Scandinavia’s sprawling forests and pristine scenery combine to provide the dreamiest of escapes for log cabin holidays. In this sparkling wilderness, whether winter or summer, there’s always a cosy lodge to return to to enjoy the feeling of nature, even indoors. Explore magnificent landscapes before returning to evenings spent by the fire or in lodges with hot tubs, tucking into local delicacies.
Traditional Scandinavian lodges
If it’s rugged mountain scenery you’re after, look no further than Laktajakko. Tucked away in Sweden’s northwestern corner, bordering Norway, you’ll find Sweden’s highest lodge surrounded by breathtaking crags and crystal lakes. Enjoy delicious three-course meals in the middle of nowhere or pack some freshly made waffles for your day’s hike.
For that quintessential log cabin experience, you’ll have plenty of choice. One of our favourites for year-round activity holidays is Sweden’s Sörbyn Lodge, whose timber lodges offer perfect access to the area’s polar wilderness. You’ll be busy skiing, snowmobiling and dogsledding before heading back to roaring open fires and afternoons whiled away in the sauna. Wherever your travels in Scandinavia lead, you won’t be far from a luxury cabin. Even on Iceland’s remote south coast, lodging such as Hotel Rangá take full advantage of their natural surrounds with thermally-heated hot tubs and regional cuisine. Expect to be warmed by hearty stews and fresh salads.
On Spitsbergen – the largest and only inhabited island in Norway’s Svalbard archipelago – you can stay in a 1933 telecommunications outpost. Testament to the region’s expeditionary heritage, it’s reached by snowmobile and was partially destroyed in World War Two. Today, it’s been converted into a luxury lodge where top-class chefs serve smoked seal, whale and halibut all cooked in a range of gourmet European styles. You’ll also be treated to wildlife aplenty with the islands’ inhabitants outnumbered by polar bears.
Finland’s Iso-Syöte hotel is a collection of lodges scattered across a quiet, forested hilltop in central Finland. However, appearances are deceiving as traditional log exteriors belie modern stonework on the inside. For a special occasion, book into the Eagles View Suite, whose glass ceiling above the bed looks onto stars and seasonal Northern Lights. You’ll also have free use of the lodge’s two saunas as excursions include everything from canoe and quad bike safaris to river rafting and fishing trips.