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The Edible Country in Strängnäs, Sörmland
‘The Edible Country’ is a do-it-yourself gourmet restaurant where the visitors forage and cook their own food in Swedish nature.
Photo credit: Patrik Arneke

Strängnäs, Sörmland

Selaön, Sweden’s largest lake island, is rich in ancient monuments and burial mounds. The table is located near Äleby gård and Mälsåker Castle beneath ancient oaks with views across a landscape of fields and water. Above the shores of Lake Mälaren, Äleby offers a tranquil, secluded oasis of relaxation just 90 kilometres from Stockholm.

Selaön’s beautiful scenery and winding lanes make it perfect for excursions. This lake island, the largest in Sweden, is filled with ancient monuments rune stones and burial mounds. The table is located close to Äleby gård estate and MälsåkerCastle, in the heart of a country-house landscape, typical of Södermanland. Äleby offers tranquillity just 90 km from Stockholm. The final 10 km of road is secluded, ending with Äleby Gård, nestling on hills on the shores of Lake Mälaren. With the lake, forest, fields and large numbers of game animals, Äleby is an oasis for relaxation. Also consider a visit to the nearby town of Mariefred and Gripsholm Castle. In Sörmland county, you’ll find culinary experiences with a strong focus on game meat and local producers.

Other Close to Nature Food/Drink Experiences

Dine on the organic farm Hornudden, overlooking the lake.
Stay in luxury suites at Gripsholms Värdshus and get treated like royalty.
Enjoy a Swedish fika in the inspirational gardens at Villa Sjövik.
Take a guided horse ride with the professional staff at Edeby Gård.
Grab a Swedish fika at the farm café with a large greenhouse.

Reserve your seat

This table offers The Edible Country.

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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.
Photo: Tina Stafrén/

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.

The Chefs

Four Swedish Michelin-starred chefs have created the menu suggestions for the Edible Country experience. These chefs all share a love for nature and what it has to offer. Their recipes will help give you a memorable visit in the Swedish nature.