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JANUARY 2020 ISSUE 132 PROMOTING BRAND SCANDINAVIA

THOMAS HAYES: FROM TV’S WILLIAM TO MUSIC’S HAYES NORWAY’S BEST FESTIVALS – A 2020 GUIDE TOP DESTINATIONS TO VISIT IN SWEDEN THIS YEAR WELLBEING THE NORDIC WAY – OUR TOP TEN TIPS


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SPECIAL THEMES

COVER FEATURE 40

Thomas Hayes: From TV’s William to Music’s HAYES

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Why not combine an exploration of the stunning landscapes of Norway with an unforgettable musical or sporting event? We list our current favourites on the Norwegian festival scene, including everything from church organ music and groundbreaking theatre to a seriously competitive snowball fight.

You might know him as the impossibly handsome hunk from the Norwegian hit TV series Skam, but Thomas Hayes has learnt to trust his gut – and his musicality. We spoke to the Norwegian actor and producer about working with Nico & Vinz, dealing with fame, and knowing when to walk away.

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Top Destinations to Visit in Sweden in 2020 Go downhill skiing, enjoy an authentic reindeer meal, try island hopping in the archipelago or learn about nature reserves and industrial history – all in charming surroundings across Sweden. Here are some Swedish destinations to keep in mind as you plan your next holiday!

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Norway’s Best Festivals in 2020

Start the Year in Style From sustainable undergarments and eco-friendly toys to beautiful jewellery and sleek watches, we present some of our current favourites on the Nordic design scene to help you to take on 2020 in style.

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Festivals and Feasting If you ever wondered how Scandinavians prepare for Lent, find out in this month’s food column, which is all about Swedish lenten buns, or ‘semlor’. And once Lent is over, you’ll find you could do worse than visit one of the beer festivals recommended by our very own beer sommelier…

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Danish Developments From a proud brickwork heritage to bathroom design innovation and a new, sustainable and inclusive city district, we look at some of the exciting developments in Danish business of late, while columnist Steve Flinders ponders how the culturally loaded expression ‘Ladies first’ travels.

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Happiness the Nordic Way You’ll have heard of ‘hygge’, and maybe ‘lagom’ – but did you know that there are other particularly Scandinavian habits that could also be said to contribute to the high levels of happiness and contentedness among the Nordic nations? We give you the low-down, alongside a few other tips of ways to mind yourself this year, such as with a spa treatment, a new course or an unforgettable trip.

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121 Ski March, Manor House Fun and More Soon, a group of Swedish skiers will trace the tracks of their grandfathers, who came to Finland’s aid during World War II. We find out more, and also discover a Danish manor house and theatre for the little ones.

REGULARS & COLUMNS 6 98 106 116

Fashion Diary  |  8 Street Style  |  10 We Love This  |  96 Hotel of the Month Restaurants of the Month  |  104 Veggie Restaurant of the Month  |  105 Brewery of the Month Café of the Month  |  108 Attractions of the Month  |  112 Experience of the Month Gallery of the Month  |  118 Artist of the Month  |  119 Humour

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Scan Magazine  |  Editor’s Note

Dear Reader, New year, new you? I’m feeling quite done with the ambitious new year’s resolutions, overnight transformations and extreme life changes planned at the turn of a new year, as though we could change who we are from one day to the next. Yet I’m a fan of making plans and setting intentions, and this issue will help you do just that. Perhaps you’re aiming for some more moderate positive changes? If so, Scandinavian-style wellness will be just the thing, as the Nordic nations are not exactly known for going over the top. We list ten Scandinavian trends and lifestyle hacks that can help set you off to a good start, be it through rising that bit earlier, spending more time in nature, getting your shelves better organised or learning to make the most of a relaxing Friday night in.

If all you’re able for right now is grieving the loss of mulled wine and daily chocolate, don’t despair. Trust the Swedes to bring you a tasty holiday in February, one that you can cheat your way to with yummy ‘semla’ treats from just about now – read more in this month’s food column. Alternatively, if you think 2020 is the year of going all in, take beer columnist Malin Norman’s advice and combine fun with treat time. If anyone knows a good beer festival, the Nordics do. Read on – and here’s to a healthy, happy 2020!

Linnea Dunne, Editor

Once your intentions are set, it’s time to plan for the year ahead, and there’s no shortage of things to do and places to explore. Start with our top destinations in Sweden, and see if a mountainous adventure up north takes your fancy or you yearn for the stillness and pure beauty of the Stockholm archipelago. If you’re all about fun and culture, consider making this the year of festivals. We list our Norwegian festival highlights, covering everything from big sporting events to world-class church  music and more.

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Scan Magazine  |  Design  |  Fashion Diary

Fashion Diary… From distinct, large patterns to smaller squares, the check trend is a great style for the colder months. We show you how to incorporate them in an otherwise simple and minimal outfit while looking smart, sophisticated and right on trend. Check it out! By Ingrid Opstad  |  Press photos

Choose a loose-fit and high-waisted pair of checkered trousers for a timeless and trendy appearance. These trousers from Vero Moda have a decorative belt, which helps enhance your silhouette. Team with a simple top and a pair of high-heeled pumps and you are ready to conquer any situation. Vero Moda, high-waist trousers, £35 Vero Moda, v-neck top, £22 www.veromoda.com

This pretty wool scarf from Vila will immediately add a touch of style to your outfit. The large check pattern will complement your neutral jacket and keep you warm while looking chic all winter long. Vila, wool scarf, £22 www.vila.com

The Amie jacket from Filippa K ticks all the boxes, and is the perfect new addition to your wardrobe this season. With a fit inspired by a kimono-style robe, it works just as well over trousers as a top, or on its own as a dress. Its dropped shoulder and wide, slitted sleeves provide a relaxed and slightly oversized fit. Available in deep blue and dark khaki. Filippa K, ‘Amie’ jacket, £365 www.filippa-k.com

The Näver Collection from Eduards Accessories’ by Cecilia Eduards is inspired by Swedish nature and traditional Nordic craft and building techniques. It is her contemporary interpretation of the traditional birch bark braiding method used for centuries in  Scandinavia. We love the cross-body shoulder bag, which will complement your outfits perfectly  this year. Eduards Accessories’, ‘Näver’ small shoulder bag in nature leather, £249 shop.eduardsaccessories.se

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Swedish brand Ulterior Motive creates the details that set you apart, and this Gingham Blues v2 bow tie in blue, black and white will do just that. The word gingham has a resounding feel of Britishness, but it actually originates from the Malay word ‘genggang’, meaning striped. Ulterior Motive, ‘Gingham Blues v2’ bow tie, £35.77 www.umotive.com

This effortless and elegant checked blazer from Gant will help you look dapper. Pair it with jeans and a  cable-knit jumper for a casual look, or add a smart, simple shirt and you are ready for the office. And the blazer is machine washable – so no dry cleaning required! Gant, check blazer, £325 Gant, nets knit crew sweater, £135 www.gant.co.uk

This white cotton-tencel shirt from Swedish shirtmaker Eton Shirts has a soft feel and looks perfect all day long. The style has a delicate, micro-woven pattern and is presented in white as well as soft, seasonal hues such as pink, sky blue, purple and light grey. The Eton Shirts signature finish makes the shirt crisp 24/7. Eton Shirts, white cotton-tencel shirt, £150 www.etonshirts.com

With its high neck, this classic wool coat from Jack & Jones has an interesting, unique look. It is available in a range of colours, but this blue tone will help you stand out and look cool in the coming winter months. Jack & Jones, high neck wool coat, £140 www.jackjones.com

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Scan Magazine  |  Design  |  Street Style

Nordic Humans of London Scan Magazine’s brilliant Sanna Halmekoski has once again hit the streets of London to find out what the Scandinavian fashion fanatics are wearing. Cool, sleek, and full of statements, this is a little piece of Scandiland in the United Kingdom. Text and photos by Sanna Halmekoski  |  www.nordichumans.com

Caroline Chalmer Danish co-founder of @finematter

Sanna Järvelä Finnish print maker @spj_jsp

“I like to play around with textures instead of colours. I try to buy from brands that are environmentally friendly, and I buy a lot of second-hand clothes. I worked in the fashion industry for most of my career and recently launched my own jewellery platform. My jeans are by Tomorrow, the blouse is by Arket, the jacket is second hand by Isabel Marant, the shoes are by Tony Bianco, and my jewellery is from my own jewellery platform Finematter.com.”

“My style is subdued, clear and graphic, so I would say it’s pretty Finnish. I don’t shop much, and I try not to buy new things; I try to buy mainly used items to avoid excessive consumption. I also have a group of friends who like to give clothes to each other. My shoes are by Zara, the jacket is from eBay, the scarf is from Topshop, the jewellery is from a vintage shop, and my sunglasses are from & Other Stories.” Felix Isidorsson.

Caroline Chalmer.

Felix Isidorsson Swedish product designer @Isidorsson “My style is minimalist, a mix of ‘60s and ‘70s, toned down and sleek. I like to wear earthy, natural colours and green. On a casual day, my style is quite monochrome. I buy second-hand clothes and invest in something that I know will last me quite a while. My jacket belonged to my father; it is his old motorcycle jacket. The bag is by Rains, the trousers are by Weekday, my shoes are from Portugal, the watch belonged to my grandfather, the polo sweater is by Oscar Jacobsen, and the socks are from a friend.”

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Sanna Järvelä.


Scan Magazine  |  Design  |  We Love This

We love this… A new year means that the possibilities for new adventures are endless. With this selection of Scandinavian travel essentials, you will be ready to go anywhere you want this year. By Ingrid Opstad  |  Press photos

The Shades collection of understated but luxurious accessories was designed exclusively for Georg Jensen by renowned Spanish designer Helena Rohner.   Aiming to elevate everyday items with style and quality, she brings a sense of warmth to classic Scandinavian design, with her use of tactile materials. Georg Jensen, ‘Shades’ business card holder, £68 Georg Jensen, ‘Shades’ key ring, £30 Georg Jensen, ‘Shades’ travel tag, £55 Georg Jensen, ‘Shades’ bag hanger, £30 Georg Jensen, ‘Shades’ wallet, £80 www.georgjensen.com

The Verso travel series is great for any trip. It includes travel-  sized tubes of the Verso foaming cleanser, 25 ml; the   Verso day cream, 15 ml;  and the Verso night cream, 15 ml. They come in a resealable  aluminium bag perfect for travel. Verso, travel series, £46 versoskincare.eu

The mini Snoooze pillow is soft and supportive – a small, compact travel essential, which will give you the perfect sleep anywhere. It comes with a 100 per cent cotton pillow case and in its own travel bag, and is easy to roll up and store after use. Snoooze, mini Snoooze travel pillow, £22.99 www.snooozeworld.com

The M/S Something Concrete / Cuoio bag from Danish brand Mismo easily does the job for any trip, whether long distance or to the gym around the corner. Its large main compartment, large outer pocket and four smaller inside pockets provide sufficient room for all your essentials. This bag complies with cabin luggage restrictions and is the perfect hold-all for an active lifestyle. Mismo, ‘M/S Something’ travel bag, £454.51 www.mismo.dk

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A travel cup is a great accessory no matter where you’re going. You can take this practical thermo cup from Eva Solo with you everywhere. It is simple to open and close when you are on the move, thanks to the functional click-open lid, which can easily be operated with one hand. The insulating double vacuum walls keep drinks perfectly hot or cold. Eva Solo, ‘To Go’ cup, approx £29.50 www.evasolo.com


Reusable and 100 per cent recyclable, APRILCLOG was developed to be gentle on the environment.

Safe, reusable and recyclable – clogs the Danish way Safe, reusable and autoclavable (made in a material that can be sterilised at 134 degrees Celsius), APRILCLOG, a brand-new Danish safety shoe innovation, is taking the market by storm. One of the unique features of the clogs is that they are not just 100 per cent safe, but also 100 per cent recyclable.

to look into that,” explains Seidenfaden. “Now, it’s something that everybody wants, but they also want something that’s safe and that has anti-slip and a closed heel.”

By Signe Hansen  |  Photos: Conni Seidenfaden

In April 2014, Danish shoe expert Conni  Seidenfaden began experimenting with the development of an autoclavable safety shoe. With the shoes simply melting, the first attempts were, however, rather unsuccessful. As a matter of fact, it took no less than five years before Seidenfaden held the product she had envisioned in her hands: an antibacterial, anti-slip, ESD, washable, breathable and 100 per cent recyclable safety shoe. 12  |  Issue 132  |  January 2020

Having launched the first APRILCLOG footwear in April 2015, the recent launch of the final product brought on an explosion in interest from hospitals, the food industry, laboratories and other industries with a need for sanitary safety shoes. “I think one of the reasons for the demand is that we’ve focused on making the products recyclable and reusable from the very beginning, whereas a lot of other firms have only recently started

The demand for APRILCLOG also reflects a tightening in regulations when it comes to the food industry, where closed antibacterial shoes are now a requirement.

Reuse and recycle When looking at the background of the brand, it is not surprising that  APRILCLOG has rocketed into the safety shoe market. Seidenfaden, a footwear specialist with 25 years of experience, based the design of the clogs not just


Scan Magazine  |  Design Profile  |  APRILCLOG

on her own knowhow, but on the requests and requirements of her many clients in the food and health industries. At the heart of the process was also  Seidenfaden’s desire to create a shoe that would not just provide a safer work environment, but also minimise the product’s environmental footprint. “To me, the most important features have been those furthering a responsible product, both with regards to work safety and with regards to sustainability,” Seidenfaden stresses. “On top of that, there’s the economic benefit of not having to throw away shoes – if, for instance, a company has extra personnel coming in short-term, it won’t be necessary to buy and throw away new shoes as the shoes can be washed and sterilised and then used as new.” This also means that the shoes used by visitors in, for instance, laboratory environments, can be autoclaved and reused without any concern to the user or safety.

Designed in Denmark, made in Italy, inspired by the world While APRILCLOG shoes are designed in Denmark and made in Italy by some of the country’s most experienced safety shoe professionals, the technology and material for the shoes have been devel-

oped all over the world. The inspiration for the grip, for instance, came from Japanese fishermen and has obtained a max CIMAC certification. “All other components and the production are 100 per cent ISO certified, as well. And, it is all developed according to the newest technology available globally, which means that it’s antistatic and the safety material has a toecap of steel,” explains Seidenfaden, and rounds off: “On top of it all, the APRIlCLOG is fuel and oil resistant, shock absorbent and provides reliable protection against electrostatic discharge. This means that, combining our different styles and features, we can provide a safe and comfortable work shoe for a very wide range of industries,

from hospitals to veterinary clinics and food production environments.” Facts: APRILCLOG can be washed in up to 90 degrees Celsius and sterilised at 134 degrees Celsius. At the end of usage, APRILCLOGS can be returned to the factory for 100 per cent recycling. APRILCLOGS are designed in Denmark and made in Italy. All materials have been ISO certified.

www.aprilclog.com

APRILCLOG is created to provide safe and reusable footwear for a number of sterile work environments, such as hospitals and other healthcare institutions, dentists, veterinarians, laboratories, food productions and cleaning companies. First launched in April 2015, APRILCLOG is today a highly popular antibacterial, anti-slip, ESD, washable, breathable and 100 per cent recyclable safety shoe.

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Photo: Gustav Wijk

Magical jewellery and interior design inspired by nature With a love for craftmanship and Swedish nature, the acclaimed silversmith Silver Wijk creates beautiful jewellery and interior decoration. Silver Wijk has also designed a drop called Blood, Sweat and Tears, for a fantastic initiative in aid of charity. By Malin Norman  |  Photos: Silver Wijk

Silver Wijk was established in 2002 by Emelie Wijk Lundberg. Growing up in an artistic family with silversmiths and ceramists, she certainly has art and design in her blood. An old barn has been restored to fit the smithy and a boutique in the small village of Hjälteby on the island of Tjörn, and there is another boutique at Sundsby Säteri on nearby  island Mjörn.

explores a variety of materials, such as silver, copper and gold, but also plexi, wood, glass and stones. “Using different materials is fascinating,” says the designer. “I love moving from small to big, and from hard metal to soft ceramics. I’m constantly challenged in terms of shape, lines and surface.”

Wijk Lundberg’s expression can be described as creative and bold, and she

There are a lot of interesting, sometimes challenging, requests for custom-made

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From communion silver to wedding rings

jewellery and other designs. For instance, Silver Wijk recently created a set of communion silver in six pieces for Valla Church, a project that lasted over two years. “Unusual requests are like spices to a meal,” enthuses the designer. She has also created a silver shrimp necklace for the famous Swedish writer Viveca Lärn, which is now part of the collection, and plenty of wedding rings. The base of the brand is still jewellery, and nature is almost always in focus. “I don’t look at what others are doing,” admits Wijk Lundberg. “In my expression, I always return to nature, and there are currently a lot of flowers in my collections. When I got married, I even created my own bridal bouquet made of silver


Scan Magazine  |  Design Profile  |  Silver Wijk

flowers. It’s hard to stop; flowers appear everywhere now!” The Dragonfly series has become somewhat of a hallmark, though, and is the all-time bestseller. It is available in several varieties and also as a garden sculpture in steel, copper and glass, and appears in almost all patterns by Silver  Wijk. Among the line-up is also the  Living collection, with trays, jugs, coffee measures and more products added little by little. New this season is a cake slicer – simple yet useful designs for the home or as a gift.

Blood, Sweat and Tears – the charity project In aid of charity, Wijk Lundberg has designed a piece of jewellery in the shape of a drop, called Blood, Sweat and Tears. It supports the possibility for girls in Nairobi’s slums to continue attending school after having their period. Many girls leave school as they have little or no access to sanitary products. The drop is a symbol for the girls’ situation and their will to keep on studying. Every drop sold provides a year’s consumption for one girl. “This really makes a big difference and is a good way to keep the girls in school,” says Wijk Lundberg. “We work with one school at a time and make sure that the money is invested in the prod-

Photo: Peter Gaudiano

Blood, Sweat and Tears in aid of charity. Photo: Peter Gaudiano

ucts for the girls, and we follow them during their years in school until they finish. It’s a simple way to ensure that they get an education and a chance to escape poverty.”

the family, working with three different materials. As Wijk Lundberg’s nephew has also taken up a career in the field, the exhibition Släktdrag (Family Trait) shows art and design in the family.

Exhibitions, collaborations and awards

Silver Wijk also participates in the annual Konstvandringen (Art Walk), where art and design studios open up their doors to the public during Easter. Another project is with Frontside, the international chamber music festival in Gothenburg. Silver Wijk lends jewellery to the musicians and organisers, to showcase during the event, as well as decorations for the venue.

Always working on new projects, Silver Wijk has featured in a number of exhibitions in Sweden and abroad. In 2010, the collection travelled to an exhibition in Maryland, USA. And in Sweden, the exhibition Mormor, Mamma och Jag (Grandmother, Mother and I) showed three generations of female artists in

No doubt, the founder is an entrepreneurial spirit. In 2017, Wijk Lundberg was awarded the prominent Margareta Award. It is granted annually to a female entrepreneur from Tjörn in the memory of Margareta Hvitfeldt. Silver Wijk was also nominated for Company of the Year in Tjörn 2018. Recently, Silver Wijk had a visit from Spanish TV, and has been mentioned by the American online platform BuzzFeed as one of five Swedish designers to follow, with praise for “magical jewellery and interior designs inspired by the breathtaking nature of Scandinavia”.

Emelie Wijk Lundberg. Photo: Gustav Wijk

www.silverwijk.se Facebook: silverwijk Instagram: @silverwijk

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Scan Magazine  |  Design Profile  |  Pellianni

Pellianni makes a variety of sustainable products for children.

Sustainability at heart Meet Pellianni – a veritable fresh breeze through the world of children’s products. With a forward-thinking yet old-school style, this brand offers something quite out of the ordinary – and never compromises on its duty of care to the planet. By Emma Rödin  |  Photos: Pellianni

Founded in 2013 by Hanne Deverén and her partner, Pellianni emerged as a children’s brand underpinned by a sustainable approach. At the start, the focus was on product collaborations with a range of Swedish designers, but it then shifted after Deverén’s sister Toril Lindqvist  got pregnant. “When I was expecting, I became extremely aware of all the toxins and plastics around us,” explains Lindqvist, today co-owner and designer at Pellianni. “I also felt sick of the market’s gendered patterns and colours and lack of sustainable materials.” Lindqvist, who had experience in graphic design, then started sketching her own products for her sister’s brand. Fast-forward, and they are now at the centre of Pellianni’s successful range. 16  |  Issue 132  |  January 2020

There are three main motifs used in  Pellianni’s designs, all carefully designed to blur the line between what is traditionally seen as girly or boyish. There’s a city skyline, a unicorn standing on a hill, and a rocket manned by a fox. “Our space theme comes with a pink background and the unicorn with a yellow one,” explains Lindqvist. “I think this way of not directing parents towards any specific gender is  really healthy.” The Pellianni range now includes backpacks, suitcases, bottles, blankets, baby nests and rattles, to mention a few items, and the absolute bestseller is the Rocket Teether. Crafted from untreated, organic wood, it features a ring of non-toxic beads and is designed to soothe teething babies. There’s also a round puzzle with three rings on a wooden board, which helps to

build confidence in kids. Why? Because they simply can’t get it wrong. Finally, the brand’s sustainable efforts deserve some attention – including a commitment to only working with factories that are BSCI-certified, thus guaranteeing strict rules for use of water and chemicals, as well as fair working conditions for factory employees. Additionally, the brand uses a transport company that is part of Clean Cargo Working Group, which works towards the UN’s 17 global sustainability goals. “We also compensate for our landbased transport by partaking in a project that works to save the rainforest and promote biodiversity,” adds Lindqvist. “Finally, all textiles are GOTS-certified and all wood and paper is certified by FSC.” With new products in the pipeline and a steadily growing set of followers,  Pellianni’s future looks brighter than ever. www.pellianni.com Instagram: @pellianni_


Scan Magazine  |  Design Profile  |  Åkerfalk

Make every hour count Did you wish for more time at any point last year? Well, you can consider your wishes granted, with a watch from Åkerfalk on your wrist. Åkerfalk designs watches with unique dials that display every hour of the day, increasing the notion of your time as valuable, but also providing a classic design that will help you make a fashionable statement. By Nina Bressler  |  Photos: Åkerfalk

Åkerfalk has grown rapidly during its short time as an established company. It was founded in Karlstad, Sweden, in 2016, by three friends who wanted to disrupt the watch industry and create something unique. “So many watches look exactly the same. We wanted to change this by bringing something new to the market, and this is how we came up with the idea of a 24-hour dial,” says Mikael Söderberg, co-founder together with Joakim Lidbäck and Anders Lipkin. All three were working in fashion prior to the establishment of the company, each bringing unique and practical skillsets to the table. Söderberg is an expert in purchasing, Lidbäck knows marketing well, and Lipkin has a career as a photographer behind him. Their ability to do

most things by themselves helps them make quick decisions, keep the prices low, and shape a company that fully represents their original visions and ideas. Choose from an abundance of varieties: black and white dials, mocha, steel and leather straps easily changed with a quick release pin, and silver, gold and matte black cases. All models are designed in a unisex fashion, with a clean and classical design that appeals to everyone. They are meticulous in their choice of materials, too: movement comes from Ronda in Switzerland and Horween leather from USA is selected for its lasting quality, while all design is done in Sweden by the founders themselves.

Free shipping and returns worldwide has enabled the online shop to reach a broad audience fast, currently making waves in Japan and Italy, but also gearing up to enter the US and Canadian markets, as well as establishing a greater presence in physical shops around Europe. “People get a sense of having been given more time when they use our watches, and the classical design is made to last for a long time,” Lidbäck says. So relax, there is plenty of time – Åkerfalk will help you keep a good eye on it, while looking the part during the journey.

www.akerfalk.se Facebook: Åkerfalk Instagram: @akerfalk

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Scan Magazine  |  Design Profile  |  Underprotection

Almost as sustainable as being naked Underprotection is a sustainable lingerie brand based in Copenhagen. The founders saw a need for sustainable underwear, and that’s how Underprotection came to be. Everything from the production to the materials and the shipment is as sustainable as possible. The styles, meanwhile, are colourful, timeless and fashionable. And don’t worry – purchasing your new set of lingerie will not break the bank. By Heidi Kokborg  |  Photos: Underprotection

Underprotection was founded in 2010, because the founders thought there was a need for sustainable lingerie that was both fashionable and affordable – and it turned out they were right. Almost ten years later, the company is thriving, and it has added both loungewear and swimwear to its collection.

so important to create sustainable fashion. Back in 2010, there was not really any sustainable – and at the same time fashionable – lingerie, which is why we founded Underprotection. We do what we can to change the industry,” explains Stephan Rosenkilde, co-founder and CEO.

“The fashion industry is one of the biggest polluters in the world, which is why it is

Every product at Underprotection is as sustainable as possible. It uses only certified factories where the employees work under fair conditions and get paid fairly, and the production cycle and the materials are sustainable. “We only use sustainable materials such as recycled polyester, recycled wool, lyocell and organic cotton. For instance, our swimwear is made from recycled PET bottles from the ocean. This also means that most of our products are vegan, the ex-

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Combining ethics and aesthetics

ception being when they are made from recycled wool or a waste resource like milk,” says Rosenkilde. “Underwear is what you have closest to your skin, so we feel like it’s extremely important that it is of high quality and as sustainable as possible. Our packaging, paper and polybags are either  recycled or biodegradable. We really try to do everything we can to make a difference.” But more than that, Underprotection is as fashionable as it is friendly to the environment. The styles are colourful and timeless and have amazing cuts and details. “We love women of all kinds and sizes, and our goal is to make them feel as beautiful and comfortable as possible.” You can buy Underprotection online and in many retail shops across the world. www.underprotection.dk Facebook: Underprotection Instagram: @underprotection Pinterest: Underprotection


Scan Magazine  |  Design Profile  |  Maiken Berle

Maiken Berle.

Timeless, feminine and elegant jewellery for every woman When Maiken Berle designs her jewellery, she is inspired by nature, which results in simple yet elegant designs. You will not find jewellery like this anywhere else. Berle not only designs the jewellery herself; she also makes everything herself in her shop in Jægergårdsgade in Aarhus, where you can buy her jewellery. By Heidi Kokborg  |  Photos: Ditte Chemnitz

Maiken Berle owns a little jewellery shop in one of Aarhus’ most vibrant streets, Jægergårdsgade. Usually, you can find Berle herself in the shop, as her business is a small, one-woman business, which makes the experience that much more personal. “It is a small business, and I don’t really dream of turning it into a big business with lots of employees. It’s important to me that I am a part of the entire process, from sketching to making the jewellery to being the person people meet in my shop in Aarhus. I like keeping it personal and unique,” she smiles. Berle studied to become a jeweller in Pforzheim, Germany, a town known for its long jewellery tradition. When she graduated in 2012, she returned to Denmark and knew right away that she wanted to be self-employed and have her own boutique

in Aarhus, where she grew up. By 2013, she had her own business. In the beginning, she made everything in her apartment and sold her jewellery in a selected few shops. In 2016, she decided it was time to open her own little shop, where she could also make the jewellery. “The craftsmanship and the design are the main focuses for me, which is something I am proud of,” says Berle. When designing her jewellery, Berle is inspired by nature. “There is something so simple about nature. I am not inspired by landscapes, but more the details in nature, like a branch, a leaf or a stone. There is such a natural and timeless beauty in nature. This also means that my jewellery is simple yet elegant and feminine. My designs are not chunky or colourful; they don’t follow trends. They

are timeless, and depending on how you style them, you can wear them both at work and at a party,” Berle explains. The jewellery is made from recycled silver and gold, and the cleaning process takes place in the EU, which means the materials used are as sustainable as possible.

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Scan Magazine  |  Food and Drink  |  Column

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Louise’s Nordic kitchen: semlor By Louise Hurst  |  Photo: Louise Hurst

‘Semlor’ buns are sweet, enriched, yeasted rolls flavoured with cardamom, hollowed out and filled with an incredibly delicious almond paste and topped with a towering swirl of whipped cream and a dusting of icing sugar. Light as a feather and mouthwateringly delicious, a ‘semla’ (one individual bun) is a Nordic favourite.

Traditionally, semlor  were feasted on during the last meal before Lent on ‘fettisdagen’ – that’s Fat Tuesday (or Shrove Tuesday). These days, while far fewer people fast, the bun remains a firm favourite in Scandinavia, where they appear in bakeries from mid-January to Easter. A gentle word of warning, readers: it’s frowned upon to bake them after Easter!

These little rolls have evolved over time, dating back as far as the 1700s. They started out as very plain, simple buns, eaten soaked in hot milk, sprinkled with cinnamon and known as ‘hetvägg’.   Cardamom would only have been used in very wealthy homes until the early 18th century, but when imported spices became more readily available, this became standard flavouring for this Easter bun.

It seems that, every year, bakeries endeavour to come up with new, wackier semla recipes or flavour additions, proclaiming them to be the best and tastiest buns on the market. You only have to search for ‘semlor’ on Instagram to see the variations: saffron infused, chocolate filled, Prinsesstårta  and even Matcha tea flavour. 

Nowadays, semlor  are luxuriously rich and deliciously creamy.  The cream-filled buns became popular after the First World War, when a baker on the Swedish island of Gotland used them to celebrate the end of rationing and hardship.

Newspapers have taste testings every year, with an expert panel discussing the best semla in the country, but I like to stick with tradition. Why not try this rich pastry with a coffee and savour every mouthful?  

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Cordon bleu trained food creator Louise Hurst marries her passion and professionalism to create stunning, stylish Scandinavian dishes. With a touch of love and a pinch of nostalgia, she brings a deliciously fresh approach to ‘husmanskost’ – traditionally homecooked Swedish fare – along with her own creations. Read more at www.nordickitchenstories.co.uk


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New year, new brew crews By Malin Norman  |  Photo: Malin Norman

A new year means new opportunities. And what better place to get inspiration and make new acquaintances, both in terms of exciting brews and fellow beer lovers, than at beer festivals? One of my all-time top experiences was in the tiny village of Söderbärke, which hosted the fabulous SMÖF with only 3,000 visitors. Unfortunately, this gem of a festival ceased a few years ago, but the memories still remain. For instance, this is where I bumped into Hopmaestro, one of Sweden’s biggest beer bloggers, who posts beer reviews every day on Instagram. What better person to recommend a beer? Sweden also hosts the third-biggest beer festival in the world, Stockholm Beer & Whisky Festival. Sure enough, it is impressive, but more exciting for craft beer lovers is probably the smaller, more hipster All In Beer Fest in Gothenburg, or Brewskival in Helsingborg.

Norway’s festival scene sounds quite fabulous, too. How about Norsk Kornølfestival in Hornindal? This is where you can learn all about farmhouse ales and find out about the curious kveik yeast strains. Another cool event is Smaabrygg, a homebrewing festival in Flekkefjord, claimed to be a favourite for homebrewers, professional brewers, musicians and other visitors alike. Denmark is also going strong with, for instance, Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen, deemed by beer geeks around the world as a top-notch event. Iceland, of course, has the great Kex Beer Festival, and Finland is going all in with Kaljakellunta, where thousands of participants float down a river on inflatable rafts full of beer. These, however, are just a few of the great Scandinavian beer festivals taking place. Time to start planning your beer adventures!

Malin Norman is a certified beer sommelier and a member of the British Guild of Beer Writers. With a background in international marketing, she has a particular interest in consumer trends in the beer market. Malin writes about beer for Scan Magazine as well as international beer magazines, and also creates beer-related content for global producers.

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Gastronomically exciting every time One of the best ways to explore the world is through the global culinary scene, by getting in touch with the culture, local ingredients and traditions through food. In Aarhus, Denmark’s second-largest city, Nordisk Spisehus makes it easy to explore the world of food at an extremely high level and very fair price point. By Josefine Older Steffensen  |  Photos: Nordisk Spisehus

Unlike most restaurants, Nordisk  Spisehus regularly changes its menu as well as the theme. This winter, they have been focusing on French food, and between 30 January and 26 March, the focus will be on American food. “For nearly eight years, the restaurant has had quarterly food themes, often inspired by some of the most amazing Michelin-starred restaurants and dishes from around the world. We want to give people a gastronomic experience where they are introduced to a particular 22  |  Issue 132  |  January 2020

country, region or fusion that’s currently exciting foodies around the world,” explains Sidse Rasmussen, sous chef at Nordisk Spisehus. The team behind the restaurant goes on exploratory trips to the regions they’ll be focusing on in order to get insight into the processes and ingredients needed to make the food. The standard that  Nordisk Spisehus has is noteworthy. The whole team pushes themselves to deliver top-quality food and have over the

years developed an incredible skillset, having deep-dived into many culinary traditions from across the world. “We use the knowledge we’ve gained from one theme in another. Of course, you can’t incorporate every process into every menu – in fact, it’d be wrong to do so – but we definitely have some twists that are not necessarily traditional but that really make for some stand-out dishes.” Each dish is used to showcase elements of the food tradition, or a particular ingredient from the region or country they are focusing on.

The US: much more than burgers Nordisk Spisehus is popular with both locals and visitors in Aarhus, especially because there is always something 


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new to try. “We have quite a few regulars. In fact, a couple of days ago we had a couple celebrate their wedding anniversary with us, something they’ve been doing for years, and it’s so nice to  catch up with them and to be part of their celebration,” says Rasmussen with  a smile. The menu is split into four, six or eight courses, which all have perfectly matched wine pairings. “We’re excited about the American theme starting in February, because people often think of American food as quite stodgy and not so refined, but it’s actually an extremely exciting country gastronomically, due to the huge amount of cultural influences there have been and the incredible ingredients they have there. The menu will showcase this and make the most of it, and of course the wine menu will include some of the many wonderful wines you can find in America.”

Despite sometimes having the same theme twice, the menu is never repeated, meaning there is always something new to try, even if you have been there before when the focus was on the same culinary tradition. The menu is also planned for seasonality, to make the most of the season’s fruit and vegetables, ensuring the natural taste is as good as it can be.  Nordisk Spisehus also imports some speciality items that are not readily available in Denmark, in order to give guests an authentic experience.

A place to relax and enjoy A theme is fully executed at Nordisk  Spisehus. Not only does the menu change; the drinks pairings also reflect the country. “We want our guests to have an experience that they can continue to talk about for years to come. We do that by providing a high gastronomic level and exceptional wine and drink, all in a space that is still relaxed. Many of the

restaurants at this level are quite high brow, but we want our guests to be relaxed and enjoy themselves, each other and the experience as a whole,” explains Rasmussen. A night at Nordisk Spisehus includes trying some exceptional, researched and unique dishes at relatively low prices. The concept of the restaurant is one not seen in many places, and especially not to the high standards that Nordisk Spisehus reaches. There are not many places where it is possible to try as many different tastes and gastronomic cultures, all within a relaxing and welcoming environment. Nordisk Spisehus is going to continue to excite and delight guests for many years to come. www.nordiskspisehus.dk Facebook: nordiskspisehus Instagram: @nordiskpisehus

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Ten ways to be inspired by the Nordics for a healthy, happy 2020 The New Year can be a painful time for media consumers who are done with diets and extreme lifestyle changes in the search for forever happiness. This year, try baby steps instead, and be inspired by the Nordic nations to nudge yourself closer to living your best life – or, if you don’t mind, a moderately, lagom good life. By Linnea Dunne

1. Gökotta – mind your mornings The Swedish ‘gökotta’ tradition is all about starting the day right. The word comes from ‘gök’ for cuckoo and ‘otta’ for early morning, and indeed it involves rising at dawn to go out and listen to the first birdsong. Originally, this ritual took place in local village communities and parishes, where people would share this magical morning moment together. Today, many people are inspired to rise that bit earlier, pay attention to the beauty of the morning, and create a meaningful morning ritual for themselves. Try it! Starting the morning with a little bit of peace can make a world of difference. 24  |  Issue 132  |  January 2020

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2. Hygge – cut yourself some slack and get cosy

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You might feel that the Danes have been beating the hygge drum for a little too long by now, but the loveliness of this concept or vibe can’t be overstated. Sometimes self-care can be as simple as cutting yourself some slack, making a cup of tea and lighting a few candles. Do believe the hype – in that hygge has a lot to answer for when it comes to wellbeing and happiness. But equally, don’t believe the hype when you’re told to spend all your hardearned cash on expensive blankets and special hygge brands – unless you want to, of course. Hygge starts within – you won’t find it in the shop aisles.

3. Lagom – strike that balance When people say that Swedes are a little bit reserved and a little bit too serious, have they reflected on the concept of lagom and its impact on the Swedish psyche? Lagom is all about moderation and balance, about not going over the top and not rushing into things. Does it tend to stave off spontaneity? Sure, it can do. Does it mean that you’re faced with considered questions when you’d rather not think much at all? Sometimes. But surely a lifestyle of fewer, more appropriate things and an awareness of your inner world and that of those around you is appealing? To learn to find balance in everything from group dynamics and life at home to shopping and living sustainably, read up about lagom. Just a bit. No need to go over the top.

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4. Consensus – learn to listen

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The pursuit of happiness is often painted out to be an individualist quest, but no one knows better than Scandinavians that the community and a fair society are key if you want to live in a safe, trusting world. This one can be tricky if you move in circles where hierarchies and power struggles are commonplace, but learning to listen and ask the right questions is a good place to start. How democratic is your family dynamic, and how good are you at listening to that junior staff member at work? To use a well-known expression: no one can be free until we’re all free – and you’re not going to find happiness in a workplace where your colleagues are patronised and miserable. Issue 132  |  January 2020  |  25


Scan Magazine  |  Top-Ten Feature  |  Nordic Inspiration for a Healthy, Happy 2020

5. Equality – share the burden, and the joy

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Equal societies are happy societies, and equal marriages are happy marriages. There’s research on this stuff, and the Nordic countries are cases in point. It’s not a coincidence that the nations that consistently score highly in global happiness rankings are also right up there when it comes to social mobility and gender equality. Try it at home and see what happens – but be patient, because changing a culture and habit of a lifetime isn’t easy. Start by becoming aware of the little things – the chores and to-  do lists and planning. Who does what, and who is fed up? Then branch out to childcare duties and the bigger-picture stuff. The long-term benefits can be quite amazing.

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6. Nature – enjoy the

great outdoors

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Think Scandinavians must be real couch potatoes, considering the harsh climate up north? Think again. The Scandinavian  countries all come with a love of the great outdoors, complete with plenty of traditions and habits to bring you outside for fun and leisure. From skiing and ice skating to trekking and foraging, there’s no end to the opportunities to breathe in fresh air and soak up all the benefits of time in nature – no matter the season or weather. Key to this, at least sometimes, is a wardrobe that works. Think proper rain gear, wool base layers and practical foot wear. This is where that serious, expert planning mindset comes in handy.

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7. Fredagsmys – start the weekend in style (or comfort, rather) They may not be couch potatoes, but Swedes sure know how to strike that balance between staying active and getting rest, and after a week of hard work in the spirit of a Lutheran work ethic, they have learnt to love fredagsmys (literally ‘Friday cosy’). Enter  lounge wear, crisps and dips,  Netflix and low-maintenance dinners like Swedish DIY tacos, and add candles or other atmospheric lighting.  Fredagsmys is all about going easy on yourself and relaxing into the weekend. Very lagom altogether.

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Scan Magazine  |  Top-Ten Feature  |  Nordic Inspiration for a Healthy, Happy 2020

8. Fika – coffee, cake and conversation Take hygge, lagom and a keen consensus culture that’s all about listening to each other, and bunch them up into a daily habit. What you get is ‘fika’, or a near-religious relationship to regular coffee breaks, ideally complete with pastries, biscuits or cinnamon buns. Fika culture not only helps you to remember those all-important regular breaks away from the screen in work, but also provides a cosy way to catch up with friends without the need to spend a lot of money or consume alcoholic beverages. What’s not to love?

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9. Design – get organised

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It might be a cliché that a messy home means a messy mind, but there’s something to it, and Scandinavia provides the solutions to all your storage and sorting problems. It’s not just IKEA that’s revolutionised the way we think of storage in our homes, but from way back when functionalism was the latest thing and not yet a hipster trend, beautiful shelving systems like String by Nisse Strinning have been coming out of this super design region, making homes better organised and floors easier to clean. Add systems like Elfa and cute storage boxes from the likes of Flying Tiger Copenhagen, and you’ll soon start to think about organising dull paperwork as pure joy.

10. Sisu – find resilience and faith within Sisu is yet another of those unique, untranslatable Scandinavian words, this being Finnish for strength of will, determination, or perseverance – a sort of sustained courage and resilience. If you look at Finland’s history and add its climate, you can see why the Finns would need sisu – but at a time when we’re growing increasingly addicted to the immediate and continuous gratification of social media, and arguably less contented because of it, it’s safe to say that we would all benefit from a bit of sisu in our lives.

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Scan Magazine  |  Beauty Feature  |  BeautiFill

Julia Gedike.

Modern skin treatments with quick recovery Julia Gedike, founder of aesthetic skin clinic Beautifill Aesthetics, offers the best of today’s modern skin treatments and has quickly become a trusted expert, providing her customers with a comprehensive consultation and treatment plan concentrating on a holistic approach to getting the best possible results. By Mari Koskinen  |  Photos: Natali Popovaw

Julia Gedike is a fully qualified nurse with extensive experience in medical beauty treatments. “Our concept is based on individual skincare plans, aiming for holistic results using safe, mostly non-invasive treatments and methods,” she explains. “First, I studied different injection therapies and techniques, but soon I discovered that my clients wanted, and deserved, more – that’s how I started to study more holistic approaches and methods.” This means more than just fixing external issues; our overall health affects the skin, too, and has to be taken into consideration in a more comprehensive way. “To understand the current situation, we recommend the Beautifill laboratory test set, carried out by our partner laborato28  |  Issue 132  |  January 2020

ry,” says Gedike. “These tests give us accurate information and help us in finding the right methods to heal the body first, inside out – and then complement the process with external skin treatments.” Gedike has brought new skincare methods to Finland. “All our treatments are efficient and safe and are carefully selected for each customer individually. Our atraumatic treatments do not require a long healing period, and hence have a very low risk of side effects,” she continues. “A course of the right skin treatments always gives the best results.”

New premises and services Beautifill Aesthetics is located in  Helsinki city centre, and both the clin-

ic and the training room, where Gedike organises training for other aesthetic practitioners, are now located at the same premises. Beautifill imports exclusive cosmetic brands and also has an online shop. Gedike is planning to keep educating herself to ensure that she can offer her clients the very best, also in the future. The next big thing for Beautifill is  VisioFace® 1000 D, a full-face photographic method for facial skin analysis that offers optimal product recommendation and treatment documentation. “I look forward to offering my clients yet another way of getting precise data about their skin, followed by an optimal plan to achieve the best possible results,” Gedike concludes.

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Scan Magazine  |  Wellness Feature  |  Namina

Namina – south-east Asian luxe in Helsinki Strolling through a wintry Helsinki is close to the polar opposite of being pampered at a serene, subtly-scented spa someplace warm. But stepping through the doors of Namina might trick you into thinking you’ve ventured into a discreetly luxurious corner of Thailand for a moment of bliss amidst the long Nordic winter. By Jo Iivonen  |  Photos: Namina

“We want to offer an authentic south-east Asian experience in Finland,” says Janika Sundström, CEO of Namina, a spa that’s become synonymous with top-notch massages and beauty treatments with a decidedly Thailand-esque flair. “One well-travelled client grabbed my arm to say she had never experienced anything similar in Europe,” Sundström recalls. “To me, that summarised what sets us apart.” Visually speaking, each one of the company’s three venues in prime Helsinki locations resembles the Jim Thompson  House in Bangkok: deep jewel tones, natural materials and pan-Asian objects of art create an alluring ambiance that’s perfect for a mini getaway. “We want our treatments to feel like a holiday somewhere warm, tropical and luxurious.” The stunning décor provides the perfect frame for a relaxing escape from the daily grind, but the real strength stems

had lots of clients asking when we’ll open venues in other cities,” she says. “Finnish people have a special affinity to  Thailand, and I think we’ve created a concept that works really well.”

Retail products: Namina Collection from Namina’s highly-skilled crew of therapists. “We’re focused on letting each therapist bring in their expertise,” Sundström explains. “We can recreate the setting, but the special skill that  an exceptional therapist has can’t really be replicated.”

Signature treatments Indeed, the therapists’ skills and expertise have been instrumental in the development of Namina’s signature treatments. The Joconut experience fuses the healing power of coconut and jojoba with expert techniques to unveil glowing skin and a revitalised body. Other perennially popular winter treatments include the hot stone massage and the healing Thai herbal massage. The Namina story began in Helsinki in 2015. Sundström, who took the helm in 2016, is not shy of a potential expansion into different locations. “We’ve

As of 2018, clients have also had the chance to bring a piece of Namina home. “We teamed up with Max Perttula to develop two fragrance blends that encapsulate the experience,” Sundström says. The Choco Velvet and Cocos de Luxe blends are available in various products that help extend the sensation of tropical pampering beyond the exquisite setting of Namina Spa.

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Højskole Rejser (‘folk high school tours’) is not just about beautiful, unspoiled destinations, but also about being together and being present.

Taking the folk high school spirit on the road If you believe that travelling is about more than ticking sights off a list and trying to memorise dates, names and places, Højskole Rejser (‘folk high school tours’) might be your kind of travel company. Taking the Scandinavian folk high school experience out of the classroom and onto the road, the company brings its participants to the less explored parts of Europe and up and close with the people and culture of the areas. By Signe Hansen  |  Photos: Højskole rejser

After 16 years of experience as a folk high school educator and travel planner, Torben Egeris decided to put his vast network and knowledge to use in a new kind of venture – a travel company that takes the folk high school out of the classroom and onto the road. “Normally, with a travel folk high school, you spend the first four or five days at the school getting to know each other, singing, and learning about the region you’re visiting, and then the trip itself is more of a traditional group holiday. But that’s actually not the way it should be; it’s when we’re 30  |  Issue 132  |  January 2020

on the tour that we should be connecting, singing and learning about the region through the people who live there. A folk high school is not about the school; it’s about an ideology, a way of being together, and that’s what I wanted to take on the road, directly into the world.” Founded three years ago, Højskole  Rejser arranges around 12 yearly tours with a maximum of 16 participants on each. Most tours are guided by Egeris and a like-minded colleague, and, of course, the folk high school songbook, a

travel piano and a guitar are also sure to come along on the journey.

Away from the tourist zone Having arranged and guided tours in  Europe for almost two decades,  Egeris has a vast network of contacts and a broad knowledge of the areas he visits. He puts this to use not to achieve the most efficient travel itinerary, but to create authentic experiences with time for dialogue and physical, mental and cultural exploration. “Of course, we also visit attractions, but it’s very important to us that it’s an authentic experience; we stay away from the overcrowded tourist destinations. Instead, we for instance visit artists who no one else would find. We visit them in their homes, talk to them, and eat with them,” explains Egeris. For the same reason, when possible, Egeris organises his trips to beautiful,


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unspoiled locations where he collaborates with the owners of small hotels or even private homes to create authentic experiences for his guests. In Piemonte, Italy, for instance, his guests will stay in a tiny village at the family residence of the Danish consul, where they will enjoy the home cooked food of the consul’s sister. “With hotels, we aim to find places where we can book the entire place so that we’re free to sing and invite people to join us, without worrying about disturbing other guests,” says Egeris.

Travelling in good company Højskole Rejser’s destinations include the less explored parts of Tuscany,  Sicily, Sardinia, Croatia and Piemonte,  as well as destinations in Southern France and Spain. “For instance, we go to La Gomera; it’s a tiny island, part of the Canaries, but unlike the other is-

lands it doesn’t have mass tourism as there’s no airport. It’s a community-  based eco-tourism destination with small lodgings and yoga studios created by the hippies who first discovered the island in the ‘60s,” Egeris explains. “In Southern France, I’ve found this French-Danish couple, who built their own place far out in one of the canyons. These are the kinds of places I love finding; it’s the opposite of the biggest, cheapest and most popular.” But while new and authentic locations are a must for Egeris, it is the connection between humans, within and outside the group, that is the heart of his company. This also means that the trips have been especially popular with senior singles. “80 per cent of our guests are single, many women who have lost their husbands or divorced. They might

have been on group travels before, but still felt alone, because most don’t have anything organised when it comes to the social aspect,” says Egeris, and rounds off: “That’s what it’s all about – being together, being present and being open to new experiences and new people.”

Facts: Højskole Rejser has 12 tours scheduled for 2020. All tours include a maximum of 16 participants. Tour guests are always transported in two minibuses, allowing for flexibility and changes to the schedule.

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Sardinia and la Gomera, a tiny island that’s part of the Canaries, are among the destinations travellers can explore with Højskole Rejser.

With more than 16 years of experience of planning and guiding tours in Europe, Torben Egeris (left) has a vast network in and knowledge of his destinations.

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Students on Kalø Højskole’s Outdoor Ranger course get to explore all facets of outdoor life in real life, but also receive a broad general education in the natural environment of Denmark, sustainability and preservation.

Explore the Danish language, culture and nature Surrounded by sea, forest and hills, Kalø Højskole (folk high school) provides students with the chance to immerse themselves in the Danish language and culture while making friends from all over the world. The school also has a strong focus on climate and environment, explored in its popular Outdoor Ranger course. By Signe Hansen  |  Photos: Kalø Højskole

The students coming to Kalø Højskole to study Danish language and culture come from all over the world. Many are driven by an interest in different aspects of the Danish society, like the  Scandinavian welfare system or design culture. Others, many expat Danes, come to get reacquainted with the Danish language and culture before continuing in the Danish educational system. “Our school was one of the first to teach Danish to foreign students and immigrants – long before the governmental language centres were established,” explains principal Søren Iversen. “For many 32  |  Issue 132  |  January 2020

years, we provided the language training for refugees coming to Denmark, at one point working with 56 different municipalities, so we have decades of experience, which we now use to teach students from all over the world.” Due to changes to the Danish legislation, the school is no longer allowed to include refugees among its students. On top of classes in Danish language and culture, the course also includes a number of special events and study trips to places of significance, such as schools, political institutions, museums, festivals and much more.

A long history of teaching language It was the desire to foster internationally open minds, and prevent nationalism from emerging, that drove the founders of Kalø Højskole to put language subjects on the schedule of a place originally established as an agricultural school in 1952. As the only agricultural school at the time to offer English and German, the school soon became just as sought after

Kalø Højskole is beautifully located, with the sea on one side and the forest and Mols Bjerge National Park on the other.


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for its international outlook as it was for its agricultural subjects. Gradually, more language subjects were added and, in the 1960s, with the arrival of immigrants and agricultural students from previously colonised countries, Kalø Højskole also introduced Danish language and culture among its subjects. Today, the school honours the original founders’ ambitions by serving as a place where Danes and international students can explore their interests, build international networks, and acquire skills to benefit not just themselves, but the world around them. “All our extra-  curricular subjects are available for all students, and that’s also the case with some regular subjects, like Environment and Climate, which is an obligatory subject for all students. At the moment, we’re working on creating a class in English for students who aren’t proficient enough in Danish to follow the main class,” says Iversen. “To us, with our focus and location, it’s natural that climate, sustainability and biodiversity are subjects that all students take, whether they’re here to study Danish culture or nature.”

Awaken your inner outdoor ranger While international students explore the many different aspects of Danish culture, students on the Outdoor Ranger course will focus more specifically on Danish nature. Set in beautiful surroundings right by the coast and with the forest and Mols Bjerge National Park borderFor more than five decades, Kalø Højskole has specialised in educating international students in the Danish language and culture.

ing the school, this is the ideal location to do so. “We take our location very seriously, and that’s why we established the  Outdoor Ranger course, and why our focus is slightly different than on other similar courses,” explains Iversen. “What you will experience is that you’ll gain a much higher level of specialist knowledge in the natural environment of  Denmark, sustainability and preservation. The keywords are information and general education – not just for the benefit of the students, but for the benefit of the world around them.” To achieve this high level, the school works closely with a number of nearby organisations, from the National Park Administration to the Danish Hunters

Association. During the course, students will be educated in different areas,  such as hunting and foraging, surviving in the wild, and exploring above and below the sea. Facts: Courses start every January and August and run for 24 and 18 weeks respectively. Student accommodation is arranged in the form of a small ‘village’ of houses surrounding a small pond. Every house has seven double and single bedrooms.

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Students on both Kalø Højskole’s courses can take part in the school’s various extra-curricular activities.

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A love for Norwegian design and local crafts Since 1922, the traditional shop Norsk Flid Husfliden Tromsø has been specialising in providing the best of Norwegian and local design as well as national costumes from Nordland, Troms and Finnmark. Here, in the shop located in the city centre of Tromsø in northern Norway, you will find everything from yarn, clothes, homeware and crafts to unique gifts, and all in a welcoming atmosphere. By Ingrid Opstad  |  Photos: Norsk Flid Husfliden Tromsø

“The shop is originally from 1922, and was established back then so that the farmers outside the city would have an outlet for selling their craft products also in the city,” says shop manager Marianne  Dukureh Lakselv. Today, this charming shop is almost 100 years old and still located in the city centre of Tromsø. It has, however, had several facelifts over the years to keep with the times, but its vision has always been based on a common interest in Norwegian design and traditional crafts among those who work there. 34  |  Issue 132  |  January 2020

“We have a big love for Norwegian design, and especially what is created in our local area, so we are bringing the original concept with us through to today,” says Lakselv. With Norwegian design on the rise, Norsk Flid Husfliden Tromsø is committed to promoting all the great things created in Norway at the moment.

Everything from Mariusgenser to Røros Tweed blankets In the homely shop, you will find a substantial selection of products hand-

picked by Lakselv and her team, from the traditional classic-knitted Mariusgenser jumper and woven fabrics from Charlotte  Engstad to utensils for kitchens and baking, slippers, yarn and an array of pieces from local craftsmen, but also by  Scandinavian designers. “It is a great place to visit if you are looking for things for the home, a unique gift for someone or to get a genuine memory to bring with you home from your visit to Norway,” Lakselv says.


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She is proud to reveal that Norsk Flid  Husfliden Tromsø has a new collaboration  project with Røros Tweed, a Norwegian  brand producing beautiful blankets made of 100 per cent Norwegian wool. “We have our own collection from Røros Tweed, steeped in local history, which we helped design. It consists of three custom blankets named Nordlys, Snø and Tromsøpalme, and we are so excited about it,” she explains. This collection is available exclusively at Norsk Flid  Husfliden Tromsø.

Experts on ‘bunad’ With its own sewing room section instore, at Norsk Flid Husfliden Tromsø you’ll find experts on ‘bunad’, the  Norwegian national costume, from the local area. “You can send in all the different types of Norway’s more than 100 bunad for fixing in our sewing room, but only the costumes from Nordland, Troms and Finnmark are made here,” Lakselv explains. Because buying a national costume is something very personal, the team of seven seamstresses strive to provide you with personal ser-

vice and close follow-ups until you are satisfied. “They can customise, adjust and fix your old bunad to make it look as good as new. Tourists love to come in and have a look since these costumes are so decorative and typically  Norwegian.” After thorough research, Norsk Flid Husfliden Tromsø has prepared a new design based on the northern  Norwegian national costume traditions. “Northern Norway was known for trade with the outside world and sometimes, back in the day, the man came home with purchases from near and far. As a result, northern Norway’s party costume can be varied in colour and pattern of the shirt, apron and silk scarf alike, depending on what the heart pleases,” Lakselv says.

Cosy in the yarn area In addition, Norsk Flid Husfliden Tromsø has a large and extensive yarn department with selected Scandinavian brands such as Rauma Ullvare, Sandnesgarn, Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk, Navia fra

Færøyene and Isager Fra Danmark. All employees obtain professional expertise and share a great passion for knitting, and they’re happy to help you get started or further develop your craft project. Lakselv welcomes everyone to come in for a chat. “The coffee machine is ready, so feel free to come down to sit in our cosy sofa corner, knit and chat. We are very happy when we get visitors,”  she smiles.

Give back to the community Norsk Flid Husfliden Tromsø is owned by a foundation that supports craftwork in the Troms region. “A part of any profit we make in the shop goes to Stiftelsen til Fremme av Husflidssaken i Troms (‘the foundation for the promotion of craft in Troms’). This is because we want to help the local design and crafts community grow,” says Lakselv. This year, almost half a million Norwegian kroner was donated, funding things like training, courses, book publishing and material costs. “It is very nice to give something back and be a part of helping young and promising craftsmen in the area.” Opening hours: – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: 10am to 4.50pm – Thursday: 10am to 6pm – Saturday: 10am to 3pm

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Pizza Inferno.

Tromsø’s hottest Italian flame Opposites attract, and where else to put this idea into action if not up in the Arctic? Other than its nature attractions and a busy calendar of cultural attractions, Tromsø is known for its vibrant culinary scene, and Casa Inferno’s wood-fired magic goes to show that icy climes and an Italian flame are a match made in foodie heaven.

mother’s townhouse in Bologna, with the whole family around for Sunday lunch: loud voices, plenty of gesticulating and apparent chaos all abound.

By Jo Iivonen  |  Photos: Casa Inferno

In other words, this is a world away from the stoic, ever-calm Nordic realm outside – which is perhaps just what the doctor ordered after a day of ice fishing, solemn tundra trekking or experiencing the latest in Nordic Noir.

Off the beaten path, yet just a stone’s throw away from Tromsø’s centre, Casa Inferno is quite possibly the world’s northernmost Italian eatery. But a quick glance through the windows proves that this is not your typical pizzeria selling cheesy Italiana on chequered tablecloths. The steampunk inspired décor is perhaps as odd a match as the whole idea of stumbling across a restaurant manned by an all-Italian crew at 69 degrees north. 36  |  Issue 132  |  January 2020

Yet Casa Inferno’s vibrant, seductively all-Italian flair ticks all boxes to melt the heart of anyone who’s ever fallen for the charms of la dolce vita. And, let’s be honest, who hasn’t? But there’s something more – such as the element of surprise, that of coming across the perfect Italian joint up on a wind-swept street in northern Norway. Step inside and you’re surrounded by the sort of scene you might expect at a god-

Family affair The odds of finding perfectly ripened Pecorino Toscano up in the Arctic might seemingly come close to a snowball’s chance in hell, but Tromsø’s culinary standards are high and Casa Inferno stands out as the most authentic Italian


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on offer. “We handpick the best regional ingredients from across Italy,” says  Giacomo Reggianini, the charismatic Emilia-Romagnan at the helm of the whole concept since its inception in January 2015. Demand for an all-Italian experience has exceeded all expectations. Five years later, with its fifth birthday on 16 January, Casa Inferno will soon serve up its 50,000th pizza. “We weren’t expecting the response we got,” Reggianini laughs. “It’s been pretty busy ever since, but we’re passionate about what we do, so I guess that shines through.” The team at Casa Inferno. Photo: Paolo Cirina

Lucky stars may have brought  Reggianini, then an adventure traveller, to the Arctic back in 2015, but not much else was left to chance when it comes to orchestrating Tromsø’s most authentic Italian affair. Together with head chef Daniele Di Luca, Reggianini has created a close-knit, predominantly Italian team that’s the backbone of the whole show. “None of this could’ve happened without the dedication of the crew. We’re like a family. And when a customer walks in, we treat them the same. That’s all part of the experience.”

100 per cent Italian A family affair it may be, but one with a steampunk edge, complete with a woodfired oven that resembles a rougharound-the-edges foundry and deliv-

ers pizzas to match: the no-nonsense, back-to-basics kind you wouldn’t expect some two thousand miles north of  Naples. The oven is a central piece to the décor and cuisine alike, delivering the sort of crust that pizza aficionados the world over lust after. Gluten-free and vegan options are also available. Otherwise, the menu crafted up by Reggianini’s trusted right-arm man, Di Luca, relies on tradition. “From antipasti to pizzas, it’s all about the quality of the ingredients,” Di Luca says. “And the right technique, of course.” Reggianini nods, the team-of-two in obvious unison. “We’re not looking to reinvent the wheel by cooking up some fusion concoction like a reindeer piz-

za,” Reggianini adds. “Sure, we could do that, and I’m sure we’d do it very well, too, but that’s not what we’re about. We’re Italian. 100 per cent Italian.”

Up in flames There is, however, one exception: Pizza Inferno, the restaurant’s namesake dish that’s delivered to the table in naked flames. “It’s definitely not traditional, but it’s something that we came up with right here in Tromsø,” Reggianini says.  “Obviously, it looks amazing, but the flames do leave a pretty interesting aftertaste, too.” Pizza Inferno features fiery toppings such as spicy salami and chili, but the real twist comes once the woodfire-caressed creation is out of the foundry-looking oven. “We sprinkle it with our in-house pyrotechnic mix,” Reggianini explains, in a Corleonesque manner. The recipe, featuring something “pretty stiff, a splash of Tabasco and a few other ingredients”, is a secret – a family secret. “Then we set it on fire and off it goes to the table.” If ever there was a dish to symbolise the unlikely, but undoubtedly scorching match between Italian fire and Arctic cool, Tromsø’s favourite pizza might just be it.

Tiramisu.

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Scan Magazine  |  Travel Feature  |  FjordTours

Left: Camp Tamok is one of the best locations for seeing the northern lights. Top right: Beautiful Nærøyfjorden is one of the places you will see when you book the Norway In a Nutshell® tour. Bottom right: During the Norway In a Nutshell® tour, you will see plenty of fjords.

Be environmentally friendly while experiencing the northern lights Winter is often seen as gloomy – but travelling through Norway using public transport and leaving behind a minimal carbon footprint, while also seeing the northern lights, can brighten up any dark season. By Marie Mannes  |  Photos: FjordTours

Norwegian travel company FjordTours offers exactly that as one of its package tours, called Northern Lights & Norway In a Nutshell®. Bo Vibe, the digital marketing specialist, explains how the trip works: “Norway In a Nutshell® is our most popular trip and the one we are internationally known for. It is a roundtrip where, by using our own invented booking system, you choose if you want to start in Oslo or Bergen and then, using public transport like coaches, buses, trains and electric ferries, you make your way around Norway, including visits to Flåm and Voss, which is a real highlight of the trip. You also get to see a lot of fjords, which is often something people are excited about.” Most are happy with the roundtrip alone, but you can take it up a notch by also experiencing the northern lights. “After completing the Norway In a Nutshell® tour, you take a plane to Tromsø, where 38  |  Issue 132  |  January 2020

you start your northern lights adventure by going to Camp Tamok – one of the best locations for seeing the northern lights,” Vibe explains.

Sustainability at the top Vibe says that travelling using public transport is a unique, great way to see Norway. “Bergen Railway and Flåm Railway let you see some stunning views and really take in the best of what  Norway has to offer.”   Sustainability is important for the travel company. “It’s not just about being environmentally friendly, but also about helping local businesses thrive, so we prefer to team up with them instead of going in and doing it ourselves,”  Vibe says.   

Fjords and northern lights

It is recommended that, with the northern lights addition, the trip is a mini-

mum of four days, but Vibe advises that you take at least five to six days. “During those days, you will truly experience Norway during the winter: seeing the fjords, while also combining it with the northern lights,” he says.  The Norway In a Nutshell® tour with the northern lights experience is open between 15 October and 23 March, to correspond with the northern lights season. “What is so great about that, as well, is that there are fewer tourists during this time, so it’s not so crowded, and it’s good for the places you visit that they get people all year round instead of thousands all at once.” Read more about the Norway in a Nutshell® with the northern lights experience trip on: www.norwaynutshell.com/ northern-lights

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Scan Magazine  |  Cover Feature  |  Thomas Hayes

Thomas Hayes – from TV’s William to music’s HAYES In 2016, he broke the hearts of millions of fans as he walked away from the role of William in NRK’s hugely popular Skam TV drama. Last year, he made up for it as he stepped back into the limelight as the producer of a charting electronic pop single. Scan Magazine spoke to Thomas Hayes about over-night success, trusting your gut, and choosing music. By Linnea Dunne  |  Photos: Truls Qvale

The 2015 scene during the first season of Skam when William Magnusson first walks across the yard outside Oslo’s  Hartvig Nissen School in slow motion will go down in Scandinavian TV history as one of the most memorable, classic hunk moments of all times. As he went on to woo the equally charming Noora Amalie   Sætre (played by previous Scan Magazine cover star Josefine Frida Pettersen), he won over not just her heart, but those of every viewer with a soft spot for a mysterious look, a constantly falling quiff, and eyes you can’t help but drown in. Thomas Hayes, the young actor playing the hunk,

became a household name in Norway almost overnight, as the teen series broke all viewership records in its home country. Soon, iconic NOORA + WILLIAM jumpers started selling out all over Scandinavia, and the show got a cult following among Scandophiles far beyond the Nordics. But the huge success of the show, while incredibly positive, came with “a dark side” and was “at times completely overwhelming”, says Hayes, who is careful to add that he is still happy that he said yes to the role and grateful for the following and platform it gave him. “Being part of Issue 132  |  January 2020  |  41


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success changes your life. Being part of a phenomenon like Skam takes over your entire life,” he tries to explain. “The show and people involved were nothing but great, but I was very young, and it was impossible not to be overwhelmed by how much my life changed – how strangely some people behaved around me when I was just trying to get on with my life. Nothing could have prepared me for the invasiveness of the media and the intense scrutiny I was under.” Fans were heart-broken when it became clear, at the start of season three, that  William had moved to London and would no longer feature in the show. Yet it’s hard to blame Hayes for choosing to walk away. “My choice to walk away had more to do with my basic nature than anything else; I wanted to focus on something new, learn and keep evolving. It was hard – I didn’t have anything to go to – but I felt the time was right to start from scratch. It wasn’t about leaving something, but about moving forward.”

A secret passion A product of, in his own words, a ‘happy’ divorce, Hayes grew up in Asker, a town about a 30-minute drive from Oslo, surrounded by a fjord, mountains, farms and woodlands where he went playing and exploring. His father being from the UK, he ended up, much like his Skam character, spending a lot of time over there, including going to football matches and music festivals. Perhaps the latter inspired him as it came to deciding what his next steps would be, as he set his eyes on the music industry. “I’ve always loved music as a consumer and a fan, while also being very interested in the creative process behind the music. Skam changed all my plans, and ultimately gave me the chance to dig deeper and do what I love,” he says. Then again, perhaps the former – a love of football – helped a little along the way, too. “The first time I met Nico & Vinz was at a charity football game at Norway Cup. They’re both super cool guys, and I guess we just vibed!” They did indeed, and when Hayes sent over a demo of the track he was working on at the time, they vibed even more. The result, Where I Belong, was released in 42  |  Issue 132  |  January 2020


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August last year with HAYES launching his career as DJ and producer, featuring Nico & Vinz on vocals, quickly clocking up millions of Spotify streams and listings on a number of Norway’s radio stations. And if the somewhat tentative mellowness of the electronic pop tune and the line ‘I don’t know where I belong’ made fans wonder if Hayes was still soul searching, his  follow-up single, Now or Never featuring Mugisho, tells another story. The heartfelt banger about doing your thing and ignoring the opinions of others quickly entered Norway’s top-50, being playlisted on NRK’s P3 as well as mP3. In the end, perhaps there was never really that much doubt about what the young Norwegian-Brit would do, considering music was always among his biggest passions. “Deciding to go all in with music was easy, but doing it was hard!” he reflects. “Only those close to me know how passionate I am about music, and very few people knew about the project. It feels a bit scary, but mostly awesome, that my music is finally out there for everyone to hear after months and months of work. A lot of people are voicing their opinions – critical and supportive – about the music and my career, but I just feel incredibly lucky to be able to follow my own path.”

Exciting times ahead Hayes is noticeably excited about things to come, explaining that he’s learnt a lot in the past year and is spending a lot of time in songwriting sessions with other talented musicians and producers. With over one million followers on Instagram, countless useful and gifted friends in the music industry, and clearly some enviable songwriting and production skills, it seems highly likely that we’ll see a lot more of Hayes in 2020 – and perhaps we can get used to drowning in his smooth beats rather than in the deep, brown eyes of the character he played. And yet, it would be wrong not to ask: would he, if asked, go back to Skam for a one-off special, grand finale or even a final season? “If Julie Andem [producer of Skam] calls me one day and asks if I want to do more work with her, I would say yes 11 times out of ten!” 44  |  Issue 132  |  January 2020


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A festival at the intersection between faith and society Every summer, the historic grounds of the Nidaros Cathedral in the Norwegian city of Trondheim play host to Trondheim International Olavsfest – a festival celebrating faith, union, justice and honour, and meeting across borders and differences using art, culture and conversation.

ing so, you only offer people the comfort of who they already are. If you want to  challenge and expand their sense of self and their reality, you have to offer a different input.”

By Alyssa Nilsen  |  Photos: Olavsfest/Ole Martin Wold

Taking place every year as July becomes August, Trondheim International  Olavsfest has become a staple both in the city of Trondheim and on the Norwegian festival scene. With its focus on reflection, communication and culture, it is a festival that offers as much for the mind and the soul as it does entertainment. “We want to give people art and culture that make people view their world and themselves in a different light,” says di46  |  Issue 132  |  January 2020

rector Petter Myhr. “Our perception of reality is always limited, which is why we need art and culture to help us get a different perspective.” To make this happen, the festival is made up of art in a variety of shapes and expressions, such as different types and genres of music. “A lot of festivals focus mainly on one type of music, or target the festival towards one particular age group or sub-culture,” Myhr says. “But by do-

This is why the festival offers everything from Baroque music to pop, rock and jazz; there is visual art and exhibitions, pilgrim walks and worship services, as well as conversations, discussions and lectures.

Food for thought At the heart of the festival is the West Front Meeting – a daily gathering at the West Front Square, where conversations on important topics at the intersection between faith and society take place. At


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1pm each day, approximately 1,000 people meet up to listen to the talks, which are conducted almost like a talk show about serious topics, without arguments, discussions or agendas. The speakers are all people who are as interested in listening and learning as they are talking and teaching – and they come from all over the world. “This year, the speakers will be from England, the US, Denmark, Sweden and beyond,” Myhr says, “and we get the artists playing the festival involved as well.” The meetings all revolve around topics related to the main theme of each year’s festival. “We always use one single word as the festival theme,” Myhr continues, “and we have two demands for that word: it should concern absolutely everybody in the entire world, and it should be interesting to reflect upon, both in a religious and a non-religious context.” In 2018 the word was Body, in 2019 it was Transformation, and this year’s topic is Honour. All the West Front Meetings are broadcast live on Norwegian radio and have become a nationwide arena for reflection and faith. In addition to the conversations, meetings and exhibitions, there’s Olav’s  Market, keeping the pilgrims’ tradition of gathering to buy and sell handcrafted items alive. All stalls are selected because of their quality, craftsmanship, sustainability, affiliation and innovation. Entertainment, experiences and food are also a big part of the market, and the area is always buzzing with life. Another big part of the festival is music and concerts. Each year, national and international artists from various genres and generations make the festival a magical place for the attendees. Among this year’s performers are Yusuf/Cat Stevens, who will be playing his first-ever concert in Norway; Stefan Sundström, and  Norwegian favourite AURORA.

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Yusuf/Cat Stevens. Photo: Danny Clinch

story of the world’s most famous chess pieces, the Lewis chessmen. The pieces, believed to have been carved from Greenlandic walrus teeth in Trondheim around the year 1100, were possibly lost or hidden during a shipwreck near the Hebrides. They were found by coincidence at Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides in 1831, in what was described as a subterranean chamber. The Lewis chessmen differ from modern chess pieces in that they are red and white rather than black and white, and the red queen in  Olavsfest’s concert is played by The  Cardigans vocalist Nina Persson. The majority of the pieces are usually exhibited at The British Museum in London, while the remaining pieces are at the National  Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. The Dronningoffer concert is written by Bertil Palmar Johansen (music) and Tale Næss (lyrics), and the story of the chess pieces, along with the love triangle of one king and two queens, is told through the moves of Norwegian chess player  Magnus Carlsen’s legendary Queen  Sacrifice match against Sergej Karjakin in 2016. It promises pop and classical music, dancers, narrators, and a choir singing each move from the match.

Nina Persson stars as the red queen in Dronningoffer. Photo: Johan Sundell

The following day the festival premieres another show, Miriam, a play aimed towards children and families. The play tells the story of Miriam, whose late parents won the Nobel Prize in medicine and researched how people’s brains work. Mysterious events take place when people try to search for the couple’s scientific discoveries and results. “The play is about faith, science and what the future might look like when somebody wants control over our lives,” Myhr says. “It’s a very exciting play for children, but equally exciting for grownups.” He explains that the play is perfect for Trondheim, a city built on faith and science, known for the Nidaros Cathedral as well as the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

Director Petter Myhr. Photo: Eivind Stuevold

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The final concert of the festival, taking place in the courtyard, is Trondheim Symfoniorkester & Opera (TSO) perform-


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ing Bowie in Berlin, the story of one of rock music’s strongest album trilogies (Low from 1977, Heroes from 1977 and Lodger from 1979) and Bowie freeing himself from the chains of stardom and paranoia to reinvent himself as a searching and experimental artist. Trondheim International Olavsfest 2020 takes place between 28 July and 3 August.

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Unique music experience under the midnight sun Midnattsrocken is Norway’s northernmost outdoor festival, providing visitors from near and far with unforgettable and unique music and camping experiences under the enchanting midnight sun. Taking place at the very top of the country in Lakselv this July, the festival promises fun-filled days of great tunes and an amazing atmosphere. By Ingrid Opstad  |  Photos: Midnattsrocken

Every summer, something magical happens north of the Arctic Circle. Here, in the midst of the beautiful Norwegian scenery, under the midnight sun, a music festival takes place with late-night rock concerts lasting far into the endless summer nights – a truly unique and unforgettable experience. Since 1984, Midnattsrocken has been offering locals and visitors alike a varied programme full of great music as well as a legendary, vibrant festival camp full 50  |  Issue 132  |  January 2020

of parties with no end in sight. After a change in management in 2003, the festival has grown to become the biggest and northernmost outdoor festival in the northern part of Norway.

Idyllic location In Finnmark during summertime, the sun remains visible until midnight, in stark contrast to the dark winters. Situated at the bottom of a headland in the Porsangerfjord, with the stage facing the fjord, the festival boasts a spec-

tacular setting. “The area is very idyllic. The stage is facing north, so from around midnight to one o’clock at night, the midnight sun shines right onto the stage. It provides a very special atmosphere for both audiences and performers,” says festival manager Sten Rune Pettersen. The festival is located in the very heart of the Sami heritage, and there are many traces of the Sami culture present at the festival. “We have Hard Joik Cafe serving local food and Arctic beer, traditional ‘lavvos’ backstage for the artists to stay in, and several Sami artists performing, such as Mari Boine,” says  Pettersen. Boine is a big name, internationally known for mixing rock with the yoiks of her native people.


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Norwegian rock With the continuous aim to deliver a programme with breadth, ranging from heavy metal and rock to country, hip hop and dance, there is something for everyone to enjoy at Midnattsrocken. This year, the festival has done it a little differently, by focusing solely on  Norwegian artists and bands, but still with a varied selection of music on the poster. “We have the CC Cowboys, who are one of the biggest Norwegian classic rock bands of all time, and also dance-  orientated house music by Matoma, who is more popular among the younger crowd,” Pettersen says. “It is also a great honour and pleasure to finally be able to welcome Åge Aleksandersen & Sambandet back. He played here for the first time 36 years ago, and was the headline for the  first and second editions of the festival,” he adds.

Campsite buzzing with life What better way to enjoy rock ‘n’ roll, idyllic nature and the mythical midnight sun than by camping outdoors? At the festival’s own camping area, which is buzzing with life both before, during and

after the festival, you might even spot a celebrity or two. “One thing that is special about our festival is that the artists actually have to go through the camping area before they get to the stage. It is a bit exotic in a way, because that doesn’t happen anywhere else. Some larger bands like Twisted  Sister and Deep Purple were a bit sceptical, but the audience doesn’t care much, and the artists appreciate being able to wander around anonymously,” says technical manager Stig Tore Grøtta.

The camp becomes like a small community and is an important part of the overall festival experience. Here, you can stay in a tent, caravan or RV, while socialising with old and new friends. The camping site has everything you need, including toilet facilities and drinking water. As well as this, there is a dedicated bus transporting festival-goers to shower facilities in Lakselv city centre every day. With a quiet area available where it is silent after 11pm, it is also possible to have a more relaxing stay, away from the partying. Tickets are already on sale, and it looks like it will be another successful year for Norway’s northernmost outdoor festival. “We have had a 50 per cent increase in ticket sales from last year, and look forward to fun-filled days of great tunes and an amazing atmosphere,”  says Grøtta. Location: Brennelvneset, Lakselv, Finnmark Date: 9-12 July 2020 programme includes: Åge Aleksandersen & Sambandet, CC Cowboys, Matoma, Dance With a Stranger, iEksil, Mari Boine, Northkid, Tungevaag, Viking Queen and many more…

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Photo: Ingvil Skeie Ljones

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Photo: Anne Marte Før

Photo: Ingvil Skeie Ljones

Photo: Anne Marte Før

Norway’s oldest folk music festival This summer, you are invited to Jørn Hilme-stemnet, an exciting and unique festival in Valdres for anyone who wants to seek out and experience the genuine Norwegian heritage of traditional music and dance, but with a modern twist. By Ingrid Opstad

Established in 1960, Jørn Hilme-stemnet is today the oldest folk music festival in Norway that focuses wholeheartedly on Norwegian music. “We are very authentic, and some might say a bit geeky. Our aim is to carry on the rich, Norwegian folk music traditions into the present time, while at the same time being innovative and experimental,” says PR manager Alice Gudheim. The importance of looking to the future as well as the past is at the core of the festival, and something that was also of great significance to the man behind its name. “Jørn Hilme was truly a pioneer of his time and is regarded as the most important traditional musician from Valdres,” Gudheim explains. 52  |  Issue 132  |  January 2020

60th anniversary Jørn Hilme-stemnet takes place in July each year, with around 10,000 visitors, and this year is special as it marks the festival’s 60th anniversary. To celebrate,  Gudheim promises an extensive programme for the whole family to enjoy, full of exciting happenings, with one of the highlights being an outdoor sunset concert with Kim Rysstad and band. “Rysstad has become a well-known musician in Norway in recent years, known for mixing folk music with different genres like classical, bluegrass, country and pop,” she says. The festival is an arena for all ages, a place that has something for everyone, from hardcore enthusiasts to curious amateurs. Taking place in and around

Valdres Folkemuseum, a large openair museum that contains the country’s oldest local folk music archive, the surroundings help set the tone for many unforgettable experiences. “The festival is very intimate and the museum makes the perfect setting. Our programme has a large selection of concerts, competitions and courses, and you are also encouraged to break loose in traditional folk dance during the shows,” Gudheim smiles. In addition, the festival will host a large anniversary exhibition, which will also be turned into a book. “It will be full of memories from the last 60 years, in the form of old-fashioned-style photographs that will help to evoke time passed.” Where? Fagernes, Valdres When? 5-12 July

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Exclusive yet inclusive musical experiences With its unique artistic authenticity and quality, one of Europe’s leading chamber music festivals, Stavanger Kammermusikkfestival, is preparing for its 30th anniversary this coming summer.

playing from the stage – a success that will be repeated at this coming festival, according to the manager.

By Åsa Hedvig Aaberge  |  Photos: Peter Adamik

Stavanger Kammermusikkfestival aims to invite people of all ages to enjoy musical experiences. “In 2019, we invited families, schools and kindergartens. In this way, we reach an audience that is not necessarily exposed to this kind of art and cultural experience,”  Lilleland says.

“We enhance the art’s intrinsic value through continuation, quality enhancement and innovation,” festival manager Katrine Lilleland says. Ever since the first festival came to life in 1991,  Stavanger Kammermusikkfestival has focused on traditional chamber music, commonly covered by the term classical music. Contemporary interpretations of the classics also have an evidential presence in the festival’s yearly  programme. In 2020, two anniversaries will define the festival programme: the festival celebrates 30 years, and the year marks 250 years since the composer Beethoven was born. “We will mark the anniversary with the theme Birth of Romanticism, by drawing lines backwards and forwards in music history from the German master. The festival will concentrate on Beethoven’s life and work, from the time he was locat-

ed in Vienna – including literary, political and financial,” Lilleland says. The programmers of the festival travel the world to find artists and musicians to fill the stage in Stavanger. “The goal is to present an exclusive product – but one that under no circumstances is excluding. A relaxed atmosphere and affordable prices make for an inclusive festival,” says Lilleland. This year, the festival will take a step closer towards pop culture with exciting new artists. “We are yet to see what will be on the programme in 2020, but I have no doubt that it will be sublime,”  Lilleland says. The full programme for 2020 will be revealed later this month. In 2019, yoga made its way into the festival programme, with a fully-fledged yoga class accompanied by live music

Stavanger Kammermusikkfestival 2020 is scheduled for 4 to 9 August in Stavanger and the surrounding towns. “Stavanger is an exciting coastal town surrounded by fantastic nature, with fjords, Preikestolen,  and long sandy beaches close by – a beautiful destination with both the culture of an international standard and nature that’s not of this world,” concludes the festival manager. www.kammermusikkfestivalen.no Facebook: kammermusikkfestivalen Instagram: @kammermusikkfestivalstavanger

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Risør Kammermusikkfest offers a multitude of concerts in beautiful Risør on the coast of Norway.

30 years of chamber music On the south-eastern coast of Norway, amongst the idyllic surroundings of the Norwegian archipelago, you’ll find the town of Risør. Once a year, the town known as ‘the white town by the Skagerrak’, due to its white wooden houses and its location by the Skagerrak Sea, plays host to acclaimed Norwegian chamber music festival, Risør Kammermusikkfest. By Alyssa Nilsen  |  Photos: Liv Øvland

Risør Kammermusikkfest, founded in 1991, has grown from a small festival for local classical and chamber music fans, to a beacon amongst its kind, drawing classical music fans from all over the world. 2020 will see its 30th anniversary, and big celebrations are in order! “The festival started as a bit of a crazy idea,” laughs general manager Eirik Raude. “Risør is a tiny town, which isn’t exactly full of fitting concert venues, but the initial organisers had a vision of 54  |  Issue 132  |  January 2020

making the best festival in Norway, and potentially one of the best in the world. They really felt like they’d made it in 2002 when The New York Times named it one of the most exciting festivals of Europe.” The intimate vibe of the festival is something the arrangers, visitors and performing musicians treasure. Raude explains that the combination of Risør’s stunning surroundings, with its quaint, white wooden buildings, along with its short distances, makes it the

perfect place for a festival like Risør  Kammermusikkfest. With locations scattered around town, all within walking distance of each other, the visitors and musicians get a chance to mingle, get to know each other and make friends on the way to their next concert.

International artists for international crowds The result has become a festival sought after by acclaimed international musicians, who often request an invitation to come and play. The festival also attracts an international audience, with last year’s festival seeing visitors from several European countries as well as from the US and Japan. The beautiful Baroque church in the town centre is the festival’s main venue, offer-


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ing enchanting experiences with magical sound and acoustics. But, for a place like Risør, the outdoors offers more impressive scenery than any venue ever could. The festival uses this to its advantage, building a large outdoor stage by a lighthouse on an island, making the surrounding fjord and archipelago a breathtaking backdrop – particularly when the sun sets late at night. Festival boats carry the visitors between the island and the town. There’s also a stage in an industrial building downtown, for evening concerts with more of a festival vibe and a broader appeal than the main programme, featuring artists that people not necessarily familiar with chamber music might know.

A big celebration To celebrate the 30th anniversary, the festival is putting together a brand-new chamber orchestra, featuring Norway’s best string instrumentalists between the ages of 20 and 25. “It’s our anniversary present to ourselves,” Raude explains. “For the first few years of the festival, there was a festival chamber orchestra called Risør Festival Strings, and we’re

bringing that back. It ensures the festival much larger opportunities in terms of the programme, having a steady group of that size at hand.” This year’s festival features famous  Norwegian trumpet player Tine Thing Helseth, who has also joined the festival’s artistic management, bringing young classical musicians to the festival. One of those is Japanese-Canadian  violinist Karen Gomyo, as well as  Norwegian violinists Sonoko Miriam Welde and Ludvig Norum Gudim. Other famous Norwegian names include

Kim Rysstad, a traditional folk singer from Setesdal, known from Norwegian TV’s Stjernekamp. The practice of traditional music and dance in Setesdal was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List just before Christmas. Helene  Bøksle, known for her participation in Norwegian TV shows Kjempesjansen and Melodi Grand Prix, the national qualifier for the Eurovision Song Contest, is another famous musician visiting the festival in 2020. Bøksle was nominated for a Hollywood Music Award in 2008,  and has several best-selling albums  in Norway. About Risør Kammermusikkfest: – A classical music festival founded in 1991 – Arranged annually at the end of June – The 2020 festival takes place on 23-28 July

Chamber orchestra.

Tine Thing Helseth.

– Famous pianist Leif Ove Andsnes and violinist Christian Tetzlaff are among previous artistic leaders – Named one of the ten most important events in classical music by The New York Times – Attracts some of the world’s best musicians every year – Celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2020 The official programme for the festival will be released on 27 February.

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The Flagstad flagship With a desire to bring opera to every man, woman and child in Norway, the Kristen Flagstad Festival has built a flagship opera festival in the name of a Norwegian legend. By Lisa Maria Berg  |  Photos: Kirsten Flagstad Festival

“Kirsten Flagstad had a life like something out of a novel – from a humble upbringing in Hamar to performing at the Metropolitain Opera in New York in 1935. Described as the voice of a century, she was at the helm of opera for decades and became incredibly important when she became the first director of the  Norwegian Opera.” Festival manager Gjøril Songvoll has what one could call an above average interest in all things opera, paired with being quite the fan of Kirsten Flagstad, the Norwegian opera legend formerly the face of the hundred kroner note in Norway. In June, Songvoll and her team celebrate the festival’s 15th year 56  |  Issue 132  |  January 2020

and the 125th anniversary of Kirsten  Flagstad’s birth.

Putting Norway on the map Since the new opera house in Oslo opened its doors in 2008, Norway has undergone an opera revolution. “A lot has happened in Norwegian opera. We book both national and international stars, and lately, several Norwegians find themselves in both categories,” Songvoll explains. In November last year, for instance, Lise Davidsen made her, according The New York Times, “radiant” debut at The Met, and although Davidsen isn’t part of the Flagstad programme, rising stars

like Ingegjerd Bagøien Moe, Caroline  Wettergren and Bernt Ola Volungholen can be seen and heard come summer.

For the whole family The festival has a varied programme. If you have kids, this is definitely the place to take them for their first operatic experience. The yearly concert on the historic Hamar square has become a hit on the festival programme. “Kids absolutely love opera, they go mad for it! Somehow, we have this idea that opera is for certain kinds of people and certain kinds of places, while in fact opera, as the traditional Italian folk music that it was, has always been by and for the people. One doesn’t need an intellectual figuring out of the music; it speaks to the heart, and therefore to all of us.” www.flagstad-festival.no


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Top left: Ann-Karin Både and the Stavanger concert hall organ. Photo: Aftenbladet / Jarle Aasland. Middle left: The Scott Brothers Duo at Stavanger Concert Hall in 2019. Bottom left: From the performance Dare You Play, Christine in 2019. Right: The Stavanger concert hall organ, built by Ryde & Berg. Photo: Olav Bjørkum.

On a mission to promote organ music Focusing on the rich musical heritage of the church, while also facilitating innovation, the Norwegian Organ Festival wants to give its audience the opportunity to experience classical and popular church music. This year, for the 30th time, the festival will proudly showcase the wide variety of organ music, while also hosting the second edition of the Nordic Organ Competition. By Ingrid Opstad  |  Photos: Tore Edland

With the aim of providing beautiful and captivating music, as they have done since 1990, the Norwegian Organ Festival is the place to discover the best of international, Nordic and local organ music. Taking place in the area of Stavanger and Sandnes on 17 to 20 September, the festival has become a place where tradition and innovation meet. “We consider it a very important mission to promote and spread awareness of organ music,” says managing director Ann-Karin Både.  Organ music became part of the  UNESCO Intangible Cultural and World Heritage List in 2018.

One of the headliners is the French organist Michel Bouvard, who will be performing alongside Yasuko Bouvard. “We are very much looking forward to it. Bouvard is an internationally recognised interpreter of the French repertoire, and has played all over the world,” she says. “In addition, we will have the premiere of commissioned works by composer Ørjan Matre performed by Anders  Eidsten Dahl and the NyNorsk brass quintet. There will be organ classes for youth and an organetto concert by Catalina Vicens, Marco Ambrosini and Anna Maria Friman – and much more!”

The full festival programme will be released soon, but Både can already reveal that it has something for everyone.

This year, the second edition of the Nordic Organ Competition will take place during the festival, an exciting initiative where the

winner gets the chance to perform several recitals in 2021, arranged by the festival and its partners. It is open to citizens from the five Nordic countries, or persons who have lived in these countries for two years or more, and who are born after 1  January 1987. “It is a great way to help promote young musicians, but also to create visibility for organ music and a network between the Nordic countries, as well as to showcase the festival, of course,” says Både. Nordic Organ Competition 2020: – First prize: 30,000 NOK (around 2,500   GBP) and 2021 recital opportunities – Second prize: 15,000 NOK – Third prize: 10,000 NOK – Audience prize: 5,000 NOK Application deadline: 1 April 2020 Contact: norsk.orgelfestival@kirken.no

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The world’s most epic snowball fight Norway’s north-easternmost city, Vardø, is known for its spectacular Arctic nature, northern lights, amazing seafood, open-minded and welcoming locals – and snowball fights. By Bianca Wessel  |  Photos: Yukigassen

The annual snowball fight Yukigassen is set to once again return to Vardø, with the battlefield set across an 18th-century historical fortress. This winter sport, originating from Sobetsu in Japan, was introduced to Norway in 1996 and has steadily grown in popularity ever since. The game is played between two teams, each armed with 90 machine-made snowballs. The goal is to capture the other team’s flag or eliminate all of its players. Players must wear helmets and be 16 years or older. More than 30 teams are expected to invade Vardø during Yukigassen, which will take place on 11 to 15 March 2020. The magical festival starts Friday at noon, with all the local children gathered to perform the traditional Yuki dance. The 58  |  Issue 132  |  January 2020

entire village will come out to see the dancing children, dressed in Yuki outfits. “It’s truly special. I don’t think there will be a dry eye after seeing the young children perform,” predicts co-organiser Kjersti Aronsen. Then, a gun salute from the fortress will mark the official opening, followed by a parade led by the Yuki King and Queen. There are speeches and entertainment before the grand ceremony concludes with a spectacular fireworks display illuminating the dark sky. Qualifying games are played on Saturday, before the finale and prize giving ceremony  on Sunday. Yukigassen being a winter festival, its arena, stage, stage props and sculptures are all built in snow and ice. It’s

all brought to life by live music and a fun-filled programme, like the special dance event on the Saturday evening, called Yuki night. The festival is also an unmissable chance to sample local produce and specialities, like fresh-offthe-boat Norwegian seafood, as well as tasty game. Vardø truly transforms from a quiet town into the ultimate, snow-covered,  adrenaline-fuelled adventure, for children and adults alike to come together to have fun. “Yukigassen is only possible thanks to the team effort of the population of Vardø, who all work voluntarily to contribute to the success of the event,” says the co-organiser Roy Arne Karlsen. The battle plan for this year’s  Yukigassen has already been declared: the goal is to have at least as much fun and excitement as last year. Let the games begin! yukigassen.no


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Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir is one of those who will perform Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis. Photo: Kaupo Kikkas

The world-famous composer Bent Sørensen has written a new St Matthew Passion, commissioned by the festival. Photo: Lars Skaaning

Le Cercle de l’Harmonie will perform Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir. Photo: Caroline Doutre

German Hagen Quartet will perform during the festival. Photo: Harald Hoffmann

Orpehus XXI is an ensemble of musicians from war-torn countries. Press photo

Human rights and Beethoven in focus during Oslo International Church Music Festival It’s been 20 years since festival director and artistic leader Bente Johnsrud held the first church music festival in Oslo. Two decades later, the festival is bigger than ever, with this year’s theme being human rights, and with a special focus on Beethoven to mark 250 years since his birth. By Marie Mannes

The human rights theme is an important element throughout the festival. Spanish violinist and philanthropist Jordi Savall’s Orpheus XXI ensemble brings together refugee musicians who are not able to perform in their own countries. “In many areas plagued by war and conflict, there is a rich cultural heritage, which is in danger of being wiped out. By playing their music and sharing their knowledge with young refugees, they prevent their traditions from disappearing,” Johnsrud says. Previous themes have included the  climate, slavery and the place of women in the world today. The festival is not afraid of putting these themes on the agenda. “We want, through music, to channel our voice into something good and raise the issue of abusive behaviour through religious practices,” Johnsrud explains. The festival strives to provide

high quality in everything it does. “I often say that we give the audience what they don’t know they want, and that we try to bring Europe closer to Oslo,” she adds. German Hagen Quartet, Italian Accademia  Bizantina and Belgian Bl!ndman Sax are a few of the thousands of musicians who perform each year at the festival. The festival – which takes place over ten days in March, with concerts being held in churches around Oslo – welcomes around 15,000 visitors each year.  As it’s 250 years since Beethoven was born, the festival also plans to mark this with several events throughout, the first being the opening concert with Missa Solemnis performed by Le Cercle  de l’Harmonie from France and Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir.  “Beethoven didn’t write much church music, but Missa Solemnis is one of the

main reference works in this genre,” Johnsrud says. She also points out that Beethoven fits well into this year’s theme: “He was a child of the French revolution and believed in music’s ability to unify people – he believed in humanity and the individual,” she explains.  As well as presenting music from the Middle Ages up to our time, the festival has commissioned more than 100 pieces throughout its 20 years.  “For the jubilee festival, a new St Matthew Passion has been written by one of the most recognised composers of our time, Danish Bent Sørensen. This piece will be premiered by the Norwegian Soloist Choir and Ensemble Allegria under the direction of Grete Pedersen during our closing concert,” says Johnsrud. 

The festival will take place on 13 to 23 March.

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World Cup Kvitfjell – back for the 26th year The Alpine World Cup 2020 will once again be held in Kvitfjell in Norway, where the alpine world elite will compete for the coveted title. But the World Cup in Kvitfjell isn’t just a ski race – plenty of exciting activities are scheduled for the eagerly anticipated weekend event. Originally developed for the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Kvitfjell ski resort is one of the world’s most modern alpine resorts. With the exception of 2006, Kvitfjell has organised men’s World Cup races every year since 1994. On 7 and 8 March this year, the top alpine skiers in the world will once again descend on Ringebu in Norway for this exciting skiing event. With a great tradition of organising this key event in international alpine sports, Kvitfjell will this year host the World Cup for a 26th time. “This is Norway’s biggest winter sports event, and we are one of the most experienced and internationally recognised organisers,” says Ole Kristian Kirkerud, president of World Cup Kvitfjell.

Kirkerud says that the most important aspects of the organisation are planning and preparation. “The skiing conditions have to be perfect, and every little detail has to be considered,” he says. “We’re constantly working towards developing, improving and introducing new aspects of the event – every year should be better than the last.” Putting on a sustainable event is an important focus for Kvitfjell, and the organisers are striving for environmentally friendly practices in every aspect of the event, including waste disposal and transport to and from the event. In addition to the races, there is an exciting schedule of cultural events and activities planned for the World Cup weekend. There

Celebrating 15 years of laughter, emotions and diversity on stage The 2020 NonStop International Theatre Festival celebrates one and a half decades of high-quality performing arts. With a new collaboration between two large theatre houses in place, this year’s festival is not only able to welcome smaller performances, but also larger, spectacular productions. The NonStop International Theatre Festival will be an important showcase of performing arts in the Norwegian regions of Østfold and Oslofjord. This artistic event can be enjoyed on 13 to 20 September in the Norwegian city of Moss, which turns 300 years this year. The theatre festival works as an annual Familien Fløz delivering world-class theatre magic with Infinita. Photo: Valeria Tomasulo

meeting place for both Norwegian and international performing artists. As per previous years, the programme is well-composed, with a strong focus on diversity, designed to give the audience an unforgettable experience with a high-quality mix of international performances. The well-received Thaddeus Philips with Inflatable Space is a highlight for many. Photot: Elvis Suarez

By Maria Vole  |  Photo: Allessandro Trovati

is plenty of engagement on a local as well as international level, with volunteers travelling from both near and far to help with the event. “We’re excited to welcome everyone to have an incredible experience with us at the World Cup 2020,” Kirkerud concludes.

Smiseth Sejersted.

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By Kristine Olofsson

“We will be able to welcome larger, spectacular productions this year, as well as the smaller ones,” says festival manager Geir Meum Olsen. “Visitors can expect everything from minor, intricate performances that move them and make them laugh, to large, well-known and more straight-forward productions.” He continues: “We are always on the lookout for new premieres, and we’d love to be a stepping stone for small, local projects. We want to give the audience experiences that engage them, lift contemporary issues and leave food for thought.” With appearances by world artists such as Philip Thaddeus and the world-famous theatre company Familie Flöz, the 2020 edition is set to offer something for everyone.

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Insider’s top tips – your 2020 Sweden holiday sorted Capital cities in all their glory – sometimes it’s nice to venture off the beaten track. And even when you’re not looking for the most obscure of destinations, knowing which of all the seemingly charming towns and exciting attractions to choose can be hard. Insider’s advice is always invaluable – which is exactly why we’ve put together this guide to exploring the best of Sweden in 2020. Fancy the beauty of the archipelago just outside the capital city, or mountainous adventures slightly further up north? Perhaps you’re into history and want to learn about all the fascinating powers of water, or you’re looking for an active holiday by the sea? As a vast country with a varied landscape, Sweden offers all of the above 62  |  Issue 132  |  January 2020

and more. In addition, it is a true design mecca, a serious player on the international music and culture scene, a culinary nation to count on, and a hospitality haven, boasting a comparatively dry and mild climate. During a trip to Sweden, you can be sure that you won’t just sleep soundly and get fed, but that you’ll be cared for –

all while surrounded by unspoilt nature and a well-maintained cultural heritage. From family-friendly destinations to hotspots for thrill-seekers and naturally stunning havens for peace and quiet, we list our favourite destinations in Sweden for a trip to remember this year. For more information about top destinations, accommodation options and travel, please visit: www.visitsweden.com


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Göransson Arena. Photo: Sandviken

Stockholm Archipelago. Photo: Henrik Trygg

Gävle. Photo: Daniel Bernstål

Övertorneå. Photo: Håkan Önneholm

Trollhättan. Photo: Atelje Clas

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Photo: Roger Lärk

A landscape of wonders With their intoxicating mix of natural beauty and history, Trollhättan and Vänersborg have been drawing visitors since the 18th century. Whether it’s witnessing the waterfalls in action, admiring the spectacular natural environment, or indulging in the delicious local cuisine, these neighbouring towns promise an experience to remember. By Liz Longden

Trollhättan and Vänersborg have both been shaped by water. The former is situated on the narrow waterways of the Göta Älv river, taking its name from the spectacular natural waterfalls that pour down the mountainside, while the latter lies on the shores of Vänern, Sweden’s largest lake. And the beauty of these wild waterways and peaceful lakelands, combined with the stunning local scenery, continue to enchant. With 100 kilometres of Vänern shoreline, which includes everything from sandy 64  |  Issue 132  |  January 2020

beaches to secluded cliffs, it’s little wonder the region has been nicknamed the ‘Scandinavian Riviera’. Here, amidst some of Sweden’s finest beaches, visitors can enjoy swimming and fishing – salmon, perch, zander and trout are all found in the crystal-clear waters – or simply immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the surroundings. “A lot of people come here mainly for the peace and quiet,” explains Maria Engström Weber,  CEO of Visit Trollhättan-Vänersborg. “Vänern has 22,000 islands, so people come with their own boats and are

amazed that they end up having an entire island to themselves for a week.” It’s a stunning natural environment that is, quite literally, fit for a king – the area is home to King Carl XVI Gustaf’s royal hunting grounds – and in the luscious forests of the Halleberg and  Hunneberg Ekopark, visitors can enjoy a ‘hunting trip’ of a more peaceful nature by taking part in moose and beaver-  spotting safaris. Add to this several hiking paths, cycle paths and fishing lakes, and there is no shortage of outdoor recreational activities. Unsurprisingly, the area is very popular over the summer months, but there’s plenty to enjoy over the winter too. At this time, Vänern is transformed into a sparkling wonderland, offering, among other things, ice skating and ice-fishing.


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And, with a recently upgraded five-star campsite at Ursand with cosy shoreside cabins open all year round, it has never been easier to snuggle down by the water’s edge.

Ingenuity and culture The natural environment is only part of the appeal of the local area, however, and the town of Trollhättan itself is most renowned for a marvel that is entirely man-made. Dubbed the eighth wonder of the world when they were first created in 1800, the Trollhättan Waterfalls release 300,000 litres of water per second when they open their sluices. “It’s quite spectacular – you just don’t understand how much water that is until you experience it,” says Engström Weber. “People come here to experience that alone.” There is also plenty to enjoy away from the water. Families with young children will love Trollhättan’s ‘playpark city’, which includes no less than five different themed play parks on one site, and  Trollhättan is a lively and vibrant city, with a programme of events all year round. Anyone with an interest in history will enjoy a trip to Olidan, Sweden’s oldest state-owned hydropower station, or a guided tour around Trollhättan’s locks. And for a unique peek into Swedish industrial history, don’t miss the Saab car

Photo: Atelje Clas

museum, which has a fascinating display of Saab motors, including the very first prototypes from the 1940s. “Needless to say, it’s a must-see for car enthusiasts, but also those with an interest in design will enjoy following the entire process here,” Engström Weber points out.

farm shops and restaurants, which serve mouth-watering local specialities. Trollhättan is also home to the European  Oyster Opening Championships, a prestigious competition that also doubles  up as a celebration of food, drink and local crafts.

And if all the sightseeing and outdoors adventures leave you with a rumbling stomach, what better way to round off a day than enjoying some top-quality local cuisine? The region is renowned for its high-quality produce, including fish from Vänern, game and locally produced cheese, and boasts a host of cafes, bars,

In 1746, Carl Linneus described the area as ‘an earthly paradise’. With stunning scenery, fun for all ages and interests, and exquisite cuisine, it seems like he might well have had a point. www.visittv.se

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Båstad harbour.

Relax and unwind in comfort and gorgeous settings Båstad is a small town perfectly located next to the sea on Bjärehalvön (the Bjäre peninsula) in southern Sweden, easily reached by train, car or plane. It is a common getaway spot for Swedes and international visitors alike to enjoy during the summer time, when the population more than doubles thanks to enthusiastic tennis fans as well as beach lovers. But the enjoyment doesn’t start nor stop with the sunshine; all year round, Båstad offers relaxation, comfort and pleasure for all the senses. By Nina Bressler  |  Photos: Louise Nordström Pettersson

Båstad is founded on a prestigious, historic past, where Ludvig Nobel – nephew of the famous Alfred by the same surname – helped lay the groundwork to what the town looks like today. Having fallen for the area, he built tennis courts and golf courses and was soon followed by royals and driven entrepreneurs, who became enchanted with the little town as 66  |  Issue 132  |  January 2020

tional tennis elite gathers to play for the title, while spectators eagerly follow the games from the benches. With visiting legends such as Björn Borg, Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal, to mention but a few, the town livens up like never before and restaurants, nightlife and beaches fill up with people who are there to enjoy summer at its finest. Pepe’s Bodega and

well as the stunning surrounding nature. Still today, the town stands proudly on its rich foundations, offering activities and first-class experiences all year round.

Never-ending supply of exciting activities The tennis tournament Swedish Open is the event where the national and interna-

Cold bath by Hotel Skansen. Photo: Båstad


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Papas Restaurant next door are two popular choices for beautiful food and unforgettable nights out. If you prefer to steer clear of the crowds, there is an abundance of other activities to look forward to. “We have 170 days of planned events and activities – there is something for everyone here. And even if there isn’t an event in the calendar, there are so many gorgeous hikes and ways to relax and enjoy the nature of Bjärehalvön instead,” says Annika Borgelin, project manager at Båstad Tourism and Business. In Båstad, you’ll find 18 hiking trails in close proximity to the town, as well as 12 different cycling routes that help you connect with nature. Enjoy the nature and trails during an organised event – choose from Torekov Open Water, Båstad Hiking Festival and Swim Run – or simply enjoy a day on a SUP board, on one of the many golf courses or on the water on a sailing boat or RIB boat.

Pamper yourself in luxurious settings First-class activities obviously call for fabulous places to unwind and relax in. Båstad is proud to host three fantastic hotels where the facilities have been created with the good life in mind: Hotel Skansen, Hotel Riviera Strand and Torekov Hotell are all located close to the beach, each with its own unique identity and atmosphere, but with a common focus on quali-

Hotel Rivieras fireplace. Photo: Torleif Svensson

ty, recreation and fine dining. Hotel Riviera  Strand is a unique building, decorated in Art Deco style, and both Hotel Skansen and Torekov Hotell are equipped with spa and wellness facilities, proudly embodying the traditions of Båstad as a health resort. Experienced therapists and masseurs offer various treatments in beautiful settings, where the surrounding nature acts as a wonderful backdrop on your path to relaxation. Take an early-morning or late-evening dip in the ocean, enjoy the cold bath facilities at Hotel Skansen, and spend the evening in one of the restaurants, where high-quality dining with local produce is in focus – always accompanied by a refreshing breeze from the Torekov.

Spa at Hotel Skansen. Photo: Båstad

nearby sea, and the soothing sounds of waves rolling in over the sandy beaches.

Enjoy everything that nature has to offer With its seaside location, numerous beaches and varied landscape with high hilltops, deep forests and 12 different nature reserves, it is no wonder that the location has gained a strong reputation. Due to its mild climate and rich, fertile landscape, the locally sourced food scene is thriving, making another reason to take a hike on foot or bike in the area. Sample food and produce straight from the farms, always provided by hospitable locals. “We are dedicated and proud to make sure that our guests are enjoying themselves and feel at home. Hospitality runs in our veins; we have been greeting visitors for generations, and that heritage, combined with a wish to make them feel welcome, is something that distinguishes Båstad and makes it different from anywhere else,” Borgelin says. So whether you are hungry for partying, nature, fine dining or simply a relaxing stay by the beach, Båstad can provide it all. Båstad has become an expert at recreation, comfort and how to live the good life, and that expertise is eagerly shared with anyone who decides to pay a visit. www.bastad.com Facebook: Visitbastad Instagram: @visitbastad

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Immerse yourself in the Torne Valley culture. Photo: Tina Stafrén

Hang out with the locals by the Arctic Circle Situated by the Arctic Circle in northern Sweden, Övertorneå makes a great destination for those who are looking for a truly genuine Arctic experience in Swedish Lapland. With strong variations between the seasons, there are always new and exciting adventures to embark on throughout the year. As part of Torne Valley and bordering Finland, the region is a melting pot of different cultures, including Swedish, Finnish and Sámi, with a vast and long history. The legacy is very much alive today and expresses itself in ways that guarantee an unforgettable visit. By Kristine Olofsson

“It is difficult to describe the culture here in Övertorneå – you have to experience it for yourself,” says Therése Wintervy, destination developer at Övertorneå municipality. The region has its own minority language, ‘meänkieli’, meaning ‘our language’, just one of many examples that the area has stayed true to its roots and mishmash of cultures. To be friendly and hospitable is second nature to the locals, something visitors get to experience first-hand. “It is part of the identity here to do that little extra something 68  |  Issue 132  |  January 2020

for someone in order to make them feel welcome. As a visitor, you’ll immediately get exposed to the Arctic lifestyle and become integrated with the people living here,” explains Wintervy.

Swim back in time and celebrate New Year’s Eve twice The seasons change fast in Övertorneå – so fast that one could consider them as eight rather than four. With long summer nights bathing in the golden rays of the midnight sun, colourful autumn days and

crisp, snowy winter weeks with degrees well below zero, there are always adventures awaiting in this ever-changing environment. A different but popular activity is to ‘swim back in time’ under the midnight sun in July. This peculiar competition, dubbed Swim the Arctic Circle, is organised by an association right by the Arctic Circle and sees more than 200 international participants every year. The contestants line up on the Finnish side of the majestic Torne River at 12:05am and aim to swim over to the Swedish side within 55 minutes. If they manage to do so, they have technically travelled back in time, since Finland is one hour ahead of Sweden time-wise. The same association arranges another popular event on New Year’s Eve, called We Do It Twice. As the name suggests, something is done twice, and in this case, it is a festive New Year’s Eve cel-


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Got the northern lights on your bucket list? Watch the magical aurora dance over Övertorneå from September to April. Photo: Erik Sarlin

ebration, first taking place during the Finnish midnight moment, and then one hour later for the Swedish. Other activities in Övertorneå include the rejuvenating and relaxing art of Sauna bathing, traditionally accompanied by birch twigs, as well as northern-light spotting, dog sledding, hiking, skiing and climbing the easily accessible peak of Luppio mountain, with the most  Instagram-friendly view over the region. Another popular activity is to walk, or possibly bike or ski, depending on the season, down The Road of Arts, which is lined with interesting artworks.

Dine with the locals A large part of the cultural heritage in Torne Valley is culinary, and an interactive food experience is a must when visiting Övertorneå. The cuisine is typically natural, organic and healthy, and the components are directly sourced from nature. Reindeer and moose as well as

Photo: Therése Wintervy

Enjoy world-class art and design along The Road of Arts. Artwork: Stars Under the Sky by artist Chun Lee Wang Gurt. Photo: Marcus Stenberg

herbs, berries and potatoes are common ingredients. “You truly get to dine with the locals here,” Wintervy explains. “Rather than going to a regular restaurant, you get a full experience where you might get invited to someone’s home or participate in so-called taste walks, where you get to taste foods and ingredients directly in nature or pick your own ingredients, which will be prepared by a chef later on in the evening.” Like the dining experiences, the accommodation types in the area are small and intimate, with the feeling of coming home. Visitors can choose between everything from staying among art and design, in cosy cottages or in the sustainable eco lodge, to other quirky options such as a lookout tower or a charming, old timbered school that now serves as a Bed & Breakfast. There is also accommodation specifically for those with additional needs, enabling

A rejuvenating sauna session is a must when visiting Övertorneå. Photo: Art Hotel

perfectly accessible holidays. “All the small-scale accommodation offerings are run by passionate people, providing great opportunities for visitors to meet the locals and get advice and inspiration on what to do and see,” says Wintervy. Although being far north, Övertorneå is easily accessible. From Luleå Airport in Sweden, frequented by Scandinavian Airlines and Norwegian, it is just over one and a half hour’s drive away, and from the Finnish side, you can fly to Rovaniemi or Kemi and then drive around the same distance to reach the destination. Taking everything into account, Övertorneå is a perfect, easy-to-get-to option for those looking for a getaway that includes unforgettable nature, warm hospitality and genuine Arctic experiences.

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Dine with the locals. Experience delicacies sourced from nature. Photo: Tina Stafrén

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Göransson Arena.

Högbo.

Högbo.

Kungsberget.

Gysinge Färnebofjärden.

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

Everyone’s cup of tea Sandviken has an impressive offering of things to see and do, attracting families and adrenaline-seekers alike. Tourism is soaring and hotels in the area are busier than ever, welcoming guests from all corners of the world. By Emma Rödin  |  Photos: Sandviken

One of the main attractions of Sandviken and its surroundings is Högbo Bruk. What was historically the epicentre of iron forging is now a haven for wellness enthusiasts, with great forest tracks for mountain biking, skiing and running. There is also Högbo Brukshotell, voted Scandinavia’s most sustainable hotel last year. Here, guests can enjoy the serenity of the spa or visit the vibrant restaurant for a local gourmet experience. “People value the variety and authenticity of Högbo,” explains Eva Hofstrand, head of tourism at Sandviken. “If you don’t fancy being active or going to the spa, you can always visit one of the little farm shops or the glass-blowing workshop.” All of Högbo’s local produce and craftsmanship sits under one collective brand – Made in Högbo. Defined by high quality 72  |  Issue 132  |  January 2020

and sustainability, it is something the region is very proud of. Another attraction is Göransson Arena. This multi-purpose centre hosts a range of happenings each year, including concerts, bigger sport events and youth tournaments, attracting both national and international participants. Then there is Kungsberget, a growing ski resort just under two hours’ drive from Stockholm Arlanda airport, boasting 22 slopes and 2,300 beds, for now – the main hotel in Kungsberget is expanding and will soon have the facilities to welcome even more skiing enthusiasts. Not far from Sandviken lies  Färnebofjärden National Park, a river landscape where lakes, rapids, wetlands and forests form a mosaic environment

so unique it has been added to UNESCO’s  Man and the Biosphere programme (MAB), thanks to its incredible biological and cultural value – an ideal visit for those craving views out of the ordinary. However, Sandviken is not all about stunning nature and abundant activities. It will soon be home to one of the biggest names in IT – Microsoft. Three new data centres are planned for the area, and Microsoft has announced plans for these to become the world’s greenest. “This new establishment goes hand in hand with Sandviken’s overall sustainability approach, and we’re all very excited,” comments Hofstrand. Sandviken also boasts a newly opened brewery, and there are plans for a largescale biking project in the area. With such a breadth of things to see and do,  Sandviken guarantees that those who visit will never be bored. www.sandviken.se Facebook: sandvikenskommun


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A sea of change Stockholm marks the beginning of one of the biggest archipelagos in the world, stretching along the eastern cost of Sweden. Adored by Stockholmers for hundreds of years, this extraordinary collection of islands, rocks and islets sparks a great deal of interest within the international crowd, too. By Pia Petersson  |  Photos: Henrik Trygg

“What I’d really like to underline is that the archipelago is a landscape in its own regard, just like the mountains or the woodlands. And it’s certainly not only about the islands, but also the water between them,” begins Marie Östblom, project manager at Stockholm Archipelago. Visitors are of course spoilt for choice when it comes to things to see and do in the archipelago, such as kayak tours, hiking and cycling trails, swimming and diving opportunities. However, Östblom points out that what is so attractive and indeed unique about this part of the world is, above all, the tranquillity permeating

the whole region. “Such a basic thing as packing a lunch in a rucksack and eating it outdoors on a cliff overlooking the sea is very appealing to many tourists,”  Östblom explains. The autumn especially is a season marked by peace and quiet in the archipelago. “It’s calm and comfortable, the water is still warm and the sun is low. If you ask me, it’s the best time to visit the area,” Östblom argues. One island which Östblom highlights as especially worth a visit is the picturesque Landsort, among other things home to a busy bird observatory. A characteristic lighthouse, which happens to be the

oldest in Sweden, rises magnificently on this southernmost outpost of the archipelago. Those who would like to stay the night might be interested in the tower that once belonged to the maritime pilot of the area. It has now been turned into a super cosy bed and breakfast, open all year round. In a day and age when outdoor adventures and experiences are what European tourists crave the most during their holidays, combining a trip to Stockholm with the archipelago forms the perfect holiday for nature and culture lovers alike. “I’d like for visitors to come to see and experience the archipelago and Stockholm. Why not make an island the basis of the stay and take the ferry into Stockholm for a little bit of city pulse?” she concludes. www.stockholmarchipelago.se/en

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Photo: Visit Gävle

Welcome to a coastal gem Gävle, located on the coast 80 minutes north of Stockholm, attracts visitors with a nice atmosphere, culture, food and plenty of events. The city also has everything you need for an active stay, including skiing in winter – perfect for a weekend get-away.

warrior course and much more. You can go skateboarding or biking, or even use indoor skis and snowboards.

By Malin Norman

In winter, Kungsberget attracts heaps of downhill skiers. The resort is continuously expanding with new accommodation options and slopes, and recently opened a new eight-seat lift. In  Högbo, cross-country skiing is possible from early autumn and throughout the winter thanks to facilities with artificial snow. Högbo is also an official  Vasaloppet partner, for those training for the big, annual cross-country ski race, and in summer the resort offers golf, canoeing, mountain bike tracks and much more.

In 2017, Gävle passed the 100,000 mark in inhabitants, and although quite small, the city has the atmosphere of a big city and many choices when it comes to dining, entertainment and activities. “We are big on culture, sports and food. We have a lot to offer the active bon vivant,” says Maria Wallberg, marketing strategist at Gävle municipality. The city is perhaps most famous for its long-standing Christmas tradition of 74  |  Issue 132  |  January 2020

Gävlebocken – a giant straw goat. The annual inauguration during the first weekend of Advent is one of the year’s highlights, a tradition for over 50 years.

Something for every season As Wallberg confirms, there is a lot to do in Gävle. Opened in 2018, the extreme sports arena Dome Adrenaline Zone is a sure hit for the adventurous. The arena of 6,000 square metres consists of trampolines, a climbing wall, a ninja


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Another highlight is the Prison Museum of Sweden, located in Gävle city centre. Here, you can follow 500 years of  Swedish prison history, from the old castle jail with its dungeons and corporal punishments to one of the country’s first penitentiaries. See how it developed from a time when prisoners were publicly shamed and humiliated through physical penalisation, to a time when they were completely isolated from society and punished by solitary confinement.

Growing gastronomic scene The thriving restaurant scene often comes as a surprise to first-time visitors. “It’s a gastronomic haven with new restaurants opening all the time,” says Wallberg. “Several restaurants appear in the White Guide, which proves that the region is a great fine-dining  destination.” Whisky fans must not miss out on visiting Mackmyra. 20 years ago, this distillery put Sweden on the international whisky map. In Mackmyra  Whisky   Village,  just outside  Gävle, you will  find the  distillery,  forest warehouse and smokery,  as well as  the  visitor centre with the restaurant Mackmyra Bar & Bistro. If still curious, you can also visit

Bergmans Fisk Saltharsfjärden. Photo: Daniel Bernstål

Mackmyra Gravity Distillery, a 35-metre tower where the spirits are produced with the help of the force of gravity. The city has several great breweries, too. Hopsie Daisy, founded by Erika  Parneborg in 2016, makes modern, hoppy ales with the motto ‘awesome craft beer for misfits like you – and me’. If you get the chance, try Hopsie Daisy and other local breweries such as GefleBockens Bryggeri. And there are treats for those

Furuvik. Photo: Park and Resorts

with a serious sweet tooth, too, such as Gefle Chocolaterie, which also collaborates with Mackmyra Whisky Distillery on some of its fabulous chocolate.

Plenty of entertainment One of the most popular destinations for families with kids is the amusement park and zoo Furuvik. Opening for the season in May, Furuvik hosts a large number of concerts and performances. For instance, this summer you can see English singer and songwriter  Bryan Ferry, legendary Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley, and Swedish singer-  songwriter Lars Winnerbäck. The industrial area of Gasklockorna is another popular host for concerts, theatre performances, festivals and fairs. In May, Swedish rock duo Johnossi will play here – and this is also the venue for the fifth edition of Gefle Metal Festival, which takes place in July. One of Gävle’s main strengths is that everything is close by – restaurants, entertainment and activities – and you can get around town quickly. But the city also has a prime location on the east coast of Sweden, close to Stockholm and Arlanda Airport. So, make sure to stop by Gävle and enjoy the wide range of activities and entertainment on offer.

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Photo: Högbo Brukshotell

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Photo: Anne Sofie Eriksson

Roslagen – the coastal countryside of Stockholm Roslagen has a fantastic mix of peaceful nature, interesting history and culture in the small towns, thrilling adventures and delicious local produce. It’s a destination to visit throughout the year, just a short trip from Stockholm. By Malin Norman  |  Photos: Visit Roslagen

Visitors from around the world come to Roslagen for unforgettable experiences in the archipelago, the old ironworks, the small towns and, of course, the beautiful and peaceful nature. Whether you are a curious adventurer keen on plenty of activities or you want a more peaceful stay, gazing at the horizon with a good cup of coffee, there is something for you. Roslagen stretches from Vaxholm in the south to Öregrund in the north. There are around 40 local museums and 40  76  |  Issue 132  |  January 2020

medieval churches, many of which have unique paintings. This is claimed to be northern Europe’s treasure trove of art. Through the years, Roslagen has also been, and still is, an inspiration for famous writers, artists and designers, musicians and composers. “If adventure is your thing, Roslagen will not let you down,” says Gisela Norén, tourism manager. “You can explore the caves by Gillberga burrow and Dannemora  mine, as well as horseback riding, kay-

aking in the outer archipelago, and MTB biking. For keen hikers, the Roslagsleden trail and the Vikingleden trail will not  let you down. And for even more extremes, there is an ultra marathon and an  ultra MTB.”

Lighthouses and Zero Island Among the 13,000 islands in the archipelago, there are fantastic opportunities to enjoy boat trips, visits to islands and nature reserves, as well as cosy accommodation and great gastronomy. For instance, the island Ängsö became a national park in 1909 and is one of the oldest in Europe. The park was established in order to preserve a beautiful example of a traditional farm landscape with flowering hay meadows and wooded pastures.


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Another island paradise is Lidö, a lush, green oasis that has been selected for Zero Island, a sustainability project by a Finnish Energy company. The aim is to find solutions and contribute to Sweden’s goal of becoming climate neutral, free from fossil fuel, by 2045. You can explore the attractive Lidö Manor, dating back to the 1770s, with a working farm. Or visit Lidö Inn with a restaurant, a guest house and a youth hostel plus canoe and small boat hire.

became the basis for Swedish industrial history and a world-leading product.

You can of course visit one of the lighthouses in the outer archipelago, too, such as Söderarm lighthouse on Torskär. It is a listed monument and has been a lookout point since the Middle Ages. Or head for Örskär, the northernmost outpost of the archipelago. This magnificent lighthouse was designed by royal architect Carl Hårleman.

Worth visiting is also Wira Bruk, a former ironworks site still in use today. This was Sweden’s first blade smith’s forge, founded in the 1630s. The ironworks was awarded the exclusive right to manufacture weapons for the armed forces for around 140 years. Wira Bruk has forges and red cottages alongside the lively  river Viraån. Discover the former inspector’s house, which sells and displays decorative wrought ironwork, learn more at the museum in the alderman’s cottage, and regain energy in Wira Restaurant in the old court house. And don’t miss the historical music event Wira-  spelen, which takes place one week after  Midsummer!

Preserved Walloon works The well-preserved Walloon works of Roslagen tells a unique piece of industrial history. The area, with its abundant natural resources, was the perfect place to establish the ironworks in the 17th century, and the Walloon works soon

An interesting stop is Österbybruk, an industrial community in northern  Roslagen. It has the world’s only preserved and still functioning Walloon forge. Here, you will find the typical structure that is often found in the  Walloon ironworks, with the gentry living on one side of the dam and the labourers on the other. 

Picturesque small towns “A must is Norrtälje’s charming wooden houses by the stream, which attract, for instance, Konst i Ån (Art in the Stream), an annual exhibition with art displayed in the water,” says Norén. “Go for a stroll in the centre with plenty of boutiques for design, fashion and local delicacies. And why not pay a visit to Norrtelje Brenneri, a distillery with guided tours and tastings?” Or visit Öregrund, one of Sweden’s bestkept wooden settlements, the only town on the east coast where you can see the sun set in the sea. In addition to its many cliffs and beaches, there are a number of great restaurants by the waterside, two of which are managed by renowned Swedish chef Melker Andersson. And make sure to see Grisslehamn and the fantastic Albert Engström studio on a cliff by the ocean. Also located here is Sweden’s most modern spa hotel, with a view of the Sea of Åland. This, and much more, is waiting to be discovered in Roslagen! www.roslagen.se/en Facebook: visitroslagen Instagram: @visitroslagen

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Culture, nature and 365 lakes Located close to the Norwegian border in the western parts of Sweden, Arvika holds a vast cultural heritage, over 300 kilometres of hiking trails, and so many lakes that you could swim in a new one every day of the year. By Kristine Olofsson

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the foundation behind the popular nature reserve Glaskogen in Arvika. The region continues to attract visitors year after year with its stunning nature and canoeing opportunities. “Even though the forest sees 30,000 visitors per year, the large area guarantees

Photo: Erik Danielsson

a tranquil nature experience,” says Eva  Aasum, head of tourism. Visitors staying overnight are welcome to use wind shields, cabins or the camping area. In addition to jaw dropping nature, Arvika has a vast cultural heritage. In the early 1900s, a group of artists settled down in the area and

Photo: Per Eriksson

became known as the Rackstad Colony. Their work, alongside that of many others, can today be enjoyed at Rackstad Museum. Another must-see is Klässbols Linen Weaving Mill, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. The weaving mill serves as royal court supplier and makes tablecloths for the Nobel Prize dinner as well as Swedish embassies across the globe. Another event, taking place in July for the 56th year in a row, is Gammelvâla, meaning ‘Old World’, which celebrates 150-year-  old Swedish traditions over a week, with different themes every day. The town centre of Arvika is also well worth a visit, with its award-winning park, picturesque harbour and events such as the popular music  festival, Arvika Hamnfest, taking place in  the summer.

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Banking for beginners A UK team member is surprised when he offends a US female colleague by holding the door open for her and saying  “Ladies first”. I use critical incidents like this in intercultural training for people to reflect on cultural differences – seemingly short and simple but potentially revealing of their knowledge and attitudes. I recently put it to two senior managers from a big European bank that wants to raise its international profile. Both men regard themselves as liberal, cultured and cosmopolitan, but both were adamant that in this case, the woman is wrong to take offence; that the man’s intention is chivalrous; that old-fashioned courtesies should be preserved. Their judgement was unambiguous: respect for the views of the woman and for cultural difference did not enter into it.

As for their international ambitions, I checked out the board of directors – 100 per cent home nationality; some women, encouragingly, but not one foreigner. They have a way to go. A quick internet search told me there are around 360 banks in France, 300 in the UK, 500 in Italy and 1,800 in Germany – I was amazed at how fragmented the European banking sector is. Room for some consolidation, I would guess. Maybe a Chinese bank is planning right now to have this one for breakfast. Even my two managers foresee massive reductions in staff and branch numbers as the winds of compe-

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tition start to blow. No doubt they will bow politely as they show people the door. I am becoming increasingly persuaded that business organisations need to turn themselves upside-down. Empowering their younger and their female staff would be one way for this particular bank to start to save itself. Steve Flinders is a freelance trainer, writer and coach, based in Malta, who helps people develop their communication and leadership skills for working internationally: steveflind@aol.com.

I’m a beginner at banking, but I can spot an organisation in need of cultural overhaul when I see one. Chauvinism apart, this bank’s organisation is rigidly hierarchical; and communication with someone in another department requires permission from a more senior manager, a serious case of silo-isation. Issue 132  |  January 2020  |  79


See the housing growth potential in a certain area.

See what others can’t Where some see chaos, others discover new patterns and connections. This also applies in business, where more and more companies in retail, transportation and real estate are using location intelligence as a strategic decision-making tool. Location intelligence is much more than plotting addresses onto a map. It’s all about discovering new patterns, connections and relationships with location technology to solve the most complex business challenges – or seeing what others can’t. Text & photos: Geoinfo

Have you ever peered into a kaleidoscope and experienced the myriad patterns that result from even tiny twists on the tube? Now, imagine that you can do the same thing with data. Rather than searching spreadsheets for the meaning hidden in columns of figures and one-dimensional  pie charts, what if you could access a visually dynamic universe that automatically gave you new insights through even tiny parameter tweaks? That is the essence of location intelligence. 80  |  Issue 132  |  January 2020

Location intelligence derives from geographic information systems (GIS), which have long been an indispensable tool for the military and governmental bodies at both national and local levels. In recent years, however, business managers have also begun to discover the technology’s possibilities. Large retail chains, transportation and logistics companies, consulting engineers, real estate and insurance companies are among the most enthusiastic users.

Expanding the horizon “Location intelligence adds a whole new dimension to business analytics,” says Peter Hedberg, sales and marketing director at Geoinfo. “Many companies that use business intelligence and data analytics run into the limitations of those systems. Location Intelligence incorporates external data into the analyses.

Peter Hedberg, sales and marketing director at Geoinfo.


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This includes not only geographic data, but also demographic, socio-economic, urban planning, and other types of data that is relevant to the business. These additions reveal more patterns, also new ones, that the solution calculates based on expanded data sets. Location intelligence considerably expands the analytical horizon.” Hedberg illustrates this with an example from the retail sector. “When a supermarket chain needs to determine the optimal location of a new store, managers can consider much more than their own and competitor locations,” he explains. “Additional, relevant data includes distances to schools and universities, large workplaces, cultural institutions, car parks, train stations and bus lines – all of which contribute to shop traffic. Demographic data on age, consumption, income levels and housing composition can also enter the mix. When you combine such external data with the company’s own data on consumers, sales, payments and marketing, you get a very granular and secure basis for decision making that is visualised with graphs and interactive maps.”

The world’s leading location intelligence tool Geoinfo is Denmark’s largest consultancy for GIS and location intelligence services. With close to 50 employees and a 25-year track record, Geoinfo is also Denmark’s exclusive distributor of ArcGIS from Esri. ArcGIS is the world’s leading location intelligence platform and is used by NATO, the EU, the UN, airports and ports around the world, as well as numerous companies such as FedEx, UPS and Walgreens. “What makes ArcGIS unique is that all data is stored and visualised in one place,” says Hedberg. “Often, when companies purchase external data, they do this manually or in separate systems. Out of the box, ArcGIS contains the most commonly used Danish and international geographic and demographic data, and we constantly update it with new data sources. The solution also integrates with all major ERP and business intel-

To find the best site for your shop, you can see how many competitive shops are already in the area, the demographics of the residents, and their buying power.

ligence systems, so all analyses can be performed on a single platform.”

Visual information at your fingertips ArcGIS offers a host of benefits for companies looking for new locations, benchmarking branches, optimising distribution networks, or carrying out any number of other analyses. Once relevant data sets with internal and external data have been defined, it only takes a few minutes to perform comparative analyses. In addition to the significant time saving – compiling external data often takes two to three days – results are presented visually, and the basis for decision making can be fine-tuned with what-if scenarios. “Presenting analyses on maps rather than in columns or charts is in itself a significant advantage,” Hedberg continues. “Our visual orientation is more intuitive and faster than looking at rows of figures, so map-based presentations help simplify decision-making processes, even though they’re based on much larger and more detailed data sets.”

What-if scenarios “More importantly, the ArcGIS platform lets you tweak different parameters to see what effect this has. In the case of the supermarket, for example, you can include urban planning data to discover

what this might mean. It could be that there are plans for one of the areas to establish new housing or commercial zones, which would attract many more consumers to the shop than initially assumed. This type of data adds an extra layer of insight that can be of great value to the decision-making process.” Peter Hedberg emphasises that it is not only companies in the retail sector that benefit from location intelligence. Logistics companies use location intelligence to optimise route planning for their drivers, all of whom are displayed on dynamic maps and can be relieved quickly if they fall behind on their routes so that the company can meet its delivery times. Manufacturing companies use ArcGIS to ensure that mobile technicians are assigned the correct urgent service tasks based on their skills and proximity to the customer. “Location intelligence lets us turn the information cube upside down, so we see it through an entirely different lens,” concludes Hedberg. “Like the kaleidoscope, we discover new connections and patterns in a visual, dynamic universe. This adds value to decision-making processes in all types of companies.” www.geoinfo.dk

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With its flexible and stylish solutions, Pressalit has improved the lives of disabled people and their carers all over the world.

Improving the world one bathroom at a time Some companies claim that you cannot operate a successful business on a valuebased management model. Danish Pressalit is the proof that they are wrong. On top of being one of the world’s leading manufacturers of regular and accessible bathroom solutions, the family-owned business is heading a number of awardwinning CSR programmes. By Signe Hansen  |  Photos: Pressalit

It all started with a toilet seat. In 1952, rather by coincidence, two carpenters discovered the perfect material for toilet  seats. Two years later, Pressalit was born. Fast-forward to year 2020, and the company is – with 300 employees, worldwide distribution and a cupboard full of business, CSR, and design awards – one of the world’s leading producers of bathroom solutions. But despite the increase 82  |  Issue 132  |  January 2020

in scale, Pressalit is still managed and owned by Kim and Dan Boyter, the grandsons of one of the company’s first owners. The continued private ownership is one of the reasons why Pressalit has been able to invest in new developments in a way that other ownership structures would never have allowed. The most remarkable result of this is the production of accessi-

ble toilets and kitchens that have changed the lives of disabled people all over the world. “If someone had looked at it with a regular business perspective, we’d had to answer to shareholders, for instance; then the more care-focused part of  Pressalit would not have existed,”  explains Claus Lund Albertsen, Nordic sales director at Pressalit. “However, the Boyters were determined to increase the focus on care-related projects. They invested in it and built an organisation where the focus on accessibility for all resulted in being able to develop  products exclusively with a healthcare purpose rather than adapting standard products to make them accessible for people with disabilities.”


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The result is a range of products that are not just flexible, adjustable and hygienic,  but also modern and tasteful to the  extent that they have attracted a string of design awards.

A dream bathroom One of the many people to have had their life-quality improved by Pressalit is 14-year-old Laura. Suffering from  muscular dystrophy, Laura grew up dependent on her mother’s help. However, unsurprisingly, as she became a teenager, Laura developed a strong desire for independence, especially in the bathroom. Thus, as neither of the family’s existing two bathrooms met Laura’s needs, they contacted Pressalit. Tailored to meet Laura’s current and future needs, the bathroom Pressalit built became not just functional but also elegant – and it fulfilled Laura’s dream of getting her own make-up table. “Refurbishing  Laura’s bathroom was a way of helping her gain the life she wanted; most teenagers find it far from cool to be reliant on their mother’s help to shower, so it was a way of making her feel respected and dignified in her situation,” explains Albertsen and continues: “It is our main objective to help people be more  self-reliant – both at home and when they are in hospital or later in life in a care home.”

Suffering from muscular dystrophy, 14-year-old Laura grew up dependent on her mother’s help, but with her new bathroom from Pressalit she can now manage a lot more independently.

But it is not just Laura who has benefitted from the new bathroom. With a height-adjustable adult changing table installed in the bathroom, Helen, Laura’s  mother, can now care for Laura’s needs in a position that does not compromise her back. “During the first week after the completion, I cried for joy of no longer having back pain,” she says.

Adding value through increased accessibility Pressalit’s adult changing tables are also installed in many public and private care facilities, where they help staff avoid back injuries and pain. For the benefit of carers, Pressalit is furthermore working on getting the tables into more public bathrooms. “Many social caretakers have back issues, because the bathrooms in care facilities are not Issue 132  |  January 2020  |  83


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equipped in a way that allows the carers to care properly. That’s what we want to change,” explains Albertsen. “For people in wheelchairs, the lack of adult changing  tables in public toilets can be a major limiting factor in their ability to leave the house and go out with a carer. Many don’t have any option other than to be changed on bathroom floors, which is unacceptable.” The desire to improve the lives of people living with different disabilities is also the thought behind the development of Pressalit’s new height-adjustable kitchens. “The common denominator for all our care-related products is that they are designed to make people as independent as possible. It’s about preserving their dignity and their independence; with the adjustable kitchen, for instance, a family father, who has been in an accident or otherwise lost some of his mobility, may still be able to care and cook for his family,” explains Albertsen.

Making a difference locally... Distributed all over the world, Pressalit’s  products are making a difference in the lives of people everywhere. But perhaps the company has influenced the  people of Ry, where the Pressalit factory is and always was located, most of all. With a strong focus on social responsibility, the company has implemented a number of policies and structures to help local people who are struggling, to regain their confidence and get back on the job market. For instance,  Pressalit’s service staff, such as cleaners and kitchen staff, are people with physical or mental conditions that mean they have to be employed on special terms. “The focus on social responsibility has always been at the core of  Pressalit, a long time before the term CSR was even invented. It was just something you did, took in a teenager who struggled and gave them the skills and confidence to succeed,” explains chief marketing officer at  Pressalit, Mette Dyhl Prola. “But since 2005, our efforts have been put into a more official structure, and we started collaborating more with government  institutions.”

In partnership with UNICEF, Pressalit works to improve the situation of people all over the world by providing access to sanitation and clean water.

As part of these collaborations, Pressalit employs a number of refugees who are provided with training, general education and Danish classes. “The way we do it is that we take two people in to fill one position. That way, they can work for a week and go to school for a week. It’s a win-win for everybody,” says Prola.

… and globally On top of Pressalit’s work in its local area, the company also works on a global scale to further the UN Sustainable Development Goals. In particular, the company focuses on the goals of  Quality Education and Responsible  Production and Consumption, as reflected in its own structure. In addition,

Pressalit is pursuing the goal of Clean Water and Sanitation in partnership with UNICEF. And, though obviously as a provider of bathroom solutions,  Pressalit has a special interest in the area of sanitation. The partnership is formed on the basis of shared  values rather than on business potential. “We’ve gone all in on this development goal, just because we think it’s the right thing to do for a business like ours,” stresses Prola, and rounds off: “Our main purpose is to help make  room for people in whatever situation they are in.” www.pressalit.com

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The all-encompassing city of the future Fredericia is a beautifully located city in Denmark with views over Lillebælt (‘The Little Belt’) and with fortifications from the 17th century still surrounding the city. It was famed for its industry during the industrial revolution; however, in the modern age, that industry has left the city. Instead, a new area of the city has been opened up to create space for Kanalbyen, a new development aiming to create a modern, inclusive city. By Josefine Older Steffensen

“The whole project is focused on the long-term. This isn’t something that’s going to quickly appear and be over and done with in a year or two; instead, we’ll be developing the harbour front over the next two decades in order to do it in the most sustainable way we can,” explains Tim Halvorsen, project manager of Kanalbyen. Kanalbyen directly  translates as ‘the Canal Town’ and makes the most of its location with views out to the sea and in the south-eastern part of the city. 86  |  Issue 132  |  January 2020

The new city plan follows in the footsteps of the original city plan from the 1600s, incorporating canals, new roads and buildings in an area that used to house a big factory and a shipyard. “The new and old are combined within Kanalbyen, and we’re stitching the original city together with the new parts to create one united city.”

Sustainably mixed The new development, of which around 20 per cent is finished or under construc-

tion, will be mixed-use, creating space for homes, businesses, shops and recreational activities. “We’ve already started to involve the community and make the area a space where people want to spend time. We’ve created a container city with artworks, garden patches and sports zones, so that everyone can use the space already. It’s important that the community is involved in what’s going on and also has a say in how they use the space,” says Halvorsen. The whole area is also focused on sustainability, a theme implemented in four ways – economically, socially, healthwise and environmentally: economically by building to suit the demand and what people can afford; socially by including a mixture of uses and by involving the local community to ensure that it is an area that everyone benefits from; health-


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wise by creating spaces for physical and mental well-being; and environmentally by building responsibly and including long-term solutions such as raising the ground level to protect the area against rising sea levels. “I’m incredibly proud of this product due to its wide focus and the fact that it is more than simply  new buildings and infrastructure,” says Halvorsen.

Art at the heart Another way in which Kanalbyen has considered its future is by including art in the development at a very early stage, through collaboration with  Statens Kunstfond. “Art creates value, and what Kanalbyen has done is

both brave and forward-thinking,” says Kirstine Roepfstorff, an internationally renowned Danish artist who has developed the integrated art piece Hydra for Kanalbyen. Hydra uses water, light and plants to give life to the multi-storey car park that will house the residents’ cars. “Car parks are essential, but they’re usually lacking in life and a place people don’t consider as anything more than convenient, but actually they can be spaces where people meet each other and experience something,” she explains. The roof of the parking lot will have rainwater collectors creating an organic system within the concrete building. The huge facades will be covPhoto: Karin Lausersen

ered in concrete murals, making for an interesting focal point in a building that is otherwise mostly ignored.

Interesting spaces Signe Guttormsen is another famous Danish artist who has been working with Kanalbyen in creating site-specific artwork, centred around an opening that allows one to gaze down to a lower courtyard and parking lot. The artwork pays tribute to the workers of the factory and the women behind them during a period in which Denmark underwent a change from an industrial society to a knowledge-based society. “The work is a free abstraction of spaces of the past in the form of linen hanging on lines and layout drawings of the old factory site cut into the steel railing, and thus combines the past and the present,” Guttormsen explains. “The people of Fredericia are very aware of their history, and it felt important to include that in the art, while at the same time referring to our own actions and what we can learn from the past and how we live now, especially from a climate perspective, as well – from polluting factory to sustainable and healthy city.” The installation is called Det vi ikke ved det ved vi ikke, or ‘What we do not know we do not know’.

Det vi ikke ved det ved vi ikke by Signe Guttormsen. Photo: Kanalbyen i Fredericia

Tim Halvorsen. Photo: Kurt Hoppe

Kanalbyen in Fredericia is and will be an integrated, modern, inclusive and sustainable part of Fredericia, where locals and newcomers alike will benefit from how well thought-out the planning process has been. It is bound to be one of the most interesting developments to follow over the coming decades. Kanalbyen in Fredericia in brief: – Space for 2,800 jobs and 1,200 homes – Developed by Realdania By & Byg and Fredericia municipality – Six artworks throughout the   development in collaboration   with Statens Kunstfond

Hydra by Kirstine Roepfstorff. Photo: Kanalbyen i Fredericia

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The brickworks.

Building a guilt-free, green future As three little pigs learnt the hard way, straws and sticks won’t work if you want to build a sustainable, long-lasting house. What you need is bricks, and lots of them. We might not notice them a lot of the time, but bricks are everywhere, particularly in Denmark where brickworks used to be scattered throughout the countryside. Today, only a few survive. One of those original brickworks is Strøjer Tegl, which has been in the Strøjer family since the 1860s. The company may be old, but it is building bricks for the future. By Louise Older Steffensen  |  Photos: Strøjer Tegl

Clay has been used for pottery since the Neolithic Stone Age. It was one of the first ways that human beings sculpted nature to improve their world, and the material worked so well that 20,000-year-old clay pottery and sculptures are still around today. 9,000-yearold brick cities still partially stand in Turkey. In summary: bricks stand the test of time better than almost any other building material. “When you look at the 88  |  Issue 132  |  January 2020

long term, bricks are among the most sustainable materials we have,” says Kasper Damsø, CEO of Strøjer Tegl. “It does take some work and energy to make the bricks, but once they’re made, they’ll last.”

Never-ending possibilities Brick-burning technology came to clay-laden Denmark in the 13th century, and Danes took to brickwork like fish to

water. Red bricks in particular spread throughout the country, and many of Denmark’s most beautiful castles share a red brick façade and green iodised copper roofs. In the early 20th century, yellow brick houses popped up everywhere. “Bricks are very well suited for the northern European climate,” Damsø says. “They can keep the cold out, they can withstand the Danish wind and are strong enough to withstand any amount of snow, too. They also, importantly, add a nice, safe, warm expression to our houses and feel nice to the touch.” Bricks are as popular now as ever. “No one hates bricks,” Damsø continues. “Whereas a lot of other building materials may split opinions, there is something deeply familiar about bricks that I think a lot of people find reassuring.


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They make for a nice climate inside and out.” Many elect to go for a more contemporary look, and statement bricks are becoming increasingly popular. Today, almost anything is possible, and white, black and grey brick buildings add modern alternatives to the traditional red and yellow façades of our suburbs and cities. As Strøjer Tegl’s Brick_Styler function displays, different combinations of brick colour, fugue colour and roof tile colour can endow the same building with drastically different expressions.

Bricks can be green “It is incredible how different bricks and tiles can look. The basic blocks may look the same, but there is an almost endless choice in the nuance and colour, and though we can’t necessarily see it, the composition of the brick has come a long way, too,” says Damsø. While the basic principles of clay and an oven still apply, the process of brickmaking has become a lot more refined. Strøjer Tegl uses both traditional tunnel kilns and now also the bottom-loading ovens, which allow for completely even temperatures throughout the kiln, and thus

a tightly-controlled environment, which reduces waste. “We’re very proud to say that we run the most energy-efficient production line and that building a standard-size one-family house with our bricks today has the same impact on the environment as the carbon footprint of one person flying from  Denmark to Thailand,” Damsø reveals. “Still, we’re always striving to improve and spend a lot of money developing future production methods.” These include ovens that run on biogas, which has paved the way for a truly impressive achievement: they now produce Denmark’s first CO2-neutral bricks. “You won’t be able to see a difference when you look at the bricks, but we do everything we can to make them as environmentally friendly as possible.” Apart from optimising the burning process, Strøjer Tegl uses as many recycled components as possible, helping to reduce waste from other industries, too. At the moment, they use recycled Rockwool and crushed-up old bricks and tile as some of the ingredients in their new bricks. “Becoming greener is a contin-

ual process,” Damsø says. “We seek to improve bit by bit. At the moment, we’re looking at incorporating using pulverised old bathroom fixtures, too. We like to think of our bricks as the organic alternative.” Strøjer Tegl’s bricks have been used in high-end building projects from Sweden to London. In Copenhagen, they are currently in talks with Frederiksberg municipality, where they’re looking at the viability of reusing the pre-existing building materials when new public buildings are constructed. They have already provided the bricks for Frederiksberg’s beautiful new courthouse, whose wavery façade proves that bricks can also look soft. While Arne Jacobsen’s iconic building is being restored, the National Bank of Denmark will move into Pier47 on Langelinie, which uses Strøjer Tegl bricks in an equally contemporary way, but which results in a very different building. It’s comforting and inspiring that these ancient building materials will see us through to a brighter, greener future, too. www.strojertegl.dk Facebook: StrojerTegl

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Hoellviken House.

Not just another brick in the wall Randers Tegl is one of Scandinavia’s largest producers of bricks and rooftiles, but its influence stretches far beyond northern Europe. With exports going as far away as Australia, Randers Tegl has helped shape cityscapes all across the globe and pushed the boundaries of the possible, allowing architects and contractors to create brick-based buildings that wouldn’t have been possible earlier. By Louise Older Steffensen  |  Photos: Randers Tegl

If you think creatively enough, you can do just about anything with bricks these days: a look at the new façades in the centre of Stockholm or Oslo proves that new brick buildings are anything but boring. Asymmetrical angles, skyscrapers and entirely round buildings can be made with bricks these days. The brick façades look deceptively simple when 90  |  Issue 132  |  January 2020

they’re done, but that belies the complicated and interesting journey it has taken to get them to that stage.

The writing in the wall “We like to say that anything is possible,” says Randers Tegl’s marketing director, Laust Ejstrup. “If you want to do something challenging with bricks, we’ll

figure out how it can be done.” Randers Tegl includes a large team of expert engineers and architectural technologists, who have specialised in figuring out how to make seemingly impossible constructions come true. Most of their efforts aren’t visible once the building is complete, but without them, many  modern-day brick buildings simply couldn’t hold their own weight. One of their industry-changing innovations was the Carlsberg Bjælker™  beams and lintels, which allowed  Randers Tegl to construct large pieces of reinforced, prefabricated wall that look no different to the other bricks


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Dronning Eufemiasgate.

German House. Photo: Piet Niemann

once the building is completed but add a great deal of strength and flexibility to the constructions. “Innovations such as the prefabrication of certain wall segments have really pushed the boundaries of what we can do with brick,” Ejstrup explains. “We’re able to offer up architectural solutions that compete with any other type of modern building material, and I think that’s exactly what was needed in order for brick construc-

tions to take us safely into the future, having served us very well in the past.”

Building for generations “We seek to make buildings that will last and which will serve future generations just as well as our own. A lot of modern constructions have been built for their short-term impact and a quick profit, with no thought as to how they will look in a hundred years’ time.

That’s a terrible tragedy,” Ejstrup says. “Bricks last – just look at Børsen in  Copenhagen, which is more than 400 years old, or at the medieval bricks from Hammershus Castle. We have a responsibility to future generations to make things that won’t need to be torn down again in 50 years’ time.” Brickworks have been criticised for having a larger immediate carbon footprint Vesterbro wobbly house. Photo: Mathias Sonderskov Nielsen

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than some of their competitor materials. The picture is very different when the durability and hardiness of bricks are taken into account, however. Once they are in place, bricks need very little in terms of maintenance and treatment, and they will hold their own even in the unforgiving weather of Scandinavia. “We are very conscious of making a positive impact in the world we’ll leave behind one day. We’ve already taken steps to greatly reduce waste, and we continue to make our footprint smaller through technological innovation.”

50 shades of clay

Kristiansand Norway. Photo: Jacob Buchard

Historically, half of all bricks and tiles produced at brickworks would have to be thrown away after burning. Nowadays, Randers Tegl wastes exactly zero per cent of its output. The production process is finely tuned, and each step on the way can be carefully monitored to ensure that the final bricks are exactly what Randers Tegl’s clients were looking for. “Though we end up with such a solid material, making bricks is a very intricate, delicate process, which always starts with top-quality clay. Denmark has the perfect soil conditions for production – we were lucky that Ice Age glaciers shaved the top layers of Sweden and Norway and deposited the clay in Denmark and northern Germany. We received the most superb red and yellow nuances, while northern Germany got the white and grey clay,” Ejstrup says. “The composition of the clay is all to do with the depth at which it is excavated and an area’s specific composition. The amount of chalk impacts the colour, and we’re able to bring out further nuances through, for example, double-burning red bricks, which draws out the oxygen and brings out a blue hue,” he explains. “We’re also lucky enough to have multiple brickworks throughout Denmark and Germany that we can draw from, which allows us to provide our clients with bricks ranging in colour from the lightest white to the darkest black.”

Tradition and ingenuity Hasseris House.

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A beautiful example of both the construction ingenuity and the colour


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range that Randers Tegl is capable of is the light and elegant residential block  Basaren, located in the heart of  Stockholm. White bricks have been used to create perfect ovals, endowing the building with a smooth and airy feel. In reality, it necessitated new ways of thinking and ingenious structural support systems to make the building stable, but the result has become an architectural pearl strong enough to ensure that no one ever has to worry about the structure again. The Bjørvika area in Oslo has been completely redeveloped in recent years and shows off some of the world’s best examples of modern brick architecture. The Barcode strip has added a whole new skyline to the northern capital, and one of the most striking in the row of unusual skyscrapers is Dronning Eufemias Gate 42. Here, Randers Tegl bricks and technology have been used in a completely different way to Basaren, with sharp angles and hovering brick-clad boxes providing the best possible use of space inside and out. Ingenuity is just as important in the private brick homes being constructed across the world. In the exclusive new apartments at Oslo’s Bygdøynesveien, light bricks put a new spin on the classic Scandinavian mid-century style of architecture. The shade of the bricks adds a sense of calm and balance to the outside, adding a contemporary touch, while the warmth and feel of the bricks add a comforting sense of familiarity. “The average person may not think about bricks all that often,” Ejstrup concedes, “but we all have a relationship to them. We know they’re strong, they’re dependable and they provide us with warm homes even in the middle of winter. Now it’s time for the building industry to explore all the other things that bricks can do.”

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Business Calendar

By Jo Iivonen

Scandinavian business events you do not want to miss this month Educa 2020 The Finnish education system has been studied by the likes of Singapore, and while the south-east Asian city state has gone ahead to top the latest Pisa rankings,  Finland remains on the cutting edge of educational excellence. Now in its 25th year,  Educa 2020 will delve deep under the poignant theme of ‘Well-being for education, work and life’. Date: 24-25 January Venue: Messukeskus, Messuaukio 1, 00520 Helsinki, Finland educa.messukeskus.com

Business Breakfast featuring Camilla Wallander, CEO at Berghs School of Communication Continuing on the theme of education, this roundtable discussion hosted by  Handelsbanken Wealth Management focuses on how education and training can be used

as a tool for business success – including the bottom line, through creating a positive return on educational investment. Date: 30 January Venue: Heartwood Investment Management, 1 Kingsway, Holborn, London WC2B 6AA, UK. www.scc.org.uk

Icelandair Mid-Atlantic Tradeshow The annual trade event gathers together hundreds of travel industry executives from both sides of the Atlantic. For the Icelandic host, US routes have proven troublesome, but the airline’s plans to increase seating capacity on a number of European routes, including those to Copenhagen and Helsinki, will provide opportunities for travel operators on  the continent. Date: 30 January – 2 February Venue: Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre, Austurbakki 2, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland. icelandairmidatlantic.com

Arctic15 With digital transformation, machine learning and AI set to transform entire industries, staying on top of technology is a must for just about any business worth its salt.  Stockholm’s thriving start-up scene makes this two-day event a top-draw for investors looking to connect with the movers and shakers of Nordic tech, while local operators get to mingle with VC firms and more. Date: 5-6 February Venue: Münchenbryggeriet, Torkel Knutssonsgatan 2, 118 25 Stockholm, Sweden. arctic15.com


Hotel of the Month, Sweden

Treat yourself on the mountain slope Sälen is one of Sweden’s best-loved and biggest tourist resorts. This genuine mountain destination will take your alpine holiday to new heights, with world-class skiing outside the door, cosy lodge accommodation, and award-winning gastronomy. By Malin Norman  |  Photos: Scandinavian Resorts

The country’s most famous ski destination is located in the Dalarna region, close to the Norwegian border. Sälen consists of four ski areas – Lindvallen, Högfjället, Tandådalen and Hundfjället  – and boasts more than 100 slopes in all directions, Scandinavia’s most modern chairlift, and an extensive snow system that guarantees great skiing all  season long. The resort offers everything from downhill and cross-country skiing to activity-  packed conferences with dogsledding and snowmobiling. In addition to worldclass winter activities, there is a wealth of experiences including Europe’s big96  |  Issue 132  |  January 2020

gest After Ski scene, spa and gym plus a yoga studio, a cinema, ski rental, conference facilities for up to 800 people, and 13 award-winning restaurants and bars. There are in total 1,800 hotel beds at Sälens Högfjällshotell and Gammelgården  Hotell & Restaurang. These two venues are steeped in history and offer great experiences, famous for their diversity, high ambitions and personal service.

Get a taste of the high life Sälens Högfjällshotell is one of Sweden’s oldest mountain hotels, established in 1937 by Norwegian entrepreneur JW Kluver, who dreamed of a large and lux-

urious ski lodge. And for over 80 years, people, including royal families, have been coming here from all over Europe to enjoy the high life. Based on rich history and culture, the entrepreneurial spirit and ambitions of Kluver are still very much alive in Sälen. Högfjällshotellet is renowned for its well-designed and high-quality restaurant products. The restaurants all have their own unique DNA and offer everything from fine dining to seafood, wild game,


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sushi and steakhouse. “You can try a new restaurant every day of the week,” says owner Thommy Backner. “Food is our passion, and we do our best to provide great variety and to treat your taste buds.” The hotel sells more Champagne than any other Swedish hotel outside Stockholm, but beer lovers can also take the opportunity to try the local beer. This season, praised TV chef Anders Dahlbom will head up the fine-dining restaurant Onkel Jean. He has been named Chef of the Year and has been responsible for the menu at the annual Nobel Banquet for several years, as well as being part of the national culinary team. As Backner assures, “Dahlbom is one of Sweden’s best chefs and will raise the profile of our resort further.”

says Backner. “Gammelgården has a fantastic atmosphere. This is where you come to enjoy comfortable accommodation, savour some great food, have a bit of fresh air on the mountain and some time to just relax for a while, maybe in front of the open fire.” The award-winning Gammelgårdens Restaurang specialises in well-composed  meals with wild game, poultry and fish from northern Sweden. It has been named Wild Game Restaurant of the Year two years running and is a popular destination for visitors beyond Sälen. The famous Waffle Cabin, also dat-

ing back to the 1600s, was moved from  Malungfors to its present location in 1945. It is claimed that the traditional waffle recipe here has been the same for over 100 years. In December 2019, a new international airport opened in Sälen. Scandinavian Mountains Airport is located just ten to 20 minutes from the village and offers domestic and international flights, bringing the mountains even closer. www.hogis.se and www.gammelgarden.se

A secret mountain hideaway Gammelgården is Högfjällhotellet’s sister hotel, with some of its historic buildings dating back to 1649. Located high up in the mountains, it is a real hidden gem. For more than 70 years, guests have made themselves at home in the traditional farmhouse, enjoying a relaxing stay with fine cuisine based on traditional recipes. The hotel has 37 cosy rooms, some in classic lodge style and others inspired by the style of Dalarna artist Carl Larsson. “It’s a secret hideaway in the mountains,” Issue 132  |  January 2020  |  97


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Restaurant of the Month, Finland

Remarkable tastes on responsible terms Hydroponically grown herbs, mushrooms grown in used coffee grounds, aeroponic potatoes and crickets in the lamps... Restaurant Ultima has brought fresh, innovative ideas to Helsinki’s food scene, combining sustainability with a great dining experience. Top restaurateurs and chefs Henri Alén and Tommi Tuominen have created yet another success story, helping to reduce your carbon footprint and yet enjoy top-class cuisine. By Mari Koskinen  |  Photos: Nico Backström

Ultima opened in May 2018 at the best seaside location at the Market Square, right in the middle of Helsinki city centre. “Our ethos is based on sustainability and circular economy – without forgetting fantastic flavours and high-quality ingredients. We want to save natural resources for the future generations, too, and create an enjoyable dining experience with minimum waste,” explains restaurant manager Saana Harjula. “We focus on local ingredients; no less than 90 per cent of Ultima’s ingredients come from Finland. We also grow some of them here at the restaurant,”  Harjula continues. This becomes clear for the guests, too; the vertical herb garden with a hydroponic farming system and custom-designed glass potato pots  surrounds the guests in the entrance room. “Our chefs harvest just the right 98  |  Issue 132  |  January 2020

amount every day – hence zero waste,” says Harjula.

Unique design The restaurant was designed by the renowned design and architecture studio Ateljé Sotamaa. There is a modern, futuristic feel to it, yet it allows guests to fully concentrate on the dining experience and exquisite cuisine. Some of the interesting innovations combining contemporary design with functionality are, for example, the white, round Cricket Lamps that also function as miniature cricket farms, and Musphere – black glass sculptures which grow mushrooms in used coffee grains.

Food and flavour Although Ultima is behind serious accomplishments in the area of responsi-

ble business, it has not made any compromises with regards to the quality of the food and the impeccable flavours of the dishes. Ultima offers seasonally changing five- and eight-course menus. “Our flavours are rooted in the Finnish soil, but we find inspiration from far and wide,” Harjula says. “We like simplicity and clarity in our food.” There are also wine packages and stylish, non-alcoholic drinks designed to complement the food. Ultima is open for dining and, on request, for groups and private functions. “This month, our menu is focusing on fish. There is, for example, burbot, pikeperch and vendace roe on the menu,” says Harjula.

Tommi and Henri.

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Restaurant of the Month, Sweden

Your living room in central Stockholm Restaurant Broms was opened in Stockholm in 2013 but is already an established go-to place – with a bistro, bar and deli, it invites everyone to join anytime during the day to enjoy a beautiful breakfast, some afternoon cheese or perhaps a sumptuous dinner in a familiar and buzzing ambiance. 2020 brings many exciting developments to the table, alongside further steps towards becoming a gastronomic destination for locals, foodies and wine lovers alike. By Nina Bressler  |  Photos: Broms

Founder Anna Broms had a vision to create a space where everyone felt welcome when she opened her restaurant at Karlaplan in Stockholm. With an extensive background as a chef for high-profile restaurants in London, Spain and France, she wanted to incorporate that Southern Europe feel: welcoming, relaxed and always with first-class ingredients. “It was important for me to create an ambiance that invites everyone, and today we attract locals, celebrities, lone diners and big

Anna Broms.

parties alike – a clear sign that we have succeeded,” Broms says. The premises are decorated with art from her closest family and durable materials such as marble and mosaics, to create a familiar and rustic feel. Starting this year, Broms is introducing a Gastronomic Calendar, which has been developed with the help of new head chef Magnus Persson, a wellknown profile in the hospitality business and multiple medalist in the Swedish

Magnus Persson.

Chef Awards. The calendar will celebrate seasonal food, where events with exciting food profiles will teach guests more about the produce and the craft behind it. This January, they will be celebrating Swedish and Finnish meat, while February will be all about the Swedish ‘semla’ delicacy, and a whole week will be dedicated to early fruit and vegetables in May. The deli offers Swedish as well as international delicacies – always top-  quality produce, and a big part of it made in-house. This New Year, they are diving deeper into traditional food from  Sweden and far beyond, and wine is on the agenda, too. “We want to be the obvious choice for wine lovers, and a new sommelier will bring some rare and exciting choices to our wine list,” Broms says, and concludes: “We want to be a gathering point – not just for food and wine, but also for people. Come alone, with your friends, or why not meet new friends here?” www.bromskarlaplan.se Facebook: Broms Karlaplan Instagram: @bromskarlaplan

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With its authentic Italian food and charm, La Locanda continues to thrive in Aalborg’s increasingly competitive fine-dining market.

Restaurant of the Month, Denmark

An Italian in Aalborg With an authentic Italian kitchen and atmosphere, Aalborg’s La Locanda is continuing to thrive in the city’s increasingly competitive fine-dining market. The popular restaurant is owned and run by the Italian chef Carlo Liberati, who is also behind the adjoining sister establishment, the popular La Bottega deli.

tables, seem much appreciated by guests, who continue to list the restaurant among the top-ten restaurants in  Aalborg on TripAdvisor.

By Signe Hansen  |  Photos: mediebroen.dk

Italian charm and expertise

28 years ago, Italian Carlo Liberati left his home south of Rome to move to Denmark, where he eventually settled in Aalborg. Having run several successful restaurants, the 52-year-old four years ago opened La Locanda, an eatery that was, when opening, elected as  Denmark’s most authentic Italian restaurant. Four years later, the restaurant is continuing to thrive despite the city’s increasingly competitive fine-dining market. “I think there were about four or five high-quality restaurants in the  city when we started out; now it’s more 100  |  Issue 132  |  January 2020

than ten, and the number of people going out is more or less the same, so it means that we have to work a little harder to keep people’s attention, give them that little extra,” says Liberati. “The way we have done that is not by trying to compete on price, but by retaining the high quality of the kitchen and then giving our guests a little extra for their money when it comes to the service and overall experience.” The little extras, such as white tablecloths and extra space between the

Located in the cobblestoned courtyard of one the oldest houses in central Aalborg, La Locanda allow guests to enjoy their dinner in charming settings inside as well as outside. On the menu, they will find a selection of tempting à la carte dishes, as well as a number of smaller dishes put together in set threeto-nine-course menus. “I think the best way to describe our kitchen is that it is as close to original Italian cuisine as possible – of course updated a bit to suit our time. The restaurant too – we built it from nothing in an old warehouse, but we’ve managed to create a place that


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has a feel of authenticity and originality, so much so that a of lot of people from outside Aalborg are very surprised when they visit us for the first time,” says  Liberati. “It also happens quite a lot that local people come to visit us straight after a trip to Italy as a way to continue the holiday. Some even comment on the fact that you don’t even get that kind of quality food in a lot of places in Italy.” La Locanda’s food is accompanied by a carefully chosen wine menu put together by the restaurant’s knowledgeable sommerlier, Liberati’s sister, who was among the five finalists in last year’s Danish sommelier championship.

A happy Italian in Aalborg While La Locanda is only open for lunch for pre-booked groups of a minimum of eight people, its adjoining little sister, La Bottega, offers a more casual allday deli experience. The deli sells and serves freshly baked bread, fresh pasta, special meats, coffee, ice cream and, of course, pizza. “We don’t have pizza in La Locanda, but La Bottega does, and already within the first year of us starting, our pizzas were nominated as Aalborg’s best,” says Liberati. Like the restaurant, La Bottega is run and serviced by a staff of mainly Italians, many of them family members of  Liberati. Indeed, it is headed up by  Liberati’s wife, Lida Esfandiarnia. Thus,

La Locanda’s adjoining Deli La Bottega offers a more casual all-day menu, with, among other things, Aalborg’s best pizzas.

with two thriving businesses, much of his family roped in, and an authentic Italian work environment, Liberati has, he stresses, no regrets when it comes

to his move to the cold north. “When you look at how things are going, it was the right decision. I’m very happy to be an Italian in Aalborg.” Facts: La Locanda is open for dinner Monday to Saturday. The restaurant opens for lunch for group bookings of a minimum of eight people. The restaurant also includes a separate function room with the equipment for business meetings and other functions. The room seats eight to ten people. La Locanda’s adjoining deli, La Bottega, is open for lunch, dinner and takeaway Monday to Saturday.

Italian Carlo Liberati came to Denmark 28 years ago and has never looked back. Today, he runs Aalborg’s popular La Locanda, while his wife, Lida Esfandiarnia, heads up the adjoining La Bottega deli.

www.lalocanda.dk and www.la-bottega.dk

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Restaurant of the Month, Norway

Real American barbecue in Bergen, Norway Right in the middle of Bergen, the city on the Norwegian west coast known for its traditional wooden houses, its harbour and its tradition, you can find a little taste of the US. Røyk BBQ is Bergen’s only barbecue restaurant, offering real American barbecue and street food in a cosy and relaxed setting.

“Beef, pork and chicken. This is socalled low ‘n’ slow barbecue, where the meat is smoked on low heat for up to 24 hours. The result is enormously tender and tasty meat.”

By Alyssa Nilsen  |  Photos: Tom Rune Flo

Having experienced proper American cooking as an exchange student during the ‘90s in San Antonio, Texas, restaurant manager and foodie Espen Næss Olsen had a dream of opening a real American barbecue restaurant in his hometown of Bergen on the western coast of Norway. With a keen interest in food, Næss Olsen always kept up to date on trends, news and what’s happening on the food scene internationally, and found that street food, including barbecue, is getting increasingly popular. So, when he got the opportunity to open a restaurant in Bergen, he grabbed it with both hands, and the resulting Røyk 102  |  Issue 132  |  January 2020

BBQ opened in March 2017. Along with his two business partners, Næss Olsen saw the possibility of going beyond just a restaurant, and the trio opened an adjoining specialist gin bar called Ginial, as well as Kråken, a rock bar for the city’s rock and metal heads. Despite being inspired by American street food, Røyk BBQ is a stylish and cosy restaurant, perfect for a nice evening with good food and company. The menu consists of high-quality food, smoked in the restaurant’s smoker oven, a Fast Eddy’s™ imported from Oklahoma. “We smoke all our barbecue meat in there,” Næss Olsen explains.

The restaurant also boasts a large selection of beers, allowing for a perfect pairing with the food. The combination of food and drink is very important to Næss Olsen, whose background includes experience as both beer sommelier and wine sommelier. “I’ve also worked with

Espen Næss Olsen.


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Photo: Espen Næss Olsen

gin before,” he says, “and when my business partners wanted to add a bar to the concept, the choice of adding a gin bar was an easy one.”

one of Bergen’s top cocktail bartenders and offers an obscure selection of liquors, fancy ice cubes and homemade syrups.

He adds: “Gin has had a resurgence in popularity and interest both in  Norway and internationally. People choose to pay more for a specialist gin rather than multiple beers; it has become quite fashionable.”

For those wanting to learn more about food and drinks, Røyk BBQ offers regular gin and beer tastings, and last year, Kråken held its first annual Halloween party. So, whether you’re after a proper meal of American burgers or smoky barbecue – with vegetarian and vegan options, if needed – or a gin experience

Ginial has a large selection of gins and tonics to choose between, and there are fancy Japanese ice cubes and lots of garnish. “It’s a pretty nerdy bar,” Næss Olsen laughs.

to remember, or simply to rock the night away with games, drinks and friends, Røyk BBQ has got you covered. For more info on Røyk BBQ, booking, or a look at the menu, go to: www.roykbbq.no Facebook: roykbbq For Ginial, go to: Facebook: ginialbar For Kråken, go to: Facebook: kraakenbar

Good food, good drinks, and good music — all under one roof For those wanting a more low-key night out with good friends and good music, Kråken on the top floor of the restaurant is perfect. The rock bar offers garage rock, punk and metal, board games, role-playing games, shuffleboards and a pool table. “And if people want to bring their own board games along, then that’s always a good thing,” Næss Olsen adds. Games, beer and proper rock ‘n’ roll are all important ingredients at Kråken, and every now and then they put on gaming events, which are announced in advance online. There are also quizzes every Saturday, followed by a weekly event called Svart Lørdag (‘Black Saturday’), where a black-metal DJ creates a proper dark atmosphere from 11pm onwards. Jo Aanes Rasmussen, who runs the bar, is

Photo: Espen Næss Olsen

Photo: Espen Næss Olsen

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Scan Magazine  |  Veggie Restaurant of the Month  |  Finland Photo: Annika di Chiara

Photo: Ebba Aminoff

Photo: Ebba Aminoff

Veggie Restaurant of the Month, Finland

Rawsome food that tickles the senses Ebba Aminoff’s Raw’n More serves sweet and salty delicacies, hand-crafted from high-quality ingredients. The Helsinki-based café serves raw meals and treats – all of which are vegan, gluten- and dairy-free, and do not contain any white sugar. The company also provides catering for events – and for those intrigued to find out more about raw foods, Raw’n More provides workshops to introduce them to a whole new world full of vibrant colours and exciting flavours. By Ndéla Faye

Ebba Aminoff always struggled with a severe skin allergy that doctors could not find a cause for. She started changing her diet, and as a result, her skin started clearing. Then she found the raw food diet – and has not looked back since. Aminoff is now a certified Raw Life Educator, and has been trained under Swedish raw food expert and author, Erica Palmcrantz-  Aziz. Aminoff made the decision to quit her day job and throw herself fully into the raw food business – and in 2016, Raw’n More first opened its doors. Clean ingredients are essential to the raw food diet, and Raw’n More aims to serve fresh, organic ingredients from local suppliers whenever possible. You 104  |  Issue 132  |  January 2020

won’t be able to find an oven at Raw’n More – instead, Aminoff uses a dehydrator to prepare her tasty bread. All the food is prepared at a maximum of 42 degrees Celsius, which means that as many nutrients as possible are retained in the food, and the colours stay vibrant and close to their original form. “We eat with our eyes, as well as our mouths. The vibrant colours tickle the senses, and the visually pleasing foods add to the overall experience. I love watching customers try raw food for the first time; often, their eyes light up, and they comment on how flavoursome the food is,” says the owner. But Raw’n More is not just a café: Aminoff also provides a catering service,

and a workshop for those interested to find out more. Her specialities include  RawLasagne – made using sheets of courgette, and the different layers include nuts, avocado and a tomato salsa – as well as mini pizzas, falafels and a variety of finger foods and cakes. “I don’t believe in completely overhauling your lifestyle and diet at once. It’s all about balance, and the raw food diet is not for everyone, but I hope I can open people’s minds up a bit more about how easy and exciting cooking raw, vegan food can be. I believe small changes can have the biggest impact,” she concludes.

Photo: Annika di Chiara

www.rawandmore.fi


Scan Magazine  |  Brewery of the Month  |  Norway

Owners and brewers at Polden Bryggeri, Svein R. Sandve (left) and Henry Sletten.

Brewery of the Month, Norway

Craft beer inspired by Hamsun’s literary world “Joy and enthusiasm are our greatest ingredients – the rest is science and a bit of northern Norwegian madness,” says brewer and manager Svein R. Sandve. The newly established microbrewery Polden Bryggeri prides itself on serving delicious craft beer inspired by Knut Hamsun’s literary world.

surrounding area, but we have plans to expand,” the beer enthusiast smiles. “We doubled our sales in 2018 compared to the previous year, and the plan is to continue to double it every year from now.”

By Ingrid Opstad  |  Photos: Polden Bryggeri

Established in 2015 by two office workers who wanted a bit of a change, Polden  Bryggeri had a slow but steady start. “First, it was more of a hobby. After starting in October, we delivered the first craft beer to shops already in March the following year. Today, we are two owners who run the microbrewery together and brew the beer – Henry Sletten and myself,” says Svein R. Sandve. The brewery is located in Tromsø, and the northern Norwegian coastal culture is a big influence. “Our profile is inspired by Knut Hamsun’s literature and heritage,” Sandve explains. Everything from the design of the bottle label to the names of the beers has a nod to Hamsun’s literary world. August takes its name from

the popular Wayfarers trilogy, Edvarda  refers to a character from the book Pan, Sværmer was inspired by the novel by the same name, and Tranøy is where Knut Hamsun worked as a trading officer as a young man. New to the repertoire is Benoni’s Julebrygg, a flavourful  Christmas beer. Each of the craft beers is brewed the old way, by hand, with genuine and simple flavours and ingredients, in keeping with the traditional style. Sandve believes that there’s great potential in the future of the microbrewery. “At the moment, we sell a lot of beer in Hamarøy, to the Hamsun Center and the restaurant at Tranøy lighthouse. Apart from that, most of it is sold locally, here in Tromsø and the

Brews: Benoni’s Julebrygg is like a Christmas party at Mack in Sirilund – it starts quietly and ends with a little silliness. Sværmer is light and airy – bordering on being sinful. Edvarda is complex and offers a fleeting sweetness and a bitter aftertaste. August offers a universe of flavours and a soft finish. Tranøy brings you all the seasons: a blooming spring, a sweet summer breeze and a harsh autumn storm – before the calm sets in…

www.poldenbryggeri.no Facebook: Polden Bryggeri As

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Café of the Month, Finland

The perfect brew Local ingredients, global vibes and great coffee summarise the essence of Cafe Roasberg, a Helsinki eatery that has blurred the lines between coffee shop, restaurant and communal space to emerge as a buzzing city centre hangout. Vegan latte, salmon soup or a glass of white? Tick. A comfy sofa spot, a power outlet and a rocking flat white? Another tick. By Jo Iivonen  |  Photos: Roasberg

“We wanted to create a kind of living room,” says Savas Akpirinc, the Finnish-  Turkish founder and chief executive who, together with his brother, founded  Roasberg in 2015. Sharing years of experience in the restaurant business between them, the brothers felt the  Helsinki foodie scene could do with something new. “The kind of place where you can hang out just like you would at home – but with barista coffee, locally sourced food and upcoming art, to boot.” Located at the heart of Helsinki, right next to the central railway station and 106  |  Issue 132  |  January 2020

just steps away from the city’s main sights and shopping streets, Roasberg has emerged as a favourite spot among city dwellers of all sorts. “We get a real mix of people,” Akpirinc says, “which is exactly what we went for. We wanted to become not just a restaurant but a meeting point, a melting pot of sorts.” A quick look around the eclectic space, complete with leather sofas and local art, confirms a case in point. There’s a bunch of 20-somethings hunched over their laptops on latte number three; at the corner table, a few travelling types

with suitcases in tow, curiously sampling the café’s trademark crispbread and hummus – spiked up with Finnish  beetroot; by the window, two wellcoiffed, seemingly theatre-bound ladies in good spirits, gossiping over a glass  of white.

Traditions to savour Where the more traditional Finnish cafe is all about ‘pulla’ and black filter, Roasberg is salmon soup, raw food and craft coffee. The marriage of time-tested  Finnish classics and the eclectic and experimental has proven to be a success. “Our very traditional salmon soup is also one of our all-time best-sellers,” Akpirinc says. “Otherwise, our menu changes daily to reflect what’s in season.” Steaming-hot soups of all sorts feature on the menu regularly, particularly at this time of the year. Warm dishes


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are also the perfect accompaniment to a spot of skating at the ice rink that sits just across the street in the winter months. In the summer, raw cakes, spritzers and berry concoctions of all sorts steal the show. Year-round, the Roasberg Sunday Brunch pulls in families and city dwellers looking to enjoy a non-hurried moment over healthy bites and good company.

Well-travelled Memorabilia from the travels of Mr. Roasberg, a cultured 19th-century adventurer with an apparent wild streak, grace the walls of the café. If pictures could talk, they would be reminiscing of the bohemian days spent at  St. Germaine brasseries, explorations across tea plantations in East India, perhaps a spot of fishing by Bengtskär. The identity of the international man of mystery remains just that, but the character has come alive as the soul of this 21st-century haunt. “Mr. Roasberg would’ve been the kind of man who al-

ways dreamed of bringing the sounds, tastes and vibe of destinations near and far to one place,” Akpirinc offers by way of background to the eclectic influences seen on the menu and in the decor. “Yet at the end of the day, he loved Helsinki, always just longing for the perfect venue to share with others, to be social.” Food and drink aside, the décor and general set-up define the character further. In addition to the main area located at street level, with good views of the buzzing street outside, there’s a discreet basement area called Sivukonttori – which translates as ‘the side office’ – that can also be booked for events. If the upstairs is a home away from home, the downstairs serves as an office away from office – or the perfect spot for a tasting event of any kind.

glorious espressos and lattes are handpicked from international growers, before being roasted to a level three to five by Lehmus, a Lappeenranta-based contract roastery, to make a custom blend. Finland is no stranger to coffee, of course: the country has long held the title of the world’s biggest per-capita consumer of the beverage. However, a move away from the traditional light roast is a growing trend, and Akpirinc is keen to explore it further. Would Mr. Roasberg approve of coffee tastings? “I’m sure he would,” he laughs. “We’re developing all sorts of ideas at the moment.” January at Roasberg: Artist of the month: Carmina Ndahiro Seasonal special: Glögi (mulled wine), including a non-alcoholic option

Coffee rules Although food is a central part of the offering, the restaurant’s approach to coffee is what defines the whole concept. The  Arabica and Robusta beans behind the

www.roasberg.fi Instagram: @roasberg Email: info@roasberg.fi

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Formex is a melting pot for interior design, arranged twice every year in Stockholm.

Attraction of the Month, Sweden

The Scandinavian feel, gathered in one place Formex is a Nordic interior design fair held twice each year in the Swedish capital of Stockholm. Widely regarded as a melting pot for exhibitors and visitors in the industry, it is gearing up for another eventful year, the first fair of which will take place on 14 to 17 January and include exciting news and undoubtedly some festive celebrations to mark its 60th anniversary.

Lotta Ahlvar is project manager for the fair and enthuses about the upcoming year. “We have a lot of exciting news lined up, and we’ll have some special events happening to highlight our 60th jubilee. As usual, the fair will be full to the brim with the most prominent Nordic interior design brands. All the visitors are professionals within the business, which also makes the event a fantastic place for networking.”

over 20,000 visitors as well as 500 media representatives. News, trends and inspiration from within the industry will be showcased, and each day is divided into different themes to shine additional light on important trends: retail, branding, trends and colours, and sustainability will gain extra focus through workshops and lectures from leaders in the fields.

The importance of the visitor experience

and challenges within the business: sustainability, the growth of e-commerce, and the need for retailers to adapt to new customer behaviors as a response. A recent study conducted by the bureau revealed that, in parallell with the increased e-commerce business, the demand for an exciting and worthwhile in-store visitor experience is growing, too. Although ‘click and collect’ might be the easiest way, the study reveals that 62 per cent of the participants prefer to purchase furniture and interior design items in store, and 78 per cent prefer an experience during the purchase, rather than simply receiving a product. Join a workshop or an exciting discussion over a French ‘fika’, and gain inspiration at Carlin’s on-location shop, where the most fascinating ‘it-products’ will be available.

Approximately 800 exhibitors will showcase Scandinavian Living, interior design, children’s design, culinary delicacies and design accessories, greeting

The international trend bureau Carlin  will host a unique exhibition in the entrance hall, where visitors will be invited to join the discussion about opportunities

Formex is also taking the study to heart and will treat its visitors to yoga classes in the Wellbeing Lounge and kitchen ac-

By Nina Bressler  |  Photos: Formex

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tivities in the Kitchen Lab. “Formex has become a place where trends are born, and for us it’s important to be role models in that sense. We want to be the go-to venue for buyers, stylists and designers – the place to acquire inspiration and inside knowledge within the industry,” Ahlvar says.

How to adapt in a changing retail landscape In a world where consumer behaviour acutely needs to be changed and consumption reduced, it can be a tricky thing as a trader to know how to adapt and help contribute to a positive impact. For this reason, Formex is increasing its focus on sustainability and is dedicating one of the days to this topic, with prominent business leaders sharing their views on how to create collaborations and other ideas to meet the increased demand for sustainable products for a sustainable future. Listen to the insights about textile materials by Sandra Roos, and get tips and ideas for vintage decora-

tions from Sofia Wood and Elsa Billgren, or hear what Helena Dhorfh has to say about sustainable chemicals and how to phase out the harmful alternatives.

ticipated during the first year who still take part – a clear sign of what an important role the fair plays both for the trader and for the entire industry.

60 years of showcasing the latest trends

The fair has always been an important forum for ceramics and table decorations, which is highlighted with an exhibition showcasing table settings all the way from the ‘60s until our time and onwards into the future, curated by Cecilia Tivar. “I hope that every visitor leaving our premises will feel re-energised and excited, with new ideas for what they could create and do with their own business. We want to be the place where trends are discovered and brave, new ideas are born – ideas that propel positive change, not only in the design industry, but also throughout the world,” Ahlvar concludes.

Formex was founded in 1960, but despite its longevity there are traders who par-

Looking back at 60 successful years and an ever-increasing relevance and  popularity from one exhibition to the next, the fair sure seems to be doing everything right. Formex is held at Stockholmsmässan in Älvsjö, Stockholm. For more information about the venue, you can visit: www.stockholmsmassan.se

www.formex.se Facebook: Formex Instagram: @formex.se YouTube: Formex

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The stately Mustio Manor main building in winter.

Attraction of the Month, Finland

Raseborg – close, yet so different Bursting with interesting history in scenic surroundings, the old ironworks municipality of Raseborg is also a modern hub for art, design and world-class gastronomy. Despite its close proximity to Helsinki, upon arriving, you step into a different world. By Malin Norman  |  Photos: Visit Raseborg, Mustio Manor and Billnäs Village

Raseborg is one of the most stunning parts of Finland, and located just an hour from Helsinki, it is perfect for a day trip. The municipality, named after a medieval castle, has plenty to see. The rich history lives on in mills and smithies, castles, villages, museums, monuments and a vibrant cultural landscape. For instance, you can discover the popular artisan villages of Fiskars and Billnäs or find peace and quiet at the stately Mustio Manor.

Vuorelma, tourism manager at Visit  Raseborg. “But it has managed to transform from something historic into a popular meeting place. Nowadays, small towns and villages have become modern hubs for art, design and gastronomy.  Still, Raseborg is surrounded by beautiful nature, including lakes and the sea,  for an idyllic and peaceful stay away from the city.”

“Raseborg certainly has a rich heritage with the old ironworks,” says Ville 

One of the most precious manor houses in Finland, Mustio Manor has a history of

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Beauty in classic Mustio Manor

more than 200 years. Built between 1783 and 1792 by Magnus Linder II, the meticulously restored manor house was the largest non-ecclesiastic wooden building in the country. With its unique parkland and White Guide Nordic-listed fine-dining restaurant Slottskrogen, this is a must-see. “This is a historic place with the beautiful wooden manor and surrounding small buildings,” says Christine Linder, CEO of Mustio Manor. “All our rooms are different, showing the historic connection, and yet with individual charm. Quality is in focus in everything we do, and we have some of the best chefs in the country, who create modern Scandinavian gastronomy based on local and seasonal produce.” The wooden building is embedded in one of the biggest private historical parks of


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Finland. Originally, it was designed as a Baroque park, but in the late 19th century, Friedolf Linder transformed it into an English garden. Set next to the historical Svartå river, it is a retreat for the soul with its winding paths, romantic bridges, statues, and the unique water-lily path over the water. Today, Mustio Manor main building functions as a museum, and you can book a guided tour to see all the rooms. Mustio Manor offers many nice events, especially in summer, with the outdoor stage hosting concerts and theatre performances.

Old ironworks in Billnäs Village Also located along the Svartå river is Billnäs, where Carl Billsten founded the ironworks in 1641. Being the second and indeed a prosperous ironworks in Raseborg, Billnäs has had a central role in the establishment of the  Finnish industry for almost 400 years. While the traditional industry has taken a step back and given room for modern trade, the old craftsmanship still thrives with many new entrepreneurs. “Billnäs is a beautiful destination with the ironworks, the cultural landscape  nd the archipelago,” says Olli Muurainen,

owner of Billnäs ironworks. “It has survived the changes of time, and we have maintained the old industrial buildings. Here, you can clearly see how nature  is connected with history, which is encouraging.” Billnäs has an active village association  that organises events throughout the year, and the village is popular for wedding and family parties as well as conferences and meetings. “We have a lot of teams coming here for one or two weeks when working on special projects,” says Muurainen. “They find it inspirational to be in this environment.” Billnäs – dates for your diary: Early July, Antiques Fair in Billnäs This annual fair is immensely popular, with around 10,000 visitors. Every year in July, the Billnäs Antique Days attract thousands of visitors from all over Finland to the charming ironworks milieu. Christmas in the Village During the festive season, it is worth paying a visit to the Christmas in Billnäs Village event, when a programme and bazaars are organised around the village.

Mustio Manor – dates for your diary: 7 March Culinary Olympics Stuttgart dinner at Slottskrogen In the middle of February, Finland’s culinary team is competing for the victory in Culinary Olympics Stuttgart. Samuel Mikander and Kari Julin, who are on the culinary team, will prepare the competition dinner at Slottskrogen on 7 March, starting at 6pm. 25 April Delicious Arias II @ Mustion Linna The performances of the evening alternate with the flavours of the kitchen. The menu is specifically designed for this evening and to match the music. Performing artists: Helena Juntunen and Juha Uusitalo Piano: Pami Karvonen 21 July Premiere for Cray Fish parties at Mustio Manor Cray Fish parties are celebrated at the end of the summer. On 21 July, the celebrations start at Mustio Manor. Come along, sing, drink, and eat lots of cray fish with good friends!

www.visitraseborg.com Facebook: VisitRaseborg Instagram: @visitraseborg

Billnäs Village with its historical, industrial buildings.

The Mustio Slottskrog serves local delicacies and a nice selection of wines.

The Mustio Manor Museum.

The Raseborg area offers many beautiful wedding venues. Find your favourite at loveinraseborg.fi

Arrange inspiring meetings and events in Billnäs Village.

Cosy rooms at peaceful Mustio Manor.

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Experience of the Month, Finland

Fiskars Village, Raseborg – the versatile gem of south-western Finland Just over an hour’s drive west of Helsinki, there is a village that has become a hub for Finnish art and design – a community based on the foundation of what used to be a thriving industrial centre: Fiskars Village. In a relatively short time, the village has become a multi-awarded, hip design and cultural centre – a place with an urban feel in the middle of a historically significant setting.

and has experienced a new renaissance from the early ‘90s, when a visionary man, Ingmar Lindberg, re-imagined the village as a community of craftspeople, artists and designers that could revive the  sleepy town.

By Katariina Benedetti

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ups and downs due to social and historical events, from the golden era of industrialisation to the decadence following the closure of the foundry. But Fiskars  Village has been able to reinvent itself

Lindberg, an executive at Fiskars – a world-famous metal tool company, producing, among other things, scissors, axes and gardening tools – envisaged a place that could attract a variety of people, who could work together and once again


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make the village a flourishing destination, by preserving and stimulating art in all  its forms. He could see the potential of the area, thanks to the dreamy location  and its buildings, and the vibrant surrounding nature. The village has been featured in the domestic and international press for the attentive restoration of its buildings. Developers from all over the world have flocked here to try to grasp the secrets of Fiskars Village. Today, a lively community of about 600 people live in Fiskars Village; tourists and residents alike can enjoy the perfect mix of old and new, thanks to careful restoration projects and new buildings following established design rules. In 2018, Fiskars Village became the top emerging cultural tourism destination in the Culture EDEN in Finland competition. Organised by the Ministry of Education and Culture and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment in cooperation with Culture Finland, a programme by Business Finland and Visit Finland, the competition set out

to reward a location where innovative thinking blends with tradition to create a diverse cultural tourism destination. In October 2019, for the second time in its history, Fiskars Village emerged as the best domestic travel destination at the 2019 Finnish Travel Gala.

En route for new discoveries When driving to Fiskars Village from Pohja, the winding road opens up to a peaceful valley, where for parts of the year, cows graze the fields surrounding a tranquil lake. Behind a bend, a tunnel gracefully blends in the surroundings and invites travellers to discover what is hiding on the other side. Passing through the tunnel, gorgeous buildings begin to appear. On the left is Stenhuset, the Stone House, which was the administrative centre of Fiskars in the past and is these days used for official events. On the right is the granary, which hosts various exhibitions and events throughout the year. The most notable events are the Christmas and spring markets, and Slow Food Festival in October, with local producers from the area and beyond. Photo: Elisabeth Blomqvist

While the main street represents the core of the precinct, Fiskars Village still stretches out beside the Fiskars river to the east, along a dirt road, with more venues to discover and marvel at. For instance, you’ll find Ägräs Distillery and Fiskars Brewery here, both must-sees, as is the Fiskars Museum, which brings you back in time to the 17th century beautifully. A recent addition to the cultural offering is KWUM,  Karin Widnäs Museum, designed by  Tuomo Siitonen. Karin Widnäs, a famous Finnish ceramicist and designer and one of the first artists to settle in Fiskars in the mid-‘90s, opened the doors in the summer of 2019 to a flawlessly crafted wooden mecca for ceramic enthusiasts. Her aim to keep the ceramic tradition alive, combined with a cutting-edge idea of a place that could enshrine the art, won her the Audience Choice Award at the Helsinki Design Week Design Awards 2019.

A day – or two – in Fiskars Village

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Right after the granary come the old mill and the clock tower, the heart of the village today. Constructed in 1849, the clock tower building now hosts Café Antique, where customers can sit among hundreds of books and enjoy home-baked goods, and the Fiskars Shop, which stocks famous Finnish design brands such as Iittala, Fiskars, Arabia and Hackman. On the other side of the building is ONOMA Shop, Fiskars’ artist cooperative. ONOMA is home to the work of more than 100 artists and designers. The inspiring and innovative products are a testament to the long history and high quality of the craftsmanship in the area. Along the Fiskars river is the Copper Smithy, built in the 19th century and now home to an exhibition hall and event venues, a shop and a restaurant.

Photo: Nina Ahtola

Fiskars Village is different from any other place in Finland. For a first-timer, it might come as a surprise that there are so many things to do. The village is like a pearl in an oyster, a hidden treasure, guaranteed to awe all its visitors. A weekend in Fiskars Village is always a good idea, as it combines art, culture and design with incredible outdoor possibilities. And foodies will be satisfied after a visit, too, thanks to the excellent dining options. So take your time to soak up the Issue 132  |  January 2020  |  113


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rich heritage, and the nature surrounding the village.

KWUM, Karin Widnäs Museum, designed by Tuomo Siitonen. Photo: Rauno Träskelin

Sculptors, jewellery makers, glassblowers, blacksmiths, ceramicists, painters and restorers all call Fiskars Village their home today. With all that to offer, it is no wonder that Fiskars Village has become a delightful, romantic getaway destination, also highly appreciated by art connoisseurs. The small boutiques, ONOMA, the KWUM Museum, the smithies and the galleries are open all through the year. In 2019, Fiskars Village launched its first Art and Design Biennale, with more than 60 participating artists from around the world. The Biennale, as the name suggests, will be held every two years, gathering in Fiskars the top of international and domestic designers and artists. Fiskars Village offers a wide range of outdoor activities. For every season, there is something to do, including diverse walking trails, such as the tree species path: along a stretch of just a few kilometres, 23 different kinds of trees can be spotted. In the late summer and autumn season, the Finnish woods are ripe with delicacies. Nothing beats a walk in the peace and quiet of a forest, spotting berries and mushrooms on the way.

Matleena Kalajoki, manager of ONOMA, Fiskars’ artist cooperative. Photo: Ahmed Alalousi

Mountain bikes are one of the best alternatives for getting around in and out of the village. Marked trails of varying lengths and levels, totalling more than 60 kilometres, are among the essential outdoor features of Fiskars Village. There are also three lakes in the area, around each of which you can go for a lovely walk. In the winter, when the waterways freeze, it is like diving into the most magical winter wonderland atmosphere. For golf enthusiasts, there are a couple of excellent golf courses just a short drive away, as well. Last but not least, there are fantastic horse-riding treks around the village.

Restaurants and accommodation

The lovely shopping area of Fiskars. Photo: Ahmed Alalousi

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With two hotels and plenty of B&Bs in the area, it is a real treat to spend a couple of days in Fiskars Village. Make sure to book early though, especially during peak season or in the case of special events, as


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accommodation can be difficult to find. Hotel Tegel and Fiskars Wärdshus are located in elegant, old buildings, a short stroll away from the village centre. Spending a weekend soaking up the lush ironworks milieu, you can browse the crafts or antiques, take a walk along the Fiskars river and dine in one of the restaurants. Among the dining options, check out Fiskars Wärdshus for a more upscale option, or Café Bar Pesula, or restaurant Kuparipaja. And of course, the day is not complete without a drink at the tap room at Ägräs Distillery, offering award-winning gin and akvavit in addition to locally brewed beers from Fiskars Brewery and Kuura Cider, a locally produced cider.

ONOMA shop offers a great variety of local design and handicrafts. Photo: Ahmed Alalousi

After everything you have read here, you may well be curious to come and visit Fiskars Village. It is recommended that you plan ahead, to make sure the places you want to see and the restaurants you would like to dine in are open, particularly if you are planning for an off-season weekend getaway. Fiskars Village – dates for your diary: 9 May Fiskars Village Bike Expo 2020, Fiskars Bruk Try out all the best and latest MTB and E-MTB at Finland’s biggest MTB Expo. fiskarsvillagetrailcenter.fi

Blacksmith Upi Anttila. Photo: Fotofabriken

9–12 July Fiskars Antique Fair, Fiskars Village One of Finland’s best events for finding treasures in design and historic artefacts. fiskarsinantiikkipaivat.fi 3-4 October Slow Food Festival, Tröskhuset, Fiskars Bruk Enjoy all the local delicacies by producers from southern Finland at this magnificent culinary event in the lovely surroundings of the Fiskars ironworks. fiskarsvillage.fi

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Glassblower Tarmo Maaronen. Photo: Fotofabriken

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Artist and gallery owner Noris Maria Dias. Left: Skjæra. Right: A tree is a tree is a tree.

Gallery of the Month, Norway

A joyous gallery in Oslo In the middle of Oslo’s swankiest neighbourhood, Frogner, you will find a small and intimate art gallery, which is a bit different from the rest. Galleri Noris is a joyous meeting place for visual art, music, community engagement and debate, showcasing works by owner Noris Maria Dias, as well as artists from Norway and beyond. By Ingrid Opstad  |  Photos: Galleri Noris

“When I opened the gallery, I put a large sign outside saying ‘useless art’, which provoked a few different reactions from people. I wanted whoever walking past to stop and think, and hopefully wander inside to share their view on the statement because they were curious or passionate about art,” says Noris Maria Dias. The artist and gallery owner has always been 116  |  Issue 132  |  January 2020

fascinated with critical thinking, doing things a bit differently and spreading the joy of life and freedom. Her multicultural and multidisciplinary background has played a big role in her artistic life.

Artistic nomad life “I was born and raised in Brazil during the military regime, which made me an

anti-authoritarian, provoked by dictatorship and patriarchy; I’m a social idealist and rebel,” she explains. Dias started painting as a 14-year-old and frequented the studio of Nesmaro, an appreciated impressionist and a teacher at the Academy of Fine Arts in her hometown. When she turned 18, she travelled to Norway, Italy and France, where she studied medicine, psychotherapy and traditional Chinese medicine. She practised as a psychotherapist in all these countries. Noris later became an art therapist and created a project in Sweden where she worked with children with post-traumatic 


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Left: Into the Green Mood. Middle: Macabre dance between health speculators, bureaucrats and politicians. Who takes the responsibility? Right: Le  Carnaval Perpétuel. Bottom: Skjæreredet.

stress syndrome. “Since I find great interest in working with people, I still receive some patients in psychotherapy,” she says. However, for the last 20 years, Noris has mainly dedicated herself to her artistic profession, participating in more than 30 exhibitions in France, Brazil, Sweden, the US and Norway. “I have travelled extensively around the world and lived abroad for a few decades, but I have repeatedly and always come back to Oslo and especially Frogner, where it feels like time stands still when it comes to the cityscape and architecture. It brings a feeling of belonging and identity to a nomad like me,” the artist says. “Oslo is a part of my identity.”

Communicating and interacting with people through art Galleri Noris opened in 2018 after Dias coincidentally discovered an empty space near Gimle Kino, an 80-year-old cinema known for showcasing art and quality films situated at Frogner. “I found it impossible not to be completely thrilled with the functionalist style and perfect location. It really awoke ideas of a new project; a place to exhibit my work while also communicating and interacting with people who share the same interests,” she says. “It is a privilege for me to have my little gallery here in this location.” Dias wants the gallery to be an expression of what she considers to be impor-

tant. “Art can be provocative, beautiful, harmonious or conflicting, but it must be meaningful in the society in which it is created,” she explains. Her aim was to create a place where anyone could come inside and stay as long as they wanted, which she has succeeded in. “Many people thank me for the experience after visiting, and many come back time after time. There is great satisfaction in getting positive confirmation like that from the audience,” the artist smiles. “In today’s society, we are bombarded with impressions, and we don’t often have time to just observe and really see. I want the observer to really look at the art and thereby understand a little bit more of themselves,” Dias says.

A creative meeting place

highlighting the feminine, women’s mythology, human psychology and nature. The paintings are full of details, which the customer often catches up with after a while. “Often, customers come back to tell me what they later discovered in my art that they hadn’t seen from the start,” she says. “My work as a painter and curator is a constant research and development process. Nowadays, the right to determine which artwork is important and valuable for us belongs to a small elite within the art industry,” Noris says. “I believe you have the right to discover, and freedom to choose, what kind of art you consider valuable. It is a matter of learning to really see, and of having no fear of loving a piece of art. There is no right or wrong, only emotions.”

Galleri Noris has become a creative meeting place for visual art, music, community engagement and debate, showcasing works by owner Dias as well as artists from Norway and beyond. It is far from the typical modern minimalist gallery you might have seen. “I think people are a little tired of those galleries that are so clinical, where people hardly dare to enter. Noris is a warm place with strong colours, joy and a great atmosphere, which I can see that the audience appreciates,” she says. Dias’s paintings are figurative and colourful with a lot of symbolism, which tells a story that develops as she paints, often

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Kyst-symfoni.

Dans-lidenskap.

Jazz i nord.

Natur-tone.

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Brushstrokes of emotions from Senja For the last 45 years, the multidisciplinary artist Svein Arild Berntsen has been putting his colourful mark on northern Norway. From his base and studio in Senja, he creates expressive and vivid paintings filled with emotions and music. By Ingrid Opstad  |  Photos: Svein Arild Berntsen

Svein Arild Berntsen was born in 1950 in Stavanger, where he studied to be a graphic designer. He later moved to Senja for love, and became the first professional visual artist on the island, paving the way for others. “The light and the lyrical landscape from my upbringing, along with the blues and the typical bluestones from Lars Hertervig, came with me to the north and have always been of great importance in my work,” Berntsen recalls. The Norwegian painter has established himself not only as an important artist, but also as a musician and a cultural communicator. He has won awards for his art and dedication, and his commitment has helped to build bridges between music and art in northern Norway 118  |  Issue 132  |  January 2020

though projects like Sporløft. “It is often the music and the dance that dictate the tones and colour palette in my paintings, which results in a glowing composition inspired by the lines and light found in nature. The movements are present in each brushstroke, colourful and spontaneous – like chords – often against blue mountain walls that descend into the sea and then into ourselves,” he explains. His paintings are the result of his passion for both music and nature, which often leaves a longing while encouraging the audience to finish the story he started. Berntsen is known for using blue in every nuance, a trait directly inspired by his musical background. Over the years, he has been a member of several blues

bands as a soloist, writer and harmonica player. His latest music project, the blues band Blåcompaniet, recently released a record and will be touring the country. “Being able to improvise in the music I create has helped me to be more spontaneous and to dare more as a painter, too. This has given me more power to reach my audience and their emotions in a unique way,” he says. “The glow on my paintings can help give people hope in the dark. But I never forget those dark, blue tones, which play a part in our lives, too,” he says. This January, Berntsen will be exhibiting his work at the Northern Lights Festival, a music festival in Tromsø, alongside  Anna-Brith Arntsen. Facebook: Svein Arild Berntsen-Kunst og Kultur Instagram: @sveinarildberntsen_kunst


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IS IT JUST ME…

By Mette Lisby

… who’s annoyed with the recently developed recipe for becoming famous: ‘just be yourself’? This seems to have become a surefire formula for gaining popularity on various YouTube channels. The problem with ‘just being yourself’ is that people really are not that interesting. That’s why artists for centuries have struggled to find and hone their message, to dig inside themselves searching for their own humanity, so that they could shed a light on it and expose it to the rest of us, making us connect by being human above all else. It seems it’s no longer necessary to make that effort. The fragmented reality of social media has allowed us to cut out the people we don’t agree with, so we have increasingly become accustomed to connecting to someone if they are like us. We have always looked to art to mirror ourselves, but with an abundance of communication outlets, we now resonate only with exact replicas of ourselves – people who agree with us, have the same sense of

humor, and share our interests. That’s why everybody can have a podcast or a broadcast where they sit down and talk about uh, I dunno, just things, you know? No effort required, just open your mouth and brainfart yourself silly. And someone will pick up on it, because ‘I’m the same! I am also passionately interested in absolutely nothing!’. I imagine I should be welcoming how people who don’t want to make an effort have found a way to mutually bore each other, but I think that we as a society lose a very fundamental thing by no longer making an effort to connect with each other. That’s why Christmas is more important than ever – not because of the gifts, but because it brings us together with our families. What I cherish the most about spending time with my extended family is that it forces me to be with people I did not choose. People different from me. Peo-

Spa The north of Sweden has two seasons: winter and mosquitos. As winter drags on, northerners are open to the idea of warmth and pampering. Us Swedes love our saunas, and so it’s no surprise we’ve also embraced the more modern concept of spas. We believe that going from being very cold to being very hot is a good thing, the ideal situation being a barefooted dash between a dry sauna and a drift of snow, preferably while tanked up on ‘starköl’ (strong beer). Spas, however, have brought out our more sophisticated side. Gone is the beer – visit a modern Swedish spa and you’re more likely to be served herbal tea. The hot and cold are still there, although the drifts of snow have been replaced with the more easily controlled plunge pool (considerably less frozen deer poo in these, because it’s good for business). Last Christmas, I visited one of these spas, which turned out to be a thoroughly Swedish experience. I went on one of the

ple who are passionate about ornithology, deep-sea fishing or people who, like my cousin, study insects for a living (I know! Weird family). But that’s the great part. We connect in spite of who we are, and not by agreeing with someone similar who is ‘just being themselves’.

Mette Lisby is Denmark’s leading female comedian. She invites you to laugh along with her monthly humour columns. Since her stand-up debut in 1992, Mette has hosted the Danish version of Have I Got News For You and Room 101.

By Maria Smedstad

my feelings? Having paid full price, the spa itself didn’t disappoint. There is something very special about sitting in an outdoor pool, surrounded by snow. However, as I floated blissfully about, I witnessed the devastating consequence of this modernisation of traditions. Hovering above the surface, woken from deep slumber by the balmy water and ready to pounce, was one bloodthirsty mosquito.

‘middle days’ between Christmas and New Year, as the venue advertised a ‘middle day’ discount. Sadly, the day of my visit turned out not to be the correct middle day, and so there was no discount. I felt this was a confusing and slightly misleading campaign, but this is Sweden and so my mentioning of said feelings fell on deaf ears. Swedes follow rules; this was the rule. And why would I talk about

Maria Smedstad moved to the UK from Sweden in 1994. She received a degree in Illustration in 2001, before settling in the capital as a freelance cartoonist, creating the autobiographical cartoon Em. Maria writes a column on the trials and tribulations of life as a Swede in the UK.

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Photo: Natascha Thiara Rydvald Left: Trine Wisbech, head of Det Lille Teater and the Puppet Theatre. Top middle: For more than five decades, Det Lille Teater in Copenhagen has been introducing children to the world of theatre. Bottom middle: Every summer, the Puppet Theatre presents two free performances for all ages and nationalities in Kongens Have.

Children’s theatre the Scandinavian way Rooted in the belief that children deserve the exact same professionalism and dedication as adults, Det Lille Teater (‘the little theatre’) has been introducing children to the world of theatre for more than five decades. It continues to do so, presenting performances for an audience of two- to ten-year-olds in historic settings in the heart of Copenhagen. By Signe Hansen  |  Photos: Sine Kristiansen

Set in a historic building from 1789, Det Lille Teater has been shaped and furnished to offer the perfect settings for the very youngest of theatre-goers. This means that, whether the performance is aimed at the two- to five-year-olds or the seven- to ten-year-olds, the audience will be entertained at a level they can engage in. “When we were founded back in the ‘60s, the ambition was to create a place where theatre was presented on the children’s terms – it’s a very Scandinavian approach, and one that’s even more important in our time, as children are met by tests and learning programmes all the way down to kindergarten,” says the head of the theatre, Trine Wisbech. “It’s incredibly im-

portant to have a place where they can come and experience a different world, a very tangible world full of music, texture, images and stories that play right into their experience of the world.” Det Lille Teater presents two or three yearly performances, aimed at different age groups down to two years old. For the youngest, it is very likely to be their very first theatre experience, and to make sure it becomes a good one, the theatre’s website includes a short film introducing the experience – and lights in the theatre are never completely turned off. But even though performances are created to play into the worldview of the children, the experi-

ence is one for everyone to enjoy. “It’s a shared experience, and when parents or grandparents come with their children or grandchildren, everybody has fun,” says Wisbech, and rounds off:  “Recently, I watched a performance that had this sweet song in it, and at the end of it, a small girl in the audience turned to her mum and said, ‘I love you, mum’. It was such a nice moment, and it just shows that the atmosphere that  theatre creates is a crucial part of the experience.” Det Lille Teater is open from September to May. From the beginning of June until the end of August, the theatre’s sister theatre, the Puppet Theatre, takes over, presenting two free performances for all ages and nationalities in Kongens Have.

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A historic house for the present Since 1540, Tirsbæk Gods (Tirsbæk Manor House) has featured in the landscape close to Vejle Fjord in western Denmark. It has been added to and taken from and changed hands over the last 500 years to today being a family home, a farm, an events space and a place where people can enjoy either the thrills of driving off-road or a peaceful stroll through a Renaissance garden. By Josefine Older Steffensen  |  Photos: Tirsbæk Gods

Tirsbæk was first mentioned in the 1300s, but the main building that still stands today was built in the 1540s, and the wings and tower were added at a later stage. “The house is built on an islet, which meant that it was self-  sufficient in case there were any uprisings at the time,” explains Hans Henrik Algreen-Ussing, owner of Tirsbæk Gods. “Niels Linde owned the house in the early 1700s and was well-travelled and inspired by what he saw, and he decided that there had to be a Renaissance 122  |  Issue 132  |  January 2020

garden at the house. The garden was finished in 1745, and some of the plants that Niels picked up from his travels can still be seen in the garden today. There’s a London plane tree that’s over 300 years old, which was most likely brought back by Niels,” says Algreen-Ussing.

A nail to the head Niels Linde’s son was not quite as good at keeping the house and ended up marrying the maid, Maren Loss, which at the time was not the done thing. “They had a couple of years together before

Maren ended up falling in love with the bailiff and had to dispose of Niels. She stabbed his forehead while he was sleeping, practically performing a frontal lobectomy, making him zombie-like. After a week, he died from the infection of the wounds, and after mourning for a year, Maren married her lover,” says Algreen-Ussing. “They had to donate all the inventory to the local church to stop a local scandal from occurring, but she ended up with the person she loved.” Between 1780 and 1910 there were upwards of a dozen owners of Tirsbæk, who all put their own mark on the house, and in 1910, Algreen-Ussing’s great-  grandfather, Hans Niels Andersen, bought the estate. It has been in the family ever since. In 1995, Hans Henrik took over the running of the estate, which today includes farming, forestry, rented


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houses and offices, and plenty of experiences for visitors.

Experiences at Tirsbæk Gods Whether it is strolling through the beautiful Renaissance garden or enjoying the popular Christmas market that has been going for 24 years, there is plenty to experience at Tirsbæk Gods. “Throughout the year, we host private and business events both in the house and in the garden. We don’t live in the main house, which means it is free to use for meetings, conferences and exhibitions,” says Algreen-Ussing. Many of the buildings are also used for office spaces or rented out to private people as permanent homes. The garden, which is open to visitors from April to September, can also be used for a variety of events and was completely revamped in 2007, after the RealDania fund supported the restoration of the garden as it wanted to ensure

that the manor garden was maintained for the future. In the category Europe’s Heritage of Gardens and Gardening, the garden won second prize in 2018/2019. The grounds also make the setting for a yearly concert where the Royal Life Guard’s Musical Corps play. For those looking for a thrill-seeking experience, it is possible to try off-road driving in a Land Rover. The centre is one of only 39 certified Land Rover  Experience Centres globally, which were set up for people to try what a Land  Rover can do when it no longer has tarmac under the tyres. The experience can be booked both for private persons and for business and team-building events.

Ensuring Tirsbæk’s future Apart from Hans Henrik and his wife  Marianne, who is a doctor, there are only two permanent staff at Tirsbæk Gods. “This is a lifestyle; it’s not a job. It’s 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, and I love

it,” exclaims Algreen-Ussing, who grew up with his parents running the place. “There are plenty of long- and shortterm things to be excited about. We’ll likely increase our wine production and have a small farm shop, where people can find local products, and we’ll continue to increase our events and delight the over 100,000 visitors we have every year. There’ll also be the generational change, although I’ve got plenty more years to go, and it’ll be exciting to see how the future of Tirsbæk changes with someone new in charge. We’re adding to the history of the place and will continue to enjoy finding ways in which not only we, but also other people, can experience this fantastic place,” concludes Algreen-Ussing. www.tirsbaekgods.dk Facebook: Tirsbæk Gods Instagram: @tirsbaekgods

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Brothers in arms In March, a group of Swedish skiers will retrace the tracks of their grandfathers as they came to Finland’s aid in the Second World War. By Colin Nicholson  |  Photos: Kalevi Korhonen

In Salla, the only battles taking place today are as first-time skiers’ struggle to get down the slopes of the Finnish resort. But it wasn’t always like this. During the Second World War, these fells were a key battleground. In August 1939, the Soviet Union signed a secret protocol with Nazi Germany  agreeing to carve up Poland and the  Baltic states between them, and allowing the Soviets to seize Finland. But while Britain and France responded to the invasion of Poland weeks later by declaring war on Germany, their reac124  |  Issue 132  |  January 2020

tion to Stalin’s invasion of Finland on 30 November was muted. A handful of Britons, such as Christopher Lee, the actor who played Count Dracula,  volunteered for service, doing a brief stint of guard duty in Finland. The biggest response came from the Swedes. As  Sweden was officially neutral, they put themselves forward to fight with the Finnish forces. So, exactly 80 years ago, on 12 January 1940, a group of about 10,000 Scandinavian volunteers arrived in Finland to help defend their neighbour. It is to mark their bravery that

their grandchildren will soon don cross-  country skis to go on a ‘ski march’ from Kemijärvi to Salla, now a ski resort near the Russian border. The Swedish Volunteer Corps was formed of about 8,500 Swedes, 1,000 Danes and 700 Norwegians, and arrived at  Kemijärvi. As Brigadier-General Pentti  Airio explains: “Here, the troops were given uniforms and military training, because their military service back home was insufficient, and there were language problems at first.”

Ski march – 80 years on Indeed, the recruits must have seemed as bright-eyed, eager and untrained as those who will join the first leg of the ski march on 27 March this year – they will include


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children from the local school – and will be led by reserve officers, present and retired, such as Airio. “Anyone is welcome,” he says. “Just let us know you are coming and we will sort you out with skis.” For the event, which is held every five years, many participants will don the white suits that were essential camouflage in the war. On the first day, they will ski the 40 kilometres to Kursu, stopping to lay a wreath and have lunch on the way. The scenic route at times passes through forest and runs alongside lakes, mostly following an old railway line, which is handy for less experienced skiers, who can get a lift at certain points if they are struggling. But to prepare for the 20 kilometres on the next day, they certainly will not want to miss the sauna slots in the evening, timetabled into the programme with military precision by Airio.

Nordic solidarity Of course, by the time the Swedish  Volunteer Corps were following this route, they were well trained, having learnt the Finnish tactics, which involved making use of the forest for cover and moving fast on skis to surround enemy positions. The corps’ number was small compared to the more than 300,000 Finns mobilised in the war. But since even that number was dwarfed by the vast size of the Red Army, the ex-

pression of solidarity was important. The volunteers arrived at the frontline near Salla on 28 February 1940, and around the ski resort you can still see original defences from the Second World War, where the corps battled the Soviet  invaders in freezing conditions. Their presence meant the Finnish forces there were able to head south to defend the city of Viipuri until a ceasefire was announced for 13 March. Against all odds, the  Soviet Union had been held back, and Stalin was left counting the cost. The volunteer corps were thanked in person by Field Marshall Mannerheim, the commander in chief of the Finnish defence forces and future president of Finland. One of the most dramatic moments of recent ski marches is when the skiers are addressed by Mannerheim himself, using the same words. Of course, the  Finnish hero is long dead, but a recording was made of his speech. So, after they gather at the memorial in Paikanselkä, today’s volunteers can hear in perfect Swedish – Mannerheim was part of  Finland’s Swedish-speaking minority – his words to their grandfathers and great-  uncles in thanks for their bravery. Some 50 members of the Swedish  Volunteer Corps were killed, compared to 26,000 Finns, but their intervention was a profound symbol of Nordic uni-

Photo: Salla press photo

ty. Many had come fearing that if the  Soviets had been allowed to invade  Finland, then Sweden and the other Scandinavian countries would be next. That offensive had been halted. And though Finland was ultimately unsuccessful in regaining the territory occupied by the Soviets in the war of 1941-1944, the successful defence  meant Finland never fell behind the Iron Curtain. This year, the ski march will feel rather different – there will be no known surviving veterans of the Swedish Volunteer Corps. But organisers such as  Airio hope that, with Mannerheim’s voice ringing in their ears, their descendants will ensure that long may it continue. The events begin on the evening of Thursday 26 March at the Hotel Mestarin Kievari in Kemijärvi, and finish on the morning of Monday 30 March at Salla. The programme includes dinners and (optional) remembrance services in church. To find out more, visit: finlandsfrivilliga.se Details of the war sites and museum at Salla are available at loma.salla.fi For more information about the ski tracks and ski slopes of Salla, visit visitsalla.fi

Photo: Salla press photo

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Scandinavian music It feels natural to start the new year with a dose of fresh new talent. And what better way than via a young man who currently has a firm place in the hearts of millions of TV viewing Swedes? 17-year-old Tusse Chiza became the break-out star quite early on during the latest series of Swedish Idol. And sure enough, he went on to win the whole thing last month. With every Swedish Idol winner, however, comes the winner’s single, and Tusse has released Rain. The song is a cut above the usual winner’s single fare, playing out as a modern, beat-heavy ballad that both rouses and inspires. From the starting-out to the seasoned, and onto Swedish pop icon Laleh. She’s released an impressive number of albums in her career, and so has unsurprisingly decided to do things a little bit differently for her latest record. Postcards is a collection of songs that Laleh has written, but which she had given away to other artists to record. Now, with Postcards, she has recorded a cover album of her own songs previously

released by the likes of Demi Lovato, Shawn Mendes and Ellie Goulding. However, it’s two of the lesser known songs that stand out as highlights and that deserve your attention most of all: her takes on Tori Kelly’s City Dove and Daya’s Safe. Tinx is an up-and-coming name on the underground electro-pop scene in Sweden. To make a bid for the mainstream, she’s roped in fellow artist Girli on new single Wait & See, and together, they’ve delivered a  female-empowerment anthem with double the sass. It serves as a pounding electro banger to play loud and remorseless, convincing everyone in earshot that men are, indeed, useless. Finally, you’ll have heard the sad news of Marie Fredriksson’s tragic passing last month, and you may well have been playing plenty of Roxette’s biggest hits from the ‘90s in memory. But the duo released a fair bit of music over the past decade, too, and now seems an appropriate time to highlight some of those lesser-known gems that deserve a

By Karl Batterbee

bit more attention. If you’ve yet to discover them, spare 15 minutes of your time to unearth the atmospheric ballads Speak To Me (Bassflow remix) and It Just Happens, before finishing on a more joyously up-tempo note, via Some Other Summer and It’s Possible – up there with the best of their repertoire, and a further reminder of the great voice that we recently lost.

Web: www.scandipop.co.uk


Ibsen’s Ghosts. Photo by Erik Berg

Scandinavian Culture Calendar – Where to go, what to see? It’s all happening here! Ibsen’s Ghosts (16-26 January) Having won praise and full audiences while touring the globe, the ballet adaptation of Ibsen’s literary classic returns to Oslo for a final two weeks of shows this month. With the final curtain set to fall on 26 January, now’s your chance to catch the critically acclaimed performance on Ibsen’s home turf. The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet, Kirsten Flagstads plass 1, N-0150 Oslo, Norway. www.operaen.no

limelight, with some of the world’s leading snow sculptors ready to battle it out. Multiple venues across Kiruna, Sweden. www.snofestivalen.com

of this year’s event, with a full line-up of film productions exploring the life of the indigenous people of the northernmost north. Multiple locations in Inari, Finland. skabmagovat.fi

Skábmagovat 2020 (23-26 January) Thanks to an outdoor screening venue made entirely out of snow, Skábmagovat scores high on the rank of the world’s most unusual cinema experiences. Reflections of Endless Night is the theme

Kiruna Snow Festival (22-26 January) The town of Kiruna is set to transform into a real life Arendelle with snowy activities of all sorts lined up, in addition to a busy calendar of cultural outings and performances. At the end, the Kiruna International Snow Sculpture Competition will no doubt once again steal the

By Johanna Iivonen

The Kiruna International Snow Sculpture Competition. Photo: Kjell Törmä

Northern Lights Festival (23 January – 2 February) Festivals, northern lights or reindeer racing? Tromsø lives up to its reputation as an Arctic hub at this time of the year, and the choice of what to get up to is all yours. But while gaining a glimpse of the aurora borealis is certainly a top draw, this somewhat misleadingly named festival is actually a musical affair, with a series of gigs by Norwegian and international ensembles ranging from experimental to classic set to take place. Multiple venues across Tromsø, Norway. www.nordlysfestivalen.no Issue 132  |  January 2020  |  129


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Skábmagovat Northern Lights Theater. Photo: Skábmagovat Competition

Doc Point Festival (27 January – 2 February) The Nordic region’s leading documentary film festival will treat knowledge-hungry cinephiles to a busy line-up of Finnish and international productions. In addition to screenings, the event features a number of talks and director encounters, with the full schedule due to be released on 3 January. Multiple venues in Helsinki, Finland. docpointfestival.fi

Stockholm Design Week (3-9 February) With hundreds of events lined up, this citywide design extravaganza is a must for anyone with an interest in Scandinavian  design, architecture and furniture. Leading design studios, galleries and hotels throughout Stockholm will open their doors to host events, installations and exhibitions, while the parallelly running

Stockholm Furniture Fair gathers trade professionals at the city’s exhibition centre. Multiple venues in Stockholm, Sweden. www.stockholmdesignweek.com

Lit Fest Bergen (6-9 February) Following the success of last year’s inaugural festival, Lit Fest Bergen is back for four days of literature, debate and performances. With fiction and non-fiction  authors from Norway to Hong Kong,  Syria and beyond in attendance, this year’s theme is built around the subject of the ordinary, as seen from such different perspectives. Litteraturhuset i Bergen, Østre Skostredet 5-7, 5017 Bergen, Norway. litfestbergen.no

Dining Week 2020 (7-16 February) Now in its tenth year, Dining Week celebrates Denmark’s buzzing restaurant

Lit Fest Bergen. Photo: Bergen International Literary Festival

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JORVIK Viking Festival. The March to Coppergate. Photo: the Jorvik Group

scene that has continued to thrive ever since Rene Redzepi put New Nordic  Cuisine on the global foodie map. Some 200-odd restaurants across Denmark will take part by offering fixed-price menus and tasting specials. diningweek.dk

JORVIK Viking Festival (15-23 February) Judging by the activities lined up to celebrate York’s Norse heritage, Brexit has done nothing to break the deep-running bond between northern England and the Nordics. The programme features historic Viking markets, a series of talks and tours, as well as some dramatic combat performances to celebrate  England’s continental links and unmistakeable Viking flair. Citywide events across York. jorvikvikingfestival.co.uk

Dining Week 2020. Photo: Dining Week 2020


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As a magazine promoting a region that is consistently ranked among the happiest and most contented in the world, we thought it apt to start...

Scan Magazine, Issue 132, January 2020  

As a magazine promoting a region that is consistently ranked among the happiest and most contented in the world, we thought it apt to start...