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Ready for adventure? From remote cabin hideaways in Norway, to a closer-to-home yurt stay in the Oxfordshire countryside, here are five of our favourite wilderness retreats.

The Nolla Cabin, Finland

The 5 Wilderness Retreats You Must Visit - Nolla Cabin

Named after the Finnish word for zero, the Nolla cabin is located on Vallisaari, an island near Helsinki. The compact holiday home has been built with sustainable materials so guests can try a zero-emissions getaway.

Much like a tent, albeit much more stylish than the canvas version, visitors to the cabin are encouraged to treat their stay like a camping trip. The interior is minimal, with two beds and a small cooking nook equipped with a stove that runs on Neste MY renewable diesel. The electricity supply is generated by solar panels on the roof and there are ecological dry toilets nearby. There is no Wi-Fi, but when you’re waking up to such incredible views, who needs the internet anyway?

What to wear when you’re there…

Unless you spend a lot of time in the wild, your everyday uniform likely won’t cut it. A sturdy pair of boots is essential for hiking and knitwear is a must-pack for when the temperature drops after dark. Take an any-weather-ready parka, practical jeans and layer up with flannel shirts and tees. Don’t forget woolly socks, gloves and a beanie to keep your extremities warm.

Book now: Airbnb

The Blue Sky Centre, California

The 5 Wilderness Retreats You Must Visit - Blue Sky Centre

A unique desert town of miniature huts built on wheels, The Blue Sky Centre is located just two hours away from Los Angeles nestled in the breath-taking Sierra Madre and Caliente mountain ranges in the high desert of California’s central coast.

A non-profit organisation, the centre is the perfect escape for relaxing, stargazing and getting back to nature. Each cabin comes fully kitted out with comfy beds, furniture, linens, lighting and electrical outlets and the site boasts a central fire ring where you can meet fellow campers. What's more, there are outdoor hot tubs and hammocks for lazing in. There’s plenty to explore nearby as well, with Los Padres National Forest, the Sierra Madre mountain range, Carrizo Plain National Monument, and Wind Wolves Preserve all on your doorstep.

What to wear when you’re there…

Every adventurer needs a sturdy backpack for hands-free exploring and a practical pair of boots for walking. Comfortable jeans are a must-pack as well as light layers to ensure you’re prepared for warmer days and cooler evenings. Think knits, casual shirts and tees.

Book now: Hicamp

Soho Farmhouse, Cotswolds

The 5 Wilderness Retreats You Must Visit - Soho Farmhouse

If you like your adventures closer to home, Soho Farmhouse in the Cotswolds is the perfect way to escape to the country without leaving any of the creature comforts of the city behind. Set in 100 acres of farmland just north of Oxford, guests can stay in the seven-bedroom farmhouse, one of the resort’s 40 log cabins, or the more affordable bell tents.

Your shoe size and height will be requested in advance so bikes and wellies await you when you arrive, and there’s a milk float making the rounds with a bar and bartender to fix you a drink, if you fancy it. The facilities are a huge draw, with a deli (complete with cheese room and wine cellar), a cookery school, a pub, a spa and the main bar restaurant to choose from. There’s also a boating lake, an indoor-outdoor pool, stables, tennis courts and even five-a-side football.

What to wear when you’re there…

Go for practical-but-stylish casual options for cycling around the farmland on your Foffa bike and smarter outfits for dining in the restaurant. Pack a darker pair of jeans that can be worn with a lightweight knit or a shirt and blazer.

Book now: Soho Farmhouse

The Treehotel, Swedish Lapland

The 5 Wilderness Retreats You Must Visit - The Farmhouse

Appealing to the big kid in us all, the Treehotel is a collection of architect-designed cabins set amongst the lofty branches of a pine forest in Swedish Lapland.

If you’re looking for 'off the grid' without having to rough it, this is the destination for you. Guests of this unique getaway can wake up to the impressive sights of the Lule River, watch the breath-taking Northern Lights illuminate the night sky, explore the forest by snowmobile and then hunker-down in a cabin at the cutting edge of design at night.

There are seven individually designed treehouses on the site – including a giant bird’s nest, a cleverly camouflaged mirrored cube, and a futuristic UFO (each one kitted out with under-floor heating and sleek Scandi furniture). And after a long day of fishing and forest foraging, visitors can relax in a sauna with a whirlpool plunge bath.

What to wear when you’re there…

Layers, layers, layers. Think heavy, textured knits, jeans, thick woolly socks, gloves and hats. A padded puffer jacket is a practical option for staying warm and dry whatever the weather.

Book now: The Treehotel

The Arctic Hideaway, Norway

Set in rugged terrain, the Arctic Hideaway is a cluster of eco-friendly cabins on the coast of a tiny island in the Fleinvær Archipelago in the Arctic Circle of Northern Norway, near Bodø.

Offering incredible views of the ocean and nearby isles, the site houses ten sustainably designed buildings. A seaside sauna awaits guests arriving off the boat, there’s five small houses for sleeping, an indoor cooking space and one for dining al fresco, a bath house, and a tower house designed for ‘big thoughts’.

Adventurers will find plenty to explore nearby. Pencil in a tour to neighbouring islands; there’s fishing, bird watching, rock climbing and you can even take a hike to a nearby mountaintop.

What to wear when you’re there…

Make sure you’re equipped for the landscape with a sensible pair of boots. Trainers won’t cut it when you’re climbing over rocky terrain. Designed for extreme weather conditions, a warm padded parka is a must.

Book now: The Arctic Hideaway

 

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