Kolarbyn Ecolodge

Skinnskatteberg, Sweden

A unique refuge without electricity, only candles and a crackling fire in a lake.

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Kolarbyn was founded in the winter of 1996 , the villagers of Skinnskatteberg decided to build a collection of traditional forest huts on the shore of Lake Skärsjön . The idea was to create the conditions for people interested in burning coal to practice their techniques as it was practiced in the region for centuries. And then there are 6 or 7 years , Marcus has reopened Kolarbyn with different huts to live in nature. This is a truly magical feeling to wake up in the morning, light the fire and hear the birds singing. They do not want our visits, they just want to be here. Kolarbyn is called " the most primitive hotel in Sweden" . It is a natural refuge for silence, wilderness and adventure in a beautiful forest setting just a few hours drive from the capital Stockholm. Huts and the forest around them is something really unique. There is no other place like it. There is no electricity, only candles and a crackling fireplace that will guide you to sleep. And after the silence of the night you wake up slowly for birds and a refreshing swim in the lake. This is really fascinating.

Isolation mat, Sheep skin rugs, Candles and matches, Firewood for self-cutting, Fresh water to be fetched from the spring, Access to fire places, Primitive kitchen facilities and equipment, Dish place with running water in the creek, Waste separation bins for recycling, Access to big hut with tables and 45 seats (if not occupied).


    Program :

    Day 1 Arrival in Kolarbyn Eco lodge

    Arrival in the reception and meeting with one of our hosts for a short introduction to the facilities. Once you have moved in to your forest hut you get to cook your own evening meal over open fire together with your family. All necessary outdoor kitchen equipment and basic ingredients is provided for a full outdoor meal. For fresh items you may also want to visit the supermarket in the village 3km away. You fetch your own water in the nearby spring, chop your own fire wood, light fires and do the dishes in the stream. In the evening you can go hiking, fishing, swimming in the lake or just rest by the fire with the other guests. Night in forest hut.

    Day 2 Kolarbyn Ecolodge, Moose Safari

    Self-service breakfast at any time. After breakfast you have a whole day to explore the surrounding forest. Swedish nature is safe and large animals never visit the Kolarbyn site, we have never had any incidents at all. When you are hungry you can cook your own lunch over an open fire. In the evening one of our wildlife guides will take you for a guided Moose Safari tour. The surrounding forest is exceptionally good for Moose watching and our guides have succeeded in showing Moose on every tour since 2003. The tour lasts 5 hours and you return to your forest hut after sunset late at night. An outdoor dinner is included during the tour. Night in forest hut.

    Day 3 Kolarbyn Ecolodge, Beaver Safari

    Self-service breakfast at any time. Another free day of outdoor activities. Lunch at your own. In the afternoon you will meet up with one of our wildlife guides again and this time for a Beaver Safari tour on the lake with big chances to see wild Beavers. The tour takes 5 hours and we are using a rubber boat with electric engine to increase our chances to get near to the Beavers during sunset. An outdoor dinner is included in the tour. Night in forest hut.

    Day 4 Departure day

    Self-service breakfast at any time. Free time on your own, stay as long as you want, say goodbye then departure.

    Children 2350 SEK (up to 15 years)
    Included: Lodging in forest huts 3 nights at Kolarbyn Ecolodge with 3 x self-service breakfast, 2 x self-service lunch, 1 x self-service dinner. 2 guided evening tours with 2 x served outdoor dinners. Sleeping bag equipment. Life jacket/bouyancy vest for the Beaver Safari. Transfer Skinnskatteberg return.

    Not included: Travel insurance, alcoholic beverages, travel to and from the tour.

    Tour dates: This tour has no fixed dates, but is offered every Thursday-Sunday during April-September. Other dates may also be possible. Please make a request for available dates.

    When is best: April-September is usually good for the above mentioned wildlife. Second half of August and all of September means bigger chances to see Moose bulls with antlers because of mating season. Beavers can be seen during the entire period.

    Guided activities: This adventure includes two guided excursions which typically lasts for 5 hours in the evening depending on weather conditions, see itinerary for details. During most excursions we transfer by van and then walk through the forest. The Beaver excursion is usually made by rubber boat with electric engine.

    Lodging: This tour includes lodging in a forest hut at Kolarbyn Ecolodge. Sleeping bag equipment is included. Please let us know if you prefer to stay at a more comfortable guesthouse at a surcharge during some or all of the nights.

    Times: Since this tour has no guided activity on day 1 you are free to arrive between 12-16 and depart at 12 noon on the last day. Please make sure that you are arrive in time for all activities. Give us a call if you are late.

    Location: Kolarbyn Ecolodge. See map below.

    Suitability: Recommended minimum age is 10 years. Please note that the long sun hours during June and July means we have to stay out until late, often after midnight, but you have the chance to sleep in the mornings. Participants should be able to walk in the forest without difficulties. The amount of walking is dependent on the current wildlife situation. Walking level is medium. We may walk up to 1 hour on gravel roads as well as in uneven terrain off track. Walks include many stops along the way.

    Group size: Maximum 8 participants per guide. With 2 guides there may be up to 16 participants. Kolarbyn Ecolodge has availability for 24 guests.

    500.00 €
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