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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

May’s Sunvil Supper Club: Swedish Meatballs

When Charles XII of Sweden was in exile in Istanbul in the early 18th century, it is claimed that he took the recipe back to Sweden. Köttbullar as they are known are not only popular in Sweden but throughout the world, each destination differing. Traditionally served with

5 things to do on a summer holiday in northern Sweden

The winter delights of northern Sweden are well known to many: the chance to sleep in the IceHotel, snowmobile or dog sled adventures, and perhaps the best place in the world to get a glimpse of the magical Northern Lights. But the region has plenty to offer

When is a moose not a moose?

Wildlife-watching tours are a great way to add value and interest to a short break away. Matthew Teller hunts down some giants of the Swedish forest. About two and a half hours’ drive out of Stockholm, hidden away down a long country road that rolls northwards through

Malmöfestivalen – a party where everyone is invited

“I am Malmöfestivalen – a warm, friendly and sustainable festival and I have taken the city of Malmö for a wild dance one week every year since 1985″ So says the website of Malmo’s annual mega-party, which has been welcoming visitors and locals alike for almost 30