7 independent reviews for Sweden family holiday, Ecolodge short break

Reviews for Sweden family holiday, Ecolodge short break

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review 17 Sep 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Sauna on the lake at 6.30am - definitely a great way to start the day!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Expect the basics and you wont be disappointed - it's a wonderful experience

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

The nature of the site and operation has very low impact on the environment and the 2 tours included in our package were definitely supporting the local community and conservation: food was locally sourced from B&B owners and farmers on both trips.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Excellent mini break - already making plans to return

review 16 Sep 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The wolves!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

The Ecolodges are great, everything is provided (although a torch is helpful), and the experience is relaxing. The wildlife trips are very well lead, informative, fun, and you do get to see the animals in their natural habitat - they don't use food to attract them. Main tip: include the wolf trip in your holiday!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, the guides were local, as were the staff at the Kolarbyn. The project also works with charcoal producers, maintaining skills and knowledge.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

It was excellent, could not fault it. The three of us (two in our fifties, one early twenties) had a great time.

review 24 Aug 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Camping in Kolarbyn eco lodges and swimming in the lake

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Bring a few treats and bacon or any other meat/ fish or chicken you like as the hotel canít store these items and chocolate and alcohol

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

I think it kept the huts in use and the site of the ancient charcoal area, being used for a purpose. Also benefitted the local economy of Skinnekatteberg which is quite remote.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Amazing and relaxing. Thank you to Simon and Ewan for 2 amazing tours: beaver and moose. We saw a lot of wildlife and 3 beavers and 11 moose including 3 large males. The information and food was wonderful and it was a very beautiful experience in the forests and lakes. The children loved it. We also stayed at Kolarbyn eco lodge ( thanks to Gina too) and camped there for 3 nights, the sauna and lake swims and Canadian canoeing were fabulous. Highly recommended! Especially for kids, ours are 11 and 15. Being off grid is very relaxing and simple tasks like getting water from the spring, are lovely.

review 17 Aug 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Swimming in the lake then warming up in the floating sauna

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Relax and go with the flow. Food is basic so bring along treats as long as they don't require refrigeration

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes - environmentally friendly lodges with recycling. Promoted the local wildlife conservation

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Excellent - difficult to find a holiday that all my 4 kids (aged 17 to 7) would enjoy - but this one really worked for us. Great to get away from mod cons and enjoy a simpler life for a few days

Read the operator's response here:

Wow, thank you for your positive review! I am glad to see that you are so happy with your adventure in Sweden. W greetings from the moose, the beavers, the wolves and us. Stay wild!

review 3 Jul 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The beautiful location staying in the forest next to a stunning lake with simple but cosy accommodation.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

It is a holiday for those who enjoy the simpler things of life and the beauty of nature so make sure you have the right clothing.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

The accomodation was very low impact. The wild Sweden beaver and moose watching trips were fantastic. We learnt a lot about both animals and their habitat. The trip brought people to a remote area and employed local people.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Our family thought it was a brilliant holiday.

review 23 Sep 2015

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The outdoor feeling, back to the essence of being outside and adjusting to the rhythm of nature.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Prepare yourself for the basics, bring rain gear and read/ practise a bit with building fires. We came to the rescue of a fellow guest just in time to avoid a major flame burst.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Absolutely, owner, guides all were from the direct neighbourhood, the electrical motors for the beaver tour where silent and the zodiacs where supercool! The moose guide relied a bit much on the predictability of moose behaviour. Perhaps the tact that he has to drive and watch out makes the spotting more complicated. The fact that we had many youthful eyes in our car helped us spotting 10 moose and 4 red babies! Which was absolutely fantastic for a predicted amount of 5/6.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

We had a fantastic time with our family of 4. Our teenage children did not miss their WiFi one moment, busy with making fire, canoeing, cutting wooden sticks (bring a pocket knife!), chopping wood even doing the dishes was fun. It is defenitely primitive, if you have never camped you might stretch yourself but what a fantastic environment to do so!

review 1 Sep 2014

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Staying in Kolarbyn Ecolodge - cooking on an open fire and swimming in a beautiful (cold) lake

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Ensure you take some small luxury foods with you as they are nice to add to the basics provided in Kolarbyn Book on the Beaver/Moose/Wolf Safaris - you will not regret it. Food is locally source and the whole experience will stay with you forever.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes. I have never sorted my rubbish as diligently as I did in Kolarbyn.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Up there with the best. I was worried about all the changes with public transport but everything went very smoothly

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