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Kolarbyn Ecolodge

Skinnskatteberg, Sweden

Kolarbyn Ecolodge is the ultimate escape from the daily grind and ideal for those looking to test their inner Bear Grylls with a few days of adventure! Forage for wild berries that carpet the forest and enjoy the peace and quiet of the surrounding nature.

At a Glance

  • A totally different experience without any creature comforts but a great adventure

  • The surrounding forest is carpeted with wild blueberries and lingonberries that make a superb addition to pancakes

  • The guides are very well-informed about outdoor living and wildlife and keen to impart their extensive knowledge

  • The huts are very simple but very warm and cozy

  • A highlight is the floating sauna so once you feel like cooling down just jump in the lake

Adventure, Eco/ethical tourism, Family, Wildlife

Insider's View

Make the most of the time waiting for your morning fire to get going, pick some of the forest's treats and enjoy some delicious wild blueberry pancakes.

Cordelia Nicholls

Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Kolarbyn Ecolodge or take a look at our itineraries to Stockholm and Eastern Sweden


Kolarbyn Ecolodge prides itself on being Sweden's most primitive hotel and is the ideal place for those looking for a bit of adventure!

The idea is to escape from the grind of the city and get back to nature. The lodge has a larder of essentials but the forest floor is a carpet of wild bilberries, lingonberries and mushrooms and the surrounding lakes are brimming with fish. This is where the adventure begins as the experience is entirely self-catering! This involves everything from collecting water from the well and chopping wood to make your fire to foraging for breakfast treats and fishing in the lake for supper. Meals are enjoyed around the camp fire and by the time you've cooked your feast you'll certainly feel as though you deserve it!

The 12 huts are simple and cozy. All come with rustic camp beds cushioned by sheepskin rugs and sleeping bags and a fireplace. There is no electricity nor showers but during the summer the clear lake is most inviting for a morning bathe and if you do think it's a little cold, make the most of the floating sauna to get your body temperature up before you take the plunge.

There is plenty to keep you occupied during your stay and the beaver, moose and wolf safaris come highly recommended. Set off on a beautiful boat trip at sunset to watch beavers in their natural habitats or wait until dark and listen out for the howling of the wolves nearby under the starry sky. The guides are charming and keen to share their tips and insightful knowledge of the surrounding wildlife and outdoor living.


The back to nature ethic of course stretches to the sleeping arrangements at Kolarbyn Ecolodge. The forest huts are cozy but very basic with rather firm beds and sheepskin rugs complete with a warming fireplace. Most have twin beds. Candles are used for lighting and there is no en-suite in sight! However, there are communal WCs and the lake acts as a refreshing bath!


A big part of the Kolarbyn Ecolodge experience is having to fend for yourself, this includes sourcing and cooking your own food and fetching water from the well. The more organized can bring some basics along with them or the more adventurous can go out with help from the guides to find berries, mushrooms or fish. All the cooking equipment will be provided and you can also buy some ingredients for cooking basic outdoor meals.


There are a lot of things to do at Kolarbyn Eco-Lodge such as fishing on the lake, long walks through the forest, swimming and rowing. Moose, beaver and wolf safaris are a real highlight here. There are also a couple of local towns you could go and have a look around - a lot to fit in around cutting wood, fetching water, picking and cooking your meals!

Location & Directions

Skinnskatteberg, Sweden

Kolarbyn Eco-Lodge is located on Skärsjön lake just outside the small town of Skinnskatteberg about 1 hour 50 minutes from Stockholm.

When to go

The Kolarbyn Eco Lodge experience is possible all year round depending on what kind of experience and what animals you are looking for. However, mid-April until the end of September is the best period to come with comfortable weather for all to enjoy and many tours offered throughout the week. October - December is not recommended as the days are short and there is often a lot of wind and rain. January - February also has quite short days but there is snow and the lakes are frozen but your chances of seeing a wolf are increased as they walk across the lakes in search of food. During these months the activities on offer are the guided wildlife hikes and wolf tracking. The last of the snow melts in April, when the animals start to become more active. From May - August everything is in full bloom and all activities are on offer. June is when all of the moose calves, wolf pups and beaver cubs are born so in July there is a hive of activity amongst the animals.

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Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Kolarbyn Ecolodge or take a look at our itineraries to Stockholm and Eastern Sweden

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