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
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
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.
For Summer activities July- September is the best time to visit.
To start planning your holiday to Treehotel
The Treehotel is one of the most unique design-led hotels you will ever stay in; a choice of a treehouse ranging from a Bird's Nest to a UFO. Set in the stunning wilds of Swedish Lapland, it is a perfect destination for winter fun or summer adventures.
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 than 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 between 2 to 10 metres 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. Please note the stairs here are very steep and may not suit those with mobility issues.
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 metres. 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 colour 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 and lounge. 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. Please be aware that heavy suitcases can not be taken into the room here so you may have to pick out items to go into a smaller bag for your overnight stay.
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 metres 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 metres, 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 centred 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.
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. Snowmobiling, ice fishing and even igloo building are offered.
Pippa Carey (Staff)
Staying at the Treehotel was unlike any other hotel I have ever experienced. The peace of the forest, the views from the tree houses, the kindness of the staff and of course, the design of these incredible little houses was totally awe inspiring. From the minute you arrive at the Treehotel, you can't help but feel excited to see these iconic little buildings, sleeping in a treehouse has to be everyone's childhood dream and Treehotel does not dissapoint! I stayed in the dragonfly, a two bedroom palace of a treehouse overlooking the valley below. The silence of the surrounding forest makes this a true retreat and the staff couldn't have been kinder. Breakfast and dinner are served in the rather unusual, 50's style guesthouse which acts as base for the hotel. The food served was exceptional, fillet of Reindeer cooked to perfection with mustard mash, a real winter warmer and beautifully presented. The whole stay was a once in a lifetime style experience and I loved every minute.
Gwen Nicol (Staff)
Staying at the Treehotel was just as you would imagine - dreamy! The 7 treehouses are so interesting and thoughtfully designed that it feels like an art exhibit in the woods. It will appeal to the child inside and the adult that enjoys modern conveniences. We stayed in the super spacious Dragonfly Treehouse. This one is two bedrooms and it has a bathroom with a shower inside. The view over the snowy valley from my bedroom was so peaceful and beautiful. We actually did not want to leave our cozy house in the woods! The main house is a 1950's style farmhouse that has been frozen in time and it feels cozy and welcoming. The staff made us feel very welcome and the meals at the Treehouse were outstanding. They have just completed a new modern equipment cabin that has changing facilities and it houses all of the cold weather gear that guests will need for excursions. I highly recommend staying here once in your lifetime and it feels appropriate for couples looking for a romantic getaway and families looking for adventure.
Milly Walker (Staff)
I really loved the Treehotel. It is such a unusual concept which really works. After checking in, walking through the beautiful snowy forest to the treehouses was pretty exciting and magical and I just couldnt wait to see our room for the night, the Birds Nest. It was cosy and comfortable inside and the eco incinerator toilet was very easy to use! We had the sauna and hot tub booked for 2 hours after dinner which was a lovely was to relax and unwind before heading to bed.
Claire Medlock (Staff)
While the combination of retro Scandinavian kitsch and modern fantastical architecture may not be for some, I loved the contrasts between the main hotel area and our rooms. It felt magical to follow the subtly lit path from the cosy dining area through the woods to your room - in my case the Birds Nest. I would highly recommend booking the sauna and outdoor hot tub for a couple of hours as you have the spacious facilities to yourself and can enjoy being with nature the true Swedish way.
Cammie Burke (Staff)
A stay at the unique Treehotel will be a memory you hold with you forever. The Treehotel is one of the most remarkable hotels in the world yet also offers comfort. Each room has been built in its natural environment and possesses a different story and amazing design. Sprinkled throughout the pine forest you will find a UFO, Bird's Nest, Blue Cone, Cabin, Dragonfly, 7th Room, and a Mirror Cube. The Treehotel has accommodation options for both couples and families as well as a host of winter and summer activities to join in on. The Treehotel combines adventure, comfort and friendly hospitality into an extraordinary experience way up in the pines - a stay here will instantly connect you to nature and if you are lucky, you might even get a spectacular showing of the Northern Lights.
Explore the Taiga Forest by Fat Bike
A fat bike is similar to a Mountain bike yet has larger wheels, allowing you to cycle across soft surfaces. You'll be accompanied by a guide who will lead you where to go, showcasing the very best of the surrounding forest.
Family fun at Treehotel
Spring, Summer or Autumn are fantastic times to visit the Treehotel with your family as you head into the woodland to go foraging for berries and mushrooms or even try fishing or horse riding.
Husky dog sled ride
A trip to Lapland would not be complete without an encounter with some furry huskies. Meet the huskies and their owner and watch them be harnessed before taking off on a thrilling sled ride on forest trails.
Ice dining at Treehotel
Venture out under the moonlight to a nearby lake, where you can spend an evening dining atop the frozen waters. After a three-course dinner in a heated tipi, you'll have the chance to spot the beautiful yet elusive Northern Lights.
Moose Safari at the Treehotel
With your expert local guide at your side, explore the Lappish wilderness in search of the region's native wildlife. Take in the breathtaking mountain scenery as you keep your eyes peeled for moose, reindeer and grouse.
Nordic Ski Touring
The traditional way to explore the winter landscapes of Swedish Lapland, you'll traverse across the snow on wooden skis, led by your expert guide. Skiing across flat ground at a leisurely pace, you'll be able to admire the beautiful scenery as you pass.
Sea kayaking on the Lule River
With your experienced guide, take to the water and explore the Lule River in kayaks. The calm waters lend themselves to a leisurely pace, so you'll have plenty of time to admire the beautiful scenery as you pass by.
Snowmobile Northern Lights tour at Treehotel
Take a snowmobile across the snowy landscape in search of the Northern Lights. Once darkness has fallen, head away from the lights of the Treehotel and towards the Lappish wilderness. If the weather is clear, you will hopefully see the Lights dancing!
Snowshoe Walk at Treehotel
Explore the wilderness of Swedish Lapland by one of the more traditional methods of transport - snowshoes! Your private guide will teach you how to walk before leading you through the untracked landscape to a secluded point with an incredible view.
Best of Swedish Lapland
Stockholm and Swedish Lapland
from £4600 pp inc flights & transfers for 6 nights
- The Treehotel is one of the most iconic hotels in the world with inspiring contemporary designs
- Experience VIP service with a private chef and a personal host
- Soak in your private outdoor hot tub as you gaze at the starry sky above
Off The Beaten Track in Swedish Lapland
from £4800 pp inc flights & transfers for 6 nights
- Indulge your inner adventurer with safari style camping and tree house living
- This combination of properties takes you from snug laavu tent to family run guest house and on to charming architect designed treehouses
- In all three locations you have ample opportunity to spy the Aurora Borealis
Swedish Lapland for families
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from £3100 pp inc flights & transfers for 7 nights
- Enjoy unique experiences such as husky sledding and ice sculpting with this thrilling family adventure
- Combine culture in Stockholm with adrenaline-fuelled activities in Swedish Lapland
- Spend a night at the original Ice Hotel for a once-in-a-lifetime experience
Swedish Lapland Honeymoon
Stockholm & Swedish Lapland
from £4200 pp inc flights & transfers for 6 nights
- Explore the rich history and cobbled streets of Stockholm
- Head north to Swedish Lapland - a natural playground in both summer and winter
- Stay up late to see the beautiful midnight sun during the summer months
The Ice Hotel and Treehotel
from £1600 pp inc flights & transfers for 5 nights
- Experience the winter wonderland of Northern Sweden and stay in one of the world's most extraordinary hotels
- Revel in nature's most incredible light show - the Northern Lights
- Try your hand at the fabulously wintery activities such as husky-sledding, reindeer safaris or snowshoeing across the vast and unspoiled landscape
Location & directions
The Treehotel is located in Harads, just south of the Arctic Circle and 100kms from Luleå.
How to get there
Fly to Stockholm (two-hour 30-minute flight) and then to Luleå (one-hour 15-minute flight) followed by a one-hour drive.
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