Have you tried the new trend for luxurious camping? Glamping is a portmanteau of “glamorous” and “camping”. It’s a more comfortable style of camping – the tent has been set up for you when you arrive and is furnished with real beds. In addition to beds, some tents also have TVs, kitchens and toilets! Here are our top tips for glamping in Sweden from north to south. Make the most of the final holiday weeks and choose the type that suits you best – Viking style, summer grazing pastures, the fells, unspoiled nature or a campsite. Simple or more luxurious! At the end of this post, you’ll find a map of Sweden showing you the exact locations of all our glamping tips.
Birka Viking City is situated on the small island of Björkö and the boat trip from central Stockholm takes about two hours. It’s the perfect place for Viking-style glamping. Choose between a two or four-person tent. The tents are furnished with real beds with a duvet, pillow and bed linen, 2 stools and a chest for locking up your valuables. The tents are built on wooden decking, and outside your tent you have your own little patio with a view of the lake. Dinner is served at Restaurant Särimner restaurant and breakfast is served in a basket placed outside your tent. Birka has a Viking museum, a Viking Age archaeological site, a reconstructed Viking village, as well as a café and a restaurant. There are also great places to swim from either a jetty or a beach. Toilets and shower facilities are close to the tents.
Tip – You can travel to Birka with Strömma Kanalbolaget’s boats or moor your private boat in Birka’s guest harbour.
At Kneippbyn in Visby on the island of Gotland, you can stay in well-equipped tents of 30 sqms. This is a glamping tent with extra everything! There’s a kitchen with a fridge, freezer, cooker and microwave. There’s also a dining area with chairs and a table, as well as a TV, toilet, shower and air conditioning. Outside the tent, there’s a veranda with garden furniture.
Tip – a convenient way to get to Kneippbyn is by Citysightseeing’s double-decker Hop on–Hop off buses. On the journey, you can listen to prerecorded guide commentary by Babben Larsson and enjoy fantastic views from the upper deck. The bus also stops at the Lummelunda Caves, the ferry terminal and at several locations in Visby. It’s the perfect way to get to and from Kneippbyn.
Go glamping in unspoiled nature outside Gällivare in Laponia. Here you’ll stay in one of the five Sami tents that are constructed in traditional style. This experience is special and personal, with the Sami people generously sharing their lifestyle with you. This is sustainable glamping, so there’s no electricity in the tents. However, each tent has both a wood stove and a diesel heater. Light comes from fire, tealights, LED lights and the midnight sun. For the especially daring among you, it’s also possible to visit in winter, when there’s a very good chance you’ll see the Northern Lights!
Arild’s Vineyard is located near Ängelholm in Skåne – so you don't have to go to France or Italy to visit a vineyard! The fantastic glamping tents here are just a stone’s throw from the vineyard. Tents are available for 2-5 people. The vineyard’s own restaurant serves lovingly prepared breakfasts, lunches and dinners. The tents offer the comfort of real beds. The price also includes towels and bathrobes.
et close to nature and glamp in 200-year-old summer grazing pastures! Two glamping tents with views of the mountain peaks nestle in the beautiful fells. There’s a mountain stream with rippling cold water that you can drink and take a refreshing dip in after a mountain hike or bicycle ride. Next to the stream there’s a wood-fired sauna. The tents are equipped with a double bed, 2 chairs and a table. If it gets chilly, there’s a word-burning stove for you to light. On the wooden deck outside the tent, you’ll find comfy chairs and a hammock!
Seläter Camping is located in sunny Strömstad. The campsite’s glamping tents are equipped with two real beds, plus two extra mattresses. There’s also a washing-up bowl, clothes rack and smaller storage units. Pets are also welcome here! In the surrounding area, you can hike among oak groves and streams on one of the lovely walking trails. If you’re lucky, you’ll find both mushrooms and berries in the surrounding forests. The campsite also offers crazy golf, noughts and crosses, and playgrounds.
Get a luxurious overnight experience when you book a spot in one of the canvas tents on the island of Svartsö. On the slope below the Svartsö Krog inn, close to nature and a stone’s throw from the shoreline, these tents are like rustic hotel rooms. Each tent has real beds, rugs and sheepskin on the floor, candles and lanterns. If you feel chilly, there’s an electric stove and the beds have thick down duvets and pillows with comfy bedding. Each tent also has its own little terrace with garden furniture and a lovely sea view. The tents have names that describe their unique touch – choose between Skogsgläntan/Forest Glade, Trädkojan/Treehouse, Mittentältet/Middle Tent and Sandstranden/Sandy Beach. A delicious five-course dinner is served at Svartsö Logi, and in the morning a well-stocked breakfast basket is delivered straight to your tent.
Tip - The easiest and most convenient way to get to Svartsö is by the Cinderella Boats that depart daily from central Stockholm. Please remember to pre-book your ticket for a guaranteed place.
Photo by: Emma Edejern