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Tree HotelLapland, Sweden
Sleep in style and comfort in a specially designed cabin high in the trees. Great design & style, environmental awareness and raw nature are all things that Sweden is well known for besides ABBA, IKEA and Volvo. The Tree Hotel manages to successfully marry all these elements into truly unique accommodation. Throw in warm and genuine hospitality and an impressive array of year-round activities from snowmobiling to taking in the northern lights and you have a once in a lifetime holiday!
The Tree Hotel is located in the sleepy village of Harads (population 300+) in the forested interior of Swedish Lapland, just a little over an hour drive northwest from the coastal city of Luleå. The central location in Lapland makes it the perfect place from which to explore all that the region has to offer. For example, the majesty of the Storforsen rapids (one of the largest in Europe), the picturesque Luleå archipelago, the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Gammelstad and the town of Jokkmokk (a great place to experience Sami culture- either at the Ájtte museum or at the annual winter market) are all within an hour and a half drive from Harads. The Tree Hotel is just south of the Arctic Circle, which means that you can either witness the midnight sun in the summer or the northern lights (Aurora Borealis) in the winter while visiting the hotel.
For those of you looking to do much more in Lapland than visit the Tree Hotel, then we have added some additional information here about the region, what to do plus some suggested accommodation linked to The Tree Hotel.
The region is located in the far north of Sweden, between Finland and Norway. It stretches from the more populated coastal areas, with spectacular archipelago, through the inland belt, with vast tracts of pristine forests, to the alpine mountains bordering Norway. Exploring and experiencing Swedish Lapland is made easier with a selection of accommodations, each offering a plethora of unique and exciting activities, from the sedate to the adventurous.
In the coastal region there is the beach front Pine Bay Lodge (Furufjärden) and the quaint Jopikgården on picturesque Hinders Island, one of over 1,300 islands in the Luleå archipelago. They both offer snowmobile tours over the pack ice of the Gulf of Bothnia or through the coastal forests, snowshoe walks under the Northern Lights, dog sledding and ice fishing. Moving inland you find more great accommodations including the Tree Hotel (part of the Further Afield portfolio). Another one is Sörbyn Lodge and Cabins, a winter playground offering snowshoe walks, cross country skiing, ice fishing, snowmobile tours, moose safaris and visits with a Sami family. Their restaurant, famous for its creative use of local produce, attracts people from around the region. Nearby you will find Isdimma Husky Adventures, the premiere dog sledding company in Swedish Lapland. You can even enjoy alpine sports, like skiing and snowboarding, at nearby Storklinten Winter Resort.
While winter is a fantastic time to visit Swedish Lapland, especially in March when the nights aren't as long and the temperatures are more comfortable, summer also offers many spectacular opportunities for visitors. Experience the fabled midnight sun and have fun fishing, hiking, horseback riding or white water rafting. In the archipelago you can take a boat tour, sail or go kayaking. The immense forests of Lapland are filled with all types of interesting wildlife like moose, reindeer, bears, wolverines, lynx and beavers as well as rich bird life. Or get a dose of exotic culture by discovering the Sami people, indigenous to Lapland. They have a rich culture and some still make their living through semi nomadic reindeer herding.
About The Owners
Kent and Britta Lindvall are the owners of both the Tree Hotel and Britta's Guesthouse and they truly embody the warm, down to earth hospitality of northern Sweden. They started their careers in education and nursing (respectively) before both moving on to provincial development. In 2004 they opened Britta's Guesthouse while Kent guided fly fishing expeditions around the world (something he still does!). It was on one of these expeditions, while leading a group of top Scandinavian architects that the working idea for the Tree Hotel was born. In 2010 they welcomed the first guests to the Tree Hotel. Today, Britta runs the day to day aspects of the Guesthouse and Tree Hotel and Kent works on the hotel's marketing as well as the adventure activities.
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