When I ponder the question “why I travel” I often return to the same answer; I travel to gather new experiences, to learn, to refresh, to reconnect with something lost. I think we all have the tendency to become complacent with the familiar. Even one step outside of that familiarity brings us closer to a broader vision. And for many who live in urban areas, the drive to step outside is a power in itself. I believe we are programmed to feel connected with the outdoors, soothed by the power of green, taking in spiritual chlorophyll like deep breaths, to speak metaphorically.
But not everyone who craves communion with nature is ready to “rough it” in her embrace. An innovative hotel built in Sweden’s Boreal forest (the same forest region that has inspired Land Art Installations) offers an inspiring way to wake up amid birdsong.
Located approximately 60 km below the Arctic Circle, Treehotel is made up of 6 distinctly varied “tree rooms” designed by some of Scandinavia’s leading architects, all positioned in the 4-6 meters above ground in the forest canopy. The latitude of the wilderness area opens a new perspective on nature to many visitors; from the midnight sun of summer to shooting stars in winter.
The concept was inspired by the award winning documentary film “Trädälskaren” (Treelover) by Jonas Selberg Augustsen, itself a perfect example of what we’ve referred to here and here.
It is important that we find another way to value the forest, rather than to cut the trees for industrial use. This Boreal forest is one of the Earth’s lungs. We need to look after it.