Scandinavia. We know we like it. But sleeping underwater? Or in a mine?
The verdict is out. But if you're looking for something slightly different, and don't suffer from claustrophobia, read on.
The cosy bedroom of the Utter Inn Hotel in Sweden is three metres below Lake Mälaren, close to the city of Västeräs, Sweden. The curious sub-aqua accommodation has a typically Swedish, red-timber exterior, yet is perched on a small platform above the water, and to access the underwater bedroom guests must climb down a ladder from the deck of the hut. The bedroom features 360 degree windows, giving guests a panoramic view of the lake and its colourful fish. After a night with the fishes, guests will wake up to a breakfast hand-delivered by boat.
Keeping with the aquatic theme, Rica Svolvaer in Lofoten is a regular hotel on its own island in Norway, but has the unusual attraction of being part-built on a wharf, meaning guests can go fishing without even having to go outside! The hotel’s Bauen restaurant and bar also create the illusion of a ship’s bow, jutting out into the sea.
The subterranean Mine Suite at Sala Silvermine in Sweden is buried 155 metres below ground level. Originally carved by hand by mine workers, the space is now a sumptuous Gothic-style cavern with chandeliers, beautiful furniture, rugs and cosy bedding. Guests are literally immersed in history, and will take a guided tour of the meandering corridors and hollows, vast caverns and magic lakes. A hamper filled with sparkling wine, cheeses, biscuits, fruit and chocolates awaits guests as they arrive at the suite, and staff are only a quick call away via an intercom radio.
Northern Night Lights
The Glass Igloos at the Kakslauttanen Igloo Village are nestled in the serene setting of the unspoiled forests of Lapland. Glass igloos provide a one-of-a-kind opportunity to view the northern lights and the thousands of stars in the crystal clear Lapp sky from the comfort of a heated bedroom with en-suite. Built from a special thermal glass, the igloo always stays warm and the glass never frosts over, even when the temperature outside drops to under -30°C.