Staying at the Bergaliv Söderloftet is not only an excellent opportunity to practice shinrin-yoku (forest bathing), the cabin in the forest also has a Japanese feel to it. The loft is located in the central Swedish region of Hälsingland, which is known for its seemingly endless forests. It is the second of four planned houses of the Bergaliv Landscape Hotel, which puts the focus on nature and views in its wooden cabins on a hillside in the Ljusnan Valley.
The Söderloftet is – like its sister building, the Högloftet, within walking distance – made of birch, fir and pine and is raised on stilts. Positioned on a rock ledge, the house stretches out towards the wide landscape of the river valley. The South Loft consists of two parts: a veranda running along the side, which merges into a roofed viewing platform, and an enclosed living area. The ceiling height of 4.5 metres lends the 20 sqm room an airy ambience. Two large windows further extend the apparent living space – offering expansive views across the treetops to the river.
The ambience is a mixture of Nordic design and Japanese aesthetics. The clean shapes and light woods are typical of Scandinavian design. The futons, the selected black accessories and also the space-saving, flexible layout reveal Far Eastern influences. A multifunctional wooden platform serves as a seating or lounge area. The futons or the chairs can be stored against the wall when not needed. The loft features a mini-kitchen, a small bathroom and a sleeping level under the gable. There is everything guests may need – but all is reduced to the bare essentials. The focus is on the light and the views of nature – and can be experienced either indoors or from the viewing platform.
What to do
River with sandy beach, climbing park, trip to Järvsö (20 km) for skiing, zoo, mountain biking, hiking (a long-distance hiking trail connecting the medieval Swedish city of Uppsala and Trondheim in Norway runs past Orbaden and Bergaliv). A holiday at the Bergaliv Söderloftet can be combined with a stay at Orbaden Spa&Resort.
Why we like this house
A quiet, unobtrusively designed refuge in nature – those who are tired of their hectic life will find a place to unwind and switch off.
This house is great for
Couples seeking peace and quiet in nature.
|Region||SE – Sweden, Västernorrlands län, Åsberget, Orbaden|
|Scenery||in the middle of the forest, with a wide view of the Ljusnan valley|
|Number of guests||Max. 4 people|
|Design||Hanna Michelson (architect), Studio Fria Folket, Stockholm|
|Published||NZZ Bellevue 2/2023, Good issue 7/2023|
|Criteria||1-4 (house/apartment), Hiking, Lake/river, Loft, Mountains, Skiing|
|Same Partner||Bergaliv Högloftet|
|Same Architect||Bergaliv Högloftet|
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