To say Sweden is fit for a fairy tale is not overstating it—the palaces dazzle, the boreal forests are brimming with mushrooms and berries, and magical Lapland is home to both a famed ice hotel and the midnight summer sun. Sweden, which stretches from the south of the Baltic and into the Arctic Circle, is also home to an epic canal, nearly 100,000 lakes, and a medieval-walled town deemed “the city of roses and ruins.” Not to be out-charmed, Stockholm features quaint cobblestone streets lined in bright merchant houses and an archipelago ideal for island hopping. You’ll need plenty of energy to explore, but not to worry: this is also a country with its own word for coffee breaks (fika).
26 Jan 23Partner News
Visit Sweden News – January 2023News from Visit Sweden World of Volvo opens 2024 in Gothenburg – Not ...Read moreVisit Sweden News – January 2023 - News & announcements
News from Visit SwedenWorld of Volvo opens 2024 in Gothenburg – Not just for Volvo fans! World of Volvo invites you to join a movement to help create a world where we care for each other and the planet. Or as we like to say – a world with more "omtanke". Adjacent to the popular Liseberg Amusement Park, World of Volvo will be a new meeting place, in Gothenburg, for inspiration and entertainment. An interactive place with exciting exhibitions, talks, performances and workshops, entertainment and dining. No matter if you’re a Volvo enthusiast, an employee or just a passer-by, you have a part to play. Welcome to World of Volvo in 2024! Press Images: https://www.mynewsdesk.com/world-of-volvo/latest_media Press Release: https://www.mynewsdesk.com/world-of-volvo/news/volvos-new-experience-center-in-gothenburg-a-building-that-stands-out-449849 More info: https://www.worldofvolvo.com/en/ Stockholm, European Capital of Gastronomy 2023 In 2023, Stockholm European Capital of Gastronomy, will place Stockholm on the world map, as one of Europe’s leading gastronomic destinations. The hope is to contribute to positive social development and a sustainable food system by showcasing the city’s innovative food scene, always with the pleasure of eating in focus. There´s a full program of activities running from Jan-Nov - https://capitalofgastronomy.se/en/program/ Stockholm has selected 12 ambassadors/guides from Stockholm's sustainable food scene to give their tips on where to eat, shop and experience good food in Stockholm. Feel free to take a look: https://www.stockholmgoodfoodguide.com/ Allow their local experts to show you the variety of Good Food Stockholm has to offer - food that is good for the planet, your health and tastes really good too. Stockholm is currently experiencing a food revolution. Thanks to the city’s chefs, and foodies (or food pioneers) who refuse to compromise on quality, taste and the environment, Stockholm has developed one of Europe’s most exciting food scenes. The city is committed to creating a truly sustainable society and together with an increasing number of food-tech entrepreneurs, has become a city where you can enjoy food that not only tastes good but also does good. A place where conscious consumers, chefs, entrepreneurs, and decision makers meet for inspiration, co-creation and innovation. Welcome to the food city of the future – welcome to Stockholm. A quieter archipelago lifestyle in the Gothenburg Archipelago New hiking package holiday with HF Holidays The archipelago off the coast of West Sweden attracts a large number of visitors each year, peaking in July. However, the wild beauty and warm local hospitality that keeps people returning remain constant throughout the year. This easily accessible coastal archipelago is a worthy Spring and Autumn destination and complements any city break to Gothenburg. From April to September ferries, some free, go from Gothenburg to the island of Hönö in the northern part of the archipelago; in spring and autumn always on Sundays, in summer Tuesdays to Sundays, several times a day. On the first weekend in April, the longer days are greeted with the Spring Festival in the archipelago ( Vårfest i Skärgården ): There's all sorts of good food available on Hönö, when the restaurants in the lively Hönö Klåva harbour area set out tables and chairs and invite you to sample fresh, local delicacies. In addition, around 20 local stallholders come together at the market. The Easter holidays are also ideal for a relaxed hike on the Skärgårdsleden (Archipleago Trail): This 27-kilometre-long, newly created path traverses the four neighbouring islands of Hälsö, Öckerö, Hönö and Fotö, which are connected by bridges. With cafes, restaurants and shops open, there are plenty of reasons to amble, browse and soak up coastal island life. Half of the hike runs through the spectacular island geography with its smooth, glacial eroded rocky shoreline, and the other half leads through the twisting and turning streets of the archipelago villages. The Skärgårdsleden was officially opened on May 14, 2022, and HF Holidays has a new package holiday for 2023 which includes this hiking trail. Available online soon…
- Running one date 07/09/23
- Price with flights £2359, without flights £2189
- Transfers to the first hotel are included with or without flights
- 7 nights B&B
- 6 Dinners
- 3 packed lunches, 2 café lunches & 1 coffee and cake (Swedish Fika)
- Luggage moved between hotels, local guide throughout
- 1 free day in Gothenburg
- Ganlet, Gothenburg
- Winter Park in Östersund, Jämtland
- Vitskärsudden in Obbola, Västerbotten
- Festningsbadet in Varberg, Halland
- Kivik Harbour, Skåne
- Small towel - to put on when changing.
- A warm hat - a warm hat can be worn during and after the bath to keep the body warm. That's because a lot of body heat is lost through the head.
- Warm gloves - can also be useful when climbing down an icy ladder.
- A large towel or a warm bathrobe - to wrap up after bathing.
- Warm, loose clothing that is easy to put on afterwards. Even if you don't catch a cold in the water, you can easily catch a cold after swimming if you don't dress warmly and dry.
- Something warm to drink after your swim - for example, hot chocolate, juice, coffee or tea.
- Something tasty to eat after the swim - it is well known that winter swimming makes you hungry.
- Neoprene shoes - a great way to protect your feet and toes.
- A friend - never winter swim alone and always stay close to the ladder.
14 Nov 22Partner News
12 Reasons to Visit Gothenburg in 2023 During Its 400th Anniversary CelebrationHistory repeats itself. When Gothenburg turned 300 in 1921, the celebrations had to be ...Read more12 Reasons to Visit Gothenburg in 2023 During Its 400th Anniversary Celebration - News & announcementsHistory repeats itself. When Gothenburg turned 300 in 1921, the celebrations had to be postponed for two years due to the Spanish flu pandemic and World War I. The same thing happened in 2021 when Gothenburg turned 400: the celebrations were put on hold due to another pandemic. But in June next year, Gothenburg’s anniversary celebrations will finally commence and summer 2023 will kick off with a big anniversary festival - and that’s just one of 12 reasons to visit Gothenburg next year. Gothenburg Named Most Sustainable Destination in the World for the 6th Time in a Row For the sixth year in a row, Gothenburg ranks at the top as the most sustainable destination in the world. On Wednesday, the results of the Global Destination Sustainability Index 2022 were revealed, in which 70 cities in the world participate. The Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDSI), a comparative ranking, was started in 2016 by the organization Global Destination Sustainability Movement. Since the start, Gothenburg has been placed at the top every time. Learn more: Gothenburg retains first place among sustainable destinations in the world | Göteborg & Co AB (tt.se) Sweden’s Most Imaginative Family Hotel Opens in April: Liseberg Grand Curiosa There’s a pony carousel in the restaurant, a slide all the way down to the lobby and a speakeasy cocktail bar at the new Liseberg Grand Curiosa hotel. This is a unique family hotel right next to the Nordic region’s biggest amusement park. At nine floors high and over 300,000 square feet in size, the star-shaped building has 457 rooms – all with at least five beds. Some rooms have six or seven beds, and there are connecting rooms for even larger groups. The theme park itself will also unveil a number of new features in 2023 when the park celebrates its 100th anniversary. Liseberg was originally a gift to the people of Gothenburg when the city turned 300. Learn more: Liseberg Grand Curiosa Hotel Celebrate 400 Years of Gothenburg at the Anniversary Festival Gothenburg’s birthday is on June 4th, and a major anniversary festival will be held on June 2nd–5th. What better place to celebrate the port city of Gothenburg than the Frihamnen port district where there will be concerts, art, food and activities? Following the anniversary festival, the celebrations will continue throughout the summer until September 3rd, culminating at the Gothenburg Culture Festival and the Göteborgsvarvet Marathon. Learn more: https://www.goteborg.com/en/guides/gothenburgs-400th-anniversary Photo: Wisdome at Universum, Copyright: Universum Exciting Space Experiences at the New Wisdome A large wooden sphere has already become a new Gothenburg landmark. Wisdome is a spherical building that is being built on the roof of Universeum, Sweden’s national science center and one of the city’s most popular tourist destinations. When Wisdome opens in spring 2023, it will showcase space travel, dramatic film effects and the smallest building blocks of the human body on a 360° screen, using advanced visualisation technology. The dome seats 150 visitors and was designed by Gert Wingårdh, one of Sweden's most internationally recognised architects. In addition to Wisdome, Universeum also features aquariums, a large indoor rainforest, and experiment rooms. Learn more: Wisdome | Universeum Photo: New harbour bath_copyright @raumlaborberlin New Harbour Open-Air Bathing in the Heart of the City Made up of three pools in Sweden’s largest river Göta Älv, the long-awaited public swimming area in the popular park Jubileumsparken will open in June 2023. The pools - a round diving pool, a pool with a slide, and a lane pool - are all bottomless and the water is purified using technical solutions that will allow visitors to swim in both fresh and saltwater year-round. The pools are free of charge and have a capacity of 500 people. The iconic public sauna is currently being renovated and will be open to the public, as well as the newly built large playground that opened earlier this year. Learn more: new harbor open-air bath: goteborg2023.com Photo: Clarion Hotel Draken_copyright Adore Adore / Erséus Arkitekter Gothenburg’s Tallest Sky Bar Opens at the New Clarion Hotel Draken The movie theatre that hosted Göteborg Film Festival for many years, The Draken Cinema, is not only being restored but will also feature a brand new hotel. The 33-storey landmark will be topped with a sky bar and a rooftop terrace boasting views that stretch for miles and will be completed in autumn 2023. Clarion Hotel Draken will be Gothenburg’s tallest hotel building, with 474 hotel rooms, 13 meeting rooms, a gym, a spa and two restaurants. Drawing inspiration from Draken’s classic cinema auditorium, 1950s design will meet the present in an exciting mix. The hotel cannot be booked yet. Learn more: Nordic Choice Hotels | Hotels in the Nordics | Book hotel The Göta Älv Pilgrim’s Trail – a Stroll Through the City to the Wilderness The new Göta Älv Pilgrim’s Trail runs between Gothenburg and Vänersborg, and is divided into ten varied sections. The first stretch begins at the church Masthuggskyrkan, and is an urban walk showcasing historic Gothenburg. The second stretch is a nature trail, and runs through the river Lärjeån’s beautiful valley – sometimes referred to as ‘Little Amazon’. The third stretch begins with a climb that offers wonderful views, leading onwards to heathland, lakes, coniferous forest and pure wilderness. A detailed map of the first three routes is available. From Trollhättan, walkers can continue through Sweden to Norway and Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim. Learn more: https://www.westswedentrails.se/en/delled/pilgrimsleden-gota-alv#googtrans(sv|en Run the first Göteborgsvarvet Marathon in 2023 On September 3, the world’s biggest half marathon will become twice as long. The Göteborgsvarvet Marathon will be a unique and historic running event as Gothenburg’s anniversary celebrations come to an end. For those who are up for the challenge, the marathon will offer fantastic views of Gothenburg, taking in both sides of the river Göta älv. More than 200,000 spectators usually line the route which runs along Gothenburg’s main boulevard Avenyn. Learn more: Göteborgsvarvet Marathon 2023 | Göteborgsvarvet (goteborgsvarvet.se) Photo: Kjell Holmner Discover the Beautiful West Coast & Bohuslän Archipelago from the Fossil-Free Boat, Granit Visit the sailing paradise of Marstrand, try your hand at preparing pickled herring on the picturesque Klädesholmen, and discover the delightful little island of Käringön. Summer 2023 will see the first four-day tour of the West Coast on board the fossil-free boat, Granit. The archipelago tour features charming hotels, meals at local restaurants, and some of Bohuslän’s most beautiful coastal villages. Learn more: Boat Tours | Archipelago Select Boat Tours | Västra Götaland County Jacy’z Hotel – Luxury, Cool Design, and a Pool Club on the 27th floor This 233-room, 100-metre skyscraper is a new landmark for Gothenburg and a much bigger sister to boutique hotels Pigalle and Bellora, and was also created by Ess Group. The brand-new resort has several restaurants, a sky bar, and a Miami-inspired pool club on the 27th and 28th floors. A multiplex theatre with an outdoor rooftop pool will be ready in spring 2023. These are just some of the many features at Jacy’z, one of Sweden’s most spectacular hotels, which opened in November 2022. Learn more: 27 floors of magic | Jacy’z Hotel & Resort® (jacyzhotel.com) The King of Sweden Celebrates 50 Years as Monarch – and Visits Gothenburg on June 4th There will be more than one significant anniversary in 2023 – Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustav also celebrates 50 years as monarch. This anniversary will be marked in Gothenburg as the city celebrates its own anniversary. On Gothenburg’s birthday, June 4th, the King will give a public address and then take a walk-about through the city centre together with the Queen. Learn more: https://www.kungahuset.se/english New Food Walk – “Gothenburg Anytime” The concept Moveat Anytime Göteborg shows you one of Sweden’s top culinary cities and its wealth of restaurants. Guided by an app, you can visit five to six selected stops in any order you like and at your own pace. Each stop includes a carefully selected tasting experience ranging from the sea to the forest and includes classic restaurants as well as trendy new eateries. The food walks are available Wednesday to Saturday from 14:00 to 18:00, at a cost of SEK 449. Learn more: Moveat concept | Moveat Sweden
02 Nov 22Expert Hub
Tours and road trips around the Southern SwedenTours and road trips that take your clients all around the Southern Sweden. ...Read moreTours and road trips around the Southern Sweden - News & announcements
Tours and road trips that take your clients all around the Southern Sweden.Castles and gardens of South SwedenGet to know Swedish culture and history by visiting some castles and manor houses mixed with beautiful parks and gardens. Swedish people love their gardens! Read the full itinerary here Swedish traditions and handicraftsVisit Sweden’s pantry and meet some of the best local producers and food craftspeople who work with ingredients from Sweden. Read the full itinerary here Biking through islands, history and picturesque villages
15 Jun 22Partner News
Drama, Insider Tips, Plogging, Islands and Sustainability News from Sweden• Sweden: The most sustainable destination in the world, again • Dramatic Dalarna: Waterfall ...Read moreDrama, Insider Tips, Plogging, Islands and Sustainability News from Sweden - News & announcements• Sweden: The most sustainable destination in the world, again • Dramatic Dalarna: Waterfall Safari in Swedish National Park • Skåne for connoisseurs: 100 crazy insider tips in southern Sweden • Active in Stockholm: "Seven Summits" and jogging tidy-up • Ready for the island(s): news from the Gothenburg Archipelago • Focus on Gothenburg: New hotels, attractions, and restaurants • West Sweden: Focus on sustainability & healthFor the second year in a row, Sweden is number one in the world when it comes to how sustainable the world's travellers perceive destinations and countries. This is according to the global research company Euromonitor, which recently published its latest Sustainability Travel Index during the German travel fair ITB in Berlin. What is highlighted as success factors in the survey is first and foremost the Swedish tourism industry's merit: Sweden's green and eco-chic travel experiences. Other things are Sweden's forests, lakes, Arctic adventures, meal experiences in the form of picking your own of berries, fruit, and mushrooms (foraging ingredients), the Sami culture, oyster safaris, northern lights, and rafting trips (timber rafting).Euromonitor also specifically mentions the Swedish eco-tourism label Nature's Best, which was launched back in 2002 as the first national label of ecotourism in the Northern Hemisphere by the Ecotourism Association, the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation and Visit Sweden, which was then called the Swedish Travel and Tourism Council. The fact that 23 of Sweden's cities are part of the initiative for climate-neutral cities 2030 (viable cities), the Swedish right of public access and Sweden's 30 national parks are further factors that have contributed to Sweden's top ranking. Euromonitor's list of the world's most sustainable countries: 1. Sweden 2. Slovakia 3. Austria 4. Finland 5. Estonia 6. Iceland 7. France 8. Latvia 9. Slovenia 10. Norway Euromonitor International has compared the sustainability of 99 countries in environmental, social and economic sustainability, transport, housing, risks and the demand for sustainable tourism. On its website, where the report is available to order, Euromonitor writes: "Not surprisingly given the European Green Deal, the top 20 leading countries in the Sustainable Travel Index for 2020 are located in Europe, led by Sweden ranked first with its unique, eco-chic tourism offer that spans Arctic adventures to cool city experiences." More about the Viable Cities initiative: https://www.viablecities.se/ More about Nature's Best: https://naturesbestsweden.com/ Dramatic Dalarna: Waterfall Safari in Swedish National ParkThe central Swedish region of Dalarna is well known for its red and white wooden cottages, exuberant midsummer celebrations and lovingly decorated wooden horses, the traditional Dalarna region is considered by many a holiday paradise. What many do not know however is, Dalarna now also offers a waterfall safari for holidaymakers. With a drop height of 93 meters, Njupeskär in the Fulufjället National Park is Sweden's highest waterfall. The mist caused by the water hitting the bottom of the falls provides an ideal habitat for numerous rare moss and lichen species. A 4km circular route around the waterfall starts at Naturum Museum, which provides information about the flora and fauna in the national park. If you find the sight and the sounds of falling water fascinating, you can combine the visit to Njupeskär with two other places into a waterfall safari.About 160 kilometers further southeast, near the popular resorts of Mora and Orsa, the river Ämån flows through several rapids and steep passages: The spectacular "Hell's Fall" (Helvetesfallet), an eroded gorge with 30-meter high, steep rock faces, is followed after a few kilometers by the Storstupet. At this point you should not only look down, but also upwards, so as not to miss the 34-meter-high railway bridge over which inlandsbanan (the legendary slow-train railway connection from Dalarna to Swedish Lapland) runs. A further 55 kilometers drive brings you to Styggforsen waterfall near Boda, which has a drop height of 36 meters. The furrowed cliffs and the shady forest form the perfect setting. Around the waterfall winds a kilometer long circular path over raised wooden boardwalks and stairs. Did you know, Styggforsen was left behind after a meteorite impact that occurred about 377 million years ago where Lake Siljan sits today. The cliffs were created by the layers of limestone, sandstone, and granite. In nearby Siljansnäs, the Naturum Dalarna visitor centre provides information about this exciting history. Skåne for connoisseurs: 100 crazy insider tips in southern SwedenSweden's southernmost region of Skåne is a classic for the summer holidays. You can reach it in no time at all direct from CPH airport via the Öresunds bridge - made famous by the Nordic Noir drama, The Bridge - and you´re very soon on one of the region's many powder white sandy beaches. If you have visited Skåne before, you may be looking for new insider tips for your next trip. Valle Westesson's travel guide of a different kind called "100 Crazy Places in Skåne" (100 balla ställen i Skåne, so far only available in Swedish) provides inspiration. For example, the Grand Circus Hotel in Malmö opens again in May. This colourful accommodation consists of twelve different circus caravans, each forming a private hotel room. In Ängelholm, the "World of the Bible" (Bibelns Värld) promises an instructive excursion: Urban Lennartsson, a priest in the Swedish Church, has been recreating places from the New Testament for several years. The stable in Bethlehem, Jesus' tomb and a model of the city of Jerusalem can already be visited – a suitable tip for Easter, perhaps. Other tips from Skåne connoisseur Valle Westesson are the Café Fritidsbaren in Ystad, the swimming pool in Trelleborg built around 1940, the nostalgic second-hand shop "Flygrakans Diversehandel" between the villages of Klippan and Perstorp, the mini-museum in honour of the coffee pot (Kaffeburksmuseet), the mysterious ruin of Skeingeborg and the unused railway tunnel in Barnakälla, through which today a leisurely walking and cycling path runs. Where will your ´crazy´ journey to Skåne take you?Stockholm is many things: cultural metropolis, green oasis and Mecca for paddlers. Now you can even experience a mountain expedition in the Swedish capital. In 2014, Renata Chlumska became the first Swede to climb the ´Seven Summits´ of the World i.e. the highest mountains of the seven continents, including Mount Everest (Asia) and Elbrus (Europe). The Swedish-Czech extreme mountaineer Renata Chlumska has developed a tour in which you climb the seven summits of Stockholm. "Visitors and residents of Stockholm can now experience this legendary challenge with me as a virtual guide," she says. "Because even though I've completed extreme expeditions on the other side of the globe and set space as my next goal, I know that there are also adventures to be had nearby. You don't have to travel far, not even leave the city, to experience adventure." If you want to try out the concept off the typical tourist routes, download the Storyspot app and search for "Seven Summits" – and off you go. As a user, you can decide for yourself whether you want to climb all seven hills or just one. At the respective destination, the corresponding story is unlocked in the app. On the 53-meter-high Skinnarviksberget, Renata Chlumska reports on her ascent of Kilimanjaro in Africa, while the "white mountain" (Vita berget) on Södermalm serves as antarctic Mount Vinson in miniature. Those who have climbed all seven peaks can pick up a reward at the Downtown Camper Hotel by presenting photographic evidence of their achievement.Downtown Camper Hotel is an urban adventure-themed hotel, which rents out bikes, kayaks and skateboards and is committed to encouraging all sorts of activities in Stockholm. It serves not only as the base camp of the "Seven Summits", but also as the starting point of the Plogga Run initiative: a weekly running meet where the participants bag rubbish on the way. Every Wednesday at 4:00 p.m., hotel guests, employees and locals get into the starting blocks to do something for their health, the city and the environment. Swedish running expert Erik Ahlström came up with the term "plogga" a few years ago, which is composed of the Swedish words for jogging ("jogga") and collecting ("plocka"). Because 85% of waste eventually blows into the sea, collecting rubbish on land is just as important as it is in the water. The movement has already found many followers worldwide. Ready for the island(s): news from the Gothenburg ArchipelagoThe island world off the west Swedish coast experiences its peak in terms of visitor numbers in July every year. However, even in spring, the easily accessible archipelago is worth a visit and complements any city trip to Gothenburg. Ferries run from April to September from Gothenburg to the island of Hönö in the northern part of the archipelago; in spring and autumn, they always run on Sundays, in summer on Tuesdays to Sundays, even several times a day. On the first weekend in April, the lengthening days are greeted with the ´Spring Festival in the Archipelago´ (Vårfest i Skärgården): That's when there's all sorts of good food on Hönö island, when the restaurants in the lively Hönö Klåva harbour area set out tables and chairs and invite you to taste. In addition, around 20 exhibitors come together at a Spring market. The Easter holidays are ideal for a relaxed hike on the Skärgårdsleden (Archipelago Trail): This 27-kilometre-long, newly created path passes the four neighbouring islands of Hälsö, Öckerö, Hönö and Fotö, which are connected by bridges, past cafés, restaurants, and shops. Half the hike runs through the stunning natural environment with its rounded, glaciated rocky coastline, the other half leads through the winding streets of the archipelago’s villages. Skärgårdsleden will be officially inaugurated on May 14th. To celebrate the day, the ´10 Island Trail Run´ is taking place. Participants have two distances to choose from eleven and 35 kilometres. Many locals flock to the archipelago over the Midsummer weekend (24-26 June) to enjoy the longest days of the year away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Hönö Klåva is a good starting point, where authentic pubs and shops provide welcome local delicacies. We recommend you stay at the family-run Skärgårdshotellet, which only reopened last year after extensive renovations. Guests can look forward to cosy maritime-inspired rooms and enjoy regional and seasonal dishes in their adjoining restaurant Skafferiet (“pantry”). Although the Gothenburg archipelago is well visited during the summer, it´s the perfect escape at any time of year.Scandic Göteborg Central opens 14th of June In the middle of Gothenburg, the new Scandic Gothenburg Central opens with a fantastic view over the Göta river and harbour. The hotel with 451 rooms is designed with big windows and Scandinavian colours. The large open roof top terrace at the 14:th floor will be one of the highlights as well as the close distance to the Central Train Station. In the entrance there will be sofas, a bar and a restaurant. More information here. Jimmy’z opens 1 November The 100-meter skyscraper will be a new landmark for Gothenburg city and a (much) larger sister to boutique hotel Pigalle & Bellora also created by Ess Group. It’s a new resort with a focus on experiences for every mood. Various restaurants, a multi theatre and concert hall, a sky bar and a Miami inspired pool club on the 28th floor are just some of the many things that you can enjoy at Jimmy’z that will be one of Sweden’s most spectacular hotels. https://jimmyzhotel.com/Clarion Hotel, The Pier opens in the fall of 2022 The multinational automobile company Geely is building a brand-new hotel by their innovation centre “Uni3 by Geely” at Lindholmen. Nordic Choice Hotels will be the operator of the hotel named “Clarion Hotel The Pier” which will be a new international meeting place in the heart of Lindholmen. With the water as the closest neighbour and a view of the inner city of Gothenburg it will have 254 hotel rooms, two restaurants and bars, conference rooms and a wellness department. More information here (only in Swedish) Unique Escape pop up room at Radisson Blu Scandinavia Open Feb-April 2022 Berengaria is an escape room and confidently holds the position as the escape room in Sweden you don't want to miss. Eager players travel from all over Europe to experience their well-made 1920s setting. This time the game will start in the 1920s style hotel room 225 at Radisson Blu Scandinavia but will then take the players on a journey around the entire hotel. https://www.berengaria.se/radisson Highlights & New Attractions in Gothenburg Göteborg Film Festival 28 January -6 February. The Gothenburg film-festival is the biggest film-festival in Scandinavia and shows films from all over the world, both from cinemas in Gothenburg and online. For 2022 the theme of the festival is “Disorder”. Visitors can sign up to be a part of a mass hypnosis before they get to watch three different films at Stora Teatern in Gothenburg at The Hypnotic Cinema. https://goteborgfilmfestival.se/en/ New attractions at Liseberg - Luna Park In 2022 a whole new area called Luna Park will open with two new family attractions - Turbo and Tempus. This new areawill be like a small retro universe of its own for the whole family. Liseberg plans to open in April as usual and the attractions will be ready until summer. https://www.liseberg.com/luna-park/Re-opening: Gothenburg’s Maritime Museum and Aquarium – late 2022 Gothenburg’s Maritime Museum and Aquarium has since 1933 explored the relationship between the ocean and humans through exhibitions and its aquarium. During the past 3 years the museum has gone through an extensive renovation and in the end of 2022, it finally opens again with around 15 aquariums in the aquarium hall. A few will be cast in situ, including the largest, a 400,000 litre aquarium showing a living coral reef. There will also be a brand-new Ocean Lab for learning as well as a new restaurant, summer terrace and museum store. https://www.sjofartsmuseetakvariet.se/en/ (a selection of) New restaurants and bars in Gothenburg Bulot – opens in May 2022 Bulot will open in central Gothenburg in May 2022. Bulot will be a casual fine dining restaurant run by international Michelin chef Gabriel Melim Andersson and Emil Bjelke. Sustainability is a core value and until the restaurant opens at Norra Hamngatan you can visit the very popular pop-up version ‘Bar Bulot’ in the Gothenburg market hall. https://www.storasaluhallen.se/handlare/bar-bulot/ https://bulot.se/ Angeli - opens in spring 2022 The small, but acclaimed, natural wine bar Bar La Lune opened in 2018. Now it will soon have a long-awaited big sister in the form of Angeli in the room next door. Angeli will accommodate 24-28 guests. The floor is clad in Spanish brick and the heart of the room will be the bar with tiles from Etna. Behind the bar there will be two large wine coolers tower up, with room for 800-900 bottles. https://www.instagram.com/barlalune/?hl=sv Ivans Pilsnerbar on Ringön opens in the spring of 2022 The most colourful beer bar in Gothenburg opens in the beginning of 2022 at the rough but hip area of Ringön. The bar will be an adventure in visual art, electronic dance music, quality beer and will have a kitchen filled with vegetables and pasta dishes with locally produced ingredients. https://www.instagram.com/ivanspilsnerbar/ Poppels moves into the inner city One of Sweden's most popular and known breweries Poppels will move into the city in the brand-new building named Platinan where hotel Scandic Göteborg Central also will be located. The new venue will have a city brewery and a restaurant. https://www.poppels.se/ WEST SWEDEN… FOCUS on SUSTAINABILITY & HEALTH: The West Sweden Tourist Board’s initiative, Stepping up Sustainability, continues to grow and there are now around 400 businesses on board, working alongside us to develop a more sustainable tourism. One of the most recent to join is Nordic Refuge, a new B&B in Dalsland that you can read more about further down the newsletter. One of the winners of the Stepping up Sustainability awards 2021, Lassalyckan, is just over an hour from Gothenburg and provides training facilities twelve months of the year, with cross-country skiing, mountain biking, running and walking trails, gym, padel, pump track, wake-board and golf. Their long term and visionary work has created the conditions for them to operate sustainably all year round. Cycle with a local in Ulricehamn – Meet the Locals At Lassalyckan and the countryside around Ulricehamn you can go mountain biking with Patrik. Patrik is one of our Locals who enjoy sharing their part of West Sweden with visitors. Meet the Locals is a great way to get an authentic feel of everyday life in West Sweden. Some of the activities offered include having a fika with Sara in her garden near Läckö Castle, going for a walk along the Göta Canal with Alf, or exploring Peter’s Gothenburg.New hiking trail - The Biosphere Trail The Biosphere Trail is a new long-distance path stretching 138 km from Mariestad via Kinnekulle to Läckö Castle in Västergötland. The trail explores one of the Biosphere Reserves chosen by UNESCO to create a long-term sustainable relationship between people and their local environment.New hiking trail - The Kroppefjäll Trail The Kroppefjäll Trail is 32 km long and traverses West Sweden’s largest wilderness area in Dalsland. This brand new trail will be opened in June 2022 with more stages, shelters, boardwalks and waymarks.New close to nature accommodation in Dalsland West Sweden is becoming a more popular destination for walkers all the time. Ragnerud is one of the many businesses in Dalsland investing in hiking tourism and their new name – Ragnerud Hiking Destination – reflects this. The accommodation is close to Kroppefjäll, one of West Sweden’s largest wilderness areas, with quality assured hiking trails. Ragnerud offer a range of attractive hiking packages with accommodation, food and activities included. Maps are provided and guests can rent clothing and equipment. They also offer a wide range of other activities such as paddling (SUP, kayak, canoe), fishing and sauna with cold plunge. Ragnerud’s restaurant is now open all year round and serves gourmet food made with organic and locally produced ingredients.Enjoy classic Scandi design with cycling and hiking on the doorstep Nordic Refuge has opened a Bed & Breakfast in a renovated former schoolhouse in Dalsland. A new take on sustainability is rooms furnished with vintage Scandinavian design classics. 90% of the furniture is second hand and any new furniture (mostly beds) has been made in Sweden. Nordic Refuge serves vegetarian and organic breakfasts and most ingredients are sourced locally. When you want to get active the new Unionsleden Cycle Route is just around the corner and the Pilgrim Hiking Trail a short distance away.
16 May 22Partner News
Visitors Experience ´The Taste of Swedish Summer´ Year-Round With New Food Preservation InitiativeTo highlight its gastronomic heritage and sustainable food culture – and inspire tourists to ...Read moreVisitors Experience ´The Taste of Swedish Summer´ Year-Round With New Food Preservation Initiative - News & announcementsTo highlight its gastronomic heritage and sustainable food culture – and inspire tourists to come to Sweden - Sweden has worked together with two leading food experts to preserve ‘The Taste of Swedish Summer’. Swedish food chemist and forager Lena Engelmark Embertsén and innovative star chef Elvira Lindqvist have used both traditional and modern ways to preserve flavours that reflect the current zeitgeist, in which sustainability is playing an increasingly important role.In a normal year, tourists visiting Sweden during the summer months are able to get a taste of its gastronomic treats but due to the pandemic, many visitors have missed out on the Swedish summer delicacies. In June and July, Swedish nature is bursting with flavours that are characteristic of the Swedish summer season. The long days give berries, flowers and plants precisely what they need to develop their distinct taste that is enhanced further through preservation. ”In Sweden, we have always preserved food. In times past it was necessary to survive the winter. Today we can use these techniques in completely new and surprising ways. One way is to preserve the Swedish summer so that more people can get a taste of our unique summer flavours and see how they can be used.”, says Lena Engelmark Embertsén. Together Lena Engelmark Embertsén and Elvira Lindqvist have created 22 Swedish summer flavours and combinations, some of which can be experienced at Elvira Lindqvist's newly opened Restaurant Oxenstiernan in Stockholm or bought at Lena Engelmark Embertsén’s farm, Högtorp gård in Mellösa. The 22 flavours are also presented on Visit Sweden’s website, where you can learn where the ingredients come from, what they can be combined with and with the recipes provided, find out how to create the flavours for yourself. “Pickled cloudberries are delicious with venison and moose or barbecued turnip, fermented spruce buds work really well with chicken or cheese and dried nettles are packed with vitamins and can be used as a powder to season smoothies or sprinkled over a salad,” says Elvira Lindqvist. Elvira Lindqvist and Lena Engelmark Embertsén are not the only ones who have discovered the benefits of working with preservation to experiment with new tastes and textures and to reduce food waste and maximise the use of local ingredients. More and more restaurants, shops, and food halls in Sweden – from the family-run Skoogs Eatery and Deli in Funäsdalen in northern Sweden, to the modern food hall Malmö Saluhall in the south – are using these methods.Dr. Mat – meaning ‘Dr. Food’ – offers delicious food that is also beneficial to your health and wellbeing. You’ll not only enjoy a selection of delicious dishes with the possibility of buying some unique products to take home, you can also participate in several interesting workshops and lectures about food and health. Visit the downstairs ‘food lab’ where Dr. Mat’s team create drinks and health shots. This is where they also ferment vegetables, producing a healthy bacteria culture that can boost the immune system. Duo Umeå; visitumea.se/en/dua (Northern Sweden) A gourmet delicatessen with a focus on quality, inspiring tastes and customer service; you’ll find cheeses and other handcrafted foods, with everything from smoked, air-dried produce to locally-crafted, bean-to-bar chocolates with a taste of Norrland, as well coffee from the local Coastas Roastery. Explore the changing seasons’ unique flavours through different kinds of vinegar, fermented beverages and in Duo Umeå’s own jams. Flammans skafferi, Storlien; flamman.nu (Central Sweden) Visit Flammans Skafferi for glorious food that exudes a love for nature and sustainable agriculture, as well as for artisan foods and growers. The team at Flammans harvest, smoke, air-dry and preserve a selection of raw produce, exquisitely imbued with flavours from the Jämtland mountains, forests and lakes. Högtorp gård close to Stockholm; spruceofsweden.com (Central Sweden) People have lived and worked at Högtorp gård since the 17th century. Today, the farm is run by Lena Engelmark Embertsén, a food chemist and explorer of tastes. With great respect for nature, Lena is constantly on the lookout for new, innovative flavours which she then refines through various food preserving techniques. Visit Högtorp gård’s shop to buy many of Lena’s original and award-winning food products. KOKA, Göteborg; restaurangkoka.se/en/restaurant-koka (Southern Sweden) At Koka, sustainable gastronomy is a passion. It’s where you’ll enjoy the finest food but still keep a clear conscience, as most of the dishes are plant-based, with organic ingredients that are locally sourced as much as possible. Even the wine list is carefully selected, featuring small-scale wine producers that use organic or biodynamic methods. Koka’s light, original fare has garnered them a Michelin star in 2020, and a high ranking in the 360 Eat Guide, which ranks Nordic countries’ restaurants according to sustainability criteria.A food market hall for everyone and every taste. This is where you’ll find it all – from local produce, freshly caught fish, cured delicacies and inspiring street food stands, to freshly baked cardamon buns, chocolate pralines and handcrafted ice cream. Even if you’re not feeling particularly hungry, the Malmö food hall is most definitely worth a visit. Not least for the building, a former warehouse from the 1800s, which has been lovingly restored and redeveloped by one of Sweden’s foremost architects, Gert Wingårdh. Paul Taylor, Sundbyberg (a suburb of Stockholm), paultaylorlanthandel.se (Central Sweden) A restaurant and farm shop run by two of Sweden’s most famous chefs, Paul Svensson and Tareq Taylor. Sustainability is the common thread throughout – from the seasonal and organic, locally grown produce to the restaurant’s innovative furnishings, made from recycled sea plastic and plant waste. A circular and zero-waste approach is also reflected in the duo’s passion for pickled and preserved produce. Every aspect of the dining experience is considered and thoughtful while still being fun and utterly delicious. Restaurang Oxenstiernan in Stockholm,oxenstiernan.se (Central Sweden) Restaurant Oxenstiernan is run by star chef Elvira Lindqvist and silversmith Sebastian Schildt. This is where you’ll enjoy innovative, Swedish cuisine on a beautiful old farm that dates back to the 18th century. The restaurant has a strong focus on sustainable cuisine, with locally sourced food and beverages, and is also a natural draw for those interested in Swedish design and quality craftsmanship. Rutabaga, Stockholm, mdghs.se/en/rutabaga/Mathias (Central Sweden) Modern fine dining with a plant-based twist! Rutabaga combines Swedish, lacto-ovo-vegetarian produce with influences from all over the world and uses curing methods throughout the year to enhance and offer unique taste experiences. Located in Stockholm’s historic Grand Hotel, Rutabaga has been awarded the Pioneer of the Year Award by the prestigious White Guide. It’s run by restaurateur Mattias Dahlgren, who has, among other accolades, been named Taste Maker of the Year at Sweden’s national Restaurants Awards event. Sav, Östersund, savhuset.se/en_us (Central Sweden) A unique, Swedish winery and drinks producer who creates handcrafted beverages with birch sap, harvested from the Storsjön area in Jämtland, northern Sweden. SAV’s name means birch sap in Swedish, and its first wine, Sav Sparkling, is based upon a recipe from 1785. Today, their sparkling wine has been joined by several other artisan beverages, both with and without alcohol. SAV offers guided tours and tastings. Skoogs krog, deli och bistro, Funäsdalenskoogskrog.se/krog (Central Sweden) A family-owned business in the Funäsfjällen mountains, with a restaurant, bistro and delicatessen, as well as lodgings. Skoogs work closely with local producers to source everything from raw ingredients to the restaurant’s crockery, with much of the raw produce coming from Skoogs’ own farms in Funäsdalen. Swedish Wine Center Vinbar; Malmö; swedishwinecenter.se (Southern Sweden) As the name suggests, the Swedish Wine Center has its main focus on wine, not least on locally produced Swedish wines, mainly from Skåne. Here, you can enjoy a selection of world-class wines, take part in a wine tasting of select Swedish wines and also enjoy some good, homemade food at the same time. Choose from a selection of larger dishes or smaller bites, all prepared with locally sourced and freshly produced ingredients.
02 Mar 22Partner News
Untamed and Changing Skylines – Visit SwedenExperience the scenic beauty of Sweden off the beaten path and view new horizons ...Read moreUntamed and Changing Skylines – Visit Sweden - News & announcementsExperience the scenic beauty of Sweden off the beaten path and view new horizons and changing skylines in the latest news from Visit Sweden as we explore the places and people across the Country from different perspectives.
The "High Coast" and "Bergman Island" tackle pressing global challengesOn the annual list of 52 Places to Visit around the World, New York Times beckons us off the beaten path on every continent. The 2022 edition is marked by profound global change – and not necessarily for the better. Rather than simply focusing on scenic beauty, editors highlight destinations that tackle pressing global challenges such as climate change and over-tourism. One Swedish region, Höga Kusten - The High Coast - has made the selection. NYT editor Ingrid K. Williams writes: "Swedes have long sought solitude in the untamed northern region known as Höga Kusten, or the High Coast, for its dramatic cliffs and pristine archipelago. With more than 100 nature preserves, a national park and hundreds of miles of trails, this wilderness refuge is a draw for hikers, cross-country skiers and mountaineers seeking the path less trodden, breath-taking vistas and uncrowded campsites. A dedication to sustainable tourism, including a pledge to make the area fully carbon-neutral by 2030, promises to protect the future of the coast, its beautiful lakes and its old-growth forests. Last summer, new electric buses began ferrying hikers from nearby towns to the park’s entrance. To inspire hikers to appreciate the surrounding nature, the ArkNat architecture project has built several sculptural huts along the trails." Further to the south, the island of Fårö in the Baltic Sea also gets a mention. More specifically the drama "Bergman Island" made it to the paper's Best Movies of 2021 list. The film is set on the island where the famed Swedish director Ingmar Bergman (1918-2007) lived and worked for many years. The film follows a filmmaker couple (played by Vicky Krieps and Tim Roth) who come to Fårö just north of the island of Gotland, itself off mainland Sweden's southeastern coast, in search of inspiration as they write their own screenplays. Against the backdrop of the rocky landscape, truth and fiction begin to blur. The feature film, written and shot by French director Mia Hansen-Løve, evokes the raw beauty of Fårö and reminds us that we too can come here to walk in the great director's footsteps and of course write one's own stories. Here are just some of the places to consider when planning your visit: High Coast: Ulvö Hotell http://www.ulvohotell.se/en/ Hotell Höga Kusten www.hotellhoga-kusten.se/en Hotell Hallstaberget www.hallstaberget.se/ Suggestions for accommodation that is a little different: Friluftsbyn www.friluftsbyn.se Lotsstugan www.lotsstugan.com/en/ Högbonden Lighthouse www.hogbondenfyr.se/eng/ Fårö: Fårögården SEK 1250 per night in a double room B&B for 2 people including cleaning Sudersand resort SEK 1650 per night, min 2-night stay in a cottage for 4 people (suitable for families). Meal, bed linen, and cleaning are available at an extra cost. Gåsemora SEK 1300 per night in a 3-bed apartment. Meal, bed linen, and cleaning are available at an extra cost. A variety of accommodation types are available here including staying in a mill, a house dating back to the 1700s or a cottage on the beach etc. Gotland: Strandakar SEK 1895 per night B&B. A hotel situated on southeast Gotland, beautifully located by the beach in Herta. Three Pheasants The accommodation with the best rating according to Tripadvisor. From SEK 1400 B&B in a double room. Villa Alma SEK 1880 per night B&B. A hotel in a stunning location by Almedalen. The new oweners have renovated the hotel to something quite special with the standards and service expected by their international guests.Take Off under the Northern Lights: Hot air ballooning in Swedish Lapland The Outpost, a lodge in the tiny village of Mårdsel in Swedish Lapland is offering hot air balloon rides over the surrounding arctic winter wonderland starting in February. Guests are invited to take part in preparations and take-off. Below the gondola, the pristine icy landscape of the Råne river valley and its snow-covered forests glitter. Upon landing, passengers and crew raise a champagne toast before heading in for a warm lunch.Evening tours are also in the works and promise pure magic: Far away from the light pollution of the big cities the starry sky unfolds, the Milky Way emerges and, with a little luck, you will see northern lights dancing across the pitch-black firmament. The Outpost Lodge is located in a seven-person village north of Luleå, not far from the Arctic Circle. It offers authentic, comfortable, family-run accommodations with a flair, amid gorgeous natural surroundings. The house menu serves up local delicacies and the hosts personally accompany their visitors on unforgettable adventures. The associated Aurora Safari camp is an hour's drive further south: The world's first glamping facility adapted to arctic conditions. Here guests can live in heated tents – or "lavvu" as the Sami call them. On the frozen Råne River, there is a "floating" sauna where guests who are so inclined can jump into a precut hole in the ice to cool off. Snowshoes, fat bikes, skis and kick sleds are all available for further outdoor adventures. February and March are an ideal time to visit Lapland as the longer days offer enough light for excursions, while the nights are still dark and long enough to see northern lights. Classic local activities such as snowmobile tours, dog sled rides and ski trips make any stay in Swedish Lapland unforgettable. A 3-day package staying at Aurora Safari Camp and The Outpost Lodge, including balloon flight (only in March 2023) costs from 24,000 SEK per person.A Home on the Horizon – The "Pater Noster" lighthouse wins award for best hotel concept The AHEAD Awards for Hospitality, Experience and Design are some of the most coveted in the international hotel and hospitality industry. In November 2021, the exceptional west coast hostel Pater Noster – A home on the horizon, won the AHEAD award for best hotel concept in Europe, thereby qualifying for the global prize in the same category.In January the 80-person jury selected the remote lighthouse accommodations, tastefully redesigned by Swedish design agency Stylt Trampoli, as the winner of the AHEAD Global New Concept Award. This prize rewards the world's best overall concept that combines architecture, design and experience. "The fact that a small lighthouse keeper's cabin on the Swedish west coast can attract billions of dollars in investments and win the title of world's best hotel concept tells you a lot about what type of experience people consider luxurious these days," says Erik Nissen Johansen, founder and creative director of Stylt. "The island sets the tone. Catch your own dinner and learn about the dramatic history of the place. The location heightens the senses and serves up some truly unique experiences." Since it opened in the summer of 2020, the Pater Noster hostel on the island of Hamneskär has garnered attention worldwide. The hosts emphasize the history of the place, the work and life of the lighthouse keepers that once inhabited it, rather than the boutique amenities. "Pater Noster has brought the Swedish west coast onto the radar internationally," says Fredrik Lindén, managing director of the West Sweden Tourist Board. "The lodge is a world-class destination that distils so much of what makes this region special in one place." Travelling to the rocky island is an adventure in itself. The boat glides past the island of Marstrand and the 17th-century stone fortress of Carlsten, built on the orders of King Carl X to protect the newly acquired province of Bohuslän. Feeling the waves gives you a sense of why the lighthouse was named "Pater Noster," the Latin name for the Lord's Prayer which countless sailors have surely recited for help and protection as they navigated these waters. Built in 1868 this "king among lighthouses" aided them in navigating the dreaded straits on the border of Skagerrak and Kattegat for over a century. The lighthouse was retired in 1977 after which it lay abandoned for decades. Thanks to the enthusiasts who restored the buildings, it is once again possible to live on Hamneskär. If you enjoy the ocean, are looking to get away from it all and want an unforgettable experience, you can't go wrong here. Prices from 6 500 SEK person in a double room with full board and welcome drink, guided tour around the island, lighthouse visits, bathing in saltwater barrels, sauna bath, bathrobe, towel & slippers. The lighthouse keeper's homemade breakfast, hot lunch, seafood dinner with good accessories, coffee & dessert are served. Rainwear and fishing clothes from Grundén can be borrowed on the island. Rent your own island, contact Pater Noster for details. Transport to the island: Pater Noster offer helicopter service and RIB transfer which are booked separately.Sustainable Comfort: Take the "snow train" through Sweden's winter wonderland Sweden's Inlandsbanan or the inland railway has a cult following in Sweden: its route cuts through 800 miles of the Swedish interior from Kristinehamn on lake Vänern in southern Sweden to Gällivare in Lapland. The trip is not just a summer experience; some sections are in service even during the colder months. Dubbed "Snötåget," or the snow train, the winter route between Mora and Östersund will be served daily until April 24 (five hours each way). Halfway, travellers can catch a bus to several popular ski resorts in the region of Vemdalen: Vemdalsskalet, Björnrike, Klövsjö and Storhogna. In addition, the departure and arrival times in Mora coordinate with night trains to Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö. This makes the snow train not just an environmentally friendly travel option, but also one that is safe and comfortable through the Nordic winter. A single journey between Mora and Östersund costs 311 SEK for an adult.Of course, Inlandsbanan is not the only train to the Swedish mountains. The extremely popular ski resort of Åre and the neighbouring town of Duved have long been served by the Swedish National Railway SJ, whose winter timetable is valid until March 20th. Mats Almgren, director of commercial traffic at SJ says that sales have seen a real increase again after a dip during the pandemic. "We hope that sales for the ski season will reinforce this trend and get more people to choose the train for their winter travel." SkiStar, a company that operates seven ski resorts in Sweden, Norway and Austria, welcomes this low-emission travel opportunity. By 2030 they aim to halve the carbon footprint left by guests and employees travelling to and from their hotels. Swedes enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle year-round, "One of SkiStar's core values is to facilitate this," says sustainability manager Fanny Sjödin "With our sustainability strategy, we want to help our guests to continue to enjoy the wonderful mountains in the future."On Ancient Trails: Cross country ski race Vasaloppet celebrates 100 years They say history is written by the victors, but when it comes to Vasaloppet perhaps it would be more apt to say it is written by the stragglers. Over the years a total of 1,700,000 athletes have pushed their limits between Sälen and Mora, along the route that the soon-to-be Swedish king Gustav Ericsson Vasa skied as he fled the troops of Danish king Christian II in the winter of 1521, leading to a series of events that would make Sweden an independent nation. This year marks the centennial of this cross country ski event in its modern form. The first race took place in 1922 when Anders Pers, the editor-in-chief of a local paper had the idea of celebrating the 400th anniversary of Sweden's secession from the Kalmar Union with a national skiing competition, following the king's route between Mora and Sälen.Pers had an ulterior motive: He felt that the comforts of modern life had made Swedes too sedentary. He considered this a great peril that must be fought in the name of public health. Be that as it may, the Vasaloppet has since evolved from a purely competitive race into an event that attracts elite skiers, sports clubs and amateur athletes alike. As is the custom, this year's anniversary race will take place over several days: Between February 25 and March 6 skiers can choose from a dozen different distances and formats, including relay races, shortened versions and the 90-kilometre classic on the last day. Millions of viewers and amateur athletes tune in via television and some may be inspired to try it themselves one day. In addition to the ski races, there are also events for cyclists and runners along the same route once the snow has melted: The Cykelvasan [Bike Vasa] and the Ultravasan, the latter an event for ultramarathon runners, which can be combined with a summer vacation in Dalarna. The region is often regarded as quintessentially Swedish in terms of folklore and tradition with its red houses, hand-carved wooden horses and unspoiled nature with the perfect mix of wilderness and accessibility. When Northern Europe's biggest mountain bike race Cykelvasan is held in 2022, it will be during Vasaloppet's 100th anniversary year. Cykelvasan, a race that saw the light of day in 2009, welcomes cyclists from all over the world to the 90 km historic Vasaloppet Arena, located in the county of Dalarna in central Sweden. "Biking Dalarna" is Sweden's largest mountain biking paradise. Registration for Vasaloppet's Summer Week 2022 opens on September 26, 2021 at Vasaloppet's website www.vasaloppet.se/en https://www.visitdalarna.se/enNEW 100-metre skyscraper hotel to become Gothenburg skyline landmark – Jimmy´z Jimmy´z is set to open on 1st November 2022 and will be the (much) larger sister to boutique hotel Pigalle & Bellora, also created by Ess Group. It’s a new world-class resort with a focus on experiences for every mood. Various restaurants, a multi theatre and concert hall, a sky bar and a Miami inspired pool club on the 28th floor are just some of the many things that you can enjoy at Jimmy’z, which will be one of Sweden’s most spectacular hotels. Did someone mention the speakeasy bar that no one else knows where it is located… or? https://jimmyzhotel.com/Way Out West Music Festival 11–13 August Since 2007, WOW music festival in Gothenburg´s Slottsskogen central city park has been known to be Sweden’s most sustainable and will now be the world’s first climate transparent music festival. The program consists of a mix of the biggest world stars, the most interesting newcomers, movie premiers, challenging conversations, good vegetarian food and much more. This year's headline consists of Swedish artists First Aid Kit along with Dave, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Burna Boy among many others. https://www.wayoutwest.se/wow/sustainability/NEW Gothenburg Restaurant: Bulot – opens in May 2022 While at Way Out West take a moment to savor one of the many incredible restaurants the city has to offer. Bulot, will open in central Gothenburg in May 2022 and will be a casual fine dining restaurant run by international Michelin chefs Gabriel Melim Andersson and Emil Bjelke. As with the music festival, sustainability is a core value here too and until the restaurant opens at Norra Hamngatan in May, you can visit the very popular pop-up version ‘Bar Bulot’ in Gothenburg market hall. https://www.storasaluhallen.se/handlare/bar-bulot/ bulot.se/
23 Aug 21Partner News
Table For All, the Remote Restaurant Where You’re the Chef – Visit SwedenThe couple behind last year’s success “Table for One” – a restaurant with one ...Read moreTable For All, the Remote Restaurant Where You’re the Chef – Visit Sweden - News & announcementsThe couple behind last year’s success “Table for One” – a restaurant with one table, one chair and no waiters in a remote meadow in Sweden, is now opening their second restaurant: “Table for All.” This time in the middle of the woods, and with a brand-new chef de cuisine: you! Much like Visit Sweden’s Edible Country initiative, Table for All builds on Swedes’ constitutional right to walk, ride, ski, camp, and forage in the wild, even on private property: the Freedom to Roam. During the pandemic, the whole world has turned to the outdoors for comfort and many of us have rediscovered everything nature has to offer. The founders, Linda Karlsson and Rasmus Persson want to invite guests to create a restaurant experience together with them, in harmony with nature and in close interaction with the wild. At certain given times, the creators of Table for All will curate the restaurant and offer a three-course meal for exclusive sittings at this hidden spot. The seats are then bookable from the site bordforen.com. The menu may sound exotic for someone outside of Sweden: spruce tip ice cream, smoked elk roast and rhubarb galette, but they’re ingredients that can be found at this particular spot. When Linda and Rasmus are not present, the kitchen offers all the fundamentals you need to start your own restaurant for the night. Just bring matches and food! And the best part? Just like nature itself, the restaurant always stays open! Images: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1NYEaP7DJOhc5rQbgNa3FxRHfXQ7xgfmb MENU: Wood-fired brick oven levain Fenugreek cheese from Lakene Ostgård * Tarte flambée with munster cheese, smoked elk roast and horseradish soured cream * Brick-oven baked elderflower and rhubarb galette * Spruce tip ice cream * Roasted pistachio kernels Table for One Last year, to much media acclaim, Swedish couple Rasmus Persson and Linda Karlsson launched Table For One, a Covid-safe one-person restaurant with a three-course menu delivered in a basket from the restaurant’s kitchen window. About Linda and Rasmus, the Founders Rasmus started out working under the legendary fine dining chef Leif Mannerström, getting to know all the tricks of the trade when it comes to traditional Swedish cuisine. But the service with 300+ seats was too hectic so he switched to working with kids instead. He spent three years cooking for (and alongside) thirteen wonderful kids at a communal kindergarten before trying his luck in the restaurants of Barcelona. There he fell in love with the Spanish way of cooking: spontaneous, with great bravado and always a pounding heart. This was all blended into the kitchen of Bord för en: a deeply rooted Swedish foundation, with a splash of Spanish confidence and a whole lot of childish creativity. Linda landed her first job as waitress when she was 15 years old. No former experience was needed. She only needed to know French since it was a French creperie. She answered “oui” on all questions she got at the interview and even if this was the only word she knew, she got the job. She ended up working for this joint for two years. She also worked as a server in Gothenburg, Sweden and Geilo, Norway. Background on Location Ransäter is a rural small town of Sweden that used to be heavily dependent on a local steel factory. When the factory relocated the majority of production abroad – the town was faced with massive unemployment and a rapidly decreasing population. Those who stayed, however, coped the way that people from this part of Sweden always has – with good humor, stubbornness, and creativity. In recent years, Ransäter has become a hot spot for creatives of all ages. The attractive combination of affordable housing and a breathtaking nature crowned by the wild winding river Klarälven might be the reason why suddenly the small town is packed with comedians, actors, artists, and yoga instructors. For questions about Värmland, please email Jenny Nohrén at Visit Värmland: [email protected] For more photos from Värmland: https://imagebank.sweden.se/search?q=v%C3%A4rmland and http://www.mynewsdesk.com/se/visitvarmland/images/tag/vaermland Press contact: Melinda Martino, Senior PR Manager, Visit Sweden, [email protected], 917-340-9330
12 Jul 21NEWS
Finnair launching Thailand flights from SwedenFinnair is launching long haul direct flights from Sweden for the first time to destinations ...Read moreFinnair launching Thailand flights from Sweden - News & announcementsFinnair is launching long haul direct flights from Sweden for the first time to destinations in the Far East and the US. The Finnish flag carrier will now operate non-stop long-haul services from Stockholm's Arlanda Airport to Bangkok and Phuket in Thailand, and Miami in the US for the winter season 2021/2022. All three routes will be operated by the airline's Airbus A350 aircraft. Ole Orvér, Finnair Chief Commercial Officer, said: "We are excited to meet the travel needs of our Swedish customers with a non-stop service from Arlanda to Thailand and Miami, which are among the top winter holiday destinations for Swedes." Finnair's five-times a week flights to Bangkok in Thailand will launch on 22 October, with flights departing on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. From 28 November, a weekly service will operate during the peak winter sun holiday season up until 22 April, 2022. A day later on 23 October, a twice-weekly service to Miami will launch, with flights departing Stockholm each Wednesday and Saturday. Two additional flights will operate on Mondays and Fridays from 29 November until 22 April. On 24 October, Phuket service takes to the sky with flights departing from Stockholm every Sunday, with more frequencies added on Thursdays from 4 November and from Tuesdays as of 30 November. Finnair already flies to Bangkok, Phuket and Miami from its home base at Helsinki in Finland.
23 Mar 21NEWS
Sweden to charge airport fees based on aircraft climate impactSweden plans to crack down on airlines which use high polluting aircraft by charging higher ...Read moreSweden to charge airport fees based on aircraft climate impact - News & announcementsSweden plans to crack down on airlines which use high polluting aircraft by charging higher takeoff and landing fees. With effect from July, Arlanda airport in Stockholm and Gothenburg's Landvetter Airport will base fees on how fuel efficient the aircraft are, such as if they use biofuels. "This means that takeoff and landing fees can be more significant when a plane's climate impact is higher and they can be reduced when the climate impact is lower," said the Ministry of Infrastructure said. The Ministry says it is the first scheme of its kind in Europe. Read full story