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My Review of Stuglandet

A light rain is falling outside, the sound of it as it hits the roof soothes me. I do enjoy having small breaks from the warm, sunny summer days. It gives me time to wind down and do nothing at all. Today I am reading a new book called Stuglandet.

It is a book filled with inspiring images, moving stories, a little bit of history about certain places in Sweden and most of all it feeds my adventurous soul. I get so excited to head out and explore since this book is also in a way a very beautiful travel guide.

“In all parts of Sweden, there are huts open for anybody to spend a night with no cost. “Stuglandet” guides the reader to more than 200 open huts from Norrbotten to Skåne, and goes deeper into the history of the places and the people who used to live in the huts before, and the ones who look after them today.”

 – Text by Kjell Vowles, photos by Moa Karlberg, graphic design by Pasadena Studio.

Book Review: Stuglandet | Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys |
It’s been a while since I was out and about myself. But that doesn’t mean I am not dreaming about or planning for future adventures, and this book really helps me with that. Something I both love and advocate is to travel around in Sweden (or your own home country) since there is so much to discover and it’s a lot more sustainable than to travel abroad all the time.

Here in Sweden we have the freedom to roam – or allemansrätten – and that is not something to take for granted. It does not exist in other countries and I think we need to learn to appreciate what we have here a lot more, and teach others about it as well.

Did you know that Sweden is the first country ever to be listed, as a whole, on Airbnb?

“Allemansrätten – or the freedom to roam – is a principle protected by Swedish law that gives all people the right to be free in Swedish nature. In other words, Swedish nature isn’t just a piece of land with trees and lakes and cliffs – it’s a home with all the necessities and amenities that any great home should have.

It’s a place where you can eat berries from the ground, sleep under the stars, swim in the lakes and roam freely. To make this home available for everyone, Sweden has listed the entire country on Airbnb.”

–  Read more about Sweden & the freedom to roam on Airbnb

“Stuglandet” (which translates to “Cabinland”) teaches us about Sweden and beautiful places to visit. It guides us to all kinds of beautiful cabins that are completely free to spend the night in. It also gives us a lot of history regarding the locations of the cabins, how they came to be and the people who care for them now. What can I say? It’s incredibly inspiring and perfect to enjoy on a rainy day with a cup of coffee (or two, maybe even three).

Book Review: Stuglandet | Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys |

I will probably use this book as a guide for a long time to come. I will keep it close by in my car and always check it to see if there are any cabins for free in the areas I’m at, and I might even use it to plan where to head next. The layout of it is stunning and it is also very comprehensive and easy to use.

The chapters are divided into the different regions of Sweden and it tells you where the cabins are located, how many beds there are, if there’s water, a toilet or firewood available.

I do hope this get’s translated into English so that tourists or people moving to Sweden can use it as well. It is not only an inspiring book, but a very important one too! Have you read it yet, and do you have any books that spark your wanderlust?


About Author

Rania Rönntoft lives in Sundsvall where she works as a photographer, content creator and jewellery designer. She loves exploring craft beer and is passionate about nature tourism, slow living and close by adventures.


  • Leanne
    11 July, 2017 at 16:07

    I would love to be able to read this book! I recently went to Scotland and stayed in a mountain ‘bothy’ which is a old disused hut/cabin or house that you can stay at for free. We met some nice people also staying there that night, lit a fire and woke up to a beautiful view. Would love to explore Swedish huts!

    • Northbound Journeys
      12 July, 2017 at 17:08

      Oooh that sounds like such a lovely outing and experience! There’s always a chance to meet new people at cabins like these and I quite like the idea :) You should come here and drive around with me living in some of the cabins (make a photo-series out of it?), I can translate it plus be the reader of the map as we’re out exploring (since I don’t have a drivers license yet).

  • Ulrica
    12 July, 2017 at 07:30

    I think I have to get this book too, perfect for small nearby vacations.
    Your images are stunning as always :)

    • Northbound Journeys
      12 July, 2017 at 17:10

      Oh you totally should, since these cabins are all over Sweden I am sure there are some in your neighborhood! :D Thank you dear <3

  • Simply Papaya
    12 July, 2017 at 13:42

    Åh vilken spännande bok! Hade ingen aning om det här:)

    • Northbound Journeys
      12 July, 2017 at 17:11

      Eller hur? Det hade inte jag heller! Läste om boken i Kupé och sedan har jag väntat på att den ska komma ut, slog till direkt!

  • Johanna
    11 August, 2017 at 20:09

    Men vad fint! Ser ut som så drömmigt bilder också☺️✨

  • Simonas
    20 August, 2018 at 07:56

    Can’t wait english version :))

  • Derp
    10 August, 2019 at 16:10

    I found this book not very useful in the slightest – I bought to practice my Swedish and although it has nice stories and things, it suffers from one major flaw. It hasn’t a single damn map to find these things! It’s like buying a cookbook without listing any quantities or ingredients. Useless!


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