Soul of Skåne

Skåne, Sweden's verdant southernmost province, is a place to take it slow. Here, travellers can switch off on sandy beaches, wild camp under starry skies and forage in the undergrowth for wild mushrooms. This is what friluftsliv — a Scandinavian term that loosely translates as ‘open-air living’ — is all about. It's also a place where the locals' welcoming spirit, relaxed hospitality and respect for the land are deep-rooted and heart-warming. Experience this region’s astounding variety of locally grown produce with a homemade smoothie made from foraged fruits, or an ice cream flavoured with just-plucked saffron.

Nature of Skåne

With 249 miles of coastline, more than 100 lakes, two meandering rivers and brooding forests, Sweden’s untamed southernmost province is a natural playground. This spirit-raising destination is a haven for anyone looking to reconnect with nature. From hiking long-distance trails and kayaking in the Baltic Sea to climbing rocky peninsulas and joining a forest-bathing retreat, outdoor adventures abound.

Fifty shades of green: reflecting on a decade of environmentally-driven innovation in Stockholm

Scandinavia is often a byword for environmentally driven innovation, and a wander through the Swedish capital proves the city is green  in more ways than one.

Discover the sea trails of the Baltic region of Blekinge, Sweden

During a visit to Skåne, take a detour to the neighbouring Blekinge archipelago, which invites adventure-lovers to hop from island to island, seek out rare wildlife and explore long-distance walking trails.

Hiking, paddling and outdoors cooking: discover forest bathing in Sweden’s Skåne region

Switch off and strike out to the serene forests of this southern province, where you can join tours combining mindfulness and nature.

Head off on a biking adventure in Skåne, Sweden

Glide along the serene Sydostleden biking trail in the far south of Sweden to discover quaint towns, a wild coastline and welcoming locals.

The flavours of Skåne: meet the people behind the produce

In Sweden's southernmost province, travellers can drink homemade smoothies made from foraged fallen fruits and lick ice cream flavoured with just-plucked saffron. We meet the makers behind some of the region’s best produce.

Go village-hopping on a road trip through Skåne

There’s no better way to discover Sweden's rosy-cheeked outdoors and outstanding foodie scene than on a road trip through the country's spirit-raising southernmost province.

Top 10: unmissable stops along the Skåneleden hiking trail

Explore this long-distance trail in Sweden's Skåne region, winding beneath ancient beech trees and along lonely beaches. It’s a place to wild camp, forage for berries and stumble across sites far beyond the tourist trail.

Best of the west: five ways to explore West Sweden's coastline

West Sweden has a wealth of activities for the adventurous, from island cycling to coastal hiking.

A city guide to Gothenburg

Sweden’s second-largest city is an underrated gem. With its neoclassical architecture, bars, cafes and canals, it offers the perfect city break.

Sweden: Sea kayaking

Through the clear, green water, I could see a crab scuttling along the seabed, doing a sideways slalom between the pebbles and seaweed. A salty breeze whipped up little ruffles on the surface of the water in Marstrand harbour, while the sun drifted in and out of the clouds

Neighbourhood guide to Stockholm

The Swedish capital’s eclectic neighbourhoods are where mansions and former royal hunting grounds sit alongside sleek design stores, pop-up markets and countless fika-friendly cafes.

The world's best food destinations in 2019

Whether it’s an Italian temple of gastronomy or an Indian veggie paradise, some places seem to have good food woven into their DNA. From Mendoza to Mysore and Bologna to Beirut, we pick out some of the best destinations for food lovers

Söderåsen National Park: A hiker's paradise

Panoramic views, lakes and deep-cut valleys make Southern Sweden's lush Söderåsen National Park ideal for hikers, discovers Veerle Witte

Feasting in Southern Sweden

From wineries to eco farms, Southern Sweden is not short of culinary hotspots, says Veerle Witte. Here are her top four

Experience the wonders of Scandi sand

Sweden might be a surprising beach holiday destination but with its broad swathes of white sands and brightly coloured beach huts, the Swedish Riviera is the perfect place to lay down your beach towel. Marianne Wilschut picks three of the country's best

Hit the road in Southern Sweden

Veerle Witte takes a road trip across southern Sweden to find adventure

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