With its vast forests, clean air and awe-inspiring landscapes, Scandinavia holds clear appeal for those looking for an outdoor wellness adventure. Comprised of Denmark, Norway and Sweden, the region is also known for its minimalist design aesthetic, forward-thinking social policies and health-conscious lifestyles. This combined with its natural beauty makes it the perfect place for tired travellers in search of a luxurious lifestyle overhaul, a digital detox, or off-beat nature experiences. So, these are some of the best luxury wellness retreats in Scandinavia.
This article was originally published on October 17, 2019, by Amanda Sheppard and was last updated on August 22, 2022.
Hidden deep in a pine forest in the Swedish hinterlands, Treehotel is an aptly-named innovative hotel. That’s because its buildings live in the forest itself. A mirrored cube, ‘UFO’, and dragonfly are among the many unique residential spaces to choose from. Travellers can immerse in their forest surroundings with activities like hiking, sea kayaking, white water rafting or canoeing in the surrounding waters. Or one can keep their feet firmly on the ground in the Tree Sauna. Those seeking deep-dive wellness experiences can work closely with the hotel’s running, yoga and meditation coaches.
Åre, Sweden, is known to most as ski country. But the luxurious hotel Copperhill offers its guests a wellness experience year-round. It’s got a range of indoor and outdoor experiences on hand. After a day well-spent hiking or skiing, soothe tired muscles in the hotel’s private spa complete with a whirlpool and sauna equipped with Elemis products. From pampering spa packages to dedicated Spartan Race stays to kids activities, there’s something for the whole family at this remote resort.
Prices start from US$120 per night | copperhill.se
In the quaint town of Larvik in Norway’s southern reaches, Farris Bad is an adults-only spa hotel. It blends seamlessly into its surroundings to create a peaceful atmosphere for guests. Choose from rooms and suites overlooking the beach or the ocean and fall asleep to the sounds of the waves. Need more to help you bliss out? Its 2,500-metre on-site spa includes a cave filled with mineral-rich water, yoga sessions, and a wide range of sauna rituals including a hammam for two, aromatherapy treatments and a luxurious Rhassoul.
Prices start from US$240 per night | farrisbad.no
Yasuragi Stockholm brings traditional Japanese healing philosophies to the Nordic coast. Day packages are available, but to make the most of your time here, opt for an overnight stay. Retreats are inclusive of a breakfast buffet, three-course Japanese dinner at the spa’s vegan restaurant or Teppanyaki spot. But don’t forget to spend time in the authentic hot springs. Guests can also choose from a range of daily scheduled activities, including sauna yoga, Tibetan singing bowl meditation journeys and zen meditation.
Prices start from US$160 | yasaguri.se