Walpurgis Night is celebrated on April 30 all across our long country. This holiday marks the end of winter and the spring gets a warm welcome with an enormous bonfire. At Skansen open air museum in Stockholm, the celebration starts early in the afternoon and continues all through the night. There will be spring speeches, music, games, and the traditional Walpurgis bonfire.

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With the new arrival of the cranes, check out this wonderful guided tour of the ‘cheese region’ of Falbygden and Lake Hornborgasjön - ‘the home of the crane’. Get close to these beautiful birds, witness their majestic ‘dance’ and finish the day off with a wonderful local cheese tasting. http://bit.ly/1o3vsvJ

 

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Skåne is one of the least expensive and most efficient golfing paradise in Europe. Here you have about 70 courses within a 50 minute drive. From Malmo you can reach 30 courses, all within 30 minutes. Many clubs collaborate with hotels over golf packages and reduced green fees. 

You can combine golf in Skåne with a culinary trip around this southern part of the country and also visit one of the many castles located in this region.

http://visitskane.com/en/theme/golf

 

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Sweden’s capital city, Stockholm, blooms during the springtime. Described as ‘Venice of the north’ it is spread across 14 islands, its iconic waterways shimmer against the Royal Palace and medieval architecture of Old Town (Gamla Stan) contrasted with the latest in design and innovation. Swedes and visitors alike rejoice the new season and take in Stockholm’s outdoor attractions from touring in Skansen open-air museum and discovering Sweden’s living culture in the world’s first National City Park Djurgarden or hitting the streets of trendy Sodermalm filled with designer boutiques, cafes and restaurants.

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Spring is just around the corner.

 

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If you want to find an evening when song is to be heard in every village, town or city, then be sure to be in Sweden on the 30th April. On that date, known as Valborgsmässoafton (Walpurgis Eve), huge bonfires are lit at dusk. As the fire grows in intensity, singers from local choral groups come forward to sing songs that celebrate the end of winter and herald the arrival of spring. In Stockholm there are several places where you can join the festivities and one of the most popular you’ll find at Skansen open air museum.

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No Påsk – or Easter – celebration would be complete in Sweden without dramatic bonfires on the West Coast, fireworks, witches and egg-painting, topped off with a seriously-good spread of local cuisine: pickled herring, cured salmon, Jansson’s Temptation (a traditional potato and anjovis  dish) and spiced schnapps. Mark the occasion, Swedish-style, with this coastal break, perfect for the family.

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