There are few things better at helping you unwind and de-stress than heading out of the city and into nature. And, now, a bunch of Swedish scientists have proved it.
In a project dubbed “The 72-Hour Cabin“, Visit Sweden collaborated with a research team from Stockholm’s Karolinska Institute, sending five people to spend three days in specially designed glass cabins in the Swedish countryside. Their plan was to reduce stress and improve overall health and wellbeing.
The luxe Scandi cabins are dotted around Henriksholm Island, about two hours’ drive north of Gothenburg. There, the lucky participants – a British broadcaster, a German police officer, a Parisian taxi driver, a journalist from London and an NYC event planner — were subject to an “immersive therapy experience” comprised of outdoor activities like swimming, fishing and cooking.
Their wellbeing was monitored by the research team for the duration of the experiment, with the results published in October 2017. Given Sweden consistently ranks among the world’s best countries for quality of life, few people will be surprised to find them in favour of escaping the daily grind once in a while.
“For many Swedes, nature is a source of recovery, and works as a springboard for self-development, quality of life, and happiness. We want to give people around the world an opportunity to gain insight into the relationship that Swedes have with their environment and inspire more visitors to explore Sweden’s vast, accessible nature,” Visit Sweden Chief Experience Officer Jennie Skogsbrn Missuna said in a statement.
But the best part is that, now that the formal experiment is done and dusted, the cabins are available for the public to book. Packages include breakfast, lunch and dinner, amenities and bedding, access to row boats and fishing rods, and a guided hike to the accommodation, and start at $1055 (SEK6695) for single-person occupancy.
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Kristen Amiet is a previous AWOL editor, bona fide travel addict, sometimes whisky drinker and full-time breakfast food enthusiast.