Lonely Planet Writer

Stay in a UFO, a floating cabin or a mirror cube in the middle of the Swedish woods

Looking for an unforgettable night away in the Swedish woods? How about laying your head down inside a gigantic bird’s nest, or watching the Northern Lights from inside a floating UFO? These are just two of the options on offer from Treehotel, a company that specialises in completely unique accommodation available for rent.

The Cabin room looks like a floating building amongst the trees.
The Cabin room looks like a floating building amongst the trees. Image by Treehotel
The Mirrorcube room reflects the surrounding forest.
The Mirrorcube room reflects the surrounding forest. Image by Treehotel
The interior of the Mirrorcube.
The interior of the Mirrorcube. Image by Ulf B. Jonsson/Treehotel
The Blue Cone room.
The Blue Cone room. Image by Treehotel

Created by married couple Kent Lindvall and Britta Jonsson-Lindvall, the incredible hotel rooms were built in the woods in Harads, located near the Lule River about 100 kilometres from Luleå airport in Sweden. The small village near the cabins has a population of 600 and includes a restaurant, shop and a guest house. The seven rooms on offer are diverse, including a floating cabin high in the trees, a circular UFO, a mirror cube that reflects the picturesque surroundings, a beautiful modern cabin and a bird’s nest. The Treehotel rooms are suspended 4-6 metres above the ground, offering stunning views of the Lule River Valley and miles of surrounding forest.

The UFO cabin seen glowing at night.
The UFO cabin seen glowing at night. Image by Treehotel
The interior of the UFO room.
The interior of the UFO room. Image by Treehotel
The Dragonfly cabin lit up at night.
The Dragonfly cabin lit up at night. Image by Treehotel
The Dragonfly interior.
The Dragonfly interior. Image by Treehotel

Accessed by rope bridge, the mirrorcube room features a lightweight aluminium structure hung around a tree trunk, clad in mirrored glass on each side. The exterior reflects the surroundings and sky, creating a camouflaged refuge, while the interior offers a panoramic view and space for two people with a double bed, bath, living room and roof terrace.

The exterior of The 7th Room.
The exterior of The 7th Room. Image by Treehotel
The Northern Lights seen behind The Mirrorcube.
The Northern Lights seen behind The Mirrorcube. Image by Treehotel

Other rooms available for renting include a bright and simply furnished cabin called The Blue Cone, a 52-square metre suspended room called The Dragon Fly and a new build called The Seventh Room that is a beautiful cabin with black cladding. The project even features a tree sauna which is available for booking.

The Bird's Nest seen dusted with snow during the day.
The Bird’s Nest seen dusted with snow during the day. Image by Treehotel
The Bird's Nest at night against a starry sky.
The Bird’s Nest at night against a starry sky. Image by Treehotel

The idea first came to Kent and Britta after they converted an old retirement home in their village into a guesthouse. They found that the endeavour wasn’t generating much income, which led to Britta participating in a design training programme that focused on form and function within the tourism industry, eventually leading to the idea to create the unique rooms. “We live here, we love our village, we wanted to earn a living and we looked at what we could do with what we have here. Treehotel has grown like a jigsaw puzzle, framed by resolute goals, hard work, timing, contacts, a sense of trends, an ability to capture the quirky and crazy in life, and a penchant for personal service,” Kent told Lonely Planet News. Treehotel offer a variety of packages with different prices and activities, with more information available on their website.