More than any other, this hotel captures the spirit of the north of Sweden. Set 5km (3 miles) south of the town center, the Nordkalotten is the most architecturally intriguing lodge in the region, with some of the most charming grace notes: In 1984, it was acquired by an independent entrepreneur who was lucky enough to secure thousands of first-growth pine logs (many between 600 and 1,000 years old) that had been culled from forests in Finland and Russia. Well-known Finnish architect Esko Lehmola then arranged the logs into the structural beams and walls of the hotel's reception area, sauna, and convention center. The result, which could never be duplicated today simply because the raw materials are no longer available, is a comfortable space that showcases the growth rings of the wood, revealing hundreds of years of forest life -- direction of sunlight, climate changes, and rainfall -- a source of endless fascination for foresters and botanists.
Most unusual of all is a dining and convention room set within what is shaped like an enormous tepee -- also crafted from ancient trees -- that's flooded with sunlight from wraparound windows. Guest rooms are outfitted in soothing tones of beige and gray, with conservatively contemporary furnishings, tiled bathrooms, and wall-to-wall carpeting. Some double rooms have their own private saunas.
- © Frommer's 2013
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