Thousands of islands, cool waters, rustic retreats and sailboats. The Archipelago includes Gotland Island where Viking traders once thrived. Filmmaker Ingmar Bergman lived on a small island off Gotland.
Lärbro, Furillen, Gotland, Sweden
Mid-century handmade furnishings combined with high end amenities are found in these “industrial chic” beachside cabins located on the site of a former chalk factory on the tiny deserted islet of Furillen.
Located next to the Royal Palace in Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s Old Town, this former wealthy merchant’s home dates back to 1470. It contains bits of Swedish and English history, along with antiques and a 1330’s wishing well.
Located waterside on a small island – which houses museums of modern art and architecture – near city center. This former 1699 military barracks was built by Swedish architect Nicodemus Tessin the Younger who was most famous for Stockholm’s Royal Palace. It was recently converted into a boutique hotel and brought up-to-date with current Swedish modern sensibilites by the Claesson Kolvisto Rune design firm.
A private home for many centuries, in 1985 this yellow 18th century manor house overlooking Lake Frösjön was converted into a hotel. Located 50 miles south of Stockholm, the low-key resort features canoeing, fishing, tennis and hiking. Grythyttan Three hours by train and taxi from Stockholm is this wilderness escape with world-class appeal.
Very charming 367 year old inn popular with gourmands. Rooms are tastefully and eccletically decorated with period antiques, modern textiles and quaint floral wallpapers. The 60 individually decorated rooms are spread among 22 buildings.
Birch forests, beautiful lakes and barren mountain peaks.
Malmagen SE-840 98 Tänndalen, Sweden
Sweden’s oldest mountain hotel, the 1,700-acre Fjällnäs Reserve, was built in 1882 and became a favored highlands retreat for Sweden and Norway’s royalty. Stylishly updated, rooms feature slate and scrubbed pine surfaces and are simply outfitted in white linens, sheepskin pillows and throws, and Josef Frank fabrics. Get there by flying into Røros, Norway and take a scenic 45 minute drive to the hotel.
We’ve a soft spot for destinations found at the ends of the world.
The Tree Hotel
Brittas Pensionat, Harads, Sweden
Located in the Boreal Forest just 40 miles south of the Arctic Circle, this devotedly eco-friendly hotel consisting of architecturally designed tree houses. More like upscale camping than luxury hotel, you’ll access by rope and ladder and shower in a tree sauna a five minute walk away. Check-in and dine at the Brittas Pension’s restaurant.