A Scandinavian Beauty
The country of Sweden is the third largest country in western Europe yet with just 9 million inhabitants so one thing you can be assured of is space.
Over half the country is covered by forests and together with some beautiful lakes, they draw in the summer activity loving crowds. There are also a large number of lovely beaches on the south and west coasts. In winter there is the snow, the reindeer, the skiing and a variety of Nordic pastimes.
Stockholm is the capital of Sweden and a city which boasts fine architecture, museums, great shopping and the best nightlife and culture anywhere in the country. Gothenburg features a network of canals and spacious avenues while Malmo has a busy nightlife around its medieval centre.
In the north of Sweden and inside the Arctic Circle, there is the Swedish Lapland and home to the Sami, Sweden’s indigenous people. Sweden’s northernmost town, Kiruna makes an excellent base for exploring the region’s national parks and you could even stay at the world-famous Icehotel in nearby Jukkasjarvi.
Train travel is considered the best way of travelling long distances in Sweden with a good service at reasonable prices.
Although bus travel is a little less expensive than going by train, it takes considerably longer and schedules are not so regular
SAS, Norwegian Airlines and Nextjet are the key airlines in Sweden with a network of regional and international flights. As always the sooner you book the better the deals. which start at around 450 krona.
Ferry services are popular especially in the summer between Visby and Nynashamn, near Stockholm. Do check the schedules especially as some are seasonal.
Driving in Sweden is excellent with the roads good and due to the low population they are often empty especially the more north that you travel. The only issues can be reindeer or elk getting in your way so keep those eyes peeled.
Cycling is popular in some of the larger towns and cities especially Stockholm and bikes can be hired reasonably. There are cycling lanes in Stockholm making the experience even more enjoyable.
Sweden's Top Attractions
The Vasa Museum in Stockholm is Sweden’s most popular museum showcases the Vasa battleship from 1628 which sank on its maiden voyage.
Skansen and Djurgarden
Skansen is located in Djurgarden Park and is the world’s oldest open-air museum showcasing an historic village made up of amongst other things a Sami camp with reindeer. The park is popular not only for those wanting to step back in time but also to relax in the traditional cafés and restaurants. The area also attracts music lovers as this is also home to the Abba museum.
Gamla Stan, Stockholm
Stockholm’s medieval Old Town is known as Gamla Stan. The architecture here is stunning with narrow lanes around pretty squares. There are many points of cultural interest here and a must visit when coming to Stockholm.
Eleven kilometers west of Stockholm is Fairytale Drottningholm Palace on the island of Lovo is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Stockholm Archipelago, Stromma Boat Tours
Over 30,000 islands lie in archipelago around Stockholm. Head off on organised trips which can include lunch or dinner and you can also jump on and off as you please allowing you to explore.
Swedens most northern town Kiruna offers visitors the opportunity to experience the midnight sun between May and July. Outside of Kiruna is the world famous Ice hotel.
The Gota Canal
190kms in length is the Gota Canal connecting with lakes Vanern and Vattern and the Trollhatte Canal, it forms part of a water link all the way from Stockholm, in the northeast, to Gothenburg, in the southwest
Stockholm City Hall
One of Sweden’s most famous buildings, and on any tour of the city you will have a chance to marvel at this incredible piece of architecture.
Visby is a Swedish town steeped in medieval history. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site a tour of the walls, towers and remains is a must for history seekers.
Liseberg Theme Park, Gothenburg
For a family day out a visit to this theme park will ensure the kids sleep well. With many attractions including a ferris wheel and a Christmas market Liseberg is a fun day out.
Oresund Bridge, Malmo
Linking Sweden to Denmark this amazing feat of engineering allows you to combine a visit to Malmo with the Danish city of Copenhagen.
Abisko National Park, Lapland
This is a great place to try to witness the Northern lights as well as for those interested in the great outdoors to see some of Swedens winter wildlife and scenery.