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At a glance

  • You'll love

    Sightseeing on high

    Wildlife encounters

    Adventurous dining

  • Kids will love

    Sleeping in a UFO

    Campfire meals

    Midnight horse-riding

  • Don’t expect

    Lots of dining options

    Well-equipped ensuites

    Frequent trips offsite


At Treehotel, deep in a forest in north Sweden, press a button and a ladder descends from a flying saucer – this is your room for the night… Until Smith goes intergalactic, have a close encounter at this child-friendly stay in Norrbotten County, Swedish Lapland. Six eco-friendly treehouse designs add childish wonder to serious chic. Your room may not have an ensuite, but you’ll be too busy enjoying the hotel’s family activities – dog-sledding, midnight horse-riding, trekking and biking – to care. Grown-ups will love the woodland-set sauna and refined regional dining, too.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Treehotel with us:

Free two-hour sauna session with snacks


‘We may be going out on a (load-bearing) limb here, but we think all children (and big kids) will fall head over heels in love with the polished yet rustic treehouses at Treehotel’

Smith & Family


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Need To Know


Six unique treehouses, including the two-storey Blue Cone and the roomy Dragonfly ‘suite’.


12 noon. Earliest check-in, 2pm. Early arrivals can stow their luggage and relax in the restaurant or wander through the woods.


Double rooms from £449.80 (SEK4,900), including tax at 12 per cent.

More details

Rates include a simple yet satisfying buffet breakfast, with pancakes, bacon and eggs, cheeses and meats, freshly baked bread with home-made jams, muesli and fresh orange juice. Children Under-2s stay in cots free and extra beds (SEK450 a night) can be added to all treehouses except the Cabin and the Mirror Cube.


The Blue Cone has wheelchair access. Co-founders Britta and Kent can arrange transport for less able guests from reception building Britta’s Guesthouse, to the treehouses.

At the hotel

Restaurant, bar and a shared kitchen in Britta’s Guesthouse; shower blocks (one with a sauna, the other with a sauna and whirlpool plunge bath); open-air hot tub; tree sauna; on-site zipline courses; parking; free WiFi.

In your room

Mobile phone, minibar, kettle, selection of teas and coffee, free bottled water and air-conditioning.

Our favourite rooms

The Blue Cone is great for families with small children – there’s a walkway to the entrance for pushchairs, and its snug size makes it a cosy stay for up to four, with a double bed downstairs and twins on the gabled second storey. The 1950s-kitsch UFO treehouse, which has a double bed and twin beds, looks convincingly like a crash-landed extra-terrestrial craft – its interiors are less chic than the other treehouses, but kids will love the fun sci-fi decor and keeping watch for space invaders through the porthole windows. We also love the Bird's Nest, a quirky branch-coated cube with a double bed and bunk beds for two kids.


Up to eight people at a time can settle on the tree sauna's benches; towels, drinks, snacks, soap and shampoo are included with each session (SEK 200 an adult, SEK75 a child). The whirlpool plunge bath in the well-outfitted shower block will bubble away any stress, and the tree-flanked open-air hot tub is brisk in winter but perfect for lazy sightseeing all year round.


Britta’s guesthouse – the reception building – is where you’ll be welcomed; it’s filled with vintage trinkets, and there’s coffee on tap for grown-ups and bowls of free sweets for kids. The shared kitchen is handy for heating milk or baby food.

Book ahead

Babysitting must be booked more than two days in advance; tree-sauna sessions, and exclusive use of the larger shower block must be booked at least a week in advance too. 


Dogs stay free, but only in the Blue Cone treehouse.


Britta and Kent, the hotel’s owners, are serious about treading lightly in their surroundings: the treehouses are built on live trees, using non-intrusive construction methods, and all materials are chemical-free. Hydroelectric power and low-energy LED lighting are used throughout, and bathrooms have combustion toilets (or freezing toilets) and water-efficient sinks.

Food and drink

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The restaurant in Britta’s Guesthouse serves a hunter-gatherer-style menu of seasonal local delicacies. Reindeer, moose and bear meat – and arctic char, caviar and wild salmon from the Kalix or Lule rivers close by – are crafted into meals that are a little more Michelin than mess tin. A breakfast buffet and lunch are served here too. 

Family fare

A small children’s menu is served in the restaurant, and dishes can be adapted on request. There’s ample baby kit to hand: just ask Kent or Britta for a highchair, children’s cutlery, Tommee Tippee bib, colouring books, or to heat up milk, and they’ll happily oblige. Stop at the ice-cream-sundae station for dessert – even if it’s icy outside – and try the family afternoon tea. For a truly memorable meal, book a campfire feast in the snow: you’ll learn about local flora and fauna as you sit by the toasty blaze on reindeer-skin rugs.

Hotel Bar

There’s no bar, but you can order locally brewed beer and birch-flavoured schnapps in the Guesthouse, while the kids sip a glass of lingonberry juice. When it’s in season, knock back a healthy shot of vitamin-packed silver-birch sap. Bar snacks include local cheese platters with smoked and dried reindeer meat.

Last orders

The restaurant is open from 8am to 11pm; breakfast is served until 10am. In the bar, snacks and drinks are served from 12 noon until the last guests are treehouse-bound. 

Smith Insider

  • Top table

    Wrapped up warm around the campfire. Dining à deux? Ask for a cosy alcove table in the restaurant.

  • Room service

    A snack-filled Scandinavian menu is served, with hot pies, gravlax, cheese and charcuterie platters, salads, sandwiches, and fruit and chocolate.


    Stop off in Boden on your way to the hotel, to pick up snacks or treats – minibars are sparsely stocked with them. Kids will love concocting wacky topping combos during a private pizza-making session in the Guesthouse’s basement, where there’s a brick oven.


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Parent approved

‘We may be going out on a (load-bearing) limb here, but we think all children (and big kids) will fall head over heels in love with the polished yet rustic treehouses at Treehotel’

Smith & Family


Local babysitters can be hired for SEK250 an hour; book at least two days in advance.


The restaurant is quite far from the treehouses (at least 40 metres), so baby monitors are unlikely to pick up reception, and you won't need one in your treehouse.

What's there already?

For babies

• Highchairs • Bibs • Travel cot • Cot bedlinen • Crayons

For toddlers

• Highchairs • Cutlery • Cot beds • Cot bedlinen • Bicycles with training wheels • Bike helmets • Crayons/pens • Craft materials

For older children

• Board games • Craft materials


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Things to do

Explore the acres of virgin rural surrounds and get plenty of fresh air. Roaming through the forest you'll come across grazing reindeer, moose and maybe more. On site there are monkey bars and a zipline for little daredevils of all abilities, and the tree sauna is suitable for kids too. Parents can sneak a massage, and relax in Scandinavian style in the indoor whirlpool plunge bath or open-air hot tub.

Hotel activities

The hotel’s seasonal activity programme will inspire at least one return visit. Trekking, ziplining and mountain biking (for over-12s) are rewarding-year-round; or you can learn about local culture from native Lapps in a traditional village. Come summer, kayaking on the Lule River (for over-12s), horse-back forest tours, river fishing, white-water rafting and excursions to Storforsen lagoon and waterfall (3–12 year olds) are possible. Winters are equally action-packed, with snowshoe tours (for over-12s); dog-sledding (for over-7s); horse-drawn sleigh rides (free for under-3s); skijoring (where a horse pulls you along on skis) snowmobile safaris and a Northern Lights tour.

And there's more…

The hotel’s zipline has gentle inclines for novices and speedier sections for old hands.

Local Guide

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Smith tip

Kent and Britta hold snowman-building classes in the winter, complete with a warming cup of hot-chocolate afterwards.

Don't miss…

Ask for a tour of Treehotel, where you'll learn about the hotel's origins, the treehouse architects, the site's environmental policies and you can peek into the ones you're not staying in.

The hotel's Norbotten County surrounds are sparsely populated and wonderfully wild. Sámi (native Lapp) villages and pretty municipalities are dotted across forests, mountains and tundra, and each season brings a new atmospheric phenomenon: Northern Lights spotting in winter and summer’s magical midnight sun. Fascinating flora and fauna thrive in the undisturbed landscape; take a family trip into the forest with a few Field Notes pads to spot moose, reindeer, maybe even an arctic fox, and give them a hands-on learning experience. Hotel owners Kent and Britta can plan uniquely Nordic excursions and activities – in winter, wrap up warm and try to lure char in the frozen Lule River (until April); in summer, pack swimming costumes and armbands for a dip in the crystal-clear Djaptrasket Lake. Boden, the nearest village, is an hour's drive away, where there are quirky museums and cafés, including child-friendly American diner Suzie Q’s (+46 (0)7 3828 1414,, which has burgers and hot dogs on their menu, and a cherry-red Cadillac kids can pretend to drive. Americana seems to be a steadfast trend in this part of Sweden: every shelf at Ruter Retro Café (+46 (0)9 215 0461, is filled with knick-knacks from the Fifties: Roberts Radios, jukeboxes, toys and turntables. Diners can nibble on home-made cakes and sandwiches, while sitting at mid-century modern tables and kids can explore the colourful and quirky artefacts. On the second weekend of December sip warming mulled wine – or spiced apple juice – and pick up presents at Boden's Christmas market (from 11am–4pm, Saturday and Sunday).

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Edeforsväg 2 A, 960 24 Harads, Harads, Norrbotten County, 96024
Hotel setting

Remote reindeer-populated forest

Getting There

Set in a remote part of Swedish Lapland, Treehotel’s treehouses dangle from branches and cling to trunks in a Norrbotten County forest, close to Harads village. A 40-minute drive away sits Boden village, but there are acres of birch and spruce in between.


The closest airport is Luleå Airport (, a one-hour drive away, where frequent flights from Cyprus, Greece, Spain and the Canary Islands, Turkey, Norway and other major Swedish cities arrive. Transatlantic flights and flights across the Pacific connect via Stockholm, on a 90-minute flight from Arlanda airport.


Boden Central Train Station is a 35-minute drive away; the hotel can arrange one-way transfers for SEK990 a car. The ride from Luleå Station is 25 minutes, and there’s a 12-hour overnight train from Stockholm – with breathtaking views of Swedish Lapland along the way.


The hotel is an hour’s drive from the airport: follow Route 97 north until you reach Harads. Hiring a car isn’t essential – the hotel can organise transfers and day trips – but you may want to explore the magical surroundings further. In winter, roads are icier and prone to closures.


Helicopter to hand? Chartered a private jet? Treehotel has on-site heli-parking – and can arrange transfers – and the owners are happy to help arrange landing permits.

Parent travel tip

Book a guided transfer to keep kids entertained on the last stretch of the journey; after one of the owners picks you up in Luleå, they’ll point out natural wonders on the way to the hotel. If the kids aren’t too cranky when you arrive, make a pit stop at Western Farm amusement park ( in Boden, halfway between Luleå and Harads. This fun, idiosyncratic cowboy-themed attraction also has toilets and baby-changing facilities.


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Smith & Family  Parent Panel reviews

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Treehotel – has been selected and approved by parents.

We may be going out on a (load-bearing) limb here, but we think all children (and big kids) will fall head over heels in love with the polished yet rustic treehouses at Treehotel. You’re welcomed like surrogate family members at Britta’s Guesthouse, and the walk to your tree-dangling den will inspire a cacophony of oohs and aahs – not least because of the gaze-catching forest surrounds, where a Moomin hunt might well be rewarded. Treehotel fulfils childhood fantasies: budding space explorers can sleep in a UFO, pint-size cowboys can ride horses and have a campfire cookout, and Disney princesses-in-waiting can make friends with sociable Nordic wildlife, while thrill-seekers can find full-gear fun aplenty. Or, you could do nothing, just sit on a tree-suspended terrace, read a book under the midnight sun, or watch the sky for a green glint of aurora borealis. After all, it’s unlikely you’ll find another hotel room quite so unique – if only Ikea did a similar version for the back garden…

Smith & Family

The Guestbook  Smith member reviews

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith & Family hotel, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what real-life family guests had to say about Treehotel in the Guestbook below.


Stayed on

We loved

The cabin has incredible views making a lie-in just too good. Dogsledding and hot blueberry drink in the snowy wilderness.

Don’t expect

There is the hotel, the pension and not much else in the this town.

Rating: 10/10 stars