Cosy Scandinavian hideaways, by Francesca Syz
Four of the best Scandinavian hideaways
Just getting to Aurora Safari Camp on the banks of the lake-like Råne river – hunkered down on a sleigh being pulled by a snowmobile – is a thrilling experience. Then there is the camp itself: an African safari-style affair with four Nordic tipis, which are weirdly wonderful and, more importantly, toasty warm inside. Each is spacious and furnished with a wood-burning stove and up to four single beds. There is also a lounge tent with a bar, where organic food is served, and an outdoor freplace. With washrooms situated a short walk away but no showers, this is one for travellers who enjoy roughing it, but seated around the campfre wrapped in reindeer hides, modern conveniences somehow pale into insignifcance. The camp is run by Swedish photographer Fredrik Broman, who is happy to dispense tips on how best to capture the Northern Lights, which you may well see. He will also take you ice-fshing, snowmobiling, dog-sledding and stargazing. Abercrombie & Kent (01242-547760; abercrombiekent.co.uk) offers a three-night full-board stay from £2,250pp, including return fights from London and transfers.
British professional mountain guide and ski teacher Graham Austick stumbled across the secluded fjord-side spot within the Arctic Circle on which he would build Lyngen Lodge while on a ski trip. He knew instantly it would be the most amazing place to open a ski lodge. He sought out the farmer who would sell him the land, and in 2008, along with
Norwegian co-owner, skier and mountaineer Elisabeth Braathen, he launched this eight-room haven. A three-hour drive from Tromsø, it is well-run and friendly, and while open year-round, is particularly glorious now, with cosy bedrooms, a lounge and bar with a roaring fre and amazing
views across the fjord, and a dining room serving food made from local ingredients such as reindeer, cod and salmon. There is also a sauna and a Jacuzzi. Activities on offer include skiing, snow-shoeing, dog-sledding and ice-fshing, plus there’s a good chance of seeing the Northern
Lights. Best Served Scandinavia (020-7838 5869; best-served.co.uk) offers three nights in a double room, full-board, from £1,235pp, including return fights from Gatwick to Tromsø.
Built by a count in 1744 as a public house and distillery, this inn is ideal for a foodie weekend. While it has been reconstructed a couple of times, its design, a striking thatched quadrangle, has remained the same for almost 200 years. It was acquired by Lene and Sven Grønlykke in 1969, and the family has run it as a gourmet retreat ever since; now their children are at the helm. Set within lovely gardens sweeping down to a beach next to Falsled town harbour, the inn’s 19 antique-flled bedrooms are shared between the original inn and two other historic buildings within the grounds. The excellent restaurant is overseen by chef Per Hallundbaek, who serves up French-infuenced regional cuisine using local ingredients – such as codfsh and razor clams, leeks and truffes, pigeon and celeriac – and salmon smoked on site. In warmer months, there is an outdoor freplace and bicycles to borrow. There are several fights from London to Billund, and a new daily route with British Airways starts in May. From Billund, it’s a one-and-halfhour drive. Small doubles from £211 (0045-6268 1111; falsledkro.dk).