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Outdoor cooking
During spring and summer, Swedes take every chance they get to be outdoors both cooking and eating. It can be a picnic, barbecue or just bringing a bowl of soup into the garden.
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Gustafsvik, Värmland

Located in the midst of Värmland’s enchanting nature, the historical manor park of Gustafvik stretches out and overlooks part of Vänern, Sweden’s biggest lake. The manor has a rich history filled with mythical stories of royalties, love quarrels and, perhaps the most famous one, the big fire 1967 turning the whole manor into ashes, only leaving the wings, storehouses and garden behind. If you’re in the mood for a walk, the Iron Trail passes through the park’s grand, tree-lined avenue, offering a 30 km long hike through the beautiful landscape of Värmland. If you rather prefer a culinary treat, you’ll find plenty of locally produced taste experiences to enjoy in the area.

The varied landscape surrounding Gustafsvik offers plenty to do for the adventurous soul. How about taking a hike along the 30 km long Iron Trail, which not only offers beautiful scenery but also several historical sites, ancient monuments and thrilling sights. If you consider yourself more of a water than land kind of person, you can rent a kayak and experience Sweden’s biggest lake from the first row. But Vänern is not only good for a relaxing kayak tour – it’s also one of Europe’s hottest sportfishing waters, where you can try your luck with the world-unique freshwater salmon, large sea-migrating trout and world-class pike fishing.

Other Close to Nature Food/Drink Experiences

Ölme Prästgård Gästgiveri – A White Guide nominated restaurant offering a locally produced food experience in a cosy 18th century styled environment.
Oliveriet– Benvenuti! This genuine Italian deli tops Tripadvisor’s list of most popular restaurants in Värmland, and we can only agree.
Picassos Veranda – This beautiful bistro and café offer huge scrimp sandwiches and top-notch ice cream, all to be enjoyed with a complementary view of the statue of Picasso and the glittering waters of Vänern.
Mastmagasinet – Take the boat from the archipelago to Mastmagasinet and enjoy a delicious three-course dinner with a stunning view of the river of Varnan.
Niklasdams Trädgård – This garden is known for its beautiful geraniums, to the extent that they offer both a geranium cake in the café and a whole museum containing over 300 different kinds of geraniums!

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Eating outdoors
Eating in Swedish nature. Swedish forests are filled with edible treats such as berries, mushroom, nettles and other greens, and they are of course best enjoyed in the outdoors.
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A do-it-yourself outdoor dining experience

Decide which table and natural landscape you would like to explore and make a reservation. Your reservation includes a seat at the table, inspiring local recipes and a kit with basic supplies to help prepare your findings and prepare a delicious experience.

Foraging with a local guide in the Edible Country, Sweden
A group gets information from a local guide before they forage for delicacies in the woods.
Photo: August Dellert

Get the full experience of the wild with our add-ons

While foraging, eating and drinking in nature is fun, it can also be a bit of a challenge. For a truly fulfilling experience, we recommend you book an add-on. A local foraging guide, a professional chef, bartender or comfortable accommodation nearby will make your visit all the more memorable.

The Edible Country

100 million acres of fine do-it-yourself dining.

Our Tables

Reserve your seat at the Edible Country table of your choice. Currently, we have over 20 tables from north to south. If they're fully booked, don’t worry, there are another 100 million acres of fine do-it-yourself dining available for you.