Gallery: Grass Blanketed Huts Make Up Sweden’s Most Primitive Hotel

You may have stayed at a resort with all of the latest eco amenities before, but if you want your next vacation to be die-hard green, how about checking out a hotel with no electricity or showers? Known as "Sweden's most primitive hotel," Kolarbyn is a encampment of 12 grass and fern blanketed wooden huts that offer a true eco-experience. We have to warn you though - the resort (which has been known to be visited by brown bears and wolves) is not for the faint of heart. Click through our gallery to get a glimpse into some of these hobbit-style woodland accommodations.

Located in a forest glade a few hours from Stockholm, the resort is perfect for anyone who wants an authentic rustic cabin experience. Each wooden hut features a green roof draped with grass, ferns and even wild strawberries and raspberries! While each cabin is equipped with a stove, there are no showers en suite so be ready to rough it. Luckily, there is a sauna located nearby for guests who simply must bathe.

Aside from the lack of plumbing (there are outhouses scattered around the encampment, in case you were wondering about that), Kolarbyn boasts major energy savings due to the fact that it has no electricity. All of the cabins are heated the old fashioned way, and in the winter, wood chopping is part of the guests’ itinerary. And for those who really want to take a walk on the wild side, Kolarbyn offers some incredible activities like a beaver safari, moose hike and an award winning wolf walking tour.

+ Kolarbyn


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  1. Riley Miller June 18, 2014 at 1:41 am

    I would like to know what does it cost a night?
    Also one day I would like to visit there.
    What would be the open & closed season?
    I really like this.

  2. Riley Miller June 18, 2014 at 1:35 am

    How could I build one?
    I like this!

  3. Daylightbeliever August 6, 2011 at 3:02 am

    There is another house, which you should see: The Leaf house, which is the most artistic house in the world: “The form of the Leaf House is unique. By day it resembles a strange hat or misshapen boat; by night a Jack O’ Lantern, glowing from within, its windows evoking the abstracted eyes and mouth of some Finnish folklore giant. Though the structure appears quirky and follyesque – modernism goes Moomin – it is far from haphazard.” Read more: To the same group belongs the Sounding Dome Sauna by the same artist.

  4. chushingura November 13, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Anyone know how to build something like this? Would love to replicate it.

  5. geva November 13, 2010 at 5:43 am

    Awesome. I wanna go!

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