Live like a Smålander

Spending time in the spectacular nature is quite natural for us Smålanders. We make a habit of enjoying nature as often as possible – preferably every day. Whether it’s for just a few hours or for the whole day, here are some activities you must try if you want to live like a Smålander.


Take an evening dip

Picture this: the sky is painted in gentle pastel hues and the lake is still and inviting. The crisp evening air makes the water feel warm to the touch, so it’s easy to dive right in. Whether you want…

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Picture this: the sky is painted in gentle pastel hues and the lake is still and inviting. The crisp evening air makes the water feel warm to the touch, so it’s easy to dive right in. Whether you want to take a few energising strokes or flop onto your back and lose yourself in the evening sky, Småland’s pristine lakes are the perfect way to finish your day. This is what bliss feels like. This is what it feels like to live like a Smålander.

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Pick berries and mushrooms

In Småland, we love foraging for our own food in the great outdoors. There are berries and mushrooms in abundance just a short walk away – we promise. Grab a basket (or two) and head to a nearby fores…

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In Småland, we love foraging for our own food in the great outdoors. There are berries and mushrooms in abundance just a short walk away – we promise. Grab a basket (or two) and head to a nearby forest and see what edible treats you can find. There’s no better feeling than eating food you’ve picked yourself. To be absolutely safe, stick to mushrooms and berries you know, consult a hand book – or a Smålander!

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Eat outdoors

Speaking of eating – come summertime, Swedes find any excuse they can to eat outdoors. You won’t be walk past a park without smelling the delicious dinners of countless locals. So, pack a picnic and t…

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Speaking of eating – come summertime, Swedes find any excuse they can to eat outdoors. You won’t be walk past a park without smelling the delicious dinners of countless locals. So, pack a picnic and take it to the seaside, grab some meat for a BBQ or take some coffee and cake on your hike, but make sure you eat outdoors.

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Forest bathing

Spending time connecting with nature in the forest has been shown to have incredible health benefits, like reducing stress and depression. While the term forest bathing was coined in Japan in the 1970…

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Spending time connecting with nature in the forest has been shown to have incredible health benefits, like reducing stress and depression. While the term forest bathing was coined in Japan in the 1970s, Smålanders have turned to the fantastic nearby forests for centuries when they’ve needed to rejuvenate. The healing power of Småland’s nature is just a short walk away.

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Rowing

Småland’s lakes are a paradise for nature lovers. Rowing is the perfect way to escape from reality and just take in the sounds of the wildlife and wilderness. Many of those rustic red cottages for ren…

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Småland’s lakes are a paradise for nature lovers. Rowing is the perfect way to escape from reality and just take in the sounds of the wildlife and wilderness. Many of those rustic red cottages for rent have a rowboat you can use. And if you’re at a campsite near a lake, you’re probably near a rowboat. So, get on the water and discover our Småland.

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Midsummer in Småland

Midsummer means celebrations and is not only unique to Sweden, but also one of the most loved traditions in the country.

Foraging for Berries and Mushrooms

Foraging in Småland. Find berries and mushrooms in the forests.

The dream of a red cottage

There’s hardly anything more Swedish than red cottages with white trim. They’re all over Småland–by lakes, in forests. Why not stay in one on your holiday?

Moose parks in Småland

30 000 moose roam free in the forests of Småland, and if you don’t happen to see them in nature, you might just be able to see one in a moose park.