Sweden is an incredible country often missed by most European travellers. It has a spectacular landscape, amazing cities, and an educated population, most of whom speak English. Furthermore, its history and culture are much older that most other countries.
Up north the land is covered with dense green forests. Head southward though, and you’ll discover a sea of little red island cottages scattered across the Stockholm Archipelago. In between lies a pastoral countryside filled with ancient Viking burial grounds and fantastic biking and hiking paths. It’s the heartland of Sweden and where tradition remains king. In its cities, you’ll enjoy excellent cultural opportunities, upscale restaurants and wonderful shopping.
Stockholm: The most popular of the top 10 places in Sweden is its capital. Stockholm is celebrated as one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Embedded with ten centuries of history and culture, it stands on 14 islands where the lake meets the sea. The magnificent Stockholm Archipelago is a maritime landscape of more than 30,000 islands, islets, and skerries, of which just some 1,000 are inhabited. In both in summer and winter it’s unique in the world.
Gothenburg: The second largest city in Sweden, located on the West Coast, with its quaint canals, the cobbled streets of historical Haga and many green open spaces. That green space includes Sweden’s biggest botanical garden, boasting over 16,000 species. Tthere’s also the city archipelago right on Gothenburg’s doorstep. It’s easy to reach via a half-hour tram ride and a short passenger ferry trip.
The Icehotel and Swedish Lapland: Located in Jukkasjärv, the Icehotel is the world’s largest hotel made of ice and snow. The 5,500 square meter complex includes an Ice church and an Icebar. It’s constructed every November-December anew and melts in April-May. This area offers a range of activities: a popular one is e snowmobile excursions such as Arctic Trail that takes one through the wilderness trails of Swedish Lapland. There you’ll meet Sweden’s aboriginal people, the Sami, whose lives revolve about the reindeer migration. Other activities include fishing for char, trout and grayling, sauna and dinner programs, ice driving, moose watching, ice sculpting, Northern Lights viewing, and dog sled safaris.