Looking for adventure and wanting to get back to nature? Sweden is the perfect destination for you. Get to the heart of Sweden with a visit to the province of Värmland. Nestled in the west, this bountiful county is just two hours by train from Stockholm and could be the countrys best kept secret.
As the world has more access to technology than ever before, and we spend most of our day-to-day plugged in; whether thats charging phones, tapping into our laptops, scrolling through Instagram feeds or tuning into our latest binge; people are looking for something authentic, which for many are experiences to help them re-centre and get back to nature. Värmland, which is proud of its breathtaking scenery, is one of the worlds biggest natural playgrounds waiting to be discovered all year round.
Hire a car and explore the wilderness and make your own adventure. From visiting the iconic home of Nobel Prize winner Selma Lagerlöf at Mårbacka, or to seeing the incredible views at Hovfjället, this is one of the best ways to navigate the terrain.
Whether you fancy sleeping under the stars and foraging, or indulging in luxury spa treatments and shopping; building your own raft to sail for a weeks adventure of a lifetime or even ghost-hunting, Värmland is home to it all. Heres why you need to book your ticket now:
Ditch the wifi, disconnect and go wild in Värmland. One of the most unique experiences you can enjoy is building your own raft. Far from a package holiday deal, Värmland allows you to make your own adventure, see what you want to see and get there with your own hard work.
Whether you fancy just a day or even a week out in nature, the river is rich with wildlife as beavers, moose and deer become your neighbours. A stay at the log fleet will give you experiences that youve never had before, as you learn to balance, relax and put in some hard work as you navigate the water. Assembling and sailing on your own raft could be the adventure youre looking for as its not always an easy ride being at the mercy of the weather, but thats all part of the fun. While its generally a calm current, theres still natural obstacles that may call upon quick thinking (like stones, rain and sandbanks!). Getting out of the comfort zones were used to can help us feel invigorated and gives us an incredible sense of achievement. Have the cameras ready as theres bound to be some wild moments.
Eat in the wild
If you love nature, consider yourself a foodie, then you must try eating in the wild. Värmland is the place to be for innovative, tasty menus harvested from the great outdoors. When we think Michelin stars, we can think of frayed tempers, foams and souflees that take hours to create with just a tasty morsel to show for it. But in Värmland, it couldnt be farther from that. Michelin chefs Titti Qvarnström, Niklas Ekstedt, Jacob Bjuhr and Anton Holmström have come together to help create a DIY menu that diners forage for themselves in the woods, by the lakes and in the fields before cooking it.
During the months of May to September, visitors can dine beneath the stars, all you need is some good boots and a warm jacket, and a sense of adventure. Click here to read some of the menus, like forest broth and poached perch or yummy pudding like acorn and hazelnut crumbs with a fruit and berry compote.
For more information about the Edible Country, click here.
Visit the biggest lake in Sweden with its wide sandy beaches, shallow coves and at times a barren landscape. The awe-inspiring lake is home to over 22,000 islands, skerries and islets and visitors will be able to spot a whole host of animals and birds across its impressive and rich landscape in their natural habitat.
Holidaymakers can find some tranquility on the lake and hire out a canoe or kayak to explore places that you cant reach on foot, or choose more gentle, guided routes across its calm waters.
If you fancy being at one with nature, you can even sleep under the stars at one of the many approved campsites surrounding the lake. But if luxury is more your vibe and you prefer something a little more comfortable, then you can hop on a cruise to explore the island of Lurö to take in its rich surroundings, and immerse yourself in nature by rambling through the forests or along the cliffs, before a nights stay in the islands accommodation.
Lake Vänern is also the perfect spot for fishing, with over 30 different types of freshwater fish and you dont need a permit. Catch your own tea, with perch, pike, sander and smelt all found in the lake. Its even considered one of the best spots in Europe for salmon and trout.
In one of the most surprising locations, visitors to the lake can also discover a Picasso sculpture in the archipelago off Kristinehamn. The 15-metre tall sculpture was imagined by the artist, and of his wife, and built by Norwegian artist Carl Nejsar.
Snow is guaranteed in the Swedish mountains but you dont just have to be able to ski to make the most of this incredible landscape. Theres plenty to entertain in its resorts such as Hovfjället and Branas. You can get the adrenalin pumping if you feel the need, with dogsledding, snowmobile safaris and ice-fishing. Or, you can take a more leisurely pace by snowshoeing and soaking up the breathtaking wintry beauty. If you do love snowboarding or skiing, there are magical trails to suit different abilities to keep everyone entertained.