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Our Top 25 Unique Scandinavian Stays

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Published 08/03/2021 Our Top 25 Unique Scandinavian Stays


Pared down, laid back, and refreshingly free of bling or clutter, Scandi design breathes in harmony with its naturally awe-inspiring landscapes.  

Think fairytale, fir-strewn forests, glistening fjords, and the Northern Lights dancing across the clear night sky.

Keeping things simple, light, and fun is the order of the day in this famously relaxed part of the world... perhaps with the occasional touch of quirky style thrown in!

We've selected our top 25 Unique Scandinavian Stays, to help showcase that timelessly chic, effortlessly creative, and endlessly scenic Nordic way of life at its very best.

Author: Nina Jervis
Main image: River Eye Treehouse | Norway

Jumbostay

Jumbostay

Jumbostay is a totally out-of-this-world hostel at Sweden's Stockholm Arlanda Airport, where guests can sleep in an original Boeing 747 and experience a sky-high holiday without ever leaving the ground. Until now, sleeping on an airplane meant thin blankets, cricked necks and a lack of personal space. But all that changes at Jumbostay - undoubtedly one of the world's coolest hostels. With 33…

Manshausen

Manshausen

Start your Nordic adventure story on this breathtaking island resort, where the sea and the mountains combine in a spectacular backdrop for relaxation, contemplation and activity alike. Manshausen is a unique resort and activity centre created by polar explorer Børge Ousland (the first person to reach the North Pole in a solo expedition), with a mission to discover "the harmony between…

Otter Inn

Otter Inn

Go fish-spotting at Otter Inn, an artist-designed underwater cabin for two, set on soothing waters in one of Sweden's oldest cities. Populated since the Viking age and full of cultural heritage, Västerås is one of Sweden's oldest cities, found on the shore of the rippling Lake Malaren. Otter Inn is a charmingly rustic cabin that floats on and below the lake, located just a short…

ICEHOTEL

ICEHOTEL

Indulge your senses at ICEHOTEL, the world's first and most exclusive hotel to be constructed from glistening ice and snow. The Swedish village of Jukkasjärvi is home to the crystal-clear Tome river, perfectly located 200km north of the Arctic Circle. Free of pollutants and imperfections, the natural waters of the Tome River freeze slowly and naturally in winter, to provide perfect…

Bergaliv

Bergaliv

Experience the purity and simplicity of nature, surrounded by some of Sweden's most enchanting scenery, at Bergaliv Landscape Hotel - a peaceful mountainside sanctuary awaiting your arrival. Bergaliv's outstanding location on the Åsberger mountain blends the experience of holidaying in a magnificent forest while soaking up expansive views of the beautiful Ljusnan River below - bringing you…

Treehotel

Treehotel

An incredible experience waits in Swedish Lapland's treetops - the sensational architect-designed Treehotel, promising stunning design, breath-taking views and an unforgettable escape from life! Found in Harads, a peaceful village just 50 kilometres south of the Arctic Circle, Treehotel offers a unique chance to live among the trees, cocooned in an individually designed treeroom. With views…

The Arctic Hideaway

The Arctic Hideaway

Recharge your batteries and find your muse at the Arctic Hideaway, an exquisite cluster of houses on the remote Norwegian island of Fleinvær. Fordypningsrommet, the architect-designed brainchild of a Norwegian composer and musician, means "room for deeper studies", and in this cluster of raised single-function houses - one of which is dedicated solely to contemplation - you can detox from…

River Eye Treehouse

River Eye Treehouse

Experience the simple pleasures of natural Norway up close, from the pure comfort of a hand-built forest treehouse. The mission of Å camp, located in the Norwegian valley of Tessungdalen, is to provide visitors with a friendly, authentic and immersive experience of the natural world. Set on the edge of the glorious Hardangervidda mountain plateau, and with a beautifully unspoilt river…

Kolarbyn Eco Lodge

Kolarbyn Eco Lodge

Welcome to "Sweden's most primitive hotel" - Kolarbyn Eco Lodge, a peaceful gathering of charcoal huts surrounded by lush spruce forest. With no electricity or running water, you're blissfully free at Kolarbyn Eco Lodge to luxuriate in life's natural delights, surrounded by morning birdsong and the soothing sound of crackling fire by evening. Located within beautiful spruce forest…

Traustholtshólmi

Traustholtshólmi

A cosy selection of yurts, secluded on a private Icelandic island filled with culture, history, and nature in its purest form. If you're looking for the perfect natural location from which to tick off that ‘bucket list' item of viewing the Northern Lights, Traustholtshólmi is it. A stunningly mesmerising private island, Traustholtshólmi measures just fifty-seven acres, and is…

Kalle's Inn Glasshouses

Kalle's Inn Glasshouses

Drift off under the stars (and possibly the Northern Lights!) from the unique comfort of a heated, prism-shaped Finnish glasshouse.Offering a truly magnificent view over the Gulf of Bothnia - the nature-steeped, UNESCO World Heritage archipelago of Kvarken, to be exact - a stay at Kalle's Inn Glasshouses is a magical, other-wordly experience that promises never to be forgotten.There are eight…

Näsets Marcusgård

Näsets Marcusgård

A quirky and historic farm in the calming Swedish countryside, with colourful, ever-changing seasons, and a relaxed pace of life. There's a unique sensory charm to Näsets Marcusgård, a soothing Swedish family farm that was originally founded in 1910. Surrounded by pine-covered forest land that's fresh out of a magical Scandinavian fairytale, this is a dreamlike setting that's rich in earthy,…

THEKRANE

THEKRANE

Scandi Noir in its most unique and luxurious form - a private, soul-enriching Danish retreat set in a former coal crane.   An immersive and multi-sensory experience that's quite unlike any other, THEKRANE is a former 1940s coal crane, now transformed into a luxury hotel suite for two people looking to get away from it all in design-led Danish style. Your stay also comes complete with…

Glacial Summer House

Glacial Summer House

A sparkling eco-gem nestled within Iceland's famed Golden Circle sightseeing route, purpose-built to showcase the spectacular landscape.A true once-in-a-lifetime retreat, you'll discover Glacial Summer House in Uthlid, an unspoilt Icelandic sanctuary in the centre of the country's Golden Circle sightseeing route.Sleeping up to four guests, the light-flooded home was uniquely crafted to reflect the…

Arctic Bath

Arctic Bath

This breathtaking, eco-friendly oasis of nature floats serenely under the midnight sun and the Northern Lights in the heart of Swedish Lapland.Floating on Sweden's magnificent Lule river, Arctic Bath is a one-of-a-kind construction that promises to take your breath away.Perfect for enjoying the midnight sun in summer, and perhaps the Northern Lights in winter, the sky forms an beautiful,…

Hvaler Private Island

Hvaler Private Island

An off-grid cabin, set on a natural private island in a sun-streaked Norwegian archipelago that feels blissfully cut off from the world.Hvaler ("whales" in English) is a beautiful archipelago that resembles a pod of whales, and just happens to benefit from the largest number of sunny days Norway experiences every year!The charming off-grid cabin you'll discover on this 10,000 sqm private island is…

Gaular Birdbox

Gaular Birdbox

Cast your gaze over breathtaking Norwegian woodland-and-mountain views, from the secluded comfort of a futuristic ‘birdbox' for two.Gently elevated amongst spectacular natural scenery, you'll feel as though you've travelled to the world's edge with a stay at Gaular Birdbox.A futuristic space for two, cutting-edge design techniques, cosy furnishings, and huge windows will make you ridiculously…

Akuyreyri House

Akuyreyri House

Experience a contemporary, architect-designed apartment with magnificent sea-and-mountain views of the ‘capital of North Iceland'.Nicknamed the ‘capital of North Iceland', Akureyri boasts a bustling harbour, and an impossibly scenic, mountainous landscape that the Northern Lights could have been created for.Enjoy the midnight sun in the summertime, and the possibility of the aforementioned…

Lovtag

Lovtag

Forest paths lead you to an idyllic Danish treetop hotel where you'll discover sustainable, architect-designed cabins infused with hygge. Set in forest land where deer roam free, and surrounded by earth-scented oak, spruce, and pine, Løvtag, in northern Denmark, will feel soothingly cut off from the rest of the world. There are winding, moss-covered paths to meander along, while the sparkling…

The Light House

The Light House

Watch the sun setting over Finland's largest lake, with a soothing stay in an isolated, glass-fronted Scandinavian ‘igloo' set on the water.The Light House occupies a location that dreams are made of; right in the middle of Saimaa, Finland's largest lake.Depending on the season, you'll be nestled either on the water, or on the ice, with a vast, ever-changing view to gaze upon from huge windows.…

AuroraHut Igloo

AuroraHut Igloo

Take a husky safari and await the arrival of the Northern Lights, with a ‘bucket list' stay in a gleaming glass igloo in Finnish Lapland.Dreamily located amongst the wilderness of Finnish Lapland, AuroraHut Igloo provides the perfect setting for an unforgettable Arctic holiday.Surrounded by snow-capped pines, your transparent, glistening ‘igloo' is equipped with creature comforts galore,…

Trones-Eye

Trones-Eye

A cosy and welcoming ‘igloo' furnished with luxury beds, and occupying prime viewing position next to Norway's glistening Trondheim Fjord.Privately positioned in rural Trøndelag, right on the edge of the shimmering Trondheim Fjord, Trones-Eye is a captivating retreat that packs a scenic punch.(The name Trones-Eye comes from the igloo's crystal-clear, eye-like membrane, which is strong enough to…

Arctic Fox Igloos

Arctic Fox Igloos

View the clear night sky (and possibly the Northern Lights) with a breath-taking stay in a glinting glass igloo on the edge of the Arctic Circle. A glistening display on the shores of Finnish Lapland's Lake Ranuanjärvi, Arctic Fox Igloos are luxurious glass havens that promise to cocoon you in breath-taking natural beauty. Located on the edge of the Arctic Circle, and dotted with towering fir…

Glass Cottage Iceland

Glass Cottage Iceland

A mesmeric stay in a glistening ‘secret' retreat, with the chance to watch the Northern Lights dance across the sky, right from your bed. Glass Cottage Iceland offers the chance of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to watch the Northern Lights dancing across the vast, hypnotic sky... without having to leave the comfort of your cosy bed.   Or, indeed, the comfort of your sumptuous outdoor…

Tornby Cabin

Tornby Cabin

An idyllic grass-roofed, glass-fronted cottage packed with cosy charm (and an al fresco Nordic bath!) soothingly nestled in a Danish coastal town with mesmeric North Sea views. From the moment you arrive at Tornby Cabin, you'll understand why the concept of "hygge" (that wonderful word describing an irresistible sense of cosiness and warmth) is so engrained in the Danish soul. Perfectly nestled…

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