These Tiny Swedish Huts In The Woods Are The Stuff Of Dreams
For more than 400 years, charcoaling was a popular trade near Skinnskatteberg, Sweden. During this tradition, which died out in the middle of the 20th century, locals burnt charcoal for the iron industry and made their homes out of rustic huts. In an effort to bring new life to the old ways of the land in 1996, the local municipality built 12 tiny charcoal huts from nothing but mud and grass.
Today, Andreas Ahlse, owner of the Kolarbyn eco-lodge, rents out the 12 huts to guests who are looking to experience the back-to-basics lifestyle. Each hut — which is built into the forrest hills, almost like a secret dwelling — comes with two beds and a fire-burning stove, along with a composting toilet and floating sauna atop a nearby lake. And though the huts have no electricity or running water, they make up for it in charming simplicity and cozy ambiance. Guest learn to chop their own wood, start a fire, collect drinking water and bathe in the lake.
In the video below, Ahlse and his family take viewers on a virtual tour of these incredible, and adorable, charcoal huts. I don’t know about you, but I would absolutely love to leave my electronics behind for a night or two and spend some time with Mother Nature in one of these huts.
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