A Hotel with a View

Marstrand Island in Bohuslän. Photo:Lisa Nestorson

Marstrand Island in Bohuslän. Photo:Lisa Nestorson

Photo: Marstrands Havshotel West Sweden’s newest hotel, Marstrands Havshotell, recently opened its doors to the public. This scenic waterfront getaway, situated only 50 minutes from Gothenburg, enjoys an ideal location facing the picturesque island of Marstrand and the Skagerrak Sea. The 98-room hotell features a spa with traditional Bohuslän coast treatments, a sea-view terrace with seating for 150 people, and two restaurants where fresh seafood and classic Scandinavian dishes are served.

Foto: Martin-Skredsvik

The area around Marstrands Havshotell is a water sport-lover’s paradise. Popular activities include sailing and diving, and there are plenty of walking paths in the area. In addition, Marstrands Havshotell offer a range of leasure activiteies such as Herring and schnapps tasting, Seal Safari, Sea Trout fishing, Kayaking, Golf and Mini-Golf, among many others. All activities and packages can be booked through Marstrands Havshotell’s website.

Charlie Kaufman to Göteborg International Film Festival

Charlie Kaufman

Charlie Kaufman. Photo: giff.se

Academy Award-winning screenwriter and director Charlie Kaufman will visit the Göteborg International Film Festival January 28 to January 31 to receive the festival’s newly instituted Honorary Dragon Award.

Charlie Kaufman is the man behind hit movies like Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. His breakthrough came 1999 with the script for Being John Malkovich, which was nominated for an Academy Award. In 2004, he received an Academy Award for the screenplay for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

The 34th Göteborg International Film Festival takes place January 28 to February 7 2011 in Gothenburg.

Cured Fish at Salt & Sill

Photo: Jonathan Brown

Photo: Jonathan Brown

Salt & Sill, Sweden’s first floating hotel, has a restaurant that is well know for its high quality food based on local raw materials and being influenced by the coast and the sea. Salt & Sill means “salt and herring” in Swedish which is rather appropriate given that Klädesholmen, where the hotel is based, is also known as “herring island”. They’ve been catching and preserving herring here since the fifteenth century.

Read Jonathan Brown’s report from a smorgasbord at Salt & Sill loaded with pickled herring, smoked mackerel, salmon and much more.

Gothenburg – The Christmas City

Gothenburg is putting on her Christmas finest just for you. From 12th November central Gothenburg is transformed into the Christmas City, starting with the opening of the traditional Christmas market at Liseberg Amusement Park, and the illumination of the white fairy lights along the Lane of Light. The glittering Christmas illuminations in the Lane of Light stretch three kilometers from Liseberg amusement park, past Götaplatsen, along Avenyn, the city’s main boulevard, and all the way to down to the city’s harbor.


Shops and boutiques along the Lane of Light and neighboring shopping districts, are decked out in their Christmas finery, and open every day of the week. City restaurants get into the seasonal spirit too with mouth-watering julbord, a festive smörgåsbord, and being Gothenburg, it is often served with a maritime twist. Also, don’t miss the many bustling Christmas markets within the city as well as in the surrounding countryside.

Read more about Christmas in Gothenburg here.

“When travelling to Scandinavia, Gothenburg is a must to visit!”

Marcus Samuelsson, Swedish world-class chef based in New York and the winner of Top Chef Masters on Bravo TV, shares his love for Gothenburg in the newly launched campaign “Faces of Scandinavia”.

Read about his favorite Gotenburg spots for fashion, food and fun, and don’t miss the sweepstakes where you can win a trip to Samuelsson’s Gothenburg!

Photo: Marcus Samuelsson Group

Photo: Marcus Samuelsson Group

Mussel Safari at Lysekil

Photo: Jonathan Brown

Photo: Jonathan Brown

Meet blogger Jonathan Brown who got to taste both fine food and adventure during a shellfish safari off the coast of Lysekil. He explains why the west coast of Sweden should be included in any food lover’s ultimate fantasy. The Big Five in the region are lobster, crayfish, oysters, prawns and mussels, which can all be sampled through safaris at various locations along the Bohuslän coast.

Read Jonathan’s full story here.

Sweden’s best tourist attraction?

Cruising with historic ships in an unique environment; Göta Canal recently won the TRIP Global Award

Cruising with historic ships in an unique environment. Göta Canal recently won the TRIP Global Award. Photo: www.stromma.se

Göta Canal, Sweden’s longest adventure, was recently awarded the international prize TRIP Global Award for “Best Adventure in Sweden”. The prize was established by the travel and tourism industry in Sweden, in cooperation with Visit Sweden, in order to establish what foreign visitors want to experience in Sweden and to highlight those who offer Sweden’s best experience.

The Göta Canal is one of the most remarkable waterways in the world and one of the communication links between Sweden’s two largest cities. The canal itself is 190 km long, most of it dug out by hand. Between 1810 and 1832 some 58 000 soldiers removed 300 000 cubic metres of rock and earth in order to create the three-metre deep and app.

Find out more about cruising the Göta Canal at www.stromma.se

Interview: Camilla Läckberg – Win Her Debut Novel!

Photo: Courtesy of Pegasus Books

Photo courtsey of Pengasus Books

Meet Swedish crime queen Camilla Läckberg. Her psychological crime novels have sold over five million copies, and last year she was the sixth best-selling novelist in Europe.

Läckberg grew up in Fjällbacka, on the Swedish West Coast north of Gothenburg, and this is where all her detective stories play out. However, in Läckberg’s books, this scenic holiday spot—on the surface a quiet and beautiful fishing community—is transformed into a place of intrigue, mystery, and murder. We talked to her about inspiration, writing, and West Sweden.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I have wanted to be a writer my whole life, for as long as I can remember. But my career didn’t start until I took a writing course called How to Write Crime. I actually started writing my first book The Ice Princess during that course.

Why crime fiction?
For me, crime fiction has always been the perfect genre. Also, I think I’m a little bit morbid so I’ve had a great interest in the darker sides of human nature ever since I was a child.

What do you think makes a good story?
A good story is character driven. If you don’t care about the characters, you don’t care about the story.

What is the biggest obstacle you face when writing? And what brings you the most joy?
I’m a very lazy person, so for me, having the discipline to write is the hardest. But it’s always worth it when I have these moments where the characters seem to take on lives of their own.

Do you have any little quirks while writing?
I drink huge amounts of coffee! And I always write in front of the television, which my colleagues consider very weird…

Your books are pretty dark; what image of Sweden do you think you convey to your readers?
The rest of the world seems to have this view of Sweden as a perfect society. So I actually think that I just bring a little bit more realism to the picture of Sweden.

What should one make sure not to miss while visiting West Sweden?
Fjällbacka, of course. It’s the most beautiful place in the world—just to take a boat out in the archipelago is a magical adventure. And don’t miss Smögen, Strömstad, Koster, Marstrand . . . oh I could go on forever! All the small towns on the West Coast are magnifique!
(Curious about Läckberg’s Fjällbacka? Now you can visit the place on a guided a tour.)

Camilla Läckberg talks about The Ice Princess:

Win Läckberg’s debut novel The Ice Princess!
[The contest is now closed. Thanks contestants!]
The Ice Princess is the first in the series about Inspector Patrik Hedberg and the writer Erika. We have five copies to give away. To win, answer the question What is the name of Sweden’s first marine national park? Send an email by October 24 to contest@visitsweden.com with the right answer, your name, and address.