6 Nights: 3 x ÅMOT, 2 x ISLAND RETREAT, 1 x STOCKHOLM
Relax and absorb all the peace and tranquillity of a beautiful countryside boutique hotel followed by a private island retreat.
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A truly lovely holiday, perfect for those seeking an escape from it all, with the opportunity to be as active or inactive as you please.
This holiday begins at Stilleben (stee-lay-ben), a beautiful countryside boutique hotel and former village school, located in the village of Åmot. Your hosts have worked hard to achieve a delightful product which combines quality accommodation, locally sourced organic, homemade food and a private outdoor Jacuzzi and traditional wooden sauna experience. Right on the doorstep you will find the entrance to a vast forest with trails perfect for exploring on foot, bike or horseback – follow in the footsteps of moose, deer, bear, wolf and lynx and immerse yourself in the natural world thriving beneath the protective canopy of spruce, birch, pine, rowan and aspen.
From Stilleben your holiday experience continues to your very own private island and authentic Swedish red-house or KABIN. Only accessible by boat, here time is spent exploring the island’s nooks and crannies, paddling in the canoe or wild swimming in the refreshing and tranquil waters of the surrounding lake. Simply find yourself a comfortable spot to sit, eat, talk, read, watch…
Your final night is spent in Stockholm, Sweden’s beautiful capital city, providing a very civilised and gentle return to sharing your space with others.
Day 1 | Stockholm - Åmot (124 miles)
Arrive Stockholm Arlanda Airport. Collect your hire car and drive northwards passing Uppsala to the small village of Åmot and Stilleben. Check in to your hotel room and spend the remainder of the evening relaxing and absorbing the peace and serenity of your location. A delicious and healthy organic 3-course dinner is served early evening.
3 nights ÅMOT - Stilleben Boutique Hotel (4*)
Meals included today: Dinner
Day 2 | Hike and Bike Åmot
The area around Åmot has an excellent selection of hiking trails to choose from. Those who have only ever really walked on defined tracks and trails will really enjoy venturing out into the world of 'off-tracking' with a GPS (included for one day during your stay). Whether you're an experienced hiker or a weekend stroller, your GPS will provide a selection of tracks to you are sure to enjoy discovering.
Following dinner at Stilleben, indulge your senses and relax tired muscles in your evening’s spa package which includes an outdoor Jacuzzi and sauna experience – exclusively yours! Located in Stilleben's peaceful gardens, with a view of the countryside and sunset, we think this is the perfect way to unwind before retiring for the evening.
Meals included today: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 | Free day to explore the region
Today is a free day for you to explore the region a little further afield and enjoy a leisurely lunch in one of the locality’s cosy cafes. Return to Stilleben for dinner during early evening.
Meals included today: Breakfast, Dinner
Days 4 - 6 | Your own private island retreat
Departure from Stilleben for the 40-minute drive to the secluded quayside where you will depart by motorboat at 1330 (20 miles). Leave your hire car parked on the mainland. Your cottage stands on an idyllic spot at the north side of the island, surrounded by nothing but lush greenery, large trees and quietness. You don’t have to compromise comfort since the cottage has running hot and cold water, an incinerating toilet and a fully equipped kitchen to prepare your meals from the delicious organic vegetarian ingredients which have already been stocked in your fridge.
Soak up the sun on the terrace, search for berries and mushrooms, go wild swimming in the lake, fish, chop wood, read a book, talk and finally have a romantic evening around the campfire before bedtime. The island is yours and yours alone.
2 nights ISLAND RETREAT – KABIN (3*unique)
Meals included whilst on the island: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner - starting with dinner on day of arrival and ending with breakfast on day of departure
Day 6 | Arrive Stockholm
Enjoy a lazy breakfast before your transfer boat arrives to return you to the mainland and back to your car. Head southwards to Stockholm, Sweden’s capital city, known as ‘Beauty on Water’ . Leave your hire car at the downtown office. The remainder of your day is free to explore this truly lovely city; we recommend a visit to the old town, Gamla Stan and – in terms of culture – the Vasa Museum and the ABBA Museum are highly recommended!
1 night STOCKHOLM - Scandic Continental Hotel (4*)
Meals included today: Breakfast
Day 7 | Return home
Full morning to enjoy Stockholm before taking the Arlanda Express to Stockholm Airport for your return flight home.
Meals included today: Breakfast
Departure Day: Daily
Departure Dates: 1 May to 25 Sep 2020
Duration: 6 nights
Price from: £1890 per person, based on two people travelling together and sharing a double/twin room throughout
Deposit: £200 per person
It is important to read the Terms and Conditions which apply when making a confirmed booking with us. By asking us to confirm your booking, we are entitled to assume that you have read and understood our terms and conditions, and agree to them.
- Scheduled return flights with SAS from Heathrow to Stockholm Airport including taxes and 23 kgs of checked luggage and one piece of hand luggage per person. Pre-reserved seats are available free of charge when checking in online 22-hours prior to departure.
Alternative departure airports and airlines available – please ask for details.
- Car hire with Europcar based on a VW Golf or similar, including unlimited mileage, CDW (excess SEK 8750) and tax.
- 3 nights at 4* Stilleben (boutique hotel) based on a standard double/twin room including daily buffet breakfast and 3-course organic, homemade dinner.
- Private spa package including outdoor Jacuzzi and Swedish sauna for two hours during one evening.
- GPS Hiking rental for one day from Stilleben.
- Return boat transfer to the KABIN on your own private island.
- 2 nights on your own secluded island staying in the KABIN which has 2-bedrooms, a living room, shower room and kitchen. Veranda overlooking the island and sea. Full board self-cooking included (provisions will be in the fridge when you arrive with instructions for menu preparation).
- 1 night at the 4* Scandic Continental in Stockholm based on a standard double/twin room including buffet breakfast.
- Arlanda Express transfer from central Stockholm to Stockholm Arlanda Airport.
- Scandinavia Only Travel Document Wallet.
- 24-hour emergency telephone assistance.
- ATOL Protection.
Stilleben (4*) – Åmot
First of all we believe it is important to let you know how Stilleben is pronounced and what it actually means. Pronounced Stee-lay-ben, the name is taken from the German word for a ‘still life’ art concept, where inanimate, mainly everyday objects are handpicked to feature within a painting or photograph in a more personal, meaningful way.
This concept sits perfectly at Stilleben, where simplicity and comfort come together to provide a very high quality, personal experience. Stilleben was once the village school, a very important building, and as such sits proudly on the hillside, overlooking the village of Åmot. Surrounded by hills and forests the hotel has just six bedrooms, all featuring parquet floors, comfy twin beds and contemporary bathrooms. You won’t find TVs in the rooms, but take it from us, you won’t miss them; Stilleben is a place for relaxation, peace, and tranquillity. There is an abundance of ‘entertainment’ right on the doorstep with endless nature trails to explore, where it is not unusual to see moose and deer and perhaps the tracks of bear, wolf and lynx (don’t worry, these animals are naturally timid, and you are extremely unlikely to bump into them!).
The restaurant at Stilleben provides organic meals based on the permaculture (permanent agriculture) philosophy, that is, an ecological, sustainable approach to providing sufficient food for our needs. The result is delicious, healthy, locally sourced home-made food which cares for us, cares for the Earth and is part of a natural process. Please note that Stilleben’s restaurant is not licensed therefore alcoholic drinks are not available in the restaurant. Expect instead healthy, delicious juices and smoothies and a variety of herbal teas. You are permitted to take your own alcohol into your room.
All guests at Stilleben are asked to remove their shoes when entering the hotel and either leave them on the shoe rack provided at Reception or in their room. Slippers are available but walking around in socks is the customary Swedish way and adds to the homely atmosphere. And don’t forget your swimming costume – we include a 2-hour lake-side hot-tub and sauna experience for all our customers…why wouldn’t we?!
Your hosts, Robin and Marieke, look forward to welcoming you.
KABIN – Private Island
KABIN is not just a place to stay, it is a place to escape. Collectively KABIN refers to a small island, only accessible by boat, where you will find a small, simple, traditional Swedish wooden cottage, surrounded by trees which fill the island, right down to the water’s edge. This island…this cottage…are exclusively yours for the duration of your stay.
The cottage has a basic kitchen which is fully equipped and stocked with ingredients for you to cook the menus which have been prepared for your stay (full instructions provided*). There is a living room with open fire, double bedroom and an eco-friendly bathroom with shower and WC and a range of natural, organic bathroom products. KABIN is ‘low-impact’ accommodation which means you use minimal water and electricity; however, this does not compromise your stay at all, on the contrary, the cottage has plenty of tea-lights to help create a more relaxing atmosphere whilst sitting in front of a roaring open fire.
Soak up the sun on the terrace, search for berries, go wild-swimming in the lake, fish, chop wood for the outdoor camp-fire but above all relax and let time stand still.
* Menus are for organic, vegetarian meals. You are provided with locally sourced ingredients to make simple, tasty, healthy meals for the duration of your stay.
Scandic Continental (4*) – Stockholm
A stay at the Scandic Continental puts you in the heart of Stockholm, close to city’s main shopping streets, entertainment and restaurants. All within walking distance, guests can stroll to the old town, Royal Palace, and many of the city’s museums. Dine on freshly prepared dishes in the hotel’s stylish restaurant – The Market – and sip a cocktail in the rooftop bar with stunning panoramic views of the city. If you truly want to relax after a day of activities then why not make your way to the sauna? The hotel has modern rooms and feature blackout curtains, Wi-Fi, a TV and city views, while bathrooms are equipped with FACE Stockholm products, hair dryer and a shower or bathtub. In the morning a wonderful buffet breakfast is available, including just about anything you could wish for.
Canoeing from Stilleben
Description: To appreciate your natural surroundings to its full capacity, it should also be viewed from the water. Hop into a canoe and set off from the river Testeboån, which starts in Åmot and head towards the magic Pålsjön lake, paddling past untouched nature, all the while seeing if you can spot the local wildlife.
Operates: Daily, 15 May – 31 Oct
Duration: 4-hour rental
Price: £15 per person
Horse riding through the forests of Sweden from Stilleben
Description: Together with your guide, enjoy horse riding through the wild and mystical forest of Sweden. Used by Vikings over a 1000 years ago, no horse can match the magnificent Icelandic horse whose strength and agility will take you through this remote landscape. Only a beautiful 1-hour drive away from the hotel, is a experience you will unlikely forget very soon. No riding experience is necessary.
Operates: 20 Jun – 1 Sep
Departs: 09:30 or 18:00
Duration: 2 or 4 hours
Price: 2 hours: £48, 4 hours: £120
This holiday is aimed at couples or a family with older children who appreciate nature and being outdoors. This is essentially a very relaxing holiday which can be as active or inactive as you like, however we believe it is better to take part in a couple of the optional outdoor activities in order to fully appreciate your surroundings.
The answer to this is no, not really, not in our opinion. Young children tend to need 'entertaining' and the whole point of this holiday is that each person can do as much or as little as they wish, maximising the opportunity to relax and unwind. Young children would also need an extremely watchful eye on the island as there are no safety barriers around the island and children would have direct access to the water - often with a drop from an edge. We do have an alternative suggestion in Sweden for families with children, with a similar appeal, so just ask us for more details.
Absolutely not! We love Stilleben because they have a very strong environmental and ethical ethos, and we think this IMPROVES the quality of their accommodation and food! The hotel provides first class accommodation with a level of comfort that you would find in many four star hotels, however they do not include extras such as a TV or mini-bar or 24 hour room service - they are unnecessary and would detract from, rather than add to, the overall experience. Meals are delicious, filling, organic and healthy - what more can you ask for? The owners are passionate about their hotel, and the experience they provide, and this level of care and service are priceless.
KABIN is very simple accommodation, with a great degree of comfort for a product which is so low-impact. However, KABIN will not suit those who are seeking a luxurious island retreat of the type you may find in the Maldives or Seychelles - here the luxury IS its simplicity and complete lack of superficial, unnecessary adornment. Exclusive and unique, but don't expect Paris Hilton to be impressed with your selfies!
Yes, there is reception on the island, and also a small generator which means you can charge mobile phones individually using the 12V charger. There isn't any WiFi on the island, though there is free WiFi at Stilleben.
At Stilleben you will find a selection of quality, natural, environmental, cruelty-free products available to use in the bathroom. You may have your own, which you prefer, and you are free to use them in the hotel but we really do recommend you try theirs out - they're wonderful! As the island is a completely green, low-impact product you really need to use the products provided unless you have your own, of the same calibre.
Within reason, yes. Vegetarian and vegan diets are not a problem, nor are gluten-free or diabetic diets. However the owners are unable to accommodate food allergies such as nuts.
Your stay on the island includes organic, vegetarian meals (2 x breakfast, 1 x lunch, 2 x dinner, snacks) based on the permaculture design principles. All ingredients are locally sourced, and your meals on the island are designed to give you a health kick.
You will drive yourself to the small, secluded harbour and departure point for the island. Here you will leave your hire car and the bulkiest items of your luggage, that is, you will take a smaller bag with essential items for a 2-night stay. You will then be taken by small motor-boat to the island and given a full tour, along with instructions on how everything works and lots of practical information.
There is a free parking space available on the mainland at the place where you will meet your guide who takes you to the island by boat.
No. Bearing in mind the size of the boat they can only take up to 4 guests and maximum 15 kg of baggage per person for the cross–over. You should therefore only take a backpack with sufficient for a 2-night stay on the island. You will leave the remainder of your luggage locked in the boot of your car. You will, of course, want to take your camera and telephone across with you!
During May to August expect very long days, with the sun rising around 3 am and setting at 1030 pm. The sky never really gets pitch black though, so prepare for that. Summer days can be lovely and warm (27 °C) or a bit chilly (14°C). It can change day to day, so you need to pack warm winter clothes and cool summer clothes. It’s not uncommon for a rain shower to come through, so you’ll need wind and waterproof outdoor clothing.
Yes, you are welcome to take your own alcohol out to the island.
There is a generator for electricity on the island, however this provides very low voltage. You will have access to 12V electricity to charge your mobile and low voltage lights in the bedroom and kitchen for the small fridge, and a gas stove for cooking (there is also a wood burning stove). During late evening most of your lighting will be by candlelight, though during the summer it doesn't get truly dark until very late. Embrace the romance!
Sorry, we can't help you here...both Stilleben and KABIN are 100% non-smoking areas. This is for health and safety precautions.