An extraordinary foodie trip in beautiful nature.
One of my most memorable foodie experiences ever was to travel to Järpen, Sweden and dine at Fäviken, a farm / restaurant headed by now famous chef Magnus Nilson.
The journey itself is an experience. Fly via Oslo or Stockholm to Trondheim or Östersund and drive from there. Expect pine trees and lots of frozen lakes. I went in November which made the landscape already snowy, the temperature really manageable and the hours of daylight long enough to explore the surroundings.
Once in Are, before going to Faviken, I recommend spending a night and a day at the comfortable ski resort Copperhill Mountain Lodge. Rooms are stylish, the swimming pool and spa delightful and the restaurant offers an opportunity to taste good modern nordic cuisine.
The hotel offers plenty of local seasonal activities including dog sledding and skiing but ask the concierge about frozen lake ice skating. It looked like the savvy locals' preferred sport and a lot of fun.
The next day
On your way you to Faviken, you can enjoy a light and tasty lunch at the picturesque shop and café kretsloppshuset. Choose from a daily-changing buffet that includes homegrown organic vegetable salads and cakes made with foraged berries.
Arrive at Faviken around 5pm to enjoy their sauna. Get ready for dinner that starts at 7pm by aperitif and extraordinary nibbles in the ground floor lounge. Dinner is served in the upstairs dining room that will make you almost feel like at Heidi's chalet.
Dinner is a feast of local seasonal produce combined in creative yet simple recipes and Chef Magnus himself carries your plates and performs some culinary tricks.
Save some room for the copious breakfast including cured local meats, trout butter and local cheese.