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Escape - Swedish Style!

A private island and a red timber cabin, plus a cosy b&b with lakeside hot tub – it doesn’t get more Swedish than this! And all just 2hrs north of Stockholm.

Overview

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:

Spring            
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!

Summer          
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.

Autumn           
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. 

Itinerary

Day 1
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.

Day 2
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!

Day 3
Breakfast on the island.
Mid-morning transfer to Åmot (20mins).
Check in and lunch on arrival at Åmot.
Afternoon at leisure or optional excursions.
Relax in the sauna and hot tub.
2 course evening meal.

Day 4
Breakfast at the bed and breakfast.
Optional excursions and a picnic lunch is provided.
2 course evening meal.

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

Day 7 (optional)
Breakfast.
Afternoon flights back to the UK.

 

Please note times are approximate.

Accommodation

Kabin - Ockelbo

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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 12V 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! Please note KABIN does not have the option to purchase alcohol locally. You are welcome to bring your own!

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!

Stilleben - Bear Watching

Click on the image for photos of the cabin. 

Come along to the mountain of the bears, for a unique opportunity to get up close to the European brown bear. Enter their natural habitat and absorb the special ambience of the wilderness. Join our guide on animal trails, past feeding marks, footprints and resting places to capture the perfect picture. Just remember, silence is golden! There are special bean bags to support and stabilise your camera.

Arrival at the wilderness cabin is in the late afternoon and return at 9am the following morning. Accommodation is in a wilderness cabin and sleeping bags are provided. Wilderness breakfast and snacks included during the tour and you need to bring walking boots and warm clothing. This is a private tour exclusively for your group. 

Activities & Excursions

Stilleben - Summer 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!

Medieval Times - 2hrs ** RECOMMENDED **
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

Ride Like the Vikings - 4hrs ** RECOMMENDED **
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 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, bear and lynx roam free in this region. Includes coffee and sandwich.
£171 per adult

Wildlife Safari - 3hrs
Besides moose, reindeer, deer and a variety of birds, which you can spot without too much effort, Sweden is also home to predators such as the bear, wolf, lynx and wolverine. Join an experienced guide looking for animal trails, footprints, feeding locations and resting places. Just remember, silence is golden! Walking boots required.
£101 per adult

Other local activities include
- A vast array of scenic hiking trails
- Mountain bikes available for rent (trails close by)
- A canoe is included as part of your stay at Kabin and are available for rent at Stilleben
- Mountain bikes are available to rent
- Rail bike tours on a local railway
- Fishing permits and equipment can be rented locally.

Stockholm Suggestions

We don't have any set activities here as there is such a variety of activities and excursions that appeal to a range of tastes. Recommendations include a boat trip through the archipelago, a visit to the Vasa Museum and a walk around Gamla Stan (The Old Town).

We suggest you visit the Stockholm Tourism website.

Dates

Available as follows ...
Spring is May and early June
Summer early June to August
Autumn September to October

Bear Safari
Available 10May to 10Sep

Prices

Prices from (without Stockholm)
£1350 per adult
£570 per child

Prices from (with Stockholm)
£1490 per adult
£660 per child

Includes
Return flights from the UK to Stockholm
Return train from the airport to Ockelbo (or car rental)
Local transfers between the train station, Kabin and Stilleben
2 nights at Kabin including 2 x breakfast, 1 x lunch and 2 x evening meals
2 nights at Stilleben including 2 x breakfast, 2 x picnic lunch and 2 x evening meals
1 x Sauna and Hot Tub at Stilleben

 

Bear Safari
Add a night at from £275 per adult / £165 per child with own car (return transfers from Stilleben from £95 - for 4 guests).

Gallery

Information

Stilleben & Kabin
Stilleben does not have an alcohol licence and there is no possibility to purchase wine / beer locally. You are welcome to bring your own. If you stay in Stockholm prior to arrival we recommend you make your purchases at the state run off-licence Systembolaget (not open Sundays). 

Stockholm
If you wish to include Stockholm at the beginning or end of this holiday here is a small selection of the hotels we work with.

Overview

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:

Spring            
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!

Summer          
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.

Autumn           
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. 

Itinerary

Day 1
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.

Day 2
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!

Day 3
Breakfast on the island.
Mid-morning transfer to Åmot (20mins).
Check in and lunch on arrival at Åmot.
Afternoon at leisure or optional excursions.
Relax in the sauna and hot tub.
2 course evening meal.

Day 4
Breakfast at the bed and breakfast.
Optional excursions and a picnic lunch is provided.
2 course evening meal.

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

Day 7 (optional)
Breakfast.
Afternoon flights back to the UK.

 

Please note times are approximate.

Accomodation

Kabin - Ockelbo

Click on the image for more photos!

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 12V 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! Please note KABIN does not have the option to purchase alcohol locally. You are welcome to bring your own!

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!

Stilleben - Bear Watching

Click on the image for photos of the cabin. 

Come along to the mountain of the bears, for a unique opportunity to get up close to the European brown bear. Enter their natural habitat and absorb the special ambience of the wilderness. Join our guide on animal trails, past feeding marks, footprints and resting places to capture the perfect picture. Just remember, silence is golden! There are special bean bags to support and stabilise your camera.

Arrival at the wilderness cabin is in the late afternoon and return at 9am the following morning. Accommodation is in a wilderness cabin and sleeping bags are provided. Wilderness breakfast and snacks included during the tour and you need to bring walking boots and warm clothing. This is a private tour exclusively for your group. 

Excursions

Stilleben - Summer 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!

Medieval Times - 2hrs ** RECOMMENDED **
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

Ride Like the Vikings - 4hrs ** RECOMMENDED **
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 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, bear and lynx roam free in this region. Includes coffee and sandwich.
£171 per adult

Wildlife Safari - 3hrs
Besides moose, reindeer, deer and a variety of birds, which you can spot without too much effort, Sweden is also home to predators such as the bear, wolf, lynx and wolverine. Join an experienced guide looking for animal trails, footprints, feeding locations and resting places. Just remember, silence is golden! Walking boots required.
£101 per adult

Other local activities include
- A vast array of scenic hiking trails
- Mountain bikes available for rent (trails close by)
- A canoe is included as part of your stay at Kabin and are available for rent at Stilleben
- Mountain bikes are available to rent
- Rail bike tours on a local railway
- Fishing permits and equipment can be rented locally.

Stockholm Suggestions

We don't have any set activities here as there is such a variety of activities and excursions that appeal to a range of tastes. Recommendations include a boat trip through the archipelago, a visit to the Vasa Museum and a walk around Gamla Stan (The Old Town).

We suggest you visit the Stockholm Tourism website.

Dates

Available as follows ...
Spring is May and early June
Summer early June to August
Autumn September to October

Bear Safari
Available 10May to 10Sep

Prices

Prices from (without Stockholm)
£1350 per adult
£570 per child

Prices from (with Stockholm)
£1490 per adult
£660 per child

Includes
Return flights from the UK to Stockholm
Return train from the airport to Ockelbo (or car rental)
Local transfers between the train station, Kabin and Stilleben
2 nights at Kabin including 2 x breakfast, 1 x lunch and 2 x evening meals
2 nights at Stilleben including 2 x breakfast, 2 x picnic lunch and 2 x evening meals
1 x Sauna and Hot Tub at Stilleben

 

Bear Safari
Add a night at from £275 per adult / £165 per child with own car (return transfers from Stilleben from £95 - for 4 guests).

Gallery More Info

Stilleben & Kabin
Stilleben does not have an alcohol licence and there is no possibility to purchase wine / beer locally. You are welcome to bring your own. If you stay in Stockholm prior to arrival we recommend you make your purchases at the state run off-licence Systembolaget (not open Sundays). 

Stockholm
If you wish to include Stockholm at the beginning or end of this holiday here is a small selection of the hotels we work with.