Sweden is known for a variety of things: meatballs, minimalist fashion, Björn Borg, ABBA... One of our personal favourites? Stockholm. The Swedish capital should be on every city slicker’s list thanks to its chic interiors, new-wave coffee shops and picture-perfect Hanseatic buildings. Aside from its dynamic capital, the country is full of ancient intrigue such as the UNESCO-listed Bronze Age rock carvings
in Tanum and the famous 17th-century Vasa warship wonderfully salvaged in all her glory. There’s natural wonder aplenty in Swedish Lapland, where you can marvel at the breathtaking Northern Lights and mush your own team of huskies while dog-sledding through snow-clad forests. Elsewhere, the country’s wild west coast is home to simple treasures; tiny fishing villages, craggy coasts and sensational seafood. Just a few more things to enjoy on your Sweden holidays...
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Sweden is perfect for city lovers who will no doubt be wooed by Stockholm’s charm, making this the perfect city for a long weekend. Beyond the capital, two other Swedish cities deserve recognition. Malmo, the country’s third largest city, features a highly strollable old town and buzzing waterfront scene while Gothenburg boasts cool cuisine, sea breezes and an impressive port. Visit in the summer for long sunny days, ideal for hiking in the wild countryside according to the admirable Swedish right to roam. Those who love to spend time in the great outdoors can enjoy Sweden holidays all year round; splashing about in kayaks and hiking picturesque coastal trails in the summer and dog-sledding through the snow-clad forests come winter.
What can you find in Sweden that you won’t find elsewhere?
The capital oozes urban cool thanks to its creative cafe culture and revered culinary scene. If you’ve already ticked Stockholm off your list, it’s worth a jaunt to some of Sweden’s other pretty towns such as Gotland, once a Viking settlement, or to the thousands of little islands in Bohuslan’s archipelago, renowned for their relaxed vibe and outstanding seafood – perfect for a summer holiday. Boasting 29 national parks, you can encounter some of the loveliest rural scenery imaginable on Sweden holidays, with mountains, enchanting lakes and excellent beaches lined with kelp forests and coral. Venture off-the-beaten track and look out for secret isles with clapboard houses and small fishing communities which tourists may never have known existed. Then of course there are the Northern Lights, one of earth’s greatest natural phenomena.
A special thing to do in Sweden:
Visit the winter wonderland that is Swedish Lapland for a true Narnia experience. Ever tried ice driving or ice fishing? This is the place to do it. And don’t forget to sample some of Sweden’s traditional delicacies, such as reindeer stew and sweet tasting cloudberries. Chase the Northern Lights, earth’s most spectacular light show, on a snowmobile, or look out for its shimmering aurora from a floating sauna. Aside from the Northern Lights, there are exhilarating winter activities including snowshoeing, ice fishing and cross-country skiing. Families can enjoy husky sledding through the powder-white snow and elk safaris in the forested parks. Or for cultural immersion, meet the ethnic Sami people who were traditionally semi-nomadic reindeer herders. While in their company, we can arrange three-course dinners (most probably including reindeer in various forms) by a frozen lake complete with candles and a crackling fire. No-one could accuse Sweden holidays of being run of the mill...