Escape the City this Christmas

Throughout this article Katie Watson from Off the Map Travel  shows you ways to combine the Christmas City of  Gothenburg with activities in the wonderful winter landscape of Dalsland. 

Gothenburg in West Sweden is full of festivities throughout November and December and it is a fabulous city to visit and experience in the run up to Christmas to enjoy some traditional foods, concerts and activities. Here at Off the Map Travel we wanted to give our customers the chance to enjoy this experience but also really get to know the beauty and nature that rural west Sweden has to offer!

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West Sweden Wins Prestigious Tourism Awards

West Sweden has picked up some prestigious awards recently, with the grand fairytale castle, Läckö Slott, receiving the ‘Great Tourism Award 2013’; the lavish Bjertorp Slott awarded the Historic Hotels of Europe ‘Best Historic Countryside Hotel of Europe 2014’ and CNN listing Hotel Andrum’s ‘Seventh Heaven’ as one of the Best Tree Houses in the World, and the Bohuslän region as one of the World’s Last Great Wilderness Areas.

Islanna – 7th Heaven Tree House. Photo: Lisa Nestorson

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Christmas in Gothenburg

Steve Jack from Inntravel gives us his thoughts on how to make the most of Gothenburg on the run-up to Christmas.

Gothenburg doesn’t hold back when it comes to Christmas. In fact, the whole city seems to sparkle during December, so here’s how to enjoy Sweden’s second city to the full during Advent…

Christmas at Liseberg in Gothenburg. Photo: Steve Jack

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Spiken – On the Lookout in the Middle of the Bleak Roe Season

The November darkness is upon us and the days are getting much, much shorter. But don’t despair, because this is the time to bring out the heavy flavor artillery. Treat your palate to something well worth celebrating – the golden bleak roe, which for the next two months will be in the most intensive part of the processing season.

Delicious Bleak Roe. Photo: Jesper Anhede

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The History of Bohuslän Province’s State Dish – Äggost

Äggost, literally translated, “Egg-cheese”, has a long history and is the Bohuslän province’s most distinct and traditional dish. Recipes and methods have differed all over the province for a long time, and have during the years caused lively discussions among housewives. Äggost usually consists of eggs, milk, buttermilk and sugar and tastes like a lighter, fluffier version of America’s classical cheesecake. But only sort of – you’d simply have to try it yourself to know what it tastes like!

Äggost – served with fresh berries! Photo: Agneta Thorsen

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Meet a Local – Janne Bark from Klocktornet in Lyckorna

Janne Bark bought and restored the old clock tower (Klocktornet in Swedish) a couple years back. The clock tower is located by the water in Lyckorna in Ljungskile, Uddevalla. The perfect location for Janne’s big passion – nature and wildlife. Janne offers several nature activities from his clock tower – the favorite one being their Mussel Safari.

Janne himself on board his Mussel Safari! Photo credit: Maria Winterstrid

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World Food Summit – On the Lookout for the Moment when Try Swedish Switches up a Gear.

Few things are as enjoyable as foodie holidays. To travel where your stomach takes you. To discover new gastronomic highlights, interesting cultures, and pack the suitcase full of local delicacies. Last week, I found myself in the middle of a heaving throng of tourism people, food journalists, food lovers and chefs from 28 different countries. For the first time (ever), the World Food Travel Summit had come to Europe. Gothenburg was at the center of proceedings, and the theme for the event was the fast growing food tourism sector. More gastronomic tourist routes to the people.

West Swedish Lobster Dish. Photo: Fredrik Broman/

West Coast Lobster Dish. Photo: Fredrik Broman/

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It’s Finally Here – The Lobster Premier!

The much anticipated lobster season starts on the first Monday after the 20th of September each year, this year it falls on Monday the 23rd, and keeps going until the end of April. On Monday, at the crack of dawn, the piers will be crowded as all lobster enthusiasts get ready for what is about to come. At 7 am sharp, the west coats’s waters will be full of eager fishermen and locals alike seeking the so-called ‘Black Gold’ from the depths of the deep blue waters. In West Sweden, the lobsters grow slowly in the cold and salty water, giving it a characteristic and succulent taste.


Freshly Caught Lobster! Photo: Fredrik Broman/

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Meet a Local – Emelie Nielsen Chef at Norrqvarn

Along Göta Kanal in West Sweden you will find Norrqvarn Hotel & Conference built in one of the old mills.

Norrqvarn has something for everybody – whether you want to relax on the docks or bike along Göta Kanal. The hotel also offers several types of accommodation . You can choose to stay in the hotel, hostel or their unique tree stub.

The Tree Stub by Night. Photo: Stefan Svensson

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