown on Swedish channels are subtitled, not dubbed (with the exception of children's programmes).
- Radio (not CD player).
- Wood-burning stove and electric radiators.
- WC room with shower.
- Dishwasher (dishwasher tablets can be purchased at reception).
- Sauna is available for your use in a separate building. One basket of firewood is provided for use with wood-burning stove/sauna. Additional wood can be purchased from your host as required.
- Please note that washing machine facilities are not available at the cabins during wintertime.
- BBQ (charcoal can be purchased at reception).
- Free wi-fi.
Equipment and Activities:
Toboggans and snowshoes are available to borrow from your host free of charge. Additional equipment/activities are available to hire/book locally with your host - see under "Optional Extras".
Your host will meet you for welcome meeting giving useful information for your stay on the morning following your arrival.
End cleaning of the cabin on departure.
- 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 "Getting There" for general travel information.
- Food: The cabins are fully-equipped for self-catering. The nearest shop is 20km away, 15 mins by car. NB: Please note if you choose not to have a car during your stay that you must have ALL provisions with you before leaving Arvika. There are no facilities where the cabins are located. Time can be allowed in Arvika to shop for provisions before pick-up. See "Optional extras" below for information on transfers if travelling by public transport.
Good To Know »
General good health - guests of all ages are welcome. If you wish to do a snowmobile activity during your stay, this activity has min. age 10 years.
For information on any equipment and/or clothing included as standard for this experience, please see under "What's 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.
Preparing for your trip:
For further reading, we also have a number of general information articles to get you ready for your trip, covering a wide variety of topics from what to do on a city break before/after your tour, advice on packing, eyewear for winter and considerations for female travellers.
The log cabins are suitable for up to 4 adults (or a family of 5 with children) per cabin. The cabins are spaced around 30m apart and this experience is ideal for groups or families travelling together who wish to hire two or more cabins.
This host has received a prestigious Swedish Ecotourism award for commitment to high standards to cultural and environmental sensitivity.
Getting There »
See below for a summary of travel options. To learn more about how to travel to this experience, please get in touch!
Detailed information on travel 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.
NB: Please ensure that you make a booking with us first and wait for confirmation that your spaces are reserved before making any travel arrangements.
Fly to Stockholm, Gothenburg or Oslo airports for onward travel by train to Arvika or by hire car, travel time 2.5-4.5 hours depending on options chosen. Transfer to/from Arvika train station is available as an optional extra for guests travelling by public transport.
Ferry Dover-Dunkirk or Newcastle-Amsterdam for onward train connections to Arvika.