Eight Nights August 18 - 26
Nature, health, good food, and celebrations. Our trip to the province of Skåne will be an immersion into the Swedish lifestyle.
Reminiscing days of visiting my Swedish relatives as a teen conjures up memories of outdoor saunas followed by dips in a freezing creek, hearty walking, foraging for berries in the forest, honest food, big family gatherings, and parties... lots of parties!
Sweden has 25 historical provinces called “landskap.” We’ll be visiting the province of Skåne (Scania in English), which has some of the most diverse terrain in all of Sweden. The region is forged by a history of agriculture and characterized by the ever-present coastline, vast pastures, sharp cliffs, long beaches and green forests.
With history that stretches back to the Viking Age, Skåne is filled with historic buildings, museums, and cultural landmarks. It also has a rich cultural and agricultural heritage which we’ll explore. As an agricultural region, Skåne boasts a strong culinary life with many organic farms, coastal fishing and hunting wild game.
The Nordic Cuisine is characterized by its purity, simplicity, and freshness, as well as by a conscious use of ecologically friendly or “eco” seasonal foods. Food from nature such as wild game, fish, foraged herbs, mushrooms and berries are an important part of the cuisine. Deeply rooted traditions of preparing and preserving food also characterize the cuisine and are found in each region.
Swedes love to celebrate! There are many holidays, festivals, and celebrations with specific traditional dishes that must be served at each festivity. We’ll celebrate with a traditional Midsummer feast!
The Nordic lifestyle
Being in nature is ingrained in the Swedish culture. They have a saying, “friluftsliv” (free-loofts-liv), that translates as “open-air lifestyle.” Scandinavians are not hampered by the (often extreme) seasons and believe that “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes.” Being in nature is also linked closely to “allmansrätten,” the right to roam. Laws are in place that allow people to walk, camp, or forage practically anywhere, as long as they show respect for the land, wildlife and the locals.
A focus on health and vitality are an integral part of Swedish culture. Swedish saunas followed by a dip in a freezing creek or the equally cold sea is considered a necessity rather than a luxury.
Welcome to Skåne
We’ll meet at in Copenhagen over a glass of wine, beer, or snaps. Then, taking the train, we'll travel to the region of Skåne, specifically, Österlen, known as “the garden basket” of Sweden and hosts picturesque coastal towns with a rich fishing heritage. We'll be staying at Svabesholms Kungsgard, once one of the many farms owned by a past King of Sweden. We will settle in, take a walk to the sea, and have our first dinner together. During our first several days, you'll have time to enjoy a sauna, walk the farm, ride a bike to the sea, or nap. Dinner will be at the farm.
Farms & Fisheries
Known as Sweden's agricultural region, we will tour along the coast and inland to visit local farms, food producers, a fish smokehouse and a bakery that makes the regional specialty, Spettekaka Cake.
Foraging & Sweden's Viking Stonehedge
This will be a very special day as we forage for dinner with Roland Rittman, “wild herb grandfather to the Nordic countries.” Roland forages for restaurants, most notably René Redzepi's Noma, voted top restaurant in the world for the last 4 years. He has had a huge impact on the new Nordic cooking and environmental issues. We'll forage for wild berries, yarrow, sweet cicely, wood sorrel, meadowsweet, chanterelle and red pine mushrooms and more. On the way home, we'll stop to visit Ales Stenar, Sweden's Viking Stonehedge overlooking the ocean. A cooking class using our foraged goods and products from yesterday will be in the evening.
On to Båstad
Today we head to Båstad, stopping along the way at sights including one of the many castles the dot the region. We'll cross the region of Skåne from the southeast to northwest corner ending in Torekov, a fishing village where industry leaders have their summer homes, and the larger village of Båstad, tennis center for the Nordics. On our way, we'll stop at the the village smokery to buy smoked salmon for dinner.
Warmbadhus Spa & Cooking class
After breakfast, we drive to Hovs Haller, a national park along the sea, and walk to the village of Torekov, famous for its international tennis scene. Here we visit the Torekov bathhouse, Warmbadhus, a day spa dating from 1876 located a few feet from the sea and once used by fishermen before returning home after days of fishing. You’ll have a private seaweed bath. The scalloped seaweed gives the skin in the form of natural polysaccharides, a calming and softening effect. It’s fantastic! Salt scrubs, massage, and other treatments can also be arranged at an extra cost. Also recommended is a traditional jump in the sea to refresh mind, body, and spirit. There will be time to shop along the cobbled streets in the local boutiques and have lunch at one of the many fish restaurants. Lunch is on your own.
Cooking Class & Dinner with Mike and Jonas
We’ll spend the afternoon with Mike and Jonas, chef owners of Orangeriet which is part garden store and part cooking school. We’ll prepare traditional and updated Swedish specialties and have a fabulous meal.
The Local Butcher’s Farm
Today we put our walking shoes back on and visit a neighboring farm where we'll have a guided walk through the rolling fields and learn about the ecological practices and small family owned farm. This family is known for its cured and fresh meats raised on the farm. We'll enjoy a tasting and purchase meat for dinner in the family butcher shop.
The Gardens of Norrviken
The Gardens of Norrviken consist of seven themed gardens set around the Villa Abelin. Norrviken is famous for its gardens in different styles, created by Rudolf Abelin in the early 1900s. A visionary, inspired by various countries and epochs, who gave each garden its own special character. After touring the garden, we'll have an elegant "fika" in the Norrviken home .
Fika, the all-important Swedish tradition of stopping for coffee — no ordering to-go here. “Functioning as both a verb and a noun, the concept of fika is simple. It is the moment that you take a break, often with a cup of coffee, but alternatively with tea, and find a baked good to pair with it. In Sweden coffee is something to look forward to, a moment where everything else stops and you savor the moment.” – Anna Brones
Shopping & Eating
Today we're leaving open for the group to decide how we spend our final day together. We might shop for Swedish made products or take a boat to a nearby island and wildlife reserve for a picnic. This region holds many shops that have curated the wares of local craftsmen and women. We’ll definitely be visiting a small family-owned factory that weaves traditional Swedish linen products like aprons and beautiful tablecloths. You’ll have time to do as you please be it shopping or walking on the beach. Lunch is on your own. For dinner, we'll visit the home of my family, Anders and Anette Olsson, for a traditional summer Smörgåsbord with crayfish and wild game.
After a leisurely morning and goodbyes, we’ll deliver you to the local train for a one hour ride to Copenhagen or help you with plans to visit Stockholm or elsewhere.
$4450 per person based on double occupancy.
$4650 per person One master suite with en suite bathroom based on double occupancy.
Two rooms with a double bed are available for a single person at a supplement of $800.
Program fee includes:
Pick up in Copenhagen
Five nights in a Swedish summer home
Three nights in a B&B
Daily buffet breakfast
Three or more lunches
Three to four cooking classes
Seven dinners, see itinerary
House chosen wine and nonalcoholic beverages at all planned meals at the house and while on excursions
Foraging with guide
Seaweed Spa Bath
Planned excursions, please see itinerary
Private transportation on all planned excursions
Planned restaurant meals, see itinerary
Not included in program fee:
Airfare to and from Copenhagen
End of trip transportation other than delivery to train which is a very simple ride back to Copenhagen, Stockholm, or elsewhere
Required travel insurance
Personal shopping and expenses
Food and drink not included in the itinerary (one dinner and four to five lunches)
Any expenses incurred during free time
Tips for Community Cuisine staff, drivers and/or house concierge
Optional excursions or extensions
Non-refundable passport fees
Excess baggage charges
Airport taxes that are collected on the spot in foreign airports, departures taxes, airport fees, airline and federal security fees and ticket handling fees, surcharges due to changes in currency, any mandatory new or increased fees/taxes/fuel surcharge (if any) levied on airline tickets, hotels, incidental expenses in hotels, and hotel room upgrades.
Note: We have rented the home “AirB&B style” meaning there will be no daily maid service. We will have a washer and dryer on the premises and will happily wash and restock towels.
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