I am still quite new in Sweden and my curiosity about the rest of the country continues to grow with each day that I don’t leave Stockholm. But travel funds are low and I must cope by plotting my future weekend getaways online, while looking out at the meter of snow on the ground. I considered skiing up north or taking a boat down to the island of Gotland, where as I understand it they speak a breed of Swedish I will never understand. But after discovering these hotels, I am seriously reconsidering.
If you have always wanted to spend a whole night awake in fear in a cave 155 meters (500 feet) underground while learning about silver mining, then this is the hotel for you. Probably the only hotel for you. This “bed and breakfast” at Sala Silvermines, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) northwest of Stockholm, boasts of vast caverns and lakes. It was even recommended by a patron as the perfect place to “get buck wild.” I’m not sure she really grasps the meaning of that term.
Not turned on by industrial history? That’s cool, because the Utter Inn will ensure an equally slumberless night. This outhouse-on-a-raft is located in the middle of Lake Mälaren in Västerås, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) west of Stockholm. And the bed is surrounded by windows – three meters underwater.
I feel that I am an adventurous person and would most definitely consider staying here. But I think an email to the management addressing a few key questions is a must before booking.
Are there sharks?
And why is there duct tape around the hole to the underwater beds?