STORYTELLING IN SCANDINAVIA: TRAVEL INFLUENCER SPECIAL
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TABOURETS FOR YOUR HOME
DESIGN TALK: MADE IN NORWAY
AUTUMN EXPERIENCES IN SWEDEN THE ULTIMATE GUIDE:
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Curiosity and playfulness drives top chef
Renowned chef Mathias Dahlgren is constantly seeking inspiration, learning and developing new concepts. Dahlgren’s latest collaboration with Culimat ensures high quality tools to elevate the culinary experience further, in restaurants and at home.
Before shows like Master Chef on TV and Chef’s Table on Netflix were even a thing, Mathias Dahlgren became a celebrity in the world of food. With some 35 years in the industry, he has managed a number of successful restaurants and been awarded several stars in Guide Michelin. Dahlgren is the only Swede to win the Bocuse d’Or, the equivalent of the World Championship for chefs, and has been named Chef of Chefs (Kockarnas kock) in Sweden no less than eight times.
Of course, a top chef needs high quality tools and since a few years Dahlgren is collaborating with Culimat on a series of frying pans and cookware. The high-quality products can handle the tough use and everyday challenges in busy restaurant kitchens, but are just as suitable for the conscious and curious home cook. “The Culimat range is user friendly and affordable, and makes cooking more fun – I use it in all my restaurants as well as at home,” says Dahlgren.
In this August issue of Scan Magazine, we’ve put together the ultimate guide to autumn experiences in Sweden. There’s a famous long-distance train journey, world-class jazz music, kayaking on glassy waters, Moomins, a contemporary art biennial and an IKEA museum. There are spa treatments, wildlife safaris and the mysterious ‘City of Crystal’ – and plenty more to explore as those long, warm Swedish summer days roll into the latter half of the year.
Our cover story sees seven Indian social media creators share their stories of travelling in the Nordics and offers a glimpse of the region through their eyes. Curated by writer and Scandiphile Japleen Kaur, these short vignettes offer creative insights into exploring the north with a camera, a notebook and an open mind.
Elsewhere, in our Made in Norway special theme, we’ve interviewed a crop of leading Norwegian founders and creators, digging into the
philosophy behind their thinking, the history behind their successes, and the drive behind their products. There’s something for the avid interior and fashion stylist too. In our We Love This column, we select 6 of the chicest tabourets for your home, while the Fashion Diary is brimming with late summer looks from the best established and emerging labels.
Finally, don’t miss our roundup of the best new music in Scandinavia with our resident selector Karl Batterbee, and the Nordic culture calendar, where you’ll find all the hottest arts events to check out this August.
See you next month!
Lena Hunter, Editor
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In this issue
24 Scandinavian stories, told by India’s top travel influencers
Seven Indian social media creators share their stories of travelling in the Nordics, offering a glimpse of the region through their eyes. Curated by writer and Scandiphile Japleen Kaur, these short vignettes offer creative insights into exploring the north with a camera, a notebook and an open mind, wherever you’re travelling from.
6 Six super-chic tabourets, Nordic fashion radar and indie design profiles
Browse our selection of stylish tabourets for your home interior in this month’s We Love This and find late-summer fashion inspiration in the Fashion Diary. Plus, get under the skin of five entrepreneurial design companies from Denmark, Finland and Iceland in revealing interviews with their talented founders and leaders.
How to spot flavours in beer, and green washing in brands
Our sustainability columnist Alejandra Cerda Ojensa advises on judging the sustainability credentials of the brands you buy, while our beer expert Malin Norman explores the nuances of tasting beers and identifying flavours, with a little inspiration from some summer reading.
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THE ULTIMATE GUIDE
32 Autumn Experiences in Sweden
In this in-depth compilation of top resorts, hotels, museums, galleries, festivals and outdoor experiences, we present the ultimate guide to holidaying in Sweden, this autumn.
62 Made in Norway
What makes Norwegian design special? In these interviews with Norwegian founders and creators, we dig into the philosophy behind their thinking, the history behind their successes, and the drive behind their products.
93 The best new events and music in Scandinavia
Where to go? What to see? It’s all happening here in this month’s Culture Calendar of the best arts events in the Nordics. Meanwhile, our music columnist Karl Batterbee picks out the best new tunes in the region, and illustrator Gabi Froden “gets lazy”.
88 Education Profile
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Restaurant 74 Hotel 77 Experience 78 Destination 83 Activity
89 Family Day Out
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We Love This: Tabourets
What is a tabouret, exactly? Is it a stool? A table? A plinth? Yes.
The name derives from the Old French word tabour, meaning drum, in reference to its armless, backless form. The tabouret peaked in 17th century France, when courtly guests would perch upon an elaborate carved and upholstered version in the presence of King Louis XIV in Versailles. Today, the tabouret has been simplified and reimagined by numerous furniture designers as a multipurpose platform for the fashionable home. Its non-conformist shape and history might allude to privilege, but when IKEA popularized their cookie-cutter Swedish take on the design, it became truly democratised. Austere as a seat, stylish as a table, and unblinkingly functional as a footrest, the tabouret is for the people – and it is très chic.
By Lena Hunter | Press photos
The iconic PK33 is the epitome of Poul Kjærholm’s use of assembly techniques, his exploration of materials and his stringently simple form. The three-legged matt chrome spring frame borrows elements from Kjærholm’s other designs, while retaining its own unique expression.
This humble stepladder-esque tabouret in natural solid wood is at home in any interior context, as a bathroom perch, a living-room display shelf, or a casual kitchen stool.
This solid chestnut-wood tabouret was designed by Le Corbusier in 1952 for his Cabanon, a cabin he built on the Côte d’Azur in which he envisioned housing furniture pieces exclusively designed like boxes. A spartan yet sophisticated seat, the masterful dovetail joints highlight the connecting points between the solid wood pieces.
Tabouret Cabanon by Le Corbusier
PK33 by Fritz Hansen
BEKVÄM Taburet by IKEA
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8 Tabouret Tournant by Charlotte Pierrand
This iconic tabouret swivel stool draws inspiration from the Fauteuil tournant designed by Charlotte Perriand for her Paris apartment in Place Saint-Sulpice, and was one of the furnishings exhibited at the Salon d’Automne in 1929.
Fox by Magniberg
Crafted from solid Swedish pine, Fox is an essential stool distinguished by its artful form. Fox is inspired by the ‘allmoge’ genre of design – a traditional Swedish genre of peasant architecture that was popular until the 20th century.
Hans J. Wegner – also known as ‘The Master of the Chair’ - designed the CH53 stool in 1966 and it remains a symbol of his passion for craftsmanship and everyday functionality. The CH53 stool’s solid-wood frame and hand-braided seat epitomize his design legacy and unique ability to succinctly express the innermost soul of a piece of furniture.
CH53 by Carl Hansen
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August is like the Sunday of summer. It is still warm but the air is a tad breezier, and the daily rhythm is leisurely. In fashion, August marks the beginning of a new season - a great time to go back to basics.
By Åsa H. Aaberge | Press photos
A great way to upgrade any outfit is a pair of go-to earrings. The Liz hoops from Norwegian jewellery brand Tom Wood are just that. Made of durable sterling silver and in a timeless design, these will be a go-to for years to come.
Liz Hoops, €229 www.tomwoodproject.com
The versatility of a blue cotton button-down shirt is next to endless. It can be dressed up and down, buttons open or closed, sleeves rolled up or not. It makes the perfect garment for August when summer days in the Nordics are getting cooler. Opt for a slightly looser fit to add comfort and style, and wear tucked into jeans, over skirts, or solo for lazy mornings at the summer cabin.
Breezy Shirt, €109 www.djerfavenue.com
Add a slip dress to the list of classic transition pieces. We love to bring it into all seasons, as it can be worn under a sweater, over a shirt, with boots, strappy heels, or with flip-flops.
Bias Slip dress, €249 www.fallwinterspringsummer.com
Trust a pair of suede, beige ankle boots to elevate your look. They add a bit of height and chicness to jeansand-t-shirt outfits, whilst still being comfortable for long days of city strolling or at work.
Praia Ankle Boots, €500 www.atpatelier.com
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Slip Dress by FWSS
Boots by ATP Atelier
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Breezy shirt by Djerf Avenue
Liz Hoops by Tom Wood
Photo: Djerf Avenue
Outfit by NN07
A denim jacket, shirt, and white jeans in your wardrobe can get you a long way. Each of these cotton pieces from NN07 looks great together but can be worn in multiple ways separately. The short-sleeved cotton shirt has cute embroidery and the jeans come in soft cotton, light enough for summer days.
Vince Denim Jacket, €215
Julio Embroidered Shirt, €160 Sonny Jeans, €160 www.nn07.com
Cardigan by Holzweiler
A heavy cotton cardigan is an ideal warming layer for rainy days or humid afternoons. The Andreas cardigan from Oslo brand Holzweiler has ribbed details and a summery sand striped pattern.
Andreas Wave Cardigan, €320 www.holzweileroslo.com
Sneakers by Eytys
The Santos sneaker from Swedish Eytys is the label’s contemporary take on a 1970s athletic shoe. Made of white vegan leather, a rubber sole and with a pop of colour detail, they are comfortable and cool.
Santos Sneakers, €210 www.eytys.com
T-shirt by The Product Oslo
A basic white tee is a wardrobe hero. This bamboo viscose and cotton blend tee from The Product Oslo feels extra gentle on the skin. The v-neck is perfect under a shirt or sweater, and worn on its own on balmy August afternoons.
V-neck, €49 euro www.theproduct.no
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The wearable blanket that will change your life
Once you have tried the Sittingsuit you will wonder how you ever lived without it. From restaurants to football stadiums and from spas to festivals, Sitttingsuits has snuck in through the backdoor while you weren’t watching. The design is simply genius, and you can use it for, well, everything.
By Heidi Kokborg | Photos: Sittingsuits
Every now and then a new product pops up that makes you wonder how on earth you ever lived without it before. The Sittingsuit is one of those products. In just a few years the Danish brand Sittingsuits has stolen the hearts of not only the Danes but the rest of the world as well.
“We almost just snuck up on people. Many assume we’ve been around for ten or fifteen years, but we actually started
during COVID-19. It’s funny, because people generally think the Sittingsuit has always been here, but it just hasn’t,” says Rebecca Garde Johansen, CEO and co-founder of Sittingsuits, with a smile.
Goodbye outdoor heaters and wet blankets
Sittingsuits was founded by Rebecca Garde Johansen and Vibe Johansson. Rebecca owns Axelhus and Axelbar, two
renowned restaurants in Helsingør. As a restaurant owner with more than 450 outdoor seating spaces, she needed an alternative to outdoor heating and the blankets she was using to keep guests warm and comfortable in the unpredictable Danish weather.
“That’s how Sittingsuits came to be. Never once did I think Sittingsuits would be the second love of my life. I was tired of blankets that easily got wet, dirty and just kind of gross. That was my biggest challenge in my work,” says Johansen.
Rebecca partnered up with designer Vibe Johansson, and together they founded Sittingsuits. Little did they know
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Lin Utzon Artist Edition.
Lin Utzon Artist Edition.
that Sittingsuits would end up being a huge success, and restaurants, hotels, spas and many others would be quick to embrace the Sittingsuit.
“Both people and businesses are so happy and grateful for the Sittingsuit. People are literally thanking us for it, while it has increased the profits of the businesses who use it. People are sitting outside longer and therefore ordering more at restaurants, and at hotels and spas, people are strolling around the city in a Sittingsuit with the hotel’s logo on the back,” says Johansen.
From restaurants to dog walking
Although Sittingsuits was originally created with restaurants in mind, Rebecca and Vibe quickly realised that their design was much more versatile than they first assumed. As it turned out, almost every industry and person had been missing the Sittingsuit.
“Restaurants use them as it extends the season, and guests can enjoy their food and drinks outside despite the weather when wearing a Sittingsuit. But theme parks, hotels, and spas also use them for their guests with huge success,” says Johansen.
“People also use the Sittingsuit when they are walking their dog in the morn-
ing, and they want to stay in their pyjamas. It is also used in almost every sport, from football to ice hockey and from ballet to horseback riding. Often it can get cold if you are at a stadium or similar but with the Sittingsuit, you are always warm and cosy. Corporations give Sittingsuits as company gifts and people even use it around the office during the colder months. There is no limit to what it can be used for,” she continues.
A sustainable, fashionable and functional design
The Sittingsuit really is that extra layer that will keep you warm and cosy on chilly days. With its sustainable, fashionable and functional design, it is an absolute must-have for your outdoor life. The fabric is windproof and water-repellent with a padding made from 100 per cent recycled plastic waste that ensures perfect protection from the elements. Whether you are going camping,
to a sports game, or meeting up with friends at your favourite restaurant, the Sittingsuit is a must.
Vibe Johansson has thought about every little detail in designing the Sittingsuit. “It covers your legs down to your ankles, and instead of pockets, it has practical side openings for easy access to pockets underneath. It also has an elasticated hood, and it is big enough for you to wear over your coat for an added layer of protection,” explains Johansson.
All Sittingsuits are unisex and one size, and with a weight of just one kilogram you can easily bring it with you wherever you go, from festivals to camping grounds or weekend trips to the big city.
Sittingsuits come in various colours and patterns, from a minimalistic black design to bold patterns and prints. Sittingsuits regularly launch versions made in collaboration with Danish and international artists, creating maximalist wearable art pieces - most recently with the world-famous artist Lin Utzon. “You can be as crazy as you want. The Sittingsuit almost gives you an excuse to dress a little wild,” says Johansson.
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Vibe Johansson (left), Rebecca Johanssen (middle), Lin Utzon (right).
Sticks n sushi.
Functionality, sustainability, and exceptional quality
Sustainable in every way, this small brand at the beginning of their journey is one to watch. The Copenhagen-based company produces bags that are modern, practical and stylish, designed to be used time and again. cphbags’ ever-growing collection has a style for every occasion.
By Trine Ejlskov Jensen-Martin | Photos: cphbags
Founded and owned by Maria Nouvel Buch-Jakobsen, cphbags released their first product, the Shopping Bag, in January 2020, which was very well received and became almost an instant success. After several lockdown-imposed breaks along the way, the brand is now back with a vengeance and with a wide selection of beautiful bags. While the label will please the environmentally-conscious and mindful shopper, its beautiful designs appeal to everyone.
A bag for every need
“The idea came to me when I was out shopping,” Maria explains. “I had all my groceries and then wanted to get some fresh flowers from the market, but I had nowhere safe to put them.” Thus, the seed was sown to create a roomy bag that would hold all types of groceries, including the more delicate items. “I played around with an empty cardboard box,” she says. “I took the box apart, and then put it back together again, folding it here and there, to create the seven different compartments that have become the trademark for our bags.”
Though the idea behind the first bag, the Shopping Bag, sprang from a need for a multi-purpose, durable shopping bag,
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it turned out to be fantastic for all sorts of things, not just groceries. Over time Maria has tried and tested the bag herself for many different purposes, which has resulted in an array of bags, such as a baby bag, a giant weekend bag, a beach bag, a study bag, a toiletries bag, and a bag perfect for a trip to the gym. It seems there really is a bag for every need and for every occasion.
Maria’s positive attitude influences everything she does, and her enthusiasm is invigorating. She is unstoppable and almost can’t help creating new bags to add to her collection. She is an inspiration to behold: an independent businesswoman, busy mother, and all-round lovely, conscientious human being.
Her background is not in design nor fashion, but rather in economics. Her astute ability to acknowledge a need, her innate sense of style, and her own personal beliefs are the pillars of this stylish, sustainable and functional brand.
There is a strong customer base in Denmark but cphbags also sells elsewhere in the Nordics and the rest of Europe. Maria has a strong vision of where she wants to take the brand: “in ten years’ time I would like to be selling our bags worldwide,” Maria says.
She has patented the unique folding technique and, with the appeal of being both highly functional and 100 per cent sustainable, there is little doubt that Maria’s eye for design, her business acumen and brilliant vision will get her brand
where she wants it to be. “Our customers love our products and keep returning,” she says happily.
Waste not, want not Maria has a keen eye for finding environmentally friendly and workable solutions, and her passion for developing new ideas is palpable. The material she uses for all the cphbags is made from 98 per cent recycled plastic bottles and there is next to no material waste in the production of any of the bags.
When creating a new model, Maria always focuses on how to minimize mate-
rial waste. She focuses on using the entire piece of material to create her bags, and for smaller bags she will cut a piece of material into two, three or four pieces. The smallest bags in the collection are all made from the material left over after production of the Shopping Bag and Weekend Bag – but the company’s commitment to being sustainable never compromises the quality or functionality of the bags.
While the material is extremely durable, and of a very high quality, the touch and finish are elegant. Each stylish bag manages to be sustainable and environmentally friendly and is a beautiful piece of design with a distinctly Scandinavian feel.
The brand is growing as the business goes from strength to strength. With a patented idea, continuously developing designs, and a founder with enormous drive and endless ideas, cphbags is ready for the world, one stylish, functional, and sustainable step at a time.
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Upcycled jewellery, ethically made in Finland
In the realm of sustainable fashion, the small Finnish jewellery company My Favorite Piece is a shining example of the possibilities of eco-conscious jewellery. With a focus on durability and timeless design, the beautiful earrings are meant to be cherished for years to come.
By Julia Vihinen | Photos: My Favorite Piece
Founder Jonna Tiitinen got the idea for her jewellery brand in 2013, after dropping a bag of pistachio shells on the floor. “The hard and durable yet smooth material was just waiting for its time to shine again, just like so many other old things we store away in our cupboards,” Tiitinen says.
A year later, she founded her own company, the common thread of which would be to utilise material that would otherwise end up in the trash, modify it into jewellery, and thus continue the life of everyday materials in a new form. Painted nutshell earrings were My Favorite Piece’s first product.
After a decade, the small company has steadily grown into a popular jewellery brand, and sustainability and upcycling remain its core values. The brand’s com-
mitment to sustainability extends to their choice of materials, whereby it breathes new life into forgotten treasures.
“I came into the fashion industry during the high time of fast fashion. To coun-
terbalance this, I really wanted to create something that transcends fleeting trends and flimsy materials,” Tiitinen explains.
The current collection includes pieces made of leather waste as well as plastic from bottles, carefully moulded into beautiful, delicate earrings. The jewellery is meant to become a ‘favourite piece’ that the wearer will love for years to come. Tiitinen draws inspiration for her pieces from nature, vibrant colours, interesting shapes and architecture.
Circular economy is a driving force in Tiitinen’s business model, and she continues to inspire other small manufacturers in the fashion industry interested in sustainable production. “Circular economy is a strategy often attached to larger companies, but I want to set an example for smaller businesses that incorporating circular economy in manufacturing is possible and impactful on a very small scale as well,” she says.
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Intuitive and natural designs with timeless appeal
Much time has passed since TV detective Sarah Lund wore ‘that’ sweater, popularizing the distinctive Faroese knitwear and design label Guðrun & Guðrun. The brand has grown steadily over the years, creating ethically sound and aesthetically beautiful fashion, while supporting and empowering women all over the world in the process.
By Trine Ejlskov Jensen-Martin | Photos: Tróndur Dalsgarð
“Guðrun works very instinctively,” Guðrun Rógvadóttir says about her partner and co-founder of the company, Guðrun Ludvig. “She often begins the initial design with the materials; sometimes the materials win and other times she wins!” she muses. It all starts in the hands. The touch and feel of the cloth and fabric are as important as finding balance between material and colours. “Finding just the right balance is a real strength of hers,” Rógvadóttir continues.
It is evident that this sense of equilibrium is present in everything they put their hands and minds to. Nothing is too heavy, soft, light, or dark, and balance plays a crucial part in their work and designs.
It is impossible not to mention the Vón sweater that first made Guðrun & Guðrun a household name amongst Nordic Noir aficionados, runway front-rowers and fashion editors alike. But whilst
first and foremost a knitwear and lifestyle brand, the label is about much more than this. The success of its bestselling sweater became a springboard for the company to share both their designs and
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The Orca chair. Photo: Alessio Messiano
a deep-seated passion for equality and ethics in all aspects of their work.
At the heart of Guðrun & Guðrun is its investment in people. In a consumer-driven world where quality is often compromised for quantity, they actively focus on valuing every human being and animal that has been a part of the process. When buying one of their products you support their worldwide women’s empowerment project which helps the women who make each garment by hand. Their aim is to bring human decency back to the fashion industry, “one stitch at a time”.
The Orca chair
Guðrun & Guðrun’s latest exciting venture sees the label branch out into furniture design with the creation of the Orca chair. The chair is imagined and designed by Guðrun Ludvig in collaboration with renowned designer Timothy Jacob Jensen. His expertise and experience have helped with the more technical aspects of the chair and to bring the original idea to life.
Ludvig started thinking about the chair and its design during the pandemic, a period that for many lent itself to reflection, new ideas and a reset. “Each chair will be naturally unique,” says Rógvadóttir, explaining that Faroese sheep have spotted fur, and their colours are all shades and variations of white, grey, black, and brown.
“Each finished product will be one of a kind and very exclusive,” she continues. No sheep are identical and as a result not one chair will be the same. In a world of mass production, a truly bespoke piece is a rare joy and the initial reaction to the chair has been overwhelmingly positive.
Inspired by nature
“The shape of the chair is inspired by Guðrun’s childhood in Greenland, during which she often had to move with her family and take things apart,” Rógvadóttir says. “The chair is easily disassembled and put back together again when needed,” she elaborates.
The seat of the chair is made of sheepskin, while the sides are formed of plexiglass panels. “We tried many different
materials, combinations, and ideas until we decided on this,” she continues. The Orca chair’s silhouette is inspired by the movement of the fin of the Orca whale when it is pounding into the waves. Staying true to their ethical values, and to reduce waste, they use weatherproof and beautifully spotted and rugged Faroese lambskins – a leftover product from mutton production.
“We have never been trend-based,” Rógvadóttir says, musing on the importance of timelessness at Guðrun & Guðrun. Indeed, its collections from ten years ago are still relevant and wearable today.
Using only the very best certified and natural materials to create sustainable, long-lasting pieces of clothing, the company is the antithesis of fast-fashion and of the throw-away culture that characterises the darker side of the fashion industry. Guðrun & Guðrun stays true to its values in every aspect of design and production, continuing to create everlasting and exquisite pieces of work.
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Guðrun & Guðrun flagship store Niels Finsens Gøta 13 100 Tórshavn Faroe Islands
29 RUE DU DRAGON, PARIS 5 EARLHAM STREET, LONDON
Designing gardens for human wellbeing and a better tomorrow
In 2022, inspired by her longtime passion for gardens and plants, Sanne Bartkowiak set up Saga Haver og Landskab – a small landscape design studio in Copenhagen.
By Anders Lorenzen | Photos: Sanne Bartkowiak
Spending time with her dad in their garden was for many years just a sweet memory, but it slowly grew into a desire to create beautiful outdoor spaces for others.
A series of courses in Landscape Architecture at the University of Copenhagen gave Sanne Bartkowiak the knowledge, skills and courage to quit her job in communications for the construction industry, follow her childhood passion and establish Saga Haver og Landskab.
Since then, she hasn’t looked back. “I really enjoy my new professional life and I’m proud of having built a sustainable business in just one year,” she says.
The objective of her garden-design venture is first and foremost to create well-disposed green outdoor spaces for other people. Concurrently, Bartkowiak also presents solutions to climate change and the biodiversity crisis, often using
both drought-tolerant and native plants in her designs. However, it is important for her to underline that not all spaces are suitable for wild gardens and that the prime objective lies in the collaborative effort and spirit she has with her clients, “It’s my clients’ wishes and dreams I’m helping to release,” she says.
On each project, Bartkowiak applies a tailor-made approach using the best resources available to design gardens that, according to the clients wishes, range from very practical and easy-to maintain gardens to gardens with an artistic touch in the structure and content.
In her work, there’s an emphasis on a lush and inviting expression that makes us want to spend time in our gardens. “Being surrounded by plants, we get both a physical and mental pause from our busy modern lives and a connection to something profound – to me, this is essential
for our well-being,” she says. In addition, it is key for Bartkowiak to not just design gardens for one season, but for all four seasons, ensuring people and wildlife will benefit from them throughout the year.
On a personal note, Bartkowiak says, “being able to give up sitting in front of a computer screen all day and instead spend time in nature and gardens has been transformational,” adding that helping her clients to fulfil their garden dreams is very meaningful and a job she enjoys the whole process of.
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Built in 2023, this small city garden is transformed from a dull yard with a raised lawn and sparse planting to a lush and welcoming oasis.
The need for shade and a wish for an outdoor space with a special atmosphere were guidelines for this woodland-inspired garden.
Planted in 2022, the lushness of differentshade perennials makes a walk through the garden an enjoyable experience.
High-end farm-to-table dining in the heart of Danish nature
At Mangholm, the unforgettable food and surroundings give guests a holistic experience, where all five senses come into play.
By Nicolai Lisberg | Photos: Mangholm
Imagine driving half an hour from Copenhagen. Away from the stress and noise of the city into a world of peace and tranquillity. Upon entering Mangholm you are greeted with a long drive lined with old, tall, trees that have stood up to the test of time. Suddenly it is just quiet, the only sounds are birds chirping, cows mooing in the distance and bees humming in the grass. The air also smells different - like dry hay, wild roses, wet soil. You are about to enter a gastronomic journey beyond the unusual. This is Mangholm: an organic farm, a restaurant, a holistic experience.
“Some of our guests say it is like entering Narnia when they drive down the avenue. It is a truly unique place and experience we offer, and you sense it the moment you exit the main road and enter our premises,” says Tine Hage, who bought the farm Mangholm together with her husband Torben in 2013.
The farm has been organic since 2001, but Tine had higher visions for the place. A year after acquiring the farm, they opened a small farm shop selling Mangholm’s produce as well as locally sourced produce. Within a few years Mangholm began providing several renowned Copenhagen gourmet restaurants with fresh and unique vegetables, fruits, berries and herbs, and in summer 2022, Mangholm opened a restaurant on
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Photo: Lior Zilberstein
the farm to showcase all the marvellous products it has to offer.
A unique food journey, based on nature’s own processes
“We stand out from most restaurants because you will eat the fresh produce from Mangholm right on the farm and in surroundings that are equal to none. You’ll experience the landscape formed in the last ice age and mineral-rich soil that feeds Magnholm’s fresh ingredients. The vegetables are harvested and served on a plate of carefully prepared food at Mangholm’s restaurant that same day. Your taste buds will experience an unimaginable burst of flavour, while your are entertained by the beauty of nature,” says Tine
Guests tend to show up before their booking to walk around the farm and enjoy the landscape, the animals, and see what’s currently growing in the vegetable garden. After dinner, some guests linger to see the sunset, and some will stay overnight in the fully-equipped, eco-friendly wooden cottages placed nestled in the forest around the farm.
Our waiters also work in the garden and provide guests with in-depth knowledge about the vegetables and how they are grown organically and sustainably. This fulfils Tine and Torben’s vision of the farm-to-table concept of Mangholm.
“It is a big part of our ‘reason to be’: to inspire our guests, show and tell, ex-
plain what we do and why we do it. From our experience, people are increasingly interested in understanding climate and environmental issues and what they can do to help. But often they are lacking knowledge and guidelines, so we try to provide them with this by showing how you can run a farm and produce high-quality food in a climate friendly way. We want to show that farming at Mangholm is part of the solution,” explains Tine.
Our most important resource: it is all about the soil
To grow extraordinarily high-quality food, the soil at Manghom needs to be taken care of properly. The produce thrives in the microorganism-rich soil, which has been nourished over time. The depth of soil at which plants grow is comparable to the thickness of the human skin - this is how fragile it is. After years of conventional and industrial farming, parts of this living layer are being destroyed gradually, globally. But with knowledge, effort, time and care, the soil can recover.
Tine and Torben believe in the all-natural process at Mangholm. The farm animals live a natural life where they reproduce naturally and take care of their offspring. They graze in the fields all summer and are fed only hay from the fields in winter.
Compost derived from these animals provides the basic components for healthy and nourishing soil. “We stopped digging
and ploughing five years ago and we use our natural compost to follow nature’s own processes. These holistic processes are very much in line with what is going on in nature itself: building up carbon in the soil and eliminating carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. “No pesticides are used anywhere on the farm because the natural soil is the most important resource we have” says Tine.
“What supports Mangholm’s farming project is our restaurant, run by head chef Jakob Kierecki. Here, we showcase our good intentions on divine plates of healthy and tasty food, at reasonable prices. So why not come spend some time with us and have this experience of a lifetime at Mangholm? Whether it be a for a romantic getaway or a day out with the family to share this corner of paradise.”
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Head chef Jakob Kierecki.
Honest skincare for women and babies
SoKind is natural skincare for women and babies formulated with the purest and gentlest ingredients that deeply nourish the skin. The AllergyCertified skincare brand has created a new standard for skincare and is deeply rooted in Nordic skincare traditions and routines.
By Heidi Kokborg | Photos: SoKind
As a mother you want the purest, most nourishing skincare products for both yourself and your baby. That is exactly what you get with the Danish skincare brand SoKind. Formulated without any harmful ingredients and AllergyCertified,
you know you will be pampering your baby with the kindest skincare.
“We only use the most effective, protective and natural ingredients, and we strive to use Nordic and local ingredients as much as possible. This is something we have chosen to do because we believe that babies should smell like babies and not like products containing fragrance or perfume, just like mothers should smell exactly as they do because the sense of smell is one of the first senses that babies develop to recognise their mothers,” says Marie Louise Fabrin, CEO and mother of three.
Back to nature
The philosophy at SoKind is simple: use the mildest, purest and most natural ingredients - that is why their products are perfume and fragrance-free. “We do not compromise. Our products are so natural you can eat them. This also means
that women can use The Repair Balm on their nipples before breastfeeding, as it contains zero harmful ingredients,” says Marie Louise Fabrin.
By carefully selecting mostly organic, natural and Nordic ingredients, and not using any fragrances or other harmful ingredients, SoKind products are also preventing contact dermatitis for babies. “You cannot heal contact dermatitis, so prevention is key. For SoKind it is important to create products parents can choose knowing the products are natural, gentle and without allergens.”
These principles should not only benefit pregnant and breastfeeding women but also all women who strive for natural and effective skincare.
SoKind is AllergyCertified, vegan and is primarily made from Nordic and local ingredients. All products are perfume and fragrance free. SoKind ships to 72 countries.
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CEO and Mother of three, Marie Louise Fabrin, with her son.
Love Lines is a rich and easily absorbed body balm formulated with natural ingredients to prevent and reduce the appearance of stretch marks.
Photo: @cassgerman X SoKind Blissful Moment.
Love Lines and Velvet Droplets.
Photo: Jess Rosier
Becoming a better taster
By Malin Norman
I’m currently reading How to Taste: A Guide to Discovering Flavor and Savoring Life, a book recently published by Mandy Naglich. She is a certified taster, drinks educator and writer, amongst other things. In her book, Mandy chronicles meetings with worldclass sommeliers, highly-trained cheese analysts, sensory scientists and more, to hear their personal take on flavour. It’s fascinating reading!
When I first got into beer tasting and judging, I thought there was a ‘right’ way of experiencing flavour, not realising that it’s highly personal and often deeply connected to our memories. You don’t need to become a professional taster to appreciate beer, but it helps if you understand what type of beer you like. What do you usually like in food and drinks? Do you like pickles on your burger? Do you have a sweet tooth? I don’t like sweet cocktails, but rather steer towards gin &
tonic. In terms of beer, not surprisingly I like them dry and bitter, with a citrus note.
But preferences also change over time. A few years ago, I was into Saison. It’s a complex Belgian style with a spicy yeast character. Nowadays I prefer crisp lagers and quaffable session beers. “This is the new me, I’m a lager person now,” a friend told me recently, explaining their choice of drinking a simple lager in a trendy craft beer place. I totally understand, if a refreshing lager is what you want, that’s what you should have.
A great way of exploring what you currently like in terms of beer flavour is to try a beer flight, which is a selection of 4-5 different beers, usually served in small glasses in a row on a wooden tray or paddle. What better opportunity to taste and compare a variety of beers – you might even find a new favourite.
Asking the right sustainability questions
By Alejandra Cerda Ojensa
I got an email the other day from a brand that wanted me to feature their products on my Instagram where I post about sustainable living. I had previously checked out the brand; they have a well-designed website, a nice logo, and beautiful colours in their paint collection. I was happy to read their pitch –they had clearly taken the time to give me a good feeling.
I went on their website and clicked on ‘Sustainability’ in the menu with high hopes – but found nothing to impress me, rather the opposite to be honest. It made me think of how difficult it is for individuals to make good choices, even when we want to.
Having been in the sustainability field for a while, I now know the questions I want answers to before I decide to purchase a product: where was the product made? Who made the product and are they paid a living wage? Is the product made
from renewable and natural materials or is it made from plastic? What happens with the waste they produce?
But if I had less experience making conscious sustainable choices, the chances are high I wouldn’t know what to look for on the sustainability page – and I would most likely have believed they were environmentally friendly.
I wish we didn’t need to be this wellinformed to make good decisions, but until sustainability policies become less money-
Sustainability columnist Alejandra Cerda Ojensa is a Swedish sustainability blogger based in Copenhagen. She loves sustainable fashion, plant-based food, natural wines and music.
driven, we will all need to make wise choices. Asking companies how and with which materials they work is a good start.
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Malin Norman is a Certified Cicerone®, a certified beer sommelier, an international beer judge and a member of the British Guild of Beer Writers.
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When I was in school, I had a piggy bank labelled ‘for northern lights’. Throughout high school, I diligently made it a home for loose change and dreamed of travelling to the Nordics. In India, most of us feature one of the Scandinavian countries at the top of our bucket lists. You can place a safe bet on that.
By Japleen Kaur
As I grew older, my ‘things to do in Scandinavia’ list grew: sip on coffee in Denmark, live in a small town in Sweden, experience nature in its rawest form in Norway, and visit the faraway world of Greenland – often pegged as a once in a lifetime experience.
Though I haven’t yet managed to visit any of the countries, and the piggy bank remains untouched, I have virtually been to these destinations, courtesy of some amazing Indian travel creators. The Nordics are still inaccessible to many of us in India, so when these influencers
reach such places, it ignites hope and makes the journey feel less intimidating. Here, seven Indian creators who have travelled to Scandinavia share their stories from this stunning region and offer a glimpse of the Nordics through their eyes.
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Savi & Vidit - @bruisedpassports
Savi and Vidit have travelled to over 100 countries together, but their tales from Scandinavia are the ones to bookmark. “We have an ongoing love affair with Nordic regions and have explored Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, and the Faroe Islands. Greenland is on our bucket list and we definitely want to explore it in 2023.”
Only a handful of Indian creators have been to the Faroe Islands. “Before vis-
iting the Faroe Islands, I always thought of them as somewhat far-flung and inaccessible. However, after visiting, I recommend them to every passionate traveller I meet. It is one of the most beautiful, unspoilt, and rugged corners of the world.
It was truly special driving through its unspoilt panoramas, dramatic fjords, scenic cliff-top villages with less than a dozen houses, and glacial valleys. An unmissable hiking trail in the Faroe Islands is the one that will take you to three
mountains – Krosstindur, Húsafelli, and Malinstindur.”
When it comes to food, they recommend trying rye bread, delicious smoked fish, and hot comforting stews - especially when the temperatures drop. One thing she wishes more people knew about is the Hoyma Music Festival that takes place there in November. For travellers who want to experience more than just nature, festivals like these offer a local cultural perspective.
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Photo: Savi & Vidit - @bruisedpassports
Sharanya Iyer - @trulynomadly
Putting India on the map, one dive at a time, Sharanya transports you to the depths of the ocean with her images and words. She recalls a family trip to Iceland in 2015.
“I wasn’t a content creator when I went to Iceland, and would want to go back now, especially to Norway and Finland to experience those countries with a more observant eye. But when we were in Iceland, there were hardly any tourists, and no other Indians.”
Her biggest Iceland tip is to embark on a road trip. “The vast landscapes of endless waterfalls, mighty mountains and extremely well-made roads are a joy to drive through. Having your own vehicle also gives you the opportunity to stop anywhere, and enjoy the scenery at your own pace, which I am a big fan of. Seven to ten days is the minimum amount of time one should give to Iceland!”
“An experience that worked out beautifully for my entire family was the trip to Snæfellsjökull - the middle of the Earth.
It was there where I saw unparalleled visibility underwater while snorkelling between two tectonic plates for the first time. You can go on the glacier or inside the only accessible volcano - it was just an adrenaline rush that left us admiring the region every single second that we were there.”
Sharanya also reveals that the boom in travel to places like Iceland increased after the popular Hollywood song ‘Gerua’ was filmed there starring superstars Shahrukh Khan and Kajol.
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Photo: Sharanya Iyer - @trulynomadly
Riaan George - @riaangeorge
Riaan is not only a luxury travel influencer but also a journalist with over two decades of experience. His tryst with Scandinavia began in Ahus, a town in southern Sweden.
“A large population in India comes to the Nordic regions for nature and its impeccable gifts. But I would recommend coming to Sweden if you love design. The small town that I visited on a work trip, gave me a sense of the clean, crisp aesthetics that is missing elsewhere in Europe. A niche travel sector of design enthusiasts will have a gala time there, guaranteed.”
Siddhartha Joshi - @siddharthajoshi
Siddhartha previously led the design team of a Norwegian company in India. He thrives in extremes and is drawn to wild climate conditions and adventures. As such, he has visited Norway extensively and has nurtured a nuanced understanding of how to make the most of travelling there: “I’ve learnt how to slow down and enjoy my own company after travelling across the Nordic regions.”
He believes in couch-surfing in Norway for budget travellers. “I have mostly couch-surfed whenever I’ve been to Norway. Once when I was in Bergen, I stayed with a lovely family who regularly took me out for hikes and road trips. They became such good friends by the end of the trip
that last year when they came to India, they stayed with me in Pune (a city in Maharashtra, India) and experienced the festival of Diwali. It’s connections like these that make travelling to different corners of the world so worth it.”
For him, the coffee culture stands out in the region. If you are a black coffee aficionado, the Nordics should be your next trip.
Kritika Goel - @kritika_goel
Kritika is one of the most respected YouTubers in India, telling detailed European travel stories. Her favourite destinations are Iceland and Svalbard in Norway.
“Firstly, get ready to embrace the Scandinavian climate. The weather is quite cold and unpredictable even during summertime and winters are harsh, so pack multiple layers, thermals and waterproof gear to keep yourself protected. Secondly, Scandinavia is a cashless society so besides having some emergency cash on you, you’ll be better off using your card everywhere,” she says.
Kritika notes that learning about ‘friluftsliv’ – the Scandinavian concept of leading an outdoor lifestyle – was particularly powerful. “It is basically the idea of getting outdoors and connecting
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Riaan at the Absolut factory in Ahus.
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with nature and it’s really inspired me to incorporate more of it into my life. One of our guides there spent weekends in a basic cabin without any electricity, living without disturbing nature and I thought that was so fascinating.”
Aakanksha Monga - @aakanksha.monga
Aakanksha is the youngest creator of the lot. Fresh from a trip to Norway, she is helping the GenZ generation of India travel via her simplified storytelling.
“Camping across Norway has been one of the highlights of my life. Camping has helped me lower my trip costs and added so much value to the entire journey. The campsites and hiking trails are impeccably well maintained. The expe-
rience is hassle free and easy, barring a few rules that can be researched according to the specific locations.”
Aakanksha describes the summer as nothing short of magic: “witnessing the midnight sun has trumped every other adventure I’ve had. My brain couldn’t comprehend that the sky was brightly lit at 2 AM. Remarkable would be an understatement.”
“Something that I want to showcase about this region is the welfare and sustainable practices. We can learn so much about living and thriving in a community from Norwegians. People happily pay higher taxes for better quality of living.”
Aakriti Rana - @aakritiranaofficial Aakriti decided to capture her love for Scandinavia in a pre-wedding photoshoot, during a trip to Iceland with her then fiancé, in March 2023.
“Both my husband and I are hardcore mountain people. So for us it was a no-brainer to plan a holiday to Iceland before we officially got married. And what better location for a pre wedding shoot than that, right?”
Aakriti recommends a longer trip to experience the best that the country has to offer - whether it is frozen waterfalls or ice caves. March is a great month to visit to marvel at winter in Iceland.
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Photo: Aakanksha Monga - @aakanksha.monga
Photo: Aakriti Rana - @aakritiranaofficial
Abhinav is the kind of traveller who doesn’t go by ‘must do’ itineraries but paves his own path with the guidance of locals and maps. On his trip to Denmark, he explored Copenhagen on foot and recommends that everyone does the same.
“Three of my most memorable experiences in Denmark were going in search of the six forgotten giants with a local friend (the editor of Scan, Lena Hunter!), catching the sunset from the round tower and walking through Freetown Christiania. Going beyond the regular is something I’ll always hold close to my heart.”
Abhinav lives in the mountains of India and inspires many to travel on the offbeat track. For him, being in Denmark during Easter turned out to be more magical than he expected. “I stocked up on Easter chocolates and devoured them in minutes. The only thing I shopped from there to bring back home was those chocolates. And understanding the concept of ‘hygge’.”
1. Travelling to the Nordic regions is expensive and thorough planning should be done in advance.
2. Vegetarians might find it difficult - cities like Reykjavík have ample options for vegetarians but remote regions may pose a problem. Carrying your own food or shopping from supermarkets is wise, and skyr is a delicious protein alternative.
3. Book your stays and research well. Often, you can get to know your hosts before you travel, and they may be able to advise you on domestic travel, local airlines or road travel options.
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Abhinav Chandel - @abhiandnow
Top three travel influencer tips for exploring the Nordics:
Photo: Abhinav Chandel - @abhiandnow
Photo: Abhinav Chandel - @abhiandnow
The Ultimate Guide Autumn Experiences in Sweden
In this Ultimate Guide we’ve gathered an in-depth compilation of top resorts, hotels, museums, galleries, festivals and tour operators to help you put together your dream itinerary of autumn experiences in Sweden.
By Lena Hunter
We’ve sought out accommodation to suit every type of traveller - from solo explorers to large family groups – in major cities and rural outposts alike, with a few curveballs underway (how about a homestay designed entirely in homage to the electronic music pioneer Ralph Lundsten?).
There’s a famous long-distance train journey, world-class jazz music, kayaking on glassy waters, Moomins, a contemporary art biennial and an IKEA museum. There are spa treatments, wildlife safaris and the mysterious ‘City of Crystal’. There’s plenty more to discov-
er, in these pages and beyond. Sweden’s cultural offering is rich, while stunning nature is never far away; is it any wonder this Nordic nation is such an attractive holiday destination?
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Destination Kosta: glass and adventure
Welcome to Kosta, the capital of Sweden’s traditional glass craft and home to experiences beyond the ordinary. Small, yes, but mighty nevertheless, Kosta has something for everyone: from a make-your-own glass offering and shopping, to safari parks and four-star hotel.
By Emma Rodin
Indeed, Kosta packs a lot to love into a small area – handy for those looking to maximise their time away from home without having to move around much. Here, adventure is on your doorstep, including Kosta’s famous glassworks.
Made by glass
Glass and Kosta have always had a special relationship. In fact, Kosta’s history only began when two of King Karl XII’s generals founded Kosta glassworks in 1742, making it one of Sweden’s oldest businesses - older than the United States.
“When I was little, there were over 50 glassworks in this region, but today there are only six across the whole
country, which speaks for Kosta’s significance within the glassmaking industry,” says destination manager Emil A. Jansson. “Glass is part of the treasure that is Swedish culture, and Kosta as an entity is stronger than ever.”
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Orrefors and Kosta Boda
Visitors of Kosta can experience the magical art of glassmaking up close. Just head to the hot shop at Kosta Glassworks, where the much-loved Orrefors and Kosta Boda glassware is made. Guided tours are available, too.
Ranging from tableware to interior design pieces, each product created here is handmade from a hot, syrupy mass into sparkling crystal, backed by centuries of exceptional craftsmanship.
Blow your own glass
Those who want to take things one step further can even try the craft of glassmaking themselves at Kosta Glass centre.
“The experience itself is special as you get to see precisely how much effort goes into creating a single glass product. However, the best part is that you’ll be able to take your creation home after a few hours,” explains Jansson. “Plus, the quality makes it a perfect keepsake for generations to come.”
Visit Kosta Outlet
Aside from glass products, there’s more to discover at Kosta Outlet. With 20,000 square metres of quality goods, this is Sweden’s biggest outlet of its kind and is a great spot to shop for hundreds of wellknown brands, as well as furnishings and design, glass and porcelain, books and flowers. There are also lots of cosy cafes within the outlet where you can sit down to
enjoy a classic Swedish ‘fika’ (coffee or tea with something sweet).
Explore Kosta Safari Park
For even more adventure, there’s Kosta Safari Park which is ideal for curious kids and adults. Here in the deep forests surrounding Kosta, Europe’s own bison, dove deer, red deer and wild boar roam free in their natural environment, and visitors are encouraged to have a peek at the animals and their lives from the safety of their cars.
What’s more, the park has a successful circular eco partnership with some Kosta restaurants, whereby the park, as a form of animal population management, supplies sustainable wild meat to the restaurants. In turn, the restaurants provide the park with biodegradable waste as food for the animals.
Marvel at Kosta Boda Art Hotel
Another must is the four-star hotel and spa Kosta Boda Art Hotel where guests are invited to live well, eat well and feel well. Kosta Boda’s own designers have put their personal touches on all the spaces and hotel rooms: expect stunning glass art, sculptures and furniture. There’s even a glass bar.
“For a more close-to-nature experience, we also have Kosta Lodge where you can choose between a hotel room, a cottage or just a parking space to house your own mobile home. This option is great
for those keen to visit Kosta Safari Park,” says Jansson.
Get set for crayfish season
In Sweden, the end of summer and early autumn is also known as the crayfish season. This is a big event which is widely celebrated by getting together to feast on crayfish and other delicious foods. As always, well-known chef Per Moberg will be on-site in Kosta to cook up a crayfish storm and make the most of this seasonal wonder. It’s one not to miss.
So, whether you want to learn more about glassworks or native animals, need some time away from home to eat well and sleep even better, or just fancy an all-inclusive shopping trip, Kosta is a great place to be. It is waiting with open arms.
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Rest, relaxation and respite in Sweden’s lakes
Nestled in the wooded Lokadalen valley in the Bergslagen region of Northern Sweden, at Loka Brunn spa hotel, one can get back to nature while enjoying haute cuisine and swimming in a pool twinkling with reflections from a crystal chandelier.
By Philip Denvir | Photos: Loka Brunn
Just a short hop from either Stockholm or Gothenburg airports, Loka Brunn is situated where the beautiful Norra and Södra lakes almost kiss. And the area, especially Loka Brunn, has been renowned for its therapeutic waters and fresh air since the 17th century.
Director Mia Spendrup explains: “we consider ourselves as caretakers. We look after the heritage of the site and speak to the future of sustainability. Loka Brunn is where people have enjoyed serenity and vitality for many hundreds of years.”
Loka Brunn and its sister company Grythyttan’s Gästgivaregård are meeting places for both private individuals and business customers. “We offer our guests packages that include accommodation, meals and in some cases a spa experience in the Water Salon. We also offer
meeting rooms and conditions for successful meetings,” adds Mia.
Despite its long history of serving aristocrats, Loka Brunn and its sister brands take the preservation of the surrounding environment seriously, as they are of national historical interest. “We must minimize the environmental impact around Loka Brunn and Grythyttan’s Gästgivaregård and actively protect the unique environment and its nature. Large parts of our operations are conducted within a water protection area. Today, we cooperate with control authorities and other stakeholders for sustainable development in our areas,” says Mia.
Aside from the grandiose inside pool, outside, you will find an area with three larger and two smaller pools, all with breathtaking views of Lake Norra Loken. Guests
can also rest for a while in the serenity of Gläntan or order something good to drink and eat from the spa menu. For those wishing to work out, a well-equipped gym is available.
Mia has a message for visitors: “even today, Loka Brunn is a place for meetings, relaxation and recreation. You, too, are welcome to draw strength from us.”
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Director Mia Spendrup.
Tranquility, food and fulfilment at Hotel 1622
Fancy unwinding at a retreat by the sea? Hotel 1622 is a unique getaway with a spa, pool, hot tub and conference facilities. The hotel is situated in the south section of Rydebäcks farm and offers tranquillity, relaxation and a kid-free zone.
By John Sempill | Photos: Hotel 1622
The hotel and spa opened in September 2021, turning an 1850s farm and industrial yard into a resort. “The hotel is by the sea in Rydebäck, south of Helsingborg,” CEO Lise-Lott Modin explains. “The year 1622 marks the first time the locality Rydebäck was ever written about, after two Dutchmen came here to establish brickyards.”
And thank heavens they did, because without them, Hotel 1622 might still be a farm. However, elements of the pastoral aesthetic have been used to the hotel’s advantage: the building is listed, so the historical outer façade has been preserved. Meanwhile, the interior has been modernised with a nod to the past. “In the restaurant, we’ve kept the old arches, together with the pillars,” Modin explains. “This is where the cows lived! We’ve kept as much as possible. And the reception is where the milk was stored.”
They even made good use of two crop silos, installing a staircase and lift in one and a hot tub in the other. “The wooden beams are exposed and we’ve built the rooms around this,” she says. “We work a lot with recycled materials. The wood used for the stairs and the furniture in
the rooms is all from the farm. The old barrels in the reception were found in one of the barns and have been turned into lamps and the like.”
A hotel retreat isn’t complete without something to eat. Apart from the two onsite restaurants – Restaurant Tegel and Crazy Thai – Hotel 1622 offers traditional cuisine and a grill buffet during the summer months. “And we now offer themed buffets as well,” Modin says. “Caribbean Night, for example. And, for breakfast we serve hot à la carte dishes, like omelette, scrambled eggs, eggs benedict and more.”
Rya Golf Club is only a golf swing away for those guests looking for a round, and the sea is just 100 metres from Hotel 1622.
“Our guests often book another night instead of checking out,” Modin says with a smile. “This is a place where you can take a break from it all. And dogs are welcome, but the children will have to stay at home!
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Hotel 1622 is close to the trails Skåneleden and Sydkustleden. Perfect for guests planning a hike.
Relax at the spa or book a treatment with a certified skincare therapist.
The exposed beams and recycled wood from the farm set the tone at Hotel 1622.
The world’s most popular instrument celebrated with world class artists
Uppsala International Guitar Festival is the music event that celebrates to the most commonly-used instrument on earth: the guitar. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the 2023 edition promises another smorgasbord of world-class music and artists, joyful encounters, workshops, masterclasses and talks - sprinkled with a heavy dose of musical magic.
By Nina Bressler | Press photos
The festival was inaugurated for the first time in 2003 and has grown rapidly, accruing more sensational acts and larger audiences as each year passes, to become one of the most influential events of its kind. John Williams, Paco De Lucia, Pat Metheny, Anoushka Shankar, Steve Vai, Tommy Emmanuel and Jennifer Batten are just some of the big names that have visited over the years, and the 2023 edition will see more yet. The festival programme is filled with
major musical influences from across the globe and the founder Klaus Pontvik is excited for what’s to come.
Bringing people together
“The guitar is a social instrument, it gathers people - whether at a jovial party, a protest march, or around the campfire, a guitar brings people together. Uppsala Guitar Festival is a celebration of that musical power, gathering people through inspiring activities and transformative
concerts. This year’s edition has an exciting number of artists in store, with many different traditions, influences and genres that will fuse together in musical performances. There will be something for everyone,” says Pontvik. In addition to the concerts, there will be a number of masterclasses, talks and workshops held by the artists themselves - the perfect activity for professional guitarists, guitar-nerds and amateurs alike.
Influences from across the globe
The programme is filled with established legends as well as rising stars from three continents. The festival opens with a spectacular show where the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, the most famous chamber orchestra in Sweden, will take to the stage along with Swedish gui-
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Antoine Boyer. Photo: Antje Kroeger
tar legend Göran Söllscher, rising star Carlotta Dalia from Italy, and the newly-founded ensemble Uppsala Guitar Quartet, featuring young stars from four different countries.
Another performance will include Antoine Boyer and Samuelito, whose spellbinding string pieces incorporate influences from jazz, flamenco, classical and pop, and whose interpretations of others’ music includes that of giants such as Django Reinhardt. Meanwhile, Brazil´s greatest guitarist Yamandu Costa and Jan Lundgren serves Nordic tunes mixed with billowing Brazilian rhythms in their performance Inner Spirits. Bireli Lagrene and Ulf Wakenius will perform a magical rhapsody of musical improvisations and interpretations inspired by references spanning Romani culture, American jazz standards and classical music such as Bach.
The festival finishes in glorious style on Saturday evening with a Gala concert Gracias a La Vida! The concert will be a celebration of life with music by Franz Schubert as well as a selection of songs from Sweden and Latin America. The unforgettable grand finale will be a star-studded evening featuring well-known Swedish and international names: the great Mats Bergström,
mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, jazz-guitarist Jojje Wadenius, Amalie Stalheim, and Argentinian singer Teresa Parodi, to name but a few.
Uppsala - a city of music, culture and history
Uppsala is a city with a rich history, pegged to become the European Capital of Culture in 2029. At just a short distance from the Swedish capital Stockholm and only 18 minutes from the main airport, Arlanda, Uppsala is it the perfect destination. In addition to the manifold historical monuments and sites where its longstanding university tradition has left a distinctive mark, there’s a buzzing culture and food scene that is worth exploring over a weekend. This, in combination with world class guitar music, will leave no visitor disappointed.
“The guitar has a power to gather people, and I believe that linking people across borders is the most beautiful thing you can do. Uppsala Guitar Festival is an extension of that spellbinding capability inherent to the instrument, and we can’t wait to welcome our visitors to another year of music, joy and magic in Uppsala,” Pontvik concludes.
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Festival programme 2023
Location: Uppsala Concert Hall
Opening concert: Göran Söllscher, Carlotta Dalia, Uppsala Guitar Quartet, the Swedish Chamber Orchestra.
Conductor: Christian Karlsen
Derek Gripper & Ballaké Sissoko
Presentation of 2022 contest winner
Uppsala Guitar Quartet (Alvaro Toscano, Cristina Galietto, Jack Hunter & Filip Miscovic)
Antoine Boyer & Samuelito
Yamandu Costa & Jan Lundgren - Inner Spirits
Young Talent Competition
Bireli Lagrene & Ulf Wakenius (Gypsy jazz, fusion)
Gala Concert: Gracias a La vida! Mats Bergström, Anne Sofie von Otter, Jojje Wadenius, Amalie Stalheim, Teresa Parodi, Yamandu Costa, Carlotta Dalia and more.
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Yamandu Costa. Photo: Rodrigo Lopes
Göran Söllscher. Photo: Per Martinsson
Anne Sofie von Otter.
Photo: Uppsala Gitarrfestival
Train romance in Sweden with the Inland Line
Travelling through Sweden’s inland on trains from the past is enough to entice anyone with the slightest travel bug. You might even describe it as train romance at its finest.
By John Sempill | Photos: Järnvägsmuseet
To start with, Inlandsbanan (meaning the Inland Line) is a railroad stretching from Kristinehamn in the south all the way up to Gällivare in the north. This stretch covering roughly 1300 kilometres, 800 miles, takes you through Europe’s last wilderness and most vast lake archipelago. “We are most well-known for our summer traffic,” communications and marketing manager Therese Fanqvist explains. “We offer several ways to travel: either by booking a package trip including hotels and activities, or by putting together a trip as you wish, by purchasing tickets for different stretches or with the Inlandsbanan Card.”
You’ll be travelling in style in retro railbuses from the late 1970s, experiencing a more remote side of Sweden. Picturesque views of water towers, old station buildings and flagman cabins abound, and are topped off by midnight sun, the polar circle and the fabulous landscapes of Laponia.
As we slowly shift towards the autumn, Inlandsbanan offers a new tour – the Wilderness Train. In a collaboration with the Railway Museum in Gävle, passengers travel in first-class carriages from the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s. This is an eight-day journey taking travellers from Stockholm via Inlandsbanan to Kiruna, stopping by Umeå and heading back to the capitol via the coastal railway. This includes seven hotel nights along the way, with breakfast, lunch and dinner, bag transfer and a tour guide throughout. “The train has an authentic restaurant carriage, a bar, and all the food is cooked and prepared onboard,” Fanqvist says.
Scandinavian railway adventures
If you’re looking for an even bigger adventure, you might consider the trip Trains, Trains and More Trains (we can hear TikTok sensation Francoise Bourgeois cheering from here). This journey will take you through Sweden and Nor-
way, passing lakes, mountains, fjords and national parks. “This journey covers six different railways, giving you plenty of time to see and enjoy Scandinavia,” Fanqvist continues. “This is slow travel in its essence. If that’s what you want to experience, this is for you.”
Together with other wanderlust seeking passengers, you’ll experience an unforgettable journey through Sweden’s mythical landscapes. The summer months include stretches and travel packages along Inlandsbanan, which is their main attraction, with special travel packages like Wilderness train covering the schedule the rest of the year.
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Left: An Inland Line railbus in Bjärme. Photo: Håkan Wike. Top right: Read a book in a comfy armchair on the Inland Line. Below right: The Wilderness Train is a collaboration with the Railway Museum – a full board trip offered once a year. Photo: Dave Collier. Bottom: Have a meal onboard served by your own head waiter.
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Somewhere in between dream and reality
In the heart of Värmland sits Dömle Herrgård Spa & Resort. With heritage from the 1400s, this gem is one of Sweden’s most beautiful mansions surrounded by a fairytale park and with its own tranquil beach. Perfect for relaxing stays, celebrations and dream weddings.
By Malin Norman | Photos: Dömle Herrgård
Dömle Herrgård is a classic mansion with a stunning setting, next to a magical lake and surrounded by mysterious forests – staying here feels a bit like being in between a dream and reality. “If you’re looking for peace of mind in a stunning setting, somewhere to relax and treat yourself, this is the right place for you,” says marketing manager Michaela Eriksson smilingly.
Dating back to 1446, Dömle Herrgård was originally a wedding gift to Katarina Bengtsdotter given to her by Sigge Trut on the morning after their wedding. It
has a past as a farm and ironworks, as well as an inn. For hundreds of years, the estate has attracted lots of people and has been a place for joy and celebrations. This is still true today.
The classic mansion has been carefully renovated over the years and the main building and its two wings are beautifully decorated. The southern wing now includes a mini-suite as well as double and single rooms, whilst the northern wing features the romantic dream suite with a four-poster bed, chandeliers, hot tub, kitchen, lounge and living room with a cosy fireplace. On the estate are a number of additional buildings with guest rooms, perfect for weddings or conferences where groups can have the whole house to themselves.
Celebrations, top cuisine and exclusive spa
The peaceful setting, exclusive accommodation and delicious food make Dömle Herrgård immensely popular for weddings. “Some wedding parties actually book the whole mansion for the week-
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end,” says Eriksson. “We have a church on the grounds, and some couples decide to have the ceremony in the lush fairy-tale park or down by the lake.”
The mansion also offers great opportunities to gather family and friends for birthdays, reunions and other celebrations. Not surprisingly, Dömle Herrgård is a hit for kick-offs and conferences too, with board rooms and meeting rooms for up to 150 people. “We’ve seen that Dömle Herrgård is suitable for corporate events and meetings, with a peaceful environment and time to really focus, yet with a modern concept and lots of activities to choose from.”
Dömle Herrgård offers top cuisine and its very own wine cellar, with themed weekends and events such as a winemaker’s dinner. Eriksson explains that the menu reflects the seasons and has a local touch. “With many talented producers nearby, we have access to the wonderful pantry of Värmland. We choose only the best ingredients for a creative and ever-changing experience, with expected and unexpected flavours.”
In 2018, Dömle underwent a major renovation which saw the building of the luxurious spa by the lake. Here, guests can enjoy a sauna and a number of hot tubs indoors and outdoors, different kinds of treatments, a relaxation area with lounge chairs and a bar, plus a large terrace with a view of the lake - everything you need to properly relax and unwind.
Golfing, cycling and plenty more to do Guests have lots of activities to choose from on the estate and beyond. Dömle Herrgård is a must for golfers; there are no less than 10 golf courses within easy distance and one of the courses is within putting distance of the Manor’s entrance.
Beyond the spa is a beautiful sandy beach with a jetty on which to enjoy sunny days or perhaps try stand-up paddle or kayaking. And you can challenge your colleagues in a padel match on the brand new padel court, located by the spa and
gym. Further afield is Klarälvsbanan, a 90-kilometre paved bike route suitable for both families and the more serious cyclists. Conveniently, the mansion also offers free bike rental.
Regardless of the season, Dömle Herrgård has lots to offer its guests - most of all, a peaceful and comfortable environment and opportunities to relax and spend time together.
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Photo: Jeanette Dahlstrom
Jazz it up in Umeå
As one of Sweden’s oldest music events within its genre, Umeå Jazz Festival has been painting the red with jazz since 1968. Free from prestige and a haven for music lovers everywhere, the festival is a great opportunity to hear both international legends and new stars.
By Emma Rodin
The festival was born after founder Lars Lystedt, a familiar face on Umeå’s entertainment scene, organised a concert with Louis Armstrong in the city. Lystedt felt confident that a jazz festival in Umeå would fly, despite the city being somewhat hard to reach on Sweden’s northeast coast.
Fast forward to 2023 and the planning for this year’s edition, which runs from 25-28 October, is in full swing. Lystedt’s gut feeling was right; the festival is a roaring success. Today, it is run by festival manager
Jonas Knutsson and project coordinator
Something for everyone
Although the festival has tradition at its core, there’s a constant drive to evolve and grow. “We’re always thinking about new ways to reach more people,” says Knutsson. “We ask ourselves, how we can
make the festival relevant for today, both in Sweden and in Europe, and which path will take us into the future?”
So far, five of some 30 acts have been announced, and they include something for everyone. There’s legendary drummer Hamid Drake’s cosmic tribute to Alice Coltrane, the sweet voice of Amanda Ginsburg, Nils Landgren and his red trombone, Marilyn Mazur’s magical Shamania and late-night club bangers from rRoxymore.
Jazz is all around
The main performances will take place in Umeå’s Folkets Hus, however jazz will be sprinkled all over town. Local bands will play at restaurants, bars and shopping centres, there will be a jazz quiz, yoga classes accompanied by live music, and even a special collaboration between local musicians and the Fire Orchestra.
“Our strength has always been in our rich programme, offering lots of different ways to consume jazz,” tells Karlsson. “And because we pride ourselves on great quality and consistency, people know that they’ll always get amazing value even if they’re not already familiar with every act.”
Open, friendly and laid back, Umeå Jazz Festival welcomes seasoned jazz fans and curious newcomers alike. In Knutsson’s own words, it’s all brought together by music’s healing power and ability to lift us up.
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Helena & Jonas. Photo: Gustav Karlsson Frost
rRoxymore. Photo: Tonje Thilesen
Hamid Drake´s Turiya. Photo: Umea Jazz
A rural experience filled with culture
Inspired by renowned composer Ralph Lundsten, the northern Sweden farmhouse with the same name is not only a cultural celebration of his legacy, but a wonderful place to stay the night, eat local delicacies, attend conferences and celebrate weddings.
By Emma Rodin | Photos: Ralph Lundstengården
A pioneer within electronic music, Ralph Lundsten was a one-of-a-kind composer who wrote magical scores inspired by Nordic folklore, with a deep respect for the nature surrounding him. He grew up in Ersnäs village and the farmhouse in question was his childhood home, which has had significant value for both village and villagers.
Today the farmhouse, which was built in the 1700s, is owned and run by Kristina Holmberg – a great admirer of culture and history, with hospitality in her heart. “When I found out that the old farmhouse was standing empty, I saw an opportunity to create an establishment that could celebrate the beauty of the countryside and the culture we have up here,” explains Holmberg. “It was only later I found out the connection to Ralph, which was a huge bonus and became the foundation of everything we offer.”
Come to stay
The farmhouse has been carefully restored with a genuine feel and atmosphere, bringing guests back in time with every detail. It has room for seven guests and is ideal for a family or group who want a taste of the Swedish countryside, away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Have a bite to eat
Much like the farmhouse itself, the onsite restaurant has been through a careful renovation where the characteristics from the building’s previous life as a cowshed and hayloft have been preserved.
Here, food is made with traditional cooking methods and local produce, which has earned the restaurant a spot in The White Guide as one of Sweden’s 500 top restaurants. It’s also a wonderful place to enjoy a traditional Christmas buffet, which Kristina and her team take great pride in.
Book a conference
The restaurant also doubles as conference and event space, offering a calm atmosphere and all necessary technical amenities. This can be paired with stunning trail walks in the surrounding landscape, and guests can also enjoy a sweet sample of the area’s own birch tree sap.
The farmhouse is also a fantastic base from which to discover nearby experiences, whether that’s dogsledding and skiing in winter, or fishing and birdwatching in summer.
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12th edition of GIBCA, the international contemporary art biennial
In September, the 12th edition of the Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art will open. Curated by João Laia, the theme is centred on how queerness can challenge norms and create hope for the future. Expect the unexpected at this year’s compelling GIBCA.
By Malin Norman
Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art (GIBCA) is a platform for the presentation of international contemporary art, taking place every two years in Gothenburg. “GIBCA is one of Sweden’s biggest art events and, since the beginning in 2001, has been dedicated to presenting art that address issues of urgent collective interest,”says Sarah Hansson, artistic director. “It aims to be a junction between local, national, and international discourse.”
Each biennial consists of exhibitions and a programme hosted by established art
institutions in Gothenburg. The theme of the 12th edition is titled forms of the surrounding futures and curated by João Laia. “This year’s theme reacts against the current state of permanent crisis in society,” explains Hansson. ”Previously, we have focused on the past, unearthing suppressed local and global historical events, which has deepened our understanding of the present time. Now, we want to dig into the present and search for ways of living today that can enable a more sustainable future for all, and by embracing the notion of queer as a means to challenge boundaries and norms, we might just rediscover hope and find a way out of the crisis.”
International curator and queer perspective
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João Laia is chief curator for exhibitions at Kiasma Museum of Contemporary
Skadi by Rasmus Myrup.
Photo: Ander Sune Berg
Outi Pieski participates in GIBCA 2023.
Photo: Document Photography
Art, Helsinki. With a background in social sciences, film theory and contemporary art, Laia has covered the queer perspective before. Instead of speculating about utopias and dystopias, he reasons that the future already exists. According to Laia, queer is not just about gender and identity; there are many nonconforming groups and behaviours in Western society, such as different ethnic groups, cultural expressions, and ways of living in harmony with nature.
“It is an honour to contribute to the biennial’s narrative which has recently highlighted silenced transnational perspectives, addressed monolithic conceptions of society and analysed the current echoes of Gothenburg’s participation in the global slave-trading circuit,” says Laia. “I look forward to presenting an event which examines the now, aiming at queering hegemonic understandings of the social and disseminating alternative narratives to celebrate our collective ability to imagine and rehearse worlds to come.”
Nordic mythology and fear of the unknown
One of the participating artists is Rasmus Myrup. His work explores major narratives of human existence, evolution and history through the lens of small, personal and intimate emotions. For this year’s exhibition, the Danish artist is creating a new piece based on mythology and history from the region, with a queer perspective. “You might recognise some characters from Nordic mythology, but
they will look and behave in an unexpected way,” says Hansson, smiling.
Another exciting installation is by Spanish artist Maria Jerez. Her constantly changing sculpture includes sounds, lights and smoke and describes our fear of the unknown. Jerez communicates that what is hidden and foreign might scare us at first, but if you move closer it can be fun and enjoyable to explore.
“With this pulsating landscape, she addresses how we can approach the queer concept,” says Hansson. “It might start with fear and ignorance, but if you dare to approach with an open mind, it can be alluring.”
London-based artist Prem Sahib also works with social norms, that which is in the centre and in the periphery, and the clashes and tensions in between. His installation Liquid Gold will be shown in Hammarkullen Konsthall, which is located in Gothenburg’s only underground tram stop. The golden light will fill the station including platforms and escalators, raising questions about the fluidity or tangibility of value. The intention of this work, whose presence grows more palpable as it gets darker in the day, is to deliberately engage audiences during hours when museums and art spaces are usually closed.
GIBCA Extended and busy opening weekend
GIBCA 2023 offers a packed programme with exhibitions and events at Röda Sten Konsthall, Göteborgs Konsthall, Gothen-
burg City Library and Hammarkullen Konsthall. The festive opening takes place on Saturday 16 September, with seven artists performing throughout the day.
The day before, on 15 September, GIBCA Extended premieres. This is a collaboration that brings together the regional and local art scene. Under this umbrella, artists, galleries and other art platforms are invited to create their own program and exhibitions based on the main theme of GIBCA. Established in 2013, GIBCA Extended now includes more than 75 participating actors.
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forms of the surrounding futures marks the 12th edition of Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, which will take place at art centres in Gothenburg from 16 September to 19 November 2023.
Yabba, animated installation by Maria Jerez.
Yong Xiang Li participates in GIBCA 2023.
Photo: Filmstill Yong Xiang Li
Sarah Hansson, artistic director.
Photo: Ellika Henrikson
Rethought, redone and reopened in the spirit of IKEA
This year, IKEA celebrates its 80th anniversary. The world’s only IKEA Museum has recently opened two brand new exhibitions, providing unique insights into the company’s heritage and the playful entrepreneur Ingvar Kamprad.
By Malin Norman | Photos: IKEA Museum
The IKEA Museum is located in what was the very first IKEA store in Älmhult. It tells the story not only of the famous home furnishing company, but also of Sweden’s journey into modern times. “At IKEA, we have always been curious about life at home, and we know that many are curious about us and our story,” says Pär Gustafsson, managing director of IKEA Museum and IKEA Hotell. “So, we created this meeting place where people can find out about our roots and how we work.”
The IKEA Museum has recently opened two new exhibitions. In IKEA Through the Ages, visitors go on a journey through the company’s history from the 1950s to the present day - from the very first store in Älmhult, to a global brand with the vision of creating a better everyday life at home. It shows examples of innovations and insights, magnificent catastrophes, fantastic ideas and innovative designs.
In Hej Ingvar! we get an intimate, personal glimpse into Ingvar Kamprad’s life and
how he became one of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs. It includes stories, myths and anecdotes about the playful entrepreneur’s drive, curiosity and creativity, and the ability to see opportunities where others saw problems. One part shows Ingvar’s desk, from which he managed the work on IKEA, refined the concept, wrote endless letters and memos, and planned trips and store visits.
80 years of doing things differently
Last year, the exhibition Democratic Design was expanded and now focuses on how IKEA develops products based on the five core principles of form, function, quality, sustainability and low price. The interactive journey is an opportunity to discover and explore design challenges
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IKEA Through the Ages takes visitors on a journey through the company’s history.
in life at home and to find out how product development on the factory floor can make a difference.
As you may know, the region Småland is known to be thrifty and creative. In Our Roots, you can learn more about the region’s entrepreneurship. It explores what it was like to live here in the old days. Last year, the IKEA Museum also launched a collection of garments focusing on the post code 343 36, the location of the first IKEA store, as an homage to its roots.
With these four main exhibitions – IKEA Through the Ages, Hej Ingvar!, Democratic Design and Our Roots – the museum offers visitors a red thread through IKEA’s story until today. “Over the past 80 years, we have certainly learnt a lot and visitors will be able to take part in this journey,” promises Gustafsson. “Understanding what has been achieved is embedded in our spirit, but it’s important also to find solutions to our needs. We will keep on building on our heritage and well into the future.”
Us & Our Planet and Existence
IKEA Museum hosts a number of temporary exhibitions too. In Existence Maximum, showing until 3 September, you can investigate big ideas for small spaces. “The majority of the world’s population live in cities,” explains Gustafsson. “The need for smart solutions is huge when living spaces are minimal.” The exhibition includes 14 rooms with inspirational solutions for widely differing purposes – and the rooms also change character depending on need and activity.
The exhibition and book titled Us & Our Planet, showing until 15 January 2024, focuses on social and environmental changes to how we live. You will get to know homes, workplaces and shared spaces from Mexico to Moscow, from Bali to Beirut, to inspire improvements in the way we live. The exhibition highlights the small things we can all do to make the world a little better.
Visitors can also take part in a range of activities related to the ongoing exhibitions, such as talks, workshops, and after-work events. The museum is ideal for conferences and corporate events too, with customized programs and workshops.
Stay at the world’s only IKEA Hotell
Just across the street from the museum is the only IKEA Hotell in the world. All hotel rooms, public areas and meeting rooms are, of course, furnished with IKEA products. The restaurant serves a
menu based on high-quality local produce from Småland, and there are plenty of events such as live music.
The region has a lot more to discover: this is a hub for furniture and glassware, with a lot to explore in terms of design, but it’s also surrounded by beautiful untouched nature, unique fishing waters, hiking and biking trails, and much more.
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Älmhult is a small town in the middle of the deep, Swedish forest, but is a convenient two-hour direct train ride from Copenhagen airport, and 3.5 hours by high-speed train from Stockholm. The closest airport, in Växjö, is less than an hour’s drive away.
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Democratic Design focuses on how IKEA develops products based on five core principles.
In Our Roots you can discover the region’s entrepreneurship.
Ingvar Kamprad, 1983 IKEA Evry Paris, opening Sept 1983.
Nature experiences with a luxurious touch
Åkulla Outdoor Resort is the perfect getaway for anyone looking for a space to reconnect with nature through all the activities it has to offer. The resort is founded by a family with an ardent interest in nature, health and sport, who decided to pour their passion into a business that provides equal measures of excitement – but always brings guests closer to nature.
By Nina Bressler | Photos: Åkulla Outdoor Resort
Åkulla Outdoor Resort is located right next to Lake Yasjön, half an hour from Varberg and the glorious swells on the west coast of Sweden. The resort provides an abundance of outdoor activities and events all year round and has become a destination for thrill seekers and nature lovers since its opening in 2020.
“We’re a family of three generations who lives and breathes outdoor sport and activities in any shape or form, and we were beyond thrilled when we got the opportunity to take over the premises to create Åkulla Outdoor Resort. So many things are happening in this area and it truly offers the best of both worlds: a relaxing getaway embedded in nature with the lake on your doorstep, or a thrill ride with numerous exciting activities to
choose from,” says Anna Munther, head of marketing and events.
With more than 140 beds available, the resort can offer any constellation of accommodation fit for every wallet: comfortable hotel rooms, a tree suite on your own private island, hostel beds, camping cottages, caravans and tent spaces. Meanwhile, the restaurant provides breakfasts, lunches and dinners of delicious seasonal dishes made from quality produce, using a whole-food approach to avoid waste.
There’s a bar for those who would like to enjoy a relaxing drink after a long day of activities, which span canoeing on the lake, hiking through leafy forests, gravel-, country road- and mountain biking along
exciting trails, water sports, yoga sessions in their tranquil exercise space with a magnificent view of the lake and much more. And why not finish the day in the lake sauna? It’s safe to say there’s plenty to choose from and, whether you come for a relaxing or adrenaline pumping time, you’re sure to leave refreshed and revived.
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STYLE BEYOND SEASONS
Retreat to Marholmen: a century of heritage in the heart of the Roslagen archipelago
Nestled in the heart of Sweden’s Roslagen archipelago, Marholmen is more than simply an island escape — it’s an experience steeped in a century of history, heritage, and heartfelt hospitality.
By Oliver Hugemark | Photos: Marholmen
“People have been bathing, laughing, resting, growing, meeting, and enjoying Marholmen for more than a hundred years,” says Bibi Rydbacken, head of marketing at Marholmen. “We have a beautiful and very special legacy to uphold and manage.”
In 1913, wholesalers Nils and Hanna Berg gifted a portion of the island to the Swedish Trade Union Confederation (LO) to establish a rest home and school for factory-employed women. The spirit of their generous act continues to live on today, with Marholmen now owned and developed by the Swedish Municipal Workers’ Union. “We believe that they gave us the opportunity to contribute to a better society right here on Marholmen,” says Bibi.
Marholmen offers a warm, unpretentious atmosphere that allows every guest to feel right at home. The relaxed atmosphere, beautiful surroundings, and delicious food are just a few of the reasons why visitors can’t help but return.
“The bridge to Marholmen is like a gateway to another world, surrounded by water and offering unique experiences and memories for life,” says Bibi. “I often meet guests who spent their summer holidays on Marholmen as children and continue the tradition by returning again and again with their own children.”
Marholmen also boasts a wide range of year-round activities and excursions to suit every interest. From swimming and paddling to boat tours and glamping on rafts anchored at the island of Rackaren, there is never a dull moment. Visitors can also indulge in therapeutic light treatments at Mareld Spa or enjoy a Swedish ‘kolbulle’, a meal cooked over an open fire.
“You can try cold baths, saunas, and relax in our hot tubs,” says Bibi. “There is also a wide range of activities suitable for groups, including challenging colleagues on ‘Champion of Marholmen’ – which is just as fun as it sounds.”
Marholmen offers a variety of accommodations to suit every guest’s needs, from comfortable hotel rooms and charming Marholms cottages, to characterful villas and a glamping tent on Rackaren Island.
“By staying committed to thoughtful, heartfelt hospitality, we honor and carry forward the legacy of Nils and Hanna,” says Bibi. “We hope and believe that they would be proud of Marholmen today, more than a hundred years later.”
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the world famous finish at the race Vasaloppet. Book the Mora package with culture, shopping and enjoy!
Welcome to our outdoor dining area with bar and restaurant. Enjoy locally produced ingredients cooked with knowledge, respect and love.
Eat like Anders Zorn, taste good drinks and luxury chocolate. Treat yourself with a visit in our SPA, a nice relaxation after a day full of experiences!
Eat like Anders Zorn, taste good drinks and luxury chocolate. Treat yourself with a visit in our SPA, a nice relaxation after a day full of experiences!
Hike and cycle along Vasalopp arena. We have several experience packages, talk to our Outdoor Manager. Read more and book on our website!
Hike and cycle along Vasalopp arena. We have several experience packages, talk to our Outdoor Manager. Read more and book on our website!
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Adventurous outdoor experiences like no other
Whether exploring the archipelago or seeing the city from the water, Stockholm Nature Activities offer exciting outdoor experiences like no other. Founded by two real-life modern-day explorers, this young Swedish travel company is uncompromisingly sustainable in every way and has a deep-rooted love for nature and travelling.
By Trine Ejlskov Jensen-Martin | Photos: Stockholm Nature Activities
“We are both adventurers,” says co-founder, owner, and one of Stockholm Nature Activities’ tour guides Bobby Puttonen, who set up the company alongside Renè Alnau in 2019. “We thought, why not use our own experiences of travelling to create adventures for other people?” he continues. Bobby’s passion for travel, nature and the city of Stockholm is clear, and he often leads several tours a day. The company offers a large range
of guided kayak and hiking tours in and around Stockholm. “This year we decided to go all in!” says Bobby.
Incredible views from the water
Their kayak tour of Stockholm offers a novel and breathtaking perspective on a city surrounded by water. “We base our tours on our love for adventure and nature,” says Bobby, who moved to Stockholm from southern Sweden 12 years ago. “We want to share the beauty of the city with our customers.”
They arrange sunset tours with organic picnics, where you can enjoy the sights of the city from the water as the sun is setting – a very different experience from seeing the first light of dawn ris-
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ing over the rooftops and city streets. Both are equally beautiful and worth experiencing, particularly from the water –giving a completely different view and impression of the place.
They also offer longer kayak tours around the archipelago where, over two to three days, the journey passes through the studding landscape of rural Sweden, where you can still see traditional wooden houses, and experience camping overnight on a beautiful, uninhabited island.
Sustainable in every way
“All our tours are eco-friendly,” Bobby says. At the very core of the company is a pledge to stay sustainable and to be environmentally friendly no matter what. “We want to show people that we use ecological products and teach them how to look after nature,” he continues.
It is very rare to see flotsam or plastic waste in the waters in and around Stockholm, but if they ever come across any on a tour, they “tell customers to feel free to pick it out of the water,” Bobby says. The sense that we all need to respect nature and look after it permeates the ethos of their company and being sustainable means much more to Renè and Bobby than simply ticking an obligatory box. They make a point of using public transport to show their customers how easy it is to use in and around the city, and only serve organic food. “All these small acts help,” he asserts.
From absolute beginners to Olympic hopefuls
“Our two- and three-day adventures kayaking around Stockholm might be better suited to some more than others,” Bobby continues. “But we always adapt to the level of fitness and experience in our groups.” The tours they offer are suitable for everyone, from absolute beginners to more experienced kayakers. “I recently had a customer who had tried out for the Olympics kayak team!” he explains. At the other end of the spectrum Bobby recently guided a tour with three generations: a 14-year-old, a parent and grandparent, with no experience of kayaking between them.
Nature adventure of a lifetime
“You will always have a very experienced guide with you, who both knows the area and what to do in case of an emergency,” Bobby says. All tours start in Stockholm and whilst most customers are international, they also have a local following. “Even our local customers learn something new on our tours,” he says.
Safety is crucial and each group is given clear and detailed instructions on how to steer the kayak. All tours have a professional guide with them, each bringing their different experiences and passions to the table. You will always be in safe and experienced hands.
Bobby recommends a minimum age of mid-teens, and that family tours check with the company first if they are in doubt; they are keen to welcome anyone who is interested. Whatever you might
have in mind, Bobby and Renè will help you plan a unique experience in the great outdoors, a true adventure of a lifetime, which is guaranteed to leave you feeling inspired, restored, and enriched.
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Experience the magical world of children’s books
At Junibacken in Stockholm, you can meet Astrid Lindgren’s beloved characters such as Pippi Longstocking and Emil in Lönneberga (who turns 60 this year!), and many other funny creatures from children’s books. A playful visit awaits at Sweden’s leading cultural experience for kids and their grown-ups.
By Malin Norman | Photos: Junibacken
The story of Junibacken began with Astrid Lindgren, 27 years ago. Astrid is one of the most-read children’s book authors in the world, but she wanted Junibacken to be a place where other children’s book authors and illustrators could be spotlighted and inspired too. Children’s books are at the heart of the business and visitors can explore this magical world of imagination together.
With about 320,000 visitors from around the world per year, Junibacken is incredibly popular. ”Junibacken is Sweden’s leading culture experience for
children and grown-ups,” says CEO Kajsa Medin Hansen. “With children’s books as a basis, we show the way to the magic between the pages. We want to evoke emotions, start conversations and
create memories – and hopefully inspire a lifetime of reading.”
Meet beloved characters on the story train
The main attraction is the story train, which goes on a journey through Astrid Lindgren’s children’s book landscape. Illustrator Marit Törnqvist was commissioned to create the fairy-tale setting, where you can meet beloved characters such as Madicken, Ronja Rövardotter and the Lionheart Brothers plus many, many more. The audio is available in 14 languages, and Swedish speakers have the wonderful opportunity to hear Astrid’s voice along the ride.
At Junibacken, there is an abundance of other fun activities. This summer, visitors can experience the playful exhibition Eeemil – Snickerboa Hopp Fallera
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This summer’s exhibition Eeemil – Snickerboa Hopp Fallera.
CEO Kajsa Medin Hansen.
in celebration of the 60th anniversary of Emil. The little ones can find their way through the firewood maze, play hide and seek and look at all the delicacies at the food stall, bounce around on woodchips and sneak a peek into the carpenter’s bench. Plenty of mischief awaits.
Another not-to-miss exhibition is Aja Baja Junibacken, which is based on the two books Very tricky, Alfie Atkins and Just Tie It, Alfie Atkins! by Gunilla Bergström, and presented in cooperation with Bok-Makaren AB. It offers the chance to play in the true spirit of Alfie Atkins, with challenges such as trying to solve impossible knots or building a helicopter.
In its garden, Junibacken also hosts Sweden’s largest Moomin play valley with scenes from the books Moominpapa’s memoirs, Who will comfort Toffle? and Comet in Moominland by Tove Jansson. Why not try the slide from the six-metre tall Moomin house, play in the giant shell, embark on an underwater adventure with Haffsårkestern, stilt-walk with Snufking and have a coffee break with Moominmamma and Moominpapa?
Sweden’s largest children’s book shop There’s a lot more to discover! Junibacken has its own theatre, currently showing Scenes From a Summer Holiday on the outdoor stage until 18 August. It explores tricky questions such as how do kids handle their adults during summer
break, what is the best code word for ice cream, and what happens when we suddenly have lots of time together?
Another fun show is Pippi Moves In, performed by a children’s ensemble where the audience get to see Tommy and Annika meet Pippi Longstocking for the very first time. Also make sure to check out Storybook Square, where some of the most beloved children’s book characters live. And did you know that Junibacken has Sweden’s largest children’s book shop? Indeed, it offers a fantastic range of children’s books for all ages, carefully selected by its dedicated staff.
Junibacken is located on Djurgården, right by the water with Stockholm’s best view of Nybroviken and the Royal Palace. In the restaurant, visitors can take a break between adventures to enjoy craftsmanship in another form. This summer, Junibacken has its very own ice cream kiosk in the garden for those who want a treat. Undoubtedly, this is a place where children and adults will experience magical moments together.
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Junibacken features Sweden’s largest Moomin play valley.
Play in the spirit of Alfie Atkins at exhibition Aja Baja Junibacken.
The show Pippi Moves In is performed by a children’s ensemble.
Unforgettable kayaking adventures in the Swedish archipelago
By Julia Vihinen | Photo: Skärgårdens Kanotcenter
A family-owned business run with love for nature and a passion for kayaking, Skärgårdens Kanotcenter offers a wide range of kayaking tours, routes, and destinations for everyone wishing to unleash their adventurous spirit.
Nestled in the heart of the Swedish archipelago, close to the beautiful town of Vaxholm and easily accessible by public transport from Stockholm and Arlanda Airport, the company is perfectly situated to provide breathtaking kayaking experiences. With dedicated guides who share a deep love for nature and adventure, the company is committed to both eco-friendly tourism as well as ensuring the safety of its clients.
The Stockholm archipelago is a unique world of some 25,000 islands and skerries. With lush forests meeting rocky shores, the archipelago is a destination unlike any other in the world, and a perfect place for island-hopping and kayaking trips.
“Whether you want to paddle in wild nature or you prefer the luxury of infrastructure islands and their restaurants and cabins, from our location you can experience both,” Skärgårdens Kanotcenter’s Theresa Kroh says.
guided winter tours for those wishing to experience the frosty, ethereal winter landscapes. “We believe kayaking is not just a recreational activity,” Kroh says. “It’s a way to connect with nature and create lifelong memories.”
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A hotel built on a love story
By Hanna Andersson | Photos: Hotell Mårtenson
Halmstad is one of Sweden’s most visited summer destinations. It is located on the west coast, with close proximity to many beaches, golf, and nature, packed with history, and decorated with old Swedish charm. In the middle of it, you’ll find Hotell Mårtenson – a 160-year-old establishment that provides great food, a great atmosphere, and a great love story.
It feels like home
you can always pop by Greta’s Blommor, a flower and interior design shop which is open 24-7, and take a piece of the historic love story with you.
“Our hotel is built on a mid-20s century love story between Hotell Mårtenson’s then manager Franz, and one of the hotel’s cleaners, Greta. They lived at the premises from around 1950, and their love for food, service, and each other runs through everything we do,” says Moa Bävermo, marketing coordinator at Hotell Mårtenson.
Hotell Mårtensson consists of a variety of cosy hotel rooms, as well as Franz’s bistro, Franz’s bar, Greta’s café, and Greta’s roof terrace where guests can enjoy modern flavour combinations and exciting cocktails. Their menus feature the best from the ocean combined with local produce, with a mix of classic dishes and innovative new experiences. From September, you will be able to visit Greta’s café for Afternoon Tea.
“We want our guests to feel at home. You can enjoy a good night’s sleep, wake up and enjoy our bistro and café like it’s your living room, and catch the summer vibes on our rooftop or at the bar,” explains Bävermo. And before you leave,
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Franz Bistro och Bar
Bring your rucksack and your love for culture to Reimersholme
By Hanna Andersson |
Tucked away on an island in the southern parts of central Stockholm, you find Hotel Reimersholme – a hotel for adventurers, beer enthusiasts, and lovers of culture. It is a backpacker’s dream, and perfect for travellers looking for a dynamic and fun place to stay whilst visiting the capital.
“Our hotel is ideal for those who don’t mind staying up a bit later. It is a lively and fun hotel with two bars and a massive outdoor area where you can enjoy local beers, natural wines, and small Belgian waffles called Gaufres,” explains hotel manager Freja Gavelin.
The hotel, which is similar to European hostels, was acquired by the current owners, musicians Andil Dahl and Kaspar Druml, in 2019. They have since developed the current concept where people can come together and connect with culture. They host jazz nights, poetry readings, open mic events and art exhibitions with a mission to make everyone feel included.
“People come from all over Stockholm to enjoy our live music, shows and other events. It has become a dynamic hub where anything can happen. We are flexible and just enjoy our guests having a great time,” says Gavelin. “We’ve had guests coming down to the bar asking if they can sing some karaoke. And of course, they could!” It is the perfect place if you want to enjoy live music, try something new, or simply connect with great people, just around the corner from the heart of Stockholm.
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The sound of silence in Swedish Lapland
By Philip Denvir | Photos: Yasin Bayol
Hotel owner, Björn Hedlund Länta explains: “at Peace and Quiet Nature Hotel, we trust in our back-to-nature philosophy with a balanced lifestyle, hence the importance of wellness in our lives.”
Peace and Quiet Hotel is situated amongst ancient pine and spruce forests and surrounded entirely by the pristine, untouched wilderness of the Lule River. It
is close to the border of the Laponia World Heritage area in the remote municipality of Jokkmokk, a part of Swedish Lapland.
“Accessible only by reindeer sled, snowmobile, boat or trail, the journey to Peace and Quiet Hotel gives you the true feeling of a departure from your daily life. You will have an unforgettable experience of Sápmi, the land of the Sámi
people, and its wildlife. Adventure-filled days are enhanced by local produce, sustainable dining, beverages, and the chance to relax in Goahte-style floating glass rooms,” says Björn.
The nature hotel offers cryotherapy treatment, a sauna tent, yoga and meditation on the ice, and a hot tub. All treatments are outdoors in nature for an enhanced experience, accompanied with beverages and snacks.
Sweden’s Näsets Marcusgård offers travelling with a mission, and a slice of paradise
This conscious company offers unique and environmentally friendly lodging in rural luxury. “We offer special stays in our forest or our apartments, where personal attention is paramount. This place borders the Swedish wilderness but is still easily accessible,” explain co-owners Willem Terstegen and Mireille van Ruiven.
The young company collaborates with businesses in the local village, region and beyond who share the same core values, and with whom their respective needs and strengths are a good fit.
By Philip Denvir | Photos: Näsets Marcusgård
proposal amongst the three-metre high pine treetops.
The activities and experiences change with the seasons, but vegetarian and vegan breakfasts in the woods are always available. Näsets Marcusgård plans to build a community in cooperation with similar European providers to spread its vision of sustainable travel.
The small-scale company is proud of offering sustainable, inclusive guest experiences. “Whatever your beliefs, whether you are young, old, LGBTQ+ or vegan, we make time and space for you to relax in these surroundings,” Mireille says. “We strive to inspire tourists and local residents here to make the most of countryside living,” adds Willem.
Willem explains: “guests are increasingly recognising the environmental impact of travelling, and prefer a sustainable small-scale provider that actively works to keep the countryside livable. In a nutshell, travelling with a mission is hot!”
There are many reasons to stay at Näsets Marcusgård: a family holiday, a weekend with friends or a working holiday in one of the special holiday homes. The woodland cabins are ideal for couples, and for an unforgettable marriage
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Located in the municipality of Jokkmokk on the Lule River, Peace and Quiet Nature Hotel boasts wellness in an untouched wilderness with a breathtaking view of the aurora borealis – the northern lights.
Eva Falkenberg: emotions crystalised in glass
Eva Falkenberg is a Norwegian artist and sculptor specializing in glass. Inspired by nature and cultural diversity, she creates timeless, colourful pieces showcasing the beautiful possibilities of glasswork.
By Celina Tran | Photos: Eva Falkenberg
An ancient art form, glassmaking dates at least as far back as 3500 BC in Egypt and Mesopotamia. It’s an art form that stretches across both timelines and physical borders, and has birthed everything from Roman glassblowing to iconic Islamic glass, and of course the infamous Norman stained glass. Centuries later, the world has borne witness to a wave of creativity, where technology and modern
artists’ minds intersect to form fascinating, contemporary styles of glass art.
Growing up in an artistic family, Eva Falkenberg has been surrounded by arts and crafts for as long as she can remember. It’s no surprise that her own life and path has been shaped by creativity, and she graduated from both the National School of Glass in Sweden and
University for the Creative Arts in the UK. Today, she’s an artist and sculptor specialising in glass.
“My working process often combines both hot and cold glass techniques,” says Falkenberg. “As both an artist and a craftsman, I am responsible for every part of the making process, from the design sketch to the final result.”
Even after more than a decade of working with glass, Falkenberg says there is still more to discover about the material. “For over ten years, glass has been the primary medium of my work, yet it
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continues to spark curiosity and inspiration in me,” she says. “I look forward to exploring more about the material, while also developing my own artistry. It’s truly an exciting, lifelong process.”
A timeless, versatile, and rewarding medium
Whether you’re an avid art museum visitor or just someone who appreciates beauty in everyday life, you’ve likely been captivated by the awe-inspiring properties or colours of glass at some point in your life – stained glass in a church, a vase in an antique shop, or the little figurines in your grandmother’s cabinet. When used in art, glass can be highly versatile and offers an almost unlimited potential for artistic expression.
Working with glass is time-consuming and requires technical skill, patience and precision. Falkenberg says that when glass has gone through the annealing process and cooled, it takes hours of engraving, slipping and polishing before a piece can be considered finished. Still, it’s a rewarding and meditative process.
“I’m drawn to the qualities of glass as a medium that allows me to express my thoughts and ideas through layers, colours, and light. It’s also a material that can be shaped in both hot and cold states, using a range of traditional and experimental techniques. I think I enjoy
the process of glassmaking so much because there’s always more to learn.”
Captivated by the colours and movements of glass, Falkenberg often finds inspiration in the creative process itself. “A lot of my inspiration comes from the natural world,” she says. “There’s something enticing about the hot, glowing molten glass that reminds me of rock melts or lava. Even later, I find parallels between the processes of glassmaking and mineral formation.”
In addition to nature, Falkenberg is heavily inspired by different cultures. Throughout her life, she says she’s had the privilege of learning, travelling, and experiencing new places and cultures. Her work reflects on questions of globalisation, identity, and belonging. “I also often ponder about how our experiences shape our identity and make us unique,” she says.
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Igniting social change through enterprise
One of Norway’s most well-known and loved brands, Nitedals Hjelpestikker plays a crucial role in many people’s lives, from cabins in the wilderness to the everyday home. The matchsticks go beyond functionality as the price of each box includes a donation to good causes
By Tina Nielsen | Photos: Nitedals Hjelpestikker
As the first match factory in Norway, established by bank director F. H. Frølich in 1844, Nitedal was originally located in Oslo, then known as Christiania, but by 1861 it was taken over by the directors’ son.
“Nitedals has a long history in Norway
dating back to 1844. The company was a pioneer in match production and an integral part of Norwegian industrial history,” says trade manager Vibeke Hagen.
The strong brand means that Nitedals matches hold nostalgic value and symbolize a time when matches were a vital part of people’s everyday lives, according to Hagen. “Matches were a crucial source of fire used for lighting stoves, candles and lamps,” she says. “Nitedals matchboxes, with their distinctive design and logo, have become an iconic cultural symbol in Norway.”
The humanitarian element came from two enterprising ladies, Mrs Consul Lind and Mrs Consul Willumsen, who were inspired by the Danish matchstick company Lysglimt during a trip to Copenhagen. The boxes cost one penny more than a regular box and the extra money was donated to charitable work. The two ladies presented their idea to Director Frølich and the result was a concept named Blind Children’s Matches. The idea quickly took off
and by 1927, the company had received enough money to advertise and spread the word about the charitable donations.
With time, the charitable efforts have expanded. Today, a formalized Hjelpestikke Fund distributes money and has supported the establishment of homes for blind people, while many other organizations also benefit.
By the end of 2011, humanitarian causes had received more than 52 million kroner from match sales and Nitedals received an annual award for its significant contribution to improving the social conditions of children, the elderly, and people living with disabilities.
Quite simply, this profoundly practical product transcends its functionality. Hagen concludes: “Nitedals matches have earned a special place in the hearts of many Norwegians and hold a sentimental value as a symbol of Norwegians industrial history and everyday life in the past.”
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Distinction in the heart of Bergen
For visitors looking to discover the stunning beauty of Bergen, Norway and the surrounding fjords and mountains, two hotels offer superior comfort and relaxation. Bergen Harbour Hotel, WorldHotels Crafted and Sure Hotel studio by Best Western Ole Bull, both located in Bergen’s historic centre, are unique, refined, and offer diverse travellers a warm and welcoming stay.
By Molly McPharlin | Photos: BWH Hotels
Bergen Harbour Hotel, WorldHotels Crafted, a boutique hotel located in the heart of the city, occupies an elegant building close to many of Bergen’s main attractions, such as the wooden buildings and winding streets of Bryggen, the lively Fish Market, and the ‘fløien funicular’ which transports you quickly up Mount Fløyen. Bergen Harbour’s rooms are modern and sophisticated. “All our rooms are designed to ensure that your stay is as relaxing and comfortable as possible,” says Jan Petter Eilertsen, Bergen Harbour’s CEO. The hotel also offers guests several distinctive dining experiences, including Soya, considered one of the best restaurants for Chinese cuisine in Bergen. For fitness, guests have free admission to the Vikinghallen fitness centre and discounts on selected restaurants around the city.
Sure Hotel studio by Best Western Ole Bull, also ideally located in Bergen’s city centre, has undergone major renovations in the last couple years and now boasts a newly upgraded facade, entrance, and common rooms. All of the hotel’s rooms
and apartments are spacious, measuring between 30-70 metres-squared, and have been refurbished in a modern but cozy manner.
The apartments offer fully-equipped kitchens and the largest apartments offer two bedrooms and a separate living space - perfect for families or groups of friends. The building housing the hotel, Ole Bull Huset, also includes Ole Bull Scene, a renowned comedy club in Norway, and a newly added experience - the MM Atmosphere restaurant, the only roof terrace in Bergen. Here, visitors can enjoy exquisite food and cocktails while experiencing some of the city’s best views and stunning landscape.
Both hotels are ideal for both business and leisure visitors to Bergen. Each includes comfortable workspaces in the rooms and apartments, with fast WiFi. For visitors whose goal is relaxation, Bergen Harbour and Ole Bull Hotels offer atmospheric personal spaces, hotel bars for socialising, and close proximity to bars,
restaurants and events. Bergen is both a designated World Heritage City and a European City of Culture and there is always something interesting to experience. As Birte Iversen of Sure Hotel studio by Best Western Ole Bull reminds visitors, “we’re not located in the middle of Bergen for nothing!”
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The living room of a four room apartment, Ole Bull Hotel.
A bed at Ole Bull.
Comfortable workspaces at Ole Bull Hotel, Bergen.
A view of the city at The Bergen Harbour Hotel.
Eline Bang: handmade jewellery made with love
From her home in Bergen on Norway’s west coast, Eline Bang Abelsen designs, develops and produces handmade jewellery. Her popular pieces, all made with love, have sparked an incredible growth in the Eline Bang jewellery brand over the last few years.
By Maria Vole | Photos: Eline Bang
Originally from the idyllic coastal town of Grimstad in the south of Norway, Eline spent several years living abroad before returning to familiar shores. Five years in the US were divided between Washington DC and Virginia Beach, during which time her creative journey as a designer, photographer and jewellery maker began. She also spent a few years in Maastricht in the Netherlands before she settled in Bergen in the heart of Fjord Norway with her husband and children.
For Eline, jewellery making began as a fun, creative hobby, and over time has grown into a very successful brand. At the heart of it is true passion, and she puts a lot of love into the creation of each piece. “I absolutely love creating jewellery. I know that my designs bring a lot of joy to others, which is so rewarding to me,” Eline says.
A natural creative, Eline has experimented with many different types of jewellery and
materials during her design career. All her jewellery is handmade, and she takes the utmost care with the development of each of her designs. Above all, she values working with the best quality materials.
Eline’s jewellery is made with freshwater pearls and gold-plated brass with an organic lacquer coating that protects the jewellery and makes it last longer, and she’s always on the lookout for exciting new materials to work with. “Using high-quality materials in my jewellery is important to me because I want these pieces to last,” she explains. “From the very beginning, I knew my designs should be durable so that customers can wear them for years to come. If it isn’t of the best quality, I won’t sell it to my customers.”
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Eline’s PUST-bracelets became hugely popular during the pandemic.
Eline is inspired by colours and loves to experiment with different colour combinations. “I like to combine colours in a way that will be beautiful and enticing to customers, to create something they’ll enjoy wearing. I think it’s wonderful to have a pop of colour in your jewellery –it can really brighten up and elevate a neutral outfit,” she says.
A mindful reminder
The Eline Bang jewellery brand had its start in 2017, and enjoyed a lot of success with Eline’s original design, the PUST-bracelets, which were launched at the end of 2019. ‘Pust’ means ‘breathe’ in Norwegian, and Eline has since developed the bracelets in English as well. The story behind these hugely popular bracelets is a personal one – she created the first pieces as a reminder to herself to slow down and breathe during busy and stressful times.
The designs clearly resonated with customers. “The PUST-bracelets took off completely and began selling in their thousands,” she says. “I think people appreciate a small daily reminder of how important it is to take a moment and breathe, think and reflect in the middle of our busy lives.”
Each piece Eline creates is delivered with a small card that reads “Stay close to people who make you feel like sunshine” and is designed to bring a spark of joy to the recipient. “A lot of people
like to give my pieces as meaningful presents to others,” she says.
Eline devotes as much of her time as possible to creating new designs and producing jewellery to meet the demands of her many customers, and also collaborates with businesses and organisations looking for tailor-made jewellery. Eline was very pleased to achieve a long-term goal of hers when the renowned multi-brand store Scabal in Bergen chose to include her jewellery in their exclusive selection. Her designs can also be found at the carefully curated shop inside the historic Hotel Norge in the heart of Bergen.
Eline’s jewellery ships worldwide, but most of her customers are based in
Scandinavia. “I’d love to grow the brand and find more customers internationally,” she says. “I’m so creative that it bubbles over – I’m constantly coming up with new ideas and always want to make new things.”
From its humble beginnings as a creative hobby, Eline Berg jewellery has grown immensely over the past five years, and demand has, too. “It’s wild that this started out as a hobby for me, and now I get to do it every day – it’s really a dream come true,” Eline says. “I feel so lucky to be able to do something I enjoy so much for a living, and I’m so thankful to everyone who buys my pieces and feels inspired by what I do.”
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Jewellery maker Eline Bang Abelsen at her home, enjoying the inspiring view over Bergen and the fjord.
Each item from Eline’s collection is sent out with a sweet card.
Eline loves to experiment with colour combinations and create pieces that pop. English version of PUST-bracelet.
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Restaurant of the Month, Norway
By Hanna Margrethe Enger | Photo: Eskil Tjore, Øk media
From smokehouses in the USA to Bergen
Barbequing is the oldest way to cook meat. For hundreds of thousands of years humans have cooked meat over an open flame. But still, some people are better at it than others.
Seven years ago, three Bergensians with decades of experience in the restaurant and bar industry opened Røyk BBQ. It was a shared passion for American barbeque and gin that brought the idea about. “We wanted to make something delicious and fun to work with.” Jo Aanes Rasmussen, bar manager and general fixer, says. “Quality and creativity comes easily if all you do is play around every day.”
A lot of craftsmanship goes into every dish. There is a smoker in the kitchen, into which all the locally sourced produce goes for about 24 hours. The tender meat, the ever-rotating selection of sides and the delicious sauces go well with the craft beer and gin and tonics on
the menu. After the meal, the bar offers an enormous selection of gin to sample and, if you dare, you can venture upstairs to the dark and atmospheric bar Kråken, which offers great cocktails. Since preparing the meat takes so long, big groups are advised to book ahead so the restaurant can estimate how much meat to prepare. “This is so that the mental state of the chef won’t get any worse than it already is,” Rasmussen says jokingly. “Most people get this just fine, and there is mostly just smiles and giggles from the kitchen now.”
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Glamour, elegance, and ‘70s disco at Stockholm’s newest Italian trattoria
Walking through the doors of Florentine at Medborgarplatsen doesn’t only take you away from the streets of Stockholm – it takes you on a journey to 1970s Italy, where glamour, finesse, and elegance embrace all your senses.
By Hanna Andersson | Photos: Florentine
Upon arrival, you are met by an enormous 360-degree cocktail bar featuring over a thousand bottles of spirits – a display highlighted by vibrant colours, extravagant decorations, and a disco ball that makes the room sparkle. “We want our restaurant to feel like a movie from the ‘70s, where we get the honour to be the directors,” says Brazer Bozlak, CEO of Florentine.
A feeling of escapism
Florentine opened on April 20 2023, and has since become one of the most talkedabout restaurants in the Swedish capital. “The response has been incredible,” says Bozlak with a smile. “We have been told that it has one of the most coherent concepts in the city. That is exactly what we wanted to achieve - a unique restaurant experience with a feeling of escapism.”
There’s no doubt they’ve succeeded: from the unique interior design, with items handpicked in vintage shops throughout Italy, to its mouth-watering food menu and impressive wine list, Florentine takes you on a memorable journey through the land of pasta.
Bozlak explains further, “we have taken inspiration from trattorias in Rome, small kitchens on the Italian Riviera, and the glamourous bars of Milano. Every
dish on our menu has been chosen to star in our movie, and there is something for everyone to enjoy.”
“If I were to suggest a dish or two, I’d recommend the Pasta Carbonara which we toss Pecorino cheese into at our guests’ table. Additionally, you should try our famous Lavamisu – our take on the great Italian dessert,” says Bozlak.
Come and join this homage to disco culture
Bozlak describes Florentine as a modern trattoria, where large groups can dine together like a big Italian family, but where there’s room for smaller gatherings or just a visit to the cocktail bar, too. “It doesn’t matter the occasion, we just want you to explore Italy and the disco culture that boomed in the ‘70s - whether it’s for an immersive bar experience or a threecourse meal,” finishes Bozlak.
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Joyful connection and world-class cuisine at Copenhagen’s smallest gourmet restaurant
At two years old, Connection by Alan Bates is a relative newcomer on Copenhagen’s busy restaurant scene – but this intimate inner-city nook in the historic Kartoffelrækkerne (‘The Potato Houses’) block has quickly carved a singular profile as one of Copenhagen’s most joyful and personal dining experiences.
By Lena Hunter | Photos: Chris Tonnesen
The British chef and owner Alan Bates has over a decade of experience in renowned two- and three-Michelin-star kitchens, including Henne Kirkeby Kro in Denmark, El Celler de Can Roca in Spain, The Fat Duck and The Hand and Flowers in England, and Restaurant André in Singapore.
As such, Connection’s food offering – a succinct and thoughtful seven-course set menu with wine pairings and a little blackboard of specials – is an exquisite
reflection of Bates’ personal journey inside and outside the kitchen.
“I started by asking, how do I want to eat?” he says. “We try to cook without dogma. We’re not a Nordic restaurant – we just cook the finest seasonal produce available in a way that makes it shine, with as much flavour as possible.”
Though the dishes are masterful, there is no pretence on the plate. Elegance
is beautifully balanced by rusticity and heritage by fun – and flavour reigns supreme. “Everything has to be delicious,” says Bates. “If you don’t put something in your mouth and go ‘wow, that’s delicious’, we’ve missed the point.”
Where flavour is lived
While the menu evolves seasonally, a few staples endure. “One is inspired by cowboy toast – a beloved Danish trash food of white sandwich bread with a meat purée, toasted but frozen and then microwaved. It’s terrible, but also excellent!” laughs Bates.
“We have made our variation on that of brioche fried in clarified butter with whipped and frozen chicken liver and foie
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The restaurant is decorated with a ‘private library’ feeling which underlines the intimate atmosphere
gras parfait, and winter truffles when they’re in season. It really resonates with our Danish guests when they get this super decadent and well-constructed reimagining of a humble classic.”
Elsewhere, Bates has introduced flavours from his own heritage. “I’m super British and I am proud to embrace that. I wanted to do something no other restaurant was doing, so we do a Parkerhouse Roll basted with roasted herb-infused chicken fat. The idea came from traditional English country houses, where a piece of bread called a tranche would be placed under a joint of meat as it roasted to soak up the juice and the fat, and the staff would get to keep that while the meat would go upstairs to the family. I always thought that the staff were getting the best bit!”
Bates often hosts guest chefs at Connection for fun nights of cooking with good friends. Over the past two years, he has shared his kitchen with profiles such as Tom Kerridge from two-Michelin-star The Hand and Flowers, Jonny Lake from onestar Trivet, Dan Smith from one-star The Fordwich Arms, Paul Cunningham from two-star Henne Kirkeby Kro, Mark Lundgaard from two-star Kong Hans and Wassim Hallal from two-star Frederikshøj.
Joy and love through food
But in a city renowned for exceptional dining, Bates’ kitchen pedigree is only half
of the explanation for Connection’s certain magic. As the name would suggest, its core philosophy is one, not of eating, but of togetherness. “We only have 18 seats and everyone sits together around three Chef’s Tables. When you walk in, it’s like coming home. We draw these heavy curtains which creates this little world. No one’s ever on their phone – they are focused on the company,” explains Bates.
Eschewing the fine-dining convention of lengthy, performative dish descriptions, Connection opts for a gentler style. “We try to keep our food explanations short and give more if asked. I just want to let
the staff and the guests talk: what have you done today? What are your plans for the summer? I love cooking and I love food -but the aim of the game is to achieve a consistent product every night, while the curveball is who’s coming in. So I’m way more interested in that.”
“I’ve never been anywhere like this”
Bates describes his time at the two-Michelin star restaurant Henne Kirkeby Kro on the Danish west coast as a ‘real turning point’ in his perspective on what a restaurant should be. “It has such humanity in how it cares for its staff, which rolls into the guest experience. That played a big part in how I shaped Connection. I want this to be a place where you can walk in and feel present.”
Connection’s number of repeat visits is high, and guests regularly book future tables while they’re still eating. As chefs go, Bates is marvellously present himself –an embodiment of the atmosphere he has crafted at Connection. This is the other half of the explanation behind the magic of this tiny restaurant: it has soul.
“I’ve eaten extensively around the globe, but I’ve never been anywhere quite like this,” says Bates. “I just want to share it with as many people as possible.”
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Alan G. Bates originally from Cambridge is the head chef and owner of Connection by Alan Bates in Copenhagen.
Alan introduces flavours and ingredients from his British heritage, here Forced English Rhubarb and custard.
One of the 3 Chefs Tables with the iconic Dyrman & Overgaard chairs at Connection.
The Cowboy Toast – a tribute to the beloved Danish trash food.
Hotel of the Month, Norway
A real taste of nature
If you look up Lofoten online, you’ll see pictures of crystal-clear water and inviting beaches tucked between imposing mountains. It is impressive, but however beautiful they are, the pictures hardly do Lofoten justice; they are unable to capture the essence of these wild, northern islands.
By Eva-Kristin U. Pedersen
At Holmen Lofoten – a restaurant and hotel situated at the western tip of the Lofoten Islands – guests can embrace all the forces of nature as they embark on a unique culinary experience combined with wildlife walks and peoplefocused hospitality.
“The restaurant first opened in 2007, but we’ve been here full time since 2016,” says Ingunn Rasmussen, owner and founder at Holmen Lofoten. Ingunn grew up on the very islet where her business now is.
“My dad was a fisherman-carpenterfarmer, and my mom a mother-housewife-seamstress. We grew up learning to live with limited resources, and with the wild landscape of the remote island as our safe harbor and playground.”
As one of 13 siblings, learning to be self-sufficient was an important part of her everyday life. “We took part in the fisheries from a very young age. Our vacation would be travelling off to the outer islands to pick hundreds of litres of berries. We
learned about edible plants from land and sea, but most of all to be respectful and thankful for what nature gives us.”
Ingunn moved away at 17 but longed for a holiday home in Lofoten. Her search soon turned into a larger project in which she restored old fisherman’s cabins were restored and started a restaurant, before the business expanded to include more accommodation and experiences.
‘Kitchen on the Edge’
Besides running a hotel and restaurant, Holmen is host to ‘Kitchen on the Edge’ five times a year – a series of longweekend culinary events focusing on food, craftsmanship and nature. Guests are welcomed by internationally acclaimed chefs to enjoy their interpre-
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The scenery surrounding Holmen Lofoten is truly magnificient. Photo: Steffen Fossbakk
tation of local produce while different workshops are organized throughout the weekend. ‘Kitchen on the Edge’ has become very popular and sells out far in advance. Chefs from around the world are asking to participate as guest chefs.
While running a profitable business is important, Holmen Lofoten is not an ordinary hotel. Ingunn’s love for where she comes from and the need to balance tourism with the needs of the local community means they have decisively turned away from mass tourism in favour of quality visits. “It’s not about using or showing off – our project has to do with caring for the property, the nature, the culture and history, and ensuring it remains for generations to come,” she points out.
A desire to preserve
To achieve that, Holmen Lofoten not only makes sure to use locally available produce – a small selection of suppliers grow plants and animals only for them, they also make sure to use the entirety of any fish or any animal caught. Fermenting and preserving food to use at times of the year when certain things are more difficult to get hold of is also an important part of the kitchen.
The desire to preserve is also reflected in other aspects of the business. Their very experienced mountain guide Audun makes sure that hiking routes hardly
ever follow standardized paths. Rather, he talks to the individual guest, evaluates their desires and physical abilities and chooses a route based on that. That means that excursions are hardly ever the same – all are unique. Apart from walking tours, Holmen Lofoten also offers kayaking and fishing trips, some via local providers.
Looking to the future, Holmen Lofoten is keen to develop what Rasmussen calls ‘weather tourism’, allowing guests to experience how nature changes when the weather is altered. Ingunn wants people
to understand what it is that keeps people in Lofoten, despite the hardship when the storms come and the sun disappears for several weeks at a time.
“The weather is not always sunny. In Lofoten, we don’t even refer to ‘nice’ or ‘bad weather’, we just say there is a lot of weather. Sharing our culture and our love for the nature that surrounds us, is important to us,” Rasmussen concludes.
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Local produce is key at Holmen Lofoten.
Photo: Ed Schofield
One of the rooms at Holmen Lofoten.
Photo: Christian Banfield
All excursions organised by Holmen Lofoten are unique. Photo: Holmen Lofoten
There’s no good weather or bad weather, just a lot of weather in Lofoten. Photo: Dan Mariner
Experience of the Month, Finland 2024
Spectacular light art festival illuminates the darkest time of the year
Each year in the heart of winter, the city of Helsinki transforms into a wonderland of light, capturing the attention of locals and tourists alike for five consecutive nights. Lux Helsinki, the highly anticipated annual light art festival is a celebration of creativity, innovation and illumination.
By Julia Vihinen
First organised in 2009, inspired by the Festival of Lights in Lyon, France, Lux Helsinki brings welcome light to the long, dark winters of the Finnish capital. The works of both local and international artists come together to create a magical atmosphere across the city.
Throughout Lux Helsinki, visitors can explore a curated trail of light installations scattered across the city’s landmarks, courtyards, parks and public spaces. From the bustling city centre to hidden corners off the beaten path, each location and artwork offers new discoveries and fresh perspectives on the beauty and possibilities of light as well as the interplay of light and darkness. The massive, neoclassical facade of the Helsinki Cathedral, for example, is bathed in light art during each festival.
“You could say that Finland is a pioneer country in light art, and that is reflected in the high quality of the event,” Lux Helsinki’s artistic director and curator Juha Rouhikoski explains. “The darkness and extreme winter conditions bring their own special flavour to Lux Helsinki, combined
with the multi-faceted canvas the city creates for the art installations.”
Presenting a diverse range of light art and immersive installations that transcend cultural and linguistic barriers, the festival is visited by over half a million spectators each year. The free-of-charge, accessible event also fosters a sense of community, as locals, tourists and art enthusiasts of all ages take to the illuminated streets of Helsinki united by a shared appreciation of art and the urban environment.
“I hope visitors come to the event with a sense of adventure and open-mindedness as well as enough time on their hands. One should let themselves be carried away by the light of the artworks and let their imagination run wild,” Rouhikoski advises. For the next Lux Helsinki, which will take place from 3-7 January 2024, the theme will combine science and art, he hints.
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Photo: Lux Helsinki
Photo: Julius Konttinen
Photo: Petri Anttila
Destination of the Month, Norway
Enjoy your next meal with artistic, historical surroundings at Norway’s most beautiful restaurant
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Seek out ‘Norway’s most beautiful restaurant’ for your next culinary adventure! Based in Bergen, a city on the country’s west coast, Frescohallen elevates the dining experience to the next level through locally sourced, yet internationally inspired food, historical surroundings, and exceptional artworks.
By Celina Tran | Photos: Frescohallen
In the historical Norwegian ‘City of the Seven Mountains’, stands a building that housed Norway’s first – and for a while its only – stock exchange, namely Bergen Børs. Today, the iconic building is home to Bergen Børs Hotel and its restaurant, Frescohallen, all designed by Swedish architecture studio Claesson Koivisto Rune.
“Just seeing Frescohallen is a spectacular experience in itself. Along with the hotel, Frescohallen is a meeting place for locals and international travellers from all over, so once you enter the room, you’ll notice this buzzing, continental feeling oozing through the air,” says Yngve Hansen, the brand and concept manager at De Bergenske and earlier general manager at Bergen Børs Hotel.
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Even the most blasé art fanatics and travellers are awed by the restaurant’s appearance. As its name indicates, Frescohallen is a hall full of frescoes painted by modernist Norwegian artist Axel Revold in 1921-23. Today, when guests dine at Frescohallen, they can enjoy the artwork Varebytte that portrays Bergen’s, Norway’s and the world’s important trade history, as well as award-winning state-of-the-art façade lighting and historical architecture.
“Everything from the interior to the menu is built around the frescoes and Bergen’s history,” says Hansen. “Our chairs are based on the coins used back in the day, the carpets are specially made – everything in the room is connected to tell a story.”
Most of those who have graced Frescohallen, from the locals of Bergen to Hollywood stars like Johnny Depp, will agree that the dining goes beyond the culinary experience, with Norwegian paper Dagens Næringsliv even calling it “Norway’s most beautiful restaurant.”
Local food and entertainment in beautiful surroundings
As a part of the Bergen Børs Hotel, Frescohallen serves three meals a day, for both hotel guests and outside visitors. The food is locally sourced, presenting the best of Bergen with a hint of continental inspiration.
“Naturally we’re going to show off the excellent Norwegian fish in our meals. Bergen’s a coastal city, so if you try any of our pescatarian meals at lunch, you know they’re as fresh as can be,” says Hansen.
In the searing August heat, guests can enjoy also their high-quality light lunches at what Hansen calls Bergen’s most beautiful outdoor seating. Later, after soaking up the sun and the best of the city, he recommends ending the evening by experiencing the spectacular dinner service at Frescohallen.
“I would recommend the spicy lobster pasta, salmon or any shellfish dishes,” says Hansen. “We also have fresh salads and an extensive wine list that goes very well with the dishes.” He adds that the restaurant’s bartenders have exceptional knowledge and skill: “in addition to making fantastic drinks, they can make excellent recommendations for your meal,” he says. “When you eat with us, you can expect excellent service and knowledgeable staff that can answer your questions about the food and history of Frescohallen.”
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For liquor enthusiasts, Frescohallen also offers different gin-tasting experiences courtesy of Stig Bareksten, and a cocktail safari where you’re introduced to the basics of cocktail mixing.
“We also host different events every month – everything from classical music and jazz concerts to DJ sets,” says Hansen. “We want to become a meeting place and culinary space for people of different backgrounds and age groups –everyone’s welcome here.”
A history like no other
From its establishment in 1862, Bergen Børs served as Norway’s only stock exchange, and Frescohallen was where money was exchanged for financial securities. Later, the whole building became a bank – an era still evident in the hotel section where old offices and vaults have been turned into suites.
“The infamous frescoes were only painted after World War I. Norwegian Artist Axel Revold had returned from his studies under Matisse in Paris and was tasked with painting three different walls inside Frescohallen – Nordlandsveggen, Bergensveggen, and Verdensveggen,” says Hansen.
Each wall portrays different parts of local and international trade history, which have been very important to Bergen’s own history as a previous bureau city in the Hanseatic League – a medieval confederation of merchant guilds and market towns.
Frescohallen’s purpose continued during World War II, when it became the place ration papers were handed out. “It’s a tremendous building with plenty of history,” says Hansen. “Later, Frescohallen became a food hall. In 2017, the hotel was offered the building, which we of course gladly accepted. Thanks to both Frescohallen and the Michelin-starred Bare Restaurant on the third floor, Bergen Børs Hotel is now a culinary destination.”
Bergen Børs Hotell immediately knew that they wanted to turn Frescohallen
into a continental bar and restaurant where they could showcase local excellence and materials while drawing inspiration from all the world’s corners. Furthermore, they wanted to give a new purpose to the hall’s magnificent architecture and art. The frescoes were restored for the first time since World War II, custom-made furniture and rugs were ordered, and Zenisk was hired to install beautiful award-winning interior lighting to help tell the building’s story.
“Frescohallen has truly never looked more beautiful. The dramatic lighting on the walls is incredible, and just entering the room is such a special experience. We’re very proud to have given the room the restoration and life it deserves, and are excited to show it off to even more visitors,” says Hansen.
www.frescohallen.no Instagram: @frescohallen Facebook: Frescohallen
Bergen Børs Hotel
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Activity of the Month, Finland
paddling in Finland: adventure and fun for all
Finland’s Karelian region offers much and yet its Saimaa lake district is almost undiscovered by tourists. Lake Saimaa is one of the largest lakes in Europe and enjoys a warm microclimate. It also boasts numerous islands and islets; many are only accessible by kayak or canoe.
By Philip Denvir | Photos: Saimaa Canoeing
Saimaa Canoeing offers adventure, fun and food for explorers of all ages. The company provides the opportunity to get back to nature in a beautiful environment while using one’s own muscle power to canoe or kayak from island to island. Artistic director Sanna Korhonen explains: “we are a family business and embrace all our guests as such. Life can be hectic but here people can get back to basics.”
“Our company has planned unique Saimaa Canoeing private paddling routes. People can do a few days or even longer week paddling tours, so we organize their accommodation in private campsites and cabins on their own islands,” she continues
The company busts the myth that paddling is only a fair weather sport. With the
right equipment, paddling is a great experience early in spring, later in autumn and in winter alike.
“We believe that natural luxury is being able to really be in peace. Days go by canoeing or kayaking, making food, camping and all those little tasks which are needed. You will be happy when you get back to nature with the people you love,” continues Sanna.
“To be outdoors, yet able to keep yourself dry, warm, well-fed, and to sleep happily in fresh air: these simple basics – the most important things in life - you will find in nature,” she adds.
Paddling on Lake Saimaa is possible for almost everyone. The company organises many-weeks-long expeditions for experienced paddlers , as well as shorter ad-
ventures suitable for beginners, including paddling and camping training.
Saimaa Canoeing arranges both self-guided and guided tours. Of course, there is a safety network in place. “Lake Saimaa is a huge Lake. We are local people here so our main interest is making a paddling business that does not cause any harm to nature and the people living or holidaying here. It’s a matter of honour that our work supports local society too. This spring, we won Matka Nordic Travel Fair’s Sustainable Travel Competition. It was a big thing for us,” says Sanna.
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Brewery of the Month, Denmark
From Copenhagen to the world
The world is about to find out about ÅBEN, a small brewery whose short history is already an impactful one.
By Tina Nielsen | Photos: Jonas Pryner
Anybody passing through Copenhagen Airport this autumn should look out for a new venue for their pre-flight beer. The small Danish brewery ÅBEN will open its own bar serving a selection of craft beers, including its speciality of fruity sours and hoppy IPAs, to thirsty travellers.
Launched in 2017, ÅBEN may be a young brewery, but it has grown rapidly, starting out in the childhood home of founder Philip Hulgaard. Before launching his venture with childhood friend Johannes Karstoft, Hulgaard had zero experience in brewing. Feeling frustrated by his career in law, he sought a new project that he could enjoy and turn into a business.
After a few mediocre first attempts, the two set out on a journey of discovery. “The best way to learn is to observe others, so we reached out to industry colleagues, and every brewery greeted us with open arms,” he says. This receptivity in the in-
dustry inspired the name of the brewery: ÅBEN, meaning ‘to be open’.
ÅBEN brews a range of beers, but it has made its name with fruity and sour beers. “There are many craft breweries in Denmark that make excellent beers, but when we started, not many were focusing on the fruity sours,” says Hulgaard. “This type of beer also appeals to people who are not traditional beer drinkers, those who might have thought they don’t like beer.”
The brewery was always destined to be about more than beer production and from the start, emphasis has been on creating experiences around beer. Today, all beers are produced in central Copenhagen, where guests can enjoy beers on the spot in the tank bar or for dinner at the onsite restaurant.
“It is an immersive experience - guests sit alongside the fermentation vessels and enjoy our beers tapped directly from the serving tanks together with food from local restaurants which changes every month,” explains Hulgaard. “The idea of the space is centralised in keeping with our philosophy to be open in all aspects.”
In addition to retail sales and brewery experiences, ÅBEN has several bars across Denmark, a beer festival named KALAS as well as being behind the festive music festival O Days. Next is expansion in Scandinavia and beyond. But first up: serving beer to the world in Copenhagen Airport.
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ÅBEN founder Philip Hulgaard.
Artist of the Month, Norway
Hanne Haukom: singular ceramics inspired by Norway
Norwegian artist Hanne Haukom has been passionate about ceramics since childhood. “At school, there was a room for ceramics and artists came to visit us to teach us how to work with clay. I was fascinated,” she recalls. Years of study followed and today, Haukom is a widely-known and celebrated ceramicist, exhibiting in the Nordics and internationally, in countries as diverse as the United States, Turkey and India.
By Molly McPharlin | Photos:Hanne Haukom
Haukom plans to continue evolving her art and reaching more people who also have an appreciation for the intricacies of ceramic work. “Norway is important to me. I also hope to reach more people outside the country and grow my audience.”
www.hannehaukom.no Instagram: @hhaukom Haukom’s primary focus is different forms of ceramic jars. Her work is distinctive, inspired by nature and history. “My jars are recognizable and easy to understand. In their form they are human and familial. They belong in the forest and in the sea, in places where it is both warm and cold. I examine the visual qualities of the jar and give each its own story, message and distinctive character,” says Haukom.
Though she is influenced by both Norwegian landscapes and folk art, Haukom explains that her work is universal, and that nature is important to her. “The materials, the techniques and the jars are common cultural heritage. I do find much inspiration in Norway. I grew up in Vinje in Telemark, close to forests and mountains, and I have travelled a lot and had soul-stirring experiences with
ancient ceramics of very high quality in several countries,” Haukom says.
Haukom’s artistic style has developed with time, so her most meaningful or memorable pieces are often changing. At the moment, her favourite is Jar for Snow Melting, completed in May 2023. “It was collected this summer by Vestfold and Telemark county council. This work was modelled at a fast pace and was an exercise in working without thinking too much. After it was glazed and fired, I saw the strength and the somewhat helpless charm. I thought I had achieved a good interplay between form and surface. At the same time, I was satisfied with the way it could be linked to nature and the processes surrounding decomposition and the changes in our surroundings,” Haukom muses.
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Jar of Melting Snow, May 2023.
A Selection of Hanne Haukom’s Pottery.
Hanne Haukom and her ceramics.
Artist of the Month, Iceland
Contemporary art without boundaries
It’s never too late to pursue a passion and María Manda is doing exactly that. Developing her distinctive talent for contemporary art, Manda now has a studio in an old converted dairy farm in Korpúlfsstaðir, a permanent exhibition at the gallery ART67 in Reykjavik, and participates in many group exhibitions.
By Karin Blak | Photos: María Manda
It takes courage to turn a dream into a reality, but for Manda, her longing for freedom of expression drove her to change direction from a successful career in packaging design, to exploring her lifelong love for painting. Her energy and passion shine through not only in the art she creates, but in every word she uses to describe her development as an artist.
How it all began
After taking a diploma in fashion design, Manda spent many enjoyable years working in fashion. Later, as opportunities pre-
sented themselves, a change of direction took her to packaging design. Still, she longed to dedicate time to her passion: contemporary art and figure drawing.
In 2007 Manda seized the opportunity to attend art classes, refreshing her knowledge and skills in oil and watercolour. But painting remained a hobby until COVID-19 hit in 2020 and she dared to step onto her ultimate path of becoming an artist.
The change from designer to artist wasn’t easy and she still finds it difficult to talk about herself in this new role, saying “its taken probably more than a year for me to accept that I am an artist, but it’s gradually sinking in.” She carries on explaining how the two roles, while similar in creativity, have significant differences.
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As a packaging designer, the focus was on her clients, what they wanted, and how the design suited the product packaging. As an artist her work becomes personal, exposing a part of her that can be tricky to put into words. She says, “with my art it’s just me and the canvas, it comes from my heart, my feelings and thoughts.” She then explains, “the only boundary is the edge of the canvas, and the ‘canvas’ can be a piece of wood, a wall, anything.”
The artistic process
Manda combines her past work experience with her art and believes that her paintings of women are crossovers between her experiences as a fashion and costume designer. “There are no rules that have to be followed in art, other professions can overlap or influence the process.” This is where she finds freedom of expression.
Describing her artistic process, she gazes into space while searching for words that best articulate the unfolding of her creativity. When she started on this path, she painted the figures without hair, prompting discussions of whether they were male or female.
Manda still begins with a genderless face straight onto the canvas, recounting how the image appears in her imagination, wanting to be painted. As the personality of the image grows, it may cause her to change the characteristics or expressions, adding the details that make her art so unique, such as birds or hats. She has often wondered whether she knows these people, as they somehow seem familiar.
Her contemporary paintings have the potential for deeper meaning, and when asked she very humbly says, “I envy the artist who has something to say, they have an angle, are political or have a purpose with their art. I’m still looking for my voice.” When audiences ask about this or the stories behind the art, Manda, instead of imposing her own ideas, hopes to inspire people to assign their own personal meanings to what they observe.
Into the future
Being an artist tends not to offer a monthly salary and “art can be a harsh employer” she says. To allow her artistic life to expand, Manda works as a tour guide travelling around Iceland showing her beautiful country to visitors – but this role supplements her art, which takes centre
stage. “My life is very liberating but also challenging. I love challenges and have always pushed myself to learn and experience new situations,” she says.
Manda has recently become fascinated by working with clay and creating sculptures, the 3D aspect of which is appealing to her. Developing her skills and exploring the unknown is a top priority for her, allowing her to grow her experience and improve as an artist.
With an open mind and a willingness to learn, María Manda is an artist to watch as her confidence grows, and her work becomes better known. Having a Manda hanging on a wall is a point of interest and encourages discussion. It’s a piece of pride to adorn a home or office.
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Education Profile of the Month, Norway
making safety training fun
Based in Norway, Kompetansebedriften AS is a certified safety training company and supplier of safety products. As well as being Norway’s first and largest building site for training only, Kompetansebedriften AS is the first company in Norway to offer all classes with certified safety training.
By Celina Tran | Photos: Kompetansebedriften
Before he established Kompetensebedriften in 2013, Anders Rivin was a mechanic and truck technician. He enjoyed teaching courses and sharing his knowledge with others, but felt the traditional approach to giving lectures could be improved.
“Personally, I felt like there were many courses out there that were important, but boring. To work in construction or offshore in Norway, safety and training courses are obligatory, but people who work in these industries don’t traditionally thrive in a classroom environment, so we wanted to offer them an engaging and fun alternative,” says Rivin.
Rivin explains that they want participants to thrive and have fun while attending the courses, which is why they’ve ensured a fun learning environment.“The course premises also has, among other things, a retro arcade machine, ping-pong tables, billiards and air-hockey table,” he says.
The staff and instructors at Kompetansebedriften AS have extensive ex-
perience in equipment use, repair, service and lecturing, guaranteeing that the course attendees leave with all the knowledge they need and more for their respective industries. “Each course tailors training to the learner’s needs. In addition to the complete theoretical and practical training they receive, each participant gets a mentor to help them through the courses,” Rivin says.
Plenty of non-Norwegian speaking workers from other countries migrate to Norway to work and rely on Kompetansebedriften for the right training. Though the company is Norway-based, their knowledge-sharing is not limited by language barriers. “We offer courses in different languages, including English and Polish, with native speakers giving the lectures,” says Rivin. “For the speakers of languages we don’t have in-house instructors for, we have translators.”
Kompetansebedriften AS offers lessons to both large businesses and individuals. “Our philosophy is simple: the key to a
safe and efficient working day is knowledge and the right equipment. By giving the correct training, we can reduce accidents and incidents, thus saving lives,” says Rivin.
The wide range of courses span offshore, construction machinery, cranes, first aid, FSE, HSE, fire protection, scaffolding, and trucks. The courses can be taken in person or online.
“We want to become Scandinavia’s largest certified instructors and safety equipment providers within construction and offshore,” says Rivin.
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Family Day Out of the Month, Finland
SeaLife Helsinki transports you into an amazing underwater world
In the middle of Helsinki, you can experience the magic of the deep sea and encounter fascinating sea creatures. Have you ever seen a real shark up close, or are you brave enough to look a piranha in the eye? At SeaLife, you can do all these things while also learning more about the sea and how to help safeguard its future.
By Sanna Halmekoski | Photos: SeaLife Helsinki
When you are in Helsinki, SeaLife is easy to find. It is located centrally, close to Linnanmäki, a popular amusement park and tourist attraction. Visiting this magical underwater world is an unforgettable, interactive experience, and there is a lot more to do than just look at the fish.
“At SeaLife Helsinki you can discover sea creatures, not only from Finland, but from all over the world,” explains the general manager, Sanna Laitinen. First, you’ll enter the rainforest area, where you can get to know poisonous frogs, turtles, electric eels and children’s absolute favourites: piranhas. In the tropical area there are beautiful corals and a pufferfish called Fluffy who is quite the showman.
“One of the most exciting experiences we offer are the daily feedings. Everyone loves to see when the shark snatches food from feeders or how the little fish get excited when they see the food,” says Laitinen. She also suggests visiting the discovery pool, where you have an opportunity to get really close to stunning sea stars and learn more about other fascinating micro-habitats.
“We want our visitors of all ages to learn something new. Friendly guides are always at hand throughout your journey and ready to answer the most curious questions. Guides make facts entertaining and easy to understand even for our youngest explorers. For example, children will leave remembering how it is important not to
throw rubbish in the water. It certainly wouldn’t be good if the fish mistook trash for food,” says Laitinen.
At the conservation cove at the end of SeaLife, you have the unique opportunity to meet a nearly-extinct San Ignacio pupfish. SeaLife Helsinki is proud to be a world expert in breeding this species. There, you will also be able to learn more about SeaLife Trust’s other conservation projects, and to find out how you can make a difference.
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Shortly after completing her studies as an interior designer, Laura Sainderichin realised she wanted to be responsible not just for the interior, but also the architectural design of a project.
By Linda A. Thompson | Photos: Thibault De Schepper
“I didn’t have the freedom to design everything I wanted to in a project,” she explains. “I wanted to be able to come up with total concepts in which interior and exterior were in harmony with each other.”
So, Sainderichin decided to pursue an additional degree in architecture at one of Belgium’s most renowned academies just two months after graduating as an interior designer.
It was a decision that would come to define her later approach as a creative. LO Architectuur, the Belgium-based, internationally operating boutique firm she founded in 2018, takes a deeply personal, 360-degree approach to every single project.
Before getting started on a project, Sainderichin usually has extensive sit-downs
with clients to understand their needs as well as how to design a project’s spaces around those needs. “I ask really personal questions because this can make all the difference. What is special to you?” she explains. “If you’re a contractor, you have a different lifestyle to that of a lawyer.”
It’s an approach that has resonated with her clients, which have ranged from private individuals to business law firms and retail spaces. Increasingly, she has also started to work internationally, with clients in Italy, France and Spain.
Since its launch in 2018, LO Architectuur has grown from a solo venture to a fully-fledged firm with four people on staff, and it has built a name for itself with a style centred on serene, pure and minimalist spaces. “I love to work with tactile, raw and natural materials and combine
these with contemporary shapes and spaces,” she says. “Clients often tell me that my style reminds them a little bit of Scandinavian design.”
Sainderichin’s next big goal is to increasingly integrate locally made materials such as bricks, clay and natural stones. “If as an architect I can nudge my clients to have fewer of these chemical products in their houses and opt for locally made, more environment-friendly materials, then I absolutely want to do that,” she explains. “We are doing high-end design, but that doesn’t mean we can’t work with sustainable materials.”
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Best new Scandi music in August
Arguably Sweden’s hottest property in pop in recent years Victor Leksell has had a wave of nostalgia wash over him, taking him back to the bangers of his youth. Specifically, Boten Anna by Basshunter, which became an international hit for the Swedish producer via the English-language re-write Now You’re Gone Victor reached out to Basshunter, suggested making a new song out of the club classic, and it arrived this summer. With fresh lyrics, an updated production and a hell of a lot of bass – it’s a welcome surprise to see this song hit the Top 10 in Sweden once more.
Copenhagen’s Saint Clara is back with new single Progress – an empowering anthem that encourages breaking down emotional barriers in the name of self-improvement. The lyrics are witty, the melody that showcases them is wonderfully crafted, and the final result is a tonic in itself. Any song that
has “Baby, a hot mess… is progress” in its chorus was always gonna be a total keeper.
After the refreshingly honest Effort, Swedish artist SVEA is now back with a similarly unflattering ode to her exes. This time, however, she’s naming and shaming! In The Ick, SVEA goes through a roll call of her exes, pinpointing the exact moment each one started giving her that dreaded ick. The cringe tales are made a lot more palatable though – thanks to being dressed up inside a banging pop song.
For her debut single, Denmark’s DEW has taken the classic hit Superstar by fellow Danish artist Christine Milton (later made famous by Jamelia), and flipped it on its head. The chilled-house tune rewrites the iconic chorus to give the subject of the song – the ‘superstar’ – a less-than favourable edit. Far
In defence of getting lazy
I’m about to go on holiday. I have booked the flights to Sweden, prepped with suncream and a new swimsuit. Mainly, it is about being near water, swimming in lakes and the sea – something thing currently impossible in Scotland where the promising spring has turned into The Summer of Rain.
When my British husband describes his childhood holidays, I shudder. It’s a condescending shudder, but I can’t help it. He describes rainy caravan parks, walking up nice hills and standing at popular viewpoints staring at the sea, perhaps with a bag of crisps.
Summer in Sweden is the reward for surviving the long, dark winter. When the light comes, the average Swede goes bananas and is suddenly filled with hope and joysomething severely lacking the rest of the year. We frolic in the sun, we laze on the beach, we tan.
When I was little, our family spent the summers in Sweden rather than going abroad. Fortunate enough to have a boat, we explored empty islands and slept in damp beds, listening to the midges buzzing into the insect lamp.
Scotland has a lot of midges so I could certainly recreate that particular experience. Maybe growing up in Sweden in
By Karl Batterbee
from being the object of the singer’s affections, the attention-grabbing behaviour of this protagonist is actually quite off-putting! It’s a cute spin on a much-loved pop track that gives it a fresh life and modern outlook.
By Gabi Froden
the ‘80s set me up for a life of let-downs in the summer department. I expect too much. I expect BBQs on rocks still warm from a day of sun. I expect clean beaches and warm lakes. I expect endless summer nights and warm summer days. And if you don’t deliver that, Sweden, I will be bitterly disappointed – maybe even angry. I must have a proper summer. Take me far away from rainy caravan parks and nice hills. Get me an archipelago, get me some magic, because I’m about to get lazy.
Gabi Froden is a Swedish illustrator and writer, living in Glasgow with her husband and two children. Her children’s
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–Where to go, what to see? It’s all happening here!
By Hanna Heiskanen
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Remedies (Sasha Huber & Petri Saarikko): Sanctuary, mist, 2023. Photo: HAM/Helsinki Biennial/Kirsi Halkola
Danish on a Sunday: The House That Jack Built (20 August)
Danish on a Sunday is a series of films showcasing some of the best cinema coming out of the southernmost Nordic countries. The House That Jack Built, set in the United States in the 1970s and starring Uma Thurman, was directed by Lars von Trier, the genius behind Breaking the Waves, Dancer in the Dark and others. Cinemateket is a part of the Danish Film Institute, located slap-bang in the middle of Copenhagen.
Gothersgade 55, Copenhagen www.dfi.dk/cinemateket
Great Dutch Master Paintings Revisited (until 31 August)
Hendrik Kerstens is a Dutch artist who often photographs his daughter. In this series, Kerstens takes a fresh look at some of the best-known artworks created by his compatriots and reimagines them with modern props such as plastic bags. The result? Something that looks both familiar and alien. Skokloster, a baroque castle by Lake Mälaren, makes for a fascinating backdrop.
Skoklostervägen 98–100, Skokloster www.skoklostersslott.se
Helsinki Biennal 2023 (until 17 September)
With the Helsinki Biennal 2023, you can hit two birds with one stone: exploring the Helsinki archipelago and getting to grips with the latest and coolest in contemporary art. Vallisaari Island is only a 20-minute boat ride from the centre of town and was previously used for mili-
tary purposes before being turned into a haven for locals and tourists alike. This year’s Biennal has been curated by the Polish-born Joasia Krysa and includes works by roughly 30 artists around the themes of contamination, regeneration and agency.
Vallisaari, Helsinki www.hamhelsinki.fi
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Alma Heikkilä: coadapted with, 2023.
Photo: HAM/Helsinki Biennial/Perttu Saksa
The Moomin Museum is a charming place to visit. Photo: Laura Vanzo
When Copenhagen Became Wonderful – Poster artist Ib Antoni (until 31 October)
Brand Scandinavia would not exist today without clever advertising, for much of which the credit goes to commercial artists. One of these names is Ib Antoni, known as the Great Dane, whose whimsical post-war posters depicting Denmark and its capital are still used and recognised today. 2023 marks the 50th anniversary of this death. Do not forget to exit through the gift shop!
Stormgade 18, Copenhagen
If you have never heard of the Moomins, what are you even doing in Scandinavia? Even if you know your sniffs from your snufkins and snorks from your stinkys, do not skip the Moomin Museum in Tam-
pere. This is a charming place to spend a few hours lost in the world created by artist, writer and polymath Tove Jansson (1914-2001). The highlight of the place is the five-story Moomin House built by Jansson, her partner (and artist in her own right) Tuulikki Pietilä and Moomin enthusiast Pentti Elstola.
Yliopistonkatu 55, Tampere
How to become Icelandic in 60 minutes (dates throughout the autumn)
Have you ever considered becoming Icelandic? If yes, this show is for you! Performed close to 1,000 times and counting, the English-language show is the brainchild of comedian Bjarni Haukur Thorsson. Find out for yourself if all the rave reviews are true!
Harpa, Austurbakka 2, Reykjavík
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Danish Film Institute. Photo: Jørgen True
Hendrik Kerstens: Bag, 2007. Photo: Hendrik Kerstens
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Ib Antoni: Garder med fuglerede 1961 for Københavns Turistforening.
Photo: Antoni Legacy
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