- Visit by train and then take a road-trip, taste Scandinavian nouvelle cuisine and its subtle differences
- From Copenhagen to Gothenburg and up to Bohuslan, nature in its enormity and Scandinavian lifestyle
- Pioneering restaurants of the new cuisine, foodie outing, day in the Weather Islands, it's on the itinerary
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Meet the new Scandinavian cuisine, summer and winter
Your tripThe rail link between Copenhagen and Gothenburg takes you over the spectacular Oresund bridge. And by car, the Gothenburg/Fjallbacka route passes through the stunning landscapes of Bohuslan. Getting from one place to the next doesn't mean an end to the sightseeing. It just gives you a fresh viewpoint. In Copenhagen as in Gothenburg, a hotel awaits epitomising the city's lifestyle: comfort, eco-friendly setting, urban character with green sensitivity. Staying in the port of Fjallbacka showcases provincial living as a true lifestyle. Three hotels that are sure to leave their mark. And these come with three gastronomic experiences. Two are carefully chosen for their delicious homage to the new style Scandinavian cuisine. The third, by the sea, is a first of its kind on a Skagerrak archipelago. At each port of call, a table is reserved. There's also a tour of Copenhagen's most popular places to eat, with a private guide. A day in the western Weather Islands archipelago is also part of the itinerary. Three days, two days and two days are enough time for you to sample everything without being rushed, and to soak up what the towns along the Bohuslan coastline have to offer.
Flight to Copenhagen, Denmark
Three-night stay in the Latinerkvarteret in the historic centre. The discreet neon yellow sign suggests a friendly, modern feel. Inside, sleek design - this is Denmark, after all. The setting is all about hygge, with its emphasis on soft cosiness. The rooms are perfectly appointed, functional and beautiful. For breakfast, there is organic and locally prepared food. For other meals, there are three options including a Nordic bistro, a burger bar, and a 'smorrebrod' counter and craft beers. The bar has an original stage layout and a range of ports that is unique to Copenhagen. A rooftop terrace, gym and cinema complete a location that is as much a lifestyle hub as a hotel. Collect a Copenhagen Card: unlimited access to public transport and more than 70 historical and cultural sites.
Included in the itinerary - Dinner at Host Restaurant. With white brick walls, natural wood, light furniture and ivy, the room evokes a rustic idyll. There are three courses, each paired with a glass of wine. The chef uses the seasons and his country's culinary traditions as inspiration to prepare contemporary dishes that display a vivid imagination, a feel for the moment and the taste for natural balance. Much to the delight of the guests.
Latinerkvarteret, or 'The Latin Quarter', so called because in the Middle Ages, Latin was the language of study in the city's university. From the hotel, it's a ten-minute walk to Tivoli Gardens. Of course, there's always the option of a white-knuckle ride on Daemonen's famous rollercoasters. Visit Christiansborg (1733-1928), the seat of parliament and the royal family, and the Kastellet, a star-shaped citadel built by Henrick Ruse in 1622. What about Christiana? In 1971, this neighbourhood east of the port was taken over by alternative groups that soon proclaimed the Free City of Christiania. The experiment became part of the Copenhagen landscape and continues to this day. The Statens Museum for Kunst [National Museum of Art] is stunningly rich, and houses Cornelis Norbertus Gysbrechts' trompe-l’œil 'The Reverse of a Framed Painting' (1670). The Designmuseum Denmark features Danish and international design and crafts. And then there are the colourful houses of the Nyhavn docks, one of which used to belong to Hans Christian Andersen; the spire of the Church of our Saviour (1695-1752) with its outdoor staircase, the trendy district of Vesterbro, the shops...
The trip includes a foodie trip to Torvehallerne and Norrebro. The Torvehallerne covered marketplace is less the belly of Copenhagen and more its palace. It's not wholesale food, but more delicacies and gourmet treats. Some 60 stalls sell fish and shellfish, farm cheeses, cold meats, ciders, organic fruit juice, etc. You can eat 'spegesild' - pickled herring - and 'rejer' - shrimp - fish and chips or tacos. Forage and pick away in the company of an expert guide. From there, it's on to Norrebro. A popular and cosmopolitan district, the neighbourhood has been the focus of pioneering urban planning projects, such as Superkilen or BaNanna Park. This has become home to the young and creative. Street art is writ large along the sides of buildings. Concept restaurants (like porridge only) cafés, microbreweries, traditional or trendy grocery stores and bakeries have all flourished on Jaegersborggade. The gastronomic resurgence was even the spark for the regeneration movement, when chef Christian F. Puglisi opened Relae on the street. Urban style meets new Danish cuisine.
Copenhagen - Gothenburg, Sweden
Train to Gothenburg. Two-night stay north of the Vasa Bridge (1907). The purple facade of your hotel is remarkable, and further surprises await within. The decor brilliantly maintains the unity of its components; both vintage and contemporary. The rooms offer all the trappings of urban comfort: connectivity, perfectly appointed furniture, all set off with touches of glamour. Drink a glass of wine or a coffee on the terrace. The bar never closes. They serve small Italian-inspired dishes.
A table is reserved at Bhoga. Key to the success of chefs Gustav Knutsson and Niclas Yngvesson are the relationships they have with their suppliers. The chefs work their magic with sumptuous ingredients. And the dishes they serve are imbued with intense bouquets of flavour. The new Swedish cuisine is a match for anything Denmark can offer.
Picking up where we left off the previous day, the Feskeköoka, the fish market, is as good a place as any to start. As well as the sheen of the scales and the shine of the shells, there's also stunning Gothic Revival architecture (1874). At noon, you can pick up delicious herring on Magasinsgatan, and eat them on the go. The modern Nordic-style building (Carl Westman, 1916) of the Rohsska Museum houses important collections of Swedish, European and far-eastern decorative art. When he built Lilla Bommen between 1986 and 1989, architect Ralph Erskine gave Gothenburg an instant icon: 'The Lipstick' is part and parcel of the city's identity. A stroll around will reveal a vibrant, young and industrious harbour, but also one that's proud of its heritage. It's a day of stops and starts - stops at cafes and food trucks and then setting off for the shops and galleries. Bar Centro, which proves that natural wines (produced organically and often biodynamically) travel well, and that they are all about taste and not just a trend, is a great place to spend an evening.
Gothenburg - Fjallbacka
Take the hire car for a drive to Fjallbacka through the rocky and watery landscape of Bohuslan's archipelago. There are small multicoloured clapboard houses dotted along the shoreline; fishing boats lie in the maze of channels formed where land and sea meet. Two-night stay at the harbour. Outside: red wood facade, inside: Nordic cosy meets northern seaside; the house exudes Swedish charm. Enjoy the special feel of the pace, whether in the dining room or on the terrace looking out at the seagulls over on Valon, several hundred feet offshore. In summer, it has a restaurant where shellfish is the order of the day.
A day trip to the Weather Islands. Off the coast of Fjallbacka, in the Strait of Skagerrak, the Vaderoarna granite archipelago offers up buffeting fresh air and the crashing open sea. The way to get there is by boat. On the approach, the boat often arouses the curiosity of the harbour seals that inhabit the area. Other residents of these shores are pomarine jaegers and European shags, and black guillemot can be spotted regularly on walks. The sea air and the protected environment here act as an immediate tonic to a visitor's spirits. There is a restaurant in Vaderoarna, serving lunch with the salty taste of the sea. This close to its natural environment, seafood has an incomparably fresh taste.
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