Frequently Asked Questions
Naturbyn is a different kind of place. Not something you can describe in one sentence. So it is good to be well-read and prepared prior to your visit here. We though of convenient information and some questions for you to take in consideration…
For your information
What are the seasonal opening times
For we are open from May 1 to October 1.
What should I bring? Do you have a packing list?
We recommend that you bring weatherproof clothing and shoes, warm clothes, swimsuit (or not), flashlight, mosquito oil, food, fishing equipment. A Sheet and towel-set can be provided (SEK 200, please book in advance).
How to get there at Naturbyn?
Naturbyn is situated in Värmland in the municipality of Säffle, close by the main road E18 that connects Oslo and Stockholm. You can travel from Göteborg (Gothenburg), a 3 hours drive or from Oslo in Norway, a 2 hours drive. From Stockholm it will take you approximately 4 hours. Pick-up from airport, train or bus station can be arranged.
Pre-book your accommodation at least one day prior to arrival. You have access to your homes from 15 pm the day of arrival until 12 noon on departure day. Naturbyn has no manned reception, but we meet for check-in and display approximately 15 pm (unless otherwise agreed). Please notify arrival time and give us a call if you are delayed.
Are there any shops?
There are no shops at Naturbyn. A small ICA landhandel for your basic groceries can be found at 3,5km from Naturbyn in Långserud. Here you can also find a brocante and café Esters for coffee and home-made cakes and pastry.
Is there a car parking?
Naturbyn has free parking at the gravel road just fifty meter from the cottages.
Can I use my mobile phone?
All the major mobile phone operators have coverage in Naturbyn and its surroundings. However, we recommend that you avoid your mobile phone and enjoy the forest’s natural silence. And did we mention already that there is no WIFI…?
Do I need to rent a canoe?
No, as a guest you can make use of them without any charges. Paddles and life jackets are available.
Is there running water?
Yes there is fresh cold water available, coming from our natural cold spring. We also have a primitive shower which heats the water in a large wood-fired cauldron.
Is there wifi?
Is there a warm shower?
Yes, but first you have to light up a fire to heat the water. A primitive shower heats the water in a large wood-fired cauldron.
Can I bring my dog?
Sorry, but no you can’t. We really like all animals, however, we don’t want to scare away the animals in the forest… You can’t bring your cat or goldfish either, but make sure you’ll find a nice friend and shelter for your pet while you visit Naturbyn.
Is there electricity?
No. There is no electricity at all in Naturbyn. Instead, we use oil lamps and candles. Each cottage also has a wood stove for heating (except One Flew treehouse).
How do I cook my dinner?
You will enjoy cooking on an open fire. There will be grill plates, pots and pans available which you can use, so you don’t have to worry about smoke black on your own gear. Learn to master cooking on open fire and appreciate the rich flavours of it.
How do I charge my phone?
Do you really need it…? You can always bring a solar charger, as there is plenty of sun in this part of Sweden.
What should I do when it’s too cold?
There are packages of dry firewood with each cabin, in the common building, in the kitchen, next to the shower, in the sauna, with the hot tub and, in case you’re running low, there is a central storage of firewood at the entrance of Naturbyn. If you’re cold, you can find sharpened axes to cleave some wood. After 5 minutes of workout you’ll start to feel warm again.
What should I do when it’s too hot?
Take a refreshing jump off the jetty into the crystal clear water of the lake. You decide if you keep your clothes on or not.
Is there anything to do?
If you don’t want to, there is absolutely nothing to do. If you want to, you can enjoy everything that nature has to offer you. Take for example a hike in the forest and climb into the highest tree overlooking the area. Or find wild berries and edible mushrooms for your dinner. Take out a canoe to explore one of the many small islands in the lake. Bring some fishing gear and try to catch your dinner. Bake your own bread in the stone oven. Build you own wooden furniture or wooden art. Just play games or read books. And of course, there is alway the sauna and hot tub if you would like to takes things easy.