Day 23; T stands for Trädhotellet – to be one with the nature
“Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky.”
Most people knows about our fantastic Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi– the first of it’s kind, now the Canadians has start building too – but there is nothing like ours .. check out my post about it – it means you have to give up nearly a hour of your day, but it’s worth it. Did post last year about our Ice Hotel; the most amazing 47 min …. on the rocks. It include a video of 47 min how the hotel is built every year, it melts in the spring and they start to rebuild it in November again,year after year … after year. I promise well worth spent 47 min.
Not too fare away from the Ice Hotel, just south of the Arctic Circle we have the “Treehotel” or as we call it “Trädhotellet”, open in 2010. Up in the north of Sweden they don’t really have any sense of distances; every thing is just a steps away and it’s hours of driving. Both hotels are in the county of Lapland – the county of the reindeer, Santa’s, Sami and Norhtern Lights.
Inspired by Jonas Selberg Augustséns film “The Tree Lover” has five Swedish architects selected to design five playful tree-rooms. All materials are organic, so far as possible.
Ice Hotel – located just under 30 mil, roughly 5 miles from Harads. They will sell single packages, with one night at each hotel. About 4-5 hours drive between them.
“We believe that there will be a special experience to stay up in the trees in the winter in the 30-degree chill and the Northern Lights, says Bertil Harström, one of the architects.
“Trädhotellet” provides an experience of this, just by their unique accommodation experience. As a guest you will experience the wind rustling among the trees, forest scent in the fields, birds singing when morning dawns, just by being.
In their tree-sauna you can take a bath in a steamy sauna is more than just a bath. It is a meeting with the four basic elements, the fertile soil, the burning fire, the fresh air and the clean drinkable water. But the sauna is also the site of inspiring thoughts and naked truths of the sauna is the truth. The height of the five rooms will between 6 and 40 feet up in the pines. Eco-toilets incinerate waste, rooms have a hand basin rather than running water, and showers are taken in tree-sauna, a five-minute walk away.
The hotel has today 5 rooms up in the trees, 20 more are planed;
The Cabin, is like a capsule, a foreign body in the trees. The room is 24m² and accommodates two people, with a double bed, bathroom and terrace.
The Mirrorcube, the six windows provide a stunning panoramic view. The Mirrorcube offers excellent accommodation for two people with a double bed, bathroom, lounge, and rooftop terrace. A 12-meter-long bridge leads up to the treeroom.
The Bird’s Nest, it’s a spacious environment where a family with two children can comfortably spread out. The room is 17m² and has separate bedrooms, bathroom, and living area. You enter the Bird’s Nest with the help of a retractable staircase.
The Blue Cone, it’s red and is 22m² and has four beds, separate sleeping loft, bathroom and living room. You access the room via a bridge from the nearby mountain. The bridge is well suited for people with disabilities.
The UFO, is built for four people, two adults and two children, with separate bedrooms, bathroom and living area, 30m².
Prices: 4400-4600SEK/$695-726/£451-472/€529-553 per room.
Extra adult; 735SEK/$116/£75/€88
Extra 475SEK/$75/£49/€57 extra per child – infants; free
“Trähotellet” is a part of Brittas Guesthouse – where it all started … from.
Britta’s Guesthouse as 30 to 50′s was an elderly and poor home residents are now heritage-protected and reconditioned according to the rules. Tree hotel has come to be an extension of ”Britta’s Guesthouse”, which opened in 2004. When you arrive to the “Trädhotellet” you check in at the Guesthouse.
“If I had to describe “Britta’s Guesthouse” with a few words it would be, familiar, time travel with a village character, a story, and nostalgia from the century’s start, says it’s owner, Britta Jonsson Lindvall.” Together with her husband, Kent they own both hotels. Britta, a nurse that in mid-life saddled on, started a boarding house in the 50th century style of the abandoned old people’s home in Harads, a village 4 mil upstream in the Lule River valley.
“Britta’s Guesthouse” is famous for it’s restaurant where they serve local delicacies from the northern pantry and Swedish dishes. Their specialty is game with ingredients from local suppliers. They serve breakfast for the residences of the two hotels plus lunch and dinner is also open for the public.
So as a guest at “Trädhotellet” you will be served your breakfast at the Guesthouse.
The Guesthouse has single room: 475SEK/$75/£49/€57
Double rooms: 550SEK/$86/£56/€66 per person
Apartment, decorate in 50’s style: 1100SEK/$174/£112/€132 for 2 person
Kent organizes fishing trips, that has become very popular – especially the once into the north of Russia.
600 people lives in Harads permanently. A wild slaughterhouse is one of the largest employers. There is a budding entrepreneurial spirit, a lot of small businesses. But otherwise it’s the forest that dominates the work and not just professional life. The landscape is a hilly pine forests carpet as far as the eye can see. Lule River glitter cut like a sharp knife through the countryside. No doubt it is a beautiful place, a place with soul soothing, quiet.
Architects behind the hotel are; Sandell & Sandberg (architect Thomas Sandell), Interior AB (architect: Bertil Harström), Marten Cyrene (architect: Marten Cyrene), Tham & Videgård Hansson architects (architects: Martin Videgård Hansson and Bolle Tham) Marge Architects Ltd (architects: Louise Masreliez and Susanne Ramel).
“Trädhotellet” in Harads, isn’t the only one in the world. The most famous are:
Treehouse Point, USA – just outside Seattle
Tree Houses Hotel, Costa Rica – built in the rainforest
Tsala Treetop Lodge, South Africa – the luxury version
Ariau Amazon Towers Hotel, Brazil – panoramic views of the Brazilian jungle
Sanya Nanshan Treehouse, China – electricity but no hot water
And of course our “Trädhotellet” – built and decorated in organic materials.
“The Lindvalls provide personal, friendly service, however, and will arrange Sami cultural tours, dog sledding, snowshoeing, kayaking, mountain biking, and of course fishing” tells us The Concierge
Britta’s Guesthuse & The Treehotel
960 24 Harads, Sweden
Phone; +46-928-104 03
Ther Treehotel is only open for visitors through our guided tours, cost 150SEK/$24/£15/€18 and the tour takes about 1 hour.
Lena Phillipsson (as an artist often called Lena Ph), born Maria Magdalena Filipsson 1966 in Vetlanda, pop singer, songwriter, pianist and TV-presenter. Lena attended at age 16 in 1982 in a Swedish version of the TV show “New Faces”, children’s daily TV-show, where she won the Swedish national final with a custom written song. She came in a musical and got to record a single. Her career as a singer began with the single “ Boy / You Open My Eyes “ in 1984. Here she sings “Live Tomorrow” that was released in 2012. Lena is a very popular singer with us Swede’s, especially with the men.
Photos provided by and thanks to:
Gallery 1; travelstyle.gr/daysinsweden.com/facebook.com/b-n-p.org/
Gallery 2; veccostudio,com/cugij.com/svid.se/coolist.com/refresher.sk/
Gallery 3; ifitshipitshere.blogspot.com/upps.eu/svid.se/brittaspensionat.se/
Gallery 4; myfloor.pl/tukuk.ro/fungagz.com/blog.i.ua/warnet.ws/petitchef.es/
Gallery 5; byggindustrin.com/designboom.com/inredningsgrupen.se/
Gallery 6; tripadvisor.com/xoprivate.com/rtvslo.si/ajilbab.com/
Other; elnomada.net & lastfm.fr
Featured photo; sverigesradio.se & Lena; nattstad.se