The Treehotel is one of the most unique design-led hotels you will ever stay in; a choice of a tree house ranging from a Bird's Nest to a UFO. Set in the stunning wilds of northern Sweden, it is a perfect destination for winter fun or summer adventures.
At a Glance
One of the most unique design-led hotels in the world with a stunning selection of tree-houses
Perfect to visit for winter adventures in the snow, or summer experiences such as horse riding or mountain biking
Set in a beautiful location in northern Sweden
Perfect to combine in winter with the Ice Hotel and in the summer with Stockholm
The 7th Room is the perfect tree house for a family adventure. Located 33ft up in the pines the luxurious cabin features an outdoor net, two bedrooms and large panoramic windows that face north, perfect for watching the Northern Lights dance across the sky!Cammie Burke
Guests of the treehouses have access to 4 saunas with showers, housed in two buildings located between 30-100m from the tree rooms.Scott Dunn team
The Bird’s Nest and UFO are only for intrepid travelers – you access the room via a retractable ladder!Claire Medlock
There are simply few hotels that can match the Treehotel's concept; to create a retreat that combines the chance to explore the unrivalled beauty of northern Sweden with rooms that are utterly unmatched in the terms of their ambitious design.
Top designers were asked to create their idea of a unique 'tree-room' and what they came up just beggars belief. The Mirrorcube is camouflaged by mirrors on all sides high up in the pine canopy. If you were just wondering that birds might not be able to see it, they have clad it in infra-red film that only birds and not humans can see - which just shows the cleverness in the design of the Treehotel. Next, The Bird's Nest's exterior is beautifully woven with wooden branches, yet inside you find a spacious living area and is accessed by a retractable staircase. The UFO is equally wacky, and easily has enough space to allow two children in the room (your children will love you forever if they could stay in a UFO). What is more fun that raising up your retractable staircase with smoke pluming up from the forest floor. The Cabin and Blue Cone are more traditional tree-houses, yet merge perfectly with the surrounding pine forest.
Without using any chemicals, or having chopped down any trees, the Treehotel has been carefully thought out from an eco-sustainable point of view, in keeping with the stunning natural beauty all around it.
Britta’s pensionat has an authentic 1930-50’s setting and offers a restaurant, bar, sauna and relaxation area, TV, and internet - it is where all tree dwellers meet in the evening to sit by the crackling fire and talk about the adventures they have had that day.
Where the Treehotel really comes alive is the chance to explore by day - whether it is the summer or winter, there is so much to see and do. In the winter, you can visit a local Sami family and see their reindeer pastures before snowmobiling to Gorgim Lake, or take a dog-sled tour through pine forests - even showshoe, or try your hand at speedy skijoring (horse-pulled skiing). You can build your own igloo or ice fish in the Lule River. The highlight for many is snowmobiling off at night to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights. The Treehotel also combines really well with a stay at the Ice Hotel for a perfect winter escape.
In the summer think horse riding, mountain biking, trekking, sea kayaking and fishing - an amazing array of experiences that get you out and about into Sweden's stunning landscapes.
Treehotel currently has seven distinctive tree rooms within its grounds. Each room is individual in its architecture, furniture, lighting, layout and fabrics giving each guest a unique experience. The rooms are suspended up to 2-6 meters in the air and are accessed by either ramp, bridge or electric stairs. They can sleep up to four people and are all environmentally friendly to have minimal impact on nature.
This treeroom’s location was based on the idea of creating a platform high up on a sharp hillside overlooking the Lule River valley. You can reach the hut from here via a horizontal bridge among the trees. At the front of the bridge is a large wooden deck.
The bridge is a long and interesting structure among the trees. The Cabin hangs slightly off-set, under the deck, partly to visually reduce the size and partly to give the tree room its own custom look.
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.
Britta’s Pensionat is open for Treehotel’s guests, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner in an authentic 1930-1950’s setting. There’s a restaurant, bar, sauna and relaxation area, TV, and internet. When you arrive at Treehotel, you first check at Britta’s pensionat; then it’s a short stroll through the breathtaking nature to your treeroom.
The Mirrorcube is an exciting hide-out among the trees, camouflaged by mirrored walls that reflect their surroundings. The dimensions are 4x4x4 meters. The base consists of an aluminium frame around the tree trunk and the walls are covered with reflective glass.
To prevent birds from flying into the mirrored walls, they have been clad with infrared film. The color is invisible to humans, but visible to the birds.
The interior is made from plywood with a birch surface. 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 is built on the contrasts between the outside and inside. The treeroom’s exterior is nothing but a gigantic bird’s nest. It gives a camouflage so you quickly disappear and become part of the surroundings.
The interior, on the other hand, is familiar and exclusive. It’s a spacious environment where a family with two children can comfortably spread out. The walls are clad with wood panels and the windows almost disappear in the exterior’s network of branches. 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 is based on simplicity and accessibility, both in terms of material and design. The room is a traditional wooden structure with three foundations in the ground to give a sense of height and lightness, but also stability.
You access the room via a bridge from the nearby mountain. The bridge is well suited for people with disabilities. The exterior consists of laminated birch wood, the interior of timber. The treeroom is 22m² and has four beds, separate sleeping loft, bathroom and living room.
While working on the Bird’s Nest, which is largely in harmony with its surroundings, the idea of creating an entirely different environment was born. And what could be more different than an UFO?
The room is cast in durable composite material – all to create the lightest, yet strong and sustainable design possible. The interior gives the room a modern and comfortable feel. The UFO is built for five people in open plan - two adults in a double bed and three children, with separate beds, WC and living area. 30m² is all you need for a comfortable escape to childhood dreams.
With its 52 square meters and 22 metric tonnes, the Dragonfly is without a doubt our biggest room. Unique in many ways, this room can function both as a conference space as well as private living quarters.
A 15-meter long ramp takes you up to the Dragonfly, where big panoramic windows give you a magnificent view of the valley. It is built out of wood, with an exterior made out of sheet metal that will eventually turn rust-brown and blend in even further with the pine-tree forest. The design and the spectacular interiors are the makings of Finish architect Sami Rintala.
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A large two-bedroom suite covering 100 sqm, the 7th Room blends perfectly in with the surrounding trees. The underside of the suite displays an image of the treetops which previously stood here, ensuring the room disappears from view when looking from the correct vantage point. From a height of 10 meters, the large windows offer fantastic views, and the net terrace is the perfect viewing spot. Climb out onto the sturdy net and survey the forest floor or look up to the star-filled sky.
Despite its secluded location, the food offered at Treehotel is of a high standard with a strong focus on fresh and local produce. Guests venture to Britta's Pensionnat to sample the daily menu which is very much centerd around seasonal wild game accompanied by delicious fresh salads and tempting bread. Dinner is usually in the style of a buffet, however, table service can easily be arranged.
The Tree Sauna is a wonderful place to while away some time in complete relaxation. The steam bath and hot tub will take you away from the hustle and bustle of your everyday life and allow you to gather your thoughts in a calm manner.
In Sauna Veritas - In sauna there is truth!
Bathing in a steam sauna is much more than just bathing. A visit to the sauna is as close as it gets to a sacred and respectful encounter with the four basic elements; fertile earth, burning fire, fresh air and clean, drinkable water.
A sauna in the woods is both natural and sensible. The ancient Greek philosopher Plato saw the connection between trees and steam baths. It’s the reason he moved his lessons to a garden next to the popular steam bathhouse. Plato knew that trees and steam baths together made the perfect stimulus for philosophical thoughts and ideas.
Our tree sauna accommodates up to 8 people. You also have access to a hot tub as well as our custom-designed relaxation area. We provide all our sauna guests with shampoo, conditioner, soap, towels and slippers.
Whichever season you choose to stay at Treehotel, there will be plenty of activities on offer during your stay. Or if you would rather just enjoy the tranquillity of the location and forego the activities, this can be just as satisfying.
The long days in the summer allow for plenty of time to explore the area with its ample wildlife, curious plants and beautiful scenery. A day sea-kayaking on the Lule River is a wonderful way to take in the scenery and includes a delicious lunch. Horse riding is another popular way to explore the area; there are night tours where you can experience the bright light that lasts long into the night. For keen fishermen, there are excellent fishing opportunities on Bodtrask and Lule Rivers.
The snowy scenes during the winter months provide guests with a completely different experience. Walking and cycling tours are replaced with sledging. Wrapped in a blanket in a dog pulled sled is a great way to explore the area, tours will be broken up by welcoming fires and some warming food and drinks. For those of you who are after a challenge - try horse-pulled skiing! Snowmobiling, ice fishing and even igloo building are offered.
Location & Directions
The Treehotel is located in Harads, just south of the Arctic Circle and 100kms from Luleå.
When to go
A trip to Swedish Lapland between November and March will allow you to make the most of your chances of catching the Northern Lights. And of course there will be snow on the ground too making husky sledding, snow-shoeing and snowmobiling all possible.