Alternative Nordic Getaways
Nordic design and architecture has a world renowned reputation based on its modern simplicity. Taking classic Scandinavian design to new heights, the following weekend retreats will have you packing your bags for the ultimate adventure. Here are ten luxurious holiday hide-aways for a Nordic getaway.
1. The Ice hotel, Sweden
Thanks to the work of visiting artists and designers, the Ice Hotel is one of the most unique hotels in the Northern Hemisphere. Constructed by 5,000 tons of ice, it's the perfect spot to embrace the beauty of winter.
2. Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Finland
Live like a king at Kakslauttanen, where you have the rare opportunity to kickback and enjoy the very best the aurora has to offer.
3. Juvet Landscape Hotel, Norway
Forget television and video games, looking out onto the beautiful Norwegian countryside from the Juvet Landscape Hotel is all anyone needs to feel rejuvenated.
4. Treehotel, Sweden
Definitely not the treehouse you would remember as a kid, the Treehotel is a boutique style accommodation up-up and away from it all.
5. Kolarbyn Ecolodge, Sweden
This is Sweden's most primitive style accommodation with no electricity, no running water and definitely no hotel lobby bar. However, crowds flock to this cozy shack for one reason and one reason only—to escape to nature.
6. Utter Inn, Sweden
What started as an art project by Mikael Genberg, has transformed into a popular tourist attraction. As a lone-standing underwater shack, guests are ushered out by an inflatable boat and left to enjoy all Lake Malaren has to offer.
7. Brimnes Hotel & Cabins, Iceland
The stunning landscape surrounding Brimnes is what draws in the city-dwellers year in and year out. After a day of hiking, soak away in one of the bungalow's luxurious hot tubs.
8. Hotel Furillen, Sweden
Don't judge a book by its cover— Hotel Furillen may look like a working factory from the outside, but the inside offers weary travellers a relaxing oasis. Located on an UNESCO World Heritage site on Gotland Island, it was designed by the brilliant photographer, Johan Hellström and is a modern work of art.
9. UrNatur, Sweden
The definition of 'cabin in the woods' would look something like this. This eco-lodge at UrNatur is the perfect spot to indulge in one of Sweden's unique forrests.
10. Hotel Fox, Denmark
The quirky interior design is what characterises this Copenhagen-based hotel. Each room is a celebration of colour and one-of-a-kind pieces sure to impress fun-loving guests.
Words: Emily Hutchinson