A man wearing a rucksack standing the forest
Forest in Småland. Photo August Dellert, Småland

Destination

Our Nature

The Northern Lights dance across the skies in Arctic winter and the midnight sun illuminates the nights’ skies in the summer months. From the mountains of the north, to the white sandy beaches of the temperate south, we have space for everyone.

But the first thing you should know about the great outdoors of Sweden is that you have almost total access to it because of something we call 'the freedom to roam’, which is written into the Swedish constitution. It entitles you to roam freely, camp overnight and you can also forage for berries and mushrooms. But you do have to treat flora, fauna and other people's property with care. It's not a bad deal, is it? Learn about the outdoor access rights.

The 100 million acre pantry

Sweden is truly an edible country. There are so many different species and a whole bunch of them are not only edible but delicious. But, (and it’s an important but), you should always be careful what you pick and eat. Since there are mushrooms and plants that are poisonous in the wild, you should never eat something that you aren’t 100% sure of.

Chantarelles in a basket. Photo August Dellert

Local guides

When Swedes go on a hike, most of them bring a book on plants and mushrooms. There are many very good books on foraging and natural food – buy one and you’ll learn in no time. Another great idea is to talk to the locals or even bring a local guide. They will most certainly know the terrain and if you’re lucky, they’ll reveal the best spots for blueberries or chanterelles. 

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Photo: August Dellert
A group gets information from a local guide before they forage for delicacies in the woods.

Fire and nature

When considering making a fire, be sure to use one of the many ready-made fireplaces in nature. Reach out to a local guide or tourist information office for information on where they can be found and how to use them.

Most of the time, it is OK to make a campfire, but to prevent accidents, we plead to anyone who is planning to enjoy a good time around the fire to follow these rules:

  1. Use your common sense - if it’s hot and dry in the forest, don’t make a fire.
  2. Always obey local and temporary fire restrictions. Check for up-to-date directions on the website for the area you are visiting. Open burning prohibition order means that you are not allowed to light fires in forests or in public areas. The ban also applies to disposable grills, prepared fireplaces and barbecue sites on public land, such as beaches, campsites and parks. When there is a major risk for fire, information will be found on Krisinformation.se. Keep in mind that it is always you who are responsible for the security and that you can be held accountable and be punished if you cause a fire or violate the ban
  3. Always use ready-prepared fireplaces – there are many of them in Swedish nature.
  4. Always have water at hand
  5. Only use fallen branches and cones.
  6. It’s prohibited to make campfires in reservations and national parks.
  7. Don’t make the fire bigger than necessary.
  8. Make sure to put out the fire in good time before you leave. When you do, use a lot of water (double what you believe is necessary).
  9. Have a good time!

Book our tables

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Småland

Wallby

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Gothenburg, West Sweden

Gunnebo

A table placed in nature on a frozen lake with mountains in the background
Swedish Lapland

Arjeplog

A table placed in the forest
Värmland

Kittelfältet

A table placed in the countryside by a river in the forest
Jämtland Härjedalen

Bydalen

A table placed on a cliff in the Stockholm archipelago. The sun is shining and the sea is in the background.
Stockholm archipelago

Utö

A table placed in the forest.
Småland

Asa

A table placed in the forest in the autumn.
Skåne

Ormanäs

A table placed in the west Sweden archipelago on a cliff by the water.
West Sweden

Ramsvik