Scan Magazine, Issue 137, December 2021

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A genuine boutique hotel in an outdoor paradise At the foot of the mountain Funäsdalsberget, and overlooking the lake, is the award-winning Eriksgårdens Fjällhotell, which promises guests an unforgettable experience in a friendly atmosphere, with that something a little bit extra.

emigrated to Minnesota where he worked as a builder. Eventually, Ericssons became Eriksgårdens Fjällhotell, now an award-winning ski boutique hotel.

By Malin Norman  |  Photos: Eriksgårdens Fjällhotell

Eriksgårdens Fjällhotell is often described as the cosiest and nicest hotel in its region. It was named by MercedesBenz Magazine as one of the most fantastic hotels in the Swedish mountains, and was awarded Sweden’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2020 at the World Ski Awards, a global initiative that recognises and rewards excellence in ski tourism.

The hotel has been nominated for this year’s awards too, with winners due to be announced this month. It all started in 1927, when the doors to Ericssons opened as the very first guest house in Funäsdalen. It was built in a North American style, brought home by one of the Ericsson brothers, who had

Since 1999, the hotel has been run by Magnus Ruhedorfer, who has heaps of experience from the hospitality industry in both Sweden and Austria. “As this is a small hotel, it becomes more personal and familiar for our guests,” he says. “People appreciate the friendly atmosphere and good vibes amongst the staff, and often describe it as coming home.” Thriving village with vast outdoor activities Funäsdalen has developed a lot as a tourist destination since he moved there some 20 years ago, says Ruhedorfer, but argues that it’s different from many other ski resorts. “Funäsdalen is a genuine mountain village with around 1,000 inhabitants, who live here all year round. It has all the services you may need and local businesses are collaborating to keep the village alive, but it’s still peaceful and quiet,” he says. “And when you take the ski lift and get to the top of the mountain, the vastness

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