Coronavirus measures to keep you safe

STF and our accommodation facilities have implemented a large number of adaptations based on the general guidelines of the Public Health Agency of Sweden in order to make it possible to welcome you in a safe manner. It is important that you as our guest know the conditions that apply ahead of your stay. By taking collective responsibility, we make it possible to keep our accommodation facilities open so that you and others can continue to discover Sweden.

The page was last updated 22/2/2021

You will find information below about what you can expect from STF ahead of your stay.  What we expect of you is that you keep yourself up-to-date about the latest information and that you adhere to the Public Health Agency’s general guidelines and the procedures established by STF.

STF Mountain cabins

STF Mountain stations

Guided events

Other accommodation facilities

STF Mountain Cabins

STF’s mountain cabins will be open as planned in 2021 with certain minor adjustments to the opening hours (see each cabin for detailed information). In order to allow us to welcome you and other guests at our mountain cabins in a safe manner, we have made a number of adjustments to how we operate. These changes are necessary if we are to be able to keep the mountain cabins open and we hope to have your support and understanding.

  • Mandatory advance booking of STF mountain cabins will continue to apply in 2021. You can book online here. There will be a limited number of advance bookings per cabin and night and this allows us to ensure that each cabin will not be overcrowded. Mandatory advance booking also means that our cabin hosts know which guests will arrive each day and can plan the bed allocation accordingly. If you stay in a tent close to our mountain cabins, mandatory advance booking is not necessary.
  • The winter weather in the mountains can be severe and your plans may need to change during a trip. If the weather becomes an obstacle in the winter, it is possible in an emergency situation, in dialogue with the cabin host in question, to change your reservation to another mountain cabin as long as the dates for your trip match your reservation.
  • The cabin hosts will spread out the guests as much as possible and as far as circumstances permit, only guests from the same group are allowed to share a room.
  • Duvets and pillows are provided in mountain cabins. It is obligatory to bring your own sheets and pillow cases in addition to your sleeping bag, travel sheet or duvet cover for the duvets in the cabins. You will need to be able to cover all bedclothes for your own safety.
  • Saunas in our mountain cabins will remain closed for the time being. Decision is based on the regulations of the Public Health Agency of Sweden and may change.
  • There will be a maximum number of people who are allowed in the kitchen at the same time. It will only be possible to use kitchens for cooking and not as common rooms. A kitchen booking list will be available in cottages where required. Maximum number varies based on cottage type.
  • The shops at the mountain cabins will have limited opening hours; a few hours every morning (8-10) and afternoon (16-20).
  • The cottage is open for day visits for a fee between 11-15, subject to availability. Day visits to mountain cabins cannot be pre-booked and is paid for on site to the cabin host.
  • If you stay in a tent close to our mountain cabins and pay a service fee, you may use the cabin’s kitchen, drying room and other facilities but not bedrooms at 15-21 on the day of arrival and 07-10 on the day of departure. The same kitchenrules applies as for other guests.
  • There will be improved hand washing facilities / hand sanitizer by toilets, in kitchens and by the cabin entrance.
  • We recommend that our guests use their own receptacles for all drinking water and water used for personal hygiene.
  • Bring your own water bottle, a small towel/flannel for hygiene purposes, your own hand sanitiser and please stay with the same people for the entire trip in order to reduce the number of contacts.
  • Cleaning routines for guests are set up in the mountain cabin.
  • You as a guest must take a large share of the responsibility for both your own routines and the procedures established by STF. Together we will make this work and make it possible for the mountain cabins to remain open for both the winter and summer season of 2021.
  • Thank you for helping and welcome to the mountains!

STF’s Mountain Stations

(applies to Abisko, Grövelsjön, Helags, Storulvån, Blåhammaren, Sylarna, Saltoluokta, Kebnekaise, and Ritsem)

In order to allow us to welcome you and other guests at our mountain stations in a safe manner, we have made a number of adjustments to how we operate. These changes are necessary if we are to be able to keep the mountain stations open and we hope to have your support and understanding. In addition to STF’s general adaptations, the following applies at our mountain stations.

  • We only accept guests who have booked their stay in advance. You can book online here.
  • We have reduced the number of bookable beds in dormitory rooms in order to create more space and to ensure that bunk beds are shared only by guests from the same party. We allocate parties to different rooms as far as possible but we cannot guarantee your party will have its own room if you have not booked this. If you want to ensure that you do not have to share a room with other guests, we recommend that you plan your stay for dates or accommodation facilities where you are able to book a whole room.
  • Duvets and pillows  are provided. It is obligatory to bring your own sheets and pillow cases (or to rent them) in addition to your sleeping bag, travel sheet or duvet cover for the duvets in the rooms. You will need to be able to cover all bedclothes for your own safety.
  • Saunas at our mountain stations will continue to be closed. Decision is based on the regulations of the Public Health Agency of Sweden and may change. If conditions allow it, we may offer the opportunity to book a sauna for individual groups at certain mountain stations during periods of low occupancy. Current information will be given directly on site and is unfortunately not something that we can neither inform about, nor promise, in advance.
  • In order to prevent the spread of infection in our restaurants, we are spacing out the tables and when necessary we are dividing guests into several sittings with fewer guests per sitting. Gloves and hand sanitiser are available for all guests. When we serve buffets, there are more robust hygiene procedures and the parties collect their food in intervals in order to prevent queues forming.
  • Times for food preparation in self-catering kitchens are allocated in order to reduce crowding. Campers who have paid a service fee may use the kitchens between 09:00 and 17:30.
  • The stores will have a limit in the number of visitors to avoid crowding.
  • The common rooms are only used by residents. The furniture has also been rearranged in order to reduce the number of seats and we have introduced a maximum capacity.
  • We have more robust cleaning procedures in rooms where cleaning is included. In the rooms where you do the cleaning yourself, all cleaning products and all equipment necessary is available. All rooms are carefully inspected and cleaned after departure in order to ensure a safe stay for the next guest.
  • Hygiene procedures for renting tents and sleeping bags have been improved.
  • We offer contactless check-in, this needs to be pre-ordered according to information in your booking confirmation.
  • We have transitioned to card payment in order to avoid handling cash with the risk of contagion that entails.
  • You as a guest must take a large share of the responsibility for both your own routines and the procedures established by STF. Together we will make this work and make it possible for the mountain stations to remain open for both the winter and summer season of 2021.
  • Thank you for helping and welcome to the mountains!

Guided events

(applies to Abisko, Grövelsjön, Helags, Storulvån, Blåhammaren, Sylarna, Saltoluokta, Kebnekaise, and Ritsem)

    • Guided tours and group events will be offered during both the winter and summer seasons.
    • Events with many participants will to the extent possible be divided into smaller groups.
    • Reviews and lectures will be conducted outdoors if possible. Necessary indoor activities will be conducted with no more then recommended maximum participants and distance between individuals.
    • Where restaurant meals are included, parties will be seated separately at the table, in accordance with current regulations.

Our other accommodation facilities around the country

STF has around 250 accommodation facilities and one of the things we are proud about is their diversity. You will find hostels, seaside hotels, taverns, eco-lodges, mountain farms, wilderness stations, small B&Bs, nature hotels and lots more. What they have in common is that they are genuine, sustainable and personal. And in this pandemic they are making lots of adaptations in order to ensure that your stay is safe. The measures differ between accommodation facilities but examples are checking in without physical contact, schedules in the guest kitchen, a reduced number of bookable rooms, own access to shower/toilet, direct entrance to the rooms, own cabin, breakfast served at the table instead of buffet, access to outdoor kitchens and extra cleaning. Check each accommodation facility here on our website and read more under the tab “About us” to find detailed information. If there is no information available, you are very welcome to contact the accommodation directly and they will tell you more.

What is STF doing in general in order to look after guests and staff during the coronavirus pandemic?

  • We are adhering to regulations and general guidelines issued by the Public Health Agency.
  • All STF accommodation facilities, local branches and staff have received information about Covid-19 with instructions, suggestions and guidelines regarding how to reduce the risk of contagion.
  • Hygiene and cleanliness is always a high priority. We have now reinforced our procedures for housekeeping, cleaning and hygiene with additional focus on hand hygiene.
  • Regular disinfection of frequently used surfaces such as doorhandles, reception desks, shared toilets/showers, guest kitchens, light switches and lift buttons and other surfaces regularly used by a large number of guests.
  • Hand sanitiser is often available to our guests in the common areas.
  • We act in accordance with established procedures that apply in the event that cases of Covid-19 are discovered at any of our accommodation facilities, among both employees and guests.
  • If you are experiencing symptoms that may suggest you have been infected by coronavirus (e.g. fever, muscle and joint pain, headache and a dry cough) notify the staff, if possible without leaving your room.

Together we make it possible for more people to discover Sweden, today and in the future!

This information applies until further notice and may be updated at a later date.


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