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Northern lights: Sweden’s first tree-house hotel.
If happy memories of a hardy childhood include climbing trees and watching the world from on high, Sweden’s recently opened Treehotel might just appeal. Located near the village of Harads, 60km south of the Arctic Circle in Swedish Lapland, this must be the ultimate‘get-away-from-it-all’ location.
The owners, the tree loving, eco-friendly Lindvall’s, bought a forest under threat from the logging industry as a site for their hotel, which is actually a number of pods around a base guesthouse, reports The Guardian. Luggage is left in the guesthouse where superb meals are served and showers are provided; guests sleep higher up in the forest amongst pines and birch in one of the tree houses, a ten-minute walk away.
For those who prefer terra firma, the modern 'Mirrorcube' is well anchored but true tree house fans can try the 'Bird’s Nest', accessed by an electronic stepladder strapped to a nearby tree. Both are cosy, with under-floor heating, plenty of woollen blankets and a nearby sauna.
From on high, spectacular views of the Lule river, the northern lights in winter and the midnight sun in summer make the location unique. But if it seems like nothing around is moving except that oxygen rush, there are organized village walking tours, riding, skiing and kayaking to keep you busy.
SAS flies to Lulea, an hour’s drive from the Treehotel for around 200 pounds sterling, but with prices at over 300 pounds per treehouse per night, the cost may bring many back down to earth.