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TEXT: MALIN NORMAN | PHOTO: TREEHOTEL
Treehotel is unlike any other hotel. Some of Scandinavia’s leading architects have created its seven tree rooms, each with a fantastic view of the Lule River valley. The latest addition is ice dining by the river, an unforgettable experience.
The unusual Treehotel is located in Harads — a village of around 600 inhabitants, near the Lule River. Founders Kent and Britta Lindvall, managed Britta’s Hostel for 12 years before deciding
to build the tree rooms. The idea was inspired by the film Trädälskaren (The Tree Lover) by Jonas Selberg Augustsen, about three city men who build a tree house together. In 2010, the couple opened Treehotel with four rooms and, since then, three more have been added.
The individual rooms have been created by some of Scandinavia’s leading architects and, unsurprisingly, Treehotel gets plenty of coverage in architecture and interior magazines. Over the years, this sustainable hotel has received many awards. For instance, its most recent addition, the 7th Room, is included in Condé Nast’s 2018 Hot List of the world’s best hotels. Treehotel also won the category Singular Architecture in the Landscape Hotels Awards 2017, and was named Best Family Hotel at the Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Awards 2017.
The restaurant, which is included in the White Guide, has recently been revamped and offers magical creations by chef Sebastian Gröndal. Guests can also enjoy ice dining, an absolutely stunning experience hosted in a tent by the river. “It’s very atmospheric and with an excellent three-course dinner prepared just outside the tent,” says Kent Lindvall.
There are also plenty of other things to do in the area, such as hiking, white-water paddling and sea kayaking. Or, for a more relaxed stay, guests can simply enjoy the serenity of the trees and the view. Lindvall recommends a visit during the autumn months, as the Northern Lights may appear as early as September.
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