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Skarsjon, Skinnskatteberg 73030 Sweden
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Kolarbyn Eco-lodge is called Sweden’s most primitive hotel and guests from all over the World come here to stay for a few nights for outdoor activities such as wildlife watching, hiking or fishing.
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Free parking
Special diet menus
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Open-air bath
BBQ facilities
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
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Shared kitchen
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English, Swedish


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Skarsjon, Skinnskatteberg 73030 Sweden
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We stayed for 2 nights in this magic place, run by 2 wonderful women in a forest. Everything was exactly as described and shown on the pictures. We stayed in a little hut and slept soundly with only the forest sounds in the background. We are on an extended journey through Europe and had no food on arrival, but everything was provided for all our meals and we did not miss anything. We were lucky to get to book the bath next to the lake and spent a few hours just listening to the sounds of the birds. This is the most magical place for couples but also for children. It is a must on your journey through Sweden!
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This is a beautiful, quiet place to just get away from it all. We stayed for a night and had the most pleasant experience. The staff were very welcoming and helpful. The amenities were great and we were never lacking. The Kolarkoja, as they are called, were so cozy and warm with their own fireplace. The sauna was nice, with a picturesque view of the lake and easy to take a quick dip in between sauna time. Highly recommend for fans of the great outdoors.
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Response from Malin B, Informationsansvarig at STF Kolarbyn Eco-Lodge
Responded Nov 8, 2018
Hi cbei, thank you for nice words and I´m glad to hear that you had a wonderful stay! Hope to see you in the future!
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In the wild, beautiful woods of Bergslagen is this gem hidden! We stayed in a hut for one night. It was as cosy as in the pictures. We also rented the sauna in the morning and we even took a quick swim in the lake. It is so nice here! I can really recommend it!
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Response from Malin B, Ägare at STF Kolarbyn Eco-Lodge
Responded Oct 7, 2018
Hej Eva! Tack för fin feedback och visst är det härligt att ta en morgon-bastu och väcka upp kroppen ordentligt med en härlig simtur! Hoppas att vi ses snart igen i Kolarbyn!
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We have just returned from a wonderful stay Kolarbyn Ecolodges. The location in a wood at the edge of a lake is peaceful and very pretty. The staff are very good at making sure that you have everything you need, and passing on their knowledge without being intrusive. They knew the dietary requirements of guests prior to arrival and made sure there was vegetarian and vegan food in the store cupboard, apples from the garden, and even biscuits to welcome us instead of cakes as one guest was vegan. The rooms are exactly as in the picture, but there is room to store bags at the back and under the beds, and plastic boxes are provided to store any personal foodstuffs so that they don't get raided by mice (we neither saw nor heard any). The rooms are cosy, we did not need to light the fire at all, and very quiet (although I expect there would be birdsong in the Spring). Food was not a problem with a choice of convenience foods provided. Lighting fires was easy - I admit, I used the fire lighters provided rather than the birch bark and flint method that we were taught. The earth closet toilets were comfortable, easy to use and just like old fashioned privvies, and washing was fine, although the lake water was too cold for us to properly clean ourselves - apologies to those sitting next to us on the train back. We walked, and used the canoes a couple of times to explore the lakes, without falling in, and the sauna once (easy to use, although I still don't 'get' the whole sauna thing and why people want to heat themselves up just to cool down). The location is easy to get to, the ticket collectors on the trains made sure to tell us in English which platforms we needed when we changed, and our taxi met us on time. We didn't take a car, and didn't regret it. We also booked on wildlife trips with Wild Sweden, who coordinated very well with Molly at Kolarbyn, but I will write a separate review for this aspect of the holiday.
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Response from Malin B, Ägare at STF Kolarbyn Eco-Lodge
Responded Oct 7, 2018
Hi Guy, thank you so much for having you and your family here for three nights and I missed you when you leave Kolarbyn, you have a good sense of humour =) I hope every guest have a good experience as you had, if we have the chance to describe how a stay in Kolarbyn should be, it would sure be as you describe! I hope I see you all soon in the future!
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My partner and I stayed at Kolarbyn for 4nights on the wildlife excursion package that included tours to see Beavers, Moose and to hear the wolves howling at night. We stayed in August and were worried about being eaten alive by mosquitos - but I came home completely unbitten without even having used a single spray of my over packed insect repellent. There had been a fire ban over the course of our stay (due to local forest fires)and so only one of the fires was available for use and it was coal only rather than the freshly chopped wood and this did mean the cooking area could get busy; but with a little planning this didn't effect our enjoyment at all . I simply loved cooking over the fire and taking the time to enjoy the preparation of the fire and meal itself. Everything takes time, and its a pure pleasure to indulge in this way. Swimming in the lake, and using it as the place for a morning 'bath' was exhilarating with the initial shock of the cold; but you quickly get used to it with the accompanying sauna; it immediately became a highlight of the day. The huts were so great - very small - but also very cosy. We hadn't noticed there was a board under the bed and so could have slept together in a larger bed had we of fitted it between the two singles however we didn't mind our single beds at all. The beds were hard, but I didn't fail to have a good nights sleep. The tours we went on were great fun, with a great team from Wild Sweden. We managed to spot all the animals we had intending on seeing with such passionate guides who never gave up when initially it was looking slow on certain evenings - I also managed to fall asleep just before the wolves started howling! - so a tip there would be to stay awake (it was about 3am), and to be prepared to sit still in the woods for many hours. The atmosphere was just incredible though. Definitely worth a visit. Loved my stay
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Frequently Asked Questions about STF Kolarbyn Eco-Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to STF Kolarbyn Eco-Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Galleri Astley (4.9 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at STF Kolarbyn Eco-Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free parking, kids activities, and a sauna.
What food & drink options are available at STF Kolarbyn Eco-Lodge?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at STF Kolarbyn Eco-Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at STF Kolarbyn Eco-Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a sauna during their stay.
Are pets allowed at STF Kolarbyn Eco-Lodge?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at STF Kolarbyn Eco-Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Swedish.