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Swedish Lodge Models Accommodation After Bird Nests

By Madeleine Almberg
Epoch Times Staff
Created: November 10, 2012 Last Updated: November 10, 2012
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A hotel in the largest oak tree in a park in Vasternas in central Sweden. (Courtesy Mikael Genberg)

A hotel in the largest oak tree in a park in Vasternas in central Sweden. (Courtesy Mikael Genberg)

About two hours from sophisticated Stockholm, at the gate of Lapland, you’ll find one of Europe’s last wilderness areas.

Here, Grano Beckasin Lodge offers accommodations in “bird nests,” comfortable tree houses high above ground, in addition to cabins and camping options.

Grano Beckasin, which opened on June 10, is a unique nature destination where you can find large mountain areas, lakes, and several large national parks.

You can also find Sweden’s last untouched wild rivers, which flow undisturbed on their journey to the sea. The marshes harbor golden cloudberries. Many people travel for miles to pick the marsh’s “yellow gold.”

A Unique Setting

The location attracts people who are not afraid to venture out into the woods and fields, look for new experiences, and enjoy the stunning surroundings.

The interior of one of the bird nests. (Patrick Trädgårdh)

The interior of one of the bird nests. (Patrick Trädgårdh)

The forest consists mostly of pine and spruce, but large-scale logging has reduced the number of old forests, which are a vital part of the biodiversity there.

The spirit of Grano Beckasin is anchored in thinking about the environment. Ecological thinking permeates everything from nature guided walks in the forest, the food, and the building materials.

All the activities are carried out with great respect for the local environment. For example, you can go river-rafting, dog-sledding, go on a moose safari, or take an herbal walk.

The food that is served is organic and local. The meat and fish comes from local forests and lakes.

“We want to give the guests a whole experience with food, accommodation, and activities. The experience aims to open visitors’ minds—becoming calm to see the small in the large and the large in the small,” explains Angelica Johansson, CEO of Grano Beckasin Lodge.

At Grano Beckasin Lodge you live in the middle of nature, yet with full hotel conveniences and amenities.

High Living

The bird nest (Angelica Johansson)

The bird nest (Angelica Johansson)

Each bird nest has a bird theme, and this is reflected throughout the interior. Furnishings have been carefully selected.

These tree houses have become very popular, and Johansson says that the next project is to build a large house, which looks like a giant snipe, which will have a unique bird gallery filled with preserved birds.

Grano Beckasin was inspired by Jan-Erik Sjoblom, a local Swedish man who harbors a profound love for birds and nature. As a taxidermist, he has preserved more than 30,000 birds and other animals over the last 70 years.

The interior of one of the bird nests. (Patrick Trädgårdh)

The interior of one of the bird nests. (Patrick Trädgårdh)

Although he gave most of them away, he retained a collection of about 1,000 specimens, which he decided to give to Grano Beckasin to ensure it remain in the area.

“His donation gave us the idea to not only create a bird gallery, but a completely new destination,” said Angelica Johansson, CEO of Grano Beckasin Lodge.

The feeling of being free as a bird has fascinated people at all times. Since the artist Mikael Genberg created the first hotel up in a tree, in the largest oak tree in a park in Vasteras in central Sweden, this form of accommodation has spread all over Sweden.

Mikael Genberg had worked as an artist for many years before he felt that he wanted to expand on his role as an artist. He then created Hotel Woodpecker, nestled 43 feet up in a big oak tree.

“The idea of a hotel up in the trees is to offer guests a remarkable experience of proximity to both nature and the city at the same time. You feel despite cars, trains and people—very cut off from the outside world,” says the artist Mikael Genberg.

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