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Photographer: Monika Manowska

The Edible Country – Göta Canal

The table is located in a leafy grove right by the canal and within walking distance of Norrqvarn Hotell & Konferens. A truly memorable meal awaits those who book the table by the Göta Canal. Top quality ingredients and a great view of the boats going past on one of Sweden’s most popular destinations.


If you book the table by the Göta Canal you can expect a food and drink experience like no other. Top quality ingredients and a lovely view of the boats going past on one of Sweden’s most popular destinations. It’s not surprising that the Göta Canal was voted Construction of the Century by the Swedish people. There’s an incredible amount for the whole family to experience all along it. The table is placed in a leafy grove of trees right next to the canal. It’s within walking distance of Norrqvarn Hotell & Konferens who manage the bookings. Norrqvarn is situated between Sweden’s two largest lakes, a little over two hours north east of Gothenburg.

Book the table by the Göta Canal

The table is bookable on Saturdays from May to October.


Focus on local ingredients

The area around the Göta Canal is made up of beautiful countryside with perfect conditions for both arable and pastoral farming. Thanks to its close collaboration with local producers guests can enjoy really good sustainable food at Norrqvarn. The menu provided when you book the table by the Göta Canal consists of a playfully composed meal showcasing local ingredients. Malin Johansson and Sven-Erik Larsson have created a recipe for a potato tortilla filled with seasonal greens, beef mince from nearby farms, rapeseed oil and wild herbs.   

Norrqvarn Hotel & Conference is situated by the Göta Canal, right between Sweden’s two largest lakes. The easiest way to get here is by car. It takes around two hours from Gothenburg. 



Cycle, walk or pass through locks

Experiencing the Göta Canal is virtually a must when visiting Sweden. This impressive construction was opened in 1832, after around 58 000 Swedish soldiers, helped by iron-tipped spades, spent 22 years digging through hills, moraine and clay. The canal links the North Sea to the Baltic, and is a total 190 kilometres long, of which 87 kilometres was dug.

Hire bikes from Norrqvarn and cycle along the car free gravel paths by the water, which were used by oxen and horses to pull sailing boats through the canal. Walking alongside the canal is also lovely.

Another way to explore the Göta Canal is by canoe or kayak. Just be aware that paddling through the locks isn’t allowed, the canoes/kayaks have to be lifted out of the water and carried along the path. Some stretches are therefore better for paddling than others. Or why not hop on a boat and combine your visit to the table with a canal cruise?

Unique fairy tale accommodation

Norrqvarn Hotel & Conference doesn’t just offer classic hotel accommodation, but also a unique chance to sleep in cosy troll tree stumps, and mushrooms. It’s like living in a fairy tale land, and is guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience for both children and adults.


The Edible Country

Cook together with good friends, discover new and exciting ingredients and get close to Swedish nature. There are three tables you can book in West Sweden: one on Ramsvik in Bohuslän, one at Gunnebo House near Gothenburg and one by the Göta canal.

What does the booking provide?

A booking provides a seat at the table which is situated next to the Göta Canal in West Sweden.

For 200 kr/person you will receive a cookery kit which includes:

  • A basket with recipe and ingredients (potato tortilla filled with seasonal greens, beef mince from local farms, rapeseed oil and wild herbs, plus Swedish fika with coffee).

  • All the necessary equipment to be able to make and eat the food yourself.







The experience is paid for when booking. Collect the food preparation equipment on arrival at Norrqvarn Hotell & Konferens.

Remember to dress appropriately for the weather.

The booking is for between 12.00-18.00. Return the cookery kit to Norrqvarn Hotell & Konferens no later than 18.00.

Eventual cancellations should be made no later than 48 hours before arrival. Please also be aware that Norrqvarn has the right to cancel your reservation due to inclement weather conditions or fire risk.

If you have any questions about your booking please contact the booking team at Norrqvarn Hotell & Konferens. reception@norrqvarn.se or +46 (0)501-507 70.