SkyParkSecure’s Cool Stays – Kolarbyn Eco lodge
At Kolarbyn neither electricity nor running water will disturb your wilderness experience. Here you can happily fall asleep in front of the crackling fireplace and awake to beautiful bird song.
The eco lodge is a collection of twelve charcoal-burner huts located in the middle of a spruce forest. There are two bunks in each for sheepskins and sleeping bags. All the huts have a wood stove and use wood chopped by the guests themselves. Blueberries can be picked right off the roof of the hut.
Close by there are endless possibilities for enjoying outdoor life, including splendid fishing lakes, barbecues and hiking trails. The environmentally friendly hostel has been built from natural materials, and a percentage of the revenue coming into Kolarbyn goes straight to a range of projects that support preservation of the environment and historic places of interest. A visit to the hostel is an exciting and enjoyable nature experience for young and old.
The story goes that Kolarbyn has been used as a site for charcoal burning by locals for over 400 years. Here, forest workers built small rustic huts to sleep in during their winter work with logging and burning charcoal for iron production. There have been several generations of huts on this spot throughout the centuries and although the huts used now are only 20 years or so, they are constructed in the same traditional style as their ancestors once built them.
The birth of the Kolarbyn eco lodge as we see it today was re-established in the winter of 1996 as enthusiastic 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.
If you want to escape from the modern world then Kolarbyn is definitely the place for you!