• Location: Countryside
    Skärsjön Beach: In walking distance
    Floating Sauna: In walking distance
    Skinnskatteberg village center: 4km (6 mins by car)
    Family Troll Adventure: In walking distance
  • Stockholm Airport (ARN): 165km (2hs by car)
    Örebro Airport (ORB): 110km (1h 20 mins by car)
    Car recommended
    Free parking

Reduce everything down to the basics and really get away from all unnecessary daily distractions.
You can enjoy the freshest drinking water from our personal spring that's just a short walk away.
Even your dog is welcome at the camp, just don't bring him along to the beaver or moose safaries.
A portion of proceeds will go directly to the conservation of the natural and cultural environment.

Ecological breakfast and availability in floating sauna are included.

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An introduction to Kolarbyn

How would you describe Kolarbyn in a nutshell?

Kolarbyn is called ‘Sweden’s most primitive hotel’. It is a natural refuge for silence, wilderness and adventure in a beautiful forest setting just a couple of hours away from the capital Stockholm. I think the huts and the forest around them is something really unique. I don’t know any other place that has all of that. There is no electricity, only candles and a crackling fireplace that will guide you asleep. And after a silent night you slowly wake up to the birds and a refreshing swim in the lake. It is really fascinating.

Kolarbyn forest hut Margareta
Inside a hut at Kolarbyn
Kolarbyn forest hut Johanna
Kolarbyn log cabin
The romantic hut at Kolarbyn
Lake Skärsjön
Dinner by the fire
Moose in the mist

Kolarbyn rooms & rates

Kolarbyn was founded in the winter of 1996 as villagers from Skinnskatteberg decided to build a collection of traditional forest huts by the shore of lake Skärsjön. The idea was to create conditions for people interested in charcoal burning to practice their techniques in the way it had been practiced in the region for centuries. And then 6 or 7 years ago, Marcus reopened Kolarbyn with different huts.

The essence is to live in nature. It is just a really, really magical feeling to wake up in the morning, start the fire and hear the birds singing. It is just to be in this place, and that’s enough for many people. They don’t want to have our tours, they just want to be here.

We recommend you bring weather resistant clothing and footwear for hiking, warm clothing for cold nights, a camera, binoculars, a torch, a sleeping bag and a pillow, a bathing suit, towels, a water bottle and some snacks.

  • Kolarbyn for 2-3 people / 15 m²
    1590 / night
    • 1 Twin bedroom
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)
    • Fireplace
Included in the rates
Rates include breakfast and use of the shared sauna, sleeping bag, candles, matches, kitchen equipment, firewood, as well as use of the community hut.
Optional extras
Services on request: hiking trips, horseback riding, and private use of the sauna (1,5h for 400 SEK). Hot tub. Rental of sleeping bag is SEK 200. Canoe rentals (SEK 250 for half day) beaver or moose safaris.
Children & Extra beds
Children are welcome. Extra beds (children 3 to 12 years old) are available at an additional charge: SEK 415 per night.
Minimum stay
1 nights
Check in time
after 14:00
Check out time
before 11:00
Closed January – March

Facilities & services

  • Children welcome
  • Sauna
  • Fireplace
  • Pets welcome
  • Bicycles

We have a floating sauna on the lake, which is really amazing. We have no electricity or water, so we bring the water from a spring. There really nice dry toilets and a shower room. And a great hot tub to just relax.

We have a rustic kitchen and breakfast place where you can get bread and cook your eggs, but we don’t have a real kitchen. We have several fireplaces where you can prepare your own food if you want and every hut has its own fireplace. But that is the only thing we have. That is the concept of Kolarbyn.

We provide sleeping bags, air mattresses, isolation mats, sheep skin rugs, candles and matches, firewood, waste separation bins for recycling, 6 canoes and rowing boat, rustic kitchen facilities and access to a big hut with tables and chairs. Our packages include simple meals and

Things to do in Central Sweden & Skinnskatteberg

  • Wildlife / Animals
  • Hiking
  • Fishing

You have to come and stay overnight I think, that is the main thing. I don’t know if you really need to do much. You can take a walk, you can go down to the sauna and take a bath in the lake, but there is nothing special you have to do. It is just to be here, to be in nature and relax. That is what it is all about.

We have lots of birds, and we also have a map with the spots where we have wolfs and moose. We have a variety of guided tours, package deals and special events throughout the season. Some of the tours include a wolf howling tour, a moose safari, a beaver watching tour, a lynx adventure or a wolf safari by horse.

Kolarbyn reviews

5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
I had a great time, 5/5 for sure!
Mihai C. (Sweden)
stayed at Kolarbyn in February 2016

The location of Kolarbyn

Kolarbyn village is 4 kilometres from central Skinnskatteberg in the lush Bergslagen forest in central Sweden. You do not need a car to come here as public transportation is available. You could, for example, come by train from Stockholm to Köping and then to Skinnskatteberg.

When is the best time to visit Central Sweden?

Actually, I want to say all year round, but it depends. Right now, we are open from May to October. It really depends on what you want to do. Summer with no dark in the night, autumn with mushrooms in the forest or spring with the light green nature.