Earlier this year, I got to experience an incredible stay at Tree Hotel in Sweden and ticked it off my bucket list as a hotel junkie! I was in Kemi in Finland swimming in freezing temperatures, but the next morning, I drove to Harads in Sweden and stayed at Tree Hotel! The pioneers and legendary hotel whose concept has its rooms built as a treehouse! A sustainable project founded by Kent and his wife, the owners, where they simply found spaces to build the rooms without having to destroy or cut the trees! They build the houses on living trees so they must take care of them for the future. The trees must survive and hold up the tree houses and so they used special wood that has been heat-treated and not impregnated with chemicals. I spent my days in -30 degrees Celsius weather and it was incredibly difficult to shoot without getting my hands frozen, but it was one of the most incredible new experience I ever had! The Tree Hotel has 7 suspended rooms in the wilderness and a guest house with has nine rooms in case you prefer to be on ground. The Tree Hotel is also children friendly!! A must visit throughout any time of the year and especially in winter if you want to catch The Northern Lights!
The UFO comes with a double bed and three single beds and also a retractable ladder.
It has an eco-friendly waste systems where at the push of a button waste is dropped into an incinerator beneath and basins come with a water saving system. For guests staying in The UFO and Bird’s Nest, rooms which are reached by climbing a ladder, large luggage is left in a designated luggage room at check in.
The closest airport is Luleå Airport, located about 70 min by car from Harads.
If you are travelling by train, the nearest station is Boden, about 35 min from Harads. When travelling by plane or by train you can book a transfer with Treehotel or rent a car and drive here by yourself.
The climate in Harads is sub-arctic, with warm summers and cold winters. Waterproof winter clothing is needed as late as April, as the snow still remains. Hats, gloves and warm, snow proof shoes are important. In summer, it’s easy with a cardigan or a light jacket, but be prepared for cold days and rain. Treehotel has some equipment to lend if there is something you lack but certainly no heels!
The Blue Cone is based on simplicity and accessibility, both in terms of material and design. The room is a traditional wooden structure with three foundations in the ground to give a sense of height and lightness, but also stability.
The seventh room, the latest edition, when you stand below, look at the sky, the entire underside of the building is covered by a life size photograph of the treetops as they looked before the room was put in place. The room is located ten metres up in the pines. The way up is an experience in itself. Stairs and landings take visitors closer to the clouds, step by step. As you reach the large, lush, Lapland treetops, with a breath taking view of the Lule River, you arrive to your room. Large panoramic windows face north and along with skylights in the bedrooms, they will allow guests to watch the magnificent northern lights. The room has been designed with various ‘experience levels’.