10 of the coolest, whackiest Airbnbs in Scandinavia

Fancy staying somewhere a bit different this year? Well, Scandinavia has plenty of cool and quirky Airbnbs to choose from.

From igloos and treehouses to grass-roofed hobbit houses and hyper-modern designer dwellings, here’s a round-up of some of the region’s best and most unusual Airbnbs.

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Live like a lighthouse-keeper

Lofoten, Norway

Fancy being alone on an island in the Arctic, with no cars, no shops, and no bars? Then, maybe this lighthouse keeper’s house is for you.

This Airbnb offers a real edge-of-the-world experience!
This Norwegian lighthouse is one of Scandinavia's most unusual places to stay

The little house, and the lighthouse itself, are the only two buildings on the island – so there’s no need to worry about noisy neighbours. In fact the lighthouse owner, who will pick you up in her own boat, is the island’s only resident.

You get to roam free around the island, and can climb the lighthouse, borrow kayaks and explore the surrounding inlets and beaches at your own pace. Or you can simply sit back and watch the sea and snow-capped mountains on the neighbouring islands.

The kind of edge-of-the-world experience may not be for everyone, but nature lovers who enjoy their own company will relish the peace, tranquility and closeness to the elements.

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Relax in a lakeside cabin with a hot tub

Near Ivalo, Finland

Well, this cabin might look like a simple wooden hut in the woods, but it’s way more than that.

Chill out your own lakeside hot tub in Finnish Lapland
This unusual airbnb is in Finnish Lapland
This airbnb rental in Finland is seriously cool

Right on the edge of the lake and with its own jetty, this eco-friendly cabin comes with a private wood-fired sauna, Finnish lake-water bucket shower, an outdoor open-fire kitchen and barbecue room, and a lakeside hot tub.

It’s all wood-fired, solar- or wind-turbine powered – check out the quirky bear-shaped fireplace – and there are paddle-boards and a rowing boat and fishing rods for guests to use, if you fancy catching your own dinner.

Grab a glass of wine, hop into the hot tub and look out for the northern lights in the sky above  – they don’t call it the Lovers Lake Retreat for nothing!

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Rent a floating Airbnb

Copenhagen, Denmark

What could be more Scandi-chic than staying in a stylish houseboat on the waterfront in the centre of Copenhagen?

Stay on a houseboat in Copenhagen
This houseboat is available to rent in Copenhagen through Airbnb
Staying on a boat will make your Copenhagen trip more fun

This beautifully decorated houseboat has a huge outdoor deck with a dining table and views over the water, while inside it’s all wooden doors and floor-boards and Danish design.

The boat is moored in a peaceful harbour-front location, yet it’s an easy walk to local shops, cafés and restaurants and city-centre sights of Copenhagen.

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Stay in a tipi

Austbygdi, Norway

Camping in the wild Telemark mountains of Norway might not be for everyone, but this comfortable tipi has an open fire inside to keep you warm and cosy.

You can rent this tipi in Norway on Airbnb
You can warm up by the fire in this unusual Scandi airbnb

Set on an organic farm, it’s a real back-to-nature escape where you can help pick berries, feed the chickens, tend the bees or just sit back and enjoy the views along the valley from your tipi.

There’s an outdoor wood-fired bath tub in the woods for cold evenings, and a tasty breakfast made from farm produce is served up in the farmhouse kitchen each morning.

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Chill out in a cube house

Bankeryd, Sweden

Nivå 84 is so-called because it sits on a granite cliff 84 metres above Lake Vättern, with wonderful watery views from its front balcony.

Great views from this modern cube house in Sweden
There are some really cool Airbnbs for rent in Scandinavia
This Swedish cube house is one of Scandinavia's best Airbnb rentals

This hi-tech cube-shaped house is a short stroll from the lake with plenty of hiking trails nearby.

It’s also roughly equidistant between the three Scandinavian capitals, so a day-trip to Copenhagen, Oslo or Stockholm is possible – and there’s even a charging point if you’re coming by electric car.

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Cosy up in an igloo

Pelkosenniemi, Finland

These cosy snow igloos on the shores of Lake Pyhäjärvi, way up in the Arctic Circle, are rebuilt every winter. Temperatures inside are always below freezing, but don’t worry – you get real beds to sleep on, covered in reindeer pelts and super-warm sleeping bags.

Keep warm in this snow-built igloo in FInland
You can stay at this igloo in Finland with Airbnb

There are plenty of activities nearby, including horse-riding, snow-shoe treks, ice-fishing and snow-surfing. Or just cosy up in your igloo and keep an eye out for the northern lights.

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Hang out in the trees

Forsbo, Sweden

Get back to nature in this rustic treehouse known as the Magpie’s Nest, which overlooks the Dalälvan river.

Hang out in the trees in this Swedish treehouse
This rustic treehouse is one of the more unusual Airbnbs in Scandinavia

Set in the woods on an organic farm, the treehouse has running water, a shower and a toilet – and there’s even a sauna and hot tub on the ground for guests to use.

You can go skiing nearby in winter, and swimming, boating and fishing in the river in summer. Or just relax around the farm, go foraging in the surrounding woods and look out for elk and moose.

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Hole up in a hobbit house

Hol, Norway

Keep warm and cosy in this grass-roofed hobbit house on the edge of the Hallingskarvet national park. A real one-of-a-kind Airbnb, it’s all wooden beams and posts inside, with a central wood-burner to gather round on cold nights.

Looking for somewhere unusual to stay? Try this hobbit house in Norway
Hobbit house in Norway
Hole up in this grass-roofed hobbit house.

Outside are hammocks, a picnic table, a fire-pit, pretty woodlands and a nearby lake for fishing and boating.

Cross-country ski paths pass right by its door, with a downhill ski centre a short walk away. There are also some spectacular hikes nearby in the mountains, and it’s just an hour’s drive from the fjords

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Enjoy cool loft-style living

Oulu, Finland

This amazing designer house sits right by the River Oulu, in the suburbs of Oulu, and is probably one of the most luxurious Scandi homes on Airbnb.

Finnish design in this riverside house
This is one of Scandinavia's best Airbnb rentals

With huge floor-to-ceiling windows, industrial-style décor with homely touches, three balconies and a sauna, it feels like you’re living in the pages of a design magazine.

It’s surrounded by woods, so you can enjoy the natural surroundings in total comfort and luxury.

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Stay in a (rather luxurious) barn

Holte, Denmark

It may be a barn with a thatched roof and ponies grazing outside, but this former farm building has been done-up with a typical Danish sense of style.

Down on the farm in this Danish barn
Try this unusual Danish Airbnb

It’s warm and cosy inside with a contemporary wood-burner to gather around, while outside there are views over fields, woods and a lake.

The barn is in the Søllerød nature park, giving you a feeling of being right in the middle of the countryside, but is still only 20km from Copenhagen, so it’s easy to access some good city sightseeing.

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See also:

Unusual places to stay in Denmark

Swedish castles you can sleep in

The best places to stay in Norway

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