Scan Magazine, Issue 120, January 2019

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Scan Magazine  |  Special Theme  |  Top Destinations to Visit in Sweden in 2019

Sandviken is a mid-Sweden region brimming with culture and things to do.

A nature haven with a lot to offer There might be plenty of regions in this world brimming with culture and activities, but few of them compare to the incredible breadth offered in Sandviken and the surrounding areas. With a fascinating history and genuine vibe, this easy-on-theeye region is one you definitely do not want to miss.

is that all of this wonderful, local produce and talent sits under the brand ‘Made in Högbo’, which we are very, very proud of.”

By Emma Rödin  |  Photos: Sandviken

Högbo Bruk also hosts great mountain bike tracks, a picturesque lake for swimming, canoes for rental, high-quality

Being the birthplace of world-renowned engineering company Sandvik (perhaps the name gives it away), Sandviken has always enjoyed a noticeably worldly quality, though with visitors historically mostly stopping over for business rather than pleasure. Today, while the Sandvik group still plays an important role for the area itself, Sandviken has plenty more to offer families and adrenaline-seekers alike, and has in the last few decades experienced a spectacular transformation.

Made in Högbo Partly to thank for the region’s success is Högbo Bruk, historically known as the 54  |  Issue 120  |  January 2019

beating heart of Sandviken itself. Being the epicentre of iron forging for hundreds of years, it took a pioneering role in the industry in the 1800s. Fast-forward to today and Högbo Bruk is an outdoor paradise, loved as much for its beautiful nature as for its craftsmanship and food. “There is enough to see and do here to never get bored, and I think people really value that variety,” says Eva Hofstrand, head of tourism at Sandviken. “You can stroll around and visit little farm shops selling quality vegetables and cheese, or head to the glass-blowing workshop if that takes your fancy: and what’s more,

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