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Escape - Swedish Style! (Winter)

Our most accessible winter break in the hills surrounding the traditional Swedish village of Åmot, just 2hrs from Stockholm. Escape from it all!

Overview

Experience the magic of isolation in a small picturesque village somewhere in middle Sweden, close to the town of Ockelbo, 2 hours north of Stockholm.

This holiday is about snow, silence, remoteness and traditions surrounding rural Sweden. A typical Swede works in a big city, such as Stockholm, but will have a country 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. Traditional Swedish activities include skiing, ice skating and snowshoeing and then enjoy a coffee and pastry in the wilderness.

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 guide you through this region of natural beauty to Stilleben. Now it's time to simply relax and forget about everything else. Enjoy this moment. 

Winter activities include
Sauna and hot tub (included in your stay), icelandic horse riding, ice fishing and snowshoes.

 

Itinerary

Day 1
Flights from the UK to Stockholm.
Pick up a rental car or catch the train to Ockelbo.
Welcomed by your hosts.
Evening meal served at Stilleben.

Day2
Breakfast and lunch are included.
Day at leisure and optional excursions.
Relax in the sauna and hot tub.
2 course evening meal.

Day 3
Breakfast and lunch are included.
Day at leisure and optional excursions.
2 course evening meal.

Day 4
Breakfast.
Transfer to Ockelbo train station.
Train to Stockholm Arlanda Airport.
Flights to the UK or continue your holiday in Stockholm with Simply Sweden.

Day 5 (optional)
Breakfast.
Day to explore Stockholm at your leisure.

Day 6 (optional)
Breakfast.
Afternoon flights back to the UK.

 

Please note times are approximate.

Accommodation

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.

Click on the image for more photos!

Activities & Excursions

Stilleben - Winter 2017

Sauna & Hot Tub (included in your stay)
Relax in the floating sauna and hot tub at Stilleben during the evening.  Recharge your batteries in the calm surroundings of this quiet Swedish Village. Bring swimming costumes!


Ride Like the Vikings - 4hrs
The Icelandic Horse is unrivalled in its stability and durability. These strong, agile and secure horses were used during the Viking era for good reason. Today, with your host, they will be your guide as you ride through the snow-covered fairy-tale forests surrounding Åmot in middle Sweden. In silence and complete harmony with nature, your horse will help you connect with its inhabitants.
Moose, deer and bird life are all common sights on this tour. You are less likely to see them as they are shy creatures (you can be sure you will see tracks), but wolves and lynx roam free in this region. Includes coffee and sandwich.
£171 per adult
£103 per child (min 7yrs)


Snowshoe Excursion – 3 to 4hrs
One of the best ways to get up close and personal with nature during the winter months. Snowshoes are easy to use and allow you to almost float on virgin white snow. See animal tracks, explore the magical world of the Swedish forest and simply listen to the silence of nature. Includes coffee and pastry in the wilderness.
£89 per adult
£45 per child


Ice Fishing with Guide – 3 to 4hrs
It doesn’t get more relaxing or more Swedish than this! A fun activity for all ages. There are plenty of frozen lakes around Åmot, all with a thick layer of winter ice. Includes coffee and pastry. There is a catch and release policy with this activity.
£100 per adult
£50 per child


Husky Excursion & Horse and Sleigh Ride – full day
A memorable day bursting with activities – it’s a long day but worth it! After a hearty breakfast there is a 2hr transfer for the husky kennels at 8am. You will drive 2 per sled and take it in turns to mush your eager team of four-legged friends through the snow-covered pine forests. The husky sledding takes approx. 2hr30 and a light meal is served before heading to the stables at 2pm. At approx. 3pm you are welcomed by your host at the stables for the traditional journey described above. At 8pm you depart for Stilleben for a good nights rest.  
£472 per adult
£153 per child


Horse and Sleigh Ride – 3 to 4hrs
An ancient way to travel through the snow-covered Swedish countryside. You will sit comfortably in the sledge, wrapped in warm blankets, with just the soothing sound of snow crunching under the sledge. Listen to stories about nature, about history and about life in the dark snowy winters. A delicious meal based on local ingredients is served around an open fire in a traditional Swedish stuga (log cabin). Total length of tour is approx. 5hrs including transfers. We recommend you book this is a combination tour with husky sledding as above.
£352 per adult
£82 per child


Husky Excursion – 3 to 4hrs
You will drive 2 per sled and take it in turns to mush your eager team of four-legged friends through the snow-covered pine forests. The husky sledding takes approx. 2hr30 and a light meal is served before heading home. There is a 2hr transfer to the kennels so approx. 7hrs in total.  We recommend you book this is a combination tour with horse and sleigh as above.
£352 per adult
£82 per child


Medieval Times - 2hrs
Step into the Middle Ages with a musical experience filled with Scandinavian folktales. Vikings, trolls and young maidens are never far away! A "spelman" and "herding maiden" welcome you to their home. "Viking shots" (non-alcoholic) and vegetarian soup are served, just like in Medieval times, together with delicious bread and cheese. Listen to the magic "kulning" (unique calling-singing developed by women to communicate in the high mountains and deep forests), echoing off the ancient hills of the Swedish backcountry.
£82 per adult
£49 per child


Snowmobile Tour – 4hrs
A short transfer to the village of Svartnäs. A modern and popular way to access the stunning white wilderness and enjoy the views from the surrounding hills. Following an important safety briefing you will drive in pairs and take it in turns – the techniques of snowmobiling are easy to grasp.  This region of Sweden has rolling hills, fairy-tale forests and an abundance of wildlife – it’s not unusual to see moose in this area. Includes a light meal. This activity is not available everyday – please make your request at time of booking if this is an essential element of your holiday.
£191 per adult (2 per snowmobile) / £358 per adult (1 per snowmobile)
£100 per child (passenger or sled at guides discretion)

 

Note: These activities require a minimum of 2 full paying adults.

 

Other local activities include
- Rent snowshoes locally
- Rent ice fishing equipment
- Cross country skiing
- Ice skating

Dates

This holiday is available from 27th December 2016 until 20th March 2017

Prices

Prices from (without Stockholm)
£1050 per adult
£670 per child

Prices from (with Stockholm)
£1160 per adult
£760 per child

And includes ....
Return flights from the UK
Return trains from the airport to Ockelbo or car rental
Train station transfers when travelling by train
3 nights full board at Stilleben
Warm clothing is not included

Gallery

Information

Useful information about our winter holidays.

Please note this holiday does not include warm clothing. Walking boots or snow boots are essential for this holdiay.

Overview

Experience the magic of isolation in a small picturesque village somewhere in middle Sweden, close to the town of Ockelbo, 2 hours north of Stockholm.

This holiday is about snow, silence, remoteness and traditions surrounding rural Sweden. A typical Swede works in a big city, such as Stockholm, but will have a country 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. Traditional Swedish activities include skiing, ice skating and snowshoeing and then enjoy a coffee and pastry in the wilderness.

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 guide you through this region of natural beauty to Stilleben. Now it's time to simply relax and forget about everything else. Enjoy this moment. 

Winter activities include
Sauna and hot tub (included in your stay), icelandic horse riding, ice fishing and snowshoes.

 

Itinerary

Day 1
Flights from the UK to Stockholm.
Pick up a rental car or catch the train to Ockelbo.
Welcomed by your hosts.
Evening meal served at Stilleben.

Day2
Breakfast and lunch are included.
Day at leisure and optional excursions.
Relax in the sauna and hot tub.
2 course evening meal.

Day 3
Breakfast and lunch are included.
Day at leisure and optional excursions.
2 course evening meal.

Day 4
Breakfast.
Transfer to Ockelbo train station.
Train to Stockholm Arlanda Airport.
Flights to the UK or continue your holiday in Stockholm with Simply Sweden.

Day 5 (optional)
Breakfast.
Day to explore Stockholm at your leisure.

Day 6 (optional)
Breakfast.
Afternoon flights back to the UK.

 

Please note times are approximate.

Accomodation

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.

Click on the image for more photos!

Excursions

Stilleben - Winter 2017

Sauna & Hot Tub (included in your stay)
Relax in the floating sauna and hot tub at Stilleben during the evening.  Recharge your batteries in the calm surroundings of this quiet Swedish Village. Bring swimming costumes!


Ride Like the Vikings - 4hrs
The Icelandic Horse is unrivalled in its stability and durability. These strong, agile and secure horses were used during the Viking era for good reason. Today, with your host, they will be your guide as you ride through the snow-covered fairy-tale forests surrounding Åmot in middle Sweden. In silence and complete harmony with nature, your horse will help you connect with its inhabitants.
Moose, deer and bird life are all common sights on this tour. You are less likely to see them as they are shy creatures (you can be sure you will see tracks), but wolves and lynx roam free in this region. Includes coffee and sandwich.
£171 per adult
£103 per child (min 7yrs)


Snowshoe Excursion – 3 to 4hrs
One of the best ways to get up close and personal with nature during the winter months. Snowshoes are easy to use and allow you to almost float on virgin white snow. See animal tracks, explore the magical world of the Swedish forest and simply listen to the silence of nature. Includes coffee and pastry in the wilderness.
£89 per adult
£45 per child


Ice Fishing with Guide – 3 to 4hrs
It doesn’t get more relaxing or more Swedish than this! A fun activity for all ages. There are plenty of frozen lakes around Åmot, all with a thick layer of winter ice. Includes coffee and pastry. There is a catch and release policy with this activity.
£100 per adult
£50 per child


Husky Excursion & Horse and Sleigh Ride – full day
A memorable day bursting with activities – it’s a long day but worth it! After a hearty breakfast there is a 2hr transfer for the husky kennels at 8am. You will drive 2 per sled and take it in turns to mush your eager team of four-legged friends through the snow-covered pine forests. The husky sledding takes approx. 2hr30 and a light meal is served before heading to the stables at 2pm. At approx. 3pm you are welcomed by your host at the stables for the traditional journey described above. At 8pm you depart for Stilleben for a good nights rest.  
£472 per adult
£153 per child


Horse and Sleigh Ride – 3 to 4hrs
An ancient way to travel through the snow-covered Swedish countryside. You will sit comfortably in the sledge, wrapped in warm blankets, with just the soothing sound of snow crunching under the sledge. Listen to stories about nature, about history and about life in the dark snowy winters. A delicious meal based on local ingredients is served around an open fire in a traditional Swedish stuga (log cabin). Total length of tour is approx. 5hrs including transfers. We recommend you book this is a combination tour with husky sledding as above.
£352 per adult
£82 per child


Husky Excursion – 3 to 4hrs
You will drive 2 per sled and take it in turns to mush your eager team of four-legged friends through the snow-covered pine forests. The husky sledding takes approx. 2hr30 and a light meal is served before heading home. There is a 2hr transfer to the kennels so approx. 7hrs in total.  We recommend you book this is a combination tour with horse and sleigh as above.
£352 per adult
£82 per child


Medieval Times - 2hrs
Step into the Middle Ages with a musical experience filled with Scandinavian folktales. Vikings, trolls and young maidens are never far away! A "spelman" and "herding maiden" welcome you to their home. "Viking shots" (non-alcoholic) and vegetarian soup are served, just like in Medieval times, together with delicious bread and cheese. Listen to the magic "kulning" (unique calling-singing developed by women to communicate in the high mountains and deep forests), echoing off the ancient hills of the Swedish backcountry.
£82 per adult
£49 per child


Snowmobile Tour – 4hrs
A short transfer to the village of Svartnäs. A modern and popular way to access the stunning white wilderness and enjoy the views from the surrounding hills. Following an important safety briefing you will drive in pairs and take it in turns – the techniques of snowmobiling are easy to grasp.  This region of Sweden has rolling hills, fairy-tale forests and an abundance of wildlife – it’s not unusual to see moose in this area. Includes a light meal. This activity is not available everyday – please make your request at time of booking if this is an essential element of your holiday.
£191 per adult (2 per snowmobile) / £358 per adult (1 per snowmobile)
£100 per child (passenger or sled at guides discretion)

 

Note: These activities require a minimum of 2 full paying adults.

 

Other local activities include
- Rent snowshoes locally
- Rent ice fishing equipment
- Cross country skiing
- Ice skating

Dates

This holiday is available from 27th December 2016 until 20th March 2017

Prices

Prices from (without Stockholm)
£1050 per adult
£670 per child

Prices from (with Stockholm)
£1160 per adult
£760 per child

And includes ....
Return flights from the UK
Return trains from the airport to Ockelbo or car rental
Train station transfers when travelling by train
3 nights full board at Stilleben
Warm clothing is not included

Gallery More Info

Useful information about our winter holidays.

Please note this holiday does not include warm clothing. Walking boots or snow boots are essential for this holdiay.