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Roadtrippin’: Sleeping in a treehouse at a hostel in Fairbanks

Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 5:56 AM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTUU) - For this Roadtrippin’ adventure, the crew went to Fairbanks to stay at a hostel. This hostel was a little different — it has tree houses built in and around the trees for their guests.

This is what guests can find at Sven’s Basecamp Hostel. One might think this place is far out of town, but in fact, it’s right off Davis Road in town.

Guests are greeted by Sven Haltmann himself who was eager to tell the Alaska’s News Source crew about his treehouses.

The hostel has a large, full kitchen on-site that is open 24 hours a day, along with bathrooms and showers for the guests.

“I want to create this where people a lot of times go to the wilderness from here,” Haltmann said. “And this is the last place where they give a little bit of a touch of wilderness with a flushing toilet.”

And for later in the evening, guests can sit around the campfire and tell stories of their travels.

Sports reporter Austin Sjong stayed in the Eagles Nest treehouse. This tent house is designed to look as if an early Alaska trapper camped here, from an old-timey light switch all the way to the beaver fur hanging behind the bed.

Sven's Basecamp Hostel provides lots of different sleeping arrangements, but one of the options...
Sven's Basecamp Hostel provides lots of different sleeping arrangements, but one of the options is to sleep in a treehouse.(KTUU)

Another treehouse is the Indiana Jones treehouse, which has a swinging rope bridge that takes people across to get to the other side. This treehouse felt like a cabin built into the trees. If people remain still, they can feel the treehouse sway with the trees.

Sven's Basecamp Hostel provides lots of different sleeping arrangements, but one of the options...
Sven's Basecamp Hostel provides lots of different sleeping arrangements, but one of the options is to sleep in a treehouse.(KTUU)

Waking up, one can hear birds chirping on all sides of the treehouses.

But if a treehouse isn’t what a traveler is looking for, the hostel also has other tent houses and tiny homes that can house up to four people.

Sven's Basecamp Hostel provides lots of different sleeping arrangements, but one of the options...
Sven's Basecamp Hostel provides lots of different sleeping arrangements, but one of the options is to sleep in a treehouse.(KTUU)
Sven's Basecamp Hostel provides lots of different sleeping arrangements, but one of the options...
Sven's Basecamp Hostel provides lots of different sleeping arrangements, but one of the options is to sleep in a treehouse.(KTUU)

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