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24 Apr 2017
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Responsible tourism: Sweden family vacation, Ecolodge short break

Environment

Back to nature! Kolarbyn Ecolodge is the ultimate environmental friendly accommodation. Candles and camp fires instead of electricity, a clear water lake with a sauna instead of showers, outdoor compost toilets, and a life in pure nature!

We have now worked for more than 10 years to take people from all over the World to see some of Sweden’s most remarkable wild animals such as Moose, Wolves, Beavers, Bears and spectacular birds like Owls and Capercaillies. Our aim is to offer genuine nature experiences that support wildlife conservation and creates economic opportunities for the local society. We are so proud to say that our tours are often used as a good example by others to prove that wild animals can be a substantial income for rural areas, and that these animals are worth more alive than dead.

We are an awarded ecotourism company, we won the Grand Travel Award for best ecotourism in Sweden 2009, and we are approved with the Swedish quality label for ecotourism, Natures Best since 2004.

We have applied a strict policy to reduce, reuse and recycle whenever possible. Our boats are run on electric engines and the batteries are recharged on hydro-power. We also minimise driving and use carbon offset carbon emissions for our vehicles.

Community

We work with local guides only. That is why we can take you to the very best places to see wildlife up close in areas of Sweden where most other visitors never go. To make your vacation complete, we cooperate with small, family run guesthouses in rural villages with friendly and engaged staff. This create local job opportunities in rural areas and also provides you with a much more authentic experience. All of our guesthouses have cosy and friendly atmosphere. The food is locally produced and the dishes are mainly from the area, often with sustainable wild hunted meat like wild boar and moose along with wild chantarelles and sweetened lingonberries. Blueberries can be picked in the forest along the walks and we often bring hot drinks out into the wild.

Our guides like to explain the ecosystem and the interaction between humans and wildlife. There are many conflicts that needs to be solved, and it is important to understand the details to get a bigger picture. We hope that each one of our guests returns home with more knowledge and greater respect for our wild animals.

Group size:
We operate small group tours where one guide work with a maximum of eight participants, simply because you get a better experience nature in a smaller group.

Reviews of Sweden family vacation, Ecolodge short break

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 23 Sep 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The outdoor feeling, back to the essence of being outside and adjusting to the rhythm of
nature.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Prepare yourself for the basics, bring rain gear and read/ practise a bit with building
fires. We came to the rescue of a fellow guest just in time to avoid a major flame
burst.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?



Absolutely, owner, guides all were from the direct neighbourhood, the electrical
motors for the beaver tour where silent and the zodiacs where supercool! The moose
guide relied a bit much on the predictability of moose behaviour. Perhaps the tact
that he has to drive and watch out makes the spotting more complicated. The fact that
we had many youthful eyes in our car helped us spotting 10 moose and 4 red babies!
Which was absolutely fantastic for a predicted amount of 5/6.


4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


We had a fantastic time with our family of 4. Our teenage children did not miss their
WiFi one moment, busy with making fire, canoeing, cutting wooden sticks (bring a pocket
knife!), chopping wood even doing the dishes was fun. It is defenitely primitive, if you
have never camped you might stretch yourself but what a fantastic environment to do so!

Reviewed on 01 Sep 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Staying in Kolarbyn Ecolodge - cooking on an open fire and swimming in a
beautiful (cold) lake

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Ensure you take some small luxury foods with you as they are nice to add to the
basics provided in Kolarbyn

Book on the Beaver/Moose/Wolf Safaris - you will not regret it.
Food is locally source and the whole experience will stay with you forever.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes. I have never sorted my rubbish as diligently as I did in Kolarbyn.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Up there with the best. I was worried about all the changes with public transport
but everything went very smoothly

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