Treehotel and Northern Lights vacation, Sweden

“Short, sweet and very Swedish Lapland, this trip packs in winter activities, some incredible local food and two nights at a design hotel tucked away in the trees.”

Highlights

Lulea | Treehotel at Harads | Northern Lights | Dog-sledding | Horseback riding | Hiking | Snowmobiling | Options for activity add-ons and trip extensions | Fantastic locally sourced food

Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout September to April.
Our top tip:
Dog-sledding is a real highlight of any Lapland trip, so make it a priority.
Trip type:
Tailor made to your budget and preferences.
Activity level:
Leisurely.
Accomm:
2 nights design-led Treehotel, 1 night bed and breakfast in Lulea.
Solos:
Solo travelers welcome. Single rooms available for a surcharge.
Meals:
3 breakfasts, 2 dinners.
Included:
Transfers, accommodation, some meals.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Treehotel and Northern Lights vacation, Sweden

Environment

The founders of the Tree Hotel wish to provide their guests with a genuine experience with nature where they are embedded in to the natural environment and surroundings. The sustainability of the tree hotel is therefore essential to its everyday offering and was an intrinsic part of the design and build process. When coming up with the concept of the tree hotel, the architects involved were given a strict brief to ensure that each of the five rooms blended in harmony with the surrounding nature. This meant that they had to come up with sustainable construction techniques and materials from the offset. We think they have achieved this with originality and creativity. Local construction companies were used to make sure that no trees were damaged or destroyed during the building process. The rooms were inserted without any harm done to the forest or wildlife. No trees were chopped down to build the rooms and the timber used comes from sustainable sources. Each room has an eco outdoor wood floor, which doesn´t contain any chemical substances. The wood is heated to over 200 degrees, which triggers their intrinsic resistance to protect against destruction. The treerooms all have good insulation and are warmed up by underfloor heating. The electricity is supplied locally from green hydroelectric power. And the lighting consists of low-energy LED-systems.
Daily operations have minimal impact on nature as well. The treerooms have no sewage system and when cleaning, we always use eco-friendly products.
Each room has a modern, environmentally friendly combustion toilet where everything is incinerated at 600 °C. The toilets are completely odourless and powered by electricity. The Mirrorcube, on the other hand, has a freezing-toilet, also electrically powered and completely odourless. In winter, it also contributes to heating. Bathrooms have water-efficient sinks with running water sufficient for washing hands, face and brushing teeth. All waste water is collected in a container that is emptied daily. Showers are located in a separate building.

Community

Although the tree hotel is a small scale accommodation provider, it has had a remarkable impact on the local community in Harads. The hosts are long time residents here and are naturally inclined to support their community and people living there. They have also been running a guesthouse for many years and so have built a strong and trusting relationship with other residents and businesses surrounding them. The breakfast and evening meal menus at the tree hotel comprise mostly of local ingredients which includes fish from the river and meat from local producers including reindeer and moose. The reindeer meat is sourced from local Sami herders who raise their stock in sustainable and ethical ways. Reindeer meat is the basis of the Sami food culture and has been vital to the Sami's survival for thousands of years. The tree hotel is helping this tradition to continue. There are many activities on offer at the Tree hotel all of which are provided by local companies such as the dog-sledding and horseback riding. The tree hotel has had a huge impact on the demand for these activities and helped to create a year round season.

Reviews of Treehotel and Northern Lights vacation, Sweden

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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 26 Feb 2016 by

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


The husky dog sledging day - it was wonderful - you get your own set of huskies & sledge with a fur rug. Remember your ski goggles thou' - we had a lot of snow & you can go quite fast (particularly if light) - afterwards hot chocolate & homemade cake in a tippee with roaring fire! Fab. The other thing was just playing in the snow - building igloos and snow slides, the right clothes mean you don't get cold and wet. Also had a really good day at the musuem near the botanic gardens. Very hands on and interactive - great for kids (old & young)- we worked up a sweat with all the activities.

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


It is really expensive - wine £10 a glass and sprite £5! Don't underestimate - take some wine for the room! Also don't book your Northern lights tour on the last night - ours got cancelled and so we couldn't reschedule it! The hotel was lovely although the room was small for 3 people.

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


Definately - we spent a fair bit and the contributed to the community via museum donation etc - also the husky company we went with were very in touch with their environment and the dogs and the level of care - I was glad we were able to support them

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


It was lovely - really good high standards. Victoria (who we booked with) was great and knowledgable. My only wish was she had guided me to book my northern lights tour on the first or second night of my vacation, or suggested I added an extra night in case of a cancellation - it didn't occur to me beforehand that cancelling was a possibility.

Reviewed on 31 Mar 2014 by

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


The stay at the Tree Hotel was brilliant. The accommodation is great, the food delicious and the people wonderful. The whole experience was great, but probably the dog sledding outing was the stand-out element.

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


Make sure you have a turn at driving the dog sled! If you're thinking of a visit to the Ice Hotel, go for a day trip, or stay in the warm accommodation. You can see all of the rooms in the actual Ice Hotel, but staying in one of the cold rooms involves a lot of hanging around as you only use your room to sleep in - you can't really relax at -5 degrees!

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


The Tree Hotel definitely considered the environment - not so sure about Camp Ripan or the Ice Hotel!

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


A great experience.

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