Sweden is a hive of activity at this time of year, with preparations being put in place for Christmas celebrations and Christmas concerts galore. However, by mid-afternoon on Christmas Eve, everything is ready and the whole country puts its feet up in front of the TV to enjoy the annual tradition of watching Disney movies!
Lucia, together with Midsummer, is one of main cultural Swedish traditions. The festivities around Lucia have been going on for 400 years and Lucia herself is an ancient mythical figure with an long-lasting role as a bearer of light in the dark Swedish winters.
Gothenburg has long been known as a city where you can enjoy great coffee with delicious cakes and cinnamon swirls. But the sweet treat culture is not only present here in Gothenburg. Baking is everywhere, in television programs and in a growing number of Swedish homes.
Combining contemporary Swedish design and a warm sense of tradition, Gothenburg lights the way to Christmas. From the central harbor, a three kilometer (about 2 miles) ‘Lane of Lights’ guides you through the city to stylish outdoor lighting displays, along the main boulevard to Liseberg Amusement Park and its famous Christmas market.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.