Fjellborg Arctic Lodge brings a new type of luxury to Sweden’s far north. Deep within Swedish Lapland’s vast, unspoiled wilderness, this private cabin on the serene frozen shores of Lake Väkkärä is so remote that it’s only reachable via husky sled – a rather charming constraint. A casual Scandi chic vibe appeals inside, all blonde timber, mock furs and even a private lakeside sauna, and just outside, ice-covered forests afford the likes of snowmobiling, meeting indigenous Sami tribes and ice fishing. Days are concluded, with luck, under the Northern Lights’ psychedelic constellations – best enjoyed from your private outdoor hot tub.
All that Arctic exploring works up an appetite, but Fjellborg Arctic Lodge's cuisine goes above and beyond just a satiating meal. Enjoy wilderness lunches after a buffet and to-order cooked breakfast either in your ultra-cosy master cabin or in the log walls and candlelight of the main lodge. Then, later, exquisite dinners are a gourmet affair, using locally sourced fish, game, vegetables, berries and mushrooms, all expertly amalgamated to form a delicious Lappish menu. For ultimate freshness you can even request for your own catch from your ice fishing excursion to be cooked.
The hotel's pine-clad lodges perching among snow-covered stalagmites are charming enough in themselves, but inside they go one further. The ultimate in casual Scandi chic, interiors are all blonde-timber walls adorned with bear skin rugs, antique skis and antlers, alongside wood burners and fur-strewn sofas. Exquisite bathrooms, as expected, continue the cosy Scandi theme, with dark wood panels and black marbling. The star of the show is your private, spacious sauna overlooking the ice-slicked lake, perfectly enjoyed after days spent in outside’s Arctic wilderness. The delights continue in your private outdoor hot tub with a glass or two of champagne and, hopefully, the shimmer of the Northern Lights.
The adventure begins from your very arrival, as the only way to reach the lodge is, delightfully, via husky sled. But it’s your speeding surrounds that are most impressive – Arctic Lapland offers every activity for the thrill seeker, from growling snowmobile rides across the frozen tundra to speeding sled trips among the canopied silence. There’s more tranquil offers too, though, such as ice fishing and meeting traditional Sami tribes. The 200km-north Arctic Circle location means this is one of the world’s best places to witness that most revered of lightshows – enjoy it on aurora hunts via snowmobile or snowshoeing. Perhaps most dazzling of all is the polar night, shrouding the landscape in an ethereal blue haze for a month of the year, meaning it's possible to hunt that raking aurora during the day.