Andrew Williams, the founder of Remote Tribelife – a magazine for digital nomads – selects five Scandinavian wilderness hideouts for peace and isolation.
Even before the pandemic, Globetrender’s Future of Luxury Travel Forecast 2020-2025 identified Wilderness Hideouts as a key trend for the new decade, and concept such as the Diagonal Dwelling will be one of many examples of how this trend is manifesting in the months to come.
In the meantime, here are five Scandinavian wilderness hideouts to try next time you are feeling burnt out…
Arctic TreeHouse – Rovaniemi, Finland
The Arctic TreeHouse hotel is built on a forested hillside in Rovaniemi, Finland, in the Arctic Circle. The property is made up of beautifully designed chalets with wide, north-facing windows so that you can admire the Northern Lights and Midnight Sun.
There are seven suites with dark-tiled bathrooms, which are small but sleek and clean. The beds are comfy and covered with mock furs and warm duvets, and face the wide windows to allow guests to admire the superb scenery. If you fancy a hot drink or a quick snack there is a kitchenette you can use.
Its Scandinavian bistro-style Rakas restaurant in the main hotel building provides meals made with local ingredients such as reindeer. There is also room service and laundry facilities. This Lapland location is best accessed from Rovaniemi airport, via Helsinki.
Manshausen Sea Cabins – Nordskot, Steigen, Norway
The Manshausen Sea Cabins are situated in the middle of the Grøtøya strait in Norway and a short walk from the small village Nordskot. Manshausen was once a busy part of the old trading post Grøtøy, which was established in 1698.
The small but chic resort is made up of three sea cabins built along an old stone jetty, with the fourth cabin situated above the others on a natural ledge, with a beautiful view overlooking the sea and mountains.
Each cabin has a 180 degree-view thanks to panoramic windows so you can watch the changing sea and sky from your bed or the comfort of a chair. One unit has two separate bedrooms and all four cabins have a specially designed bathroom and kitchen.
The best way to get here is to fly to Bodo airport and from there drive for 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can travel by boat in 1.5 hours.
Lovtag TreeTop Cabins – Aarhus, Denmark
Lovtag is in northern Denmark, about one hour from Aalborg airport, and is made up of a collection of three exclusive cabins in a small forest. The Lovtag TreeTop Cabins are located in an area called North Jutland, surrounded by oak and pine trees.
What makes this small resort special is that the cabins are built among the treetops and a living tree grows through each one, which gives a fantastic feeling of harmony with nature. They have been designed by architect Sigurd Larsen and have Nordic minimalism in mind.
Each cabin offers a queen-size bed and a separate sofa bed, and are designed with huge floor-to-ceiling windows that offer spectacular views across the woodland. There is also a small kitchen – a breakfast consisting of local products is included with each stay.Locals recommend restaurants Jaegerhurst, Cafe Odden, and Als Kro, which are easy to reach. There is even a small winery called Odde Kystvineri.
Ice Hotel – Jukkasjärvi, Sweden
The Ice Hotel is situated in the village of Jukkasjärvi, 15 minutes from Kiruna airport, and is sculpted purely from ice. In fact, the hotel melts in the spring and is re-built each winter.
It is located just 200km from the Arctic Circle in a beautiful thick forest where guests can gaze up at the breathtaking Northern Lights.
Hotel rooms vary in design, ranging from simple layouts to full-on artistic creations. The temperature inside is at constant -5°C.
The hotel complex includes heated hotel rooms, two heated restaurants, a lounge and a shop. Most guests spend just one night in the Ice Hotel itself and then the rest in “warm rooms” and chalets that are available throughout the year.
Once you book the “cold” room you will also have access to the adjacent heated service building, which houses a relaxation area, showers and a sauna.
Eliassen Rorbuer – Hamnøy, Norway
Eliassen Rorbuer is a small resort on a tiny island in Norway called Hamnøy. What makes this place really special is the simplicity of the buildings and serenity of the surrounding nature in the middle of Reinefjord.
Red wooden houses, long days and blue sea all around will make anyone completely relax and forget about daily worries. The region is surrounded by tall mountains offering fresh air and hiking opportunities.
There are 35 different fishermen’s cabins to choose from, with comfortable beds, cooking facilities and en suite bathrooms. It is a Norwegian habit to bring your own sheets and towels, otherwise you will have to hire them from location.
The Waterfront Deluxe Cottages are right on the water’s edge and feature patios and outdoor seating. (This option is a bit more expensive, but it’s definitely worth it.)
Otherwise, a standard cottage comes with views of Reinefjord, Hamnøy harbour or the land, just a one-minute walk from the sea. Every cabin has two bedrooms so can easily fit a four-person family.
A shuttle service is available from Leknes airport to Eliassen Rorbuer via prior booking. Alternatively, you could land at Bodø airport and take a ferry to Sørvågen and drive from there to Hamnøy.