Scan Magazine, Issue 115, August 2018

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Scan Magazine  |  Special Theme  |  Top Autumn Experiences in Sweden

A countryside experience Visitors to Hökeriet experience beautiful countryside, historic landscapes and modern farming. Here, the focus is on simple, honest and natural products. This is the true meaning of ‘from field to plate’. Hökeriet in Orkesta-Granby, north of Stockholm, is a place like no other. Bang in the middle of the beautiful Swedish countryside, surrounded by a traditional farming landscape, the area includes remains of early settlements, as well as Granbyhällen, Sweden’s largest rune on flat solid rock. “This is a unique spot, and it’s not fabricated at all — it’s a modern working farm with crops and animals,” says owner Lise Nelzen. “Here, visitors can experience the historic landscape and the beauty of nature, and also get insights into modern farming.” One guest sums up the experience on TripAdvisor as a “good chance to see the countryside of Sweden and how people really live outside of Stockholm. I highly recommend this trip to get up to speed on Swedish history and current lifestyles.”

Through STOEX, short for Stockholm Excursions, memorable guided tours and tailor-made excursions for visiting groups are available, each with a focus on culture, history and the Swedish countryside. The farm’s shop and café have gradually grown to cater to the wishes of visitors, who praise the welcoming atmosphere and personal touch. “We also appreciate the opportunity to discuss sustainable farming with visitors,”

By Malin Norman  |  Photos: Hökeriet

says Nelzen. “Nowadays, there is more focus on environmental issues, also from our international guests. When I see them enjoying a meal here, next to the fields with our own cows, I can’t help but feel happy. This is what ‘from field to plate’ is all about.”

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Swedish adventures with a wildlife guarantee In the heart of the Malingsbo-Kloten nature reserve in Sweden, Nordic Discovery offers out-of-the-ordinary wilderness adventures, with moose and beaver safaris the most popular attractions. Adventure coordinator and founder Mikael Nilsson has over 16 years of wildlife tracking experience and a passion for showing people all over the world what Swedish nature has to offer. By Kristine Olofsson

The Nordic Discovery adventure centre invites visitors to explore one of Sweden’s most southern wilderness areas. “You would normally see lined-up vacation houses this far south, but nothing has been built in this nature reserve since 1950 and it is a true wildlife haven,” Nilsson explains. Nordic Discovery offers unforgettable wildlife experiences, such as moose and beaver safaris. “I’ve done this for many years, and we’ve always spotted moose on the safaris, hence why we have the only safari in Sweden that offers a 100 per cent moose guarantee,” Nilsson notes. “People come here for genuine, yet accessible wildlife experiences.” The adventure centre is less 84  |  Issue 115  |  August 2018

popular activities at the adventure centre are kayaking tours and nightly canoeing tours, where adventurous participants can hear wolves howl from the depths of the forest. “Out here, the animals have a space of their own,” Nilsson says, “and we can learn about and appreciate them without disturbing their way of living.”

than a two and a half hour drive from any of Stockholm’s international airports. “It’s a pleasure greeting so many international travellers in the middle of the Swedish woods,” Nilsson says with a smile. Other

Photo: Mikael Nilsson

Photo: Ahrn Nilsson

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