Visit Sweden – Updates and Adventures!

With major US companies delaying return-to-office dates, Visit Sweden is offering travelers the ultimate remote work experiences with the new Out of Office Office program. 


Photo credit: Denise Lissert

For digital nomads feeling burnt-out, Visit Sweden invites you to (dis)connect and destress in breathtaking nature escapes with the new Out of Office Office workation program, where you can choose an unforgettable stay in the world’s “home of distancing.” Workers are encouraged to bag-check their remote setup and stay in accommodations close to nature experiences, in a relaxing environment, without compromising on internet connectivity. 

The benefits for remote workers are numerous as nature has proven to reduce levels of anxiety and boost mental health. In fact, Visit Sweden is currently conducting a study in partnership with a professor at Karolinska Institutet to get a better understating of how a “workation” in nature is impacting productivity compared to working from home or an office.
 
Interested in making Sweden your new work-from-home location? The program officially launches next month. You can view all possible locations by visiting visitsweden.com/where-to-stay/workation/   

While you’re enjoying your Out of Office Office, be sure to book a Table for All

Photo credit: Table for All/Bord för Alla

Fresh off the success of last year’s Table for One–a restaurant with one table, one chair and no waiters in a remote meadow in Sweden – comes Table for All, a second restaurant by the couple behind the operation. This time the restaurant is located in the middle of the woods, and it has a brand-new chef de cuisine: you! 

Much like the Edible and Drinkable Country, Table for All builds on Swedes’ constitutional right to walk, ride, ski, camp, and forage in the wild, even on private property –the Freedom to Roam. During the pandemic, the whole world turned to the outdoors for comfort and many of us have rediscovered everything nature has to offer. The founders, Linda Karlsson and Rasmus Persson invite guests to create a restaurant experience together with them, in harmony with nature and in close interaction with the wild. At designated times, the creators of Table for All will curate the restaurant and offer a three-course meal for exclusive sittings at this hidden spot. The menu may sound exotic for someone outside of Sweden, with items like spruce tip ice cream, and smoked elk roast and rhubarb galette, but the dishes are prepared using local ingredients foraged in this particular region. The seats are then bookable from the site bordforen.com When Linda and Rasmus are not present, the kitchen offers all the fundamentals you need to start your own restaurant for the night. Just bring matches and food! And the best part? Just like nature itself, the restaurant always stays open!
> Table for All press release

Below are further events and happenings to enjoy in between those virtual meetings from your new, scenic “office”: 

HAPPENING NOW:
DRINKABLE COUNTRY - THE WORLD’S LARGEST OPEN-AIR BAR


Photo credit: Niklas Nyman/Visit Sweden

The Drinkable Country – the world's largest open-air bar – is now open to the public in Sweden. Visitors can book a seat at more than 16 tables located in some of Sweden’s most beautiful natural landscapes for a chance to enjoy a selection of drinks reflecting the country’s 100-million-acre natural pantry of fruit, berries, vegetables, and fresh spring water. This world-class bar is led by the internationally acclaimed team at Tjoget, and other leading Swedish beverage experts, and cocktail and mocktail enthusiasts from near and far can book experiences ranging from guided foraging sessions with a local, to gathering and mixing ingredients, to discovering DIY recipes starting around $30.The tables are bookable through September and will then open again next May.
> The Drinkable Country press release


Photo credit: Andreas Strömquist
 
CIRCUS IN THE SKY
With the Stockholm Culture Festival cancelled this year, organizers have collaborated with Cirkus Cirkör and Peak Experience to create Puff, an acrobatic circus performance taking place on two hot air balloons soaring over the city. Taking place everyday for the remainder of August, Puff reminds Stockholmers that the Culture Festival will return next year, while also offering a surprising, poetic, and wonderful cultural experience.
> Hot Air Balloon Circus Soars Over Stockholm in Surprise Performance press release

TASTES OF SWEDEN:
The Taste of Swedish Summer
Didn’t make it to Sweden in time to enjoy the fresh summer produce? Don’t worry – Swedish herbal expert Lena Engelmark Embertsén and innovative star chef Elvira Lindqvist have preserved the taste of Swedish summer for you. This is both a traditional and ultra-modern way of preserving food and reflects the current zeitgeist, in which sustainability is playing an increasingly important role. Visit Lena’s farm in Sörmland and enroll as a student in her “flavor school,” and then enjoy a thematically appropriate menu in Elvira’s newly opened restaurant Oxenstiernan in Stockholm. The initiative will officially launch on September 14, but media can book a press trip now to experience it in person.

Stars Du Nord Festival 
The Nordic sustainable food festival Stars du Nord has invited innovative star chefs and food tech companies to start a green movement. On October 25-27, Stockholm will become the global meeting point for the next generation of conscious cooking, with restaurants in Scandinavia invited to collaborate on a waste-only pop-up menu to change the perspective of how we see food. 
Stars Du Nord press release (in Swedish)

NEW ACCOMMODATIONS:
Hotel Opening in One of the World's Tallest Timber Buildings

  
Credits: White Arkitekter

On September 8, The Wood Hotel by Elite Hotels will open in one of the world’s tallest timber buildings in the heart of Skellefteå in Swedish Lapland – which means breathtaking views, Instagram-worthy photos, and a “feel good” responsible stay to add to your bucket list. The hotel is housed in a carbon-neutral, sustainable wood building with solar power and efficient green energy. To boot, it is home to a relaxing spa and restaurant with panoramic views of Skellefteå, as well as a cultural hub for art, concerts, shows, and meetings. 

Book Your Modern City Villa Now 
The striking, cosmopolitan Villa Dagmar, a luxurious boutique hotel with a storied past located in the trendy, upscale district of Östermalm in Stockholm is now open for reservations. Outfitted in chic, Italian-inspired design and a residential feel of your own modern international city villa, Villa Dagmar is eager to welcome global travelers to eat, shop, and indulge in its prime location adjacent to Östermalms Saluhall, one of the world’s original food halls featuring traditional Swedish fare, as well as innovative global cuisine, and organic groceries.

Media interested in working from Sweden and / or taking part in one of the events listed, please contact: 

Melinda Martino
Visit Sweden
917 340 9330
melinda.martino@visitsweden.com 

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