To many, Sweden is a dream destination full of pristine natural beauty, friendly people, and rich history and culture. Adventure seekers should prepare for the Vildmarksvägen, a 500 km (310.69 mi) road trip that takes them to some of Sweden’s unspoiled nature sites. Culture lovers can learn more about the indigenous Saami people by visiting the Ájtte – Swedish Mountain and Sami Museum in Jokkmokk. And as a Nordic country, Sweden was also home to the fierce Vikings. Travelers looking to step back in time should check out the Viking Village at Birka.
Sweden has taken good care of its environment and is a pioneer when it comes to sustainable and eco-friendly technology. Those looking to experience first-hand how the country has balanced progress and preservation should book an eco-hotel. So, check out this list of the top eco hotels in Sweden, and enjoy.
Sitting next to the shores of Vattern Lake, Vox Hotel is a trendy contemporary hotel that offers stylish rooms and suites. They also have wonderful amenities - including a fine restaurant with a cozy lounge-like atmosphere.
For its mission of environmental sustainability, Vox Hotel has taken initiatives such as the avoidance of using single-use plastics such as disposable cups, straws, and even drinking bottles. They have also taken measures for water conservation, waste management, and recycling, as well as in the usage of potentially harmful chemicals.
Although the hotel doesn’t have solar panels, they made sure to source their electricity from renewable energy power plants such as water mills and windmills.
Converted from a 19th-century prison building, Långholmen Hotell provides guests the chance to sleep in prison cell-sized hotel rooms. They’re even called cells, but unlike the oppressive atmosphere for their original purpose, these new cells have a warm and bright ambiance. Part of the property has retained its original appearance and is now used as a prison museum.
Aside from their novel idea of turning a prison into a hotel, Långholmen Hotell also wants to help save the environment. They started with the concept of efficient and sustainable waste management back in the 1990s. Today, they have expanded into other programs such as agro-forestry in Uganda and Malawi.
Skepparholmen Nacka is a majestic and historic hotel sitting between the lakes and forests of Sweden, and the Baltic Sea. Originally built and developed in 1869 as a private villa, the property has since grown into a grandiose spa and conference establishment. Guests can also partake in activities such as beach swimming, canoeing, and also hiking.
Committed to preserving the beauty of Mother Nature, Skepparholmen Nacka has taken initiatives such as sourcing their energy from biodiesel. Chemicals are also used sparingly when it comes to cleaning and washing. They also started a program to promote the growth of wildflowers and bees in the region.
Located in Stockholm’s busy commercial neighborhood of Norrmalm, guests of this hotel can enjoy plenty of shopping and dining opportunities, as well as access to the capital’s nightlife. They offer a selection of wonderful accommodations, including posh suites with a balcony and hot tub.
The hotel follows and enforces sustainable travel practices, including an aversion to single-use plastics and installing water-efficient devices in their bathrooms and toilets. Aside from its environmental commitments, the hotel also supports social initiatives such as expanding industrial and economic opportunities in Africa. They also support volunteer groups patrolling the streets of Stockholm to discourage youngsters from trouble through encouraging and non-violent means.
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Hotel Riverton is a classy hotel nestled by the waterfront of Gothenburg, featuring lavish bedrooms with plush mattresses. Visitors can also enjoy incredible vistas of the river and city from the sky bar and restaurant.
In order to fulfill its commitment to protecting the environment, Hotel Riverton practices sustainability measures such as avoiding single-use plastics. They also installed energy-efficient appliances and fixtures throughout the hotel. Moreover, this hotel offers three electric car charging stations so you can enjoy driving around the area.
Nobis Hotel Stockholm, a Member of Design Hotels™ is a contemporary property hidden within a classic 19th-century building. The interior areas and rooms they offer are dressed in a modern style, balancing a sense of minimalism and luxury. They are also equipped with features such as soundproofing and beds fitted with hypoallergenic beddings.
This hotel has policies and initiatives in place regarding sustainability. Single-use plastics are very much discouraged, along with controls on water usage for cleaning. They also support community efforts and local sustainability efforts outside of their hotel operations.
Elite Stadshotellet Luleå is an impressive hotel situated between waters. Each stylish guestroom and suite is decorated in a sleek but homey manner, some of which are made hypoallergenic to suit those who are sensitive to allergy attacks. Guests can grab delicious food and drinks at the on-site pub or tavern.
Like every establishment of the Elite Hotel brand, Elite Stadshotellet Luleå adheres to the standards set by its Green Key eco-label for sustainability and development. Some of the measures they have taken include using green energy for all their properties. Bathrooms and restrooms are equipped with different water-saving features. They also minimize their waste by avoiding the use of single-use plastics and packaging.
The accommodations of Camp Ripan come in the form of charming and cozy chalets. Select chalets come equipped with kitchenettes as well as hypoallergenic bedrooms. The hotel is an outdoorsman’s dream camp during the warmer months where they can hike, bike, and even picnic. Come winter, Camp Ripan becomes a winter wonderland where one could go skiing and then end the day with a hot tub soak.
Camp Ripan is proud of its certifications and awards as a sustainable establishment. They are committed not just to providing a wonderful experience but also to protecting the environment. Some of their initiatives and measures include the use of induction heating and high-tech water-saving dishwashers in the kitchen. Food is sourced from local producers, and for livestock, as much of the animal is used as possible.
Other eco accommodations
Surrounded by lush woodlands and hills, Treehotel offers a very different but memorable lodging experience while visiting Sweden. Each accommodation comes in the form of a stunningly designed cabin or treehouse. Apart from the mystifying guestrooms, Treehotel also boasts facilities such as a restaurant and bar, a lounge, as well as a sauna and hot tub.
Treehotel is both an artistic and environmental statement, with sustainability and ecological values as their central ideas. The hotel was built without needing to chop down any of the already existing trees in the area. Electricity is sourced from hydroelectric power plants, and the treehouses are warmed by underfloor heating. Bathrooms feature water-efficient sinks, and while there are no sewage systems, the toilets are high-tech combustion ones that incinerate waste.
Lindeborgs Eco Retreat features accommodations designed and decorated in local Nordic styles, maximizing space while providing a homey atmosphere. Apart from access to the sauna, guests can also interact with the property’s farm animals, as well as buy produce and other products that are in season.
Lindeborgs Eco Retreat puts focus on sustainability by using a renovated century-old barn as its area for social functions. They also use newer techniques for heating such as a pyrolysis process using excess wood. Wastewater is also environmentally treated using plants and microbes before releasing it back into a pond. The property also raises bees and encourages the growth of flowers using insect hotels and butterfly restaurants throughout the farm.
Experience the pristine paradise that is Sweden
Come to Sweden and pick up a thing or two when it comes to preserving the beauty of our environment. Not only that, you can also practice it and pass it on when you go back home. Realize a love for nature by staying at these top eco hotels in Sweden.
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