Staying at Fäviken - Sweden

It's time for me to tell you all about the second part of our trip to Fäviken; staying the night in this remote winter wonderland! If you have missed my previous post, then you can catch up on it here. I suggest reading that first before you begin reading this...

Check in time is between 4:00-5:00 pm (check out is just after breakfast the following day), so Scott and I arrived almost bang on time as we wanted to make the most of our stay! We were told in advance, to park outside two roaring fire pits where we would be greeted by a member of staff. Within seconds of turning off the engine, we were met by Frank, an Englishman who welcomed us to Fäviken and immediately showed us to our room...

The hotel has just six rooms situated along a stark wooden corridor. Each room is home to a painted, wild animal which can be seen on every front door. An artistic, ingenious nod to the wild creatures that inhabit the nearby mountains, woodlands and forests of Sweden. We were in the 'Wolverine Room' which you can see below! Behind the door, you enter a cozy, intimate twin bedroom with a slanted ceiling and a window you have to crouch down to, to look out of to see the snow-white fields and rolling mountains beyond.

I loved all the little touches that made our stay here so unique - even our roomkey had a wolverine paw painted on wood.

We don't often sleep in twin beds, so this felt quite novel! The beds were dressed with fur throws, grey and white paisley patterned pillows and soft, white sheets.

Each bedroom is functional; you'll find a sink, hand wash, hand lotion and a hair dryer. The bathrooms are communal at Fäviken, but that didn't cause us any problems throughout our stay. We just made sure we timed it well when we wanted to have a shower, especially before our evening meal and breakfast the following day! We got up a little earlier on the morning of our departure so that we were the first to shower!

Along the communal corridor, you'll spot dried flowers, quirky Scandinavian wall lamps and a tea tray of complimentary tea and coffee making facilities...

An unexpected touch we felt made our stay extra special was the complimentary drinks bucket (chilled champagne, red and white wines, locally brewed beers and fruit juices) and a charcuterie board which was left out for guests to enjoy.

Scented candles...

Given that we arrived just after 4:00 pm and supper started at 7:30 pm, we had 3 and a half hours to familiarise ourselves with our new surroundings! We showered and headed straight for the communal sauna which we had all to ourselves - bliss! 

After our sauna and champagne bubbles, we got dressed and ready to head out into the cold outdoors. We still had an hour or so to kill before supper, so took the opportunity, in the last of the evening light, to take some photos of the breathtaking scenery.

As if someone had turned down the lights, almost as soon as we stepped outside, we descended into near darkness. The sky shone and sparkled with a canopy of stars and bright twinkling planets. The only other experience we have had of seeing so many stars was on a recent trip to the Seychelles.

Back to Fäviken... We were delighted with the photos we took to add to our memory bank! Soon after, we took our seats for supper and experienced the best meal of our lives to date! (As mentioned earlier in this post, if you want to find out all about The Tasting Menu, and haven't done so already, then head over here)...

The following morning we woke to a moody sky streaked with wispy clouds. It was so serene, quiet and still and we wanted to explore the hunting estate in the light, given that we were a little unsuccessful the night before! So we washed, dressed and donned our hiking boots and stepped out into the (very) crisp morning air. The sun was just beginning to rise on the horizon, it turned every shade of pink, and reminded me of melted marshmallows or pink frosting (similar to the topping I added on my niece's birthday cake last summer!)

The snow clouds arrived just before breakfast so we made a beeline for the restaurant!

We stepped upstairs into The Dining Room and our table was already waiting for us! What a glorious site it was to behold too! A platter of fresh cheese and meats, a trio of ramekins filled with a fresh liver and berry pâté, a fish and brown butter pâté and sour cream cheese. 

We began with a freshly brewed coffee and milk...

Cracked open bottles of sweet nectar juice; berry for Scott and rhubarb for me!

We could opt for homemade porridge or yoghurt, and both decided on the porridge. Scott had read up on the porridge beforehand and found out that it was a popular choice!

A boiled egg each and homemade salt...

A delicious basket of warm toasted sourdough bread which we slathered in the glorious golden butter above!

To finish, we were presented with a fresh-out-of-the-oven vanilla cookie. Best enjoyed with the last few sips of hot coffee...

It was certainly a welcome relief not to have a buffet option for breakfast, as we were still feeling quite full from our epic meal the night before. Fortunately, the breakfast was just perfect and filling enough to see us through our onward journey to Trondheim...

I will end this post on where we began... We kickstarted off our adventure at Fäviken here, in these two seats, next to Magnus Nilsson's famous fur coat (which made an appearance on Chef's Table!) This short trip was certainly 'bucket list' worthy, and, although it was over before we knew it, it was the most surreal, enchanting, whimsical, incredible experience we will never forget. I hope that these last two posts have intrigued you, inspired you perhaps to take the journey into the world of Fäviken for yourselves! I promise you, you won't ever forget it if you do...

Staying there: It costs *SEK 2,500* (~£205) for two people sharing one room for one night and this rate includes breakfast. *Prices correct as of our stay on 29th January 2016*.

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