Multi-Day Tour | Independent, Private, Rail

Private Island Retreat in Sweden (5 days)

50 Degrees North

Ockelbo, Sweden To Ockelbo, Sweden

Valid for Departures Now Through: 30 Oct 2019

Private Island Retreat in Sweden (5 days)


Day 1
Ockelbo, Sweden
Stilleben Dinner

Your train will depart from central Stockholm or the airport. Sit back and enjoy the comfortable journey to the small mid-Swedish town of Ockelbo. This lake-studded farming region is best known as the Finnish Forest, a wild place settled in the 17th Century by Finns. You will be picked up at the train station and transferred to your hotel.

This cosy hotel was once the village school in the typical Swedish village of Åmot. It is surrounded by hills and forests. The old school has just 6 bedrooms all with ensuite bathrooms so you can be sure of a small and personal experience. Don't forget your swimming costume as your stay at Stilleben includes 2hrs in the hottub and sauna, located by the lake.

Dinner is included for your stay - expect home style, elegant meals using local produce. Dinner is served at 6pm.

Day 2
Ockelbo, Sweden
Stilleben Breakfast, Dinner

Stilleben is a place for quiet reflection. You won't find TVs here but you will find endless nature trails and plenty of local wildlife. Besides moose, reindeer, deer and a variety of birds, which you can spot without too much effort, this region, Gästrikland is also home to predators such as the bear, wolf, lynx and wolverine.

Explore our surrounding forests on animal trails, past feeding marks, footprints and resting places to capture the perfect picture. Winter brings with it alpine skiing, dogsledding, snowshoeing, icefishing and horse sledding. Summer activities include bear safari, marsh walking, fishing tours and much more. We can pre-order a safari for this morning.

When you are ready, you will move to your private island cabin. Motoring over mirrored waters, you will pass deserted island upon island, each ringed by emerald reeds and grey boulders. Docking at an island no bigger than a football pitch, you will find a red-and-white cabin: your home for the next two nights.

There is no electricity on Stilleben’s private island, but the cabin comes with a gas-powered fridge, stove and indoor loo.

You will receive a cool box of ingredients for you to make meals with on the island, plus homemade jams, bread and knackebrot (traditional crisp bread). There are staple dry goods, including pasta, in the cupboard.

A little red cabin in the forest, on a private island somewhere in middle Sweden - it doesn't get more typically Swedish than this! Let the pace of life slow to a leisurely stroll, a gentle paddle in the canoe or a refreshing swim in the lake. Simply relax, enjoy the view and listen to the sound of nature.

Th Cabin has space for a maximum of 5 people (a double bed and space for 3 in single beds) and is only accessible by boat.There is a shower, but if you prefer Swedish, try a dip in the lake!

Your meals are based on permaculture design principles with a heavy emphasis on locally produced and organic food. Your stay at the cabin is about reducing our impact on the environment and being at one with nature. The organic ingredients for your meal will be provided along with a mouth-watering recipe – cook at your leisure!

Day 3
Ockelbo, Sweden
stilleben Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Scramble around the island’s fringes, explore on foot and in an orange “Ockelbo” canoe (a design classic manufactured here in the Sixties, along with the iconic Ockelbo skidoos). Skinny-dip in rib-crushingly cold waters, lie directly on the sun-heated deck to warm up. Winter brings it's own charms with a cozy fireplace and ice play. Bring our your card games and watch for the Northern Lights if you are there in the right season!

Day 4
Ockelbo, Sweden
stillben Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

At a organised time, you will be picked up on your island and return to home base. Today you can further explore the area.

Other local activities include:- A vast array of scenic hiking trails- A canoe is included as part of your stay at Kabin and available for rent at Stilleben- Bicycles are available to rent- Rail bike tours on a local railway- Fishing permits and equipment can be rented locally

You can order a picnic basket for your day's activities. Local, though, is the theme of the kitchen: most produce comes from nearby farmers or Jeroen’s permaculture kitchen garden, which stretches down to the lake where the b&b’s new sauna juts elegantly over the water.

Supplement this with wild berry picking at your leisure.

Day 5
Ockelbo, Sweden
stilleben Breakfast, Dinner

This morning you will return to the train station, very reluctantly.

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Explore the wild places of Mid-Sweden on this short 5-day tranquil escape, staying in a cabin on your own island. The lake-studded farming region around Ockelbo is your home as you explore small towns, forests and lakes in your own time. Any time of year is a great time to get to know the Swedish wilds.

This holiday is about the silence, remoteness and traditions surrounding rural Sweden. A typical Swede works in a big city, such as Stockholm, but will have a summer house somewhere by a lake, easily accessible within 2 or 3 hours of Stockholm, such as Ockelbo - a place to escape, relax, recharge the batteries and forget about work and big city life for a few days.

About Us

50 Degrees North is a family owned, boutique destination specialist tour operator for the Nordic region and the Scandinavian Arctic. The company’s entirely Nordic sales staff offers in-depth knowledge of all its destinations. Luxury for us means experiencing something extraordinary beyond your everyday life; immersing yourself into the local culture, nature and people and, when possible, venturing away from the well-trodden paths and into the ‘un-known’. We do things the simple and beautiful Scandinavian way. With offices in Norway, Canada and Australia, 50 Degrees North is able to provide our clients with support 24/7.

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By: Igofish

Reviewed on: 09 Jul 2017

Given that 59 Deveees North is in Norway, they had no presence in Greenland whatsoever. While they were able to arrange the activities we requested, we had no single point person in Greenland. We felt on our own on a daily basis. This may have been due to a lack of personal experience with Greenland and more specifically the town where we visited. Since this is a national heritage site, I would have expected greater familiarity. However, we were able to fend for ourselves when neededttt
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Great options and fast service when needed

By: patcat

Reviewed on: 13 Aug 2017

Ours was a complex itinerary and they came through. There were a few minor stumbles and one change initiated by us...but all were handled quickly and professionally. Overall a fantastic experience!
Travel Advisor:  Colette Guterson
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50 Degrees North

By: Meryl

Reviewed on: 10 Sep 2017

Did not get what we had hoped for overall on our trip to Iceland. The only part of our trip that was planned for us and we loved was at The Blue Lagoon. Did not get "guided" tours, got pick up and drop off at destinations. Planning done on own and helped put together by our agent was better than what 50 Degrees North did for us.
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Wonderful adventure

By: globetrots

Reviewed on: 09 Oct 2017

Terrific service all around offering plenty of options and information. Had to make last minute miodifications and all went smoothly.
Travel Advisor:  Kip Abbott
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Good experience

By: Jensi

Reviewed on: 22 Jan 2018

My travel agent worked directly with 50 North in planning our trip. I can say that all of our tours were professional and fun. Also, when the weather caused restrictions on some of the planned activities, the company was quick to find a suitable alternative. Everything was exactly as described to us and we had a fantastic trip!
Travel Advisor:  Ron Phillips
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Well planned, learned a lot

By: Connerss

Reviewed on: 09 Apr 2018

Hotels were very nice, tour operators were good, private guides were stellar and informative, particularly those with Mountain Guides. Would definitely use 50 Degrees North again. Only complaint was one tour operator (Artic Adventures) had buses that were so compact we all had to turn and leave our legs in the aisle, and I'm not tall. While the sites were beautiful and the tour guide knowledgeable, the long sardine-can bus ride was very difficult. Perhaps they were the only operators sending trips to our desired locations, unsure of that detail.
Travel Advisor:  Irene Quisenberry
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Trip to Finland

By: Finngirl

Reviewed on: 18 Jun 2018

I would definitely use 50 Degrees North again. They planned our trip, which was perfect. There were 4 people in our group and they had something for all of us, and we all enjoyed everything we did. Leena our tour guide was absolutely wonderful. She made the walking tour a lot fun and we learned a lot. Hotels they choose were great and I couldn't have asked for anything more.
Travel Advisor:  Rosemarie Spinney
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By: Grandma

Reviewed on: 13 Sep 2018

Everything went perfectly. Tours were wonderful.
Travel Advisor:  Amy Rectenwald
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Competent but not great comunicators

By: Bobiz

Reviewed on: 22 Oct 2018

Guides and transportation were very good. They were not responsive to our requests for restaurant reservation....they made some...and then ignored other requests.
Travel Advisor:  Lydia Ganz
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Thank you Anna & 50 Degrees North

By: Michelle T.

Reviewed on: 11 Dec 2018

Anna was super helpful when we encountered some minor issues on our trip - she was readily available to help . We had an absolutely amazing time in Sweden & Finland. I would highly recommend visiting this area- I would only recommend going a bit later as we didn’t have much snow even in early December :(
Travel Advisor:  Landa Mauriello-Vernon
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Knowledgeable up north

By: Hectar

Reviewed on: 16 Jan 2019

They really know the area. They put us in the right hotels and the guides the booked were wonderful. Everything was easy to understand and get around.
Travel Advisor:  Betsy Bouche
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Swedish Lapland

By: Martin & Kelly

Reviewed on: 12 Apr 2019

We had no idea what to expect when going to Lapland and up to the Arctic Circle but we're thankful Victoria had us working with 50 Degrees North. They were great through the entire process to include our time at Camp Ripan, The Ice Hotel & in Abisko. We didn't go to the Arctic Circle for anything but chasing the northern lights and the companies 50 Degrees used to help us do that were spot on. While in Kiruna we met reindeer, snowmobiled at night under the lights, ate by fireside in a cabin with no electricity and dog sledded with an amazing group of tour guides and wonderful dogs. On our way up to Absiko we sadly had a train cancellation and while we were able to go later in the day 50 Degrees made sure we were all set. Once in Absiko we were able to experience the lights two times more with a dinner at the Abisko Light Station (over dinner) + a photography course with Harry and Lights over Lapland. Amazing trip and thankful Victoria & 50 Degrees did to give us those memories.
Travel Advisor:  Victoria Hardison-Sterry
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By: Greg

Reviewed on: 04 Apr 2019

Fifty Degrees North was contacted by Amanda Klimak of Largay Travel to arrange a personalized tour for me and my wife to Finland and Russia. Fifty Degrees North basically offered prepackaged private tours, "Glass Igloo Stay in Finland", and "St. Petersburg and Moscow in Style" which, with my questions and input, we customized to a limited degree. While the overall trip was well planned and enjoyable, some of the activities were quite touristy (reindeer farm visit, Izmailhovsky Market, tour of Vladimir, etc), and not particularly special or luxurious. Given that I never made cost an issue, I would have hoped that more unique and individualized activities could have been proposed. I must say the private guide (Marina Karpova) and car and driver in St. Petersburg was outstanding, and by comparison the guide in Moscow was less so, although acceptable. And having now experienced the "Golden Ring" tour of Vladimir and Suzdal (particularly the Azimut Hotel) I would not recommend it.
Travel Advisor:  Cliff Morgan
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