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STF Kolarbyn Eco-Lodge

Charcoal huts with stove in Västmanland forest

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Flexible booking conditions

About the accommodation

Stay at Sweden’s most basic hostel, without electricity and running water. Fall asleep happily in front of the crackling fireplace and wake up to the song of birds. Silence, untouched wilderness and exciting forest experiences, just a couple of hours from the bustle of the city.

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The hostel is a collection of twelve charcoal-burner huts located in the middle of a spruce forest. There are two bunks in each with sheepskins, foam mat and you bring your own sleeping bag. All the huts have a wood heated stove and use wood chopped by the guests themselves. Blueberries can be picked right off the roof of the hut. You

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 STF Kolarbyn goes straight to a range of projects that support preservation of the environment and historic places of interest. A visit to the hostel will be an exciting and enjoyable nature experience for young and old. Silence, wilderness and exciting outdoor experiences are located just a few hours from intense big city life.

A host/guide will meet you in the reception between 2 and 3pm.
Please notify us if you plan to arrive later, the reception is normally unmanned!
You have access to your huts from 2pm at arrival day until 12pm at departure day.

Guided walking tour in Kolarbyn, foam mats & sheepskin rugs, candles, matches, wood to chop to burn, fresh water to retrieve the source, access to fireplaces, primitive cooking equipment, dishwashing facilities in the stream, recycling, access to the seats in the community building (if not booked) , rowboats.

Clothing: Weather-resistant clothing and shoes, warm clothes for the cold nights, swimwear, towel. Equipment: Sleeping bag, pillow, camera, binoculars, water bottle. Sleeping Equipment (Haglöfs) can be rented (sleeping bag, travel pillow and sheets).
Food: Food you can take with yourselves, borrow simple kitchen equipment from us to cook the food over the open fire,
You can also add breakfast, lunch & dinner for self-catering as you yourselves do in order over the fire.

Floating sauna can be rented for two hours at a time, you chop the firewood and light the sauna yourself. You have to be prepared to share the sauna with others, if you want to take a sauna completely by yourself or as a group, you can book it for 500 SEK.

Toilets, we have two outdoor toilets.

Easier outdoor cooking equipment is available to borrow, grills, pans, pots, cutting knives, cutting boards, colanders, ladles, barbecue tools, barbecue grill, cutlery, cups etc.

Waste disposal in Kolarbyn and we want you to put all the garbage in these containers, and not in nature because it is the finest we have.

As dishwashing and cleaning spot, we use the stream from the lake and we provide soap and dish brushes for this. This place is also used to wash you and brush their teeth, there is no shower in Kolarbyn. You can also book the sauna and take a refreshing dip in the lake to wash.

Our service

  • Guest kitchen

    Fully equipped kitchen for self-catering. The kitchen is shared with other guests.

  • Pets allowed

    Some rooms are available in which pets may accompany guests.

  • Sauna

    A sauna is available.

  • Rental of hiking equipment

    Equipment for outdoor activities is available for hire.

  • Family room

    Room with at least 4 beds within the same room.

  • Guides

    Guides are available for hire.

  • Parking

    Car parking is available next to the property, a fee may apply.

  • <1 km to marked trails

    Less than 1 kilometer to marked hiking trail.

  • <1 km to cross-country trails

    Less than 1 kilometer to cross country ski tracks.

  • <1 km to bathing site

    Less than 1 kilometer to bathing site.

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    730 30 Skinnskatteberg

    Travel options
    By train and bus
    The train station is in Skinnskatteberg, approx. 4km from the property. However, most people choose to take the train to Köping and then bus 550 to Skinnskatteberg.

    Skinnskatteberg can also be reached directly by train (Tåg i Bergslagen) via Örebro/Hallsberg, Avesta-Krylbo or Fagersta and other cities. Skinnskatteberg's bus and train station is about 4 km from Kolarbyn. It is easy to walk the remaining 4 km, but if you have a lot of packing, it can feel long. You can order a taxi from the train station to Kolarbyn if you need this +46222-10040.

    By foot
    If you come with bus 550 on the route Köping-Skinnskatteberg, you can choose to get off at Folkhögskolan (1km) and then walk the last part, ask the driver if you are unsure where to get off the bus.

    By car
    Kolarbyn is located approx. 4 km southeast of central Skinnskatteberg, along national road 233. There are signs for Kolarbyn from road 233. Free parking is available at Kolarbyn.


    N59.808210389355°, E15.730404853821°


    +46 70400 70 53 info@kolarbyn.se

    Check-in and check-out times:

    Check in (from): 14:00
    Check out (to): 10:30

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    Follow STF Kolarbyn Eco-Lodge


    • Natures best

      Natures best

      The accommodation fulfills the requirements for ecotourism and has ongoing sustainability work in terms of social, economic and ecological sustainability.

    • Sustainability pledge

      Sustainability pledge

      The accommodation has taken the STF Sustainability pledge on working sustainably in their daily operations and involve you as a guest.

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