Travel Tuesday: Staying in a tree house at the Arctic Circle

November 13, 2012

in Lappland,Living in Sweden,Sweden,Travels

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The mirror cube tree house at the Treehotel. All photos © Robert Corkery.

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The blue cube tree house is actually red.

Being in the Arctic Circle is cool enough on its own. But when you combine being there with staying in a tree house in the middle of the woods, well, you’ve got a pretty amazing trip.

We were at the Treehotel, which is located in Harads, Sweden, a tiny town at the Arctic Circle. The Treehotel has five unique tree houses set in the woods, between 6 and 40 feet up in the pines. The rooms, each designed by a different Swedish architect, are adult versions of childhood dreams. The Bird’s Nest is high up in the trees and accessed by a retractable ladder, the Blue Cone resembles a giant Lego block, and the Mirrorcube has reflective surfaces that make it blend into the landscape. Truly. When I first saw the cube, I had to look for a minute to find it – the mirrors reflect their surroundings so perfectly that it was hard to notice. Adding to the fun, you get into the Mirrorcube via a swinging bridge. See, I told you it was cool.

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And this was the view from our tree house, the Cabin, at sunrise.

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A forest of birch.

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Starry night skies.

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