Join us for a three-days outdoor/survival course to learn from nature and our experienced Guide and Instructor. Learn basic wilderness skills that are priceless when a tricky situation occurs out in the wild.

You have just picked the last mushroom in a fantastic area in the woods. You feel excited about your full basket. But then you realize that you don’t recognize the surroundings; you are lost! With only 5% batteries left and no signal on your phone, the panic is starting to rise inside your head. What should I do? Will someone finds me, and when? Can I keep warm if I need to spend the night?

With the help of Bushcraft skills, you can read nature and live off the land when you find yourself in an outdoor survival situation.
During this 3-day course, you’ll learn the basics of Bushcraft and Survival in a northern boreal environment. You’ll be experiencing the magic woods of Bergslagen Sweden together with our skilled instructor and guide from Jonas Vildmark Bushcraftcenter.
In today’s modern society we mostly rely on services and ready-produced products. But to handle a potential survival situation you might need to rely only on your own skills and mindset. Together we’ll be covering subjects like; fire making, handling edge tools like knife, axe and saw, gear, navigation by nature’s signs, survival psychology & physique, building shelters, managing water, usable plants, fields like sloyd and wilderness safety.

The learning starts on arrival at Kolarbyn Day 1. Fire and gear are to be prepared for spending the first night inside one of Kolarbyn’s forest huts. Day 2 at 10.00, just after breakfast, the Instructor will join you. The course ends on Day 3 after our breakfast. Leave your stress back home to be able to take in the magic of the Swedish nature.

Price 2023 from: 3.950 SEK/adult, 3.550 SEK/child, single supplement 250 SEK/night if you travel alone (recommended from 12 years)

Date: Arrange for fixed dates 2023, contact us for more information malin@kolarbyn.se.

Time and Location: Check-in at the Kolarbyn reception between 14.00 and 15.00.
A hostess will meet you at Kolarbyn and give you a guided tour of the facilities, so you can see how things work and where to find everything. You have access to the forest huts from 14.00 on the arrival day until the activity ends. The first night is spent in Kolarbyn. The Instructor joins you after breakfast at 10.00 on Day 2. Lectures and exercises are held both at Kolarbyn and it´s surrounding woods. The course will end on Day 3 after breakfast, around 10.

Check out at 11.00.

Include the price: A Bushcraft/Survival course led by an instructor, borrow tools and staying in forest huts, equipped with inflatable mattresses and sheepskins to sleep on. Rustic dinner Day 1, breakfast at Kolarbyn Day 2 and 3, simple dinner and lunch out in the field Day 2. You cook your own food in Kolarbyn, you’ll find the ingredients at our pantry and kitchen storage. Access to the floating sauna for 1,5 hours (time lots shared with others, you heat it up yourself).
During the overnight in the charcoal hut following are included; firewood to chop and to make fire with, candles, matches, fresh water from the spring, access to fireplaces, kitchen equipment for outdoor cooking over the fire, washing facilities by the stream, recycling room, access to seats inside the community hut.

Lodging: Singel bed in a 2-beds forest hut, an additional fee of 500 SEK per person if a single room is wanted. the second night you can choose to sleep inside your self-made shelter out in the woods, or in the forest hut.

Other, staying at Kolarbyn first night: We recommend you bring robust and weatherproof clothes and shoes for all kind of weather. warm clothes for cold nights, sleeping bag, inflatable air-mattress, headlamp/flashlight, power bank, swimming suit, towel, water bottle.

Other, due course and second day and night: We recommend you bring robust and weatherproof clothes and shoes for all kind of weather, warm clothes for a cold night, sleeping bag (if you rent a sleeping bag at Kolarbyn, you can not use it night 2 in the forest/bivack) camping mattress, headlamp/flashlight with additional batteries, binoculars, bathing suit, towel, water bottle (mosquito hat, mosquito balsam and covering clothing during) notebook.

Because of Covid-19, we have some regulations and recommending that we hope all our guests respect when you visit Kolarbyn Eco Lodge. If we all respect each other and think about these recommendations, we all stay healthy and safe, hopefully.
Thank you in advance, and remember – you are all a part of another guest experience!

We all want to stay healthy and be safe. The commitment to your stay, to be a pleasant stay for all guests is that

  • you as a guest need to feel completely healthy at the time and that the authorities do not impose additional restrictions.
  • all guests respect good hand hygiene, keep distance and that you are in good shape when you arrive.
  • at Kolarbyn it is never crowded and there is plenty of fresh air and the opportunity to be alone at a fireplace.
  • all cooking is done outdoors, where there is a good opportunity to keep distance to each other.

For your stay to be as pleasant and safe we possible, you need to

  • feel completely healthy at the moment.
  • respect distance and other guests, good hand hygiene
  • keep distance to staff and respects Kolarbyn’s told restrictions and regulations.
  • arrive in well time for the guided round tour and check-in. (we have no check in after 15.30 but you are welcome to arrive earlier and stroll around in the area)
  • come outdoor dressed, well before 15.30, when the first English tour usually starts. (The guidance takes about 20 minutes)
  • ensure that the whole group/family arrive on time for check in and that ALL guests (and in all ages) in the booking participate in the tour
  • not use the facilities at Kolarbyn before your guided tour.
  • know that no check in for your family/group will be done until your entire group has arrived.

For us at Kolarbyn, it is of the most important to inform you personally about Kolarbyn, how everything works and our routines regarding Covid-19.
Therefore, it is important that ALL guests in the group (and in all ages) arrive on time and participate in the tour.
We have all these regulations to ensure that all Kolarbyn’s guests have knowledge of routines and regulations for their stay in Kolarbyn as respect for other guests, volunteers and staff. If you suddenly don’t remember all that we tell you, we will also tell you to remember.

Welcome and hope to meet you soon in Kolarbyn and travel safe!


Guest Reviews

“Magical enchantead fairyland. The hostess leaves you from about 5 and you get a lot of confidence in managing yourself. Everything is very well organised and nothing is missing. They also have the nices compost outhouse you ever have been on. – and YES they have of course a sauna, the coolest sauna ever”
Dorien, Belgium

“Thank you for the incredible place Kolarbyn is. It was amazing to be able to experience the Swedish landscape and to just get away from the craziness of life for a bit. It is one of my favourite places in Europe and I hope that many others get to experience its wonder”
Gabi, United States

Truely beautiful surroundings, really helpful staff and a great break from the norm”
George, UK

“Great place! The lodges are beautiful and the place is super charming. We really enjoyed our stay. Breakfast was fantastic and everything is well organized in a way that it makes it easy to be outside even if you’re not too used to it”
Anonymous, USA

“I just wanted to say that it was a really wonderful and unique experience, one which I will remember and treasure for a long time
It was truly back to basics but truly wonderful stay just to relax and enjoy wild Sweden!
Especially the floating sauna was all kinds of wonderful (definitely last night when the lake was frozen and full moon was shining).
If the snow had come in yesterday it would have been even more magical but that would have been the cherry on top. I got a good look this morning with the snow already.
I wish you all the best and thank you again for an awesome stay, I truly enjoyed it!”
Marnick, Luxemburg

“Last week me and my girlfriend spent one night at Kolarbyn. Kolarbyn it’s a magical, stunning, unreal place. To those who ask me how Kolarbyn is I reply that “I’m agnostic, but if
there is a paradise, a Valhalla or something else I hope it looks like Kolarbyn”. I guess that many people will tell you how amazing Kolarbyn is and how fascinating your personality is in that forest. But I really left something of my heart in that wood”
Paolo, Italy

“A sauna dream
The Kolarbyn adventure is fantastic. Top of the list for me was the floating sauna on the lake, followed by swims in the lake – oh it was so good! but I also enjoyed cutting wood, tracking the progress of the charcoal burners’ pit in August – they were up all night watching.
I shall never look at an English wrap in the same light again – they do their picnic food properly in Kolarbyn!  We bonded well too with the other Kolarbyn adventurers and shared many a laugh at our attempts to live ‘wild’. Kolarbyn gave us lots of support in this gentle introduction to living in nature at the eco lodge -I particularly liked being greeted by two lit candles when we arrived at our hut, and the ‘hoover’ marzipan sweets Malin brought us on the second day for our dessert – unexpected little touches that made the moment special. The people, including Malin who greeted us and came every day to sort out food etc, were absolutely lovely – kind, friendly, polite, cheerful and almost courtly at times. A very special holiday indeed.”
Janet, UK

“It has been a week since we returned from Sweden – we had such a great time, meeting the nicest of people and seeing beautiful places. Our stay at Kolarbyn was definitely one of the absolute highlights, from the lovely hut to the beautiful surrounding and don’t forget the Sauna/bastu 😉
Anyway, I just wanted to say thank you for having us and for keeping this wonderful place alive
all the best”
Antoine, New Zeeland