Lonely Planet Writer

The quirky trend that is taking travel by storm and how to embrace it in 2017

The runaway travel trend of 2016 has been glamping with travellers, including celebrities, embracing the spirit of getting back to nature, if not the actual reality of sleeping with the challenges of the great outdoors.   With a reported 84 per cent increase in the numbers of people searching the term “glamping” in online searches in the past 3 years,  there’s no doubt that glamping has become a hugely popular growing trend in the travel industry.

Lonely Planet Travel News has rounded up a selection of our favourite locations available for renting in 2017 for anyone wishing to embrace the true glamping spirit.

LAKE INARI MOBILE CABINS, FINLAND

The mobile cabins are driven onto the frozen lake with snowmobiles in winter.
The mobile cabins are driven onto the frozen lake with snowmobiles in winter. Image by Lake Inari Mobile Cabins
The cabin gives guests the chance to sleep beneath the Northern Lights.
The cabin gives guests the chance to sleep beneath the Northern Lights. Image by Lake Inari Mobile Cabins

Every year as winter sets in, Lake Inari in Finland freezes over and becomes an incredible resting spot for these small mobile cabins that allow guests to sleep beneath the Northern Lights and take in a truly unique view of the arctic. The heated sleeping pods are located one kilometre from Inari village and base camp and come with big windows on the front, sides and roof. They also feature double beds, toilets, and lights, while Wi-Fi, showers and a lounge are available back at base camp.

The cabins are located one kilometre from Inari town and base camp.
The cabins are located one kilometre from Inari town and base camp. Image by Lake Inari Mobile Cabins

A range of activities is also available for guests looking to get the most out of their trip, with snowmobiling, skiing, and fishing being catered for. The mobile cabins cost €150 for two people from September to November and €260 for two people from December to April. Prices include breakfast, pick up services from Inari village, and the use of outdoor clothes and base camp facilities when needed. More information on renting is available at the Mobile Cabins website.

LILLA STUGAN, WORCESTER

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The Lilla Hut cabin is modelled after a Scandinavian summer house. Image by Canopy and Stars
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The cosy cabin has a wood burning stove and a large double bed. Image by Canopy and Stars

With a name that literally means, ‘little cottage’ this charming little property was inspired by the long summers that owners Martin and Annika spent in their Swedish summer house. Nestled at the bottom of an apple orchard in Worcester in the UK, guests can try their hands at beekeeping or cider making depending on the season.

The Lilla Stugan cabin is nestled in an orchard in Worcester.
The Lilla Stugan cabin is nestled in an orchard in Worcester. Image by Canopy and Stars
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The site also has a fire pit for outdoor cooking. Image by Canopy and Stars

A private gate leads straight onto the Knapp and Papermill Nature Reserve, while the surrounding orchard blooms with daffodils, apple trees, meadow grasses and rare orchids and boasts a fire pit for cooking in nature. Prices start at £80 per night with more information on booking available at the Canopy and Stars website.

THE WHEELHOUSE, LONDON

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The Wheelhouse is a 550-tonne luxury apartment on a ship. Image by Canopy and Stars
The design is spacious and comfortable.
The design is spacious and comfortable. Image by Canopy and Stars

Think luxury apartment, but on a 550-tonne ship sitting on the River Thames. The Wheelhouse is a two storey apartment with a bright and airy Scandinavian design. The lights of London can be seen from the upstairs bedroom and balcony, and the property has a fully equipped kitchen and bathroom as well as an outdoor deck with panoramic views.

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The property boasts panoramic views of the surrounding River Thames. Image by Canopy and Stars

Permanently moored at Trinity Buoy Wharf in East London, the property also houses Lightship95, a studio where artists such as Lana del Rey, Wolf Alice and Bastille have recorded. Across the drawbridge sits an American style diner for guests to enjoy as well as London’s smallest museum, The Faraday Project. More information on booking The Wheelhouse is available at the Canopy and Stars website.