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Jesper Christensen – Danish master of film and stage Last month our cover star was Marie Bach Hansen from the immensely popular Danish television show The Legacy. This month we are following up with her colleague Jesper Christensen. In an exclusive interview with our Helen Cullen, he talks about the transition from being a stage actor to a big screen star going from Europe to Hollywood. And, of course, what it really is to become a proper villain in James Bond.


Made in Norway Scandinavia as a brand is a big selling point for business all over the world. Norway is no exception. With excellent craftsmen skills, business minds and a nose for sniffing up attractive gaps in the market Norway is a star on the Scandinavian export’s sky. In this special theme you will make closer acquaintance with some of the hottest brands and concepts. All Norwegian, all fantastic!



Education, vacation, food and a Finnish director An eclectic mix to say the least, but here are four fantastically interesting features for you to dive straight into. Being called “the saviour of Finnish cinema” might seem daunting to many, but for Dome Karukoski it is simply all about the passion for his profession. Making art-house films for blockbuster audiences, he alone has taken Finnish film to another level. Along with the splendid restaurant Raalingen, Sønder Felding Efterskole and getaway hotspot Rømø Ferieby, this feature section is a pure delight!





Top Summer Experiences in Sweden 2015 Summer in Sweden is a place for serenity, relaxation, nature and countless activities that will get your heart racing and adrenalin pumping. In other words; a little bit of everything. In our Swedish special feature this month we have made an attempt to represent some of the greatest things there is to experience in Sweden this warm season. Everything from kayaking to concerts in castles and out in the Swedish forest.


Icelandic Cultural Delights Iceland, Iceland and some more Iceland is on the agenda for this special theme, focusing on the various offers from the island up north. With its mesmerising nature and enchanting traditions, Iceland has a rich cultural legacy that influences many local businesses and tourists activities, hotels and restaurants. In this fantastically wonderful section you will get to know all about it.


Danes are big fans of barbeques. There is no season where this kind of cookery is not appreciated, something the Weber Grill Academy knows all about. In a fantastically mouth-watering business feature they give their view on the successful recipe of grilling, on page 80. Our keynote speaker this month, Paul Blackhurst, is full of spot-on insights and along with our columnist Steve Flinders and a fully packed business calendar, our business section will leave you wanting for nothing.

Do we have some culture for you! We sent our very own Sanna Halmekoski to the Biennale in Venice to cover the most exciting Nordic contributions. The result is a fantastic art feature that will have you longing to explore the creative spots of Scandinavia and, of course, to bring them home with you. Also in this months culture section is an interview with actor Trond Espen Seim, our regular Scandipop column and the amazingly useful culture calendar. Enjoy!



Fashion Diary | 12 We Love This | 14 Design | 64 Hotels of the Month Attractions of the Month | 72 Restaurants of the Month | 84 Humour | 90 Culture Calendar

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Scan Magazine | Editor’s Note

Dear Reader, June is here, and with it – summer. Or at least summer should be here by now. At the time of writing the rain is pouring down over London and the coats are still rather thick as people hurry to find shelter in coffee shops, offices, pubs or wherever the day is taking them. Being Scandinavian, the weather has a massive impact on me and my mood. When it's sunny, life couldn’t be better. When it's rainy and cold, there is definitely room for improvement in everything going on in the world. On days like this, the desire for sunshine and warmth is never greater. Especially when your biological seasonal clock tells you that the climate should really be acting differently. Where are the weekend trips to the coast? Where are all the flip-flops, icy drinks, and where, oh where, are all the summery dresses and flowing shirts I am supposed to be wearing, rather than these black jeans and boots?

heavy issue we introduce you to everything from Danish barbeques and the Biennale in Venice to Finnish filmmaker Dome Karukoski who talks creativity and family in an exclusive interview. So sit back, relax and read up on summer splendour in Sweden, dive into an Icelandic cultural extravaganza and marvel in all things Norwegian. Rest assured, summer will come into full bloom this year too. Any day now…

Astrid Eriksson, Editor, Scan Magazine

But there is no use in crying over what you can’t change, as my mother would say, and if the weather wants to act up – so be it. Scan Magazine is still going to live with the hopes that it’ll sort itself out while we cradle our cold bodies in our sofa’s, muttering “any day now”. A ‘fact’ that is definitely worth celebrating. And what better way to do so than with a fresh issue packed with summer and cultural delights? I can think of none. In this feature

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Scan Magazine | Cover Feature | Jesper Christensen

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Scan Magazine | Cover Feature | Jesper Christensen

Jesper Christensen: Danish master of stage and screen Jesper Christensen, the renowned Danish actor and veteran of European cinema, has in recent years captivated audiences with his English speaking roles. Instantly recognisable as the Bond villain Mr. White in Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace and the upcoming Spectre, he also recently starred in the hugely successful TV show, The Legacy. Christensen joins us to talk about his legendary career to date and some of the exciting projects he has lined up for 2015. By Helen Cullen | Main photo:

The Legacy became an instant international hit when its first season aired in early 2014. The foundation for its success lies in the unique writing of creator, Maya Ilsøe, and the consistently powerful acting performances of Christensen and his colleagues. “If the acting is good, and if the story rings true with people, they will want to watch,” Christensen explains. The role of Thomas offers a little light relief to the actor after a career filled with portraying serious characters. “It’s so much fun to play him and he allows me to improvise,” he says. “He’s gifted musically but he has never committed to his art. He’s a completely irresponsible person and really not to be trusted but I love him anyway because he is such good company.” Christensen is full of praise for the writing approach of Ilsøe. “She involves all of the actors in her writing process from the very beginning and invites suggestions on her partially written material," he explains. “It’s so brave for a writer to be open to any comments that they may receive.” The collaborative nature of the work resulted in the actors experiencing some involvement in the development of their characters and the evolution of the

show itself. “It meant that we all had a much larger responsibility toward our own part than I think I’ve ever experienced before,” he reflects.

The Legacy also offered Christensen the opportunity for his directorial debut. “I hadn’t tried that before but I ended up enjoying it very much and ultimately directed five episodes,” he says. “This project has really been an ongoing party for two and a half years and has proven to be one of the best things I’ve ever been involved with.” From stage to screen Christensen excelled in leading theatrical roles in some of Denmark’s best theatres for 25 years. He received all manner of accolades for his performances in iconic works from playwrights such as Shakespeare to Chekhov, Molière to Schiller before making a permanent transition to the screen in 1998. Working in film and TV became Christensen’s greater passion; he harbours no desire or plans to return to the stage unless a very unique project captures his attention. “Normally I say I don’t have any inkling of regrets and that I don’t see myself doing theatre any time in the future,” he shares. “Today, however, I had an offer

of doing a very interesting Iranian play so maybe I will consider it just this once.” Evolving from European cinema to Hollywood. As a stalwart of European cinema, Christensen has been nominated as Best Actor twice at the European film awards, won four Danish Bodils and also won the Guldbagge for Best Supporting Actor at the Swedish equivalent to the Oscars. “The awards themselves don’t mean a lot to me,” he reflects. “I never go to the ceremonies if I can avoid them, but my ticket to international film came from my nominations as best European actor, so how could I not be happy about that?” The transition to English speaking roles was an inevitable one although not one that Christensen actively pursued. “Of course you want it to happen but it’s very, very hard,” he explains. “When I was younger I could have gone to America or England and tried for years and years to breakthrough but I didn’t want to leave Denmark and my family and the career that I had established there behind.” His patience proved a calculated risk as offers for interesting roles in international hits such as The Young Victoria, Melancholia, The Interpreter and, of course, James Bond, eventually came to him. The Bond Villain Christensen will reprise the role of Mr. White in the 24th James Bond film, Spectre, that will be released later this year; his third time to inhabit the epic world of

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Scan Magazine | Cover Feature | Jesper Christensen

Christensen in stills from the wildly popular TV series The Legacy, Photos: Sky Arts

Bond. “It’s like seeing each other in school after the summer holidays, mostly with Daniel Craig,” he says. “I love working with Daniel. I think he’s a terrific actor and I thought so before he became Bond too.” This is Christensen’s first time working with director Sam Mendes, whom he describes as a joy to work with. “He’s my kind of guy,” he shares. “He has a theatre background which means he is open to the sort of discussions that I love where actors share very personal experiences that they can draw from and take the time to analyse the different characters and their motivations. Working with him is much more free, courageous and interesting.” There is a new approach to creating this Bond instalment that Christensen identified as an entirely new experience. “Things are very different this time around,” he explains. “The atmosphere has changed so much. Now we are free to rewrite the scenes; Daniel and I can experiment and test the material out together which creates the kind of working dynamic that I love.” The Bond phenomenon To play a Bond villain is a unique and privileged opportunity that few actors can lay claim to. “Very few actors would turn down a part in a Bond film,” Christensen says.

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“We’ve all been little kids wowed by Bond and you get so much credit for doing it from the industry and from your own family.” He explains that the reaction to his casting has been phenomenal. “My family discovered that I’m a real actor after all of these years,” he laughs. “It doesn’t matter what you’ve done before, they have never been so interested in your work.”

“The King is a very interesting person who had a crucial role in Norway’s fight against Germany,” Christensen explains. “We’re making the film in a very realistic documentary style and I think it will be a very important movie for Scandinavia.”

When the Bond circus comes to town, the level of scrutiny from the press and general public reaches an all-time high and all the cast are thrust into a very hot spotlight. “Bond’s not like anything else," Christensen explains. “You can’t really call it a film because it is more like a great machine, and the interest that the public has in it, and all the internet furor is quite frightening and strange but really very funny.” Next for Christensen In addition to Spectre and the return of The Legacy, Christensen is also working on two other exciting productions this year. Christensen stars alongside Daniel Brühl in a German film, Kaminski and I, which will be released this summer. He is also currently filming his lead role as King Haakon VII of Norway in The King’s Choice. Norwegian director, Erik Poppe, is recreating the first three days of the German invasion of Norway and the role of the King in preventing Norway’s surrender.

Christensen’s legacy of work to date is magnificent but no doubt there is even more greatness still to come. To read more about his exciting projects, visit

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Scan Magazine | Design | Fashion Diary

Fashion Diary... June marks the first days of the summer, a month adorned with just the right dose of the long-awaited sunshine. Celebrate it by pursuing happiness with a stroke of blue skies and a splash of the sun’s rays. Wear something joyous and stylish… It’s a summer duty. By Caroline Edwards | Press photos

A classic bomber jacket made in ultra-soft Scandinavian reindeer suede with leather sourced from a small reindeer-specialised tannery in Northern Finland… Wow! This piece from Norse Projects goes well with a pair of cotton jeans and a white shirt. Hak Suede Bomber Jacket, Norse Projects: £680 Cotton Jeans, Norse Projects: £145 Oxford Shirt, Norse Projects: £85

Daniel Wellington’s watches offer a timeless design, perfect to show off during the summer season. Break up the relaxed summer look with something classy. Classic Oxford, Daniel Wellington: £149

The Richie Shirt from Tiger of Sweden offers you a bit of everything. Its simple, stylish look suits every occasion, designed in a light material that makes it excellent for June. Tiger of Sweden, Riche Shirt: £129.00

This easy-to-wear t-shirt is an essential item for the warm days ahead. Going for a walk in a bustling city? Relaxing at the beach? It doesn’t matter. Mads Nørgaard’s t-shirts can be worn anywhere. Mads Nørgaard, Striped Block T-Shirt: £43

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Stine Goya’s Summer/Spring Collection certainly stands out this year. Put on these loose fitted silk trousers in the Erik A. Frandsen print along with a floral top and you have the perfect set. Soft to wear and delightfully sunny, this is a worthy summer investment. Mathilda Top, Erik A. Frandsen: £211 Rays Pants, Erik A. Frandsen: £173

Feel light and airy in this baby blue dress from Mads Nørgaard, designed for outdoor relaxation. Fitted with a handy chest-pocket and short sleeves, there is plenty of space for keeping spare change for the ice cream van! Dress form Mads Nørgaard: £115

Don’t be fooled by its farm-ringing look. This straw hat from H&M can be worn on the beach, in the cities as well as the countryside – it’s an all-purpose kind of hat. Elegant, yet practical, ideal for blocking out the midday sun. Straw hat from H&M: £8

Black sandals with flat rubber soles and knot details on top, ideal to wear with something more colourful. Mix it up with blue and yellow and you are ready to embrace June. Blasé Knot Shoes from Cheap Monday: £43

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Scan Magazine | Design | We Love This

We love this... As high-summer approaches, our kitchens become more important than ever before. Why not open up to your garden and let in the light whilst preparing a light summer feast? With a number of innovative kitchen items on offer, Scandinavian treats are on the horizon, all easily bought from – an online platform boasting the very best from Nordic interior designers. By Caroline Edwards | Press photos

A bread basket made from synthetic felt might sound like creative madness, but all geniuses tend to be a little crazy, don’t they? Menu’s felt baskets are soft and are as light as a feather. £27

Salt and pepper are essentials in any household. While some people go for the cheap table salt, others aim for something rather more luxurious – like Menu’s tumblers. The shiny stainless steel balls roll around without tipping over thanks to a weighted base, making them the perfect fit for a modern kitchen. £27

In order to give your home the summery make-over it deserves, Flendsted’s mobiles are simply a must. Brighten up your rooms with elegant birds and watch them as they hover lightly around the air, perfectly imitating the beauty of swallows in the wild. £13

Broste combines countryside idyll with sleek, Scandinavian design. Their latest stoneware vase set has a certain rustic charm to it, simple and clean, with the ability to evoke a nostalgic feel in even the most modern people. £29.95

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Scan Magazine | Design | Street Style

Nordic Humans of London By Sanna Halmekoski | Photos: Joachim Gram

Satu-Maarit Ahonen, Finnish Student “When I visit Finland I always shop at Lindex and flea markets. I wear clothes that are comfortable. Today I am wearing a Marimekko dress, which I found at a market in Helsinki.” Catharina Patjas, Norwegian Chairman of Den Norske Klub “I often wear formal clothes that fit the club’s dress code; black trousers or a dress with a blazer. My jacket and necklace are from Zara and trousers from H&M.” Joachim Gram, Danish Finance Professional “My style is mix of the City and Shoreditch. I like Nordic brands Acne, Tiger of Sweden and Bruuns Bazaar for whom I used to model for. My shoes and the pocket square are from Prada. Jeans by Costume National, belt by Paul Smith, shirt and jacket by Holland Esquire.”

Satu-Maarit Ahonen

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Above and below middle: Joachim Gram

Catharina Patjas

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Scan Magazine | Design | vWood

Handcrafted furniture with a personal touch vWood is a young, vibrant company, founded by an entrepreneur trio with an eye for providing their customers with the ultimate furniture designs. At vWood each piece of furniture is handmade, specifically designed to fulfill their customers’ dreams and wishes by making them a part of the process from the start. This is more than just a brand, vWood is the result of a strong friendship and a lifelong dream. By Caroline Edwards | Photos: vWood

“Ever since we were children, we had a keen interest in furniture making, so it was natural that we would one day enter the industry,” says Mathias Gerning, one of the three founders of vWood. Together with his friends Peter Rahbek and Mikkel Hylleberg Sørensen, they decided to give entrepreneurship a go. Since January 2015, the young group has continuously surprised with their wood and steel creations – but they couldn’t have done it alone. The help from manufacturer BSM A/S has been vital, equipping them with the space and tools needed for producing quality furniture.

spending a week more on a piece of furniture, so be it,” says Gerning, who believes that they have found a winning concept. Instead of producing huge quantities of furniture, they focus on fulfilling each customer’s dreams. Everything is handmade and they choose the wood themselves in order to find the material that best suits their customers. Every table, bench and desk has its own look and there is something for every budget. Wood comes in many different price categories and while vWood is ready to create a top-notch coffee table using the most expensive material, they create budget-solutions just as easily.

“We don’t ever compromise on quality in any part of the process. If that means

“Our concept is simple. We put the customers first, offering them full control

throughout the process. We don’t compromise on quality but seek to deliver the best results at all times,” explains Gerning. Despite being a new company, vWood has already built a strong foundation for their future. The three friends hope to take their passion even further in the years to come. “Being friends help us in our achievement because we do this together, as friends and colleagues. We always motivate each other to succeed and share the same vision,” says Gerning. The Viborg-based furniture-designers have managed to reach far beyond the city borders into the heart of Danes across the country, and more are bound to follow.

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Scan Magazine | Design | Vifa

The Copenhagen Speaker

Unbeatable sound and Nordic quality design Over the past 80 years, the Danish company Vifa has perfected their expertise within loudspeaker technology, supplying many well-known electronics brands with topquality speaker components. In 2014, they launched their own loudspeaker, 'Copenhagen', to high critical acclaim. And they did so with style – literally. 'Copenhagen' and its younger 2015 siblings 'Stockholm' and 'Helsinki' marry the highest quality of sound with the very best in classic Nordic design.

have received top reviews for sound quality, and 'Copenhagen' won three design awards in 2014, reflecting the skill and dedication of the designers and engineers behind it: Each model took more than two years to produce and presented its own challenges.

By Louise Older Steffensen | Photos: Vifa

Lasting Nordic design At first glance, Vifa’s speakers look more like understated modernist pieces of art than electronics. And that is exactly the point. “We wanted to create an aesthetically pleasing model which would appeal to both women and men,” CEO Michael Speakers from the Helsinki collection

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Sørensen explains, “and at the same time, of course, we didn’t want to compromise the technical craftsmanship. We are very proud that the products we’ve ended up with do not compromise on either.” Sound connoisseurs agree: All three models

“We work with the Aarhus design company Design People,” says Michael Sørensen. “They’ve been great at creating a cool, high-quality Nordic look and feel which is apparent across all the models.” Every area of the products have been tried

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Scan Magazine | Design | Vifa

and tested thoroughly, guaranteeing listeners a product which will continue to please in the years to come and keep its classic aesthetic appeal. The palette used ranges from cool, understated greys through to sunshine yellows and earthy reds, ensuring that customers looking for a colourful centre-piece will be just as happy as those looking for quiet, unobtrusive sound. Vifa’s speakers finally found their statement look when another Danish company, the well-known textile expert Kvadrat, entered into the equation. “It was quite a new area for us – for Kvadrat too, as they usually deal with furniture textiles. Finding the ideal material with which to cover a speaker was an interesting challenge for both of us!” They needed material which was light enough to let the sound come through loudly and clearly, but something which covered the electronics inside. Eventually, the team came across light, environmentally friendly wool. The unique material is custom-made for Vifa’s speakers and gives them an exclusive, luxurious look which sets them apart from other high-end speakers. Their soft but raw understated minimalism is a natural continuation of the classic Nordic design tradition; an ideology also reflected in the quality, durability and practicality of the speakers.

Authentic sound – anywhere Vifa’s speakers can be used both inside and outside of the home, and even the largest model 'Stockholm', although primarily designed for stationary use, has been created with versatility in mind. 'Copenhagen' and 'Helsinki' have battery lives which will satisfy any social occasion, and all three can be easily plugged in, with cables included for analogue or optical connection. “I recently used my 'Stockholm' at a confirmation, and it was more than enough to power the entire party,” says Michael Sørensen. Two simple volume buttons embroidered unto the front of the speaker add a fun little detail to the simple, elegant lines of bold textile and aluminium frame. The speakers have wireless interfaces compatible with almost all types of modern devices: smartphones, tablets and computers. Even high quality wired inputs for CD players and televisions are provided. Settings can be adjusted via the Vifa app, although the pre-set option should be more than enough for most enthusiasts. “Vifa’s main technological concern is to create sound which is true to the original recording,” Michael Sørensen explains, “this means that we want orchestras to sound as authentic and real as possible, and instruments to be heard exactly as they were intended.” It is an art

which Vifa has perfected since its founder N.C. Madsen first set up his modest factory in the village of Videbæk in 1933. Models for the future Through all three models, Vifa’s emphasis has constantly been to create the very best possible. “We aren’t looking to become the biggest mass brand in the business; we’re looking for the regard of sound and design connoisseurs.” Each model adheres to Vifa’s ethos, but has its own personality: 'Stockholm' is the largest and most powerful and 'Copenhagen' an excellent all-rounder. 'Helsinki', which resembles a small, understated handbag complete with leather from Sweden’s Tärnsjo Garveri, is designed for ease-oftransport and ideal for impromptu occasions. All three are highly versatile and, most importantly, of the highest quality; a fact reflected in Copenhagen’s winning of no less than three prestigious international design awards: the IF Design Award, the Red Dot Design Award and the Good Design Award in 2014. While Vifa won’t reveal whether a little 'Oslo' or 'Reykjavik' is on the way, they’re enthusiastic about potential new family members on the horizon. For more information, please visit:

Speaker from the Copenhagen collection

Speaker from the Stockholm collection

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Scan Magazine | Design | Elvang

Amazing and authentic alpaca in Scandinavian design Visiting foreign countries and experiencing cultures different from our own tends to open our eyes to both the troubles and successes of others. When Tina and Lasse Elvang travelled to Peru in 2002 they were mesmerised by the country, its people and the importance of the alpaca. By Josefine Older Steffensen | Photos: Elvang

The alpaca is an unusual looking animal that has played an integral role in Peruvian culture and its economy. It was an animal that was often seen by Tina and Lasse when they went backpacking through Peru after finishing university. They met the alpaca farmers and were shocked at their standard of living, which was vastly different from the Danish lifestyle they were used to. Bringing Peru to Denmark Tina and Lasse were fascinated by Peru and upon their return they brought alpaca

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to display their products and we didn’t even have any lights!” Lasse recalls their first fair with a sense of humour. However the ambitious start paid off and within six months they had orders from several countries. Elvang was on the road to success.

wool back in the form of throws for family and friends, who immediately loved them as they were thin and soft yet still incredibly warm. They had not seen anything like it and could not find it in Denmark and so the idea for Elvang Denmark was created. Elvang today produces quality alpaca wool products, which have been received with open arms in 25 countries.

Lasse and Tina wanted to make sure the wool they were going to import from Peru was sustainable and ethical. Therefore it was vital that they found a good Peruvian supplier who valued the farmers and who cut out the middle man so that the farmer benefited as much as possible.

“We went to the world’s largest textile fair in Frankfurt in 2004 just after we started, it was quite funny really, everyone was bringing in trucks of goods and technology

Elvang Denmark has been rewarded for its work and became the second company in Denmark to be certified by the World Fair Trade Organisation. This means that

Fair Trade and sustainability

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every part of the company is beneficial for the climate and all people involved in the production and the company follows certain standards. "From the very beginning, when establishing Elvang, we based it on principles of ethical trade and therefore reaching the tough standards comes quite naturally," says Lasse when discussing the impressive certificate. The company is also a member of UN Global Compact, which encourages companies to engage in ethical global business.

is much more durable than sheep’s wool or cashmere. Alpaca’s spend most of their time in extreme temperatures ranging from punishing lows to intense highs. Their survival is dependent on having adaptable fur, which keeps them cool in the high temperatures and keeps them warm during the lower temperatures. The alpaca wool is therefore perfect for all seasons as it keeps you cool in summer, yet warm and comfortable in winter.

derfully individual and maintain high standards. Some of the products are created with baby alpaca wool, which are the first ultra-soft clippings from alpacas. The baby alpaca wool is even softer than normal alpaca wool and creates a unique and very luxurious product. Elvang have products to suit everyone. The throws are the most popular and also Lasse’s favourites, and it is easy to understand why; curling up on the sofa under a soft throw sounds like the perfect end to a day.

Bringing Peru to Denmark Alpaca wool Alpaca wool has certain unique features which makes it very different to other wool. It is allergy friendly, as it does not contain lanolin, which is the substance in wool that most people are allergic to. It is also much softer than sheep’s wool as the fibres are thinner and finer. Alpaca wool does not produce those little balls of fluff that get stuck everywhere, so it keeps the clothes you are wearing nice and clean, and the wool will last for years as it

Elvang have rather magnificently managed to create beautiful Danish design out of a South American product. Their throws, scarves and cushions embody traditional Scandinavian and Danish design with beautiful natural colours and simple yet incredibly effective and functional designs. “We want to create a brand that’s focused on quality,” says Lasse, and they have certainly done that. The products are won-

It is incredible what Lasse and Tina Elvang have created. Their products are of a high quality and luxurious, and have become hugely popular throughout Europe. It is also difficult not to fall in love with a company who set out to make the world a better place and are sticking to their initial intentions. For more information, please visit:

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Scan Magazine | Design | Essey

Letting design speak for itself Danish design is globally known for its functional aesthetic refinement. Essey has taken this concept even further and created products that have been inspired by their own functionality, allowing a showcase of identity and individualism. By Josefine Older Steffensen | Photos: Essey

Crumpling up a piece of paper and throwing it in the bin may not produce much excitement for most people, but for John Brauer this rather mediocre act got his creative juices flowing. And so Bin Bin was created. Bin Bin is a bin that shows its own function by looking like a, rather fantastic, crumpled piece of paper.

tables nearly touched the ground. He took a picture and immediately took it to a plastic workshop to see if he could recreate the look. After finally convincing the workshop to try, and after many months’ work, Illusion was created. Illusion is a table that has the flow and look of a beautiful tablecloth and the function of a table.

Brauer, the owner and chief designer of Essey, wants the product to speak for itself: “The products should communicate its function to the user.” Brauer made over 300 miniature bins to find the perfect shape. “It’s a nice balance between order and chaos,” he explains. The industry certainly agrees, and Bin Bin quickly became a design classic.

The Illusion tables are handmade and get pushed into shape by four people, creating one-of-a-kind, exclusive pieces. The unique tables come in a variety of sizes and colours. The illusions the tables create make them stand out in a crowd and gives them a high-end yet fun and approachable feel.

Walking past a café in Copenhagen, Brauer noticed that the tablecloths on the

The above terms are used to explain the poetic, playful designs that Brauer and

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his two fellow designers create for Essey. Cactus, a cute toothpick-holder shaped like a cactus to embellish the 'thorns' of the toothpicks, encompasses both these terms. “I love it when people really understand the design,” Brauer explains enthusiastically. “My work is never just about form and functionality, but also about the human factors such as poetry and humour." Essey’s products are not only high-quality design, but have a story to tell and have been created in a way that allows them to become their own character. The products are thoughtful as well as thought-provoking. They are unique, not just within Danish design, but within the entire global design scene.

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Scan Magazine | Design/Feature | Besos

Besos Scarves - the perfect piece Besos Scarves equal exclusivity. The Danish fashion brand designs luxury scarves in nature’s best materials, for men and women all over the world. Renowned for their bohemian elegance, their scarves have already been worn by a royal. Crown Princess Mary of Denmark is now the happy owner of a Besos Scarf, but that is no surprise. A Besos Scarf is just the perfect piece. By Caroline Edwards | Photos: Besos

Besos Scarves is a part of Besos, an online shop that specialises in selling quality scarves, combining their own brand with enthralling designs from around the world. Today, their own collection, Besos Scarves, features a variety of pieces made from 100 per cent natural materials such as cashmere, silk, wool and merino. “Our style is characterised by stylish looks with discrete details. We combine elegance with something casual, aimed at customers who value high quality,” explains Helle Sæthre, who founded Besos in 2012. Since then the online shop has grown into an international phenomena that only settles for the best. “Besos is not dictated by fashion. Our scarves are made with the customers’ wellbeing in

mind and we value quality and will continue to do so regardless of fashion trends,” says Sæthre. Besos’ online shop offers customers an excellent service with worldwide fast deliveries, and orders are being placed all over Europe, even as far away as Australia and Japan. “The popularity of our scarves have really caught on, in Denmark as well as abroad. People like their uniqueness. We never mass-produce anything, each piece is one of its own, often with handmade details,” explains Sæthre, who will soon get Besos ready for the Chinese market. With a growing interest in Danish design, Besos Scarves are slowly claiming new territories. So get ready for the invasion.

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An island adventure for the whole family Rømø is a Danish island of natural beauty, located in the middle of Vadehavet National Park, a UNESCO recognised heritage site since 2014 of marshland, sea, beaches and wildlife. Rømø gives you the chance to get close to one of the most compelling natural phenomena, Sort Sol. Witness the sight of large bird flocks just after sunset as they paint the sky black, whilst staying in one of the six seaside holiday homes in Rømø Ferieby. By Caroline Edwards | Photos: Rømø Ferieby

“Rømø holiday homes are the perfect place to enjoy quality time with your family. Being on a small island gives both adults and children a chance to switch off from everyday life and relax,” says Marianne Glerup, who owns the holiday homes with her husband Arne Sander Mikkelsen. Together they have created a little oasis where people can immerse themselves in everything Rømø has to

with both a spa, sauna and steam bath. You are only a short stroll from the harbour, a lively area with shops and restaurants. There is even a ferry to the German island Sylt, a good place for spotting seals,” explains Marianne Glerup. Staying in the middle of Vadehavet National Park definitely has its perks. Watch the bird formations on the sky, drive to Denmark’s most family-friendly beach, or visit the golf club hidden behind Diget facing the Wadden sea, only 500 metres from the holiday homes. Swim, hike, surf, or try horse riding. Rømø Island has it all.

offer. The small island is easily accessed, not by ferry but by a long causeway stretching nine kilometres across the sea. Once you are here, everything is within easy reach, and many visitors choose to cycle their way around. “Our holiday homes are very traditional-looking Rømø Huse, but the inside is highly modern

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Scan Magazine | Feature | Dome Karukoski

Dome Karukoski. Photo: Emine Lunden

A meeting with the saviour of Finnish cinema Acclaimed as “the saviour of Finnish cinema”, Dome Karukoski is a rarity: a maker of art house films that attract blockbuster audiences. Scan Magazine caught up with the Finnish director in Glasgow where his latest film, The Grump, was charming film festival attendees. By Paula Hammond | Photos: Marek Sabogal

“The idea that if we’re making an art house film, we have to make it as difficult as possible, or that if it’s a commercial film, we have to have to load it with ‘ha ha jokes,’ is just stupid,” Karukoski says. “The Grump was a super box office hit and the number one film in Finland last year. But at the same time Glasgow will be its seventh film festival appearance. People are now calling it commercial but if it wouldn’t have become a box office hit, would that make it art house?!” Talking to Dome Karukoski is like trying to catch lightning. He seems to be doing a dozen things at once: eating lunch, reading messages, checking the clock. He bounces from topic to topic, with an infectious enthusiasm and impish hu-

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mour. “Actually, the way I’m living and travelling,” he laughs, “I can’t see me lasting much longer!”

limeter cameras that all the directors usually shoot films with when they’re kids. So film school, which was government funded, allowed me to practice and rehearse the simple language of cinema,” Karukoski says. “To try different things and mould myself into the filmmaker I am.” Embracing strong females

Karukoski’s passion for film is, he admits, “a bit of a puzzle”. His father was an actor and in the way that young boys often idolise their fathers, he applied to acting school. “I didn’t get in, luckily,” he adds. Instead, Karukoski attended film school without direct knowledge of a directorial profession, but with a burning desire to be involved with films.

His debut feature, Beauty and the Bastard was the surprise festival hit that catapulted the then 28-year old into the big time. Since then Karukoski has made his name with human dramas, filled with passion and quiet, contemplative moments. His heroes are often traumatised social outcasts who, like the delinquent boys in The Home of the Dark Butterflies, struggle to find their place in the world.

Film school turned out to be a vital time for the fledgling filmmaker. “I was raised by a single mom who didn’t have that much money so we didn’t have a camera. We couldn’t afford even the 8-mil-

Although he feels that many of his stories are about men for men, his worldview is one that embraces strong independent women. “ In Heart of a Lion and The Grump the mother characters are proud

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women who never stand in the shadow of their husbands, like my own mother. She’s a feisty woman,” the director laughs. “If she meets a bear in the forest, she’s going to kick its ass! So in a way for me it’s difficult to direct a more timid woman. I do feel that a lot of my female characters could have been more developed but many of them are very strong and feisty and I like that.”

Stills from The Grump

A familiar inspiration For The Grump, it was Dome’s poet-actor father who provided the inspiration. “My father was always complaining that there weren’t any stories about his generation but then I found this book by Tuomas Kyrö, which in Finnish translates roughly as The Man Whose Day is Always Ruined. My father was a grump and I’m starting to be one too! I’m usually a super positive fellow and when you look at pictures of my father when he was younger, he was always smiling. But I think the negativity comes from one thing: when you start having back problems. When I was 16, I would bounce out of bed. Now if I do that I have to go straight to physical therapy! So I’m entering the grump world.” A lesson learnt Positive change is also a reoccurring theme of Karukoski’s heartfelt films and something that he thinks more and more about as he gets older. “I’m an optimist at heart,” he assures. “I think there’s always a choice. It’s easy to carry on down the same path but choosing change - like in Heart of a Lion, where the main character turns his back on his neo-Nazi friends - usually rewards you.”

Dome Karukoski. Photo: Emine Lunden

It’s a lesson he’s learnt in his own life. Choosing film school and not moving to the US with his American father were, he says, life-defining moments. “It sounds like a cliché but the important thing is to stay true to yourself. I could have made a lot of money just by accepting work because someone needed a director but I always think that every film I do might be my last so it has to be something I’m proud of. The stories have to have something human in their essence. Something profound.”

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Scan Magazine | Education Feature | Sønder Feldings Efterskole

Sønder Feldings Efterskole - unlock your potential Sønder Feldings Efterskole offers young people a chance to boost their academic abilities in a welcoming environment where each student matters. Armed with an iPad loaded with the latest learning tools, students quickly get a better grasp of letters and numbers. By combining small class sizes with exercising and enjoyable electives, Sønder Feldings Efterskole demonstrates that academic commitment and social activities flourish in unison, which doesn’t make your efterskole experience any less fun. By Caroline Edwards | Photos: Sønder Feldings Efterskole

“Sønder Feldings is characterised by a strong commitment to help each student reach their full potential. We stand out from other schools in the sense that we are a highly academic school focusing on people with learning difficulties,” says Asbjørn Lyby, headmaster at Sønder Feldings Efterskole. The majority of their students are normal youngsters in need of improving their skills after having been left behind in the classroom. This is where Sønder Feldings excels, a community where students live and learn side by side. “We focus on math, Danish and English through digital learning tools and small groups. Our goal is to prepare them for

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their final exams so they can succeed,” explains Lyby, emphasising that this is a task that is not just academic. At Sønder Feldings Efterskole each student follows an elective throughout the year. This way they get to indulge in their interests whilst improving skills such as reading and spelling. With offers stretching from horse riding and sports to art and music, students choose from eight different subjects. Moreover, everyone starts off their morning with a bit of exercising. “We are very much aware that the social wellbeing of our students is directly connected to their learning process, which is

why an efterskole is such a good place to be. Here you get to make life-long friends and learn in a safe environment,” says Lyby. Sønder Feldings Efterskole offers education for grade 8 to 10 and most students choose to stay for two years to make the most of their experience. “We might be a place for young adults in need of extra help with school work, but that doesn’t make the experience any less significant. Just like any other Danish efterskole, we go on trips abroad and visit places around the country. People make life-long friends and gain more self-confidence,” states Lyby. Year after year he witnesses students leaving the grounds of Sønder Feldings, ready to take on the world.

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Scan Magazine | Culinary Feature | Raalingen

A taste of history First recorded in the Icelandic Olaf Trygveson saga, the region of Hals has witnessed the cold-blooded murder of a Norwegian king and defied Swedish invasions. For a millennium, the region has guarded the mouth of Limfjorden, Denmark’s largest fjord, from unwanted attention. Today, however, the north-Jutland village of Hou has vastly improved its relationship with visitors and become a popular tourist destination by virtue of its beautiful nature, its proximity to Aalborg, and by the true taste of Denmark offered at the ancient Raalingen cottage. By Louise Older Steffensen | Photos: Jessi Strømsholt

The cottage was first registered during the reign of King Christian III in 1552. Raalingen, which means “wee cottage” in the Vendsyssel dialect, was the heart of a substantial agricultural establishment for centuries. When Stig Molge and his family took over Raalingen 17 years ago however, it craved some loving attention to bring it back its former glory. Following careful restoration and expansion, Raalingen has found new life as a large and welcoming eatery, only

200 metres from the beach and harbour. Diners can savour a variety of classic meals and drinks in the warm embrace of Danish history. Old curiosities and local fishing artefacts adorn the pub, or 'værtsstue', which makes up one part of the establishment. The friendly and knowledgeable local staff, headed by Stig (as pictured), can tell you a thing or two about the area while they guide you through local brews and Danish classics in the smoky, cosy tap-room. The neighbouring pavilion Valhalla, meanwhile, offers guests airier surroundings in which to sample carefully selected Danish specialties, including fresh homemade smørrebrød (open sandwiches) in all the best combinations.

Although somewhat less traditional, the brasserie’s specialty wins over hearts and mouths by its exotic nature and delicious taste. 'Raalings-brasseraden' invites the diner to cook a selection of meats, from antelope to wild boar, to their exact liking on a grill at the table. Weather permitting, four large terraces allow diners to take in Raalingen’s beautifully thatched roof and ancient wooden beams in all their glory, while the young or restless are free to explore the charming old garden’s ponds, plants and paths less travelled. Raalingen often hosts local festivals including beer-tasting and Pentecost celebrations and is available for private parties of up to 100 guests. The cottage is used to accommodating large numbers of people: A great stone tablet in the gable lists all of Raalingen’s previous occupants; a reminder that countless other generations have also relished the house and its offerings.

For more information, please visit: (available in Danish, English and German).

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Summer in Sweden 2015 Summer in Sweden is all about being outdoors as much as possible to make the most of the sunlight. Most Swedes will take a long holiday in July or August of around one month to have time to really relax in their summer houses or just by the sea or a lake.

Stockholm. On the West coast you can travel by tram from Gothenburg to Saltholmen and then on to the boats that take you out into the archipelago.

By Visit Sweden

The main event in the summer is of course Midsummer Day on the Friday closest to the 21st June and the longest day of the year. This is when Swedes head outdoors to pick flowers for garlands, make a maypole to dance around while pretending to be a little frog during the ‘Små Grodorna’ (The Little Frogs) dance , and of course to eat herring, new potatoes and strawberry cake with lots of cream and sing songs and drink schnapps . Having survived the Midsummer celebrations it is very nearly time for the long

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summer holiday. The Swedish cities tend to feel quite empty during the summer months but it is a great time to visit. Restaurants and bars move outside and festivals take place in all the main cities, for example the music festival Way out West in Gothenburg and the Malmö Festival. If you are in Gothenburg or Stockholm, make sure you hop on a boat and travel out in the archipelago. You don’t need to go far to find an island paradise. Fjäderholmarna is just about 15 minutes away from central

If you are in Skåne in the South of Sweden, you can enjoy long sandy beaches and picturesque seaside villages, cycle along the coast line and even visit Swedish vineyards. Or travel further north to Swedish Lapland to experience the midnight sun, when the sun never sets over the magnificent national parks.

Welcome to celebrating summer in Sweden 2015! For more information, please visit:

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Olaf Otto Becker, Háifoss waterfall Iceland 07/2000 ©Olaf Otto Becker

This summer we celebrate three years of critically acclaimed art exhibitions, popular events and much appreciated food.

Summer concerts with focus on jazz and classical music, 6 Thursday evenings starting on July 2.

Enjoy the fresh ocean breeze and take a walk on our beautiful larch wood boardwalk.

Photo exhibition ”Land Meets Water – European and American Photography from 1860 to the present”

Artipelag is an unique international meeting place, where art exhibitions, cultural activities, modern architecture, swedish design and excellent food is combined in an archipelago setting. The facility hosts two restaurants, both with outdoor terraces and service depending on season, a design shop with custom made products, several meeting rooms in varying sizes and a unique art exhibition hall. Artipelag is easy to reach from the Stockholm city centre by bus or boat, please see our website for more information.

Artipelagstigen 1, Värmdö, Sweden +46 8 570 130 00

20 mins from city centre

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Scan Magazine | Special Theme | Top Summer Experiences in Sweden

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The cosy cabins are situated right by the beach, making the summer experience phenomenally close and accessible.

Summer splendour and charming camping Summertime in Sweden attracts people from near and far who want nothing more than to enjoy lush days and cool evenings. One place where this is at the top of the agenda is Byske Havsbad, a camping resort where the summer experiences are at the very forefront. By Astrid Eriksson | Photos: Camilla O ̈jhammar

Just 30 km from the city of Skellefteå, in the northern parts of Sweden, lies the summer haven Byske Havsbad. A paradise for people looking to enjoy the various excitements that the Swedish summer has to offer, where fun times for the entire family regardless of age and preferences is promised. Start packing your bags and head for what many call Sweden’s (summer) heaven on Earth! “People come to us from near and far to enjoy life thoroughly,” says Marie Lindqvist Holmlund, manager of Byske Havsbad. “Swedish camping has a lot to offer everyone and we are proud of our hub where we have gathered countless activities in a marvellous environment.” Indeed, Byske Havs-

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bad has everything you could possibly wish for in a vacation spot of this kind. “There is no need to go elsewhere to find what you’re looking for,” Holmlund assures. “We’ve got it all.” Byske Havsbad treats their visitors to many events with all the comforts of a top notch summer resort. A café, a fully equipped utility and grocery shop and a brilliant restaurant complement the activities sure to entertain every guest and visitor throughout the busy season. Days at the camping site are filled with fun and games, the beach is a perfect family playground by day and a swell beach party by night, musical performances encouraging all dancing queens and kings and much, much more. Rest as-

sured, entertainment and social settings are never far away at Byske Havsbad. Camping is one of the Swedish summer’s absolute highpoints, and every summer approximately 100,000 to 110,000 people visit Byske Havsbad to enjoy some well-deserved rest, sun and over all exciting times. Even if you’re not an experienced camper, Byske Havsbad is a great destination for your summer holiday. With a wide range of accommodations you will with ease find an option suitable for you and your travel companions. “What’s so great about camping is the social life it offers as well as a comfortable way to spend your holiday in true closeness to nature,” says Holmlund. “After a visit, people almost always want to come back for more.” For more information, please visit:

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Scan Magazine | Special Theme | Top Summer Experiences in Sweden

A different perspective on city life Situated in close proximity of Stockholm City, those keen on experiencing a different side of the Swedish capital will be happy to find Kajakkompaniet (the Kayak Company). How about an evening of inner-city kayaking to round off the day? You definitely won’t regret it. By Astrid Eriksson | Photos: Kajakkompaniet

If you want to experience Stockholm a little differently this summer, Kajakkompaniet is well worth a visit. Centrally located on Kungsholmen lies a great opportunity to see the capital from an exciting perspective: one just above the glittering surface of Lake Mälaren. With a wide range of kayaks and offers for both beginners and more skilled paddlers, Kajakkompaniet enhances this experience and are available for anyone that fancies a unique

twist on their stay in the Swedish capital. The professional staff at Kajakkompaniet is at your service, providing an amazing opportunity to rent a kayak and trek out on your own to experience Stockholm from the water side. Situated just a stone’s throw away from the city centre they have packages and prices to fit even the slimmer holiday budgets.

surface of the water with state of the art kayaks. Offering packages for companies as well as small and large private group tours, Kajakkompaniet caters to most occasions. Open until 9pm during the high season, Kajakkompaniet provides kayaking tours with a different spin: afternoon and evening paddling. Bring your friends, or head down on your own after a long day at the office for some soothing exercise just above the water’s surface. Kajakkompaniet welcomes you to experience Stockholm like never before.

During the summer month’s people gather enthusiastically to get a chance to split the calm

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A spectacular free festival for the entire family For a few days in July, the town of Karlshamn hosts Karlshamn Baltic Festival, Östersjöfestivalen, where people from near and far will come and rejoice in what can only be described as a true, limitless street fest. Watch as the town puts on a magical display of community, love and fun, reminding everybody who stops by that culture, is indeed, made for us all. And what’s best: it won’t cost you a dime. By Astrid Eriksson | Photos: Östersjöfestivalen

With music at the centre of attention, this year’s Karlshamn Baltic Festival will take place on the 15-18 July. During four fun filled days visitors will flock to experience a wonderful pick-and-mix of national and international performances, food, shopping and other joyous activities. The festival will welcome everyone with open arms in a splendid feast for all the senses. In the festival’s Baltic Song Contest, performers from Sweden and its other nearby countries compete against each other in a grand musical battle; over ten different stages will provide audiences with some of the most remarkable and spectacular shows you’ve ever seen, and the international food stands will

have your mouths watering with delicacies from all over the world. In addition to this, an entirely new skateboard ramp will be built, providing skating enthusiasts a proper meeting place for practise, socialising, and competing. This and so much more makes Karlshamn Baltic Festival well worth a visit for the entire family. So come on over! Bring your friends and family and take a stroll down the streets that offers you entertainment and stimulation from the very first to the very last step. Experience for yourself what it really is like to come together with thousands of others over something as wonderful as music and culture. You won’t regret it for a second. We guarantee it.

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Scan Magazine | Special Theme | Top Summer Experiences in Sweden

Halmstad: The ultimate summer destination Last year’s winner (and this year’s runner up) of the title Summer City of Sweden, Halmstad, is now looking forward to yet another exciting season. In 2015 Halmstad is still going strong, demonstrating that when it comes to providing the best summer activities and amusements, size really doesn’t matter. By Astrid Eriksson | Photos: TheNilsson

The Golf Capital of Sweden

gering ten golf courses! For a fairly small town the wide offer of different golf activities and courses is unprecedented. “If you’re looking to play some golf with a splendid variation, it doesn’t really get any better than this,” Siljegård says. “We have one of the greatest golf courses in the world, an internationally top-ranked training facility, as well as traditional park courses, forest courses and courses right by the water. Nature-wise, it gives for phenomenal experiences.”

One of the many things that you can spend your time on during a visit to the lovely coastal pearl is golf. And quite a lot of it too. Halmstad houses approximately 90,000 permanent residents and a stag-

Siljegård is not exaggerating. Halmstad alone sports 46 (!) nature reserves where hiking trails, golf courses, waterfalls, rivers and the ocean come together in the

“What we do so well is the range and variety of activities,” says Lina Siljegård, project manager at Destination Halmstad. “Halmstad during the summer is a fantastic smorgasbord of things to do and experience, and due to the fact that it isn’t a very big city, everything is so close. Getting around is not something that ever stands in your way if you’re looking to fill your day with different activities.”

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most wonderful display of natural richness. Adding to this is the European Team Championship for men that will go down at the splendid Halmstad Golf Club in Tylösand in July, which will only enhance a fantastic golf summer in Halmstad 2015. A diverse summer city Choosing Halmstad as your destination of choice this summer is choosing a place that has something to offer everyone. From the lushness of the nature, to the buzzing vibe of the city central where cafés, restaurants and shops all offer you heaps of enjoyment while still keeping that small town feeling you can only get from a coastal gem like this. If you are looking to sink your sun warm body into the coolness of the sea, Halmstad has got you covered. Pearly white beaches, cliff coasts, piers that takes you further out in the open sea, or calm lakes; basically everything you could ask for. “We really take advantage of our closeness to the

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water,” says Siljegård enthusiastically. “There are loads of water activities to be discovered and if you don’t feel like getting wet, taking a walk along the beach while the waves tickle your feet provides precisely that sense of complete freedom and relaxation many aspire to reach during their time off work.” If you are looking for a bit more upbeat features to your stay, you won’t be disappointed. A mere ten-minute drive from the city centre lies Tylösand, known to many as one of the greatest beaches in Sweden. Every evening during the summer months, Tylösand puts on great beach parties with live bands, bars and restaurants sure to give everyone attending a night they will be hard pressed to forget. People from all over come flocking to take part of the great scene where famous and local DJ’s and bands help create a fantastically fun end of what is sure to be a joyous day in Summer Halmstad.

And who can blame them? Halmstad is a fantastic mixture of relaxation and activity, fun and serenity. The golfer’s opportunities are never ending, and the connoisseurs’ taste buds are constantly provided with delicacies. The party animals get their treats and the little mermaids and mermen will easily tour the varying coastline without feeling a single stitch of repetition.

Photo: Patrick Leonardsson

Even though 2014 was a great year for Halmstad as the faun-bearer of Swedish summer destinations, 2015 gives promise to an equally spectacular vacation season. No matter what you want to do you won’t have to go far to find it, and with a range like Halmstad, all your travel companions will be sure to get their holiday wishes fulfilled. But why take our word for it, book your trip now and see for yourself. But be warned: you may never want to leave.

Photo: Patrick Leonardsson

Still the ultimate summer destination “The convenience of everything is probably something people appreciate the most when they come for a visit,” Siljegård notes. “Independently of the weather you always find things to keep you occupied in a close proximity. People stay for a week and still struggle to tick off everything on their to-do lists,” she says with a laugh.

Feeling the urge to swing some iron? Please visit for some more golf delights in Halmstad.

For more information, please visit:

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An all-round music experience unlike any other For the 46th year in a row, visitors to the province of Dalecarlia will this summer be able to enjoy the fabulous festival Music at Lake Siljan (Musik vid Siljan, in Swedish). The proud people behind the festival are delighted to yet again invite you to a fantastic mix of classical and contemporary music and the creative process behind. By Astrid Eriksson | Photos: Martin Litens

“What’s so great with Music at Lake Siljan is that it really invites you to experience so many different sides of music,” says David Lundblad, Artistic Director of the festival. “Not only do we celebrate the art of music, but we also invite people to participate in various ways. It’s a great opportunity to see different sides of genres you perhaps normally wouldn’t come in contact with.” During the festival week, 63 events will have visitors flocking to take part in concerts, traditional fiddler’s meetings, lectures and workshops in stunning surroundings. Spread out in the picturesque towns of Leksand, Rättvik and Mora, this festival is as wide in its geography as it is in its musical categories. “It’s an enor-

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mously varied music experience,” Lundblad assures. “The festival has three main pillars; lectures and workshops, dances and traditional fiddler’s meetings, as well as concerts. With this range people are sure to get an all-round entertaining and stimulating experience they’ll never forget.” Indeed, Music at Lake Siljan has a fully packed schedule with various events. In their lectures and workshops visitors can learn everything from the creative process of writing music to the folk musical art of kulning. For people inclined to move their body’s in the rhythm of the delightful tunes, every evening offers dances to live bands and fiddler perform-

ances; and finally the great range of concerts throughout the province takes visitors from chamber music in old churches to choirs, popular music, jazz and entertaining concerts on big and small scenes all over the region. “Traditionally this region is very culture rich,” Lundblad explains, “but during this week it’s all enhanced and highlighted and of course focusing greatly on music in every shape and form. It doesn’t matter who you are, what clothes you’re wearing or what musical background you come from – we welcome everyone and aim to entertain and mesmerise each and every person who decides to take part.” Music at Lake Siljan takes place between 27 June and 5 July

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The Mozeraopera’s Don Giovanni with Peter Mattei, baritone, and Lucio Silla with design by a new design-star; modern music with a wheelchair ballet and Vivaldi’s The Seasons with traditional costumes is just a tiny selection of the many performances that will grace the stage during the festival.

Music beyond tradition One of Sweden’s oldest music festivals, Musik på Slottet (Royal Palace Music Festival), with its highest patron His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, will this summer welcome audiences to take part in a spectacular experience. Musicians from all over the world will put on magnificent concerts in the fabulous setting of the Swedish Royal Palace in Stockholm. Spreading classical music, beyond the boundaries of traditions, Musik på Slottet wants to open doors into new rooms where creativity and joy can come together and create an atmosphere where all is accepted, enjoyed and celebrated. By Astrid Eriksson | Photos: Hannes So ̈derlund

“What we are working very hard at doing is trying to bring in something that feels very timely and important here and now, into something that is considered rather traditional,” says Anna Eklund-Tarantino, creative director at Musik på Slottet. “We want to lead the way forward in musical development and acceptance, within a classic genre.” As far as culture goes, Musik på Slottet incorporates a lot in their programme for 2015. The music is influenced by various genres, but still with the classical music as a solid foundation to build on. Accompanying the performances are art exhibi-

tions with exquisite pieces audiences can feast their eyes on when their ears need a little break. “Our goal is to inspire as many people in as many ways as possible,” Eklund-Tarantino explains. And a source of inspiration they are. With an array of remarkable performances, Musik på Slottet will offer culture at it’s very finest and most diverse. With an incredibly international ensemble, focus will still lie on Swedish creators and artists, when gifted and immensely talented people enter the stage. “This year, we are highlighting performances by artists with disabilities,” says Eklund-Tarantino pas-

sionately. “Today it is so easy to think along the lines of ‘us’ and ‘them’ and we want to create a space where those two factors become a ‘we’. Which is essentially what art and culture is all about,” she adds. Broadcasted through various internet channels, Musik på Slottet promises a broad and gripping experience. “We are fortunate enough to work with so many brilliant artists, and many big national and international companies have also been eager to get involved,” Eklund-Tarantino sums up. “I am so looking forward to introducing a new way of thinking around a traditional concept, where all the love and support that goes into this project really shines through. It will be such a joy to experience.”

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Serenity and adventure just above the surface Dalarö Kajak is one of the biggest kayak experience companies in Stockholm, Sweden. Here, people are free to rent kayaks and trek out in the archipelago on their own as well as take part in one of the tours on offer. Half a day, one day or longer weekends, the choice is yours entirely when venturing off to one of the most memorable experiences of your life. By Astrid Eriksson | Photos: Dalarö Kajak

A mere 30-minute car drive from the hustle and bustle of Stockholm City, Dalarö Kajak awaits. With services and experience packages for exciting visits in the lush Stockholm archipelago, they are one of the top adventure providers in the Swedish capital. Known for the beautiful scenery, Stockholm has since the beginning of time mesmerised visitors with its views and nature, and with a little help from

Dalarö Kajak, the opportunity to enjoy it up close has never been better.

touring will be one you’re unlikely to forget. Working closely with hotels and restaurants in the archipelago, Dalarö Kajak are able to offer all-round experiences where all needs and desired comforts will be carefully catered to for people wishing to spend more than just a few hours paddling. Have your pick of various types of kayaking, like the brand new Mindfulness Paddling, where Dalarö Kajak has created a stress free experience in mixing paddling with a yoga and chi gong approach, perfect to calm your nerves and make you relax in a supreme setting that will never disappoint.

Dalarö Kajak offers various deals and packages for kayaking in larger groups or smaller parties at any level. Their experienced staff are always eager and ready to be of assistance, providing you with the best conditions possible and making sure that your island hopping or

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Nordic OutdoorGuiding In the great summer city Västervik, in the Swedish province of Småland, people flock every year to be able to enjoy some true Swedish nature along with the good vibe and atmosphere the friendly region provides. Put a little twist on your visit this year and be sure to visit Nordic OutdoorGuiding, for a close encounter with the great landscape.

a day, or stay out for several days and enjoy life on the water surface: whatever you fancy is ready and available. With introduction courses, guided tours and an atmosphere inviting any nature lover, your needs are sure to be taken care of. Just head on down and start paddling, but don’t be surprised if you won’t be able to stop.

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Working towards establishing themselves as an active hub for outdoor experiences, Nordic OutdoorGuiding is a kayak and outdoor activity company offering rental equipment of the highest standards, for an active experience in the Swedish wilderness. With the love for paddling in focus, Nordic OutdoorGuiding offers a wide range of different ways to enjoy nature. One of the most recent editions to their stable of water-based equipment is SUP (Stand up Paddling), a great way to calmly and excitingly nav-

igate your way through the waters on a surprisingly stabile board. The company is run by professional staff wanting nothing more than to help you master the equipment and talk to you about the great outdoors. All kayaks are brilliantly well kept and of internationally acclaimed brands and models. Nordic OutdoorGuiding offers something for kayak enthusiasts at any level. Try on a state of the art kayak before you buy one, rent one for

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Ribersborgs Kallbadhus – a feast for the mind, body and soul For a wonderful atmosphere in an historic building, with professional staff dedicated to providing you with the utmost comfort, Ribersborgs Kallbadhus really is an oasis well worth exploring. With the highest standards of service and well-being, this venue has everything you need to accomplish true relaxation. Go on, pay them a visit, you know you deserve it. By Astrid Eriksson | Photos: Ribersborgs Kallbadhus

“We are at our very best when the sky is blue, the ocean calm and the sun set high,” says Jonas Rincon-Dahlberg of Ribersborgs Kallbadhus. “The sensation of being this close to the open sea and still just a few minutes from Malmö City offers an instant relief and relaxation, which is exactly what we want to provide our visitors with.”

No shortcuts are taken when it comes to providing nothing but the best. “Our food for example is made from the freshest produce and is cooked with precision and care,” Dahlberg says. “People come here to enjoy themselves and therefore we will never serve anything that we are not completely satisfied with. The same goes for all our offers and services.”

Guests are welcome to swim and bathe in the two great outdoor pools, sunbathe, enjoy the saunas, a relaxing massage or satisfy the taste buds with the talented chef’s masterpieces in the soothing and breathtakingly beautiful atmosphere. Just take a walk down the 200 metre long pier and embrace paradise.

Dating back to 1898, Ribersborgs Kallbadhus carries a strong legacy, which is to be found in the facility, from the structure to the interior. “We are proud of our past and love to put the historic events that have taken place here on display,” says Dahlberg. “We have of course gone through renovations and rebuilding in or-

der to expand and evolve, but the spirit of times past very much runs through every room.” Summer season is wedding season for Ribersborgs Kallbadhus, who are fully booked with happy couples wanting the perfect location for their perfect day. However, this is not a place reserved for formal events only, Dahlberg assures. “People come in big or small groups or by themselves to relax after a long day at the office with a drink and a lighter snack. Even if you don’t make a full day out of it, this is still a fantastic spot that provides a true sense of freedom surrounded with people who are simply enjoying life.”

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World class culture in the heart of Swedish nature Every year Opera på Skäret arranges an opera festival with productions for both national and international audiences. With a mixture of new talent as well as renowned names from the grand scene of global classical music, each performance is delivered to the highest standards, providing delighted audiences with the very best of the classical genre. By Astrid Eriksson | Photos: Andreas Hylthe ́n

“Every summer we offer something completely exceptional,” says Sten Niclasson, creative director at Opera på Skäret. “In the middle of the forest, as close as you can possibly get to Swedish nature, we provide world class opera in the most spectacular setting you can imagine.” Situated just outside of Kopparberg in the middle regions of Sweden, the landscape is indeed unprecedented. The lush forest makes for a beautiful backdrop when singers and musicians from all over the world step onto the stages of what used to be an old timber storage facility. “The acoustic in the venue is unlike anywhere else,” Niclasson says passionately. “Es-

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tablished singers from opera scenes all over the world come here to perform and they all agree, our sound is unbeatable.” This summer, Opera på Skäret invites you to a cultural feast unlike any other. The Opera Pub, for example, provides food, drinks and a small stage where a piano and singers will keep you thoroughly entertained. "The programme is never preset,” Niclasson explains. “Whatever is being performed is completely up to the musicians which makes for many lovely surprises, both for us and the audience.” In addition to this, three different concerts will fill the chamber stage during the summer and last, but by no means

least: Opera på Skärets proudly presents La Traviata on their big stage. “What is so great about La Traviata, apart from being a phenomenal opera,” Niclasson explains, “is that it is a great piece for any kind of audience. It is a fantastic first opera and it only gets better the more you listen to it.” Performing this magnificent Verdi masterpiece is an array of international singers, accompanied by the Swedish Chamber Orchestra in the pit. “It is the most international and globally renowned ensemble we’ve had in years,” says an enthusiastic Niclasson.

5, 12, 19 July – Concerts 10, 24 July, 7, 21 August – Opera Pub 1 – 30 August – La Traviata

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Never-ending nature and fantastic adventures For a chance to experience some true Northern Swedish wildlife, Svansele Wilderness Centre is unprecedented. With nature richer than anywhere else, Svansele offers you a close encounter with a landscape so breathtakingly beautiful you’ll be hard pressed to find a reason to leave. By Astrid Eriksson | Photos: Svansele Wilderness Centre

Svansele Wilderness Centre is available to book every day of the year, and as a visitor you will find things to keep you occupied throughout all hours of the day. The resources for fantastic experiences are nearly endless in Svansele, where the landscape invites you to a wide array of activities and opportunities for play and exploration. With an elk safari (with an elk spotting guarantee!), snowmobile riding, saunas, mountain biking, fishing, boat tours and much more - Svansele has it all. There is no occasion Svansele Wilderness Centre doesn’t cater to. With a state of the art conference facility (wildlife themed, of course), room for approximately 116 overnight guests, the new hotel Knuteshotell offering accommodating and comfortable rooms right by the beautiful river and the Wilderness Exhibition that will give you a spectacular insight

of true, untouched Swedish nature, the Centre makes sure that all bases are covered. Northern Sweden is known as a place where the local produce makes even the pickiest connoisseur’s taste-buds water with pleasure. Try delicacies such as bear, beaver, the northern specialty souvas, and homemade hard-bread and rejoice in the fantastic things the Swedish northern nature provides. So make sure to stop by for your next visit in the fantastic north of Scandinavia and get a taste of all the things the Centre, and nature, has to offer. We know you’ll love it.

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No need for booking: The Wilderness Exhibition is run on a drop in basis during the summer. A visit couldn’t be easier!

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Iceland - The land of fire and ice Iceland is a country shaped by volcanic forces and untouched landscapes, covered in lush forests and open fields. Experience green valleys, solitary highland, glaciers and active volcanoes. Wander off to the black sandy beaches before embracing the magic of Icelandic folklore by looking for the hidden elves. Icelandic culture is full of surprises and magical tales, all you need is an open mind. By Caroline Edwards | Photos:

Iceland is commonly known as 'the land of fire and ice', a title that has only been magnified since Game of Thrones filmed their third season on its mysterious lands. With some of the largest glaciers in Europe and the most active volcanoes in the world, this is no surprise – Iceland is as pure as it is fiery. Widely regarded as one of the most peaceful countries in the world with a friendly population and high quality of life, it’s no wonder that tourists are

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flocking to get a taste of Icelandic life and culture. From the buzzing streets in Reykjavik to the small villages in the highlands, Iceland’s cultural experiences stretch across the entire country without slowing down. Visit mesmerising natural wonders, hike up the mountains under the never-ending summer sun, or take in the sight of seals as they play around in the wild ocean. A holiday in Iceland can simply take you anywhere and when it comes to accommodation, your choices are equally diverse. Camp

in the wild, enjoy luxury in a vibrant city or retreat to a little cottage in the countryside. Icelandic culture and tradition is shaped by years of solitude in the middle of the North Atlantic ocean, influenced by Scandinavian forces and Mother Nature’s very own gifts. Despite being one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world, its brand reaches far. Icelandic people are progressive and modern with a strong commitment to protect their environment, and if you happen to set foot in the breathtaking valleys shielded by mountains pointing up to the open skies, you understand why. Iceland is simply stunning, home to a culture that is just as creative as its nature. This is a country that is not to be missed.

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Rustic comfort in the Icelandic wilderness Volcano Huts is perhaps one of the best hidden resorts in Iceland. The rustic mountain accommodation can be found in the midst of Þórsmörk Nature Reserve, situated in a lush valley next to the Eyjafjallajökull volcano and glacier. Getting there is part of the adventure and well worth the effort. Open all year round, visitors can experience anything from snowshoeing under the Northern Lights in winter to hiking the endless trails in summer, surrounded by diverse volcanic landscapes. By Caroline Edwards | Photos: Volcano Huts

After crossing nearly 20 rivers while enjoying plenty of scenery, you reach the beginning of two renowned Icelandic hiking trails and enter the heart of Volcano Huts, a company that prides itself on its outdoor community-spirit. Here, in the middle of nature, hikers and adventurers alike join together in their love of hiking. “Our biggest appeal is our proximity to nature. You can only get here by mountain bus, modified 4WD cars or on foot, which makes the journey quite an adventure. Once you are here you are far away from any sort of city bustle, completely at one with nature,” explains Bjarni Freyr, cofounder and CEO of Volcano Huts. Since 2012, the travel company has offered

tours, activities and a place to relax. Stay at a campsite, rent a hut or share a room with fellow travellers. Volcano Huts has it all. “We are a mountain resort, but a rustic one. We offer people the basic comfort they need such as good food to keep their energy up for different activities,” explains Freyr. During the summer, visitors can enjoy yoga classes and massage and their natural pool is steaming with warm water from the valley. However, the biggest attraction remains nature itself. Volcano Huts is an open community where travellers meet and share their love of the outdoors. During hikes people sometimes make friends and end up hanging out

around the campfire in the evenings. It’s an authentic and real experience, a different way to explore Iceland and that’s exactly what Volcano Huts is all about. “We are not a five-star hotel, nor do we try to be. Here nature always comes first. We are open all year round, so if you like rustic and you wish to hike the trails or witness the striking sight of the Northern Lights from the Þórsmörk valley in winter, Volcano Huts is the place for you," says Freyr.

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Embracing the elements With everything from leisurely trail walks to full on arctic marathons, thrilling super jeep trips to food tasting tours, Icelandic Mountain Guides have something for everyone. Pick a tour your nerves and endurance level can handle and discover Iceland as it is meant to be experienced – up in the mountains at the mercy of nature and the elements.

way to discover all the country’s weird and wonderful culinary traditions, this tour takes you right to the source of the local food and, as always, there are natural wonders in abundance.

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If your time is limited, opt for one of the many year-round day tours on offer. Tours run not only from the capital Reykjavik, but also Skaftafell and Skógar in the south, so you can hop on wherever you happen to be staying. “We also offer custom travel arrangements for individuals and families to create unique adventures, accommodating special wishes and interests,” says Arnar Már Ólafsson, director of marketing. “All tours are run in small groups, so whatever you choose, you’re guaranteed a personal experience.”

With over 20 years experience in outdoor escapades, Icelandic Mountain Guides have established themselves as the premier adventure company in Iceland. Driven by their passion for nature and the outdoors, the highly qualified guides are ready to show you Iceland’s best known sights and more in a whole new light. On many of the tours that last for several days, you’ll stay in quaint country guesthouses along the way and be transported to all your hiking destinations in top of the range four-wheel drives.

ture across volcanoes and past glaciers and geothermal hot springs. Over the five days of the Kingdom of Volcanoes and Glacier trip, you’ll see it all, the mighty Geysir and Gullfoss waterfall, picturesque Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park and the stunning Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon. During winter, this tour transforms into the Kingdom of Glaciers and Northern Lights tour, hopefully including the added bonus of witnessing the northern lights dancing above all those spectacular landscapes.

On the increasingly popular Volcanic Trails trek you’ll find out just why Iceland is called the land of ice and fire, as you ven-

For food lovers, the Cultural Taste of Iceland tour, run in partnership with Iceland Rovers, is not to be missed. A fantastic

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Revisit the heart of the herring industry The Herring Era Museum is an award-winning homage to the history of Iceland’s once prosperous herring industry. Be sure to add the charming northern town of Siglufjörður to your itinerary to catch all the museum’s festivities this summer. By Stephanie Lovell Photo: Fiann Paul

From the early 1900s to the late 1960s, the herring industry was booming in Iceland. Herring accounted for 25 per cent of the country’s total export earnings, with countries like Denmark, Germany and Russia seemingly unable to eat their fill. Yet in 1969, the industry was suddenly wiped out when herring was no longer to be found in the northernmost seas. The Herring Era Museum commemorates this important chapter of the nation’s history. Relive the time when Siglufjörður was a thriving herring village through five exhibitions housed in Róaldsbrakki, a restored salting station. There are also exhibitions at Grána, a 1950s fish oil and meal factory, the Boathouse where 11 boats and ships lie at dock and in Njarðarskemma, which tells the town’s history of hydro-electric power and a 1930s slipway.

July is always an exciting time for the museum with the town’s folk music festival taking place at the beginning of the month. What’s more, there are performances every Saturday on the deck of Róaldsbrakki, with local 'herring girls' demonstrating how to salt herring. Once their work is done, they’ll sing songs with an accordion and invite visitors to dance with them along the dock. Just an hour’s drive from Akureyri and open every day, this shining example of a heritage museum is not to be missed. “The Herring Era Museum is the largest maritime and industrial museum in the country,” says Anita Elefsen, curator. “It is also the only Icelandic museum to have won an international award, which is testament to its great value and relevance today.”

Unforgettable experiences at the two Icelandic themed villages Ever wanted to drink mead with a Viking or fall asleep to the sounds of the sea? All this and more is possible at the two themed villages in Hafnarfjördur, just ten minutes’ drive from Reykjavik city centre. A visit to either Viking Village or Fisherman’s Village will be an unforgettable experience of fun for the whole family.

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Just 10 minutes away, Fisherman’s Village stands on a historic spit of land, which up until 1860 was one of the biggest fisheries in the country. Everything in the guesthouse and restaurant has been kept in the charming style of those times. “You get as close to nature as it is possible to be, with the sea just three metres away from you,” says Bjarnason. “You can see lots of birdlife and sometimes even seals and whales swimming nearby.”

By Stephanie Lovell | Photos: Viking Village

Comprising a hotel and restaurant like no other, Viking Village transports you back to the Viking Age. As a hotel guest, you’ll live like a Viking, but with all the 21st-century luxuries you’re used to, including free parking and WiFi, as well as a hot pot and sauna. “There really is no place like the Viking Village restaurant. We serve genuine Icelandic food, but

there are also European-style options for those who can’t stomach sheep’s head, shark and dried fish,” says Jóhannes Vidar Bjarnason, owner. “Most evenings there is live music provided by real-life Vikings. Groups can arrange to be ‘kidnapped’ from their coach as they arrive, after which they’ll be brought to a cave for some mead and a singsong. It’s a great start to the evening.”

The 20th annual Viking Festival will be held in Hafnarfjördur this June. Three hundred Vikings from all over Europe are expected to gather together for what promise to be festivities you really mustn’t miss.

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The sustainable seal-capital of Iceland Witness the sight of seals splashing around the Icelandic shores by visiting the seal-watching locations at Vatnsnes Peninsula. The Icelandic Seal Center in Hvammstangi provides visitors with information on exciting wildlife experiences along with informative exhibitions and research publications that help the tourist industry set ethical standards across the country. Iceland’s seals are more than just gripping animals. They are a part of Icelandic culture, beloved and rarely forgotten. By Caroline Edwards | Photos: Pe ́tur Jo ́nsson

“We want wildlife tourism to be sustainable without having a negative impact on the environment," says Unnur Hilmarsdóttir, managing director at The Icelandic Seal Center, a pillar in the community, founded by locals in a quest to turn Hvammstangi into the seal-watching capital of Iceland. This year they will be celebrating their tenth anniversary - and there is a lot to cheer for. “We have seen an incredible increase in visitors. Last year alone, 20,000 people visited and that is amazing. We think it’s important to spark an interest in wildlife and we do whatever we can to educate the public,” explains Hilmarsdóttir. Those who come to get a glimpse of the

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seals at the peninsula often stop by the centre first. Here, they are greeted by the staff, all experts bursting with enthusiasm, before going through to the exhibition. “Visitors are often surprised by how informative it is. They learn new things, not just about seals and biology but also about the important role seals have played in Icelandic life throughout time,” says Hilmarsdóttir, adding that seal-watching is only one of the many adventures awaiting those who visit Hvammstangi. Located in Northwest Iceland, mid way between Reykjavik and Akureyri, tourists will find plenty of things to do in the area. Horse riding, horse shows, bird-watching, boat trips and a farm zoo are just some of the exciting ac-

tivities in store for those who stop by. Visitors leave the centre equipped with new knowledge, ready to go seal-watching and explore the many local attractions, surrounded by compelling, rugged landscapes. “This is just the ideal destination for travellers. With some of the biggest seal colonies in Iceland and a wealth of unspoilt nature, it’s not hard to see why people keep coming back,” concludes Hilmarsdóttir, hoping that the future will turn even more visitors into wildlife-enthusiasts.

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A travel adventure fuelled by creativity Esja Travel is one of Iceland’s most exciting providers of specialised tours, giving visitors the chance to combine travelling with a valuable learning experience. Capture the essence of the Northern Lights on the edge of the Arctic Circle, spin wool and hand knit with Icelandic knitters, or simply retreat to a state of mindfulness with a dose of yoga. By indulging in your favorite interest you get to discover Iceland from a different angle. And Esja Travel helps you on your way. By Caroline Edwards | Photos: Esja Travel

“Our biggest strength as tour operators is our ability to attract skilled professionals to guide our tours. We offer holidays that combine people’s interests with their urge to see Iceland,” says Kalla Björg Karlsdóttir, who founded Esja Travel with Kristín Sverrisdóttir in 2009. Together they have added something rather unique to the Icelandic tourist industry. Apart from traditional holidays and guided tours around the beautiful island, they offer a wide range of workshops and tours tailored towards people with special interests.

their lives,” explains Karlsdóttir. Instead of just offering a normal knitting course, Esja Travel has two different tours available. One that focuses solely on the craft and its culture and another that combines it with adventurous trips.

“Our photo and knitting tours are highly popular. Knitting is an important part of Icelandic culture and most women have been to a knitting club at some point in

The remote landscapes and cultural traditions also fuels the travellers' desire to take photos. Iceland is a great destination for artistically minded nature enthusiasts

and Esja Travel offers themed photo tours all year round. “During the summer, visitors benefit from 24-hour sunlight, surrounded by colourful landscapes and bright skies. Winter time is characterised by arctic darkness, ideal conditions for spotting the Northern Lights. This is a big attraction, especially for people on our photo tours,” tells Karlsdóttir. Esja Travel also offers family-tours, yoga retreats, and several summer and winter adventures, including self-drive tours. This is a company sparkling with creativity. So get ready to hone your skills - Iceland is erupting with opportunities.

“We call it From Sheep to Sweater. People get to visit the places where the wool is made and learn vital knitting skills, which gives them a proper sense of what the knitting-culture means to us Icelandics,” continues Karlsdóttir.

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Your gateway to the Icelandic fairyland Hrauneyjar Guesthouse offers countryside-style accommodation in the middle of Iceland’s most gripping natural landscapes, surrounded by highland, in close proximity to volcanoes, waterfalls, rivers and glaciers. This is the last stop before venturing into the remote heart of Iceland. A land where magical creatures are lurking behind the rocks, winters are lit up by the Northern Lights and the summers are blessed with never-ending sunlight. Hrauneyjar Guesthouse is your gateway to the Icelandic fairyland. Get ready for wildlife encounters – and don’t get surprised if you are greeted by a charming elf. By Caroline Edwards | Photos: Hrauneyjar Guesthouse

“The Guesthouse is close to the most stunning natural wonders in Iceland. It‘s the perfect base for exploring nature. I often describe it as a diamond in the mountains, because it really is!“ exclaims Ingi Þór, the acting manager of Allseaonhotels, an Icelandic hotel group that, apart from the guesthouse, consists of Highland Hotel and Hotel Ranga. However, nothing beats the remote location of Hrauneyjar Guesthouse. “This is a place where people can relax, eat food and venture into the adventurous Ice-

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landic landscapes. Our staff is always cheerful and ready to provide a good service. We have a very homely atmosphere here at the Guesthouse,“ explains Þór, who is now in the process of expanding the place, adding more rooms to the place. Tourists are flocking to Hrauneyjar in their cars, ready to explore the area. But for those who seek to explore the rocky roads and go off the beaten track, Hrauneyjar Guesthouse have jeeps available for rental between 1 June and 1 October. Travelling around the area is a pleasant experience

with friendly locals who tend to speak good English. See impressive sights such as the volcanic canyon Eldgjá, the famous volcano Hekla, or dive into the hot spring Seljavallalaug - the list is endless. But some places are more peculiar than others. “Whenever visitors come here to explore Iceland we always make sure that we guide them to some of the hidden treasures that cannot be found in the guidebooks. Deep in the wilderness wonders await everywhere,” confides Þór, who also reveals that Iceland is a nation of believers. All around the country people still believe in elves and trolls and if you visit the strange lava formations, you might just get a glimpse of an elf. A visit to Hrauneyjar Guesthouse brings you one step closer to the magic. For more information, please visit:

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Bridging the gap between knowledge and innovation for a greener future What used to be the American NATO base is rapidly transforming into Iceland’s most innovative and green area. Comprising of a business incubator, a forward-thinking educational institute and a cutting-edge film studio, Ásbrú is the place to take your ideas to the next level. By Stephanie Lovell | Photos: Atlantic Studios

When the last soldiers left America’s NATO base in Keflavik in 2006, the Icelandic Government established the Keflavik Airport Development Corporation (Kadeco) to oversee the biggest transformation of property and land the country has ever seen. The area was christened Ásbrú, which according to Norse mythology is the bridge between the world of men and the world of the gods. Today, Ásbrú serves as the bridge between knowledge and innovation, education and a green future.

your electrical energy needs coming from renewable energy sources thanks to Iceland’s geothermal and hydro power plants. Furthermore, Iceland boasts one of the worlds most reliable energy grids in addition to a stable climate, meaning that international data centres enjoy year round free cooling to reduce their energy costs. Such green benefits have attracted companies specialising in nutraceutical production from microalgae and the extraction of silica from geothermal seawater.

With an international harbour and wellconnected international airports in close vicinity, Ásbrú is ideally located for fastgrowing companies looking to relocate. By doing so, you’ll instantly make your company greener, with 100 per cent of

Business stands side by side with academia at Keilir—the Atlantic Centre of Excellence consisting of a health and education school, an institute of technology and an aviation academy. “Keilir serves as the academic backbone to our busi-

ness development,” says Sigurgestur Gudlaugsson, project manager for strategy and marketing at Kadeco. “The centre focuses on the same sectors as we do for the area’s development, thereby creating direct value to companies located in the area, giving them access to research facilities, knowledge and a better-educated workforce.” Recently, Iceland has become a hot spot for film- and TV-makers hungry for stunning landscapes. Atlantic Studios Iceland in Ásbrú is a premier film studio with firstclass accommodation onsite, making it a fantastic place to set up camp while filming. “It takes no time to get anywhere in the country you might want to shoot,” says Gudlaugsson. “We can be very flexible and accommodating to your needs - the possibilities are endless.” For more information, please visit:

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Tailor-made tours in Iceland and Greenland Some people are unstoppable. When they face storms in life they use it as a force to help them grow stronger. Jón Gunnar Benjamínsson the CEO and owner of Iceland Unlimited is one of those people. After working in the tourism field for a few years, a car accident left him paraplegic. Today he is running his own travel agency and tour operator company, Iceland Unlimited, specialising in tailor made self-drive holidays and guided private tours all year round in Iceland and Greenland. By Ingunn Huld Sævarsdóttir | Photos: Jon Helgi Snorrason

Travelling in Iceland offers endless possibilities and it is easy to get overwhelmed with the exciting buffet of activities and adventures. Iceland Unlimited helps people plan their vacation and takes pride in providing everyone with a wonderful vacation experience. The company has pioneered by specialising in accessible trips for disabled travellers and with an experienced team of creative people, that focuses on finding solutions to every challenge, the company has recieved excellent reports from happy vacationers and was recently awarded the coveted 2015 Certificate of Excellence on TripAdvisor.

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Our philosophy is simple, says Benjamínsson: “Our aim is to treat the customer in the same way we would want to be treated if we were the travellers.” Although the top tourist season in Iceland runs from June through to August, Iceland Unlimited does not limit its trips and service to the summer season alone. “It’s really good to visit Iceland in May and September as well,” says Benjamínsson. “With fewer people around and lower prices on rental cars and accommodation yet still all the main activities running, such as boat trips on

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, dog sledding tours and snorkeling the lava fissure, it can be a great option.” In the winter season Iceland Unlimited takes its guests on Northern Light themed tours where people can take on a winter adventure and experience the warmth within the cold as Iceland is known for not only being the land of ice but also the land of geothermal hot tubs and warm houses. After a day of sledding with huskies, hiking on glaciers or taking selfies with snowmen you can find yourself sitting under the arctic skies soaking in warm water, sipping on champagne “and if everything works in your favour you could be witnessing the breath-taking dance of the Northern Lights,” says Benjamínsson.

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An airport hotel with nature on its doorstep Just a five-minute drive from Keflavík International Airport, family-friendly Hotel Keilir is in the perfect location for a quick stop-off in Iceland. Yet with nature and culture on its doorstep, this is more than just your average airport hotel. Stay a little longer and discover all the surrounding area has to offer. By Stephanie Lovell | Photos: Hotel Keilir

Iceland has become the number one stopoff destination connecting Europe and North America. If you’re departing on an early morning flight or arriving late at night, look no further than Hotel Keilir for accommodation. Located in the centre of Keflavík, it is also the perfect base from which to explore the rest of the beautiful Reykjanes peninsula. The clean, modern and bright rooms are equipped with a TV, complementary WiFi and a minibar. “In addition to single, twin and double rooms, we have three to fiveperson rooms, which are perfect for families who often have to book two or more bedrooms to accommodate everyone,” says hotel owner Bryndís Thorsteinsdóttir. Guests can relax after a long day of travelling at the hotel bar. If you need a bite to

eat, there are plenty of shops and restaurants within walking distance. Guests rave about the unbelievable views over the Atlantic Ocean and Faxaflói bay with Reykjavík and Mount Esja in the distance. On clear days, you can see all the way over to the mighty Snæfellsjökull glacier in the west of the country. Take a stroll along the walking paths by the shore and you might even spot a whale. Alternatively, you can always arrange a whalewatching tour through the tourist company Viking Guide, which operate through the hotel. If time allows, there is plenty to see in the surrounding area. Of course, everyone wants to bathe in the renowned Blue Lagoon, which is easily accessible from the

hotel. In Keflavík, there’s the Viking World museum, which is run in cooperation with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. and has five exhibitions, including an impressive Viking ship model. Hop on the Reykjanes Circle tour to see the geothermal area Gunnuhver, Valahnúkur mountain and the Bridge Between Continents, which is built over the fissure between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates. Viking Guide are happy to book whatever tour takes your fancy, as well as to arrange transport and car hire for you.

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Made in Norway – a clever thing to say By Cathrine Pia Lund, Director of Brand Norway, Innovation Norway | Photos: Pur-Norsk

According to a recent study by BI Norwegian Business School, it is clever to give away a brand's country of origin in the company name. This is often the case if it is a product with a potential to be associated with the country’s nature and wellknown way of life. For Norway, this can be products such as clothing suitable for rough and cold weather, or food products such as salmon, which we know thrive better in cold waters. In cases like this, adding Norway to the company name, will give trustworthiness. On the contrary, if wanting to sell items such as sun protection creams or orange juice, Florida or Australia would probably be a better choice. The researcher’s conclusion is that the link between a country’s image and the product’s characteristics, determines whether the country

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of origin affects the buyer behavior. Many companies in Norway have chosen to add Norway in its name; such as “Bergans of Norway”, “Moods of Norway” and “Dale of Norway”. Others have chosen geographically neutral brand names, which can work very well, too. At Innovation Norway (yes, we do have Norway in our name as well), we are proud to work with so many great Norwegian compa-

nies regardless of names and products. Our mission is to help with financing services, advise on markets in several regions all over the world, contribute to build networks and offer competence training. And we give professional advice on design and branding. In fact, we recently launched a new division at Innovation Norway called Brand Norway. As the new director of this division I look forward to promoting all that Norway has to offer for tourists, business investors and entrepreneurs all over the world. We applaud this special issue about Norwegian brands and encourage you to keep your eyes open for everything made in Norway!

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With a touch of the northern lights One look outside her workshop window is all the inspiration Merete Mattson needs. From the mesmerising beauty of her surroundings she creates the most wonderful jewellery, capturing the essence of the North’s cold winter days and long summer nights. Wearing the northern lights around your neck is not as impossible as you might think. By Stine Wannebo | Photos: Julia Marie Naglestad

Hemnesberget is a little village in Norway, just south of Mo i Rana. In the midst of mountains and right by the fjord, the homes here house many creative souls. Goldsmith Merete Mattson is one of them. Her combined studio and shop was built right by the water, so close that the gush of water reaches her front door every time a storm is brewing. It is far from one house to the next and there is hardly any traffic to speak of. That leaves room for the untamed nature to flourish. There is no place like it. “The views are fantastic, even when the sky is grey,” Mattson explains.

And it is in these stunning surroundings that the 52-year old finds the passion to create her jewellery brand Gullblom. She designs necklaces, earrings and bracelets that are all unique to the North. While one of her collections consist of glimmering silver shells, another has the familiar shape of the northern lights. She uses precious metals, shimmering stones and both rough and fine shapes to form her jewellery. The nature outside Mattson’s window is always changing and so is her work. Her latest necklaces look like sparkling snow crystals, undoubtedly inspired by the white winter months. She of-

ten incorporates wavy motions into her extraordinary collections, representing the waves of the sea, the northern lights and that of the wind. “You find inspiration in what is close to your heart. In my case, that happens to be the nature of the North,” Mattson says. It is not always easy to run a creative business from the rural parts of Norway, but it seems the unique style of Gullblom is starting to get attention from across the country. Soon Mattson will be welcoming guests to her very own café and gallery, where she plans to exhibit her own work as well as that of other Northern artists. There is no doubt that the Gullblom adventure is only just beginning.

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Nordic sophistication with unparalleled comfort After originator and entrepreneur Anita Godell found herself lacking comfy and stylish outfits that fit her globetrotting lifestyle. She figured she could do a better sartorial job than the market was offering. With a penchant for clean-cut, high-quality fashion that puts comfort in the high seat, her brand APHRU has quickly made a name for itself in Norway and abroad – and the horizons are ever expanding. By Julie Lindén | Photos: APHRU

“The business idea was as simple as the clothing: I wanted to make sustainable fashion without all the fuss, clothes that were comfortable and wearable – items one wouldn’t long to change out of immediately after leaving the office. I figured there had to be a way to combine Nordic minimalism, soft fabrics, natural materials like wool, cotton and silk and a neat silhouette to create fashion that people would actually want to wear,” says Godell, who has a fair share of experience. Having worked for Microsoft and spent numerous working days at airports, on planes and generally on the go, she was longing for an alternative to stiff suits.

peccable craftsmanship. Here, in Milan, Godell employs a team of four seamstresses who put time and effort into crafting the sophisticated garments – and Godell stays in close contact with them all. “I love Italy with its traditions for craftsmanship, where people have a unique understanding for unpretentious quality and ‘la bella figura’. Also, knowing our seamstresses makes a huge difference to production; we’re able to stay in control of working conditions and quality, and convey exactly what we want. Having our studio in Milan, as opposed to somewhere in Asia, also limits our carbon footprint,” she says.

Italy proved the ideal place to combine a love for fashion, quality materials and im-

While Godell remarks that the fashion market is a “ruthless industry to break

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into”, she is proud to have done so in only a few years. Running the APHRU concept store at Oslo’s Paleet, a high-end shopping arcade on the city’s Karl Johans gate, visions are grand for the future. “We’re constantly working on reaffirming our presence on the national market. Meanwhile we’re looking into expanding into further markets in Europe, as well as the US. Interest from Japan and China has also been great,” she concludes.

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Comfortable and ethically manufactured children’s clothes Bamboline is a brand and manufacturer of clothes for new-born to ten-year old children based in Norway’s third largest city Trondheim. The clothes are made following Fair Trade guidelines in Estonia, from ethically sourced skin-friendly fabrics which are Ecotex certified.

Bamboline was launched in February in showrooms at the fashion fair Moteforum på Skøyen in Oslo, and can be found in several shops around Norway this autumn.

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The company was formed in December 2013 after having been run as a one-person company for two years. What originally started as a hobby quickly became a passion. “I was inspired by my three children,” founder and owner Kristin Korsnes explains. “The brand Bamboline developed from the need for smooth children’s clothes, which stimulates activity and play whilst looking after their sensitive skin,” she continues. Families typically love the outdoors and prefer to spend their free time in Norway’s spectacular nature with its beautiful fauna of the forest. The idea to capture children’s imagination into the mirrored graphic prints emerged in collaboration with graphic designer Lina Haugen Solstad. “Together we have created a profile which connects with children’s curiosity by telling its story through the motifs,” Korsnes says.

The different expressions of this year’s collection received names related to nature and fairytales. For example, 'The King of the Forest' is based on the majestic Norwegian moose. This is a motif popping up in various contexts. 'The Fox Widow' is the motif dedicated to the baby collection emphasising sweetness. On the other hand, 'The Frog’s Kiss' intends to relate to the fairytale about the princess kissing the frog. Focus is on delicate colours and smooth fabrics. Bamboline is run solely by Korsnes, who whilst growing up struggled with atypical skin. Sourcing textiles smooth enough to feel comfortable on sore and scratched skin proved difficult. “By a coincidence I discovered textiles by viscose and bamboo three years ago and I love the feeling of the smooth clothes on the body,” Korsnes explains.

Founder Owner Kari Korsnes

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Tree time After returning from Costa de Luz in Spain, where she was inspired by stunning surroundings and a diet of unprocessed, raw food, Evy Reimers Arnestad returned to Norway to open her own online store that could offer people even more ways to bring nature into their everyday life. By Maya Acharya | Photos: Treklokker

The concept behind Norwegian company Treklokker is pretty straightforward: 100 per cent natural, handcrafted and stylish products made from wood. “My products are focused on being environmentally friendly and unique. Each handmade object is made with love,” says Arnestad. Treklokker is the only business of its kind on the Norwegian market, and sells many accessories that are non-gender specific such as surf and turf style sunglasses, and even sleek wooden bicycles. The materials are mostly reclaimed and a lot of thought goes into the type of wood that is used in order to create a long-lasting, allergy-friendly and sustainable product. Part of Treklokker’s profits also helps support the running of a food bank in Spain.

Like any start up, Treklokker was a challenging, one-woman venture. “It’s not always easy being a manager, administrator, PR person and designer all at once,” Arnestad says, “but I am very happy with how far the company has come.”

MOSA Designlab is an experienced industrial design company, specialised in sporting goods and complex technical aids for the disabled. At the core lies the desire to design products that improve people’s quality of life. By Helene Toftner | Photos: MOSA

The ebove bike from Activetainment.

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In terms of future plans, Arnestad is always on the lookout for potential retailers, but for now (touch wood) things are just dandy.

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Treklokker has in a short time attracted the interest of several design shows and 'superfood rockstar' David Wolfe, who encouraged his followers to “go back to wood!” on social media. “I am a friend and fan of Wolfe, so it was amazing

MOSA Designlab – design to improve quality of life

The design company is well-established within the field by focusing on transforming ideas and needs into marketable products, be it innovative wheelchairs for the disabled, or sporting goods like sledges for children. This has resulted in numerous awards of Design Excellence from the Norwegian Design Council, such as the iF Design Award and the Red Dot Design Award. “We focus on functional ways to solve new needs, and are very pleased to be working with

when he showed his support for Treklokker,” says Arnestad. “It’s always great to hear the positive feedback from customers as I’m constantly trying to design based on the their needs.”

some market leading companies around the world,” founder and CEO Morten Sagstuen says. MOSA Designlab has specialised in sporting goods and technical aid for disabled people, and their work includes several patented solutions. They work closely with Norwegian sports brand Fjellpulken, which is known for their sledges and high-end equipment used under The Handicare Gemino Rollator received both the iF Design Award and the Red Dot Design Award.

the most extreme arctic conditions at the Poles. “We work closely with them on their product design, as well as on their total graphic design and brand communication,” Sagstuen says. The company works with clients across the whole spectrum, ranging from worldwide giants like tech company Handicare to start-ups like Activetainment. “It is an interesting mix, as the clients need different approaches. Understandably, the start-ups often need more help with the designs,” Sagstuen says.

FJELLPULKEN PULK: The new Fjellpulken children’s sledge achieved a lot of attention in the sporting equipment market. It was rewarded with the Award for Design Excellence in Norway.

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Designs for any occasion Grete Marchmann-Jensen designs clothes for a rainy day as well as celebratory events through the brands SØS Jensen and Maxemilia. Being sold all over Norway as well as delivery options to the UK, there is no reason not to be dressed for the occasion. By Helene Toftner | Photo: SØS Jensen and Maxemilia

While Maxemilia offers celebratory costumes for children, SØS Jensen makes fashionable windstoppers. “I find inspiration everywhere I am, in the weather and from old traditions,” founder Grete Marchmann-Jensen says.

costumes for children with stunning details. “The national costumes were, and still are, the nicest piece of clothing people could wear. I wanted to use that focus, but still design innovative and new pieces,” Marchmann-Jensen says.

Marchmann-Jensen established her first brand, Maxemilia, in 2001. Having been brought up in a family with strong traditions within the textile industry, as well as being an acting advocate for children’s clothing for years, Marchmann-Jensen longed to create something on her own. Finding inspiration in traditional ‘bunader’, the national costumes of Norway, she started to design celebratory

With more than 50, 000 sold costumes all over Norway, there is no doubt customers agree that her designs are pleasing the crowds. Focusing on quality wool and linen, the items can be handed from one little girl to another. “The national costumes are often handed down from one generation to another, which creates a lovely bond. We hope to see the same with our costumes,” Marchmann-Jensen says.

Shortly after the almost instant success of the celebratory clothing MarchmannJensen’s sister suggested looking into raincoats. Perhaps no surprise as they come from Bergen, the rain capital of Europe, where fashionable and nice raincoats are much desired. “They are aimed to make your rainy day,” MarchmannJensen grins and continues, “While starting out as shelter against rain drops, they are more versatile today and can be used in any weather conditions.” The SØS Jensen coats are sold all over Norway, and can even be delivered to the UK, Germany and Canada, while its male equivalent, Marchmann, run by the original founder’s son Jørgen Emil MarchmannJensen, is due to launch this autumn.

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Crockery inspired by Scandinavian myths and fairytales Think Scandinavian simplicity, high quality products, and a dash of myths from the deepest forests. Combine this with two eager designers who wanted to create tableware to last a lifetime, and with features that would be easily recognised across the globe. Together this makes Wik & Walsøe, the romantic crockery brand which has made cups and plates fashionable. By Helene Toftner | Photos: Siren Lauvdal

In 2006, Linda Svedal Walsøe and Ragnhild Wik left their secure jobs in the design industry to set up their own company, rooted in Norwegian nature and culture. In 2007, Wik & Walsøe’s first collection saw the light of day. The design duo has not looked back since. “The timing could not have been better. The demand for Norwegian, and Scandinavian interior design in general, was on the increase, and we have just seen the demand grow ever since,” co-founder and creative director Linda Svedal Walsøe says. After Ragnhild Wik left the company last year, Walsøe has

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remained behind the wheel, steering the company towards new successes. A distinct look and feel Since their first collection in 2007, Wik & Walsøe has become an important voice in Scandinavian design. Indicative of its success, the company was named a Gaselle Company by Norway’s leading financial newspaper in 2011, due to the stability and growth it has experienced ever since its inception. Attesting that its success formula continues to work, Wik & Walsøe was named Female Entrepreneur

of the Year in 2013 by Innovation Norway, while receiving ELLE Design Awards 2013 for best tableware with their collection Rustikk (Rustic). While quality and usability are clearly important factors in Wik & Walsøe’s designs, the striking feature is what influences all their works, providing a distinct look and feel across lines and colour schemes. “I wanted to create something immediately recognisable in a world that is inundated with information,” Walsøe says, “the designs always follow the same principles, being simple and based on Scandinavian nature and tradition.” Out of a fairytale It is difficult to look at Wik & Walsøe’s crockery without being drawn back into one’s childhood tales and stories, particularly by their iconic Alv collection, which

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Founder and creative director, Linda Svedal Walsøe. Photo: Charlotte Wiig

translates into the Elf collection. The tiny forest elf is known for its magical powers, and for making the impossible possible. Found on cups, plates and pots, the elf is for many the symbol of the brand. “‘Alv’ means the angel of the forest in Norwegian, and is the name of one of the first Wik & Walsøe's collection of tableware. The simple lines of the light and elegant porcelain pieces paired with the intricate design in subtle shades of grey made Alv instantly popular,” Walsøe says.

Wild beauty with the Rosa Slåpe Collection The distinct Scandinavian feel is very much present in Wik & Walsøe’s newest china tableware, the Rosa Slåpe collection, or Pink Blackthorn collection as it translates to in English. The new tableware is subdued, elegant and slightly nostalgic, with its pink flowers dancing lightly on the edge of the tableware. “It is simply

perfect for those special occasions, and a natural focal point at any festive table,” Walsøe describes the 16-piece collection. Remembering her own grandmothers’ tableware, Walsøe wanted to design crockery for generations to come. By focusing on top-notch quality products and timeless designs, chances are that her plates and tea pots will be equally appreciated by future grandchildren. “I have some of my grandmother’s pieces on display in my cupboard together with more modern items. To see old and new pieces side by side makes me appreciate where I come from and gives me inspiration to where I'm going,” Walsøe says.

as others. The brand’s designs are sold all over Norway as well as internationally, including through the UK web shop, and German

Sold to most corners of the world Eight years after their very own fairytale started, Wik & Walsøe’s efforts to bring Norwegian design to the world have not gone unnoticed, with mentions in The Times Magazine and Wallpaper as well

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Subtle beauty in the details Trost design plays with exciting combinations of quality material to take your everyday outfit to the next level. By Camilla Brugrand | Photos: Alex Asensi

Karoline Øien Andersen has been making jewellery since she was 12 years old. In 2011 she created Trost Design, which offers subtle and minimalist jewellery made of quality material with a base of oxidised silver, which she combines with matte and shiny gold, rhodium, brass and pyrite. “My grandmother loved crafts and I think she passed down her abilities to me. The designs are timeless and I have played around to find different methods to express my style through my work,” Andersen says. Trost Design is available through Andersen’s website, but she also has a number of Norwegian customers when she sell her designs on market days once a month in Oslo. Many of her customers also come from America and Great Britain.

“I am committed to making jewellery that’s subtle and minimalistic, but that doesn’t mean that it has to be boring,” she explains. “It’s all in the details and I focus on combining materials with different surfaces and textures to create interesting contrasts. It’s the attention to the little details that makes my jewellery stand out.” The jewellery is ageless and can be worn by all types of women. Andresen says that it’s about subtle beauty that people can accessorise with everyday outfits. “What I like best about selling jewellery in markets is that I get to meet my clients, and I look at these occasions that jewellery appeals to so many different people and styles. I design not for a particular type of customer; Trost has a versatile design to suit most occasions and wardrobes.”

Adorn yourself with art Norwegian jewellery designer Kaja Gjedebo thinks that jewellery should be like a miniature piece of art that you want to wear your for the rest of your life. By Maya Acharya | Photos: Mira Zahl

You might say that Kaja Gjedebo’s career was a lucky accident. After graduating with a degree in furniture design, she was ready to move to New York and start working for one of the largest architecture companies in the world. However, after 9/11, her plans went up in smoke and so she decided to become a jewellery designer instead. Now she is the name behind the successful jewellery label KGD. Gjedebo’s simultaneously bold and delicate pieces have gained momentum in Norway and

abroad. “What I love about jewellery design is the freedom to work with as many materials as you like. I also like the fact that jewellery is something that people can relate to on a personal level,” she reflects. Gjedebo is more of an artist than a commercial designer and makes it clear that trends do not interest her, but rather “good, universal design that lasts.”

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be close to nature, which plays a big part in my inspiration,” she says. When Gjedebo is not in Norway, she can be found at events such as Inhogrenta, one of Europe’s biggest jewellery trade shows. Her next stop will be New York, where she will take part in the Delicious Objects exhibition at The Highline Loft Gallery in Chelsea. Other plans include launching a new collection born from “a cleaning process” during which Gjedebo found parts from old projects and put them together to create new pieces. “It will be a lot more chaotic than my previous work,” she promises.

Gjedebo currently lives in an in-house studio in an artist neighbourhood near the forests of Oslo, which she says is “fantastic”. “It’s great to

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Fit for Vikings Kie Sølv, a small Norwegian business started by jewellery designer Kirsti Eriksen, offers silver designs inspired by ancient techniques but with a modern twist. By Maya Acharya | Photos: Kie Sølv

Jewellery design was something Eriksen, who initially studied electrical engineering, fell into accidentally, but something she would never give up. “It’s great to be able to express my creativity, and being able to convey historic traditions is something I think is fun,” she explains. Eriksen, who is from Northern Norway, employs old jewellery and methods from the Viking era to create contemporary designs. For example, several of the patterns in her bracelets and necklaces can be traced back to the ring technique, which Vikings used to make their armour. All of Kie Sølv’s jewellery is handmade using silver. This combination of old and new is the cornerstone of Eriksen’s work. “Even though the pieces are inspired by Norwegian cultural heritage, it’s important for me to make jewellery that is mod-

ern and that people want to wear in the present day,” Eriksen says. One of the most original techniques that Eriksen uses can be seen in her ‘salt’ pendants, which are cast using sea salt as a mould. The salt gets rinsed away after each casting, making each pendant unique. Another example of contemporary design can be seen in her series of earrings made from silver and plastic cable ties.

Eriksen’s innovative designs have sold well in Norway as well as on the international market. Along with an online store, Kie Sølv also supplies to retailers and participates in fares across the country. It is also possible to buy and try on jewellery at Erikson’s workshop in Lillestrøm, just outside the capital. In 2010 she was accepted as a member of The Norwegian Folk Art and Craft Association, which she calls “an important recognition of her work as a silver smith.” Now Eriksen is working on new projects, including a collection that will incorporate fish leather, which will also be a way for her to create a link to Northern Norway and Lofoten. She says, “jewellery design is something that I’m looking forward to focusing on more and more for each day.”

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Lulu’s Accessories – a lust for everyday glamour With its sleek, elegant and contemporary designs, accessory brand Lulu’s Accessories has taken Norway’s style aficionados by storm – and understandably so. Having seen the turnover of their smartly designed toiletry bags and make-up purses increase tenfold over the past six years, the brand’s founders have not only identified their immovable spot in the accessories market, but have also manifested a presence as creators of high-quality products. The next step? Taking Lulu’s Accessories abroad. By Julie Lindén | Photos: Julia Marie Naglestad

“It’s mainly about taking an idea, something we like and can’t find anywhere else, and turning it into a piece that fits the bill,” says co-founder Ragnhild Naglestad. “We started out by identifying a gap in the market. If we couldn’t buy what we wanted, we aimed to make it for ourselves under our own brand – putting in the effort and hours to give each design a neat finish. Quality was, and is, paramount; we’d never sacrifice quality for anything.” From own shop to new sartorial shores She is proud and unwavering in her tone as she recalls the beginning of the brand, which grew from a fashion shop she started together with colleague Anne

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Kristine Mykjåland in 2004. “We literally started out on the shop floor. Working with fashion and design everywhere around you certainly does something to your creativity. It’s very inspiring, but it also clarifies areas of improvement that can be brought into your own ideas,” she notes. Kristiansand-based Lulu’s, centrally located on the southern city’s Skippergata, is still up and running, carrying noted brands such as Gestuz, Second Female, MIH and of course Lulu’s Accessories. Although inspired by brands represented in the shop, Naglestad says the first collections of her own brand were ‘a matter of feeling’. “Definitely. I don’t think we’ve ever made a strict plan for ourselves and

how we want the items to look. We go by heart, making what we feel like making at the time.” As much as heart, qualities such as passion and dedication played major parts in the initial stages of setting up the new business, notes Naglestad. “We attended trade fairs and made calls to everyone we knew,” she laughs. “Also that was a matter of feeling and heart. Of course we really wanted to make it work, and see our brand succeed.” International expansions And has it ever. With a turnover of NOK 1.5 million in 2010 increased to NOK 14 million this year, Lulu’s Accessories can rest assured it has captured the hearts of accessory lovers nationwide. That, however, does not mean Naglestad and Mykjåland are resting on their laurels. With interested customers from countries all over the world emailing daily, anything but an international expansion would be a disgrace. “Our biggest interest at the moment is Germany, where the market is huge. We’ve been in contact with smaller distributors, but we’re also looking to sup-

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ply our products, primarily our toilet bags, as widely as possible. The UK would be a natural next step. We’re definitely interested in hearing from potential distributors,” Naglestad confirms excitedly, describing her joy at receiving emails from customers as far away as the US. “It’s wonderful to have customers get in touch and ask how they can get their hands on our bags, even though we don’t ship that far away. I’m always excited to help out, so I’ve been known to pop their requested item in a post parcel and send it myself!” Perfection from bathroom shelf to weekend trip With such undeniable and warm attention to their customer base, the need-tohave designs of the products are merely a bonus. Meticulously crafted in high-quality leather or leatherette, all determined by the intended usage of the product, Lulu’s items are as desirable as they are long-lasting. From the colourfully fierce to the understated chic, everyone can find their Lulu’s favourite – just as perfect on the bathroom shelf as on the weekend

trip. “The toilet bags are our biggest success but we also carry bags of all sizes, and we’re currently in the process of developing a line of sophisticated pencil cases. We’ve noticed that there aren’t many options when it comes to stylish pencil cases for young people and adults, it tends to be a product one stops using at a certain age. We want to, yet again, fill a gap and offer something we’d like to use ourselves,” says Naglestad, offering a final, all-encompassing thought of what makes Lulu’s Accessories special: “Women and men of all ages: we offer something for everyone and we see it in our clientele. We’ve had 12-year old customers and we’ve had 80-year old customers. It makes us very happy to see our products appreciated with such a varied group of people.”

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Coastal inspired and individually designed jewellery Oslo based Norwegian jewellery designer Karoline Skotte got her education in Jewellery and Silversmithing at Britain’s Birmingham University. Her products include wedding rings, gold and silver rings, necklaces, jewellery for men, earrings and bracelets. Divided into two categories (individually custom made products for an individual customer and products designed by Skotte for general sale) her products have taken the market by storm. By Stian Sangvig | Photos: Karoline Skotte

“I formed my one-person company 11 years ago because I wanted to focus on individual design in order to get closer to the customer,” the founder and owner explains. Skotte’s designs have been inspired by her upbringing close to the Norwegian coast. “I was always fascinated by combining shapes of typically Norwegian islets and archipelagos with the tranquility of the bluish reflection of the sun in the sea,” Skotte explains. That said she is also happy to design jewellery in classical styles if the customer wants. “What I really enjoy is the happiness and satisfaction of the customer af-

ter having worked together to design something he or she really wants,” she continues. Skotte shares a workshop and showroom with four goldsmiths with different backgrounds, who have their own products and designs. It is located centrally on the street Vibes gate 18 in Oslo’s smart Majorstuen neighbourhood close to the elegant shopping street Bogstadveien. “Unlike traditional jewellery shops,” Skotte concludes, “ours has goldsmiths on site and offers individually, custom-made solutions as well as distinctive designs reflecting the personality and inspirations of each goldsmith.”

Nature’s finest resources through Silke og Sølv Silke og Sølv translates into Silk and Silver, two of the finest products in the world. Tone Bremseth’s jewellery make the most of these natural treasures through her silk bags and colourful silver charms. By Helene Toftner | Photos: Silke og Sølv

The story dates back to 2006, when founder and designer Tone Bremseth decided to make her dreams come true by starting her own company. Silke og Sølv was soon established, designing striking silver jewellery and silk bags. “I have always loved silk, and when starting working with silver I combined the characteristics of both into my designs,” Bremseth says.

Today she has an extensive collection of silk bags, but has continued to focus more on silver jewellery. One of her most iconic pieces is the silver handbag charm, inspired by her silk bags. “Each charm is handmade with individual patterns,” Bremseth says. She uses solely natural products in her designs and notes that all of her designs are handmade. “I work according

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to the slogan all natural,” she says with a smile. Coming from Norway, picturesque nature has always been on her doorstep, and has naturally played a role in her designs. “Nature has always inspired me, and so I like combining silver with colours and gemstones, which create harmony in the jewellery.” Her latest collection is a clear testimony to that, with beautiful use of gemstones like jade and amethyst. The silk and silver products can be purchased at the Sugar Shop Jewellery Studio in Oslo and in Bremseth’s hometown Stjørdal, as well as upon request.

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1: The gold and silver ring is from the Droplets collection. 2: The Monster collection is inspired by Northern Norwegian nature 3: The Monster Collection. Photo: Pål M. Laukli 4: The Droplets collection is feminine and classic


Sophia Brand Jewellery – pieces of art Sophia Brand Jewellery offers bespoke pieces of art, with a focus on quality classics with a twist. While initially offering custom made jewellery, the two collections Monster and Droplets will soon be available in shops around the world.

Jewellery, with focus on quality classics with a twist, which provide a sense of exclusivity.

By Helene Toftner | Photos: Sophia Brand

An important part of the brand is the custom made pieces, being necklaces or bracelets. These are often made from gold and gemstones. “My customers emphasise quality and a sense of art, and are generally interested in innovative pieces of art and architecture. While this is important in the commercial collections as well, it is particularly evident in the custom made jewellery,” Skarsbakk says. The custom made jewellery is available on request.

The lady behind the brand, Inger Lise Sophia Brand Skarsbakk, has been in the industry for 16 years, and opened Sophia Brand in 2010. While initially specialising in custom made jewellery, she also designs pieces inspired by Northern Norwegian nature with classic details. “I am an artist at heart, and the jewellery clearly bears characteristics of that,” Skarsbakk says. While starting out as a traditional goldsmith, she knew from the start she preferred creating her own designs rather than reproducing and repairing others’ works, and a few years later Sophie Brand became reality.

Skarsbakk is currently working with goldsmiths and appropriate shops around the world as well as in Norway to find the right outlets. Shortly you will be able to indulge in the two commercialised collections Monster and Droplets in shops near you. For the former she has drawn inspiration from her childhood years in Harstad in Northern Norway. “The pieces in Monster are inspired by the arctic landscape, animals and icicles, and are for both men and women,” Skarsbekk says. “Droplets is more feminine and classic, and only for women.” Both collections, however, bear the distinct expression of Sophia Brand

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Norway’s last remaining jeans manufacturer Think ten years ahead and you will still be wearing your same favourite jeans. They only get better with age, having changed colour and shape according to your usage and history. That is exactly what Livid Jeans offers, not just a pair of jeans, but a companion for many years to come.

denim from all over the world, particularly by Japanese weavers. “We use only the best quality on the market at every given time,” he emphasises.

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In August, women can finally enjoy the finess of Livid Jeans as they launch their first line for the ladies. “We will start with jeans only,” Dankertsen says. However, based on the raving reception of the men’s line, which now also constitutes t-shirts and jackets, there may very well be a further development of the women’s line too.

What’s in a name? The old adage is as true today as it ever was, and Livid Jeans has nailed it. The name brings up notions of enthusiasm and fume, exactly how founder Jens Olav Dankertsen felt when establishing the quality jeans brand in 2010. “Just like leather, jeans have a remarkable way of transforming with the customer. It is an inspiring product to work with, and I wanted to make topnotch jeans for everyone,” Dankertsen says when asked about his inspiration. While jeans are worn by most, ranging from hip teenagers to office working dads, Livid Jeans caters to the quality conscious, with a dash of nostalgia. “Our

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jeans are for the person in the street, with a particular interest in quality, and who likes how things were done before,” Dankertsen says. The description could just as well been of the brand itself, which profiles itself by quality and “doing it old-school,” by being present throughout the whole production process as Norway’s only remaining apparel manufacturer. “While the design is clearly important, we are manufacturers rather than designers. Most of our range is produced in Norway, and we oversee every part from the design to the last stitches,” Dankertsen says. He sources

Livid Jeans is stocked at Nick Tentis in London, and is available through their web shop as well as shops around Europe.

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Scan Magazine | Hotel of the Month | Norway

Hotel of the Month, Norway

Villa Charlotte: A Mediterranean pearl of the north Carved into the beauty of the western Norwegian coastline is a stylish residence unlike any other. An English-style waterfront manor and serene retreat for small and larger travel groups alike, Villa Charlotte is a haven for those who wish to combine Norwegian peacefulness with an ambiance reminiscent of southern Europe. Add to this description an impressive line-up of activities, facilities and awe-inspiring rooms and your coastal getaway is complete. By Julie Lindén | Photos: Bjørn Tore Økland

“This property is a pearl. It’s truly one of a kind,” says owner Torunn Økland about the remarkable white B&B villa that doubles as her home. “Waking up to the morning sun and sea view from the king-size bed, taking in the calm and peaceful surroundings of the unique nature; it’s pure recreation.” An international meeting place Situated by Fanafjorden in Bergen, merely minutes from the international airport yet embedded into the most pristine of natural sceneries, Villa Charlotte rises as an exclusive palace – perfect as a hub for exploration, concentration and relaxation. Distinguishing itself from traditional

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Norwegian architecture by its grand, white and symmetrical appearance, the attractive B&B has garnered enduring international attention. “The waterfront location and the villa’s continental European architecture are both recognisable and highly appreciated by tourists from abroad. The associations between the architectural look and the ‘Riviera’ type of lifestyle are clear,” notes Økland. She admits that while the Villa welcomes private and business travel groups from Norway and abroad, apart from business meetings and work groups, the main clientele comes from areas outside Scandinavia. “Villa Charlotte is a concept international visitors under-

stand and desire,” she says. “Also, the option to either book the whole villa or just a room or two, makes the choice a flexible one.” The value of the experience Far beyond connotations of luxury and warm retreats, Villa Charlotte inspires cultural exchanges and memorable experiences. “Looking back on the highlights of the year, or even one’s life, it’s always the experiences that are left as the icing on the cake,” muses Økland. “Therefore, we want to create memorable experiences for our guests; aesthetical happenings that induce pure lust for life.” The main vehicle for such activities at Villa Charlotte is understandably the sea vessel, or more specifically, the B&B’s own Princess V48 yacht. By this far more than a comfortable way of travel, guests can choose between three different excursions to nearby cultural and culinary destinations. Selected trips are fully equipped with a champagne lunch for all aboard, adding an extra bit of sparkle to

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truly cement the memory. The possibility to combine business meetings, board meetings and cultural and culinary hotspots at such ease, boarding from the waterfront at Villa Charlotte, is truly unique.

troduce guests to the most wonderful places around,” explains Økland. “These trips represent pure life quality and enjoyment. Meal times and bonding with fellow travellers is an immense part of the travelling experience.”

Bergen’s moniker ‘the Rhododendron City’. All in all, Villa Charlotte is a place to enjoy life. “It’s a stunning place, a gorgeous building, and the surrounding nature is nothing short of magnificent. What more could one ask for?” concludes Økland with a smile.

Exploring cultural and culinary hotspots The first of the tour options will introduce the guest to nearby Lysøen, a stunningly romantic island and the famous home of Norwegian violin-virtuoso and composer Ole Bull. Here, you may visit the villa where Bull lived and composed his noted works, and meander some of the island’s 13 kilometres of walkways and paths. A second tour option will take you via Lysøen to Bekkjarvik Gjestgiveri: a 17th century guesthouse and culinary hotspot, where hosts include the 2015 Bocuse d’Or World Champion Ørjan Johannessen, who was raised at the guesthouse. A third option takes guests via Lysøen to the renowned Cornelius på Holmen seafood restaurant – a lovely place to end the day and relish good food and company. “We want to in-

For groups wanting to partake in a slightly more hands-on culinary experience, Økland adds that Villa Charlotte has a fishing boat at their disposal. “It’s a perfect way for guests to enjoy the sea and its goods – and learning how to prepare them in the kitchen, or outside on our terrace when weather permits.” Enjoy life on land For those wanting to just kick back and relax or enjoy life on land, there are plenty of places and activities to be explored near the Villa. How about exploring Bergen, or perhaps spend a day at Fana Golfklubb? Close to the villa you’ll find the largest Rhododendron collection in Scandinavia at Arboretet – a botanical garden and true ode to

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Scan Magazine | Hotel of the Month | Iceland

Hotel of the Month, Iceland

A haven in the heart of Southern Iceland Nestled at the foot of the spectacular Eyjafjallajökull glacier, with grazing Icelandic horses for neighbours and hiking trails on its doorstep, Hotel Anna allows you to experience Iceland in all its natural glory. At the hotel’s charming restaurant, hungry travellers can tuck into traditional dishes prepared using locally sourced ingredients all year round. By Stephanie Lovell | Photos: Hotel Anna

Moldnúpur farm in the south of Iceland was home to Sigríður Anna Jónsdóttir, a popular author and keen traveller. Struck by the urge to see the world, she began travelling around Europe on her own, a brave feat for a women in the late 1940s, and wrote books about her experiences, such as A Dairymaid Goes Out Into the World published in 1950. When the farmhouse was converted into a hotel to serve as a tranquil haven for fellow travellers, it was only fitting that it should be named in honour of this epic explorer. Located right in the heart of the south of Iceland, Hotel Anna is the perfect base

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from which to reach all of the country’s must-see natural wonders. “Stunning waterfalls, like Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss are just moments away,” says Einar Jóhannsson, hotel manager. “It takes just three hours to drive to the glacial lagoon and Skaftafell national park, while Gullfoss and Geysir are a mere hour and a half away. It’s also the ideal location for hikers planning to hit the trails in Landmannalaugar, Skógar and Thórsmörk.” Travellers making their way around the country can always stop off for a bite to eat at the hotel’s restaurant at any time of

year. “Our chefs prepare traditional regional meals using fresh ingredients sourced from local farmers and fishermen,” says Jóhannsson. “If you come for dinner during the winter, there’s a chance you could catch a glimpse of the northern lights.” Guests stay in one of seven en suite rooms, equipped with all the essentials. Each room is decorated in its own individual style, while maintaining the original character of the farmhouse. After relaxing and regrouping in the hotel’s hot tub and sauna, you’ll be sure to have all the energy you need for taking in all the awe-inspiring sights awaiting you during your stay.

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Scan Magazine | Attraction of the Month | Sweden

Takis Soldatos, founder of Nordic Sea Winery

Attraction of the Month, Sweden

Nordic Sea Winery: A delicious coastal treasure As far south east as you can go in Sweden, lies the summer heaven known as Österlen, a coastal line stretching from the harbour of Ystad to the apple picking paradise Kivik. Here summer worshippers gather each year to breathe in the salty sea breeze, take strolls in the unprecedented landscapes and indulge in all the region has to offer. Nowadays, that includes one of the most modern wineries in northern Europe.

the wine,” Soldatos says proudly. “During the summer months our restaurant is fully booked almost every day, and people are loving the way we are using the local resources, cooking mainly with what the local farmers and nature provide us with.”

By Astrid Eriksson | Photos: Nordic Sea Winery

Wine has since long been a source of indulgence and socialising and when it comes to knowing all there is, the staff at Nordic Sea Winery are unbeatable. There to answer any queries, they make sure that you leave with both your curiosity and your taste buds completely satisfied. “If you have any kind of interest in wine, you must come,” Soldatos says passionately. “Take a tour, walk through every step of the production, have a lovely meal in the restaurant and try our wines together with our gorgeous delicacy board. It will leave you wanting for nothing.”

Nordic Sea Winery in the fantastic coastal town of Simrishamn, perfects some of the most sold and renowned labels in Scandinavia and Northern Europe, from grapes that come from all over the world. Refining it, storing it and bottling it, Nordic Sea Winery lays the last perfecting hand on every bottle before it gets sent off to the resellers. “It’s a lot of work that goes into it,” Takis Soldatos, founder of Nordic Sea Winery says happily. “But if you want to be the best, you have to be willing to dig in.” The choice to set up a winery in the south of Sweden was a conscious one. “We wanted to

become more involved in every part of the production,” Soldatos says. “The Swedish industry is generally very environmentally ethical, which we think is highly important. By moving everything here we have been able to reduce our transportation remarkably, in addition to gaining a great overview of the entire production, from grape to perfected wine.” Last summer Nordic Sea Winery in Simrishamn opened their doors to eager visitors and the success was immediate. “We are packed with people taking tours around the facility, watching the production and tasting

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Scan Magazine | Attraction of the Month | Denmark

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Attraction of the Month, Denmark

Den Blå Planet – dive into a world of magic Forget about visual effects and cinematic experiences, there is something much more thrilling to watch, hidden far below the blue surface. The National Aquarium Denmark, Den Blå Planet, invites you to enter a world of magical encounters, a wondrous place that combines fun with a good dose of science. Here, visitors get to immerse themselves in life underwater through visual tales and first-class storytelling – and what you learn might surprise you. By Caroline Edwards | Photos: Den Bla ̊ Planet

Situated in between the stunning views of Øresund and the spires of Copenhagen city, National Aquarium Denmark, Den Blå Planet, is as much an architectural pearl as it is a Danish top attraction. Encircled by water on all sides, the building takes its inspiration from the circulating currents of the sea. As you step inside, it’s hard not to be impressed by the modern interior and long list of things to do and see.

prise. However, what really sets us apart is our commitment to tell stories about our Blue Planet. It’s important to integrate scientific learning into our experiences, otherwise the attraction becomes a place without substance,” explains Tony Jørgensen, Head of Marketing and Communications. Through interactive installations, apps and employees with a special knack for spoken words, they entertain and educate children and adults alike.

Science at its best “We are the biggest aquarium in Northern Europe with more than seven million litres of water and a thousand marine species, but the thrill of it still takes visitors by sur-

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“We are in love with the sea and all those creatures living in it. Naturally, we want to share our love with our visitors, hoping that they too will see the wonders our Blue

Planet has to offer. It’s our goal to evoke a sense of curiosity and get more youngsters involved in science. We want to spark their interest in the sea, its habitats and species,” continues Jørgensen, who highlights how this is all closely linked to conservation efforts. With world-class storytellers raising awareness Den Blå Planet is much more than an attraction, it’s an advocate for the preservation of marine life – and stories are an excellent tool. “Our storytellers are excellent at introducing visitors to the mesmeric world of marine life. This, combined with our many learning tools, raises awareness of the importance of protecting our seas. Because, let’s face it, it’s an exciting place,” he says, inviting people to come and see for themselves. With 53 aquariums and a high number of installations and learning tools, one can easily get lost in this strange world of natural magic. Once you have seen

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a squid change colour in a matter of seconds, transforming right in front of your eyes, it just hits you how profoundly weird the world really is. And isn’t that marvelous? A summer sparkling with blue Den Blå Planet recently acquired something rather special: The sea otters Agnes and Mojoe. Apart from being cute and fun to watch, they also have an important story to share with the visitors. These magnificent marine mammals have long been endangered due to the popularity of their fur. Thanks to conservation efforts the numbers are now going up and Den Blå Planet is the only aquarium, along with one in Lissabon, that offers visitors a chance to see one. “This pair is just one out of many stories hidden in and around the sea. Agnes and Mojoe are simply charming to watch, people fall for them and get more eager to learn all about the issues facing their kind,” explains Jørgensen. But it’s not just sea otters that take the spotlight this summer. A number of exciting exhibitions are due to open, bringing the visitors even closer to the sea. How about putting yourself in a fish’s place? 'The Wall of Senses' is a fun way of exploring what it’s like to live in the water. Find out how a fish uses its senses and discover just how advanced marine species really are. Unlike us humans, they have more tools at their disposal when it comes to taking in their surroundings and the installation proves the point.

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A future closer to the sea Den Blå Planet will continue to impress with glorious tales and action-packed stories, delivered by the very best in their field. Given their ideal location just at the sea, the aquarium is hoping to take full advantage of the opportunities it offers. “This summer we are building a water playground with a floating bridge that connects visitors to even more exciting activities. It’s our plan to offer sailing trips, fishing and diving. It will be great fun!” Promises Jørgensen, hoping that this summer will attract even more visitors to one of the most diverse aquarium’s in Europe.

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Scan Magazine | Attraction of the Month | Iceland

Attraction of the Month, Iceland

The aurora borealis in its very best light At Aurora Reykjavik Northern Lights Centre your dreams of seeing the northern lights will come true as you witness this magical phenomenon in all its glory (on a sevenmetre-wide screen in 4k resolution) and learn all about the legends and science behind it. By Stephanie Lovell | Photos: Aurora Reykjavik

The first leg of your journey around Aurora Reykjavik shows you the northern lights through the eyes of past inhabitants of Iceland and other northernmost countries. They would try to make sense of this mystical occurrence, funnily enough all seeming to make similar associations, with many of the stories relating to pregnancy, giving birth or children. “My favourite story is from Russia,” says Grétar Jónsson, founder and director of Aurora Reykjavik. “They thought that the northern lights were dragons in the sky. When men went away to war and came back to find their wives pregnant, it was blamed on the northern lights.”

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For those who need a more scientific explanation, the next exhibition describes how this seemingly supernatural phenomenon occurs. Through a series of interactive displays, you’ll find out how the different natural forces react with one another in the sky and what factors influence the number of colours you can see. The highlight of your trip is bound to be the theatre where a spectacular timelapse video of the northern lights plays on a seven-metre-wide screen in 4k resolution. “We’ve created a very relaxing, natural environment where people often sit for ages, simply admiring the northern lights,” says Jónsson.

In the final section, you’ll receive advice about how to go about catching a glimpse of the northern lights. To improve your chances, always pay close attention to the cloud cover forecast and the northern lights forecast – both of which are on display at the centre. You can also practise configuring your camera in order to capture the perfect shot. “If you’re visiting in the summer, why not come and see what this phenomenon can be like and admire our many beautiful pictures of Icelandic nature? People will often say they want to come back in wintertime to see both the northern lights and Icelandic nature,” says Jónsson. “During the winter, pay us a visit before heading out on a northern lights tour, so you can learn all about the phenomenon and see it in its very best conditions.” For more information, please visit:

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Scan Magazine | Attraction of the Month | Norway

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Nordvegen History Centre

Attraction of the Month, Norway

Avaldsnes – where history lives on On the west coast of Norway, in picturesque Karmøy, lies one of the country’s most important areas of cultural history. A centre of power through more than three thousand years, Avaldsnes is officially recognised as Norway’s oldest Royal seat – bearing a rich history that is now conveyed to the public through the Nordvegen History Centre. By Julie Lindén | Photos: Ørjan B Iversen

The strategic location of Avaldsnes, situated just by the narrow Karmsundet strait, made it a clear preference with a long line of kings and rulers. From this site, the mighty rulers could control maritime traffic and trade with mainland Europe without difficulty, thus maintaining wealth and prosperity. The tumuli, graves and stone monuments that these Sovereigns left behind are as rich in cultural value as they are paramount elements of Norse history, bringing crowds of history and Viking aficionados to Avaldsnes every year. This year the Nordvegen History Centre, the Royal seat’s centre dedicated to history and learning, celebrates the 10th anniversary of its inauguration by HM Queen Sonja. “Nordvegen tells the stories of the Royal seat’s many kings, but we do it with modern means

of communication,” says Marit Synnøve Vea, leader of the Avaldsnes project. “We take visitors on an exciting historical journey, letting them explore stories through scenography and interactive elements. There are plenty of ways to get involved; visitors may also extend their trip with a visit to nearby St. Olav’s church or our popular reconstructed Viking farm, which will give an added, enthusing insight into our ancestry.” Comprehensive research, archaeological excavations and the study of Old Norse sagas and poems all play part in the history conveyed by Nordvegen History Centre. Even the name of the centre is history-laden: ‘Nordvegen’ (‘the Northern Way’), the old name used for Karmsundet and the fairway further north, later termed its country – Norway. Visitors to Avaldsnes in Nordvegen’s ju-

bilee year will be able to revel in several events dedicated to the early Norwegians whose lives never cease to enthral. “We have already put on many exciting events, and there are more to come. There is an enormous interest out there for Vikings and Norse history, and we are excited to welcome people to a world of discoveries at Avaldsnes,” says Vea, adding that guests planning a visit in 2016 may even get to experience the uncovered ruins of King Haakon Haakonsson’s 13th century Royal Hall. “It’s one of only four such ruins in Norway, and thus rather special,” she concludes.

Experience the 10th jubilee of Nordvegen History Centre: - St. Hans celebrations: 24 June - Olavsdagene: 2-30 July - Lecture The Bronze Age at Karmsundet and concert with replica of Bronze Age lurs: 16 August

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Scan Magazine | Restaurant of the Month | Finland

Restaurant of the Month, Finland

From Mexico with love: Great food and a warm ¡Bienvenida! in Helsinki Mexican food, famous for its great taste and healthiness, has been declared a World Heritage by UNESCO. Not surprisingly, it has taken Helsinki by storm. Manu Torchio is the man behind four restaurants and a food truck that have put his homeland firmly on the food map of the Finnish capital. By Joanna Nylund | Photos: Bryan Saragosa

Manu Torchio, chef and restaurant owner, is a force of nature. After following his heart to Helsinki some seven years ago, he noticed that the city lacked a certain something: a taste of the Mexican kitchen. Not one to shy away from a challenge, Torchio (who hails from Mexico but moved to Finland from Barcelona) rolled up his sleeves. Within just a few years he had started three restaurants: Patrona, offering semi-fine dining; Mexican street kitchen Cholo, and Mercat, a Spanishstyle tapas restaurant. The latest addition to the family is Lucha Loco, a genuine cantina taqueria serving a fresh taco buffet by day and mean margaritas by night. There is also the food truck Tacobot, taking to the streets and

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festivals of Helsinki in the summer months. And a catering service. With a business in this scale long hours are being put in, but Torchio stresses that the key is having great staff to manage the different venues. Still, he remains passionately involved in all the decisions being made. ”I use my bicycle every day to quickly move between our different locations,” he says with a smile.

Manager Erica Torchio, Manu’s sister, adds "we like to think we are inviting guests into our home when they come to the restaurants. It’s very much a Mexican thing: warm hospitality and making friends of strangers.” Torchio agrees. "It is all about good food, but connected to that is a culture of warmth and togetherness.” Patrona is the flagship restaurant serving semi-fine Mexican dining. It has made a big name for itself on the highly competitive restaurant scene in Helsinki. "I’m really proud of it,” says Torchio. “It is a beautiful place, and we have these amazing tasting menus that serve as a great introduction to the best of Mexican cuisine.”

Keeping it in the family Family is at the heart of everything Torchio does. "My wife Karina Paakki, who is Finnish, and her parents Katrin and Kai Paakki are strongly involved in the business. The people I’ve worked with for a long time also become like family. ”

Cholo works according to the street kitchen principle, meaning take away food. The freshness sets it apart from many of its street counterparts, though this is not fast food but ”fast good”, as Torchio points out.

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Mercat is a modern tapas bar to which he soon hopes to introduce the lilting sound of a Spanish guitar. All restaurants are located in the centre of Helsinki, and the different character of each caters to a broad range of customers. ”You’ll see hipsters and skaters as well as business people in suits. We are all about inclusion and relaxation.” Giving means getting Defining himself as a 'glass-half-full' sort of person, Torchio admits that he believes in karma. ”We were the first to introduce Mexican cuisine to Helsinki, but now there are a few new restaurants cropping up. We are happy about the competition. It keeps us on our toes and helps us stay innovative. It means we can keep trying new things, keep changing things up,” he says. There is clearly something to be said for extending a friendly hand. ”In this business, we all do better by supporting each other,” concludes Torchio with a smile.

The future does indeed look bright for this enthusiastic and ambitious innovator. ”Right now the focus is obviously on running and continuing to develop our existing restaurants,” he explains. “But I do dream of expanding further here, as well as opening up a place in Stockholm at some point.” Already this year there are new things and surprises in store for the many friends of Manu Torchio’s take on Mexican food. And along with the food comes an atmosphere that is hard to replicate. ”Customers at Patrona have said that a visit is like suddenly being whisked somewhere else,”

Torchio says happily. “Being able to create a feeling like that really goes beyond making good food; it becomes an experience to savour.” Introducing the food of his homeland to people who are new to Mexico is another source of joy for Torchio. ”In our lunch places, I love seeing people put down the fork and knife and instead eat tacos with their fingers as we do. Then I know they are really getting it!” he laughs. For more information, please visit:

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Scan Magazine | Restaurant of the Month | Norway

Restaurant of the Month, Norway

Colonialen – the ultimate culinary haven Restaurant Colonialen in Bergen has that perfect mix of an astonishing wine list and a menu bursting with local delicacies. Attracting visitors from near and far, it has since for a long time been known as one of the best restaurants in the capital of the fjords. By Helene Toftener | Photos: Colonialen

Celebrating ten years in August, restaurant Colonialen has made its mark by being a classic gourmet restaurant with inspiration from the Nordic kitchen. “When opening the restaurant we wanted to create the best restaurant in Bergen. Ten years on, we are very proud to see how appreciated Colonialen has become,” owner and founder Laila Skorge says.

selves someday,” Skorge says. Five years after their first meeting they opened Colonialen Restaurant. Today they are the faces of the city’s biggest gourmet company including five venues, the fine-dine restaurant Colonialen; Brasserie and café Colonialen; cafe and bakery Kranen; delicatessen and Cafe Strandgaten; and delicatessen and Cafe Paradis.

Fifteen years ago Laila Skorge and Ken Skorge-Kristiansen met at the Norwegian School of Hotel Management in Stavanger. While the days were spent studying, the evenings were spent blind testing and analysing wines, before they started working together at a restaurant. “We always knew we were going to work together, and that we wanted to start something our-

Perfect for the curious diner

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Bergen has a long standing tradition as a trading port for the whole coast of Norway, and has been the go-to-place when wanting to capture the best flavours of the sea. This appears to remain and Colonialen’s menu is clearly influenced by the city’s closeness to the North Sea. Diners can with great pleasure indulge in delica-

cies like the world’s best local crayfish, lobster, king crab, turbot and mountain trout from Hardanger. The signature dish is no exception from the greatness: local raw scallops in fermented celery juice and dulse seaweed from Iceland. “This is Chef Andreas Ansok’s magical dish, which is hugely popular,” Skorge says proudly. While using traditional ingredients, the restaurant is known for experimenting and playing with the products. Thus this is the perfect place for the curious diner, looking for a dining experience different to most others, and with that sought after brag-ability factor. For where else can you say you have tasted pan-fried turbot joined by acidic butter sauce and salty bombs of salmon roe, nicely contrasted with pear and caviar, or confit pork ribs from Jæren presented with a lovely, creamy salsa of chestnuts. A wine list to impress Food and drinks go hand in hand, and Colonialen constantly bears that in mind.

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Skorge and her partner and husband Ken met through their love for wine, and founded the restaurant wanting to combine food and wine at a top level. This means that the wine list is remarkably well developed, with more than 500 titles, and you will always be able to get the right wine to your dish. “I would recommend trying either the big 12 course tasting menu with accommodating wines, or the smaller seven course tasting menu for a real flavour of how the food and wine go together,” Skorge says. While the diners’ experiences are clearly top priority, Skorge emphasises the work towards influencing and further developing the professional gourmet environment in Bergen. The founding couple of Colonialen is working closely with others in the industry to establish the city as a foodie destination. Based on the increasing number of top notch restaurants opening up in the fjord city, and the amount of attention the food scene is getting at home and abroad, it appears the work is paying off.

fers a menu heavily influenced by traditional gastro pubs in Old Blighty. Newspaper critics and locals have long regarded the Brasserie as one of the best lunch spots in the city, with a reputation of using fine produce in generous portions. “The Brasserie is more low key, and a good place for a weekday spot of dinner,” Skorge says. “The restaurant and the Brasserie complement each other in a really nice way, as they attract different diners for different occasions,” Skorge says, and assures that the wine list will blow you away at both places.

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The Brasserie for lunch and informal dinners For that little daily treat, pop by the bakery for a sweet nibble, while the Brasserie of-

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Scan Magazine | Restaurant of the Month | Denmark

Restaurant of the Month, Denmark

A gastronomic performance with a global spark Perfectly situated overlooking the calm waters of Vejle Fjord, TreeTop Restaurant rises above the norm in more than just its location. Aided by a deep-felt desire to explore the tastes of the world, the gourmet stars at TreeTop create fusion dishes that put all your senses to use. By Caroline Edwards | Photos: Jesper Rais

Starting off in one of Scandinavia’s most striking wine cellars with 700 wines on display, a visit to TreeTop takes you on a culinary journey, often culminating in 12 different dishes. Scandinavia might be your starting point, but the trip could take you anywhere. Just sit back while one of Denmark’s would-be Michelin stars perform. “I often combine Nordic food with something exotic. I don’t limit myself,” says Bryan Francisco, head chef at TreeTop Restaurant. Since the restaurant reopened two years ago, it has revolutionised the food scene, putting people’s senses to the test. Being a part of the Danish hotel chain Munkebjerg has given TreeTop a lot of support. Everyone wants

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them to succeed, and it’s easy to see why. With space for 40 to 50 people, it’s not one of those anonymous places where people are forgotten. Here, guests are a part of the whole process and with an open kitchen, they really get to see how top chefs put a dish together and when the excitement gets too much they can simply turn to the alluring sight of the forest and dancing waves. A culinary journey “When I was offered to become a part of such an ambitious project, I simply couldn’t say no. At TreeTop we all share the ambition of winning a Michelin star,” declares Francisco, who despite his young age of 24 has gained great recognition for his skills. Starting off as a pot washer, he

has worked his way up in the world of culinary delights, training with talents such as Wassim Hallal at Frederikshøj and been a member of the National Culinary Team of Denmark. Now, he is about to set his own mark on the industry as Restaurant TreeTop reaches for the stars. “I want this to be a journey, a wholesome experience. At Restaurant TreeTop you don’t just order starter, main and desert. This is a different dining experience where guests choose between a menu of five, seven and 12 dishes, all including appetisers, dessert and wine,” explains Francisco. To kick-start the feast, the guests are taken to the wine cellar for a glass of champagne and selected snacks, carefully chosen by Restaurant Manager and Wine Specialist Karsten Hedegaard. Slowly they merge into a world of senses. Each dish is as much a visual experience as it’s a delightful explosion of taste and smell. “The guests are simply drawn into another world that enables them to give in to

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the moment without worrying about what lies outside the restaurant. The only thought worth thinking is what the next dish will be,” says Francisco, revealing how his lobster, bacon and juniper dish does just that. Served on a plate full of greenery and juniper branches, the lobster is served on a hot cast iron in the middle of the plate, leaving people with the smoky fragrance coming from the herbs. An intimate experience A visit to TreeTop Restaurant starts as soon as you walk up to the restaurant, met by the captivating sight of Vejle Fjord. The brightness from the panoramic windows lights up the room where the intimate atmosphere is immediately evident. This is not an in and out kind of place, it’s an experience of artistic proportions, where highly skilled professionals perform a culinary story with a seasonal twist. “Despite being inspired by cuisines from all over the world, we still follow the Danish seasons, resulting in exciting fusions where Scandinavia and the world collide,” explains Francisco, stating that guests should expect the unexpected. TreeTop Restaurant is for the open-

minded, each dish is an innovative creation. “One of my favorite dishes is called Pearls of the Sea. I combine the best from the sea, a collection of hand-dived scallops, beluga caviar and oysters, all presented on an enticing plate that arouses your senses with a sea-like aroma,” says Francisco. Since he started his career, he has been competing and winning prizes for his skills. Now, he is not just aiming for a Michelin star, his dream is also to win the Bocuse`dor in Lyon. “I love challenging my own way of cooking and I try not to limit myself. It’s a philosophy I have brought into TreeTop Restaurant as well. When you pair up different culinary features it can result in gastronomic magic that pleases all your senses. Limits are not something I like to see in my kitchen. We welcome creativity,” says Francisco, inviting people to come to TreeTop and taste the world.

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Restaurant of the Month, Iceland

A healthier take on fish and chips With batter made from crispy and nutritious spelt flour, twice-roasted potatoes and protein-rich dips, all prepared from scratch using the freshest local ingredients, Icelandic Fish and Chips put a wholesome spin on the British classic. By Stephanie Lovell | Photos: Snorri Bjo ̈rnsson

In a brand new location with stunning views across the bay, Icelandic Fish and Chips is the perfect place to stop and savour some local flavours after a stroll along Reykjavik’s old harbour. The menu depends on the catch of the day with several kinds of fresh fish delivered every morning. “The Icelandic tradition of cooking fish tends to be quite bland, so we decided to borrow from the British,” says Erna Kaaber, manager of Icelandic Fish and Chips. “However, we wanted to find out how to make our fish and chips as healthy as possible.” The key to increasing the nutritional value of this dish lies in the oil. “The problem with the Western diet is that we eat too much omega-6 and nowhere near enough omega-3. By using

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rapeseed oil, which is high in omega-3 and has a high heat tolerance, we counteract this imbalance,” explains Kaaber. “For the batter, we use spelt flour, which is a more complex carbohydrate. It creates a perfectly crispy, but light batter – almost like tempura.” Veering a little from the British tradition, but certainly not compromising on flavour, the chips are twice-roasted and sprinkled with freshly cut parsley and flaky sea-salt made by Saltverk. “We decided not to deep-fry our chips, because carbohydrates soak up oil like a sponge,” says Kaaber. “While we all need to consume good fats, we don’t want to go overboard.” If you’re watching your carbohydrate intake, you can opt for one of four nourish-

ing salads or a side of vegetables instead of chips. Boost your protein intake by adding a “Skyronnaise” dip made from Iceland’s beloved delicacy – Skyr. Somewhere between yoghurt and cheese in consistency, Skyr serves as a fat-free protein base for the selection of dips on offer at Icelandic Fish and Chips, ranging from basil and garlic to wasabi and ginger. If you’re feeling a little indulgent, treat yourself to a Skyr-based dessert that won’t harm your waistline. Everything is prepared from scratch in the kitchen, from the batter mix to the salad dressings, using locally-sourced produce. “You won’t find any factory or frozen food here,” says Kaaber proudly. “Our simple menu allows us to showcase our fresh Icelandic ingredients.”

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Scan Magazine | Business | Key Note

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Keep it simple, Einstein! By Paul Blackhurst, client director at Mannaz

“I didn't have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead,” said Mark Twain. He was a well-known wit of course, but as always his humour had a point. Communicating your message in a clear, succinct way is quite a challenge. Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address said a huge amount in only 272 words and we all know the saying that less is more. However, if you watch people communicate, they tend to operate on the principle that more is better. This is especially true where the message is an important or difficult one where our discomfort or lack of confidence can lead to a tsunami of words. In an international context, this is where your language abilities can actually work against you. If you have a hundred ways to say something, there is a temptation to use all one hundred ways to demonstrate your linguistic abilities. The risk then, is that the core message becomes lost or diluted. Starting with the end in mind is usually good advice. Think about what you want people to know, feel and do as a result of your communication. Then figure out how best to achieve that goal. Then simplify your message. Unless the purpose of your communication is to demonstrate just how much you know, strip out all of the non-essential words and phrases. Take out the jargon and the technical words, unless you are sure that

the audience will understand them. Einstein said, "if you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough”, so demonstrate your understanding by simplifying. Rehearse your message with people who do not know the content. Young people can be good sounding boards. In the movie Duck Soup, Groucho Marx says, “why, a four-yearold child could understand this report. Run out and find me a four-year-old child. I can't make head nor tail out of it." For challenging conversations, we often help people to rehearse the opening 60 seconds of the interaction, which is where the tone is set for the rest of the conversation. The structure is:

I will find it hard to collaborate with you in future. I am at fault for not telling you earlier how important punctuality is to me. I really want us to find a solution to this. How do you see things?” Those 77 words can make a huge impact. I have so much more to say, but unfortunately my 500 words just ran out.

1. Name the issue 2. Select a specific example that illustrates the behaviour 3. Describe your emotions about the issue 4. Clarify what is at stake 5. Identify your contribution to the problem 6. Indicate your wish to resolve the issue 7. Invite a response For example: “I want to talk to you about timekeeping. This week, you have arrived late to the office on two occasions. I feel disappointed that you appear uncommitted to our project. If we cannot resolve this issue,

Paul Blackhurst, client director at Mannaz

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Scan Magazine | Business Feature | Weber Grill Academy

It is BBQ time (all the time)! Weber’s Danish barbeque school, Weber Grill Academy, has turned grilling into a part of the Danish national identity. Today, Danes barbeque more than any other nationality and now Weber Grill Academy plans to spread the BBQ fire to the UK.

agree that the enthusiasm is bordering on obsession, but let us leave that for now.

By Signe Hansen | Photos: Weber Stephen North

A lifestyle

The snow is falling, the Christmas roast is ready to be cooked and it is time to fire up the barbeque. Oh I'm sorry, did you think that this was going to be an article about grilling sausages and pork chops in the summer sun? Well do not worry we will get to that too, but first we will have a look at the Danish grill enthusiasm that has transformed everything from chocolate cake to Christmas roasts into legitimate grill objects. And yes, we might

Today most Danes own a grill, some several (because one grill is not always enough), and grilling is an all-year activity. But it is not just in Denmark; the grill mania is spreading quickly throughout the north, and, if it is up to the Weber Grill Academy, the UK will be the next country to be devoured by the grill passion. Manager of Weber Grill Academy North and member of the Danish National BBQ Team (yes, they have one) Anders Jensen explains how barbequing has

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Barbequing is not just a job, but a passion for Manager of Weber Grill Academy North Anders Jensen who spends his spare time travelling and competing with the Danish National BBQ Team.

become a part of the Danish national identity. “Our goal has always been to increase people’s barbeque knowledge and skills so that if they want to do their Christmas roast on the barbeque, they feel comfortable enough to do that. It is not just about grilling sausages and pork chops in the summer; it is about creating a certain lifestyle. When people learn to grill more things, they feel more confident using the grill in their everyday cooking.” The strategy, which was initiated in 2003, has been a success, and for the last four years approximately 20,000 people have gone through Weber Grill Academy each year. Today, measured per inhabitant, Denmark barbeques more than any other nation in the world - even the sunny ones. Fire it up – it is time for dessert Some people might object that the barbeque trend is not compatible with the refined and renowned healthy Nordic cuisine. But though it is a part of Weber, (a family-owned USA-based company producing the Weber grill, which has become a household name in Denmark), the Danish Weber Grill Academy has created a barbeque culture that is uniquely fitted to the Nordic region’s famously zealous approach to food. “BBQ food might have a bad reputation as something quite greasy

and unhealthy, but it can be a lot of other things. It can be smoked salmon and grilled vegetable puree or even a chocolate cake; people just do not know. In our classes we cook the entire meal on a grill,” says Anders Jensen and adds: “Of course it has to make sense, that is part of what makes it fun. But what we experience is that people find it quite cool to be able to tell their guests that they grilled the chocolate cake they are having for dessert. It is just a way of showing to yourself and others that this is something you like and know how to do. Besides, it is a great thing to do when you are done with the main course instead of just turning off the grill as the heat is most intense.” Not all courses are equally adventurous though, and, Anders Jensen ensures us, that Weber Grill Academy’s classes in the UK, are adjusted to the, as of yet, slightly less BBQ-crazed nation. “We always meet people where they are, but we anticipate that the UK is hungry for more knowledge when it comes to barbequing.” Whether the UK will be smitten with the Nordic style BBQ mania, time will show. But one thing is certain: Weber Grill Academy has a burning ambition to spread the fire.

Weber’s first Danish Weber Grill Academy opened in North Zealand in 2003, then, in 2007, at the Weber HQ in Aalborg, and, in 2010, Copenhagen Weber Grill Academy opened in a historic courtyard building on Amerikakaj wharf. The Weber Grill Academy On Tour also offers short introductory grill courses all over the North and UK. Since its beginning in 2003, Weber Grill Academy has expanded the world of barbequing for approximately 250,000 Danes. Weber Grill Academy is not just known for its BBQ classes but also provides popular grill events for company teambuilding, board meetings, anniversaries, product launches or staff events. This summer Weber Grill Academy is offering a string of BBQ classes around the UK with new Weber Grill Academy partners in enthusiastic cookery schools.

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Scandinavian Business Calendar

By Caroline Edwards

– Highlights of Scandinavian business events The future of financial services The Future of Financial Services Conference is a top-tier event for senior professionals working in or engaging with the UK financial services industry. In 2014 over 200 professionals met to exchange views and gain insights on where the industry is headed, recognising achievements and discussing areas for improvement – and this year will be just as great. Date: 02 June Venue: 30 Euston Square, London, NW1 2FB Host: Lansons. Register at The Annual Summer BBQ Set within the bounds of the City of Aberdeen, yet surrounded by the picturesque scenery of the Dee Valley, Kippie Lodge provides the perfect retreat from the hectic pace of the city centre. Bring your business partners, spouse and friends for this enjoyable Norwegian celebration of the summer! Who knows? You might pick up a few business tips along the way! Date: 10 June Venue: Kippie Lodge, Aberdeen

Drinks and networking Expand your business contacts whilst having a good time. The event is organised together with the Norwegian British Chamber of Commerce and Finnish British Chamber of Commerce and is a great opportunity for you to meet new people. Arrive early to get a free drink upon arrival and don’t forget to bring your colleagues. Date: 25 June Venue: St. Ermin's Hotel, 2 Caxton Street, London SW1H 0QW, Great Britain How to adapt to a lower oil price Join the Norwegian-British Chamber of Commerce as they discuss what companies should consider in a time of lower oil prices. Gain new knowledge and get you and your company ready for the future whilst meeting fellow piers. Date: 27 June Venue: Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, SW7 2AR, London

Get angry with your colleagues I’m all for the Scandinavian-style consensual workplace, but I’ve started to think that a bit more anger can sometimes be helpful there too. Here’s why: By Steve Flinders

One of my coaching clients wanted to talk recently about her lack of assertiveness (and she is not alone). For a long time she was taking on her colleague’s work but lacked the confidence to challenge him about his laziness. I asked her if this were true in her private life as well. She said she had no problem expressing strong emotions to friends and family but felt intimidated about doing so at work. So I asked her about her anger dial. Could she turn it up and down at home? Sure, she could go up to eight if necessary; four was usually enough to get the message across; and she never went all the way to ten because that was in the danger zone. And at work? Always on zero, she said.

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dial well polished and at the ready; and occasionally turn it up just a couple of degrees to show our colleagues when we really do mean business.

She went away determined to make it much clearer to her colleague just how she felt. She decided that showing him this was much more important than her fear of conflict; that she had nothing to lose and everything to gain. Indeed he was so taken aback by a quick level four blast from her that he capitulated on the spot and is now writing his own reports. I’m not advocating rule by fear and I recognise that displays of anger are also culturally determined: I won’t easily forget working in one European country where people really did scream at each other (and were all smiles ten minutes later). But I think we all need to keep our anger

Steve Flinders is a freelance trainer, writer and coach, based in Malta, who helps people develop their communication and leadership skills for working;

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By Mette Lisby

Who in the wake of the election started longing for our media to stop confusing speculation with actual news coverage? The news has become one big quiz show seeing 'experts' not telling us what they do know has happened, but instead trying to guess what will happen. They might call it 'predicting' but really that’s just a fancy word for guessing. We are constantly exposed to 'experts' trying to guess everything from how the weather, stock markets, world-economies and voters are going to behave, to what Obama, Clinton and Putin might do next. When did this start? When I grew up, my mother briefly lived in Greenland and I regularly went to visit her. One time, due to bad weather, our flight was redirected to another airport. All passengers were dropped off in the departure gate of Kangerlussuaq, with no information on how long we were going to be there. After a while, the western-minded people began to pace the floor restlessly, asking: “How long are we going to stay here?”, “When will the plane leave?” – to which the stoic Greenland air hostess simply and honestly replied: “I don’t know.”

When was the last time you heard those words from someone with any kind of authority? Granted, this was before the weather became a TV-megastar with it’s own channels and at least 20 per cent of every news show on this planet dedicated to predicting its merits. Back then, in that departure hall, there was only the one airline hostess to ask. No mobile phones, no CNN live feed, no Internet. Today we would check our tablets and phones to tap into the endless stream of 'experts' guessing when the weather would clear up - and even watch them interview other 'experts' - maybe even 'specialists'. When did we become so uncomfortable acknowledging that there are some things we just don’t know for certain? Take the weather this coming summer – everybody’s guessing how it’s going be, but really nobody knows. We’ll just have to wait and see.

Politically motivated By the time this column is published, it will seem like a long time has passed since the general election took place. However, as I’m writing these lines, it’s the evening before Election Day and my laptop is abuzz with messages from friends and colleagues, waving their political beliefs about with gusto. I grew up in a family where my parents’ political leanings were kept from me, so that I could form my own opinions. And so as a teenager, I formed opinions. In a way this was an easy thing to do, because at my Swedish school you fell into one of only two camps. Either you were far right, or you were far left. As a middle class girl with ambitions to become an artist, I was obviously far left. Feelings on both sides were very strong. We attended rallies, held demonstrations and at one point I tried to dye my hair green (not entirely politicallymotivated in truth). Our teachers had other things on their plates, so they

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

By Maria Smedstad

off and set our messages on fire. In hindsight we were completely insane. By comparison my new English schoolmates seemed politically blasé, which I found to be quite the relief. I still sometimes think back to the days of protests and clashes, especially when I see a can of Elnett. But I am glad that I am now at an age where instead of setting things on fire, I can simply tick a box.

weren’t terribly bothered by politicallymotivated acts of rebellion, which naturally we exploited. We realised that a great method for getting our messages across was to spray them across the brick walls of the school corridors using hairspray. Two metre tall, perfumed letters spelling out our views. We then turned the lights

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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Scan Magazine | Culture | Venice Biennale

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Nordic Pavilions at Venice Biennale 2015

had been covered over the years. We reopened all of them and then restored the original brickwork, which had been opened at some point to create two new windows into the garden,” adds Vo¯.

Aeons, was created by the artistic duo IC98, Visa Suonpää and Patrik Söderlund. Their work is inspired by nature and consists of a pencil-drawn digital animation: a hypnotising forest by night. “The historical pavilion posed the biggest challenges to us due to several restrictions put on place to protect it, but we are very happy with the final result,” reveals Suonpää, while sipping his drink at the press lunch outside the pavilion.

Finland’s pavilion in the Giardini is a historical attraction in itself, as it is one of the last works designed by the world-famous Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. A new sitespecific installation entitled Hours, Years,

For the first time Sweden is represented at Arsenal by one of their most innovative film artists, Lina Selander. Her works at the exhibition are often based on objects with a rich back story. “My film The Silphium

The world’s grandest contemporary art festival, the Venice Biennale, opened its doors to the public in early May. This year it celebrates the 120th anniversary of its first exhibition and is led by its first-ever African curator, Okwui Enwezor. By Sanna Halmekoski | Photos: Sanna Halmekoski

The Biennale features shows across Venice, including 29 historic national pavilions in the leafy Giardini Park, as well as 31 national exhibitions in the Arsenal. This old shipyard also hosts Enwezor’s main centerpiece, All the World’s Futures, which stands apart from the national shows, and allows the creator to reveal his own vision via the works of over one hundred individual artists.

Scan Magazine stopped by to see how the Nordic countries were represented. During the opening week, Iceland stood out by allowing Swiss artist Christoph Büchel to convert a church in the Canal Regio neighborhood into Venice’s firstever fully functioning mosque. This intervention courted controversy with the local government, which considered it a public safety hazard. The Danish Pavilion hosted Vietnameseborn Danish performance art inspired artist Danh Vo¯’s exhibition Mothertonque, which saw the pavilion being restored near to its original design and filled with conceptual sculptures by the artist. Titles of his artwork derive from the script of The Exorcist. “Several doorways and windows

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focuses on an ancient Greek coin, also used as an abortifacient. The coin seen here was found on the internet,” says Selander. Nordic Pavilion Traditionally the Nordic Pavilion in the Giardini, designed by Norwegian architect Sverre Fehn in 1962, collaboratively shows work from Finland, Sweden and Norway. However, for the last three biennales each country has taken over the pavilion and this year, Norway takes centre-stage. The Office of Contemporary Art Norway (OCA) commissioned American-born, Oslo-based performance artist Camille Norment to develop their project. AngloSpanish curator Katya García-Antón observes to Scan Magazine that, Norment is not Norwegian but she represents the most interesting aspects of the Norwegian artistic scene today: the combination between performance, the experimental sound and literary art. Her site-specific, sculptural and sonic installation fits the space perfectly. García-Antón adds that, “there are three trees in the middle of the

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pavilion, which means that the roof is not complete and when it rains, it rains inside. Just like in the Nordic countries, the weather is always present here. This makes the pavilion transparent, open to the world, exactly like the rest of the world sees Scandinavia.” For the Biennale, Norment composed new work on the glass harmonica, a legendary 18th century instrument that creates ethereal music from glass and water. Her work is called Rapture because the instrument was thought to arouse sexual excitement in women. The artist hopes that the recordings of the instrument’s music played inside of the pavilion will bring visitors to the state of euphoria. “Sound, by its nature, permeates borders, even invisible ones. Music is still seen by many in the world as an experience that should be controlled, especially in relation to the female body, ” states Norment. The Biennale runs until the 22 November 2015, and provides yet another good reason to visit the fascinating city of Venice.

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Scan Magazine | Feature | Trond Epsen Seim

Man about Cape Town Norwegian actor Trond Espen Seim shot to stardom as Detective Varg Veum in the 12-part series of films based on the hugely popular crime novels by Gunnar Staalesen. Since then fans have followed his career with great enthusiasm, including Seim’s most recent portrayal of Robert Eliassen in the hit Danish TV show, The Legacy. He joins us to talk about these exciting roles and more from the set of his latest TV project, Cape Town in South Africa. By Helen Cullen | Photos: All In Production

“I left Oslo where it was minus three degrees and arrived in Cape Town where it’s 30 degrees so I can’t complain,” Seim laughs. “We’re working so hard, filming for twelve hours a day but I’m loving it.” Cape Town is a six-part TV series based on the book Dead Before Dying by South African crime thriller author, Deon Meyer. Filming will complete this month as audiences eagerly await the first broadcast later this year. “I play the main character, Mat Joubert, who is a police detective,” Seim explains. “I’m no stranger to playing this type of role so it makes sense that they cast me.”

Seim is instantly recognisable for the Varg Veum phenomenon that earned him a prestigious Norwegian Amanda Best Actor Award and EFP Shooting Star Award at the Berlin International Film Festival. Seim remembers his pivotal role fondly. “I appreciate it even more in retrospect now than I did at the time,” he reflects. “It’s such a privilege to work as an actor and to play such a great role for an extended period of time was really an honour.”

in the past twelve months; Norwegian smash hit Mammon where Seim gueststarred as the Prime Minister and The Legacy with his engaging performance as Robert. “It was strange but obviously great fun to play the role of Prime Minister,” he says. “It was also such a beautiful experience performing in The Legacy and to be involved in such a great Danish production with incredible actors. “Seim is looking forward to starring in the upcoming Norwegian film, The Doll In The Ceiling from director, Kjersti Steinsbø that is being filmed entirely in the fjords of Fjærland. He also hopes to return to the theatre in Oslo this autumn. It’s clear that 2015 is shaping up to be an exciting year for this Scandinavian superstar.

Seim appeared in two of the most successful Scandi-TV series to be broadcast

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Scan Magazine | Culture | Scandinavian Culture Calendar

Scandinavian Culture Calendar – Where to go, what to see? It’s all happening here! Backyard Babies Photo: Ville Juurikkala

Erja Lyytinen on tour (June & Oct) Finnish blues guitarist and singer-songwriter Erja Lyytinen will be touring the UK with her latest album Live in London. Oh Land (June/July) Denmark-born, but Brooklyn-based, onewoman synth-pop band Oh Land (Nanna Øland Fabricius) will be playing tunes from her latest album Earth Sick on her ongoing Europe tour. The Tallest Man on Earth (June/July) Swedish singer-songwriter Kristian Matsson, more known by his stage name The Tallest Man on Earth, is touring Europe with his 2015 album Dark Bird is Home. Axwell /\ Ingrosso (June/July) Ex-Swedish House Mafia members Axwell (Axel Hedfors) and Sebastian Ingrosso has formed a duo and will be playing their electro-house beats at various venues across Europe this summer.

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By Sara Schedin

Eivind Aarset Photo: Ole TS Thoresen

Roskilde Festival (27 June - 4 July) Denmark's Roskilde Festival will feature many great names such as Paul McCartney, First Aid Kit, The Tallest Man on Earth and Alice Boman. Peace & Love (2-4 July) This Swedish festival will feature a wide variety of national and international artists such as Veronica Maggio, Dave Kusworth, Lorentz and Judah & the Lion. Ruisrock (3-5 July) Turku's legendary festival has been around since the 1970s and is still going strong. This year's acts include: Axwell /\ Ingrosso, Ola Salo, Backyard Babies, MØ and Jenni Vartiainen, to mention a few. Sly and Robbie meet Nils Petter Molvaer (17 July) Jamaican rhythm section Robbie Shakespeare and Sly Dunbar join forces with jazz trumpet innovator Nils Petter Molvaer, his fellow Norwegian guitarist

Eivind Aarset and Finnish electronica artist Vladislav Delay. Barbican Hall, London, EC2Y. Slottsfjell (16-18 July) Combining stunning Norwegian nature with great music, Slottsfjell's festival is well worth a visit. This year's line-up includes: Admiral P, Anna of the North, Seinabo Sey, Refused and many more. Way Out West (13-15 Aug) Set in central Gothenburg, this year’s Way Out West festival will feature artists such as Pet Shop Boys, Beck, Tove Lo and First Aid Kit. Erja Lyytinen Press image

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Scan Magazine | Culture | Scandinavian Music

Scandinavian Music There is always plenty of new talent emerging from the Nordics, so this month let’s take a look at some of the most notable acts. Mavrick of Sweden is so new his debut single hasn’t even been released yet. But he’s generously popped it onto his Soundcloud page as a preview and it’s already been getting many people excited. It’s called Remedy, which parades as a soulful ballad that’s been tampered with and enhanced by some intense synth production. There’s trip-hop in there too. And then there’s the best bit, the part just after three minutes when you think it’s all over turns into a divine gospel breakdown that carries on for a further minute of blissed out abandon. Finnish teenager Sara Forsberg became globally famous last year when her comedy What Languages Sound Like To Foreigners YouTube vlog went viral with 14 million views and she appeared on the Ellen Show in the US. She has now gone on to sign a record deal with Capitol Records. Under the artist moniker of Saara, she has now released her debut single Ur Cool. It’s bubblegum hip-hop, sounding like

By Karl Batterbee

a cross between Cher Lloyd and Ariana Grande. Some will find it delightfully catchy, others will find it irritating as hell. And therein lies a fool proof formula for a perfect pop song. It’s already become massive in her native Finland. Don’t be misguided by the name, Death Team aren’t what you think they are. They’re a new Swedish duo who have just released a song which is the exact opposite of the kind of music you would imagine a band by the name of Death Team to make. Dolphin Style is a sugary pop treat that’s brilliantly catchy and shamelessly fun. “We think of ourselves as a cross between Abba and Eminem” is how they themselves put it. And what they mean by that is intelligently crafted pop melodies merged together with observational rap vocals with a cosmopolitan gloss. Finally, WDSTCK are an electro outfit from Bergen in Norway, who have just come out with an irresistible disco pop banger called So Free. They take a tinge of the atmospheric and tropical sounds known to resonate within the Bergen music scene, and add their own infec-

tious take on classic disco melodies. Driving bass lines and tightly wound guitar strums all pair so perfectly with the band's vocalist. And it’s a track which has all the makings of a mainstream floor filler, without any of the usual ingredients.


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COME ALONG ON AN EXCITING ELK SAFARI On the plateau of Halle- & Hunneberg, through West Sweden’s most attractive landscapes. On the plateau of Västra Götaland, you can experience magnificent views and grandiose nature. Internationally, the mountain is known for its elks and the Royal Hunt. We enjoy light refreshments in front of an open fire in a Laplanders cot, and visit the Royal Hunt Museum Elk Hill.

GO BIKING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF CARL LINNAEUS Enjoy the beautiful scenery along the Linnaeus bike path, where you will be biking in the footsteps of the Flower King. Two overnight stays including breakfast in country estate-like environments at Ronnums Herrgård and Albert Hotel & Kök.