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 find 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.
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 skills and mindset. Together we’ll be covering subjects like; firemaking, handling edge tools like knives, axes, and saws, 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 on 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 Swedish nature.

Price for 2 nights in charcoal hut
Adult 4.350 SEK
Child 3.450 SEK
Traveling solo 250 SEK/night

Arrange for fixed dates 2024
26-28 June
3-5 July
13-15 August
28-30 August
10-12 September

Check-in at the Kolarbyn reception between 16.00 and 16.30. The guided tour starts at about 16.30. Bee in good time and you have your hut before the guided tour.
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.
The first night is spent in Kolarbyn. The Instructor will join you after breakfast at 10.00 on Day 2. Lectures and exercises are held both at Kolarbyn and its surrounding woods. The course will end on Day 3 after breakfast, around 10.

Check out at 11.00.

What to expect
A Bushcraft/Survival course led by an instructor, borrowing tools,
Staying in traditional charcoal huts, equipped with inflatable mattresses and sheepskins to sleep on.
All meals in your stay.
Day 1, arrival day
Dinner that you cook over the fire.
Availability in the sauna
2 nights in charcoal hut, you can decide later if you want to stay in a bivouac the second night.
Day 2, course day
10.00 you meet the instructor (Jonas)
Sleeping outside in forest or charcoal hut. The instructor is with you in the forest.
Day 3, check out day
8-9.00 You meet up with all participants, eat breakfast that you make over the fire, and talk about your experience.
This year we offer you a long morning in Kolarbyn at the end of your adventure. You check out from your hut before 11.00 but have availability in the sauna and also can cook lunch before 13.00 before you leave. You need to leave sauna and make the washing up before 13.00.

This is included in your stay
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 the forest hut.

Other, staying at Kolarbyn first night: We recommend you bring robust and weatherproof clothes and shoes for all kinds 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/bivouac) camping mattress, headlamp/flashlight with additional batteries, binoculars, bathing suit, towel, water bottle (mosquito hat, mosquito balsam and covering clothing during) notebook. All equipment from Kolarbyn is forbidden to be brought out in the forest.

We want you to have as pleasant and safe a stay as possible in Kolarbyn, therefore it is important that you as a guest know that

  • you must arrive on time, in the right clothes for today’s weather. We recommend that you arrive in time to get your hut before the guided tour, otherwise, it sometimes takes until after 16.30.
  • it is mandatory to participate in the tour to gain access to the facility (all ages and all guests checking into Kolarbyn)
  • if you are traveling in a group or as a family, we will check you all in together when everyone in the party has arrived. No check-in of your family/group will take place until your entire party has arrived (on time)
  • we are not able to check in guests later than 16.00

Another good thing to know before your stay is that

  • You get to know how everything works during the tour, we go through how you (don’t) chop wood and light a fire and talk about how cooking over the fire and a good night’s sleep can be achieved in the best way.
  • Feel free to ask questions by email or text message and very often we can answer your call directly if you call us, or we will call you back later. (The address and mobile number can be found at the bottom of the page)
  • Please note that we do not have a computer in the forest, so if you send us an email on the day you arrive, we will not see it.
  • We have canoes, rowing boats, towels, a lakeside wood-fired bath and you can book a sauna all to yourself, but we recommend you book this before arrival. The easiest way is to add it at the time of booking, but you can also email us afterward. We will send you a payment link and everything will be ready and organized for when you check in.
  • We have several partners who offer moose, wolf, and beaver safaris in the local area. Riding on Icelandic horses and nice hiking trails. You can read more about the Buschcraft Center in Riddarhyttan.
  • Sometimes we have mosquitoes but usually small amounts and for short periods of a week or two. Get in the habit of bringing mosquito repellent in your pack. Mosquito coils are not allowed in Kolarbyn due to our environmental label.
  • All the food we offer can be fixed gluten-free and lactose-free as also vegetarian and vegan options. Actually, our forest pantry and breakfast buffet are more or less vegan except that we have eggs and milk. Always note in your booking, we want to know as much as possible about you as a guest!
  • A longer email with your booking confirmation and a lot of useful information will come immediately after you have booked.
  • An email about your stay will be sent to you about 1 week before arrival.
  • You must convey the information about Kolarbyn to your fellow travelers.

We wish you a warm welcome and hope to see you soon in Kolarbyn!

Greetings Malin and the entire Kolarbyn team!


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