Pike Paradise Lodge
Lodge | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 9
My breath is taken away. I stand and survey the scene in front of me. What an exotic picture, surely one of the most beautiful places on earth. I have fallen in love with this exquisite land; so full of life, of love and equally wild. My heart burns with a desire to share this incredible and undiscovered experience with you. I want to introduce you to the land and to its people, Northern Sweden and Lapland, a tapestry of stunning landscape, rich Swedish and Sami culture and wonderful wildlife.
Hi, I am Martine Westerlund, when I married well known local Swedish freelance journalist Lars Westerlund in 2010, I moved to his home village, Kusfors, in Northern Sweden, where his family is 4th generation. I was born in Zambia and raised in Zimbabwe. I had to flee my beloved homeland Zimbabwe because of the political situation, with only £4 in my pocket and a suitcase in my hand. Coming to Sweden has given me a chance to get on my feet again ,this really is the land of opportunity.
Last year I bought a villa because I wanted a place that was affordable for the average family to come and holiday and to enjoy all that this incredible place has to offer.
As a destination the region is the best kept secret ! Yes you probably know it for the winter activities, Northern Lights, Skiing, Ice fishing,Dog Sledding, Driving on Ice but that is just the Icing on the cake. What you might not know is the it is the only region along the Arctic circle where there are hot summers because of the gulf steam, Accessible Arctic ! in summer you can cycle, go for walks in the forest where you might just meet a moose, fish for relaxtion ,enjoy the prolific bird life, and the midnight sun in this beautiful lake district and appreciate the Sounds of Silence, close to Europe's last wilderness. The Sami people say that we have 8 seasons and there is something incredible about them all.
Lasse and I would like to invite you home to us for an authentic Swedish meal and tell you more about the local culture.We are also very engaged in our little local Railway cafe where we regularly hold cultural events.We have had everything from opera singers, jazz pianists to rock and roll bands , world class artists.
|Size||Sleeps up to 9, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Boviken 60 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Skellefteå 61.7 km, Nearest railway: Jörn 17 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Boat available|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (6), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The Norrland/Lapland region
We are based in the Swedish county of Västerbotten which has a total area of 55,186.square km and a population of 260,000 meaning that there is 4.7/ square km per person , all that space ! One of the first things that strikes visitors besides the beauty of the region, is how clean and fresh the air is .As a destination the area offers simplicity & purity, wilderness & wildlife and limitless space,The roads are good and the traffic is almost non-existent.
Climate - The region is characterised by a subarctic climate: long, usually cold winters, and brief, mild summers. Temperatures can drop to −40 °C (−40 °F) and in summer, may exceed +30 °C (86 °F). In the darkest time of the year, December-January, the sun barely rises above the horison; the days get longer in March and in June the sun barely sets. Summer daytime temperatures range from 15 °C to 30 °C, while night-time and early mornings are cooler. July is often the warmest month of the year. Late August and September departures could encounter cooler temperatures and slightly fewer hours of sunlight, as fall arrives early at these latitudes. Winters are long, cold and snow rich with low humidity. Snow starts falling in late November and disappears completely by the end of April, beginning of May. It's unusual to have temperatures below minus 20 degrees Celsius or snow depth in excess of 150 cm.
Dress code - Dressing right is a relative expression,function is primary. We practice the layer-upon-layer principle. It keeps us warm, dry and in good spirits The region is characterized by a subarctic climate. This means that the winters are long, cold and rich in snow with low humidity. It's not really cold, you might feel like -20 °C degrees here is equal with -2 °C degrees in a high humidity city like Paris or London.
In winter: Long-sleeved shirt, jeans/slacks, warm hat and gloves, insulated boots, thermal underwear, wool sweater , winter coat.
In spring: Long sleeved shirt, jeans/slacks, wind-breaker or jacket, wool sweater
In summer: Short-sleeved shirt, shorts, long-sleeved shirt, jeans/slacks, walking shoes. Just in case, include a bathing suit for an escape to the beach.
In autumn: Long-sleeved shirt, jeans/slacks, warm hat and gloves, walking shoes, wind-breaker or jacket, wool sweater .
We are perfectly situated for many activities and attractions in the Region and Area
Village Shop : Björks Lanthandel - 300 metres
The village shop an old fashioned general dealer owned & run by 2 brothers , Jan and Olov Björk is walking distance from the villa. Their family has served the local community for over 120 years. They are very service minded, if they don't have what you want in stock ,they will make every effort to order it for you. Björks has food stuffs, petrol and diesel, pharmaceuticals, postage stamps, charcoal for grilling, maggot fly bait etc.
Station i Kusfors 300 metres Our local gym above Cafe Ångloket
Cafe Ångloket ( The Steam Engine Cafe ) 300 metres away
Opening hours Daily June - August 12.00 to 16.00
and for cultural events Can also be opened on request for pre-arranged group meals or hired for special events. Cafe Ångloket which is owned and run by the village association is situated in the Old Railway Station. Come and take a step back in time at Cafe Ångloket . This cosy cafe with an atmosphere that exudes the 1940's , and is steeped in history. Enjoy a cup of coffee and home baked cakes or a light meal while experiencing the stunning view of Skellefte River.Listen to sounds of days gone by on the jukebox
Flarken Dog Sledding 2km
Close by are our neighbours Fabien and Daphne who run a dog sledding adventure. Their adventures range from a one hour experience to a weeks trek.
Svansele wilderness exhibition 10 km away When Svansele wilderness exhibition started they showed Sweden's five biggest predators, the lynx, wolf, bear, wolverine, and our two large eagle species; sea eagles and golden eagles. Today the exhibition, has more than 680 different animals. The "Wilderness Menu Meal " is cooked over an open fire and served on rustic wooden plates with wooden cutlery. Drop-in season for the wilderness exhibition is in summertime from 23 June to 17 August 2014.
Svansele wilderness centre - Moose tracking safari in winter on snowmobiles
Linbanan - The World's longest ropeway is 22km away
On the world's longest ropeway you'll be able to enjoy many things, most of them from above nature! The over 13 km long ropeway between Örträsk and Mensträsk in Norsjö municipality will take you over woodland, marshes, lakes, and the world of the animals in a Västerbotten in miniature. You will even be able to take a look at southern Lapland. Each cabin is able to carry 4 people, and at a speed of 11 km/hour it will take you 1,5 hours to ride the 13.163 m (3.000 m of which above lakes and streams). Our ropeway is a part of the 96 km long ropeway between Kristineberg and Boliden.
Storklinta Ski Centre is 30km away
Skellefteå 53.8 km away - for natural and historical reasons, much of skellefteå revolves around the river. This is why the river and its environs are an excellent way of getting to know the town. Go from the town centre to the Nordanå cultural centre with its range of cultural events such as exhibitions, a museum, an old village shop and an activity area for excursions and recreation. A little like New York central park, if you will. You will have hardly left the Nordanå area before stepping into a bygone time and one of the town's most well-known and well-preserved historical landmarks, Bonnstan. Dating back to the 17th century, this is the name used by the people of Skellefteå for the church village. Its 116 houses feature 392 well-preserved rooms that capture the flavour of times gone by
Skellefteå - The Vitberget Outdoor Pool offers it all when it comes to swimming: a large swimming pool with wave machine, outdoor Jacuzzi, hot-water pool, children's pool and water slide. All this in the setting of green and well-kept lawns.
Skellefteå - Rent a jet-ski
Skellefteå - City salmon fishing
O'Learys, The Sports Bar Restaurant Skellefteå!
Skellefteå - Leos Playhouse4 500 square meters playground on three floors with suspension bridges, tunnels and many other challenges. Small playground for the youngest. Cafe with child-friendly menu and a cozy lounge including television, Internet and wireless Internet. Open all year!
Guided kayak tour, Kågefjärden 65km
The Västerbotten Cheese Visitors Centre in Burträsk 65 km
Photo safari in the virgin forests of Kalvträsk 68km
Lycksele 102 km away has a zoo " Lycksele Djurpark " with the Nordic fauna, an aqua park, forest museum, shops and restaurant.
Lycksele - In the Kristineberg mine, 90m underground, is the St Anna Ecumenical Church. It is the only one of its kind and has a reproduction of the image of Christ which was discovered in the mine after a routine detonation in November 1946.
Lycksele - The swimming pool at " Ansia Badpark " has lots to offer for all ages. The water is at least 25° and the pool opens every day during the summer. There is something for everyone, whether you want excitement and adventure, a simple splash around or a refreshing swim.
Lövånger 103km - Lövvattnets Lantbruk, Agriculture is much more than a dairy farm. There are also rabbits, sheep, chickens and ducks to see and sale of the farm's meats and sausages.
Well worth a visit is also Lövvattnets Lantbruk Agro's own café and b & b on the farm with the animals and the forest very close Wednesdays and Thursdays in June and July between the hours. 13 and 19 are home-made coffee buffet and homemade scoops and ice cream from own machine. Other times, we gladly open by appointment for larger parties and the like.
Ammarnäs - 133km Fjällhästen operates horseback riding tours in Ammarnäs.
Ride off on an adventure into Europe's largest nature reserve, Vindelfjälln. A wide variety of trips are available, from daily excursions to week-long expeditions into remote, isolated territory, far from traffic and modern life.
Ammarnäs - 133km Snow Scooter Hire . One the simplest ways of experiencing the mountains is following one of the many snowmobile trails that wind their way through the region. Ammarnäs lies in the heart of the Vindelfjällen Nature Reserve and has a multitude of trails, fishing waters and sights to visit and explore
Robertfors Industiral & Railways Musuem 135 km
The Bruksmuseum at Robertsfors is housed in the restored ironworks and contains more than 500 artefacts from the industrial Iron Age to the present day. If you are lucky, you might be able to ride on one of the electrical trains which date from the early 1900s.
Älvkungen was a veteran craft that navigated the waters of the beautiful River Vindelälven. Built in 1921, the boat sailed between Sorsele and Gillesnoule twice a week up until 1938.The Älvkungen was beached and forgotten about for many years until 2004 work on building an exact copy began. Since 2009, thanks to the Friends of Älvkungens Support Group, (Älvkungens vänner), the replica has been sailing the same stretch of river while the original boat is on display, undercover, at the local heritage museum.
Greater Laponia World Hertiage Site
We are based approximately 360km from the The Greater Laponia World Heritage Site which covers an area of 940,000 square hectares .Sarek, in Swedish Lapland, is Sweden's largest expanse of national park and is the definition of remoteness; alpine peaks, massifs, glacial valleys, torrential rapids, and rough terrain .This is for experienced hikers, mountaineers and adventure fanatics, there are no marked trails, cabins or amenities. Yes, every survivalists dream.Note there are no marked trails or amenities. Bring a compass, map, toilet paper and a sense of adventure. Oh, and a tent.Best time to go? Late spring, summer and early autumn unless you feel like camping in sub-zero and walking in crampons the whole hike.
There are too many places to go and things to do to mention here but to name a few more :-
Summer and Winter Paint-balling
Rafting on Byskeriver
EcoDriving with Audi TT Roadster
Drive Audi or Porsche on a frozen lake
Winter swimming in an ice hole
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8 Sep 2014
"Rybářská výprava 2014"
Po roce jsem se s přáteli znovu vypravil do tohoto krásného místa ve Švédsku. Jsme sportovní rybáři z České republiky a rádi navštěvujeme místa , kde je krásné a klidné prostředí,… More
8 Sep 2014
"Schmuckkästchen in Nordschweden"
Ich habe eine Nacht in diesem wunderschönen Ferienhaus wohnen dürfen, als ich in Kusfors zu Besuch war. Liebevoll eingerichtet und sehr gepflegt, viel Platz auch in Wohnzimmer und großer Küche mit… More
8 Jun 2014
Our first time in Sweden/Scandanavia and what an experience.The house is in a stunning location with a beutiful lake only 300 metres away. Surrounding the house is pine woodland. The village itself i… More
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