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Pure Spirit: Explore Southern Sweden

A TIPPLING JOURNEY OF NATURAL DISCOVERY TO SWEDEN'S VERDANT VODKA COUNTRY

Itinerary

Destination

Start

Åhus Sweden

Finish

Malmö Sweden

Early 2023

Duration

4 Days

Format

Guided

Group Size

Small Group

Overview

Home of Absolut ⋅ Vodka masterclass ⋅ Nature foraging ⋅ Malmö nightlife

The fascinating Skåne region of Sweden, known for its beech forests and apple orchards, is our base for this deep-dive into a lesser-known part of Scandinavia. We discover local gourmet produce, take to the water in a UNESCO biosphere reserve, and explore the world of Absolut in Åhus – every drop of water and every seed of wheat in the world-famous vodka comes from here. Our last stop is hip Malmö, a city emerging from its industrial past as a bohemian and artistic hotspot.

Highlights

The varied beauty of Sweden comes to life in this tale of two places. With a start in the fishing village of Åhus and its harborside history to a hip finish in Malmö, a city known for diverse nightlife and lots of fun.

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01 | WILD NATURE

After a lakeside hike, experience lunch in the wild inspired by the four elements of this lush region: apple, stone, water, and forest, and a menu featuring fire-cooked, foraged ingredients and accompanied by local lore

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02 | HOMEGROWN PHILOSOPHY

Come together over a celebratory, vodka-paired dinner at Absolut Home. Here, the kitchen of Chef Fredrik Wallgren gathers inspiration from the Scandinavian heritage of food culture and brings it to life in contemporary interpretations

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03 | GRAND MALMÖ

Malmö has a legendary party scene and we’ll paint the town red, bar hopping to places like Grand Malmö, famous for generous and unusual cocktails using classic Nordic ingredients served with a hearty slice of cool musical vibes

Itinerary

Day 01

ABSOLUT HOME

Old town wander ⋅ Vodka-themed dinner

Our journey of new friends and Nordic influences begins in the charming fishing village of Åhus. As the boats make their way out towards Hanö Bay we walk the harbor and explore the old town, where cobblestoned streets meet sandy beaches flanked with colorful wooden houses.

This fascinating corner of southern Sweden is home to Absolut Vodka. As the sun sets, we head to Absolut Home for cocktails and a vodka-paired dinner featuring local producers. We toast the start of our adventure with a heartfelt skål!

Day 02

FORAGING WITH FRIENDS

Deep nature ⋅ Wetlands kayaking ⋅ Vodka masterclass

After a hearty Swedish breakfast, we head into the forest and an area known for beech and apple orchards for a foraging walk and an unforgettable wilderness lunch cooked over an open fire. Continuing in the deep nature theme, we make our way to Kristianstad Vattensrike wetlands, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, where kayaks await for a fun and friendly paddle on the stunning waterways.

Returning to Åhus, we meet some of the world’s most experienced vodka makers who lead the Absolut team, many of whom have been practicing their craft for over 25 years. This evening we choose our own adventure for dinner. Options range from casual beer hall to fine dining overlooking the water – your Tastemaker guides the way.

Day 03

MOUTHWATERING MALMÖ

Malmö discovery tour ⋅ Farewell dinner ⋅ Cocktail bar crawl

This morning we head out for a walk that takes us from deep green forest to the rolling waves of a dramatic stretch of coastline along the Baltic Sea, past traditional eel houses. Afterwards, we head west to hip Malmö. While exploring the historic city, we stop in at the legendary Malmö Saluhall food market to taste the wares of local artisans.

After some downtime to enjoy the city your own way, we come together for a fabulous final dinner in one of our favorite eateries. Then it’s time to explore the city’s nightlife, bar-hopping to beloved spots like Grand Malmö, famous for its unusual cocktails using classic Nordic ingredients, served with a side of cool musical vibes.

Day 04

ONWARDS!

After a late breakfast it’s time to say goodbye to this southern Swedish adventure. Until we meet again!

Accommodation

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Accommodations are hand-selected for each and every trip from a portfolio of rigorously-vetted hotels. Our Trip Design team prioritizes location, comfort, and design to ensure your stay is a winning mix, every time. In Southern Sweden, we often stay in hotels such as Åhus Gästgivaregård and Elite Hotel Esplanade.

Åhus, 2 nights

Åhus Gästgivaregård or “Gästis” as locals know it, is situated in an 18th century building, overlooking a characteristic waterway that leads to the Baltic Sea. Rooms here are bright and comfortable, and there is a lively evening scene perfect for a last tipple of whatever you fancy.

Malmö, 1 night

Elite Hotel Esplanade is located in an ideal position for exploring historic Malmö, quiet enough to get a great night’s sleep but steps away from historic Lilla Torg square and the best nightlife, restaurant, and shopping areas of the city.

What's Included

Almost everything.

Curated activities, local cuisine and libations, new knowledge, delightful travel companions – and so much more.

  • Three nights hotel accommodation

  • Daily breakfast

  • Meals per the itinerary

  • Nightly round of drinks

  • Activities mentioned in the itinerary

    • Vodka-paired dinner at Absolut Home
    • Lunch in the wild experience
    • Wetlands kayaking
    • Absolut distillery tour
    • Walking tour of Malmö
    • Celebration dinner in Malmö
  • Return transportation to from all scheduled activities when required

  • Transport from Åhus to Malmö

  • Services of a brilliant local Tastemaker (=Trip Leader)

  • Tips and gratuities at hotels and at group meals

  • All local taxes

What's Not Included

  • Flights are not included

  • Tours, events, and activities outside those noted in the itinerary

  • Airport Transfers

  • Any food or drinks outside except where specified/detailed

  • Personal items and expenses

  • Any additional services at the hotel (room service, phone calls etc)

  • Travel insurance

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