Scandinavia

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Image via Dwell Magazine

Fordypningsrommet, Norway

"Simplicity at its finest" and we don't disagree. Known as the Arctic Hideaway, this collection of structures is fascinating in its design and truly stunning in its execution. Built on an island, there are ten houses: five of which are for sleeping, one is for bathing, one is for cooking and eating, one is for chill time, one is for sauna, and one is for outdoor cooking. When you book, you need to reserve at least three of the dwellings in order to have all your basic needs met. You can have 1 - 8 people, but (as they say) up to 15 is possible. This place is as plug and play as you want to make it as they can plan your entire experience, or leave you be. Also, if you're looking for the northern lights, get ready. We really can't talk this one up enough. 

  Image via Manshausen

Image via Manshausen

Seacabins at Manshausen, Norway

The property has three cabins along a stone jetty plus one more up above on a natural outcropping. In addition, they have the main house, a loft, plus an outdoor hot tub and dam (like a natural swimming pool). Near Nordskot, Manshausen is 55 acres in the middle of the Grøtøya strait, in the very, very far north of Norway. The property is working to be climate neutral, and they're highly environmentally conscious. Run by some of the coolest nordic explorers you'll ever meet, they offer food, lodging, and one heck of an excuse to go be active (or just hang out). Truly beautiful...and they have internet. 

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Image via @chirinetravels

Tree Hotel, Sweden

This. Place. Is. Insane. As they say, it's where nature and imagination run wild. You can choose between seven structures: The Mirrorcube, Bird's Nest, The Cabin, 7th Room, The UFO, Dragonfly, and The Blue Cone. All of them are just weird enough to make the trek to the far north of Sweden, up near the Arctic Circle, worth the journey. They have a restaurant so you don't need to pack all your food in, but you should coordinate your transit. Located in Harads, you're in the middle of the forest, surrounded by unspoiled nature, and that was exactly the point. 

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Image via Bergaliv

The Loft House, Sweden

Located on the hillside of Åsberget mountain in the north of Sweden, the land is covered in Birch and completely wooded. The Loft House is the first of four structures going on the property, it's 33 ft tall and two stories of perfect Scandinavian simplicity. Minimal and raw, the structure is designed to provide a vantage and a lookout, it's purposefully stilted off the ground (as to not disturb the landscape), and it's quiet. Think: reflection. It really is all about minimalism here. 

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Image via Stedsans in the Woods

Stedsans in the Woods, Sweden

Anywhere with a floating sauna wins. Anywhere with a floating sauna and handmade cabins, outdoor showers, dining, and all the rest? That's Stedsans in the Woods. Mette and Flemming have build a wonderland in the forest of Southern Sweden, not far from Stockholm, where you can enjoy amazing foraged foods, explore their permaculture farming, and discover what it means to connect with nature. It's simple, beautiful, and right. They book up very quickly so don't wait if you're looking to sneak a stay.

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Image via Dwell

72 Hour Cabin, Sweden

With the goal of getting you close to nature, these cabins were originally built in West Sweden, in Dalsland, and were designed by Jeanna Berger. The first cabins in this project were located on an island that's 60% forest and 40% grazing land, but you can also rent one now at the more accessible Baldernäs Herrgård manor house. They sleep two in a double bed and the concept behind them is that in 72 hrs, your level of stress decreases by 70%. Don't overthink it. These are simple, basic, and beautiful. Book it.