Go on, escape to The Nest and enjoy the isolation of Sweden’s only island campsite in the trees. Here, in the Lulea archipelago you will experience the pure joy of the midnight sun, unspoiled nature and wilderness at its best and the hospitality of an international team of adventurers, guides and lovers of trees and Swedish Lapland.Your hosts come from across the globe and have chosen a few of the 1300 islands in Swedish Lapland to take you TRULY away from it all.
Forget about glamping, come with us to the trees, leave no trace and stay and learn about ecological and sustainable living within the environment, eat amazing seasonal and local food, meet and be looked after by the inhabitants of the islands, Stay the night with us and you will experience true immersion into the environment, feelings of escapism and secrecy and something absolutely unique and accessible to very, very few. All you need to do is pack an overnight bag with your camera and some clothes for the wild and we will supply and look after all the rest. You will be whisked away in a private boat to your own island, shown to your 3 person tree tent in The Nest where the Midnight sun will bath you in the most amazing and endless sunsets, the sounds of the water on your own beach will sooth you and be astounded at the ‘green-ness’ of the wilderness you will need to wear shades.
All food and camping equipment is provided and your host will ensure you relax and enjoy your stay. Take the time to wind down, enjoy the beaches and waters around the islands, walk in the wilderness or go fishing or sit around the campfire.
“Leave no trace, not even footprints … stay in the trees”.Shane Doolin
What Is Tree Camping?
Tentsile Tree Tents were conceived as treehouses that you can take anywhere. Our Tree Tents offer an incredible new way for you and your friends to experience a whole new level of freedom and comfort.
Separated from wet, lumpy, bumpy, uneven ground and with increased protection from snakes, bugs and other creepies, our range offers the opportunity to camp in places no one has ever camped before.
If we’re all hanging out in trees, they can’t cut them down. #tentsile #elevatetheoutdoors #wildcamping
The Stingray interior consists of three spacious separated hammock berths, with a rip-resistant no-see-um mesh top over head. It is accessed via a floor hatch in the centre and a large front door. It can be suspended between three trees or other strong anchors points such as trucks or boulders.
The Stingray has a removable rain fly for unbeatable views, which can be pegged out to the ground, creating a large 160ft²/ 15m² of covered porch area. The rain fly flaps can be rolled and toggled out of the way above the front door, or folded under the tent and hooked to the central hatch creating a second windbreak and a thermal buffer.
Where on Earth Are You?
The Luleå archipelago (Swedish: Luleå Skärgård or Lule Skärgård) is a group of Swedish islands in the north part of the Bay of Bothnia. They lie offshore from the city of Luleå and the mouth of the Lule River. A few of the islands have small permanent populations, but most are used only for recreation in the summer months. They are icebound during the winter.
The north of the bay of Bothnia contains a large archipelago area. The islands in the Swedish sector make up the Norrbotten archipelago. They are divided into the Piteå, Luleå, Kalix and Haparanda archipelagos. The Luleå archipelago lies in the Luleå Municipality, part of the Norrbotten county. The port of Luleå is one of the largest in Sweden in terms of tonnage, shipping iron ore and steel.
There are more than 1,312 islands in the Luleå archipelago if small or very small rocky islets are included.[a] Many of the islands are uninhabited, in a natural state, and are quite small with little or nothing in the way of facilities for visitors. Due to post-glacial rebound the land is rising at from 0.8 to 1 centimetre (0.31 to 0.39 in) annually, so the shoreline can retreat by as much as 100 metres (330 ft) in one person’s lifetime. As a result, the islands are growing in size but the waters and harbors are becoming shallower. Because of this process in 1649 the entire city of Luleå was forced to move to its present location since the channel to its previous location had become too shallow.
The archipelago is only 100 kilometres (62 mi) south of the Arctic Circle, so there is daylight for 24 hours in the summer, and full moon all day in the winter. In the summer many of the islands can be reached by tour boat. In the winter they can be reached by ice road, snowmobile, skiing or skating.
The waters around the archipelago are brackish, with less than 10% of the salt content of the Atlantic. The sea freezes in January and remain frozen until March–April. Ice roads are cleared to four inhabited islands. In total there are 60 kilometres (37 mi) of ice roads. The longest ice road in Sweden at 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) runs from Hindersöstallarna on the mainland to the islands of Hindersön, Stor-Brändön, and Långön. Normally the road is open from January to April. Vehicle weight restrictions apply.
The Luleå archipelago was described by the Swedish bishop Olaus Magnus in 1555. He praised the fair islands, with constant daylight in the summer, well-covered in trees, bushes and grass, with warm but refreshing air, set in a sea that was rich in fish. The islands are rich in wild berries including lingonberries, blueberries, raspberries, Arctic raspberries, cloudberries, wild strawberries and seabuckthorn. They have a large and varied bird population. The outer islands are considered more vulnerable, with more sensitive vegetation.
A number of islands are in whole or part included in the Natura 2000 ecological network of the European Union, including sixteen nature reserves that cover 16,340 hectares (40,400 acres) of which 1,392 hectares (3,440 acres) is land. There is one 5 hectares (12 acres) biotope protected area. There are eight bird sanctuaries covering 1,670 hectares (4,100 acres) of which 366 hectares (900 acres) is land. These are off-limits to visitors during the months of May, June and July, when the birds are breeding. Most of the protected nature reserves and bird sanctuaries are in the outer zone.
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How to get there?
Lulea General details; http://www.lulea.nu/en/ and travel options https://www.rome2rio.com/
Both SAS and Norwegian have several flights per day scheduled from Stockholm Arlanda airport to Lulea airport (fewer during weekends), and with a flight time of about 1 hour 10 minutes it may be preferred over the 14 hour night train.
The airport is situated in Kallax (and thus is commonly called Kallax airport), and lies about 5 km from Luleå city centre, which is accessible via Luleå’s public transport (bus number 4), shuttle bus  or taxi. The shuttle bus to the center costs 50 SEK each way, and it’s departures are based on the flight schedule.
There are as well scheduled flights to Kiruna/Tromsø (Nordkalottflyg), Pajala (Nordkalottflyg), Umeå/Östersund (Nordic Regional), Gothenburg (City Airline), Sundsvall/Borlänge (Direktflyg), London (one flight every Saturday, SAS), Riga (AirBaltic) and Murmansk/Archangelsk (Archangelsk Airlines).
Luleå is the easternmost point in the Swedish rail network. The city is connected to Stockholm by the over 100 year old Norra Stambanan-rail, which travels way into the inner parts of northern Sweden before meeting the coast again at Gävle. Thus, it can be a good price option between Lulea and the southern parts (from Gävle and south) of the country, but not between Lulea and some of the other larger cities (ie. Umea, Skelleftea, Sundsvall) along the coastline in the northern half of the country. All along the northern coast, bus is the way to travel.
SJ have a few passenger trains scheduled each night between Lulea and Stockholm and Gothenburg. Stockholm is about a 14 hour train, and Gothenburg is over 18 hours; consider paying extra for a bed while booking.
The Malmbanan railway goes to Narvik in Norway via the towns of Boden, Gällivare and Kiruna. Note that the railway ends in Narvik and does not provide a link to the rest of the Norwegian rail network.
The gap in the rail network between Finland and Sweden is covered by buses, which are free with most railpasses. The journey to the Finnish border at Tornio/Haparanda takes 2.5h, and onward to the Finnish railhead at Kemi another half hour.
The Final leg
You will out to the island by our skipper in his pride and joy his brand new bow rider boat. This gets you out to the island and onto the beach but also, if you have chosen, gets you out and about to some places further afield. The trip takes a leisurely 20 to 30mins from the mainland wharf to the Nest.
What Equipment is Included?
All equipment provided by ‘The Nest’. Should you require any special camping items please contact Shane to pre-order before your trip.
- 3 person Stingray Tree Tent
- Skypad sleeping mat
- sleeping bag
- composting toilet and basic camp ablutions
- boat transfers
- Woodfired beach sauna
- firewood and water
Do you Have a Cancellation Policy?
We need to make provisions and significant preparations for your stay which will incur expense. So, please be aware of your cancellation policy with us.
Should you need to decide to cancel your trip more than 7 days from your arrival then we shall compensate 100% of your payment.
For cancellations between 3-7 days we shall compensate you at 40% of the payment.
24 hours or less from your booking time we shall retain 100% of your booking fee.
Please be aware that although we can guarantee your enjoyment, our preparations and support for you during your stay BUT there is only one thing we CAN NOT guarantee … tha’ts the weather! Please check our NEWS page for the current weather and predictions.
Also please note that if there is a significant storm that prohibits safe passage to or from the island then, we will work with you to organise some alternatives. Safety is our prime concern and our Master Mariner of 27 years looks after the sea transport and all things boats and on the land our first aid qualified wilderness guides look after your island safety.