If you never heard about The 72 Hour Cabin, the only thing you need to know is that it will be your ultimate nature retreat when you visit West Sweden. The 72 Hour Cabin, launched by Visit Sweden in collaboration with West Sweden Tourist Board, is a beautiful concept of getting out to nature, feeling relaxed and leaving nothing behind but footprints. This thought has been carried over even to the cabins themselves, as they stand on pillars to refrain from leaving a permanent mark on the landscape. The idea behind them being called 72 Hour Cabins, is that you spend 72 hours unwinding or simply enjoy being in nature and in one of Sweden’s most unique places to stay.
About The 72 Hour Cabin – West Sweden
Today, there are three locations of The 72 Hour Cabins in Sweden; Henriksholm, Dalslands Aktiviteter and Baldersnäs.
Henriksholm is the original place of the cabins and also the place where the 72 hour study took place. In short, five people with some of the world’s most stressful jobs, got to swap their city lives for an off-the-grid experience in West Sweden. After 72 hours they all showed significant changes in their health and well-being, making the study – and the 72 Hour Cabin – a great success. In Henriksholm they have 5 cabins in a beautiful forest and with unobstructed views of the lake.
Dalslands Aktiviteter has two cabins available for booking. Here you can tailor your stay any way you like and buy multiple add-ons to your stay if you perhaps want to try yourself at archery, kayaking or even how to make a fire outdoors.
Baldersnäs is where we stayed. Two cabins are available here as well and we stayed in Number 1. Baldersnäs cabins are a part of the Baldersnäs Manor – a beautiful manor with stunning grounds, lake and forest.
Baldersnäs Herrgård (Manor)
As I mentioned above, we stayed in one of the cabins at Baldersnäs Manor. The cabin was situated on the grounds of the manor and just next to a lake. The manor is where we received a warm welcome (with some Swedish fika!) and got our keys, extra blankets and water. Since the glass cabins don’t have a bathroom, the manor is where we also went to shower and use the toilet. What’s great is that it only takes 5 minutes to walk to the manor from the cabin.
Besides the bathroom, the manor was also where all the food was being served. And the restaurant at Baldersnäs Herrgård is known to make some serious masterpieces! We had a three-course dinner on the day of the arrival and all the ingredients were seasonal and so delicious! My favorite was the appetizer – red beets, goat cheese, honey and nuts – all roasted to perfection.
72 Hour Cabins – Good to know
There are a few things you need to keep in mind if you plan on booking one of the cabins.
- There is no heating or electricity in the cabins. You will be provided with extra blankets and a solar charger though.
- There is no bathroom in the cabins. You will be able to shower and go to the toilet in one of the main buildings.
- You are completely safe out there and if you do hear any noise in the evening, it’s probably just a curious animal.
- Bugs will enter your cabin. The cabins are in nature, so be prepared for not being completely alone in there 😉
- Mornings can be a little chilly. Bring your warm, cosy robe if you don’t want to freeze too much.
- You are here to relax and unwind. Switch off, look at the sunset and enjoy your time in the cabin.
Things to do at Baldersnäs Herrgård
Besides enjoying the surroundings, and the cabin, you also get access to a canoe, fishing rods, and a wood-burning sauna. We arrived quite late in the season, hence it was too cold for swimming. However, if we come again we would definitely take the canoe out for an adventure and swim in the lake!
Instead, we decided to take a walk and check out who else lives on the manor grounds beside us 🙂
I hope you loved reading about this unique way of staying in Sweden. If you ever stayed in a unique place, I’d love to read about it! Just place your post in the comments below.