Below you will find a selection of tours that can be booked by private individuals and companies. All guided tours are available in two versions: one in Swedish and one in English. If you have special requests regarding a tour - please contact me. I am very happy to customize tours for my clients.
How about a long and brisk guided walk through Axelstorpsskogen, a lovely forest just outside Båstad? The walk begins in Båstad and continues uphill along roads and winding paths on the nearby ridge. A ravine with steep and rugged slopes cuts through the area, offering fantastic views, especially in spring and early summer. The beech wood with its canopy of green leaves and the murmuring brooks may soothe your soul and recharge your batteries. Once out of the wood marvellous vistas of the village and the bay will take your breath away, vistas that seem to be made for short, guided stops on your way back to Båstad
A long-awaited phone call and an epoch-making meeting - these are some of the elements during Ingrid Persson Skog's guided tour about Birgit Nilsson, the world-famous soprano, and her connection to Båstad-Bjäre in southernmost Sweden.
During the walk the names of Albert Runbäck, Gustav V, Ragnar Blennow and the Nobel family will be mentioned. Furthermore, concerts in Båstad will be mentioned. Finally, the guide will tell you about the Birgit Nilsson Statue and its creators Ulla and Gustav Kraitz. The guided tour may include a visit to St. Mary's Church in Båstad.
Duration: 1-1.5 hours
Bjäre Härad Heritage Museum just outside Båstad, Sweden is in a fantastic location, surrounded by impressive Bronze Age mounds and outstanding views of Laholm Bay. Here Guide Ingrid Persson Skog can give you an insight into the history of the area. In the park there are buildings and farms that reflect several centuries of Scanian building traditions: Palmagården allegedly with its own ghost, Ågegården which ended up here due to the Land Distribution Act, half-timbered Hjärnarp Rectory just to mention a few. The world-famous soprano Birgit Nilsson's long-term commitment to, via concerts in e.g. Västra Karup Church, sponsoring the local history association is also highlighted. Especially during high season, the Heritage Museum offers exhibitions and various events.
Duration: approx. 1 hour
This is a guided bus tour that can be tailor-made in accordance with your special requests. We will go along incredibly beautiful roads on Bjärehalvön (the Bjäre Peninsula), enjoying the constant presence of the sea. The tour includes visits to for instance farms, farm shops and small-scale producers, found in a landscape where visitors are welcomed by the passion for first-class produce, delicious food and inspiring flavours. Locally grown? Yes, of course! Handcrafted cold cuts and beers, steaming hot potatoes, crispy crisps, mouth-watering, juicy apples and so on. The list can easily be filled with more items, e.g. locally made kombucha, yes even Swedish wine! The Bjäre tour may include beverage samplings plus lunch/coffee at one of Bjärehalvön’s wonderful restaurants and cafés.
Duration: about 4 hours
The Bjäre Peninsula by bus
They say it takes a lifetime to discover everything the beautiful Bjäre Peninsula has to offer. Here you get the chance to enjoy some of the most magnificent views. Let us start in Båstad and continue along the famous coastline where Richard Gere, swimming at dusk with his Swedish girlfriend was immortalized by a photographer seizing the moment.
Via the tiny harbor of Kattvik we will go to Hovs Hallar. The strangely shaped rocks, the shingle beaches and the constant rhythm of the sea fascinate visitors. There is a certain sense of proximity to the game of chess between The Knight and Death in Ingmar Bergman’s classic “The Seventh Seal”, filmed here in the 1950s. On our way to Torekov we might spot Hallands Väderö, a nearby island and nature reserve. In Torekov we will walk through winding alleys and visit the Maritime Museum, the Pilot Look-out Station and the Shed. Going back to Båstad we will stop at Västra Karup’s church and cemetery, final resting-place for Birgit Nilsson, beloved international soprano. Finally we will pass Båstad Golf Course and drive along a scenic road, offering more vistas including the verdant Ridge of Halland and the elegant curve of the bay at its foot.
Join a guided tour taking you from small-scale Båstad of 1450 to today’s bustling tourist resort. Admire the cathedral-styled medieval church, find out more about long-lasting wars, devastating fires, resourceful merchants, gifted scientists and the intriguing history of tourism. Stroll in picturesque Agardhsgatan among a profusion of roses, hollyhocks and well-preserved 18th- and 19th- century houses. Get acquainted with stories about Alfred Nobel’s nephew Ludvig Nobel, textile artist Märta Måås-Fjetterström, Senator John F Kennedy visiting secret Swedish girlfriend, and divine actress Greta Garbo in her once-in-a-lifetime part as a dedicated caddie on Båstad’s golf-course. Legendary tennis player Björn Borg and local Bergmanesque film locations will also be highlighted.
Duration: about 2 hours
What is the story behind strange-sounding street names such as Glosasträde, Såpebrukssträde och Christian II:s väg? You will find out this and a lot more if you join Ingrid Persson Skog's guided tour called The History of Båstad part II. Wars and fires of the past, hidden ancient monuments, kings and queens plus pioneers and development of modern times will be included in this walk.
Duration: 2 h
Båstad with its beach promenade and quiet little streets is perfect for a guided bicycle tour. Here you and your friends/colleagues may combine exercise with a journey through the history of Båstad. The impressive church, dating from the Middle Ages, is certainly worth a stop, together with e.g. the Centre Court, Nobel Park, picturesque Agardhsgatan and the harbour. The History of Båstad is long and rich. Naturally it includes stories about fires, wars, tourists, sports and local celebrities, but how did Greata Garbo, John F. Kennedy and Hugh Grant get into the picture?
Bicycle-friendly southern Halland is the location of our guided tour. We will make short stops at e.g. Skottorp Palace and Hasslöv Church. The local history is rich and actually quite amazing. Strange ancient monuments from the Bronze Age, belligerent Snapphanar (either seen as villains or freedom fighters), a royal wedding with certain obstacles, the dangerous voyage of an Apostle of Linnaeus, famous 18th-century artists – yes, all these aspects are included in this wonderful bicycle tour. Fantastic vistas, tree-lined avenues and the lush, green silhouette if Halland Ridge are going to be our constant companions.
Please contact Språkguiden Ingrid Persson Skog for additional information.
Duration: about 3 hours
Bicycle maintenance: as you bring your own bike you will have to handle bike problems, if any.
Legends, smugglers and shipwrecks are included in this exciting guided tour.
A few minutes from the Torekov Hotell you will encounter the ever-present rhythm of
the sea while walking among fragrant junipers and awe-inspiring ancient
monuments. Join a guided tour along the winding paths of the local nature reserve,
stretching along the tip of the beautiful Bjäre Peninsula in southernmost
Sweden. Listen to the saga of King Dag and his brave men, deafeated in a
disastrous battle centuries ago and then buried in the impressive Bronze Age
Mound, Dagshög, supposedly named after the king. From the mound the view is
stunning with the great expanse of the sky above you and the sea straight
ahead, disappearing in the distance. Find out more about smugglers, stormy nights
and the relentless power of nature.
Hovs Hallar is Bjärehalvön's powerful encounter with the sea. Here, precipices, rocky beaches and intriguing rock formations show the enormous forces of nature.
This area is a real magnet for famous film directors. Film lovers dream of seeing the location of the famous game of chess between Death and the Knight in Ingmar Bergman's film classic The Seventh Seal. In 2017, Hovs Hallar, as one of then ten (!) sites in Europe, received a reward named the Treasure of European Film Culture.
What could be better than a guided tour, where the long line of well-known and beloved films connected to the Bjäre Peninsula are presented? Everything from Ronia, the Robber's Daughter to Burn All My Letters.
Duration: approx. 2 hours
Terrain: partly challenging
The history of film on the Bjäre Peninsula in southern Sweden is quite impressive. Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal is most probably on top of the list. People from all over the world visit Hov's hallar to see and experience the world-famous film locations. Why not go by boat from Båstad's harbour, joining our film cruise along the scenic peninsula? Guide Ingrid Persson Skog will talk about films such as Bergman's The Seventh Seal and The Hour of the Wolf", both with iconic scenes from the area. The rocky beach also occurs in Jan Troell's film about the disastrous North Pole expedition depicted in The Flight of the Eagle, as the site was transformed into Danskön in the film. Lots of others more recent films and film scenes were shot in the area, e.g. Burn All My Letters which premiered in 2022. During the boat trip we also go to Halland's Väderö, where lovely, unforgettable scenes from Ronia, the Robber's daughter were filmed in 1984.
Beautiful Halland's Väderö! Sandy beach life a few meters from the jetty where the Väderö ferry docks.
Nearby winding paths through magical and varied forests. Stillness and silence. Sea and land. Peacefully grazing horses, cows and sheep. The spring's inviting carpet of white wood anemones, the yellow irises of early summer and later on the fragrance of honeysuckle - all memorable elements of the experience.
The history of the island is crammed with stories of storms, wrecks, saints and pirates. During a cultural walk with Guide Ingrid Persson Skog you will get acquainted with the exciting history of Hallands Väderö.
Duration: 2-3 hours
Terrain: usually fairly easy walking; rocky and pebbly sections
The name itself instantly conjures up thoughts of highwaymen and risky journeys. You can, of course, also associate it with lovely Scanian beech forests, carpets of wood anemones in the spring and fantastic views of the beautiful plain that stretches into the horizon from the foot of Halland Ridge. Join us on a guided 5 km-long hike that starts and ends at the classic inn named Margretetorp Gästgifvaregård. During the hike, which mostly goes along winding paths and small roads, you will learn more about the exciting history of the area. It contains everything from stories about Sven in Boarp who might either be seen as a villain or freedom fighter to royal visitors, international artists and writers who contributed to the area's fame.
Equipment: sturdy shoes, suitable clothes
Terrain: some muddy sections; partly hilly; forest paths and roads
Time: approx. 2 hours including coffee
Helsingborg, since the Viking Age inextricably linked to the sea, is quite deservedly known as the Pearl of the Öresund. Helsingborg is dominated by Kärnan, the medieval brick keep which has kept a vigilant watch over Helsingborg, the Öresund and Elsinore since the 14th century, i d the time when Denmark was found on either side of the sound. The city is an irresistible mixture of modern and old times. The Gothic cathedral (St Mary’s) is a stone’s throw from Kim Utzon-designed Dunker Cultural Centre, the City Hall and the Bernadotte Monument. Coffee break optional before or during a visit to Sofiero, a former royal summer residence. The palace with its fairy tale aura is perched on a hill surrounded by flourishing rhododendrons and perennial borders once masterly designed by British-born Crown Princess Margaret. Sofiero is a peaceful haven for locals all year round and a self-evident rhodoholic destination in early summer.
Danish Elsinore, known as Hamlet’s City, is a mere 20-minute ferry ride from Helsingborg. The magnificent Renaissance Castle of Kronborg, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, salutes you at the port. On your 1-hour guided city walk, let yourself be charmed by winding alleys, the Cathedral with its soaring spire, Baroque composer Buxtehude’s humble birthplace and other historic monuments. Marvel at the contrasts between the austere medieval Carmelite Monastery and the ultra-modern Cultural Centre. Linger 1 -2 h at unforgettable Kronborg Castle. The royal banqueting hall may still conjure up images of rustling silks and lute players. Other enticing Kronborg aspects are the Shakespeareana and the palace church, a miraculous survivor of wars and fire.
Discover Hovs Hallar, Hallandsåsen's astonishing encounter with the sea. Seastacks, caves and pebbly beaches are a reminder of the enormous power of nature. Amazing views at the top. Steep skree slopes on the other side of the cattle fence. Certain place names are said to reflect riska that grazing cattle might run. Winding paths through strangely shaped junipers lead to the beach. Small stone turrets made by visitors of today stand like a silent army just where the path reaches the beach. The sound of the waves pounding against rocks and pebbles follows you, just like in the game of chess between the Knight and Death in Ingmar Bergman's classic film The Seventh Seal made here in the 50s.
Duration: approx. 2 hours
During this guided tour, we are going to walk for a while on the old embankment. A completely new chapter in the history of Båstad-Malen began when the railway was inaugurated in 1885. Despite incredibly tough terrain for the railway construction, the vision of the new railway line became a reality. Naturally more visitors, including King Gustav V, could find their way to Båstad, but rail freight also made a difference . The area called Malen area included a quarry, a company within the lime industry and flourishing entrepreneurial ideas. Beneath the peaceful water of Lake Öresjön the remains of the lime quarry are hidden. The tour includes the history of the local railway, sports, entrepreneurship and industries.
Duration: approx. 2 hours
Join us on a film tour together with Guide Ingrid Persson Skog if you are curious about Ingmar Bergman's Helsingborg. He became the country's youngest theatre manager when he was employed by Helsingborg City Theatre, which risked closure. Bergman was employed there from1944 to 1946. A few years later, he returned to the area in when making the film A Lesson in Love and To Joy. The latter is set in and around Helsingborg in the film. Scenes from areas next to Helsingborg appear in the films, but also central sites such as Kärnan, the City Hall, Tycho Brahe's place, etc.
Duration: approx. 1.15 hours
What is a virgin of mercy and why is there a statue of world-famous soprano Birgit Nilsson in Båstad? You will have the answers to these question if you decide to book an Art & Culture Walk in lovely Båstad, a tourist resort in the very south of Sweden. During your walk with Guide Ingrid Persson Skog you will have the opportunity to admire works by internationally renowned artist couple Ulla and Gustav Kraitz plus a number of artists with a prominent position in Swedish art history. You will find out a lot of interesting facts and memorable details about the artists and their motifs. The programme may very vary due to seasonal changes, opening hours and special requests.
Boarp – Norrviken – Båstad – Boarp. This is an irresistible part of the Bjäre Peninsula, perfect for a pulse-raising guided hike. We will start at Bjäre Härad Heritage Museum in Boarp just outside Båstad and continue down the ridge towards Norrviken, a stretch that offers so much beauty. We will walk towards Båstad along the sea, accompanied by the sound of birds and the smell of the sea. The uphill walk towards Erikstorp is a real pulse raiser. Reaching the top, we can enjoy the mighty the Bronze Age mounds silhouetted against the sea in the distance. After the guided tour, you might havee a coffee at the cozy cafe at the museum.
Duration: just over 2 hours
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An American-style success story
The history of Malen is the story of a rookie. Next-door neighbour Båstad was an established seaside resort when the railway opened. The history of Malen is the history of entrepreneurs; those who truly understood the potential of the area: the railway, the ridge, the forest and the sea, i.e. everything that summer visitors could wish for. The history of Malen is the history of speed; those who instantly jumped at the opportunity with American-styled enthusiasm. Soon there were events, food and accommodation in abundance. Learn more about the turn-of-the-century summer life at Malen and whether mixed bathing was an option or not. Find out more about the dramatic change after the introduction of package holidays to southern Europe. See how the old active holiday concept is alive and kicking at Malen
Båstad got its own Nobel story when Ludvig Nobel, nephew of the great Alfred, suddenly wanted to turn Båstad into an international tourist resort Join a guided tour in Ludvig Nobel's footsteps. Apart from the history of tourism and sports it contains facts about Nobel's cultural commitment, the little known story of Alfred and his brothers in Russia. Visits to St. Mary's Church and Skånegården may be included in the Nobel Walk.
Duration: 1.30-1.45 hours
Norrviken Gardens outside Båstad offers harmony and beauty but also a piece of fascinating history. Together with Guide Ingrid Persson Skog, you get an insight into Rudolf Abelin's passionate lifetime achievement - the wonderful period gardens at Norrviken. With great visions and a very limited budget, he managed to realize the dream of creating a living garden museum at Norrviken. Duration: 1.30 hours
In Båstad, the slopes of Hallandsåsen offer excellent exercise and spectacular views. Join Guide Ingrid Persson Skog on a hike first through pleasant residential areas and then along steep paths in the nearby forest on the Ridge of Halland. Enjoy wonderful vistas, scenic areas and a piece of local history.
Duration: approx. 2 hours