...you sleep in Birk and Birka overlooking forest and lake. Here you will find a place for rest and peacefulness. Here you can put seven kinds of flowers under your pillow of moss. As the fire fade in the twilight, the moon rises towards the Milky way´s star-covered sky and spins a weave of longing and dreams. At dawn, the sun sets its warm rays of sunlight among the leaves of the birches, with an enticing and rustling whisper ”Come! Get out of the stillness into the fresh morning. Your day has once dawned. It’s time to embark on new paths and adventures, to magical rooms and hidden worlds at Hovdala."
Sleeping in the middle of nature is a part of the hiking experience. This summer you will be able to experience a new magical campsite at Hovdala Hiking Centre. The name of the campsite is “Between Dusk and Dawn” and is situated just by Hovdala Trädhus (Treehouse) overlooking Finjasjön and the beautiful landscape. Two unique architect designed wind shelters Birk and Birka, named from the Old Norse word for ”Birch”, is embedded in a soft birch grove. The site offers a moment of rest and mindfulness. This is probably one of Sweden´s cosiest and most magical overnight campsites.
At Hovdala you will find the natures architecture inviting you for an adventure and evoke curiosity. Here you will be able make a pit stop for a short overnight stay or just to have a picnic or simply just stop briefly to enjoy the beautiful view. Hovdala offers something for everyone, the lonesome hiker, the young family or the group if individuals who seeks shelter and a good night sleep. All hiking routes passes by the campsite “Between Dusk and Dawn”. The Finjasjö – trail passes only about 600 meter north of the campsite.
Autumn 2019, Ronja, the big sister of shelters Birk and Birka, will be completed. She will be able to accommodate 6-8 people, making her perfect for e.g. a school class to have lessons out in the nature. Hopefully, during 2020, a fourth shelter will be built.
The wind shelters are dressed in birch wainscoting and have a soft round shape blending into the environment. Inside you can roll out your sleeping bag and mat on the benches inside and sleep comfortably. Birk and Birka fits 3-5 people.
Book here through Fritidskontoret at Hässleholms kommun, to secure your night at the shelter upon arrival to the campsite. The cost is 200 SEK/night/ shelter.
Please note that during the holiday period (13th-28th July) it can take up to 3 working days before you receive a confirmation of your booking.
For pre-bookings in October and lowseason - please come back to us in early September for more information.
At the campsite there are benches, fireplace and toilets. Smoking is prohibited, both inside the shelters and on the campsite. Pets are not allowed inside the shelter.
Closest water facilities for drinking water are located by Boketorp (the yellow house, west side of the castle). There is also water by Dallerödsladan (a red barn in Dalleröd), north of the Treehouse. Please note that the water by Dallerödsladan is not tested for drinking but can be used for e.g. cleaning and washing up.
If you need to get hold of someone during your stay in Birk or Birka, contact Fritidskontoret, Hässleholms kommun, phone no
+46-70 971 79 78 (daytime until the 28th july), +46-451 26 82 14 (daytime from the 29th July) or +46-72 389 87 70 (evenings 4pm-10pm and weekends 8am-5pm).
Architect: Karin Hvid Rydell
Builder: Lars Winkvist, Göran Johansson
Entrepreneurs: Fasab AB, Svalövs Takservice AB, Vinslövs Plåtslageri AB, Sven Jinert AB, Sinclairsholm
Material: Sustainability has been an important factor from the beginning. All the material is sources from local land and sawmills, without any need for heavy transport and long transport routes. The benches on the inside is built from re-used alder wood.
Exterior – Birch, inner walls and floor fir-tree/pine, benches- alder wood (recycled wood, decking, footbridge) Roof – oak, pine, plate, rubber
Sustainability has been important throughout the whole construction process. All material come from local grounds and sawmills, without long and heavy transports. The benches are, for example, built of recycled alder wood.
Traditional wind shelters can be found at Göingeåsen and Hässleholmsgården. It´s not possible to book these shelters.
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