Scan Magazine, Issue 166, May 2024

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Editor’s Note

Dear Reader,

The month of May is upon us and it feels like a time of great anticipation for what’s to come. For warmer weather to arrive after the long dark winter, for the chance to finally swap thick jackets and scarves for a lighter breezier wardrobe, and for news of upcoming events and activities to check out over the next few months.

Whilst our devoted editor Signe is currently on leave expecting her second baby any day now, I have the pleasure of presenting to you an issue fully packed with thrilling discoveries and not-to-bemissed experiences around Scandinavia.

This month’s cover story is an exciting one. Cecilia Blomdahl has become a social media sensation with millions of followers thanks to her videos about life in Svalbard. I discovered her YouTube channel and Instagram during the pandemic, and it brought such a sense of comfort to watch her everyday life in the cosy cabin outside Longyearbyen, the world’s northernmost town. Here, she shares her story and some tips for experiencing Svalbard in summertime. Don’t miss this feature, with Cecilia’s own stunning photographs!

In our special theme this month, we explore the best summer experiences in Sweden, including fairy tale castles and idyllic botanical gardens. As always, we also delve into what’s new in design including some of the most interesting Scandinavian and international design profiles, and we feature exciting culinary experiences for foodies. In the latest beer column, I take a look at some refreshing beers to enjoy this summer, including West Coast Pilsner, and our food columnist serves up a tasty treat which is perfect for the warmer weather ahead.

Come rain or shine, lots is happening in May, some of it you can dive into right here. Enjoy reading our buzzing May issue!


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In this issue


8 Cecilia Blomdahl:

Life on a remote island in the Arctic Millions of followers around the world have fallen in love with content creator Cecilia Blomdahl’s videos about her life in Svalbard. In our May issue, she reveals how it all started with a massively popular TikTok and shares her best tips for summer excursions in this rugged Norwegian archipelago.


16 Must-haves for the garden party, stylish dog gear and warm minimalism

On our design pages, we feature must-haves for your next garden party as well as stylish wear for your furry friend. Furthermore, we indulge in auditive and creative design, and artworks inspired by Icelandic nature. And we present two international design profiles, who promote warm minimalism and timeless elegance.


28 Tasty green potato salad and refreshing summer beers

Food columnist and cookbook author Katharina Kjeldgaard serves up a real treat this month; a delicious green potato salad with lentils, perfect for the warmer weather ahead. And beer sommelier Malin Norman pours some thirst-quenching, crisp beers to devour this summer.

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36 A taste of Norway

This celebration of Norwegian food culture is a gourmand’s haven, with fresh local produce and recipes passed down through generations. We also get a taste of Norwegian wilderness and discover pure spring water from Trøndelag.



42 Best summer experiences in Sweden

From fairy tale castles with secret nooks and crannies, to inspiring botanical gardens and thrilling city adventures. In our special theme, we look at some of the best experiences this summer. A sure hit is the upcoming world-class performance of Verdi’s Masked Ball in Båstad, and the compelling photography displayed at Fotografiska is bound to move your senses.


74 The best new events, film and music in Scandinavia

Where to go? What to see? It’s all happening here in this month’s Culture Calendar of the best events in the Nordics. Our music columnist Karl Batterbee picks out the best new tunes in the region, film enthusiast Anders Lorenzen explores the best of Scandinavian cinema and TV, and illustrator Maria Smedstad reflects on what to actually bring when invited to a dinner party. We also explore the Art Matter Festival, with an inside peak into the vibrant art scene in Copenhagen.


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58 Destination 62 Art Profile 64 Brewery 67 Restaurant 68 Business Profile 70 Culture Profile

Fashion Diary

The month of May has arrived, meaning that the sun has finally come to stay. Enjoy coffee outdoors, a picnic in the park, and strolls for fresh air with the perfect spring outfits.

Linen has always been the perfect light and airy fabric for the warmer months. The Tamiat drawstring trousers from Swedish A Day’s March provide both comfort and style. Its simplicity is practical and goes well with most existing tops in your wardrobe. Tamiat drawstring linen trousers, 150 EUR

Light and relaxed shirt from Danish Mads Nørgaard. Crafted in a cotton-linen blend with a turn-down collar and buttons, it’s light, comfortable and stylish. Cotton linen Mateo stripe shirt, 130 EUR

When in doubt, Samsøe & Samsøe’s Smith shorts can be combined with a range of different tops and jewellery pieces, offering both comfort and versatility to carry you through the warmer seasons. Smith shorts, 100 EUR

Nothing says timeless and sustainable like a good pair of loafers. Comfortable and good with any outfit, Vagabond’s Alex M loafers are perfect for adding a bit of that je ne sais quoi. ALEX M loafer, 150 EUR

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No one does flexible minimalism like Toteme. Pair the light Boxy silk knit cream sweater with the Wide leg denim pants in ecru for a comfortable, yet stylish everyday look.

Boxy silk knit cream sweater, 590 EUR Wide leg denim pants, 290 EUR

Take your outfit to the next level with Swedish Astrid&Agnes’ adorable ELISE pearl bracelet, with the heart in the middle adding a little bit of that extra shine.

ELISE pearl bracelet, 499 SEK

While spring in Scandinavia ensures sun, you might not necessarily be safe from the breeze. Throw the retro and oversized Neil jacket on to protect yourself from the last of the cold, all while looking incredibly stylish.

Neil jacket 1,335 EUR

The mild May weather means that airy and light fabrics will do great going forward. With this year’s return of long skirts, why not compliment the season’s blossoms with ByTiMo’s Lace Ruffle Skirt? Lace ruffle skirt, 315 EUR

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Cecilia Blomdahl: Life on a remote island in the Arctic

With millions of subscribers on social media, Cecilia Blomdahl has put Svalbard on the map. Followers have fallen in love with her videos about daily life in a cabin outside Longyearbyen, mixed with beautiful views of the rugged landscape and excursions into unspoilt wilderness. Scan Magazine caught up with Blomdahl to find out more about the TikTok that kicked it all off, what made her fall in love with the remote island, and her best tips for summer experiences in Svalbard.

Cecilia Blomdahl is nothing less than a social media sensation, with nearly 4.7 million followers across YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok. Her most popular YouTube video from Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago near the North Pole, has a whopping 3.7 million views.

Originally from Sweden, Blomdahl moved to Svalbard in 2015. Today, she lives in a cabin outside Longyearbyen, the world’s northernmost town, with her partner Christoffer and Finnish Lapphund called

Grim. Her social media journey began when she started posting content online about everyday life in the Arctic archipelago and its ups and downs.

Followers have been able to see the natural beauty of Svalbard and excursions to remote parts of the archipelago, but also daily life including an extension of the cabin, how she spends a day in Longyearbyen, and grocery shopping at the only supermarket in town. What’s comforting to watch is how Blomdahl makes the most

of the small things in life, like enjoying a freshly brewed cup of coffee in front of the open fire, making breakfast in the cosy cabin with a view of the coastline, or just cuddling with Grim.

Overnight social media success

Before her global success as a content creator, Blomdahl was a beginner in photography and videography; “When I first moved to Svalbard, I didn’t even own a camera and had no interest in photography. I purchased my first DJI drone

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Bjonahamna is a breathtakingly beautiful location for a boat trip in summer.

after a few months, mainly because it seemed fun. That was my starting point into content creation.” She was immediately mesmerised by the views of Svalbard from above, capturing and sharing scenes like walruses floating on blocks of ice, and the gorgeous blue hour over a massive glacier.

Blomdahl had already gained a small following on Instagram by posting photos from Svalbard, but it really kicked off thanks to one TikTok. “One day during polar night, I was walking my dog Grim with my boyfriend and it was just one of those regular days during the dark winter. It was 3 pm, pitch black, with northern lights dancing above us. I found what looked to be polar bear tracks, so I made a short TikTok about it, a platform I had just discovered, and went to bed.”

The next day, she woke up to 600,000 views and thousands of new followers. That TikTok went viral, bringing in over half a million followers within a week. Blomdahl made the most of the momentum, continued posting, and also started her YouTube channel. “From that point I treated it like a job, posting regularly

and putting my all into it. And here we are now!”

What does the influencer believe fascinates her followers? “I think the fact that Svalbard is fairly unknown makes people curious,” she says. “It’s an exciting place, we have polar bears, northern lights, months of darkness, months of daylight.”

But Blomdahl also claims to be just a regular person. “I make videos about our

snowmobile adventures or walking my dog Grim with my firearm slung over my shoulder, but also when getting my nails done in town and going grocery shopping. We live pretty regular lives, in a unique place.”

Captivating Arctic setting

Blomdahl spent most of her 20s living abroad in places such as Ireland, England and Australia. “I was working in the hotel

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Summertime is perfect for boat trips along the fjords. This is the mesmerising Tempelfjorden. Borebukta has been the chosen location for a walrus colony in recent years.
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Another memorable summer excursion by boat is along Magdalenafjorden.
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Cecilia Blomdahl and her Finnish Lapphund Grim discovering Longyearbreen.

industry back in Sweden some years ago and looking for a new adventure,” she remembers. “When my colleagues said they were going to Svalbard, a place I hadn’t even heard of at the time, I thought it sounded interesting!”

She followed along and got a job as a booking manager at a restaurant in Longyearbyen. “I arrived in November, at the start of polar night with complete darkness 24/7, which means that you can’t really see anything outside. It wasn’t until the first full moon that I realised there is a massive fjord on the outskirts of town!”

Intending to stay only for a few months, Blomdahl was captivated by the small Arctic town and fell in love with the Svalbard way of life. “I always imagined my future living in a bustling city and climbing the corporate ladder, so ending up here was quite a surprise. However, it’s the incredible beauty and unique lifestyle that I fell in love with. Every day feels like an adventure. It’s quiet, peaceful and nature is right on our doorstep.”

What makes Svalbard exciting however also makes it difficult at times. The seasons are extreme, from three months of complete darkness during polar night, to four months of endless daylight during polar day. We are curious to hear about Blomdahl’s favourite things to do. “It depends on the time of year, as every season offers very different adventures,” she admits.

During sunny winter (March to May), she goes on long snowmobile excursions together with her partner Christoffer. “We can drive for miles to explore untouched nature like glacier caves or to stay in small remote cabins for a few days.” In the summer, they go on boat trips among the whales on the fjord, venture out on long hikes and explore the island on foot. And during polar night, she spends a lot of time outside capturing the northern lights, or hiking up the mountains in pitchblack darkness. “Whatever the season,

my focus is on being outdoors as much as possible and enjoying the unreal landscape we have here.”

Follow Cecilia Blomdahl on social media for a taste of her life in Svalbard.

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- Go on a boat trip to see the walruses. Borebukta, a bay across the fjord from Longyearbyen, has been the chosen location for a walrus colony in recent years. It’s a spectacular place where you get to see walruses as well as massive glacier fronts.

- Fjord safari is a must. Out on the fjords you have the chance to see wildlife such as whales, puffins and even polar bears. It’s the best way to experience Svalbard in summer.

- Ny-ålesund. This is a research village with historical significance for Svalbard. It’s located quite far from Longyearbyen and only accessible by boat in summer.

- Hike around Longyearbyen. The quick hike up Platåfjellet gives superb views over the area, as well as a good workout.

- Go for a walk in Longyearbyen! There is lots of history in town, like the Taubanesentral or the old mines, so walking around can be a nice activity if the weather is good. End the stroll at Café Huskies, which has the best coffee in town as well as huskies who love a good cuddle.

“Summer is slowly inching its way up to becoming my favourite season on Svalbard,” adds Blomdahl. “There is so much to see and do, and the weather is a comfortable average of 6°C! Just remember that you need a guide for most activities as polar bear danger is a constant. So anytime you leave town, you need to be accompanied by someone with a firearm.”

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Experience the bright and mild polar summer in Svalbard

The Norwegian archipelago Svalbard consists of islands, islets and skerries between 74° and 81° north latitude and 10° and 35° east longitude. The largest of the islands is Spitsbergen, where the world’s northernmost settlement Longyearbyen is located, while the highest mountain is Newtontoppen at 1,713 m above sea level.

The Norwegian archipelago Svalbard consists of islands, islets and skerries between 74° and 81° north latitude and 10° and 35° east longitude. The largest of the islands is Spitsbergen, where the world’s northernmost settlement Longyearbyen is located, while the highest

mountain is Newtontoppen at 1,713 m above sea level.

Every season has something special to offer, giving opportunities to enjoy unspoilt wilderness and rich animal life. The polar summer with its beautiful col-

ours and contrasts adds an extra dimension to the majestic mountains, glaciers, blue sea ice, and endless Arctic tundra.

An abundance of plants and fungi also emerge in summer, creating colourful specks of life on the otherwise inhospitable tundra. Most of the plants are especially adapted to the harsh conditions, and in some cases, Svalbard is the only place on earth where you can see them.

The bright and mild polar summer in Svalbard stretches from mid-May to late

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September. This is the season when day and night become one. The midnight sun has already dominated the sky for more than a month when summer marks its entrance and then drops below the horizon again in late August.

Many visit in the summertime to explore Svalbard on foot, by boat or a combination of both. Visitors have a broad range of activities and tours to choose from, from hiking and photo safaris to trips on the fjord by kayak or onboard one of the sightseeing boats. Dog sledding is popular year-round, with specially made wheeled sleds if there is not enough snow

on the ground. Mining tours and guided tours in and around Longyearbyen are also offered throughout the year.

Instagram: @visitsvalbard

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We Love This: May 2024

As we approach the end of spring and sunshine is finally more than just a half-murky promise, we can completely shed our layers of anti-social hibernation. Why not take your next social gathering in the garden where you can soak up some sun? These six design items are a must-have at your next garden party.

Set the atmosphere with a few of Søstrene

beautiful bamboo wicker lanterns. Pair with a wooden set of chairs or a wooden charcuterie board for the ultimate rustic experience. 19.40 EUR,

Tell Me More – Lyric candle holder

– Turbin cake stand

As the host, you’ll want something sweet to sate your guests’ sweet tooth, and how you serve it is equally important. Inspired by pieces from its historical archives, Hadeland Glassverk’s Turbin cake stand has a unique, twisted shape that allows the sunlight to reflect in a most stunning way. It’s elegant, classic, and fits both every day and formal occasions. 699 NOK,

Mouth-blown and coloured, Tell Me More’s Lyric candle holders have beautiful shiftings across the glass. Using traditional techniques, each item is handcrafted and unique. These candles can stretch your garden party late into the night as they create a cosy atmosphere once the sun begins to set, and depending on the vibe you want for your get-together, there’s an array of colours and many different sizes to choose from. Try to mix and match some! From 199 SEK,

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Hadeland Glassverk Photo: Tell Me More Søstrene Grene – Wicker lantern Grene’s

Fritzhansen – Pelagus™ armchairs and table

From the Skagerak Collection, the Pelagus™ armchairs and table are the very best of Scandinavian minimalism and functionality. Made from sustainably sourced materials, the simplicity is both classic and timeless, and makes the table décor or food stand out at your party.

Armchair 919 EUR, Table 3,799 EUR

Wik & Walsøe – Slåpeblom bowl

Available in soft grey, pink, and green, the Slåpeblom bowls from Norwegian Wik & Walsøe won’t only look cute on your breakfast table, but also serve as serving bowls for your guests – think berries or other small snackables. If you want a matching set, the Slåpeblom collection has all types of crockery and interiors, from teacups to vases and candles.

349 NOK,

Skruf Glasbruk – Kolonn Blank Mellan Vase

Florals are the perfect touch to any table, indoors or outdoors. The Kolonn Blank Mellan Vase by Swedish glass artist Carina Seth Andersson can fit a large floral bouquet, but also twigs from cherry trees or colourful sticks from the outdoors.

343 SEK,

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Paws in the air for stylish, comfortable, and functional dog gear

Your furry friend needs the best gear for your daily urban and off-road adventures. Insert DOG Copenhagen. The Danish brand designs high-quality dog gear with a focus on comfort, functionality, and style. Perfect for an active life with your fourlegged friend.

Picture this: Your shoes are gnawing into your heels when you run, resulting in painful blisters, and your jacket is too tight around the shoulders. Pretty awful, right? You want to wear comfortable shoes and clothes suitable for the activity you are doing – and so does your dog.

“We all want what is best for our pets,” says Jan Bertelsen, CEO and founder of DOG Copenhagen. “That’s why our products are designed with comfort in mind. Whether a collar or harness, it must be

ergonomically correct for your dog. For instance, most of our collars and harnesses have a soft padding to ensure

comfort for your dog. Naturally, there are a million opinions about how a harness should fit the dog, and every dog’s body is different. Our harnesses are carefully designed with the exact shape and dimensions we believe are optimal for obtaining the best fit on most dogs.”

But how do you choose the right gear for your dog? Well, it’s not that different from humans, try it on. Visit a store – one that sells DOG Copenhagen – and try different products until you find the right fit for your furry friend.

A world of dog gear

In 2015, Bertelsen needed gear for his first dog, Bentley. As he was searching for the right products, he realised that there were no right products. He simply

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could not find gear that was both comfortable, functional, and stylish.

“Back then, the focus was mostly on functionality, and everything was black. I did some market research and quickly realised there was a gap in the market, so I founded DOG Copenhagen and designed my own dog gear,” explains Bertelsen.

What began as one person’s need for a proper harness has now grown into a thriving brand with a wide range of dog gear – all with an emphasis on comfort. Whether you are looking for a collar, harness, or leash for your pet, you will find it here – and your dog will love you for it. But not only does DOG Copenhagen focus on comfort; it also infuses functionality and aesthetics into the designs. The brand offers eight colours, ranging from a basic black to a vibrant red colour, and if you’re feeling a bit bold and colourful, why not mix and match colours?

DOG Copenhagen has also recently launched a bag collection and interior products. It offers a functional belt bag, a treat bag, and a leash bag – perfect for your everyday dog life. The interior products include the stylish Skagen Food Bowl, the Vega Bowl, and a handy placemat for the bowls.

“The heart of our brand will always be the dog, but we are expanding our collection

to include the circle around the dog, such as food and water bowls. It’s also not unimaginable that dog beds – and even human gear – will be a part of our collection in the future,” smiles Bertelsen.

Dog gear made to last By now you probably won’t be surprised to learn that DOG Copenhagen also cares deeply about sustainability. That is why its products are made from high-quality, durable materials designed to last.

“Dog gear has a pretty tough life, so it has to be able to withstand a lot,” adds Bertelsen. “Our goal is to design products of the highest quality in a medium price range. We want our dog gear to last a

long time, with the least possible impact on the climate. All our main materials are OEKO-TEX STANDARD 100 certified, meaning they do not contain any harmful substances, toxins, or chemicals, and we are working hard to get every single material certified.”

When your dog gear inevitably gets muddy and dirty, just throw it in a washing bag or an old pillowcase and wash it at 30 degrees. Voilá, your gear is as good as new and ready for more fun adventures.

Facebook: DOG Copenhagen Instagram: @dogcopenhagen

TikTok: @dogcopenhagen

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DOG Copenhagen can be purchased through selected retailers in more than 25 countries and offer worldwide shipping online.

A symphony of sounds: Exploring Dynaudio’s auditive and creative design solutions

In an ever-evolving world of audio technology, Dynaudio’s innovation stands out not only for its pursuit of sonic perfection, but also as a maestro of design. Every product is a testimony to Dynaudio’s artistry, craftsmanship, and cutting-edge technology.

Today’s world has developed into one where everyone, regardless of where they’re from, is reliant on technology. The pandemic did not only see us spend more time at home, but also allowed us the right time and conditions to finally sit down and really listen to that album or see that TV show we always meant to get around to but never did before. Now, in a world where people continue to rely on the ever-expanding digital world for entertainment and fun, good audio has never been more crucial.

Dynaudio is a Danish loudspeaker manufacturer specialising in hand-crafted

high-end products for living rooms, home cinemas, cars, and professional recording studios. Established in 1977, its founders decided it was time to create

off-the-shelf hi-fi speakers that told the whole, raw truth.

“We’re all music and film lovers and we want to hear things exactly the way the people who made them intended,” says Marcus Abrahamsen, industrial designer at Dynaudio. “There’s something special about hearing a piece of music you know really well, on a set of speakers that reveals absolutely everything. It’s like hearing it again for the first time. Those goosebump moments are why we do this; we think everyone should be able to experience it, regardless of what they’re listening to.”

Professional speakers used by experts From Skanderborg, Dynaudio creates the speakers as well as the driver units, and the site also houses its world-class R&D department, Dynaudio Labs.

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At Dynaudio, the designers want the speakers to both blend in and elevate a room.

All research and development take place on-site, with the Jupiter measuring facility being one of the most advanced in the world, backed up by expert ears of the engineering team. “It allows us to draw a direct line from the studio to the sofa, listening chair, or car interior,” explains Abrahamsen. “All our speaker drivers are also made in-house in Denmark. It’s a very hands-on process!”

According to Abrahamsen, Dynaudio’s professional speakers are used in thousands of studios, such as AIR, Abbey Road, Pinewood and the BBC. “This means that what you hear at home or in the car has a great chance of having been produced with our speakers in the studio. If you’re using Dynaudio at home, that link is as strong as it gets.”

A timeless and Scandinavian design

As a Danish company, it might not come as a surprise that Dynaudio’s designers draw inspiration from minimalistic, Scandinavian aesthetics and values. “We lean into the simplicity of Scandinavian design and allow the materials and craftsmanship to speak for themselves,” Abrahamsen says. “Rather than having too many details, we like to perfect the ones we have. By keeping it minimalistic, we cut away the noise from the product.”

Simplicity in design and soft, muted colours also ensure a type of timelessness. Dynaudio wants to create products that last generations, not just in terms of audio and engineering, but also design. Abrahamsen explains that the products are designed with longevity in

mind, rather than fleeting trends, hence the emphasis on high-quality materials. “The Focus series is a good example of a timeless design. It’s minimalistic, uses a simple, natural colour palette, and fulfils all our values as a company. It also brings hi-fi into a modern streaming realm where it fits perfectly with any contemporary Scandinavian home and modern listening habits,” he says.

Dynaudio’s products have always stood out due to their remarkable, long-lasting quality, but the company also wants to ensure that the designs meet the same criteria. By looking at Danish and Scandinavian furniture and designs, the team is able to create products that can be stylish for decades to come. “It’s important that our speakers match the furniture of today’s Scandinavia because they will

be inhabiting the same spaces. By giving it the same qualities as Scandinavian homes, the products become accessible to more people.”

Instagram: @dynaudio

Facebook: Dynaudio

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All Dynaudio speakers are designed to last generations, both in terms of style and quality.

Capturing the wildness and charm of Iceland

Ever since she was a child, Icelandic Hekla Björk Guðmundsdóttir has been in love with drawing and painting. Today, her talent and skill are displayed in a range of unique artworks and design items sold under the brand name Heklaíslandi, all inspired by Icelandic nature and tradition.

Hekla decided she wanted to be an artist when she was just ten years old. After finishing school, she enrolled at the Icelandic College of Art from which she graduated in multi-media in 1991. About two years later, she started doing oil paintings. “My inspiration comes 100 per cent from the Icelandic nature, Icelandic animals, and Icelandic traditions. All my work has some Icelandic inspiration,” explains the artist and designer. “My favourite is the sheep –they have kept the Icelandic people alive for ages, in so many ways.”

Later on, in 1996, Hekla began replicating her work in prints, first as gift cards, then on napkins, sculptures, and more. Since then, Heklaíslandi has grown into one of the best-known design brands in Iceland. Today, her brand Heklaíslandi is sold in design and concept stores all over Iceland as well as the online Heklaíslandi shop.

Wild and childish

Hekla grew up in the countryside, surrounded by the stunning volcanic mountains of southern Iceland, and through her work, it is easy to understand her love of Icelandic nature. Looking at her paintings, you are almost brought back to your childhood, reliving the enthusiasm brought on by animal sightings on her parents’ farm at that age.

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Sheep are one of Hekla Björk Guðmundsdóttir’s favourite subjects. The Icelandic fauna and wildlife are the main sources of inspiration for Heklaíslandi’s popular design products.

The simple and enchanting charm of Iceland’s most beloved wild and farmed animals such as sheep, Icelandic horses, and wild birds saturate sculptures, paintings, and prints. “I grew up in the countryside, so I was always inspired by the beauty of Iceland’s nature, and right from the beginning, the main theme for my work has been Icelandic nature and sheep,” says Hekla. “I like to paint sheep because I love their simple form and they have this pleasant charm and story that I love.”

From napkins to sculptures and paintings

Heklaíslandi sells both the original artworks of Hekla as well as an array of design items based on the prints of her works and both wooden and cast sculp-

tures. “In the beginning, my design items such as the napkins and candles with Icelandic themes were the most popular, but, today, the sculptures are what most people – both Icelandic and foreign customers – like to take home with them as a souvenir and symbol of Iceland,” explains Hekla. “The animal sculptures are simple designs of Icelandic animals, maybe even a little bit childish, and that has become my artistic trademark.”

In Heklaíslandi’s other design items, paintings inspired by Iceland’s folklore,

flora, and fauna are replicated on or through high-quality products such as cushions, cups, cards and ornaments. The result is a range of products fusing Hekla the artist and Hekla the designer.

All of Hekla’s designs and paintings are sold through the Heklaíslandi online shop, which delivers all over the world.

Facebook: heklaíslandi íslensk hönnun Instagram: @heklaislandi

Heklaíslandi in short:

• Heklaíslandi promotes and sells the work of the Icelandic artist and designer Hekla Björk Guðmundsdóttir.

• Hekla was born on 18 January 1969 and grew up at Laugaland in Rangárvallaasýsla Iceland.

• Heklaíslandi originated in 1996 when Hekla started making gift card replicas of her paintings.

• Hekla has always been involved in art and design and gets all her inspiration from Icelandic nature and tradition. Sheep, birds, horses, and the wild flora of Iceland all play a major role in her creations.

• Heklaíslandi aims to continue to design and produce quality products with unique Icelandic/Nordic impact.

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The Icelandic fauna and wildlife are the main sources of inspiration for Heklaíslandi’s popular design products. The Icelandic fauna and wildlife are the main sources of inspiration for Heklaíslandi’s popular design products. Icelandic designer and artist Hekla Björk Guðmundsdóttir has been in love with art and Icelandic nature since she was a child.

Timeless and elegant spaces infused with warm minimalism

Georg Kayser Studio transforms spaces, whether it be a historic apartment in the heart of Barcelona or an old building in Southern Italy. Specialising in residential architecture, the studio creates dream homes for its clients, infusing effortless elegance with timelessness and warm minimalism.

Palazzo Nianu in Puglia in Southern Italy is the perfect example of how Georg Kayser Studio gives new life to spaces. Georg Kayser and fellow architect Alessandro Venneri decided to rescue the historic building and turn it into an oasis that invites you to slow down and recharge your soul in bespoke architecture.

“Palazzo Nianu is very dear to my heart,” explains Georg Kayser, founder of Georg Kayser Studio. “When we purchased it four years ago, it was in complete ruins. There were no bathrooms and the rooms had no windows, but the structure was

so beautiful. It was like a white canvas. It was a really fun project, where we got to be our own clients.” If your soul is calling out for some replenishment in Italy, you can rent Palazzo Nianu via the website (

A tailor-made suit for people to live in Georg Kayser founded his architecture studio 10 years ago and decided to mainly focus on residential architecture – and he has never looked back. “I decided to focus on residential architecture because I wanted it to be personal, but it’s also a lot of responsibility. I often think ‘Oh my God, people are giving me all their life savings to play around with’. It’s a big responsibility, but I love having that contact with people. It becomes so personal when you get to see how people live,” smiles Kayser.

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cuses on refurbishing old houses and apartments which is quite an interesting journey. “I work a lot with spaces with an existing structure and a history. I always look at what people have left behind and if there’s anything worth working with or if we have to start from scratch. You have to be respectful and disrespectful at the same time. I always remember the mood and atmosphere of the place and keep the charm, while working with the client’s style, personality, and preferences,” explains the architect and continues:

“It’s interesting working with old layouts. People were much smaller back then so for instance there would only be a tiny space for a bed, while today people want big beds. We’re trying to put modern life into old structures. You really end up designing a tailor-made suit for people

to live in, but I love doing it. You fight for every centimetre and millimetre. A lot of detailing and thinking goes into making it look effortless.”

An intuitive design process

Because Georg Kayser Studio primarily works on existing buildings, it has a strong emphasis on reusing as many materials as possible. Not only does this keep the history of the space alive but keeping it vintage and top quality also creates more sustainable living spaces.

“We try to reuse elements and materials as much as possible,” says Kayser. “Vintage is an easy way to introduce sustainability into architecture. This also brings timelessness into our projects, which will have longterm value. The style won’t have changed after a few years. Whoever comes in the future will see the value and beauty of the space. For instance, we had a project in Mallorca where we used the debris from the stone walls for the garden.”

While Georg Kayser always claims that he has no style, as it is individual to the client and the project, there are some characteristics of a Georg Kayser Studio project. He has a love for mixing different styles and decades infused with timeless and effortless elegance, and there is nothing traditional about his design approach.

“When starting a new project, I try to be open and look at the existing building and the client. Then I feed myself information from magazines, images, and travelling,” adds Kayser. “It all gets stored in the back of my mind like a little project box. I feel the client and then I intuitively begin to design. I work best when the client trusts me, as my creativity and design come from my own emotions and intuition.” Instagram: @kayserstudio

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Georg Kayser Studio was founded by Georg Kayser in 2014. Originally from Germany, he studied architecture at The London Metropolitan University and relocated to Barcelona in 2001. Photo: Eugeni Pons Georg Kayser, founder of Georg Kayser Studio. Photo: Georg Kayser Studio

Where warm minimalism meets timeless elegance

You will recognise a Domum project instantly. Whether it’s a family home or a commercial project, it’ll be infused with warm minimalism, natural materials made by hand and timeless elegance. As a client you don’t have to worry about anything –Domum takes care of everything from start to finish.

Nestled in the heart of Palma de Mallorca, you will find Domum, a company specialising in bespoke architecture, interior design, and construction. Whether you are looking to build your dream home, you have fallen in love with an old house that needs renovation, or you need a beautiful office for your company, Domum can make your architectural dreams come true.

The company was founded in 2014 by Pep Torres, Jorge Bibiloni and Fernando García. At the time, each of them had their own company and met while working on the same project. They quickly realised that they complemented each other’s skills and thought why not create a company together? Soon after, Domum was born. And in case you are wondering, the name Domum is no coincidence. It’s the Latin word for home or house.

“It was natural for us to create one company. Each of us has our own areas of expertise and strengths, which makes working together easy, and this also means we can support the client from

start to finish of any type of project,” explains Pep Torres, Managing Partner at Domum.

Each of the three partners is responsible for one area of a project. Pep Torres’ is responsible for the complete management of the project, such as legal, administrative, and financial. Jorge Bibiloni overlooks the architectural part, while Fernando García is responsible for the execution and analysis of the project.

Specialising in turnkey projects

Domum covers all types of projects, both residential and commercial. Whether it is a completely new construction or a refurbishment of an old building, the Spanish company can support you. Because the trio complement each other, it also means they can guide you throughout the project.

“We take care of everything. From the very first step of finding the right plot until the owner has the keys to their new home. We offer full management – we can even help you find legal advice, financing, regulations in different countries, and maintenance. We cover all phases of a project.

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The client does not need to worry about anything,” says Torres.

Domum has a strong team of the finest architects, engineers, project managers, technical architects, and financial advisers, which ensures that it always delivers a top-quality result. As a client, you are cared for and supported every step of the way with weekly reports – nothing is left to chance, and you will never have to wonder where your dream project is at.

“It’s important that we give the client confidence, in us and in their projects,” explains Torres. “Client trust is absolutely essential in our work together. The client has to be able to trust that we understand the regulations in the country where they are building. They need to know we will foresee possible issues and take care of issues that may arise. Trust and confidence are our biggest and most important values.”

Domum’s partners are promoters of the projects as well, which means that all

their experience and work are transferred into every client’s project. This ensures that every client gets the highest quality.

From Mallorca to Los Angeles and Jordan

While Domum is based in sunny Mallorca, it works on projects across the globe. From Florida and Los Angeles to Jordan, no place is too big or too small, and Domum will take care of regulations and anything else. You just have to sit back and watch your home take shape. While Domum works in West and East and North and South, you will always be able to recognise a Domum project.

“Our style is warm minimalism. We avoid using too many decorative elements to keep it elegant and timeless, and we

always use natural materials, such as stone, wood, fabrics, and metal. We love raw materials as this creates a natural and warm atmosphere. Everything is handmade and of the highest quality,” tells Torres and adds:

“When we work on a project, we always begin by looking at the place and the surroundings. While we have a signature style, there is a huge difference between building a home in an old village here in Mallorca versus a luxury complex in Florida. The common theme though will always be natural materials, timeless elegance, and warm minimalism infused with character and personality.” Facebook: DOMUM Instagram: @domum_projects

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Refreshing beers for summer

It’s not long now. Soon enough, we will talk endlessly about the sunny weather and our blossoming gardens, bring out the barbeques and get going with the steaks, grilled veggies and potato salads, and no doubt flock to the bar terraces for some people-watching. Let’s dive in and take a look at what beers to drink when the sun has come back into our lives.

In my view, you can’t go wrong with a good old lager, but fresh, if you know what I mean. If you like a bit more character, you can go for a more flavoursome style. I love amber lager and dark lager, they carry lots of flavour but are still fresh and crisp. Not long ago, I had an absolutely delicious Märzen, smooth and malty but finishing dry – this beer sits nicely anytime.

If you’re into German beers and happen to spot a Kölsch somewhere, go for it. This is a highly quenchable hybrid between lager and ale. I find this beer delicate, light and quite irresistible, as do the locals in Cologne where this beer style originates.

There’s plenty more. I had a West Coast Pilsner recently and really enjoyed it. This is another hybrid kind of beer, a mix of a hoppy West Coast IPA and a crisp German Pilsner. Nice and hoppy but with lower alcohol than an IPA, it suits me perfectly and I had one more just because it made me happy.

A Belgian Wit is always a hit, a lovely beer spiced with coriander and orange peel. This is possibly my favourite beer style of them all, it works anytime. And of course let’s not forget Golden Ale, a well-hopped and yet very drinkable beer originally intended as a refreshing summer beer. This

delight is also called Golden Bitter, British Blond Ale, and yes you got it, Summer Ale.

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Arctic Roe of Scandinavia is the pioneering producer of the world’s most unique delicacy, Black Caviar, produced without a single fish having to die. Sturgeons have become extinct and making Black Caviar without killing the fish aids in the recovery and survival of the world’s sturgeon population. A microchip is affixed to each sturgeon so its growth curve and harvests can be monitored over a decade or longer. Every second year, the females are milked for caviar, and on each caviar tin or jar sold, the name of the individual female sturgeon and the date of production are printed on a label.

The female sturgeons occupy an abandoned paper mill in southern Sweden on the banks of the

massive river Lagan that empties into the North Sea. The aqua system at Arctic Roe recycles more than 99% of the daily water consumption, and on-site wells provide water for the property. Swedish Black Caviar can be found in several Guide Michelin restaurants, fish delicacies and retail stores. It can also be ordered directly from the company.

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Green potato salad with lentils

Here, I have gathered some of my favourite Spring ingredients in a truly delicious green potato salad. Just look at all the vibrant colours! Crunchy and crispy asparagus, new potatoes, green peas, and then a twist. Cooked green lentils, add extra protein and flavour to the salad. The whole delight is covered in a dressing with fresh herbs, lemon, mustard, olive oil, and salt and pepper.

Enjoy the salad with various items from the grill, some delicious veggie patties, or whatever else you fancy.

Tip: You can easily prepare the salad the day before. Just make the dressing and salad separately and wait until the last minute to mix them together.

AMOUNT: 4 servings


TIME: 15-30 minutes



- 150 grams of green lentils

- ½ cube vegetable bouillon

- 1 kg potatoes

- 1-1½ teaspoon salt

- 250 grams of green asparagus

- 50 g fresh peas (without pods)

- 50 g arugula

Herb dressing

- 5 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley

- 3 tablespoons chopped chives

- 100 ml olive oil

- 2 teaspoons mustard

- 2 teaspoons honey

- lemon juice to taste

- salt and pepper to taste


Boil the green lentils according to the instructions on the package. Add the vegetable bouillon to the water. Drain the lentils when they are done.

When the lentils are cooking, you can start on the potatoes. Rinse and clean them first and then halve some of the potatoes if they are too large. Place them in a pot and cover with cold water and add salt. Bring the potatoes to a boil and let them simmer for about 8 minutes. They should not become completely tender. Turn off the heat and let them soak in the water for a couple of minutes, then drain the water.

In the meantime, you can prepare the other elements for the salad. Snap off the ends of the asparagus and slice into small pieces. Place them in a large bowl. Shell the peas and rinse the arugula and add to the bowl.

Now for the dressing. Finely chop parsley and chives and then mix all the ingredients in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Then, mix the potatoes and lentils with asparagus, peas, and arugula, and finally stir in the dressing, making sure to coat everything well.

Katharina Kjeldgaard is a Danish food blogger, influencer and cookbook author from Copenhagen., Her blog is one of the most-read vegetarian food blogs in Denmark, always focused on locally sourced ingredients, full of delicious recipes and never boring. She has three little kids and loves going to markets, being in nature – and cooking with all kinds of vegetables and legumes.


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New ground-breaking venue in Stockholm

Watch out, Stockholm has a new hub for foodies. In February, Banger opened as the first restaurant concept in MESS – and became an instant hit. From the beginning of May, you have the chance to try Sweet Charity Brunch in collaboration with pastry chef Elisabeth Johansson, and more is on the way.

MESS is a new restaurant hub where people can meet, eat, be entertained, entertain and get new influences and experiences. The 1,250 square meter premises in the centre of Stockholm will house several unique restaurant concepts and a dynamic event space. Visiting MESS will be like going on a journey; from fast to slow, from affordable to luxury, from after work to fine dining. It’s going to be a bit messy, but that’s the whole idea.

The team behind MESS wants to make Stockholm’s culinary scene feel new, fresh and vibrant, with rowdy influences.

The idea to house several restaurants under one roof is new in Stockholm. And no, this is not a food court, nor a nightclub. Each restaurant will have its own space and identity, created by separate interior designers, but the concepts will complement each other.

“Our vision is to broaden the experience of what a restaurant can be,” says Jimmie Hall, co-founder. “MESS is a dynamic hub where people can meet up and enjoy new culinary experiences. We want to create an exciting restaurant mix that surprises the audience, something with heaps of energy and great vibes.”

Luxury hotdogs at Banger

First out in the MESS family of restaurants is the bustling Banger, which opened in February this year. The concept brings hotdogs into focus, with lux-

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ury versions of our beloved bangers in a vibrant atmosphere, to be devoured with friends for lunch, dinner or during an all-nighter.

With around 13,000 sausages sold so far, this is a sure hit and has become the hotdog arena in Sweden. ”Banger is a fun new concept,” says Hall. “To put it simply, it places hotdogs right at the centre of things, in a cool restaurant environment. But it’s so much more. You can have a straightforward hotdog or go all the way with a flashier version topped with lobster and truffle foam. And always with the best ingredients in Sweden.”

Bangers is a colourful oasis with a fun vibe. Here, you can enjoy “Bubbles & Bangers”, a champagne and sausage-themed evening every Wednesday. By the way, did you know that champagne brings another dimension and actually elevates the flavour of sausages?

Or pop by for an after-work, with selected DJs spinning the plates for a lounge feel. “In our view, you can eat sausages any time of day; for your hotel breakfast, when out and about in town and in need of some energy, as a tasty sausage-based lunch dish, or even as a well-needed night-time treat served at a wedding.”

Cool café and sweet brunch

In October, a new café will open its doors in collaboration with pastry chef Elisabeth Johansson, known from the TV show Hela Sverige Bakar, which is the Swedish version of the Great British Bake Off. This new concept will function as a café during the day, with fabulous service and tasty treats, and in the evening it will transform into a bar.

From the beginning of May, you can get a taste of Johansson’s delights at the new brunch concept called Sweet Charity Brunch, hosted one Sunday per month by restaurant Banger. “This new brunch is a delight for your taste buds as well as your

heart, as half of the profits will go to charity,” says Hall. The chosen charity is Solvatten, which has developed a method to bring safe and hot water to people living in developing countries. “With something sweet, salty and sour on the menu, this will be Stockholm’s best brunch!”

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Luxury liquorice: a legacy of artisanship taking over the globe

From its origins in the heart of Europe to its evolution into the pinnacle of confectionery excellence, Kouvola Licorice stands as a testament to the artistry and innovation that define its legacy as the world’s finest liquorice.

Kouvola Licorice has been serving luxurious treats since 1906 when its home was still in Vyborg, where luxury commodities such as delicious lemonades and mineral waters were created for the grand festivities of the local bourgeoisie. But then Vyborg found itself amidst the tumultuous events of two World Wars, and the liquorice company was established in Kouvola, where the factory has been producing sweets since 1945.

Sharing liquorice excellence with the world

Kouvola Licorice prides itself on providing exquisite and unique taste ex-

periences. Its skill of liquorice mastery has been passed down through generations. Since the beginning, the liquorice has been produced by hand, using traditional methods and according to a traditional recipe.

In a bid to share the liquorice goodness with the rest of the world, Kouvola Licorice has begun collaborating with some of the best brands in the world, and the products are sold by premium stockists across the world. The company wants people to savour and enjoy liquorice as a connoisseur item; the luxury packaging elevates the product to new heights, and it is competing on the market with other luxury brands.

Many exciting ventures are in the pipeline, including a collaboration with the Moomin brand. Kouvola Licorice even featured at Paris Fashion Week 2023, where it collaborated with renowned fashion designer Paola Suhonen and merged the world of confectionery with haute couture. Suhonen’s runway show included ‘liquorice couture’, where models wore striking liquorice-inspired de-

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signs. After the show, guests were treated to a liquorice-themed lounge, where they could savour various liquorice flavours. “We were thrilled to have brought a taste of Kouvola Licorice to one of the most prestigious fashion events in the world. We were able to showcase the versatility of liquorice, not only as a much-loved treat, but also as a source of inspiration for creativity and design,” owner Timo Nisula explains.

Everyone has the right to good liquorice

Another key secret behind Kouvola Licorice’s success is the freshness of its products. “It’s crucial that our product stays fresh – and that our clients get to experience the amazing fresh taste of our liquorice in its original form,” says Nisula. “Our liquorice is the best in the world and our luxury product should get the recognition it deserves.”

Nisula believes the global liquorice market is underdeveloped and there is great potential for growth. All it takes is in-

troducing more people to the wonders of good quality liquorice – and they’ll be sold. “For a long time, we have been concerned that people do not have access to good quality liquorice. As the owner of the best liquorice factory in the world, I have been appalled that some of the stuff that’s for sale out there is even called liquorice. Everyone has the right to eat good quality liquorice, so we want

to ensure everyone has the opportunity to taste Kouvola Licorice,” Nisula says, half-joking.

The company’s green credentials are also impeccable and it prides itself on being as environmentally sustainable as possible. Instead of offsetting the carbon footprint by planting trees halfway across the world, Kouvola Licorice is investing in regenerating forests on its home turf in Finland.

“From a small country like Finland, one can only go global with an exceptional product – which is exactly what our liquorice is,” says Nisula. “The fact that it’s made traditionally, by hand, with the finest ingredients over time, is what makes Kouvola Licorice truly unique,” the owner concludes.

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Celebrating Norwegian food culture

Situated amongst the forests and hills of Skotterud in Norway is Max Ivan, a gourmand’s haven. Founded by chef Max Ivan Lindkjølen, the company offers catering, a delicatessen, event planning, and even a butcher shop. It specialises in organic meats, local produce, and homemade products such as biscuits, sausages, and chocolate – to make every meal remarkable and delicious.

Max Ivan Lindkjølen, born and raised in Vestmarka in Eidskog, began cooking as a young boy with his mother and grandmother. He trained as a professional chef and worked at Hotel Continental in Oslo and later in restaurants throughout Europe. After stints running his own hotel and managing the Hemsedal ski resort, he moved back to Vestmarka with his wife and two young daughters. “We wanted to come back home to our village and the locals were keen to try his food,” says Maxine Lindkjølen, daughter of Max Ivan and now a partner in the business, which is located in nearby Skotterud in Eidskog.

In recent years, Max Ivan has become a business for the whole family to take

part in. “It’s a family business with its feet planted firmly on the ground and with many balls in the air,” states Maxine, who is set to take over the company shortly. She has worked in restaurants such as Statholdergaarden and Hotel Continental in Oslo, as well as a year in the Norwegian pavilion at Disney World in Florida, before joining Max Ivan in 2015. Anne Kristin, her mother, pursued a career in the Norwegian police service for many years before retiring in 2023, when she joined the family business and now works with planning and design.

Immersed in all parts of food culture

When planning events, the team works closely with different companies to create the perfect experience. “We take care of everything without the customer needing to think about anything other than the comfort of their guests,” Maxine confirms. “Our motto is ‘be a guest at your own party’ and we can serve everyone wherever the road takes us.” Max Ivan has hosted everything from a

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Porchetta from the Max Ivan delicatessen. Max Ivan uses local and organic ingredients in its dishes. A table set for an event planned by Max Ivan.

sports gala for over 3,000 people, to catering for the World Ski Championships for 150 people for over a week, to intimate local family celebrations.

The company’s own butcher shop offers organic meats such as venison from approved slaughterhouses, and can create special packages for customers to try different products. “Another important saying is ‘we fix most things, the impossible just takes a little longer’. It’s actually difficult to say what we don’t do in food and drink,” smiles Maxine. Max Ivan even has its own range of wine and aquavit. “Our aquavit first saw the light of day in 2009, when the Eidskog municipality celebrated its 150th birthday.”

Recipes passed down through generations

The company is committed to maintaining Norwegian food culture, offering customers great quality and service, as well as natural whole foods with a short travel time and no additives. “Our recipes are based on my great-grandmother’s

recipes,” says Maxine. “We’ve just modernised them a little in terms of making sure spices are pure and removing any allergens. We even use her traditional recipe for making sausages.”

Max Ivan focuses on local products and maintaining the business in Norway, mainly in the region where the family works and resides. “Our catchment area is Lillestrøm and Viken, but we like to

stay in Eidskog!” says Maxine. “Nothing is better than waking up in the morning and hearing the birds chirping or seeing elk outside our window. Breathing fresh air and living in the forest brings inner peace. It really acts as an inspiration for everything we do!”

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Max Ivan products are available at Coop Øst and Coop Inlandet. Max Ivan uses a traditional recipe from the owner’s grandmother to create its dried sausages. Customers choose the cuts of meat they’d like to try in Max Ivan’s butcher shop. The family behind Max Ivan. Max Ivan and Maxine grilling a selection of meat from their butcher shop. A selection of goodies from the Max Ivan delicatessen.

Pure Norwegian water in sustainable packaging

With a true passion for high-quality water, Røros Water – Fullbrakt brings natural spring water from Trøndelag, in the heart of Norway, to the masses. This is a mission to preserve the environment as well as public health, while inspiring a greater appreciation of our planet’s most important resource: water.

“Enjoying our water is like drinking from a babbling brook during a mountain hike,” says Fridtjof Bjerke, CEO of Fullbrakt. “It’s clean, fresh and delicious. High-quality, pure water from a natural spring is a delicacy.”

The water originates from a spring in the mountainside in Røros, in the historic region of Trøndelag. Røros is a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its natural beauty and rich culture and history – as well as its fantastic local food and drinks.

Røros Water has a naturally high mineral content and no additives. The crystal-clear water is filtered through pristine nature, and it is routinely tested to ensure the water quality is always at its best. Fullbrakt currently offers its natural mineral water in three sizes; 1 litre, 0.5 litre and 0.33 litre.

Bjerke’s goal is to bring consumers the delicious taste of natural spring water from Røros in a sustainable way. “We

want to preserve the unique quality of this fresh, clean water and deliver it to our customers untainted,” he says.

Røros Water and Fullbrakt are committed to preserving our planet’s natural resources and the environment, as well as protecting the interests of public health. “We’re deeply concerned about plastic pollution. The microplastics crisis and the harmful effects of these toxins on human bodies is worrying,” says Bjerke. There’s no doubt that the concern is warranted. A recent study found that a

litre of bottled water contained an average of 240,000 tiny plastic particles, of which 90% were nanoplastics and 10% were microplastics.

Røros Water is distributed in innovative recyclable cartons from Tetra Pak, and the cartons guarantee that the water stays fresh for two years. This type of paper-based packaging contributes to reducing the carbon footprint of water production and ensures that the drinking water has less contact with plastic-based materials. “We believe cartons are the future. Paper-based packaging is more expensive to produce than plastic bottles but is much less damaging to the environment and to our health,” concludes Bjerke.

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The water is 100% natural with no additives, sourced from the mountainside in Røros and delivered in eco-friendly cartons. The water is sourced from the beautiful mountain village of Røros in Trøndelag

The traditional taste of Norwegian wilderness

Reindeer husbandry is an ancient tradition that continues to remain one of the most important parts of Sámi culture. Karasjok-based Skodi Rein was established to not only preserve this important tradition, but to continue the venison trade that has been in the Sara family for many generations.

Along with their herd of reindeer, Karen J.Utsi Sara and John Anders Sara bring out the taste of Norwegian wilderness life through flavourful, dried meat, using traditional Sámi methods. “Our venison is more than just meat,” explains Karen. “It’s a tasty experience of the arctic nature. Our reindeer graze on nutritious species of lichen and heather, making them not only flavourful, but also very healthy.”

Karen explains that what is unique about Skodi Rein isn’t simply the taste, but also the story and care behind each product.

“Our reindeer live freely in the arctic nature, and we care for and follow them every step of the way of their life cycle,” she says, “This gives the meat an authentic, natural and clean taste that cannot be

found anywhere else. It’s a rich protein source, without compromise.”

Since its establishment, Skodi Rein has been awarded several prizes, including the Venison Producer of the Year 2017 by the country’s Food and Agriculture

The family business consists of Karen Utsi Sara, John Anders Sara, and of course, their large herd of reindeer.

Department. The year after, it won the Norwegian Championship gold for Best Product.

“We’re proud to be able to provide such an authentic, traditional product to the people of Norway,” Karen adds. “Going forward, we aim to continue being a leading force within the venison industry, and to continue doing this in a way that’s sustainable and respectful of nature and tradition.” Facebook: Skodi Rein

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Like their ancestors, the Sara family follows its wild reindeer all year round.


The best summer experiences in Sweden

Summer is nearly upon us and the days will stretch longer. The season holds promise of life, light, and breathtaking beauty. In Sweden, this means picture-perfect landscapes, lush greenery, vibrant wildflowers, and tranquil lakes that reflect the sky.

This is a great time of year to delve into Sweden’s rich heritage and explore the extraordinary historic castles and manor houses, hear compelling stories and mysteries that might have occurred there hundreds of years ago, and discover the many secret nooks and crannies.

Go for a stroll in the idyllic gardens surrounding the estates, or why not explore the flora and fauna in one of the inspiring botanical gardens, such as the ones in Gothenburg and Uppsala. Perhaps the summery vibe puts you in the mood to check out a museum you haven’t been

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Läckö Castle. Photo: Per Pixel Petersson, Photo: Gothenburg Botanical Garden

to yet, or revisit a favourite one where there’s a new exciting exhibition that moves your senses.

Of course, this is also the time to enjoy open-air concerts, theatre performances and festivals. And let’s not forget, all the things you can do in the great outdoors. Come rain or shine, the long daylight hours are known to transform the country into a playground for outdoor enthusiasts, with endless opportunities for exploration and relaxation.

Read on and enjoy some of the best summer experiences in Sweden!

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Birgit Nilsson and her father Nils 1961. Photo: Birgit Nilsson Stiftelsen

Opera stars celebrate Birgit Nilsson in Verdi’s Masked Ball

This summer, iconic opera singer Birgit Nilsson will be remembered with a weeklong jubilee in Båstad culminating in a world-class performance of Verdi’s Masked Ball at the tennis stadium’s centre court, with international opera stars such as Joyce El-Khoury and Michael Fabiano.

Birgit Nilsson (1918–2005) was one of the greatest opera singers of the 20th century. Her superb voice and supreme stage presence were praised by critics and audiences alike, bringing her international recognition as the world’s leading dramatic soprano and a legendary interpreter of especially Wagner, Strauss and Puccini.

The Birgit Nilsson Days is a summer festival celebrating her legacy, taking place 4-10 August on the Bjäre peninsula in southern Sweden. The week-long celebration begins with master classes un-

der the guidance of Royal Swedish Court singer and leading dramatic soprano/ mezzo-soprano, Katarina Dalayman. Opera students from all over the world are invited to apply for the four-day open course, which ends with a student concert at the Ravinen Culture Centre in Båstad.

Birgit was keen to encourage the young generation and she established a national stipendium for young Swedish singers. This year’s recipient will be announced on Birgit Nilsson’s birthday 17 May, and the stipendium concert takes place dur-

ing the Birgit Nilsson Days in Västra Karup’s church, where the soprano herself regularly performed.

Verdi’s Masked Ball at the centre court

The week culminates with Giuseppe Verdi’s famous opera Masked Ball (Un ballo in Maschera), which has in fact been called “a Swedish national opera.” It is based on the true story of the assassination of King Gustav lll of Sweden, who was shot while attending a masked ball at the Royal Opera House in Stockholm. It entails everything for the perfect night at the opera; drama, love and death.

The opera is directed by prominent stage director Staffan Valdemar Holm and will be performed at the centre court at Båstad’s tennis stadium, with room for 3,000 in the audience. 60 years ago, Birgit Nilsson made an acclaimed

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appearance here. “It’s a dream for us to offer Masked Ball at the same location where she once performed,” says Max Låke, producer. “This is also the perfect homage to Birgit, who loved when local musicians and singers had the chance to meet world-class ensembles.”

Master conductor Pier Giorgio Morandi leads eight opera soloists as well as Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra and a large choir of singers from the region. ”It’s going to be a sensational performance with a wonderful mix of classic music, a fantastic director and ensemble, and a festive yet mysterious atmosphere at the centre court in Båstad, the summer city,” promises Låke. “We expect opera fans as well as music enthusiasts of all ages – and hopefully lots of people will show up to the opera in glamorous fancy dress!”

World-class singers heading to Båstad

The role of Amelia in Masked Ball was one of Birgit’s absolute favourites. In Båstad, we will see Lebanese-Canadian

soprano Joyce El-Khoury in this role. Her voice has been compared to Maria Callas and she has recently celebrated great triumphs in several prestigious contexts including the title role in Bellini’s Norma at the Herodesion in Athens, a performance in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Maria Callas.

American singer Michael Fabiano, one of the world’s foremost tenors with the whole world as his field of work, plays the opera’s title role Gustav III. This year, Fabiano is also performing as Don José in Carmen at the Metropolitan Opera in New York and as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly at the Gran Teatro del Liceo in Madrid, to name a few other noticeable roles.

Performing in Masked Ball are also American mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong and Spanish soprano Marina Monzó, both visiting Sweden for the first time, as well as Swedish opera stars Fredrik Zetterström, Anton Ljungqvist, Anders Lorentzson and Magnus Lindegård.

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For tickets to Masked Ball in Båstad, visit

Birgit Nilsson Days, 4–10 August 2024

• Master Class in Birgit Nilsson hall, Ravinen, 4–7 August

• Master Class concert in Birgit Nilsson hall, Ravinen, 8 August

• Stipendium concert in Västra Karup church, 9 August

• Masked Ball, open-air concert, Båstad tennis stadium, 10 August

Masked Ball – ensemble:

Michael Fabiano – Gustav III

Fredrik Zetterström – Anckarström

Joyce El-Khoury – Amelia

Elizabeth DeShong – Ulrica

Marina Monzó – Oscar

Anton Ljungqvist – Horn

Anders Lorentzson – Ribbing

Magnus Lindegård – Matrosen

Helsingborgs Symphony Orchestra

Choirs from Bjäre and Helsingborg

Pier Giorgio Morandi – conductor

Staffan Valdemar Holm – director

Throughout the summer, the Birgit Nilsson Museum will be open, offering visitors the chance to step back in time and explore the singer’s childhood home – where she dreamed of a life in the world of song and opera.

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Birgit Nilsson singing at the tennis stadium in Båstad 1964. Photos: Birgit Nilsson Stiftelsen Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra. Photo: Nikolaj Lund Photo: Beth Bergman

Opera and live music at fairy tale castle

Läckö Castle is captivating with its fascinating history, baroque exterior and interior, ancient medieval vaults and treasures, and magical garden. This summer, the castle also offers a great program of exhibitions and music events.

Läckö Castle is known as De la Gardie’s magnificent fairy tale mansion on the shores of Lake Vänern. Strategically located, the castle is a uniquely preserved monument of the Swedish power era and 17th-century baroque splendour. In collaboration with the National Museum, the castle has been refurbished and visitors can experience permanent exhibitions such as the kitchen and household, the dungeon, the treasury, the armoury, and more. ”Läckö Castle is a hidden gem, also for many Swedes,” says Jan Malmgren, CEO of Läckö Castle Foundation. “It’s a fantastic experience to see the castle, which is literally untouched.”

This summer, Läckö Castle has invited British photo artist Kirsty Mitchell to show her exhibition Wonderland. Mitchell combines the creation of costumes and embellishments with imaginative model photography in natural surroundings. The

result is magnificent large-format works that tickle all senses and fit particularly well into the baroque style of the castle.

Through a long-standing collaboration between the National Museum and the Läckö Castle Foundation, a large selection of new and older objects are also on display under the name Celebration – The Art of Having Fun. And Rörstrand Museum in Lidköping has a small display, which includes items from the iconic porcelain factory Rörstrand’s history that also follows the festive theme, under the name The Fine China. Visitors can also view fantastic costumes from the castle’s many opera performances in the exhibition Opera Costumes

The main courtyard has amazing acoustics and the summer opera at Läckö Castle is a must for many. This year’s opera is Rossini’s La Gazzetta directed by Lars

Bethke, with 14 performances between 12 July and 3 August. The castle also hosts Läckö Sessions, a series of live concerts including Tommy Körberg on 28 July. “Läckö Castle is a great meeting place and a beautiful destination,” concludes Malmgren. “Lots of people come here to meet friends, have lunch or enjoy a fika, listen to their favourite musicians, stroll in the garden, and learn more about our cultural heritage.”

Also located on the estate is Naturum Vänerskärgården – Victoriahuset, named after Crown Princess Victoria. Check out the visitor centre, experience an exhibition about the national park and the Vänern archipelago, recharge at restaurant Hvita Hjorten, and spend the night in the hotel.

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Other summer events at Läckö:

Exhibitions, 8 June to 15 September

Midsummer at Läckö, 21 June

Medieval market at Läckö, 21-23 June Läckö kayak meet-up, 28-30 June

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Photo: Ulf Fabiansson Benjamin Ingrosso, Läckö Sessions 2023. Photo: Johannes Olovsson Macbeth, Opera at Läckö Castle 2023. Photo: Daniel Strandroth

Careful restoration of 18th century estate

Gunnebo House and Gardens is one of Scandinavia’s best restored 18th century estates. The ongoing restoration will reveal a beautiful updated interior with vibrant colours.

Open to the public since 1952, Gunnebo House and Gardens is the main tourist attraction in Mölndal with around 400,000 visitors per year who enjoy one of the tours, stroll around the lovely gardens, take part in courses and events, and eat in the estate’s organic restaurant.

The mansion, surrounding buildings and gardens were all designed by architect Carl Wilhelm Carlberg and built between 1784 and 1796 as a summer residence for the wealthy merchant John Hall. More than 200 original drawings are still preserved, a valuable source of information for the intended layout of the rooms.

In 1996 a major restoration of Gunnebo began and the work is still ongoing. The main goal is to recreate the estate as it looked when it was first built. With the help of original drawings, paintings and other historical sources of information, things that had disappeared have been recreat-

ed, and also things that were planned in the 18th century but never built.

The facade has regained its original design and colouring, the gardens have been rebuilt and the orangery has been reconstructed to its former glory. The latest focus is the interior. “Historic buildings need to be maintained to avoid decay,” says Johanna Lindén, curator. “It’s normal that floors are worn, paint on the walls is peeling and textiles in windows and on furniture are broken down by the sun. With the help of skilful craftsmen, we are restoring a number of rooms to reveal a new Gunnebo, for instance, visitors will be able to see more historically correct and vibrant colours in the rooms.”

The restoration is carried out slowly and carefully to meet the demands on historic building restorations. “It’s important to preserve the knowledge and to train a new generation of craftsmen,” says

Lindén. “The project enables training in the traditional crafts used and is an investment in young craftsmen. If we don’t pass on the knowledge, nobody will be able to look after the estate in the future.”

Gunnebo is open all year round. In addition to tours and activities, the estate hosts one of the region’s most popular Midsummer celebrations on 21 June. On 7-8 September, this is the location for the popular Food and Crafts Fair (Mat och Hantverk), with heaps of exhibitors and activities, and of course lots of tasty options.

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From royal summer palace to people’s favourite garden

Sofiero Castle in Helsingborg is visited by thousands every year and is well-known for its amazing garden, fantastic rhododendron collection, popular concerts and exhibitions during the summer season.

In 1866, the Swedish Crown Prince Oscar II and his wife Sofia of Nassau acquired the land and commissioned the building of their summer palace. They loved spending time here and it was later passed on as a wedding gift to their grandson, Crown Prince Gustav VI Adolf and his first wife Crown Princess Margaret. This royal couple had a keen interest in gardening and together they created a stunning garden with extensive flowerbeds, greenhouses, and pathways. In 1973, the castle was given by King Gustav VI Adolf to the city of Helsingborg who has preserved the heritage and made it into today’s awardwinning garden.

This summer, Sofiero is re-opening the castle to the public after a year of renovations. “We are thrilled to open the doors to the castle again, Sofiero will now be complete and with exciting new exhibi-

tions,” says Caroline Lundholm, director at Sofiero. The new permanent exhibition is called The story of Sofiero – from royal park to a garden for the people. It will be an exciting journey through time; a pleasurable, detailed and fairy tale shimmering exhibition on the newly renovated castle’s middle floor. You get to peek behind the scenes of the life lived here. What did the royals and their servants actually do during the day? And what was it like to live in this place that today is Helsingborg’s favourite garden and a popular destination for tourists from near and far?

A big celebration will be taking place 5-7 June, to mark the re-opening of the castle. This will also be the premiere of the seasonal exhibition Astrid Lindgren – the landscape of imagination, which will be running as a theme both in the castle and in the park.

Whether you are interested in gardening, growing your own vegetables or just like to enjoy a glorious colourful garden, Sofiero has something for everyone. In June, you can celebrate Midsummer here, there is a classic car event taking place, music concerts you don’t want to miss, and so much more happening throughout the summer. Also, the park is great for families with children, the large lawns invite you to play, the ravines are like their own little fairy tale world, and there is a fantastic playground.

It will be a great summer at the people’s garden Sofiero.

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Inspiring new perspectives and selfie matters

Fotografiska is a vibrant meeting place for photography, culinary experiences, inspiration and events. Take the opportunity to check out Cindy Sherman’s Tapestries, the installation The Selfie Matter, and the new exhibition Human by the world’s leading photography and sustainability award Prix Pictet.

Fotografiska is not your ordinary museum. Here, you can see photography and visual art from all over the world, from the most well-known photographers to the new generation of image creators. It is a platform to inspire a more conscious world, from art and photography to the food it serves.

The museum’s main ongoing exhibition is American photographer Cindy Sherman’s Tapestries, where she explores a completely new medium. In this ground-breaking display of artworks, she translates the modern phenomenon of transient selfies into one of the world’s oldest and most enduring traditional crafts: tapestries. The large-scale portraits explore identity, gender roles, and the nature of representation.

Selfies are certainly a global phenomenon that has taken social media by storm. The Selfie Matter is an installation exploring almost 200 years of selfie history, from the world’s very first selfies to today’s most famous selfies. A popular part of the installation is where visitors can take their

own selfies in a brand new AR-mirror with unique filters created by Snapchat.

The museum’s latest exhibition is Human by Prix Pictet, the world’s leading award for photography and sustainability. This year’s theme brings together 12 photographers to interpret the various facets of this topic with works spanning from documentary and portraiture to landscape photography.

Also make sure to check out Kaleidoscope by Danish photographer Henriette Sabroe Ebbesen. With mirrors, reflections, illusions and surrealism, she blurs the line between photography and painting, reality and fantasy – and explores the human psyche and body.

On 17 May, American photographer Jeff Cowen’s exhibition Berlin Works opens at Fotografiska. Working exclusively with analogue photography, Cowen treats his large format prints with various chemical procedures, mark-making, brushwork, and often uses post-darkroom finishing techniques of painting and collage.

Fotografiska’s restaurant is a destination in its own right. Located right by the water, it offers the best views of Stockholm and well-prepared, delicious food. In fact, the plant-based kitchen has been awarded a Green Star by the Michelin Guide and named Sweden’s best and most sustainable restaurant by 360° Eat Guide. On 1 June, the sunny terrace opens by the quay, with a summer-inspired menu and tasty drinks.

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Currently showing at Fotografiska: Henriette Sabroe Ebbesen, Kaleidoscope, until 12 May

Cindy Sherman, Tapestries, until 9 June

Installation: The Selfie Matter, until 9 June

Prix Pictet, Human, until 18 August

Jeff Cowen, Berlin Works, 17 May to 8 September

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Untitled #2, 2015–20. © Hoda Afshar, Courtesy the artist and Milani Gallery, Brisbane. Untitled 2021 © Cindy Sherman. Courtesy the artist, Sprüth Magers and Hauser & Wirth. Nature Morte 42, 2015. © Jeff Cowen. Digitalized by Farbanalyse, Cologne. Photo: Fotografiska

A cultural destination in historical settings

Stenegård in Järvsö is located in the Swedish county of Hälsingland, with a rich history spanning back to the 17th century and a true hub for cultural activities. With the summer of 2024 fast approaching, the doors are open for yet another season filled with events rooted in tradition; concerts, exhibitions and activities for all ages.

Stenegård has been a meeting place ever since the 17th century and developed into the place we see today during the latter part of the 19th century, when the founder, Julius Brun, purchased two homesteads with the intention of opening a pharmacy, doctor’s reception and agricultural business.

The activities were taken over by the local municipality and a tourist destination took shape, building on the rich historical past while developing a site for future generations to come. ”Stenegård is a genuine meeting place with strong roots in its heritage. The site’s abundant cultural offering and true Hälsing environment has inspired visitors for centuries and we’ve remained one of Hälsingland’s top destinations for decades,” says Anna Aurusell, communications manager.

Stenegård’s plentiful activities compel visitors to come back every season. The peaceful garden was created with the help of historical plans from the founding days, and is a holistic representation of everything the site exemplifies; culture, health and beauty in tune with nature. There’s a restaurant, café and bakery, offering classic Swedish dishes as well as the local flatbread with fillings made of local produce.

In honour of its recreational past, there are treatments with experienced masseurs, naprapaths and beauticians on site. There are plenty of activities for children too, with playhouses (inspired by the traditional Hälsing farms), playgrounds and large green areas – perfect for fun and games. Beloved artist Barbro Svensson, Lill-Babs, is immortalised in a museum that showcases her incredible career

spanning across decades. The stage area will be populated with notable names throughout the season: Tommy Körberg, Sofia Karlsson, Jill Johnson and Tomas Andersson Wij are just a few of those who will be performing in 2024.

Traditional events such as the national day and Midsummer celebrations as well as Hälsingehambon, the annual dancing event, and Moläta, a big local food celebration, attract the locals as well as international crowds. ”If you’re looking for a combination of recreation and experiences beyond the ordinary, Stenegård is the perfect spot for you,” Aurusell concludes.

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Stenegård is a historical site surrounded by the beauty of the Hälsingland nature. Photo: Christian Gidlöf

Gothenburg Botanical Garden: Restoring the future of plants

With over 100 years of biodiversity, balance and beauty, Gothenburg Botanical Garden is close to nature but in the heart of the city. A place of true beauty, this green oasis is also an educational hotspot, showcasing collections of vulnerable species that will ultimately help restore future ecosystems.

Botanical gardens are different from ‘standard’ gardens as they have documented collections of living plants for research, preservation and educational purposes. And as the natural habitats for plants change, botanical gardens are becoming more and more important all over the world to help protect endangered species. “Our job is simply to preserve, educate and research the diversity of the plant world,” says Anna Mighetto, head of communication.

This spring and summer, visitors can, among other things, look forward to an abundance of flowering bulb plants. In fact, this garden has one of the world’s greatest collections of bulbs and tubers and has been home to the alpine onion since the 1920s. Visitors are also sure to enjoy the newly opened Alpine House, the garden’s latest glasshouse, which per-

fectly embodies the overall mission of the institution itself.

With a huge playing field of 185 acres, Gothenburg Botanical Garden boasts 20,000 plant species and hybrids from over 130 countries – one of the largest collections of its kind in Europe. Add Rock Garden, a spectacular waterfall, a lush herb garden, a calming Japanese valley and a multifaceted programme of events and exhibitions to this, and you will see why botany and horticulture enthusiasts leave full of praise.

“People come here to enjoy plants from all corners of the earth in beautifully composed sections,” says Mighetto. “As it stands, we have over 600,000 visitors to the garden every year.” However, it’s not all about pretty views and serene surroundings; over the years, the garden has

become an important supporting body to scientific research.

Gothenburg Botanical Garden also plays an important educational role as a place for children to learn about nature and how to respect it. Even more glasshouses are in the works, which will help present the world’s fascinating biodiversity to future generations. And with so much botanical brilliance to offer, Gothenburg Botanical Garden is a great summer destination for adults and kids alike – come rain or shine.

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Gothenburg Botanical Garden boasts 20,000 plant species and hybrids from over 130 countries. Photo: Eva S.Andersson

Tranquillity embedded in Nordic nature

Get away from the noise and dive deep into the deep forests of the north: Naturlogi provides the perfect destination for anyone looking for a relaxing getaway, with a selection of comfortable cottages nestled deep in the Swedish wilderness.

Naturlogi consists of several cottages and sleeping arrangements, ranging from a comfortable windbreaker for anyone who would like to try outdoor sleeping, to small huts with spacious double beds, to a forest suite with the added luxury of an outdoor heated bathtub. It’s located in the forests of the Swedish county of Östergötland, and is a joint venture by sisters Josefine Espenkrona and Linnéa Salbark who wanted to create a

unique experience in nature. ”We had this big forest next to our farm and we wanted to utilise the opportunity in the best way possible: to create a sustainable business, share the extraordinary beauty and calm of this area with visitors while preserving the forest for future generations,” says Josefine Espenkrona.

All rooms feature a private fireplace where prepared food packages, containing

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locally sourced produce, that can be cooked over open flames: lamb from their own farm, vegetables from farmers nearby, and bread made by a baker in the area. The sisters are devoted to creating an environment where detachment from outside stresses comes naturally. There are numerous beautiful walking trails right on the doorstep, natural reserves are easily reached a short drive away and a certified guide in nature bathing is available to help explore the old Japanese tradition of Shinrin-Yoku. Simply: relax, wind down and reconnect at Naturlogi.

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Where heritage springs into bloom

The Linnaean Gardens of Uppsala have combined botany and horticulture for more than 350 years. And this summer, curious botanists can enjoy a visit to the newly opened visitors’ pavilion, as well as feed their imagination with Bo Mossberg’s popular illustrations.

These days, the Linnaean Gardens consist of the Botanical Garden, the Linnaeus Garden with the Linnaeus Museum, and Linnaeus’ Hammarby with an authentic 18th century milieu. And as the name suggests, the gardens are named after Carl Linnaeus, mainly known as the father of modern taxonomy due to his creation of a system for naming organisms.

Linnaeus lived and worked in Uppsala for more than 50 years, and his birthday is celebrated annually at the Linnaean Garden Party. In fact, on 18 May, visitors can head for the Linnaeus Garden to time travel back to the 18th century, hear the rustle of silk skirts, see silver shoe buckles glisten, and sample artisan foods. Moreover, they can find rare plants for their garden and pick up advice on how to grow them, meet scientists from SLU and Uppsala University, experiment, and learn more about Linnaean science.

Just like said party, Bo Mossberg’s exhibition Blommor, Bin och Landskap (flowers, bees and landscapes) will open its doors on 18 May. Mossberg, who is a celebrated artist and one of Sweden’s leading floral artists, will share illustrations and aquarelles throughout summer, influenced by the world of jazz. “Bo has an incredible eye for detail and paints beautifully while staying true to the scientific elements of the flora he portrays,” explains Lotta Sturesson Saetre, communication officer. “He’s an expert in turning botany into an adventure and helping us understand the beauty that surrounds us.”

When asked to describe the Linnaeus Garden, Sturesson Saetre answers; “it’s an oasis in the heart of the city so well hidden that many people can’t even find it. You enter a complete calm, going 250 years back in time.“ She adds that the Botanical Garden is equally worth vis-

iting with its varied offerings. “While enjoying the diversity of plants, you can also have a picnic, visit the Tropical Greenhouse, play hide and seek behind the hedges, and enjoy the grandiose Baroque Garden next to the castle.”

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Bo Mossberg’s exhibition Blommor, Bin och Landskap is open from 18 May to 15 September.

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Illustration: Bo Mossberg The Linnaean Gardens are an oasis in the heart of the city.

Gardens for exploration and recreation in glorious surroundings

Ready for the ultimate garden party? Norrviken Gardens offers greenery galore with a number of period gardens, all decorated in their own era and set to music. But there’s more.

The site packs a rich history of almost 120 years since its establishment. It began in 1905 after horticulturist Rudolf Abelin discovered the grounds. He was struck by the beauty of Norrviken and its surroundings. “A lot has been kept after Rudolf, diaries and other pieces of writing,” says Maria Höjer, marketing manager, Norrviken. “This makes him very present in our continued development.”

Today, Norrviken offers a broad range of activities and provides an array of services. The wonderous gardens aside, Norrviken also has conference facilities, restaurants, two conservatories, and a cultural centre called Ravinen. And if you’re planning a wedding, Norrviken will provide the scenery.

Located in the southern city of Båstad, hosting prestigious events such as the tennis tournament Swedish Open and equestrian events, there’s a real buzz. “Something for all your senses,” Höjer continues. “Our guests often comment

on how picturesque the grounds are, all framed by the crest on one side and the sea on the other.”

Norrviken has an assortment of experience packages for a summer outing. Depending on which one you choose, it might include a traditional Swedish fika, lunch and a guided tour of the gardens. “Creating experiences is an ongoing process,” she explains. “There are new themes every year. This year’s theme is adventure – the whole world in one garden.”

Connected to this year’s theme is an exhibition called The Adventures of Plant Hunters. “This is also connected to our history. An area of our gardens is called Tors Park. The plant hunter Tor Nitzelius travelled all over the world, in search of seeds and plants that he brought back. So this area includes a lot of exotic plants for our guests to explore.”

Setting the tone with music is very much part of the process. This also coincides

with tickling all of your senses. “Unique for this season is that it’s all original,” Höjer adds. “Carl-Johan Fogelklou, bass player of Mando Diao, and his wife Hanna have composed this season’s music.” Their music is also available on Spotify for you to relive your summer experience back home.

Norrviken offers something for all and visitors come from all over Europe. The team will be looking forward to treating you this summer.

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Marie Olsson Nylander brings guests along for an adventure. Photo: Lena Evertsson Norrviken Gardens offers a broad range of activities, exhibitions and events. Photo: Eva-Marie Furevi The cultural centre Ravinen is a part of destination Norrviken. Photo: Lasse Olsson

Great tours in Stockholm, all year around

Stockholm Adventures offers a fully packed schedule of guided tours and tailored activities in and around Stockholm. How about some kayaking, a bike tour, or perhaps a wildlife safari?

Stockholm Adventures offers a wide range of things to do for groups, individuals and families including cycling, sailing, kayaking, Segway tours, ice skating, and much more.

“Seven days a week, we offer genuine and unforgettable experiences for those who love exploration and adventure,” says founder Joakim Malm. “In doing so, we put great emphasis on using only high-quality equipment and delicious food from local producers, and of course with outstanding hospitality and careful consideration for you and the environment in mind every step of the way.”

One of the best ways to see Stockholm and its locals is a bike tour, according to Malm. You can discover a mix of modern and historical architecture, grand public


squares, winding cobbled alleys, and lively areas with cafés, bars and restaurants. Another way to explore is kayaking, with city tours and archipelago tours. The Wildlife Safari is also popular, for getting up close with nature in small groups and the chance to spot moose, wild boars, deer and birds, as well as visiting historic Viking sites and checking out rune stones.

Malm and his team are looking forward to summer; “We’re more than ready with updated equipment and can see plenty of bookings coming in already. It’s going to be a fabulous summer.” In addition to its existing program, Stockholm Adventures is continuously updating activities, tours and courses. All tours with Stockholm Adventures are offered in English and Stockholm Adventures has bike tours in German, Dutch and as of this year also French.

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– the Swedish Mountain and Sami Museum

If you are lucky enough to be visiting Jokkmokk, known for its stunning nature and for being a centre for rich Sami life, make sure you visit the Ájtte museum.

Here you can immerse yourself in a worldclass exhibition about the Sami people that will give you a true insight into the exciting culture, everyday life, and survival in a demanding climate and environment in the north. The exhibition is named “Sápmi – about the land and the people” and there are several interesting parts of the exhibition plus an alpine garden and a restaurant with Sami dishes on the menu.

The museum offers a vast array of exhibits and things to do. Elina Kuhmunen, communications manager at the museum, wants to point out the renewed exhibition “Birds” showcasing wild birds in Sápmi, which opened in February this year. “It’s a beautiful display of bird species, 126 of them in fact, with Sami, Swedish and Lat-

in names,” Kuhmunen explains and continues; “We are very proud to be the only museum in the north part of Sweden with larger natural history collections.” You can then continue to the exhibition about Laponia in Lapland. This vast area of

9,400km2 with mountains and forests has been the home of nomadic hunters and reindeer herders for immemorial times and is since 1996 a UNESCO World Heritage site. It will give you an insight into its cultural and natural significance for all of humanity.

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Mosjøen: Explore the hidden gem of northern Norway

Hidden away in the beautiful northern Norwegian landscape lies the gem of a town waiting to be explored. Often overlooked by travellers, Mosjøen in Vefsna municipality is the perfect weekend getaway, with its picturesque town, access to breathtaking nature, and unforgettable cultural wealth.

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The Helgeland Steps. Photo: Emilie Solbakken

In a valley along the banks of Vefsna River lies Mosjøen, a Norwegian town surrounded by towering mountains. The town is the country’s midpoint, making it a perfect base for travellers wishing to explore the best of Norway. That’s not to say that Mosjøen and its surrounding areas aren’t fantastic in their own right – it certainly is. With easy access to jaw-droppingly beautiful nature, unique natural sights such as the northern lights, as well as a range of cultural and culinary experiences, Mosjøen makes for the perfect travel destination year-round.

“Mosjøen has something for everyone,” says Simon Almås, project lead in Mosjøen og Omegn Næringsselskap.

“Whether you’re seeking peace and quiet or thrills and adventure in nature, there are opportunities for people of all levels, with Børgefjell and Lomsdal-Visten national parks in our backyards.” If you’re feeling like taking on a challenge, Mosjøen is home to the Helgeland Steps, the world’s longest continuous stone steps, with 4,175 steps. It’s one of the many activities available in the great outdoors.

“And if you’re not here for the natural sights, Mosjøen is also a place with rich a history and culture,” says Olav Karlsen, project lead in Almås. He explains that the town actively works towards preserving and expanding its legacy as a city

of culture and that visitors this year can expect a summer full of fun, music and entertainment.

A summer in full swing with Mosjøen’s arts and culture scene

Summer in Mosjøen sees a range of vibrant festivals and cultural celebrations. Among the wide range of events, Festspillene Helgeland is the not-to-miss festival, with over 100 activities and 30

exhibitions. “Festspillene Helgeland is actually an umbrella name for a series of events from 28 June to 5 July. It includes not only performances, but also workshops and courses, and has something for audiences of all ages,” confirms Karlsen.

“The festival period includes the Galleria Art Festival Exhibitions and Toppenkurset – a course for classic musicians, and ByfestVeko – the annual, local town

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Photo: Emilie Solbakken The Helgeland Steps. Photo: Emilie Solbakken Sjøgata street. Photo: Lars Erik Martinsen

festival,” adds Almås. Aside from the summer festivals, Mosjøen continues to develop its cultural experiences yearround. There’s a range of galleries and studios in Mosjøen and its surrounding areas, where visitors can find anything from woodcarvings and ceramics to contemporary paintings and sculptures.

For history buffs or museum fans, there are also plenty of possibilities to see and experience how the locals lived in the old days. Take part in a historic walking tour on Sjøgata, visit the Norwegian Aquaculture Centre, or learn all about resistance fighter Liv Grannes at Politimestergården, behind Vefsn Bygdetun.

Mosjøen is Nordland’s second oldest town and was first founded in 1875. It has a long history as an industrial city, as well as being a trading town thanks to its strategic location along the Vefsna river.

“For a long time, Mosjøen was a meet-

ing point for the native Sámi population, farmers, and coastal merchants. Our long history is characterized by the town centre’s well-preserved street, Sjøgata, which houses wooden buildings from the 1800s,” says Karlsen.

The rich cultural heritage isn’t limited to Mosjøen town itself but stretches across Vefsna Municipality, which sees sites and places dating back thousands of years.

Along with Mosjøen’s historic Sjøgata, the municipality’s archaeological sites and ancient rock carvings contribute to the area’s unique charm. “While we’re a small town, Mosjøen has such a vast range of activities and experiences all year round,” says Karlsen.

In addition to all the summer festivals, the rest of the year also sees several entertaining events, including an international food fair celebrating arctic food, where Michelin chefs and other culinary talents come from all over. In the winter, Mosjøen is also turned into a beautiful and bright Christmas town, where

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Photo: Jan Inge Larsen Photo: Emilie Solbakken The worlds longest porridge table. Photo: Emilie Solbakken

you can partake in the world’s longest porridge table. “As a part of our mission to expand, more and more restaurants and unique cafes are popping up all over Mosjøen,” says Almås. “We like to describe ourselves as an ‘everything town’ because we strive to be known for everything from art and culture to food and restaurants and hotels.”

Find both peace and adventure in local nature

If you’re searching for a bit more adventure away from the charming small town, why not try out some in-nature activities? From hiking to ziplining and mountain biking, local nature has something for adventurers

of all levels. If you happen to be in Mosjøen in the winter, you can also further enjoy a range of winter activities, including dog sledding, driving snow scooters, or chasing the beautiful northern lights.

If it’s not an adrenaline rush or demanding physical activities you’re seeking, there are plenty of other options too. In fact, Vefsna Municipality is an Eldorado for salmon fishers. Known for its enormous waterfalls and rivers, Vefsna has some of the greatest salmon waters.

There are also plenty of picturesque walks in nature or along the rivers to be enjoyed too. Why not bring a picnic basket and some friends? “It’s precisely this easy access to everything, whether a music festival for fun or a tranquil salmon river for escape from the noise, that makes Mosjøen such a wonderful place to live,” concludes Almås. Facebook: iMosjøen Instagram: @imosjøen

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Northern Lights over Mosjoen. Photo: Morten Eriksen Cabin by Okstindan in Hemnes. Photo: Emilie Solbakken Tosen Masvanntjonn Lake. Photo: Jan Inge Larsen Simskardet Borgefjell National Park. Photo: Kristoffer Mollevik Photo: Mosjøen og omegn næringsselskap

Wilson Saplana Gallery: A space for visionary artists and experimental exhibitions across generations

This Copenhagen-based gallery represents artists whose works of art show pertinent perspectives and real depth, and are the antithesis of trend-led, unconnected pieces. It supports talents of all ages and nationalities and has an uncanny ability to spot genuine originality and innovative artists, who all want to continue to grow and respond to the world around them.

Wilson Saplana Gallery is a relatively new gallery in central Copenhagen, owned by artworld connoisseurs Christina Wilson and Nanna Saplana. Highly experienced gallerist Wilson, the previous owner of Gallery Christina Wilson (2002-2012), first opened the gallery back in January 2022 as Gas9Gallery. The business grew rapidly, and Wilson initially hired Saplana as a younger, experienced curator, who has since become co-owner. The gallery now resides in bigger premises opposite the capital’s main train station.

Each artist is handpicked, and the co-owners focus on gathering exciting creative minds who want to continue cultivating their vision and critical response to important aesthetic, social, and political issues. “We want people to open their eyes to our fantastic artworks and the artists and their huge potential, and know that you can actually acquire great art for your own living room,” Wilson says. The artists all work closely together in supporting each other’s work. “We encourage them to help and ‘use’ each other’s expertise and approach, to learn from what they each do in their own work.”

A supportive and creative community

It’s a truly creative community where all members contribute to the positive dynamic in the artistic hub. “In the gallery,

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Art Profile of the Month, Denmark Jytte Rex. Photo: David Stjernholm Maria Wæhrens. Photo: Brian Kure

we have very different artworks, each of them unique, and we want our artists to continue developing their work,” she explains. The expansion of creativity and ideas is a crucial part of the gallery’s mission; encouraging artists to explore different artistic expressions and experiments and supporting continued artistic growth.

Wilson means that this ensures that the exhibited works are always relevant, never stale, and never stuck in time. “This is not just about selling art but about continuously stimulating and staying relevant. We want to support our immensely talented, diverse artists and give them a platform for their art and continued artistic progress. They all share an honest interest in artistic development.”

Wilson and Saplana both foster longterm relationships with the artists they represent and believe firmly in each independent artist’s output. “We select what we feel strikes the right balance between content, aesthetics, and expression,” Wilson says. Crucial to the business side of things, each artist must show museum potential and create work that makes you think. “The pieces we exhibit are art, not interior, and not for reproduction. Individuality, ingenuity, and thought are important aspects of each individual piece, but they have to be good investment pieces as well.”

A wish to learn, develop and grow

This year several of Wilson Saplana Gallery’s young artists in their 30s have museum installations and are being presented at various museum collections, such as Ida Thorhauge, Maria Wæhrens, Miriam Kongstad, and Niels Pugholm.

The art must have content and the ability to speak to the audience and to buyers, it must have a deeper meaning beyond how it first appears to the viewer. “We are only interested in artists with a critical approach and who through their art comment on the state of the modern world,” Wilson reiterates. One of the most recent representations is the re-

nowned visionary, avant-garde visual artist, and film director Jytte Rex, who at 82 brings a wealth of experience and perspective through her work.

The spring exhibition with new work from all twelve represented artists in the gallery runs until 25 May and there are more exciting things ahead at Wilson Saplana Gallery. At the end of August, it opens an exhibition with photographer, writer, installation artist, and conceptual artist Sophie Calle, one of France’s biggest female artists, who is in her late 60s. There will be two further exhibitions in the autumn, with diverse but equally exciting Danish artists, Hannah Heilmann and Hannah Toticki. Inuuteq Storch from Sisimiut in Greenland, one of the gallery’s younger talents, is representing Denmark at the 60th Venice Biennale this year (Calle incidentally represented France at the 2007 Venice Biennale).

It is impossible to pigeonhole this exhilarating and avant-garde gallery, where artists are given free rein to create and expand their concepts and ideas regardless of age or background. What truly matters is a sincere, continuously developing sense of wonder and engagement with the world today, and a wish to learn, develop, and grow. Instagram: @wilsonsaplanagallery

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Wilson Saplana Gallery Vesterbrogade 6, 1620, Copenhagen Open Wednesday-Friday 12-18, Saturday 12-16
To read more about the artists represented, visit:
Sophie Calle, Maternité, 2018, Courtesy the artist, Perrotin and Wilson Saplana. Hannah Heilman. Photo: Christian Brems Sophie Calle, Torero, 2002, Courtesy the artist, Perrotin and Wilson Saplana. Gallery owners Christina Wilson and Nanna Saplana. Photo: Art Matter

Brewery of the Month, Denmark

Enjoy a piece of Copenhagen in the city’s buzzing airport

From humble beginnings in Kolding, Danish craft brewery ÅBEN now resides in übertrendy ‘Kødbyen’ (the Meatpacking District). They are behind several successful bars in Denmark, including the most recent venture in Copenhagen’s airport Terminal 2. Here you can savour a taste of Copenhagen before you fly or begin your experience of the city before even leaving the airport.

From the brewing process, the beers, and the welcoming vibe in the brewery, to the locally designed interior of the bar in Copenhagen Airport, there is a distinct mark of quality to everything ÅBEN creates. With their latest venture, they have created calm surroundings in the buzzing airport to enjoy an unrushed start to your journey. Hugely popular amongst travellers in and out of Copenhagen, it has fast become the ideal meeting place to connect with friends before take-off or upon arrival.

Beginning your trip with a visit to ÅBEN’s new bar in Copenhagen Airport Terminal 2 really is as good as it gets. It is a showroom of some of the best things Copenhagen has to offer and a local place in

every sense, with 30 craft beers on tap, all brewed a mere ten kilometres away, and with an interior created by local de-

sign aficionados Spacon & X, known for their work with Hart Bakery and Noma.

When entering the bar, you are met by distinctive space-divider panels made by Copenhagen-based Natural Material Studio. The panels are custom-made using leftover malt grains – a by-product from ÅBENs own beer production, reminding visitors of the bar of the brewing process and the brewery itself. The panels are multifunctional, as both an art installation and as space dividers, creating a feeling of calm in the bar, and contributing to a rare breathing space in the middle of a busy airport.

ÅBEN offers snacks and pizza slices, the perfect companions to a pint of freshly brewed beer. They also have a cosy outside area to soak up the last bit of sun over Copenhagen before security checkin and take-off.

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Photo: Mathilde Schmidt Photo: Clara Maj Pinholt Photo: Jonas Pryner Andersen Photo: Jonas Pryner Andersen
This is my house! Alfons Åbergs Kulturhus (Alfie Atkins’ Cultural Centre) is a creative cultural centre for children and their adults. This is a place where curious children can play, get up to mischief, climb and discover a world full of exciting things Slussgatan 1, Gothenburg, Sweden © Bok-Makaren AB

When you walk through the doors of Hôtel Reisen — y ou don’t travel back in time, you merely stroll into the memoirs of an eclectic, flamboyant past.

The hotel is set directly on Stockholm’s scenic wat erfront and uses the historic Old Town as its picturesque and tellin g backdrop. The building’s foundation dates back to 1619 — a ti me when Gustavus Adolphus the Great was the King of Sweden and the w orld had just invented telescopes and steam turbines.

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Restaurant of the Month, Sweden

The freshly caught street food concept

From the beginning, the idea was to create a street food chain based on a Swedish version of the American seafood rolls. Owners of Glupsk, Niklas and Mia Krafft, were travelling in America and tried the famous lobster rolls. They decided to develop and make their own version, as this did not yet exist on the street food scene in Sweden.

Niklas and Mia met at the restaurant school in Gothenburg in 1995 and worked for several years in Copenhagen, Gothenburg and at top restaurants in London. In 2007, Niklas wanted to do something different and got a commercial fishing license. “I love fishing but the pull back to the kitchen didn’t go away completely,” Niklas says and continues, “street food is a different way of creating really nice food and suits our lifestyle and values.”

The journey has been long, and it has taken several years to build the concept Glupsk. “In 2019, we won the Food Truck Championships in Sweden and that’s when we decided to really go for it,” Niklas smiles and adds, “we’re constantly developing and trying what works, that’s how we like to do it.”

Glupsk opened at Hantverkargatan 8, Kungsholmen, Stockholm in March 2023. During this first year, the street food concept has been adapted and the menu has been further developed and expanded. The guests love the food and even though Glupsk is more of a restaurant, the street food concept is still a big part. “We have our great food truck for visiting festivals, corporate events and private parties,” Niklas explains. The couple also runs a food truck container as well as four fish and shellfish stores, all located on the west coast, plus a hotel and restaurant facility on Orust.

The couple is based in Ellös, on the western part of Orust, and that’s also where their fishing boat Nephrops is docked. Every morning, all year round,

the boat and the crew go out to sea to bring home the day’s catch, which is then landed and prepared at the premises on Orust. Everything is done with great knowledge and love, the crayfish are hand-peeled, carefully packed and then transported to the restaurant in Stockholm. Fresh ingredients, from west coast to east coast, with love.

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Business Profile of the Month, Denmark

EcoVillage – the connected way of living

As moving between regions, countries and even continents has become part of modern-day life, many grieve the ensuing lack of local networks and community feeling. Danish EcoVillage offers a solution on multiple levels, with modern cohousing villages with shared facilities, communal dinners, and attractive ecofriendly living units.

With multiple commitments and high ambitions, many people struggle to find time in their everyday lives for social relations. As a consequence, surveys show that more and more people suffer from the downsides of our modern-day life – loneliness, isolation, and stress. With this in mind, it is perhaps not surprising that the EcoVillage concept has proven a decided success.

With four dinners a week prepared and enjoyed communally, shared recreation-

al areas, and a strong and safe community, the villages provide both pragmatic and idealistic solutions to the problems above. “From Monday to Thursday, we eat together, and not having to cook, shop, and clean these days, practically means getting an extra one to two hours of free time every day,” explains Rikke Amalie Søndler, an inhabitant of Grønne Eng EcoVillage and the founder of EcoVillage. “Moreover, the dinners offer a chance for casual social encounters and to build strong community bonds.”

The communal organic dinners are prepared by inhabitants, who each have two kitchen days a month, and are one of the cornerstones of the EcoVillage concept. They are based on a functional and flexible solution that allows all inhabitants to join but also gives them the option to opt out or take away their dinner to enjoy at their own place when necessary.

Breaking the circle of isolationism

When Søndler first had the idea for the EcoVillage concept, it was nourished by a combination of despair at the self-contradictory ideal of traditional villa life and her childhood memories of visiting friends at a traditional Danish cohabitation. “Being a child there was great, and back then I thought – if I ever have a kid, I want to live like that,” she

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says. Nonetheless, Søndler ended up in a traditional villa setting. “One day, looking at my tall hedges, I thought –it’s just ridiculous, spending this much time and effort on maintaining all of this when what I really want is to spend more time around people.”

One of the ambitions driving Søndler was to break the circle of structural loneliness, the mechanism by which people, who are structurally isolated in their homes, also tend to become more introverted and perhaps lonely. ”Being around people in a non-hierarchical and relaxed manner automatically makes social relations less complicated. It does not have to involve making a big fuss to have people over – it might just be a casual talk in our library, a beer in our small bar, or a chat over dinner. Actually, it’s almost impossible to be lonely here. You would have to really isolate yourself, and that’s not why people come here – they want to know their neighbours,” stresses Søndler.


sustainable life choice

Another leading ambition for the EcoVillage project was to create a more sustainable way of living. As shared facilities such as offices and guest rooms automatically reduce the number of square meters per inhabitant, the concept inherently has a lower carbon foot-

all villages have top environmental certifications for both construction and energy consumption and are located close to public transport links. Elements such as solar panels, rainwater collection, and shared electric vehicles further add to the sustainable profile of the villages. “It has been one of the main criteria for us, and we are very proud to have received the highest levels of certifications,” stresses Søndler.

A strong local network is part of the package

With four villages currently finished and one more underway, the EcoVillage concept has proven a huge success

are designed to house all possible living constellations, from singles to families, singles with children, and seniors. Moreover, due to the immediate inclusion in a local network and community, the villages have proven popular with people relocating from other regions or countries.

“We have quite a few couples who have moved back to Denmark after some years abroad, but also many Swedes, Americans, and Norwegians,” adds Søndler. “It offers them a quick entry into a well-established local network and community.”

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EcoVillage in short:

EcoVillage has four finished cohabitation villages: Grønne Eng in Ørestad, Copenhagen, Skråningen 1 and 2 in Lejre, and Rullestenen in Roskilde, and a fifth village is underway in Måløv, north of Copenhagen.

The villages consist of around 40-50 private living units (flats and terraced houses) of 55-145m2, as well as 500725m2 of shared facilities that include a large communal kitchen and dining hall, offices, lounge, teenage dens, guest rooms, laundry, fitness room, and more.

The villages are inhabited by people of all ages from 0-96 years, about 30 per cent are seniors.

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19.02.2018 Eco-village, Lejre Tegnestuen Vandkunsten Foreløbig skitse Photo: Vandkunsten Four communal dinners a week offer the EcoVillage’s inhabitants both social and practical benefits. The Grønne Eng cohabitation village in Copenhagen is a highly sought-after alternative to traditional urban living areas.

Culture Profile of the Month, Finland

Rekindling connection through movement

Tero Saarinen Company’s mission is to create, perform and teach powerful and engaging contemporary dance at the highest levels of artistic excellence in Helsinki, Finland and internationally, based on Tero Saarinen’s artistic vision.

Humanity. Body-awareness. Primal. Ritual. Community. Those are all words to describe Tero Saarinen’s approach to his dance company, which he founded in 1996 after a successful international career as a dancer. Since then, Tero Saarinen Company has carved a name for itself as one of Europe’s leading dance companies and achieved major critical acclaim across the globe with performances in 40 countries.

Through its innovative and thoughtprovoking pieces, Tero Saarinen Company aspires to bridge the gap between performers and audience members, fostering a sense of togetherness and community. Witnessing the raw emotion and physical prowess of the dancers reminds us of our shared humanity and capacity for empathy. This collective experience

transcends language and cultural barriers, promoting a deeper understanding of ourselves and the world around us.

Dance as a ritual

Saarinen believes that in recent history, people have become alienated from their bodies. He wants to reawaken the deep connections of body, movement and human connection that have been at the very core of humanity for millennia. “Dance has an exceptional amount of potential in terms of shaping how we view ourselves and the world around us,” he states. “To me, dance is something primal and ritualistic – and a person’s need and ability to express themselves through movement and the body is a universal and timeless phenomena.”

In spring 2023, Tero Saarinen Company and TTT Theatre, a leading Finnish drama theatre, joined forces to present a multidisciplinary interpretation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The performance received international acclaim and is an amalgamation of dance, drama and juggling, creating a current exploration into greed and deception. The company’s take on Macbeth will re-premiere

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Managing directors Iiris Autio and Tero Saarinen are proud of the studio, which offers residencies for multidisciplinary artists and collectives working in performing arts. Photo: Henni Hyvärinen Saarinen was the first Western contemporary choreographer to work with the National Dance Company of Korea. Photo: PARK Hyun-keun

in Tampere, Finland at TTT’s Main Stage in September 2024.

Creations and performances to feed the senses

Perhaps one of the overarching themes throughout Tero Saarinen Company’s ethos is its commitment to multidisciplinary and international collaboration. S aarinen believes performances should be a perfect union of dance, live music and visual design. “I believe in creating works that feed various senses and stand the test of time. These are at the core of my company’s activities,” he says.

Humanity – and daring to push boundaries and going beyond the comfort zone are what drive the dance company forward, while leaving its mark on the world

of dance in innovative ways. The Dance House Helsinki – a house entirely dedicated to dance – has been a long-awaited milestone in the history of Finnish performing arts. After touring for almost 30 years, Tero Saarinen Company finally has a home stage in Helsinki as one of Dance House Helsinki’s official programme partners.

Saarinen and musician and composer Kimmo Pohjonen’s acclaimed duet, Breath, will return to the stage at Dance House Helsinki in June. The performance –a powerful interweaving of sound and movement – first premiered in Canada in 2018. “The performance is about two opposing worlds colliding, which feels very relevant, especially in these times we’re living in,” Saarinen says. “Breath is a study

on the importance of communication and tolerance and the often absurd and comic ways we instinctively try to shield ourselves, our mental boundaries, our privacy.”

For Saarinen, dance is a way to attempt to understand human nature and its multiple manifestations – friendship, love, and strength of spirit. “With my dance, I want to reach the unspoken, the inexplicable, the unnamed. Dance is something that is innate in humans and I believe in dance that touches and that speaks for itself. And that is exactly what I think our performances do,” he concludes.

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Tero Saarinen’s signature solo HUNT has been labelled as one of the most significant contemporary reinterpretations of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. Photo: Marita Liulia Multidisciplinary interpretation of Macbeth presents a current exploration of greed and deception. Photo: Ilkka Saastamoinen Zimmermann Trio, commissioned by the LA Phil, is an example of combining live music, dance and visual design in a compelling way. Photo: Mikki Kunttu Breath will be seen at Dance House Helsinki on 6–8 June. Photo: Mikki Kunttu In Dance House Helsinki, Tero Saarinen Company gets to present its largescale productions in a space designed for dance. Photo: Tuomas Uusiheimo

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May Scandinavian Film & TV column

The focus of this month’s column is a political-themed feature film from an acclaimed Danish-Palestinian film director who was named the Best New Nordic Voice in 2013.

To a Land Unknown, a Danish – Greek –UK – Dutch co-production, has been selected as one of the titles to show at the side event Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival this month. The Directors’ Fortnight was established in 1969 to highlight independent films from throughout the world.

Directed and written by Danish-Palestinian film director Mahdi Fleifel, the film centres around the story of the desperate attempts of two Palestinian cousins who are stranded in the Greek capital Athens to find a way to reach Germany.

Fleifel was raised in the refugee camp in Lebanon and later in Helsingør in Denmark. In 2009 he graduated from the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield, UK, and he founded the London-based production company Nakba FilmWorks in 2010.

The director often examines themes of social injustice and the struggles of Palestinians under occupation in his films.

Fleifel is no stranger to the Cannes Film Festival. In 2017, his short film A Drowning Man was included in the Official Selection Competition at the highly acclaimed film festival.

The Cannes Film Festival will also be the world premiere of To a Land Unknown and it has so far sold the rights to be shown in French cinemas. At the time of writing, the release to other countries is not yet known, but undoubtedly the exposure it will get at the festival will lead to a wide release.

The Directors’ Fortnight opens with the French film Ma Vie Ma Gueule directed by Sophie Fillières. But the most high-profile film is arguably India Donaldson’s Good One, which also showed at the Sundance Film Festival – the world’s most high-profile independent film festival. While no other Scandinavian films have been selected for the side event, other films highlight the huge diversity and films from the US, Japan, Egypt, Taiwan, Portugal, India, Argenti-

na, Brazil, Chile, Spain and Canada are also represented.

From a Nordic perspective, the Norwegian film Armand directed by Halfdan Ullman Tøndel and the Icelandic film When the Light Breaks directed by Rúnar Rúnarsson will show at the Cannes Film Festival.

The Cannes Film Festival runs 14-25 May.

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Anders Lorenzen is a Danish blogger and film and TV enthusiast living in London. Mahdi Fleifel, director of To a Land Unknown Photo: Stephan Röhl To a Land Unknown, directed by Mahdi Fleifel, has been selected for Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival. Photo: NFW MEN IN THE SUN LTD

Best new Scandi music in May

In April he kick-started his Better Days tour of Europe, with multiple sold-out dates. So what better way for Benjamin Ingrosso to bring in the summer than with the long-awaited release of his new single Better Days. Sweden’s Greatest Showman first started performing the song at his live shows last year, with the feel-good tune becoming an instant hit amongst his audience of fans. The retro-hued track sees Benjamin lean into his ABBA-laden musical heritage, and it’s already sounding like it’ll be a future classic amongst his own rich repertoire.

Norwegian duo Seeb have teamed up with Nashville-based producer Petey Martin for a brand-new banger, Someone’s Gonna Love Ya. Featuring Norwegian artist Alida on vocals (and songwriting duties), it’s a bittersweet bop about saying a fond farewell to a lover. Dripping in Nordic melancholy, it’s got

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that special something that the Scandi lands love to pepper their dance music with.

Swedish/Australian sister duo Say Lou Lou are out with a hot new tune. Dust is instantly one of the best songs they’ve released in years – pristinely polished indie-pop that simultaneously exudes great warmth and icy cool. With an intro reminiscent of Madonna’s Mirwais era, the song soon morphs into chic disco-funk with a dramatic Scandipop melody. The single has been released as part of a 5-song Dust, Pt 1 EP.

Back in January, she sent us swirling into Oblivion with the comeback that we’d been wanting from her. Now Norwegian pop talent Margaret Berger is back with another brand-new single, Karma Is A. On it, she serves up a captivating Nordic soundscape, with background beats that are reminis-

Please don’t bring anything

Four of the most dangerous words in the English language are: ‘Please don’t bring anything’. To a Swede, this means: ‘Please don’t bring anything.’ Not so in the UK. This sentence usually follows an invitation to dinner at a British person’s house. If you enquire whether they mean it, they will insist they do, perhaps followed by a sentence like: ‘Just your lovely self.’

This is not the truth. Once you’ve become aware, you’re stuck with the knowledge that you do in fact have to bring something. Except your host won’t say what. A bottle of wine can be a safe, nice option. Unless, of course, your host doesn’t drink. What about a nice starter or dessert? No, no. People’s diets have never been more complex. Your dish risks sitting untouched and unloved on the table, like a cursed relic from the dark ages.

Flowers. Maybe, unless – like me – you once made the mortal mistake of buying flowers

for a man. A man! Flowers!!! A house plant? Not unless you wish to burden your poor host with the task of keeping a succulent alive, when they already have such busy lives.

Back to the last-minute panic bottle of wine, handed over inside a wine bag, along with a

cent of her fellow Norwegian electro icons Röyksopp. This new single, combined with its predecessor Oblivion, and the promise of more new music on its way – well, it’s the Margaret Berger era we’ve all been crying out for for years now. Get into it!

suitably British apology about the weather, the traffic, or your general choices in life. Just whatever you do, do NOT write anything on the little card that comes with the wine bag. This must be left blank, so that your host can use your last-minute panic gift, as their last-minute panic gift when they next attend a dinner party and have been told just to bring their lovely selves.

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

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Art Matter Festival: Uncovering Copenhagen’s art scene

Every summer a festival pops up in Copenhagen, showcasing the art scene in the city. In the run-up to the event this year, Scan Magazine spoke with the festival director and a few key players, to get an inside peek on what to see.

Art Matter started as a journal for contemporary art in 2004, as a way to show people where to meet contemporary art in Copenhagen. It developed naturally into an art guide, now called In 2013 the festival was launched under the name Art Week, to offer a more social way for people to get into contact with contemporary art.

Scan Magazine had the opportunity to catch up with festival director Jan Falk Borup, who highlights the importance of meeting places between contemporary art and the public; “It’s a problem if people feel alienated and don’t know how to meet art, as contemporary art is about us

and contemporary society. It’s about who we are as people and as a human race at this point in time.”

This is why he wants to create a broader conversation around contemporary art. “Who are the artists? What are they doing? Why are they doing it? And what can the audience actually get out of it, apart from just an aesthetic meeting with art?”

Falk Borup sees Copenhagen as a great city to experience art. “Copenhagen has a vibrant art scene with a lot of artist-run initiatives, and the scale and diversity is quite broad,” he says. “That’s something

I personally enjoy and something we are trying to represent in the program. We have everything from the big museums like Louisiana to commercial galleries and artist-run spaces represented.”

The festival director recommends checking out some of the program’s unusual locations to experience art. For example, there is an art space in the women’s changing room at a football club (Skjold Contemporary), at a train station, and in an old cinema (Udstillingsstedet Sydhavn St. and Foyer Contemporary).

Art Matter Festival is also collaborating with public transport in Copenhagen, and one of the bus routes will become a dedicated art route with art and performances staged on the bus. There will also be guided tours offered at other locations, which is a fun way to experience art outside of the big exhibitions.

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The Later Path (2024), Liu Shiyuan. Jette Gejl’s ‘Beige Køkken’. Photo: Paul Gilham

Foyer Contemporary

The non-profit art space Foyer Contemporary is set up in the foyer of an old cinema called Park Bio. Evalajka Pervin, the artist running the space together with foreperson Charlotte Malte, explains the idea; “Foyer Contemporary is first and foremost a community full of possibilities where the artist can play.”

This is an art space you might not be planning to go to but then stumble upon something that catches your eye. “You pop in with two grocery bags in hand to pick up some movie tickets for your kids and happen to see something that looks a bit curious,” says Pervin. “Those two seconds of art disrupting your day-to-day just might make the world feel a bit different.”

Hot Pot Republic x Another Public

Another unexpected venue to explore art is Hot Pot Republic, Denmark’s first Chinese hot-pot restaurant. “The owner, Fanshuang Kong, wanted to bring more art into play at her restaurant,” says Robin Frederiksen, curator. ”She shared her thoughts and experiences on opening the restaurant and how she had to adapt the Chinese food culture to the Danes. Based on her reflections, the concept was created.”

The first work in the series is called The Later Path by Beijing-born artist Liu Shiyuan. It explores how culture changes faster than its representation does. “If we say ‘Chinese restaurant’, certain images might come to mind. But Liu Shiyuan argues that the power of images is manipulative, and in fact, people and

places are much more similar than we think they are.”

Mark Tholander at c4

Another artist-run space, c4, will host a solo show by artist Mark Tholander. His exhibition A fertile subject for offensive talk will consist of a video installation and a series of glass sculptures.

“I have been working on a film based on the myth of the “sea monk” that was allegedly caught on the coast of Zealand in 1546,” he explains. “Historical records say that the fishermen thought they had pulled a monk with a fish body out of the sea. Some thought it was a priest from a “sea people” – a species of “merman”. King Christian III ordered the creature to be buried as soon as possible so that it would not incite offensive talk in public.”

The artist first heard about the myth from the captain when he was working on a boat. “In a strange mixture between public fantasy and historical event, it pointed towards the shadow sides of a community and how it strives to maintain the coherence and familiarity of the social group.”

Information on these exhibitions and more are available in the Art Matter Festival program, found in tourist information centres and art spaces all around the city, as well as online at

Art Matter Festival

21 May to 1 June, 2024 Copenhagen

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Studio talk with Molly Haslund at the Danish Art Workshops. Photo: Christian Brems Photo: Kim Roslyng Photo: Jan Falk Borup Gogoo - Art Tour Photo: Bjarke Calvin Art Talk Gun Gudillo. Photo: Bjarke Calvin

Scandinavian Culture Calendar

–Where to go, what to see? It’s all happening here!

Art Matter Festival 2024 (23 May to 1 June)

It is always exciting when art steps out of the museum and into the street. Copenhagen’s Art Matter Festival, organised since 2013, provides the perfect opportunity to enjoy springtime in the Danish capital whilst exploring its contemporary art scene. Keep an eye on the festival’s website for this year’s detailed programme. Venues around Copenhagen

Copenhagen Distortion (29 May to 2 June)

The annual Distortion event is Copenhagen’s biggest street party and attracts up to 100,000 revellers young and old who take over the streets. There are different events taking place around the city every night of the festival, including communal dinners, skateboarding, street theatre, and parties for children and teens. Venues around Copenhagen

Mikki Kunttu: Lucid Dreams (until 2 June)

Mikki Kunttu is one of Finland’s bestknown lighting and set designers with a career spanning theatre, dance, circus and more. Lucid Dreams is a retrospective showcasing Kunttu’s photograph-

ic skills. Kunttu received the prestigious Bessie Prize for his lighting design for choreographers Tero Saarinen and Akram Khan in 2006.

Kaapeliaukio 3, Helsinki

The Mystery of Banksy — A Genius Mind (until 16 June)

We may still not know who the person behind Banksy is, but that does not stop us from enjoying his provocative and thought-provoking art, which arrives in Oslo this spring. 150 pieces, ranging from graffiti to video installations and plexiglass prints, will be on show at the Økernsenteret, a former warehouse and a venue fit for this rebel.

Økernveien 145, Oslo

A Glimpse of Helsinki — Volker von Bonin’s photos (until 25 August)

German-born Volker von Bonin (1924–2006) settled in Finland in the 1950s and has taken some of the most touching and iconic pictures of his adoptive homeland. Some of his thousands of snaps, featuring Helsinki and its inhabitants from the 1950s to the 1980s, are on display at the cute-as-a-button Hakasalmi Villa a few steps from the Central Railway Station. Mannerheimintie 13b, Helsinki

Mamma Mia! The Party (until 28 September)

There ain’t no party like a Mamma Mia! party, now coming to a venue near you in Stockholm. If you have seen the musical or the film adaptations, you will be familiar with the story playing out around you as you enjoy an evening of food and drink at the Tyrol, located within the Gröna Lund amusement park. Even if you have not

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seen them yet, you will find yourself singing along to the iconic tunes. Almänna Gränd 3, Stockholm

YOKO ONO — PEACE is POWER (until 30 September)

Yoko Ono reached the grand old age of 90 earlier this year, but her art has not lost its ability to touch and rattle the viewer. Having experienced the Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear bombs in her childhood, Ono has made peace a central theme in her creative process. It is only fitting that the exhibition is hosted by the Nobel Peace Centre.

Brynjulf Bulls plass 1, Oslo

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Tero Saarinen Company: Morphed (2011). Photo: Mikki Kunttu Yoko Ono: Times Square, 1969. Photo: Yoko Ono Lennon

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