Nordic primitive luxury, your private island for 48 hours

a life experience…

Ever thought about escaping for 48 hours this loud and crowded world and being surrounded by untouched nature and silence?

Yes? I did, and it has been amazing.

I loved every single moment of that singular life experience.

In perfect harmony with its surroundings, there is a private island retreat, not far from Stockholm, that allows you to experience life at your own pace, minute to minute, hour to hour, day to day.

Ever listen about isolated cabins, in the north of Europe, immersed in fantastic natural landscapes?

KABIN Sweden is one of them: a small cabin on a small private isolated island in the middle of nowhere.

If you’re interested in this kind of experience, this is the right place for you.

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The island is in the middle of Lake Fjärden, renowned for its natural scenery and unspoiled landscapes.

You will have 48 hours of freedom to roam nature. This is the principle!

Skinny-dipping in a lake, picking wild berries, lying on a springy bed of moss, or taking your canoe out for a spin.

Let’s start from the beginning!

We arrived by car in a private parking lot. Then we met Jeroen, the owner of the cottage. He brought us by boat to the island and illustrated us the practical informations we needed.

“Here there is the food and some recipes…here there is the wood for the fire!”

Then he went away and left us alone.

My 48 hours “detox” time started. This is a dream!

You can live the place alone, with your partner, your family or with your friends. I assure you it will be extraordinary.

Your stay will be completed with organic vegetarian meals based on the permaculture design principles.

I miss so much warming the bread in the chimney, the morning, for breakfast.

Food has another flavor when you cook it with time and passion! Discovering new flavors, mixing vegetables or vegan meals, finding your best recipe is so pleasant.

During summer there is plenty of time because the sunset is late in the evening and, also at midnight, there is a slice of sunlight at the horizon.

There are times when a man doesn’t know anymore what to do or how to rediscover himself in an enormously fast-changing world.

Stop. Freeze the time and listen to nothing than nature sounds!

It’s good to have time to contemplate things thinking about life when, in the silence, you’re fully connected with the world around you!

Have you ever spent an evening sitting around the fire, among its sparks, in the dim calm of the sunset?
It’s an ancestral charm that reminds us of a distant past when we lived in the open air and gathered around the fire to tell stories or live a moment of relaxation.

When you come back, when the curtain closes and you return into civilization you will miss so much that place. You would like to live again and again and again that fantastic experience where everything is perfect and where, into the forest, you lost your mind and found your soul.

Thank you Jeroen to let this happens.

Lake Iseo: traveling in the Covid period

Lake Iseo, also known as Sebino, is the fourth largest lake in the north of Italy, fed by the Oglio river. Lake Iseo retains its natural beauty, with its lush green mountains surrounding the crystal clear lake. Several medieval towns around the lake could be charming to visit and reachable by car or, if you want a particular experience, by a self-drive boat ride or with a regular ferry service.

In the middle of the lake there are Montisola island (the biggest European lakeside island) and the two private island of Loreto and San Paolo

From where I live, in the north of Italy near Milan, it’s only 1 hour and a half drive, most of all on the highway and only the last but suggestive part on a provincial road: “The Franciacorta Wine Road”.

I left my home quite early in the morning and reach my hotel on the lake almost at midday. The check-in at the Rivalago Hotel has been fast and, also, each operation concerned with the Covid Security has been quick and straightforward. Don’t forget your mask: you will wear it only in the common part of the hotel if you can’t attend 1 meter of distance between you and the other guests. There are also sanitizing gels everywhere in the hotel and the staff is very attentive at your security.

The overall experience at the Rivalago Hotel is fantastic. The atmosphere is delightful, the room is spacious and the view from your junior suite terrace is impressive. And what about drinking at sunset a glass of Franciacorta wine?

In this region you can enjoy a lot of experiences, hiking, sunbathing, swimming…I choose to drive a boat for 2 days to explore the lake: on Sunday there were lots of people but on Monday, yes I decided to retake the boat, we had almost all the lake for us. I took some pictures and drone videos in front of the island of Loreto during the golden hour. So fabulous there, almost alone, fully immersed into the nature, the fresh water, the gentle breeze, the warm sun. This spot was perfect to feel inside the power of the weekend.

Hardergrat Trail – an epic hike

It’s not just a trail. It’s a thrilling journey where you will have mental ups and downs, especially when you see all that stretches out ahead of you. It looks impossible, but it’s not, it’s just very, very long. There, at the first stop on the ridge, I rested with that extreme view over the mirror lake. Amazing.

The trail starts quickly to be narrow and scary and the fatigue rises. It’s only at the end, when it’s over, that you will feel the best sensations of freedom and immensity. This is something that will stay with you forever.

It’s 25km long, about 18km are spent on a sharply outlined grassy ridge, with prominent drops on both sides. It’s not for those afraid of exposure, and should never be attempted when wet.

The route is not an official trail, but the path stays on the ridge the entire length. However, the steepest section is unprotected and is a downclimb if you are going west to east.

Don’t underestimate this route! An early start is required from Interlaken to make the Brienzer Rothorn’s last train down to Brienz.

The trail is very long and people can take up to 10 or more hours to finish.

Take enough water with you. There isn’t any on the ridge from the Harderkulm station to the Brienzer Rothorn and during summer time it could be scorching when you are hiking the steepest part of the trail.

Do you want to know the story that stays behind my personal experience on the Hardergrat trail? Let’s go on reading…

In 2017 I was in Hawaii for the Honeymoon. In those mountains, I found one of the most dangerous hikes in the world. I was not ready to attempt it but it became an obsession! I promised myself that I would have hiked the Moanalua when I would have been prepared for it. So I came back and started studying for any hike that looked similar to the Moanalua and found the Hardergrat trail. I couldn’t wait to attempt it. I was so excited. I planned my three days trip to Interlaken almost one year later. It was July 2018 when I hiked the Hardergrat the first time. I started at 4:30 am to hike the first section from Interlaken to the Harder Kulm. I started the real trail at 7:30 from the Harder Kulm station to the Augstmatthorn and ended it at 8 pm when I throw the backpack on my room’s moquette so enthusiast for my effort and leave me to rest on the sofa, notably tired but very happy. It has been a weird experience. I did it again in 2019. It so magical up there when the wind blows, hitting your face and moving your hair in that immense place full of freedom.