Category Archives: Sweden

A new travel guide to Sweden

For the past few months I’ve been working on a new kind of travel guide to Sweden. The aim is to help people travel around Sweden independently without needing to spend loads of money on travel agents. You can see … Continue reading

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Sweden’s underwater sauna

A sweet, smoky heat floods the bastu, thawing our frozen bones. It doesn’t take long for the sweating to begin. Eyes shining in the orange glow of smouldering birch logs, Daniel Carlsson tells me how he designed the sauna – … Continue reading

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A slice through Umeå

For the first time since 1888, when a fire turned hundreds of houses to ash, Umeå is hot property. Sweden’s eleventh-biggest city, 400 miles north of Stockholm amid a sea of pine, is next year’s European Capital of Culture. Compared … Continue reading

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The island exodus

Rising from the sea like barnacle-covered whales, the humpbacked islands off Sweden’s west coast are – in erosional terms – reasonably well protected. The tides are hardly noticeable. But the ebb and flow of people is easy enough to see. … Continue reading

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