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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

On the Wallander trail in Skane

Those with an appetite for cerebral detective drama will no doubt have become familiar in recent years with Kenneth Brannagh’s Wallander. Playing the part of the Swedish detective who gets far too emotionally involved in the suffering of crime victims for his own good, Brannagh and the

How a good book can influence your travel plans

Have you ever chosen a holiday purely as a result of reading a good book? Most novels have a single location in which most of the action is set and when we get absorbed into a compelling story we build up a picture in our minds of

Swedish Delicacies

I can safely say that in my five years of travelling to Sweden, and around Europe’s third largest country, I have never had a bad meal. The combination of fresh, local, seasonal and often ecologically sourced products, with gentle flavours and picture-perfect presentation has always left me