The Glass Cabins of Sweden

The Glass Cabins of Baldersnäs Herrgård

Looking for a place to unwind, recharge, and commune with nature, but still want the comforts of a bed, a down comforter, and a gourmet meal? Look no further than The Glass Cabins at Baldersnäs Herrgård

Afternoon. Glass Cabin at Baldernäs Manor

Sunlight peeking through. The Glass Cabins at Baldersnäs Herrgård

THE SECRET TO HAPPINESS

Sweden is often rated as one of the happiest countries in the world. Living a balanced life between work and play is a key factor in that rating. And part of living a balanced life in Sweden has to do with making nature a part of your life. Swedish people love, and appreciate nature. Swedes like to be outside biking, walking, skating, hiking or camping. This connectedness to nature is a significant part of Swedish culture.

This connection to nature is so significant to the Swedish way of life, that in 2017, Swedish researchers decided to try to measure the precise effects of nature on a person’s happiness and health.

Lake view from the Glass Cabin at Baldernäs Manor.

Lake view from the Glass Cabin at Baldersnäs Manor.

THE 72 HOUR CABINS

The Glass Cabins (also known as the 72 Hour Cabins), were the brainchild of two researchers in the field of stress management. Walter Osika and Cecilia Stenfors developed a program were they brought together 5 people from different backgrounds, different countries and different stressful jobs. The idea was to place the individuals from all walks of life into nature for 72 hours.

For 3 days, or 72 hours, the subjects lived in cabins made of glass. The subjects  unplugged their technology and engaged in simple outdoor activities, such as skipping stones on the lake, hiking, swimming, fishing and cooking over a fire. The purpose of the glass cabins was twofold – the researchers wanted people to be comfortable enough to relax, but they also wanted to make sure that nature was always present. The comfortable beds inside cabins with glass walls allowed participants to sleep under the stars and wake to the natural rhythms of the Earth.

The Glass Cabin inviting nature inside

The Glass Cabin inviting nature inside

THE RESULTS

Good news!  All 5 participants in the 72 hour study demonstrated a decrease in anxiety, blood pressure and heart rates. They relaxed. They de-stressed. Participants reported a better overall sense of well being and peacefulness. Those results alone would be sufficient to render the experiment a success, but in addition, participants also reported an increased feeling of creativity and improved problem-solving.

Incredible right? What fantastic news. It only takes 3 days for each us to become healthier and happier. With a simple prescription of some nature in your life, you too, can reduce stress and find more joy.

I had to see the cabins for myself.

The Glass Cabin

The Glass Cabin

DALSLAND, SWEDEN

I headed up to Dalsland in western Sweden to the Glass Cabins located on the Baldersnäs Herrgård country estate in Dals Långed.

I was met by the lovely and charming, Susanne Björk Jensen who showed me around the estate and then gave me a tour of these amazing, innovative glass cabins.

Baldersnäs Herrgård is a beautiful country estate from the turn of the century that has been transformed into a luxury hotel. It sits on a peninsula surrounded by nature’s bounty.

Lake Låxsjön

Lake Låxsjön

The estate sits adjacent to a nature preserve where The Glass Cabins are located.

The first cabin sits on a small bluff overlooking Lake Låxsjön. The first cabin is a quick jaunt from the country estate offering an easy journey up for a gourmet meal, a massage or a delicious cup of morning coffee in the English garden.

The cabin has many lovely large trees and offers a sweeping view of the lake. My tour guide, Susanne spoke of waking up there with a mist on the lake, the sounds of birds greeting the dawn, a hint of sunlight peeking up from behind the forest trees. It sounded like a little slice of heaven.


Lake view from the Glass Cabin

The property and nature preserve are both spectacular and the cabins ease gently into the landscape. The cabins are inviting with simple decor and muted soft colors. The simplicity evokes a Zen like feeling. Very inviting. Very relaxing. I wanted to jump right in the bed and take a nap. Curtains are provided along the glass walls to allow for privacy. Even with the curtains pulled, however, the glass ceiling still allows nature to envelope you.

The soft relaxing interior of the Glass Cabins

The Glass Cabin. Interior.

The Glass Cabin. Interior

The Glass Cabin. Interior

The second cabin is approximately 200 meters away and sits atop a small hill surrounded by trees. The second cabin was more secluded than the first cabin, yet it too sported a lovely view of Lake Låxsjön. The second glass cabin also has the added bonus of being steps away from the sauna on the lake.
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Lakeside sauna. Baldernäs Manor

Lakeside sauna. Baldersnäs Manor.

The Glass Cabins at Baldernäs Herrgård

The Glass Cabins at Baldersnäs Herrgård

The original glass cabins used in the experiment are located on a private island  of Henriksholm, in south-east Dalsland.  These glass cabins are remote, accessible by boat and should be booked well in advance.

A second set of glass cabins can be found in the center of Dalsland region near Lake Iväg.  Those cabins must be booked through Dalsland Activities.

The reason I like the glass cabins at Baldersnäs Manor is that in addition to unplugging and unwinding by inviting nature into your room, one can also relax by golfing, taking a yoga class, enjoying a massage and/or partaking in a gourmet food and wine experience featuring local foods.

The Glass Cabins are just a 2 hour drive from Gothenburg.

The Glass cabins at Baldersnäs Manor can be booked by contacting;

Susanne Björk Jensen
Baldersnäs Manor
Baldersnäs Herrgård
Baldersnäs 22
600 10 Dals Långed
www.baldersnas.com
info@baldersnas.com
+46 531 412 13

 

20 Comments

  • Reply SeasonedTravelr, aka Jessica October 25, 2018 at 11:31 am

    I love psychology, and this was a truly interesting read. Unfortunately nowadays we don’t unplug enough, and it is no surprise to me that this experiment worked wonders. I’d love to stay here! I’m actually visiting Sweden for the first time this weekend – I’m excited to check out their awesome lifestyle! Thanks so much for sharing #farawayfiles

    • Reply Niche Travel Design October 25, 2018 at 12:25 pm

      Where will you be? I live in Malmö if you’d like to meet up. I understand though if your time is packed. Thanks for reading.

      • Reply Jessica October 25, 2018 at 3:58 pm

        In Stockholm! I just checked the map and unfortunately Mälmo seems pretty far ☹️ But it is technically a business trip, so I could potentially be coming to Sweden a lot more often. If that’s the case, I’ll definitely come to explore Mälmo at some point and I’ll contact you!

      • Reply SeasonedTravelr, aka Jessica October 25, 2018 at 5:17 pm

        In Stockholm! I just checked the map and unfortunately Mälmo seems pretty far ☹️ But it is technically a business trip, so I could potentially be coming to Sweden a lot more often. If that’s the case, I’ll definitely come to explore Mälmo at some point and I’ll contact you!

  • Reply Erin Gustafson | Oregon Girl Around the World October 25, 2018 at 4:43 pm

    Curious how much a 72 hour stay costs? And happy to hear that there are privacy shades. The one in the trees looks just dreamy. I could use a dose of nature soon. I love the bustle and convenience of living in the city, but the forest feels like home. Maybe it’s that mossy green Oregon blood in me. Ha! Thanks for sharing with #FarawayFiles. Cheers

    • Reply Niche Travel Design October 25, 2018 at 6:05 pm

      The cost of the basic package (72 Hour Accommodation) is SEK 6695 for one person and SEK 3995 each for two persons, however, the prices are subject to change. Amenities vary according to location, but all include a welcome coffee and cakes, breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is not cheap, but how does one put a price tag on your health? 😉

  • Reply California Globetrotter October 26, 2018 at 9:31 am

    This is amazing!! I also found the experiment fascinating to read about and see how just 3 simple days unplugged and outdoors can change a person’s perspective and anxiety levels!! Pinned! #FarawayFiles

    • Reply Niche Travel Design October 26, 2018 at 12:35 pm

      It was so beautiful. I live in the south of Sweden which is pretty flat and not a lot of forest. The western part of Sweden is my favorite thus far. Mountains, forests, lakes, rivers, archipelagos. Just glorious. Highly recommend a visit.

  • Reply Chirasree Banerjee October 27, 2018 at 3:26 am

    In love with this post and the concept by two researchers. Kudos to them. I completely agree that nothing makes us happy like nature does. Thanks for sharing it.

    • Reply Niche Travel Design October 27, 2018 at 2:24 pm

      Ah thank you! Nature does indeed have a measurable effect on our health. I like the Japanese concept of forest bathing for the same reason. Thanks for reading and commenting.

  • Reply gettingitright2day November 4, 2018 at 10:31 am

    I love that Sweden has balance of life as a priority. The scenery is spectacular. I love it. Next visit on the list….Sweden!

    • Reply Niche Travel Design November 10, 2018 at 6:42 pm

      Come visit us!

  • Reply kathy modeen November 4, 2018 at 10:47 am

    Amazing and a new item on my bucket list. I saw glass igloos from Norway once, well in a mag. The picture was taken at night when they were lit up and it was stunning

    • Reply Niche Travel Design November 10, 2018 at 6:42 pm

      I really want to go to the Norwegian ones too – and see the northern lights.

  • Reply Penny November 4, 2018 at 11:31 am

    Wow those cabins look amazing!

  • Reply highlands2hammocks November 4, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    This was so interesting to read! Those glass cabins look great 😍

    • Reply Niche Travel Design November 10, 2018 at 6:41 pm

      I recommend them! Rest, nature, forest therapy!

  • Reply Alaine November 10, 2018 at 6:06 pm

    Oh I stayed here for Midsommar weekend. Amazing and so relaxing! I want to go back again. The glasshouse is very stunning.

    • Reply Niche Travel Design November 10, 2018 at 6:38 pm

      Oh yes. One of the most relaxing and beautiful settings I’ve seen.

    • Reply Niche Travel Design November 10, 2018 at 6:46 pm

      you stayed at the Glass Cabins? How nice. Come on back.

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