Travels Across Sweden and beyond...

As we explored Sweden we found other special places north of Skåne.  Good food is essential wherever we travel, so let us share our experiences with you...

Travels Across Sweden - Our Swedish Journal

Grön Ko Café & Saluhall, Säffle, Värmland

What a great find! An excellent bistro with deli, homemade dish of the day, seating upstairs and outside where there is also wood cabins for farmers’ market events. Their cheese selection is phenomenal with a blackboard explaining all the local ones and the meat on sale is organic....
By Wendy Barrie | July 29, 2018 |

Greby Mejeri, Grebbestad

A delightful dairy with a range of products from their milk straight into your bottle, to ice cream, butter and cheeses. Home to a few Ark of Taste Linderöd pigs and some beautifully displayed deli items this wee shop is an absolute pearl....
By Wendy Barrie | July 29, 2018 |

Åsnenrökeriet, Småland

Here is a very fine family run smokery in the heart of apple country by the Lake Åsnen nature reserve. In addition to smoked seafood they also have game – moose, reindeer, bear and venison, in season. Handy for local rapeseed oil and honey too. Coffee and ice cream available for refreshments....
By Wendy Barrie | July 29, 2018 |

Café Sorores, Urshult, Småland

A fine new addition to the village of Urshult, famed for its apple orchards, where two sisters and their respective families have opened a café with home bakes, specialty cakes, light meals and helpful tourist information too. There are hundreds of miles of cycleways in this region and too few good cafés such as this!...
By Wendy Barrie | July 29, 2018 |

Lantcafé i Öhr, Småland

Boho chic retro café in this wee hamlet that also has a garden centre and ‘loppis’ flea market antique shop so a great place to pause. The café is organic, with blackboard menu of soup, prawn open sandwiches, baked potatoes with fillings and other dishes of the day. Delicious food and friendly service – fun ...
By Wendy Barrie | March 27, 2018 |

Anna Hedstrand of Ivarsbjörke

Ivarsbjörke in Värmland was the home of artist designer Anna Hedstrand, where she held summer exhibitions and ran a beautiful B&B we were fortunate to stay at. Her artistically restored original railway station building was filled with her uplifting artwork in tile, textile, lamps and furnishings. She passed away in June 2018 and will be sadly ...
By Wendy Barrie | January 14, 2018 |

Gyllene Uttern (Golden Otter), Gränna, Småland, Sweden

Gyllene Uttern (Golden Otter) is a simply beautiful place where you will receive a warm welcome and exceptional local cuisine. It was built in the 1930's and developed from a petrol stop and coffee shop into Sweden's first motor hotel. Overlooking Lake Vättern this region is steeped in history, the first kings ruled from Visingsö Island in the lake long before Stockholm held court. It is a series of intriguing buildings cleverly designed to reflect the old castles of the region, and very attractive. A great place to stop on the way north. The restaurant is relaxed and beautifully...
By Wendy Barrie | January 14, 2018 |

The Ice Hotel, Jukkasjärvi, Norrland, Sweden

For a special birthday my husband treated us both to a trip to The Ice Hotel! A truly unique and memorable experience. A holiday 200km beyond the Arctic Circle with sub zero temperatures may not immediately light your fire but it is truly amazing. Located in Jukkasjärvi, a small town 12km out of Kiruna, the Swedish Ice Hotel is the original and came about in the 1990’s when, during an exhibition of ice sculptures a bunch of visitors who couldn’t find accommodation, asked to sleep overnight amidst the ice creations and the hotel concept was born. Arctic sleeping bags are provided and reindeer...
By Wendy Barrie | January 14, 2018 |

Torrlids Fäbod, Älvdalen, Dalarna

This is a mountain summer farm in Sweden, a ”sheiling” in Scots. This ancient tradition used to be commonplace however sadly is diminishing - indeed now non-existent in Scotland. Margareta and her daughter Johanna produce unique butter, cheese and messmör from their cows who forage in the forest whilst Dad pops up from work in the village below. With no electricity at Torrlid, our beautiful candle lit log cabin was simple and spotless. Get up early and you can watch the milking as day begins. We heard the cow bells as they grazed the tree strewn meadows, and ate “tunnbröds” a...
By Wendy Barrie | January 14, 2018 |