Ever wanted to sleep in a tree, spend a night on a bed of ice, or bunk down on board a 105-year old schooner? Here's a selection of the most unforgettable hotel stays across Scandinavia, the Nordic region and beyond and show you how you can spend a night in these amazing places.
These hotels offer far more than just a comfy bed, a mini bar and a pillow menu. They provide something that most luxury hotels can only dream of; a genuinely original and exciting experience that will add something very special to your Scandinavia holiday.
Set just outside the small Swedish village of Harads, 60km south of the Arctic Circle, the Treehotel is a high-design, back-to-nature retreat where guests can slow down, switch off and breathe more deeply. With the help of some visionary architects, owners Britta and Kent Lindvall have created a slice of magic that not only combines childhood fantasies of sleeping in the trees with the latest in comfort and sophistication, but manages to do so with the lightest of environmental footprints. Each room is completely unique and include the Bird’s Nest, the UFO and our favourite, The Mirrorcube, a camouflaged hideaway with its own roof terrace and breathtaking views of the forest and valley below. Treehotel is open year round, offering a wealth of summer and winter activities including dogsledding, snowmobiling, cultural tours, cycling, hiking and more.
Join professional Northern Lights photographer Fredrick Broman at Sweden’s Aurora Safari Camp, Lapland’s first African-style safari camp, set amidst the snow-laden forests of northern Sweden near the pretty village of Sorbyn. As well as a terrific potential for Northern Lights sightings, you’ll have the opportunity to learn how to photograph the aurora from an experienced professional, while staying under canvas in a traditional Sami tent, known as a lavvo, on a comfortable bed with an Arctic sleeping bag.
Following the lead of Sweden’s iconic ICEHOTEL, a number similar properties, from intimate Arctic boltholes like the 30-room Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel, to entire snow villages like the one at Lainio in Finland, have sprung up across Scandinavia and beyond, with one even appearing across the Atlantic near the Canadian city of Québec, in the form of the quite stunning Hotel de Glace. These amazing hotels, which are built from scratch each and every year, boast intricate ice sculptures, ice rooms with ice beds, ice bars with ice glasses selling ice drinks and, in the case of the Lainio Snow Village, a fully functioning ice chapel.
Command your own team of huskies as you travel by dogsled, 70 kilometres across the frozen Arctic wastes of Svalbard from Longyearbyen to the Basecamp Ship in the Ice, a 105-year-old Dutch Schooner that lies icebound each winter in the magical surroundings of Tempelfjorden. A night spent on this century-old vessel offers the chance to experience an Arctic winter in all its glory, watching out for passing polar bears, exploring the surrounding landscapes by dog sled or snowmobile, and enjoying the comforts of one of ten cosy cabins, breakfast, lunch, a sumptuous three-course dinner and a licensed bar.
Warm, welcoming and beautifully designed, the Engholm Husky Lodge, located on the banks of the Karasjohka River, six kilometres from the town of Karasjok is Arctic Norway at its very best. Experience a blend of traditional Sami culture, exciting husky and reindeer excursions and Northern Lights hunts, combined with Nordic design, wonderful food and the added luxury of a wood-heated sauna and outdoor hot tub.
Located high in the Finnish Fells, surrounded by forested, snow-clad hills of the Syote National Park, the Eagle’s View Suite is without question one of Scandinavia’s most romantic retreats. A relatively new addition to the Iso-Syote Hotel, this magnificent two-storey suite is made entirely out of glass, making the absolute most of its spectacular surroundings. The lower floor facilities seem familiar at first – a comfy living room, a cosy fireplace, a fire and a sauna – yet rising through the centre is a native tree, which extends up, through the floorboards to cradle the bed upstairs. With the glass roof above you, this fantasy bedroom offers wonderful views of the stars and Northern Lights, which is probably why they put a jacuzzi up here too.
>If you’ve ever dreamed of a cozy log cabin surrounded by snow-laden fir trees, or of lying in your very own glass igloo looking up at the stars, the Hotel Kakslauttanen is the place for you. Deep inside Finland’s Arctic Circle and surrounded by stunning scenery this unique hotel offers a choice of riverside Gold Digger’s Cabins, Honeymoon Turf Chambers with their own private Finnish sauna and Queen Suites with four poster bed, sauna and private outdoor Jacuzzi. Spilt your stay between one of these more traditional rooms and a night in one of Kakslauttanen’s sensational glass igloos for an unforgettable break in the heart of beautiful Finnish Lapland.