I’M the king of the swingers – jungle VIP.
I’m sprawled out on rope netting six metres in the air, hanging below a giant adult treehouse.
All I can see is snowy forest — and a moose. It’s a long way down and, boy, do I feel on top of the world.
I’m staying in the 7th Room — I prefer to call it seventh heaven — at the Treehotel in northern Sweden.
On the cusp of the Arctic Circle, it is a unique concept. Seven giant treehouses nestled in forest.
There’s the Instagram-friendly Mirrorcube, popular Cabin, confusingly named Blue Cone (er, it’s red), UFO, Bird’s Nest, Dragonfly and — where I’ve found myself — 7th Room.
All are unique and designed by some of Sweden’s greatest architects, from Bertil Harström to Thomas Sandell.
And the place has attracted quite a following. Kate Moss and Justin Bieber have both flown in by helicopter, while The Saturdays’ Molly King has also been known to visit — posing for a photo in front of the Mirrorcube.
All cabins — except the 2016-designed 7th Room — are fairly basic inside and furnished in proper Scandi fashion. Think luxe reindeer chair covers, cosy bed linen and chic, minimalist furniture. Each tree-house has a toilet but only the 7th Room has running water and a shower.
The others have incinerator toilets — using electric heat to burn waste — and a giant hamster-style water dispenser for washing hands and brushing teeth.
Posh glamping, if you will. But the novelty is you are suspended in mid-air and climb up a metal ladder to get there.
With no TVs, wifi or tech, this is also a fabulous way to escape the stress of modern life.
We spent our days reading and gazing at the frozen winter forest. Temperatures range from -13C in winter to 15C in summer — meaning there’s snow-mobiling, ice fishing and dog sledding activities in the winter and moose-watching and hiking come summer.
Showers are taken at a central pod and there’s also the Tree Sauna and a fabulous giant hot tub to really unwind in. Meals are served in the communal guesthouse — a traditional 1930s setting where tea and cakes are on offer at all times.
Breakfast is continental, while dinners range from local Arctic char to reindeer or moose with hearty potatoes and locally sourced veg.
GO: SWEDISH LAPLAND
GETTING THERE: Fly from London to Lulea via Stockholm with Norwegian, SAS and easyJet.
STAYING THERE: Treehotel costs from £400 a night, based on two sharing. See treehotel.se/en. Arctic Retreat (lodges sleep up to ten) is price on request – see arcticretreat.se
OUT & ABOUT: CreActive Adventure offers rafting, ice-fishing and ski trips. See creactive-adventure.se
The only downside is the cost. Prices start from £400 a night, meaning it’s more suited for a special occasion or one-off stay.
Those wanting to get out and about will do well to book a day, or two, with CreActive Adventure — owner Love Rynbäck is possibly the nicest tour guide I’ve ever met.
We went spent a day rafting down the Rane River on inflatable canoes — even stopping for a campfire.
London life melted away as we built our own fire, scorched reindeer sausages and exchanged stories on our very different lifestyles. I vowed to go home, escape the rat race and move to the countryside.
The best part of exploring the Arctic Circle was not only the incredible views and nature, but also the community feel.
Everyone we met seemed genuinely chuffed to have us in their beautiful surroundings. Don’t leave without a visit to Arctic Retreat — a 50-minute drive east of Treehotel on the outskirts of the small village of Överstbyn, this is the hidden gem of Swedish Lapland.
Comprising just three — soon to be four — lodges, it is run by husband-and-wife duo Nicklas and Lisa.
Their personal touches and thought for every detail really makes this an exclusive, luxurious experience. From a romantic dinner in our own lakeside cabin, to that sauna and hot tub, this really is a bucket list-worthy place to see the Northern Lights.
Sadly, we visited out of season for the Northern Lights — they are best viewed in December to February.
But we flew back to London — from Lulea via Stockholm — with warm hearts, full bellies and a deep longing to return.
I may not have escaped to the country just yet — but when in need of some serious R&R, I now know exactly where to go.
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