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Alexandra Wastesson is the new hotel manager at Marholmen

Marholmen is now taking another step towards putting the island in Roslagen on the map. "Together we are developing Marholmen into Sweden's most obvious year-round destination," says Alexandra Wastesson, who has taken over as the new hotel manager.

Marholmen is located in the Roslagen archipelago, just outside Norrtälje and offers a wide range of accommodation and activities all year round. On the 34-hectare island there is a hotel, Skärgårdshus, historic villas, glamping, conference, spa, restaurant, pitches, party rooms, hot tubs and much more.

"I am incredibly happy to have been entrusted with the task and I am burning with desire to drive the development of Marholmen forward together with all my colleagues," says Alexandra Wastesson, hotel manager at Marholmen.

Even as a child at home in Uppsala, Alexandra dreamed of working in the hospitality industry and trained in the Hotel & Tourism program at Ekebyskolan in Uppsala. Since then, Alexandra has acquired a solid professional background from a number of different roles, most recently as an operations controller at Stockholm Meeting Selection.

"I didn't hesitate for a second when I was offered the chance to be an important cog in Marholmen's continued development journey. I am a person who wants to be where the action is, drive development forward and create profitability. Now I am in exactly the right place to do just that," concludes Alexandra.

Throughout history, people have come to Marholmen for relaxation and recreation. In 1913, Nils and Hanna Berg donated part of Marholmen to the Swedish Trade Union Confederation (LO) to give working wives and workers the opportunity to rest. Today, Marholmen is owned and developed by the Swedish Municipal Workers' Union.

Why do people celebrate Midsummer?

Midsummer is one of Sweden's most beloved holidays, filled with tradition, joy and community. But why do we actually celebrate Midsummer? Let's dive into this fascinating tradition and learn more about its origins and meaning, while exploring how to experience an unforgettable Midsummer celebration at Marholmen in the Roslagen archipelago.

When is Midsummer celebrated?

Midsummer is celebrated close to the summer solstice, which occurs around June 21 each year. The summer solstice is the time of year when the sun is highest in the sky, giving us the longest day and shortest night of the year. This astronomical phenomenon has fascinated people for centuries and marks a turning point in the cycle of nature, as we move from the rise of light towards darker times. It is a time to celebrate light, warmth and life, and to enjoy the abundance of nature before summer gradually turns to fall.

The origin of midsummer

Originally, Midsummer was a pagan festival celebrated to welcome summer and honor the forces of nature. People believed that nature was filled with magic and supernatural powers during this time, and that it was a time of fertility and prosperity.

With the arrival of Christianity in Sweden, the celebration of Midsummer was integrated with the celebration of John the Baptist Day on June 24. Despite the religious connection, Midsummer retained much of its original, pagan character, and it remains a celebration of the forces of nature and the sun.

Traditions and Symbols

The midsummer pole, one of the most iconic symbols of midsummer, has its roots in ancient fertility symbols. Traveling and dancing around the midsummer pole is a central part of the celebration. Flowers and greenery are used to decorate the pole, houses and people. Picking seven or nine different flowers and putting them under the pillow is said to bring visions of their future partner in the dream.

Midsummer on Marholmen

Food and drink also play an important role in Midsummer celebrations. Traditional Midsummer dishes include pickled herring, fresh potatoes with dill, sour cream, strawberries and a schnapps. Meals are often long and festive, with singing and dancing as natural elements.

Midsummer on Marholmen

For those who want to experience a truly idyllic and traditional midsummer, there are few places that beat Marholmen in the Roslagen archipelago. Marholmen offers a perfect combination of scenic surroundings and rich cultural history. Here you can experience Midsummer in a way that truly embodies the Swedish summer.

On Marholmen, the celebrations begin as early as the Thursday before Midsummer Eve, with check-in at hotels, archipelago houses or villas. Here you will be greeted by blooming summer meadows, water lapping against the piers and an atmosphere that is hard to beat. Midsummer Eve on Marholmen includes the traditional raising of the midsummer pole, followed by communal games and dancing. For food lovers, there is a traditional midsummer lunch and a delicious barbecue buffet to enjoy.

Midsummer on Marholmen

Relaxation and Activities

In addition to the traditional celebrations, Marholmen offers a variety of activities for the whole family. On Midsummer's Day, you can relax and enjoy nature, participate in activities such as beach volleyball, adventure golf, fishing trips and much more. Marholmen has something for everyone, whether you are looking for excitement or relaxation.

Activities at Marholmen
Marholmen, summer

Conclusion

Midsummer is a time to celebrate the light, nature and community with loved ones. By taking part in this celebration at Marholmen, you not only get to experience Swedish traditions in an authentic way, but also enjoy a relaxing and fun weekend in one of Sweden's most beautiful archipelago environments. Welcome to celebrate Midsummer at Marholmen - where tradition meets the beauty of nature and creates memories for life.

What is Glamping? We explain!

Glamping is a trend that has become increasingly popular around the world, including in Sweden. It's a more luxurious form of camping that combines the simplicity and tranquillity of nature with modern comfort and style. But what does glamping really mean, and what can you expect from a glamping experience? In this article, we'll guide you through the world of glamping and give you tips on how to experience this unique form of accommodation.

What is glamping?

Glamping, or 'glamorous camping', is a style of vacationing for those who want to experience nature without compromising on comfort. It's camping for those who prefer a comfortable bed to a sleeping bag on the ground and who want to enjoy nature without having to put up a tent.

Definition of Glamping

Glamping is a compound word of 'glamor' and 'camping' and refers to a more luxurious camping experience. It often involves staying in well-equipped tents, cabins, yurts or other unique accommodations that often include amenities such as real beds, private bathrooms and sometimes even air conditioning and heating.

Why choose Glamping?

Glamping has become a popular option for those seeking a unique getaway. It offers a chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and closer to nature, while enjoying comfort and luxury. It is a perfect balance between adventure and relaxation.

Glamping vs. Traditional Camping

While traditional camping often involves a lot of preparation and primitive conditions, glamping takes away much of that hassle and replaces it with first-class facilities and service.

Amenities in Glamping

In a glamping environment you can expect a higher standard of amenities. These may include:

  • Comfortable beds with quality mattresses.
  • Electricity and lighting.
  • Private bathrooms with hot water.
  • Possibility of cooking or even restaurant on site.
  • Heated accommodation for cooler nights.

The Glamping experience

Glamping is not only about comfortable accommodation but also about the experience. Many glamping sites are located in scenic areas that offer activities such as hiking, canoeing, fishing and wildlife watching. It's a chance to turn off your cell phone, disconnect from everyday demands and reconnect with nature and yourself.

Where can I find Glampa?

Glamping has spread all over the world and can now be found in many different places, from remote forests to coastal beaches.

Glamping in Sweden

In Sweden, glamping has become more and more common, and there are now many glamping sites to choose from. One of these is Marholmen, located in Roslagen, which offers a luxurious nature experience with all the amenities you could wish for. Read more about Glamping in Stockholm.

International

Internationally, you can find glamping sites from the African savannahs to the American mountains. Each place offers its own unique charm and experiences.

How to choose the right Glamping site?

Glamping in Stockholm at Marholmen

When looking for the perfect glamping site, it's important to consider what you want to get out of your stay. Here are some factors to consider:

Location

Do you want to be near the water, in a forest or on a mountain top? The location influences not only the view but also the activities available.

Amenities

Make sure the glamping site has the amenities that are important to you. Do you want access to a restaurant, or do you prefer to cook your own food? Do you need Wi-Fi or do you want to disconnect completely?

Type of Accommodation

Think about what type of accommodation you prefer. Are you interested in a traditional tent, a yurt, a treehouse, or perhaps a converted caravan?

Glamping in a tent on a raft

Price

Glamping can vary greatly in price depending on the location and the type of luxury you are looking for. Set a budget and look for options that fit within it.

Tips for your first Glamping trip

To get the most out of your glamping trip, here are some tips:

Pack right

Although glamping is more comfortable than traditional camping, it can still be useful to pack clothes for different weather and activities as well as some basic accessories.

Explore the area

Glamping sites are often located in beautiful natural areas. Take the chance to explore local hiking trails, waterways or other scenic spots.

Respect nature

Remember that you are a guest in nature. Follow the 'Leave No Trace' principles and respect the animals and the environment around your glamping site.

Be open to relaxation

Glamping is a chance to unwind. Leave work and everyday stress behind and enjoy time in nature.

Summary

Glamping is the perfect solution for those looking for a nature experience without sacrificing comfort and luxury. Whether you're looking for a romantic weekend, a family vacation or a solo adventure, there's a glamping site to suit your needs. So why not try glamping and create memories that will last a lifetime?

Glamping is here to stay, offering a unique combination of nature and convenience that is attracting more and more vacationers. By choosing the right location and preparing well, you can look forward to an unforgettable experience that will bring you closer to nature in a way you never thought possible.

So next time you're wondering "what is glamping?", remember that it's much more than just a night under the stars - it's a whole experience waiting to be explored.

Rent a newly renovated & updated villa at Marholmen.

Cottage rental experience - only the positives

Marholmen has renovated its six villas, a perfect alternative to your own summer cottage. Rent one
of the villas for a summer cottage experience with nature, sea bathing, spa and the opportunity to invite friends and family.

Many people dream of having their own cottage where they can spend time with family and friends, but fewer love taking care of a cottage all year round with all that entails. Fortunately, Marholmen offers six villas in different styles and sizes, all newly renovated until spring 2024 with high standards and retained charm. Here you can enjoy cottage life on your own terms; take care of yourself or book a hotel breakfast and meals at the island's restaurants.

All cottages are furnished for socializing with private plots and terraces in the best location. It is located in the middle of the island's beautiful nature with proximity to all the activities offered; from playgrounds, activities, outdoor gym, light trails, swimming piers and spa both indoors and outdoors. Perfect for a relaxing weekend or home holiday.

- We have noticed an increased demand for accommodation that feels like your own, where you can spend time with family and friends and choose the extent to which you use the island's facilities. Our newly renovated villas are just that, like your own summer cottage with everything but without any commitments," says Marholmen's CEO Fredrik Utheim .

Read more and book here >>

Marholmen invests heavily in locally grown cut flowers

Bedas flower bed - beautiful, sustainable and environmentally friendly

In the spring, Marholmen establishes its own flower gardens. This makes them self-sufficient in cut flowers for year-round decoration and allows them to offer activities such as flower binding and self-picking. The initiative is also really good for the environment; it increases biodiversity and Marholmen can stop buying imported cut flowers.

At the moment, Marholmen's local flower supplier Kärodlat is establishing the "Beda's flower meadow" on the island, as part of Marholmen's ongoing sustainability efforts. The new flower meadow means that Marholmen will be self-sufficient in cut flowers all year round and can completely stop buying imported flowers. The cultivation is of course without pesticides and artificial fertilizers.

The new initiative also means that Marholmen can offer activities based on the cultivation, such as courses in arranging flowers in vases and flower binding, as well as self-picking.

- Through our local cultivation, we can completely opt out of the global flower industry's use of chemicals, high water consumption and long transports. We can decorate the entire facility all year round with beautiful flowers that grow naturally here on Marholmen, while increasing biodiversity here on the island," says Marholmen's CEO Fredrik Utheim.

Flower decoration that follows the cycle of the year

When Sara creates Marholmen's flower decorations, she works with fresh flowers from the gardens from June to October, and the rest of the year with dried flowers, year-round greenery and things that can be found in nature.

- There are so many beautiful flowers that can be grown locally here in Sweden, and I don't see the point of importing. The season starts with tulips, daffodils and wild raspberry, wild honeysuckle, moonbeam, hazel and early perennials, and then it rolls on with ranunculus and anemones, the anuals such as larkspur, snapdragon, zinnia, summer mallow, asters, pansies, amaranths, rose hips and eternelles, etc. In early August, the garden's prima donna, the dahlia, arrives. Something we all look forward to!" says Sara Lewell, Kärodlat Roslagen.

Photographer: Mia Lewell

Explore Glamping in the Stockholm Archipelago

Glamping Stockholm Archipelago


Discover a more luxurious camping experience with Glamping.

In today's stressful and busy world, many people long to relax in nature - but preferably without having to compromise on comfort. If you love adventure but want a touch of luxury, Glamping is the best option. This is no ordinary camping experience - it's Glamping, a perfect combination of nature and comfort.


Book Glamping near Stockholm

Being in the Stockholm archipelago is unbeatable during the summer and the glamping season at Marholmen is very popular. Only a stone's throw from Stockholm you can enjoy Glamping in Norrtälje and beautiful nature. Choose whether you want to stay anchored under rolling treetops or be lulled to sleep by the movement of the waves on one of our glamping rafts. Here you can enjoy refreshing rock baths, sleep in comfortable queen-sized beds and a delicious breakfast basket placed outside your tent early in the morning.

Combine the best of both worlds with Glamping

Booking Glamping at Marholmen is the perfect combination of relaxation and convenience. Instead of having to worry about setting up a tent or carrying heavy equipment, glampers can relax and enjoy nature without any worries. Whether you're planning a romantic weekend for two, a family vacation with the kids, or an adventurous trip with your friends, we can tailor your glamping experience to your specific needs and desires. So, why not embark on a Glamping adventure this summer in the Stockholm archipelago? Book here.

Book a conference and activity this spring


Booking a conference with activities is a great idea for creating both memorable and productive meetings. And when it comes to combining business purposes with relaxation and adventure, few places beat Marholmen. Our idyllic island just 1 hour's drive from Stockholm offers the perfect setting to create an extraordinary conference experience.


Why choose Marholmen for your conference with activities?

Marholmen has long been a haven for both business travelers and vacationers, and it is an ideal place for those who wish to book a conference with activities. With a wide range of accommodation options and outdoor activities, we at Marholmen can create a customized kickoff that meets the needs of both smaller and larger companies.

Examples of activities that can be booked for business groups

Whether you're looking for team building or adventure, we have activities to suit everyone. Select Marholmen's champion with fun activities under a roof, or spend a few glorious hours on the lake with a professional fishing guide. Or why not challenge the company with a refreshing cold bath or a cooking activity? Our activities team has almost 100 years of combined experience in organizing corporate activities, and is happy to help with suggestions and planning.

Book a memorable conference

Booking a conference with activities at Marholmen is not only an investment in your company's future success, but also a great opportunity for you to create memories and relationships that last long after the conference has ended. By combining business purposes with relaxation and adventure, we at Marholmen can help you promote a positive company culture and increase the engagement of the participants. So next time you are planning a conference, why not consider Marholmen as your destination? Feel free to contact us here if you wish to get a quote for a conference or corporate event.

Spend Easter in a hotel


With Easter fast approaching, it's the perfect time to relax and enjoy the holiday with your loved ones. If you are currently looking to stay at a hotel for Easter, Marholmen may be just what you are looking for. We offer a unique combination of relaxation, nature and activities that will make your Easter celebration a memorable stay in every way.


Easter at Marholmen

Our charming and beautiful atmosphere attracts visitors all year round to stay, eat, meet, swim or simply relax. Just in time for Easter, the buds begin to burst and the light filters through nature's newly emerged leaves. Here you can celebrate Easter in a way that really brings the spring feelings to life. You can also choose between several different accommodation options depending on whether you are a small or large group, and of course you can enjoy a delicious Easter buffet in our restaurant.

Spa hotels during Easter

At Marholmen, Easter is not just about painting eggs and looking for Easter bunnies flying in the sky - here you also get a chance to take care of yourself and your health. Our spa hotel is your sanctuary with great views of the piers and our shiny bay. Here you can unwind this Easter with a relaxing massage, refreshing bath or why not treat yourself to a facial?

Activities to suit everyone

In addition to relaxation, we at Marholmen also offer a wide range of activities for those who want to celebrate Easter in a more active way. Make sure you pack comfortable clothes and shoes, so you can do what you want to do. There are several nature trails for walking and exercise, forest baths, indoor and outdoor gyms and several barbecue areas. All so that you can enjoy the fresh spring air and celebrate Easter in exactly the way you want.

Celebrating Easter at Marholmen is not just another stay at a hotel - it is an experience for all the senses. So, why not make this year's Easter something very special and book your stay today?

Weddings in hotels


Are you looking for a place to celebrate your big day? Choosing a location for your wedding is one of the most important decisions in the entire planning process and more and more people today choose to celebrate their wedding in a hotel. If you are looking for a unique and memorable place to say "I do", Marholmen is the perfect destination. With plenty of space and endless possibilities for celebration, we help you create an unforgettable day together with your loved ones.


Why choose Marholmen for your special day?

Idyllic place

A stone's throw from Stockholm, Marholmen is nestled in natural beauty, surrounded by greenery and sparkling water. An idyllic place for a romantic atmosphere that also provides a sense of peace and quiet.

Experience in celebrations of all kinds

At Marholmen, we are used to organizing celebrations of all kinds and have several suitable premises for large and small groups. With our wide range of activities , you have the opportunity to customize your wedding day according to your own wishes and thus create a unique experience for your guests. We also have a large network of local suppliers who can help with the services that we ourselves are not able to provide. Here you can read what is included in our party packages.

Overnight weddings

By celebrating your wedding at Marholmen, both you and your guests have the opportunity to stay overnight. Here, too, you have the opportunity to shape your stay according to your own wishes through a number of different accommodation options. Celebrating a wedding with an overnight stay also creates a great opportunity to continue the celebration the next day with, for example, a joint breakfast together with the guests who are staying.

Are you interested in knowing more about how we can help you celebrate your big day? Do not hesitate to contact us today and we will tell you more.

Kickoff in the Stockholm archipelago

Is your company looking for the ultimate destination for a memorable kick-off in Stockholm? Then we here at Marholmen in the Stockholm archipelago are the place for you! With an idyllic scenic environment and modern facilities, we offer a unique place for corporate events and kick-off activities.

Read more about all the possibilities for a kick off with us here >>.