After driving through the woods for awhile, we pulled off suddenly to a wooden building, and they announced we were here. From the outward appearance, I think we all had the same impression – this was the same fancy resort we had heard about? It seemed more like we were at a camp in the woods. Our doubts were quickly put to rest as soon as we stepped inside. The interior was beautiful, with soft lighting and wood panels everywhere, and the reception staff greeted us warmly.
We checked into our rooms and met down by the water at the restaurant for lunch. The views were incredible being on the waterfront, and we saw boats slowly passing by. They served fresh salmon with potatoes and a local beer, and I quickly finished all of it. I had been traveling non-stop for several weeks at this point, so sitting quietly in nature was exactly what I wanted to do.
For the rest of the afternoon, we were on our own to explore all they had to offer. You could rent a bike or go jogging on the trails in the woods. I saw a sauna and hot tub earlier, and with the weather being a bit windy that sounded like the perfect way to spend the afternoon. They even had a dock to jump off into the water for when you got too hot.
I first went in the wood fired hot tub, which felt amazing with the cool ocean breeze. After I had enough of that, I headed to the sauna. All of us bloggers wanted to instantly grab our cameras with how beautiful everything was, but also knew we should enjoy the chance to relax before the busy conference started back in the city.
Walking back to my room to change, I saw these hammocks to rest in and gladly took the opportunity. I’m an avid camper, but this experience is the closest to “glamping” I’ve ever done. It’s going to be hard to go back to roughing it in the woods next year!
One activity I really wanted to do was something exclusive to this resort – go in a submarine. I’d never been in one before and couldn’t wait for my turn. The owner bought this from the Swedish army, and the resort is only one of three hotels in the world that have their own submarine. It’s also one of the only submarines that’s been used for both military and passengers.
After carefully getting into the top (you have to actually walk on top of the submarine to get in and lower yourself down – not as easy as I thought!), the captain sealed the top and we were off. The sun was starting to set, so the visibility wasn’t the clearest in the little windows. We still got to see fish swimming by, and suddenly we were at the bottom with a loud clunk. I was so happy thinking about the fact that I was in a submarine at that moment!
After we were done, we headed to dinner back in the lodge. They served more fresh seafood (I love Sweden so much!) with a local red wine, and we all caught up on each other’s days. With all that exploring, everyone slowly started trickling off to bed, as we were exhausted. I slept better than I had the entire trip that night. The pillow and comforter were plush and comfy, and the ocean breeze coming in my open window put me to sleep within minutes.
It was so hard to leave this beautiful little piece of Swedish paradise. I absolutely plan on coming back next time I’m in Sweden and staying longer to take part in all the activities. Until next time!
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