DALLAS, September 17, 2012 - Swedes are certainly known for their parties so it’s no wonder that with any excuse to have a good time, Midsummer is a celebration that has lasted in this country through the centuries and is certain to be around for many years to come.
This year when visiting Sweden (www.visitsweden.com) during Midsummer I decided to turn the experience into an eco-friendly journey as well.
My first stop was actually on midsummer night – June 21 – where I stayed at the most magical floating and uber eco-friendly hotel called Salt & Sill (http://www.saltosill.se/index.
As I am sure they said in the days of yore “there is magic afoot” and I could feel it.
Salt & Sill is located on the island Klädesholmen, north of Gothenburg on the Swedish west coast. It was Sweden´s first floating hotel and opened in 2008. There are six two-story cubic houses built on pontoons with 23 rooms in all. Décor in the rooms should come as no surprise, it’s strictly Scandinavian and that means simple and functional.
During the building of the floating hotel, protecting the environment was the top priority and with that, the excavating rock left over from the building was used to build a lobster reef outside the hotel. The marine life underneath the floating pontoons has also increased including a mussel purification plant. Finally, the hotel is being heated using the surrounding water.
Moored next to the hotel is also a floating sauna boat, SS Silla. It is a catamaran with two floors with a sauna and relaxation area.
At the Salt & Sill I dined on the most perfect Midsummer smorgasbord (they are famous for their herring here) before falling asleep and dreaming of fairies and trolls.
Restaurant Salt & Sill, which actually launched in 1999, become famous for its Herring Platter and for serving food with a strong focus on quality, locally produced raw materials, local traditions, and the sea and overall the place maintains a steady emphasis on quality, local produce and sea and coast. The menus are carefully composed of everything the sea has to offer, with focus on traditional dishes from the county of Bohuslän and herring.
A visit through the country learning all I could about the Midsummer traditions finally left me on my last night in the deliciously eco-friendly city of Malmo. My last dinner there was at the number one ecological restaurant in Malmo, with a view of the Oresund Bridge. Looking out it was easy to see how Malmo became a city like it is today with a fishing twist that has come a long way since the city’s establishment in the 13th century.
Another plus, Malmo is a city that boasts sustainability and being a Fair Trade City so it makes it easy-plus for the tourist to be eco-friendly too. In fact, there are over 300 miles of bike paths in Malmo with an “all about being green eye toward the future.”
Advise to next year’s Midsummer revelers heading to Sweden (however, I do recommend this country any time of year) head for the hills so to speak, to Skane and West Sweden and the charming islands and be enveloped by the feeling that this magical country has to offer.
Rita Cook is a writer/editor with has over 1000 articles to her credit in the past 13-plus years. She is a frequent auto and travel contributor on a radio show in Los Angeles called Insider Mag Radio at KPRO 1570 am on from midnight to 12:30 a.m. Monday mornings.
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