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From Tree to Table –
The Scandinavian way

POST congress tour to southern Sweden and eastern Denmark
Period: June 29 – July 5

*Dates and schedules are subject to change.
**Trip confirmation requires a minimum of 20 participants.

This post congress tour will explore the nemoral landscape of southern Sweden and eastern Denmark. The tour sets out from Älmhult, where IKEA was established, then move through beautiful landscapes before crossing the border to Denmark and Copenhagen. On the Swedish side you will visit Råshult, the birthplace of Carl Linnaeus, and some historical Estates as Medieval Wanås Castle.

Climate change adaptation and mitigation will be discussed in the forest. Research about forest and human health effects will be presented as well as long-term forest experiments and experimental forests. The program on the Danish side will include intensive broad-leaved forest management, urban forest management, bioenergy and Christmas tree production.

Welcome to Sweden and Denmark!


Art, Organic Farm and Medieval Castle

Wanås Castle is situated on what was once the border between Sweden and Denmark and was a site for battles during the Danish-Swedish Wars in the 16th and 17th centuries. The castle burnt down, but was rebuilt in 1556.

The Wanås Estate is organic and sustainable and Wanås is a sustainable destination. The sculpture park was initiated by Marika Wachtmeister in 1987 and is today run by The Wanas Foundation – Wanås Konst. The permanent collection includes more than 70 site-specific works by artists from all over the world and is housed in the park, 18th century barns and farm buildings that surround Wanås Castle. In addition, there is a program with temporary exhibitions, performances, artists’ talks, workshops and guided tours in the park and in the Art Gallery.


Råshult – Carl von Linné’s birthplace

Råshult invites you to an amazing journey through time back to 1700 century landscape and gardens. Inspiring performance guidance, with himself, Carl Linnaeus as cicerone.

Carl Linnaeus guides you around in the cultural reserve, the gardens, Linnaeus cabin and the meadow landscape. Linnaeus describes the environment in which he grew up, and you also meet the scientist who is curious about everything around him!


Möckelsnäs offers an unique environment. The wingspan of history meets the modernity of our time, where the soothing environment of nature and the garden also creates conditions for tranquility. Research projects about forest and health will be presented in the afternoon. A music event and possibilities for wine tasting will be arranged in the evening.


Älmhult – the place of origin of the world-renowned home furnishing empire, IKEA

At IKEA Museum you can learn the story of how the entrepreneur Ingvar Kamprad started IKEA and, with his colleagues, decided to create a better everyday life for the many people. IKEA Museum opened in June 2016 and is housed in what was once the very first IKEA store, where large sections of the exterior of the building were restored in line with the original designs.

Presentations of the IKEA company and their environmental work will be held in the morning.


Toftaholm Reserve

We visit the experimental area of Toftaholm (owned by Södra company), where research projects will be presented focusing on climate change adaptation/mitigation and forest damages today and in the future. We will stay overnight at Toftaholms herrgård to enjoy their food and relaxing environments.



Visit to Tönnersjöheden Experimental Forest. From Calluna heathlands to forest.
The Simlångsdalen is an oasis with incredibly beautiful nature has around ten hiking trails going through wild nature, along beautiful lakes and through magical fairytale forest. Simlångsdalen’s mythical and scenic area offers both peace and quiet as well as action and activities.


Enjoy the sound of the lively waters of Danska Falls, endless stone-walled courtyards and cultural relics in Gårdshults Nature Reserve or look for moose, grouse or other wild animals in Gyltige’s wild forests.

In some waters there are rainbow trout stocked in the lakes, including Torv- and Toftasjön, which are located in Skedala forest. In addition to rainbow trout, there are also pike and perch.

Through the magical forests in the Simlångsdalen nature reserve with a great chance of seeing the forest’s wild animals such as wild boar, deer, moose, owls or foxes. Discover the wilderness during the hours of darkness where you listen, track and scout for forest animals.


Helsingør – Denmark

Helsingør, also referred to as Elsinore, is an idyllic seaport town, located on the picturesque island of Zealand, at the narrowest point of the sound between Denmark and Sweden, overlooking the alluring Swedish town of Helsingborg. With history dating back over 800 years, this charming market town boasts an exceptional maritime cultural heritage, having served as the vital site of the ferry crossing to Sweden, and reaping substantial profits from the attached tolls until 1857 when they were eventually abolished.


Helsingør is now a commercial and administrative centre; leading economic factors include the port facilities, varied and mostly small-scale manufacturing, and tourism.


Kronborg Castle – the home of Hamlet, UNESCO world heritage site

Kronborg Castle in Helsingør Denmark is one of Northern Europe’s finest Renaissance castles. It is world famous as Shakespeare’s Hamlet’s castle.

Once the home of kings and queens, the castle lies where the Øresund between Denmark and Sweden is narrowest and looks out onto the strait, surrounded by a huge fortification with bastions and cannon batteries. The castle has a fascinating history goes all the way back to 1420.

The current castle was built between 1574 and 1585 and resurrected after a fire in 1629. See Frederik the 2nd’s splendid dance hall, enjoy the magnificent tapestries, and say hello to Holger Danske in the dark casemates deep under the castle. Holger Danske was a legendary warrior and knight, and according to the lore, he wakes up if Denmark is in great danger.


Kronborg Castle was a symbol of power and opulence during its heyday in the late 16th century, and even served as the inspiration for Shakespeare’s play Hamlet. It wasn’t until 2000 when Kronborg Castle was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List that it underwent a thorough restoration and was brought back to its former glory.


Bike tour in Copenhagen city

If you want to experience Copenhagen the authentic, local way, a bike will be your friend. Many of the city’s local guides offer biking tours to both major sights and local hotspots.

Guided architecture tour focused on urban life, architecture, cycling culture, and more. If you’ve wondered why Copenhagen is one of the world’s premier cycling cities, or want to know more about urban development and architecture, why not discover more about it on two wheels?


Canal Tours Copenhagen is a wonderful way of seeing Copenhagen

Get to know the harbours and canals of Copenhagen with a canal tour. During the tour, you will see The Copenhagen Opera House, Amalienborg Palace, Christiansborg Palace, the impressive Black Diamond Library, and, of course, the Little Mermaid.

Denmark is known for intensive forest management, for large scale Christmas tree production, and for using wood for district heating and electricity production; issues covered by the excursions. Participants will also have the opportunity to experience Copenhagen on their own, peri-urban forest management and the historical par force hunting landscape north of Copenhagen.


Nature National Park Gribskov

Nature National Park Gribskov covers 1300 ha and contributes through wild nature to protect and enhance biodiversity. At the same time, the park contributes to nature experiences, silence and reflection, and outdoor recreation.


Store Dyrehave

Store Dyrehave (literally Large Animal Park) is a forest in North Zealand, consisting of conifers and beech. It was enclosed with stone walls in 1619–28 as royal hunting grounds. The park is one of the three forests forming the Par force hunting landscape in North Zealand, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.



Bregentved Manor dates back to 1319 and has been owned by the Moltke family since 1746. The manor is one of the largest privately owned estates in Denmark with large areas of agriculture and forestry. It has a long tradition in broadleaved forest management, particularly oak (Quercus robur), and host famous long-term forest experiments.


Køge combined heat and power station

Wood for energy production (electricity and district heating) has contributed significantly to the transition of the Danish energy sector away from coal and natural gas. Around 44% of the renewable energy consumption in Denmark is based on wood or wood waste.

Sustainable sourcing of wood for energy is mandated by law and the documentation of sustainability must be verified independently. Køge combined heat and power station is a medium sized, decentral plant opened in 1986 producing electricity, district heating and process steam to the nearby sawmill.


Frederiksdal Manor

Frederiksdal Manor is a smaller privately owned estate north of Copenhagen. The estate practices multi-functional forest management with the trade-offs stemming from the location in a densely populated area.

Christmas tree production is a truly Danish specialty and Denmark is a major European producer of Christmas trees and greenery. Frederiksdal Manor also produces Christmas trees, and the visit will provide an example on integrated intensive multi-purpose forest management.