In northern Sweden a year used to be divided into eight seasons,
each of which had its own special signals and signs.
A must for survival was to read and handle the vagaries of nature and approaching changes.
“We follow these seasons at Fjällnäs and the activities, spa treatments and food menu change accordingly,”
explains Henrik Bertmar, CEO at the oldest mountain hotel in Sweden.
Fjällnäs mountain hotel is located in the western part of the Härjedalen region in Sweden.
It was established in 1882 by merchant Experience the eight
Jonas Åslund who had fallen in love with the picturesque view of Lake Malmagen surrounded by towering mountains.
Just like the old merchant, the Bertmar family fell for the place 25 years ago when they first visited the area.
In 2008, after a full renovation, Fjällnäs reopened – now with the Bertmar family as owners.Experience the eight
Ever since then they have accommodated guests from all over the world
with the aim of offering an exclusive hotel stay with nature and wildlife right on the doorstep.
Back in the day, when coal was used to heat bigger cities, people came to Fjällnäs to breathe fresh air.
“We have noticed that there is still a desire among our guests to visit us only for the sake of the clean and fresh air,” says Bertmar.
A hotel that is alive throughout the year
Inspired by the eight Sámi seasons, the offerings at the hotel change all year around.
The spa adapts its treatments using components such as herbs, snow, seaweed and the warmth of lava stones.
The locally sourced food in the restaurant varies depending on season, as do the activities.
Over 300 kilometres of cross-country skiing trails and countless footpaths guarantee that no one has to take the same route twice.
Early next year, the hotel will extend their programme of outdoor events even further when Fjällnäs Explore launches.
Bertmar himself loves all the seasons and is fascinated by the many changes in the nature surrounding Fjällnäs.
“But if I had to pick one it would be Yuletide – Christmas time. Families get together,
fires and outdoor torches create the cosiest ambience at the hotel and,
as the days are shorter, it is the season for relaxation and reflection, which I value a lot.”
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