BY Lisa Lindblad
November 8, 2011
There is a mountain hotel that reigns over a landscape of pure, unspoiled beauty. It is Sweden’s oldest in the mountains, having received visitors for more than 130 years. It straddles the border between Sweden and Norway, a remote region that belongs to the Sami people. It is a country different from others; its year is not divided in to the four seasons but, rather, it weaves in and out of eight.
Owned by Lars Bertmer and his family, Fjallnass consists of a manor house with a courtyard, a spa facility and a non-denominational chapel. It offers 24 rooms whose materials and colors are completely in tune with the mountain environment: slate, knotless pine, oak and spruce. All furnishings originate from Swedish designers and manufacturers. The spare simplicity of the interiors feels cleansing, almost spiritual.
And the eight seasons? Yuletide, Frosty Winter, Crusty Snow, Departure of Ice, Eternal Sun, Harvest Season, Colorful Autumn, Black Snow. Each corresponds to a precious moment in the lives of the Sami people, each offers its own joys.