This holiday is about the silence, remoteness and traditions surrounding rural Sweden. A typical Swede works in a big city, such as Stockholm, but will have a summer house somewhere by a lake, easily accessible within 2 or 3 hours of Stockholm, such as Ockelbo - a place to escape, relax, recharge the batteries and forget about work and big city life for a few days.
Now it's your turn. Fly to Stockholm, jump on the train (or pick up a car) and speed through the countryside to Ockelbo. Your hosts Jeroen or Sam are waiting for you at the station and will take you to your isolated private island somewhere in middle Sweden. Now it's time to simply relax and forget about everything else. Enjoy this moment.
A canoe is available for you to island hop and discover the little nooks and crannies of the lake at your leisure. Activities and experiences change throughout the seasons:
In spring the colour returns to the countryside and the days get longer and longer until the nights vanish and turn to dusk and twilight. Sweden comes alive!
Sweden is famous for long summer days and during June, July and most of August Swedes immerse themselves in warm lakes and spend most of their waking hours outdoors.
Bright reds, yellows and browns create a picturesque backdrop and the early morning mist dances like fairies over the lakes. The best time of year to walk and hike in this region.
Flights from the UK to Sweden. Pick up a rental car or catch the train to Ockelbo. Welcomed by your hosts. Short transfer to the lake and your private island for the evening. Please don’t ask where the island is – it’s a surprise!! All the ingredients and recipes for your meals are provided - cook at your leisure! Relax and enjoy the true silence of nature.
A day to soak up the silence of nature. Island hop with the canoe. Immerse yourself in the lake. Simply relax. All the ingredients and recipes for your meals are provided - cook at your leisure!
Breakfast on the island. Mid-morning transfer to Åmot (20mins). Check in and lunch on arrival at Åmot. Afternoon at leisure or optional excursions. 2 course evening meal.
Breakfast at the bed and breakfast. Optional excursions and a picnic lunch is provided. 2 course evening meal.
Breakfast. Transfer to Ockelbo train station. Train to Stockholm Arlanda Airport. Flights back to the UK.
Local activities include
- A vast array of scenic hiking trails
- A canoe is included as part of your stay at Kabin and available for rent at Stilleben
- Bicycles are available to rent - Book the sauna
- Rail bike tours on a local railway
- Wildlife safaris
A little red cabin in the forest, on a private island somewhere in middle Sweden - it doesn't get more typically Swedish than this! Let the pace of life slow to a leisurely stroll, a gentle paddle in the canoe or a refreshing swim in the lake. Simply relax, enjoy the view and listen to the sound of nature.
Kabin has space for a maximum of 5 people (a double bed and space for 3 in single beds) and is only accessible by boat. There is running water and electricity which are genuine luxuries in the wilderness. There is a shower, but if you prefer Swedish, try a dip in the lake!
Your meals are based on permaculture design principles with a heavy emphasis on locally produced and organic food. Your stay at Kabin is about reducing our impact on the environment and being at one with nature. The organic ingredients for your meal will be provided along with a mouth-watering recipe – cook at your leisure!
Stilleben - Åmot
A cosy hotel which was once the village school in the typical Swedish village of Åmot. It is surrounded by hills and forests and is easily accessible from Stockholm.
Stilleben is a place for quiet reflection. You won't find TVs here but you will find endless nature trails and plenty of local wildlife. It is not unusual to see moose and deer and although you are unlikely to see them, you will probably find traces of bear, wolf and lynx.
The old school has just 6 bedrooms all with ensuite bathrooms so you can be sure of a small and personal experience. Don't forget your swimming costume as your stay at Stilleben includes 2hrs in the hottub and sauna, located by the lake.