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Utö – a Swedish island escape

The island of Utö is barely 50 km from the bustling centre of Stockholm, yet for those who escape to its tranquil shores, it feels as though it’s a world away. The 10 km-long narrow island has for many decades been a popular retreat for Stockholm residents,

Gotland – Sweden’s Holiday Island

The island of Gotland lies in the Baltic Sea and offers a relatively untouched island escape with plenty of natural and historic attractions. Sweden’s largest island and thought by some to be the original home of the Goths, Gotland is fairly central in the Baltic Sea, being

10 Fabulous Photos of the Northern Lights

A magical night under the Arctic skies experiencing a multi-coloured display of the Northern Lights is high on many people’s bucket lists. For those fortunate enough to have seen them, the hype is more than justified. Norway and Sweden are two of the most popular destinations for

Winter adventures in northern Sweden

As if the prospect of seeing the magical Northern Lights aren’t reason enough to make plans to head to northern Sweden in the winter, there are plenty of activities on offer for visitors beyond staring in the sky in search of bright colours. The winter landscape of

Falsterbo: the Swedish Riviera

By Maxine Sheppard If you’ve seen the Scandi-noir TV crime series The Bridge you’ll be familiar with the remarkable feat of engineering that links Sweden and Denmark across the Öresund strait. Like me, you might have been chilled to the core by some of the gruelling scenes

7 Facts about the Northern Lights

1. What are the Northern Lights? “High energy protons and electrons spill over into our atmosphere; they get through our magnetic shield where it’s weak, at the poles.” “I don’t care what causes it… it’s still beautiful.” Fans of the 1980s film Local Hero might recognise the

Sweden: Scandal and sculpture on Skåne’s west coast

By Maxine Sheppard Queuing up to buy a plate of freshly fried herring, I noticed a small crowd of people alongside Mölle’s harbour wall, pointing smartphones at the water as it slopped back and forth. What was lurking? Lunch in hand, I wandered into the throng and

Out of this World – The Tree Hotel in Sweden

Extreme sleeping is becoming something of a theme in northern Sweden. While the Ice Hotel has been offering a warm welcome to visitors for over 20 years, a newer option in unusual luxury accommodation is the Tree Hotel. With six unique rooms (and a treetop sauna for

Discovering Gothenburg and a case of poor maths

Gothenburg is a compact city and you can get around on foot, but if you have a city pass you can make the most of it by travelling by public transport. Or you can hire a bike and see the city from different perspective – why not

Island hopping on Sweden’s west coast

If you’re only on the west coast of Sweden for a short break, it can be tempting to spend most of your time in Gothenburg, checking out museums, going shopping and tucking into fresh prawns and crayfish. Take time to explore offshore, however, and you’ll discover a