Spend 72 hours in solitude in the Swedish wilderness

A recent experiment conducted on a remote Swedish island has found just 72 hours getting up close and personal with nature could be the perfect antidote to a stressful life. In September 2017, in an initiative led by Visit Sweden and the West Sweden Tourism Board, a team of researchers from the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm took five people with stressful occupations to a remote island in Dalsland, West Sweden. Over the following 72 hours, the five participants, including a taxi driver, police officer and British broadcaster, lived in solitude in a custom-made glass cabin in the wilderness, spending their days participating in outdoor activities like fishing, swimming and canoeing. At the end of the experiment, all five subjects had shown a “decrease in systolic blood pressure, a drop in heart rate, an almost 70 per cent decrease of stress, and an increase in creativity and wellbeing.”

 



Set among rolling meadows, hills and woodlands on the privately owned island Henriksholm, each of the five original test cabins are now available to travellers for 72-hour periods. Cabins can accommodate up to two people with the base package inclusive of a welcome fika (coffee break) on arrival, all meals, a map of the island, an essentials kit stocked with a solar battery charger, torch, sleeping bag, eye mask, water bottle, cup and toilet paper, and use of row boats, a fishing rod and a wood burning sauna. Rates start from SEK3995 (about A$623) per person, based on double occupancy.

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