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Scan Magazine  |  Special Theme  |  Top Summer Experiences in Sweden

New romantics

By Liz Longden  |  Photos: Tommy Durath

It is over 100 years since visionary Rudolf Abelin founded Norrviken, realising his dream of creating a living garden museum. This summer, the historic house and gardens will be transformed by a series of romantic exhibitions and installations. With its seven elegant gardens, each reflecting a different style or historic period, and set in the grounds of Abelin’s stately home, Norrviken has long been a popular destination for a day out. This summer, its elegance is set to be shown off at its very best with the introduction of a programme of exhibitions, events and botanical installations to intrigue and inspire, all tied together by the theme of ‘Romance’. Norrviken’s gardens offer a sensory treat for hopeless romantics.

Highlights include an exhibition of sketches by renowned designer Hannah Wendelbo, top-class photography exhibitions by Terry O’Neill and Anna Lauridsen, artistic flower displays and guided tours of the gardens – including one on the theme of ‘the Wild Pantry’, where visitors can learn how to forage for wild plants. Food lovers will also find inspiration with the inauguration of a substantial market garden, complete with large, Victorian-style greenhouse. For Camilla Berthilsson, Norrviken’s CEO, the introduction of an annual theme is a means of celebrating the gardens’ beauty, while also offering something new. “Our aim has been to build on Rudolf Abelin’s work and vision to create the world in a garden. And working with a theme gives us a way to generate some curiosity and give our visitors a reason to come back year after year.”

Get on board the floating museum

Rudolf Abelin’s stately home sits elegantly at the heart of Norrviken.

For details of Norrviken’s summer programme, visit

By Malin Norman  |  Photos: Maritiman

At Maritiman, visitors can learn about life at sea in a playful and exciting way, without leaving the dock. Take the chance to climb into a real submarine, get on board a massive destroyer, or play with the mascots Tim and Virvelina. The floating maritime museum Maritiman is moored at Packhuskajen in central Gothenburg. Its collection of ships, boats and barges are all floating on the Göta Älv river and, according to museum educator Johannes Olsson, the museum is part of the city’s cultural heritage. “Maritiman represents Swedish maritime history, both military and civilian,” he says. “For more than 30 years, we have been displaying the living conditions at sea and the experience of being in the navy.” The destroyer Småland is particularly popular. The largest vessel on display, she is as long as a football field and eight floors high. Many also take the opportunity to climb into the submarine Nordkaparen, where the periscope is the only contact with daylight and the outside world. “We 76  |  Issue 112  |  May 2018

encourage our visitors to explore,” says Olsson and elaborates on the importance of experiencing as a way of learning. “This is not an ordinary museum building on land; you can actually enter most of our vessels and feel what it was like to live and work on board.” Last year, the mascot Tim was introduced to conduct exciting maritime experiments with children. He is accompanied by Virvelina, an adventurous character who hides treasures for the young ones to search for. Maritiman also has an excellent programme of events and offers guided tours for adults as well as families with children, and Matrosen snack bar provides plenty of refreshments so that sea explorers can throw themselves into more discoveries on board with renewed energy.

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Scan Magazine, Issue 112, May 2018  

Promoting Brand Scandinavia. Featuring interview with Danish pop singer Sannie Carlson.

Scan Magazine, Issue 112, May 2018  

Promoting Brand Scandinavia. Featuring interview with Danish pop singer Sannie Carlson.