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Introducing Sweden

Discover Sweden.
Sweden strikes the perfect balance between urban culture and outdoor fun. Major cities like Stockholm and Gothenburg are progressive and modern, yet retain their history in the form of well-preserved medieval architecture. Yet there are also an impressive 29 national parks in Sweden, stretching from the southern coast to above the Arctic Circle.

When is the best time to visit?
To beat the crowds and enjoy some pleasant hiking weather, visit Sweden during spring (March-May). If you travel during the summer, you’ll have to contend with the high-season crowds—but you’ll also be able to take advantage of Sweden’s famous summer music festivals. These include Way out West, Summerburst, and various genre festivals ranging from metal to reggae. Winter (Nov-Feb) brings great winter-sports conditions, but know that in the coldest months, temps can dip all the way down to -22°F/-30°C in the country's northern reaches.

Where should you go?
Stockholm will be your first stop—it's as rich in medieval history and culture as it is abounding with nightlife and excitement. For spring and summer hiking, go north and test yourself on the Kungsleden Trail (King’s Trail), which runs more than 200 miles through Abisko National Park. If you’d like to pamper yourself, head to the day spas in the city of Ystad. For world-class skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling during winter, head to the mountains of central Sweden and the Åre Resort. If you want to view the Northern Lights, travel above the Arctic Circle to the village of Abisko. Also during this time, you can find ice skating and festive holiday activities in Stockholm.

How many days do you need?
In seven days, you can see Stockholm and travel to the south, which is filled with beautiful beaches like those near the medieval port city of Malmö. You could then head north to the coastal city of Gothenburg (a rival to Stockholm for architecture and sheer beauty), and still have time left over to visit a national park, such as Tyresta or Royal Djurgården. But you could easily spend two weeks or more exploring Sweden’s many national parks and cities.

Sweden Travel Insights

Cherry blossoms brighten Gothenburg's Seminary Park in April
Sweden in April: Travel Tips, Weather & More

April is one of the best months of the year to visit Sweden. In the south, there's an increase in daylight hours, temperatures begin to rise, towns and cities come alive with spring blooms and festivities, and hiking is once again possible. Meanwhile, skiing remains popular as the snow cover in the north continues. And while there are more visitors around, high-season crowds are blissfully absent.

Cabins glow at night in Kiruna along the Star Trail of Swedish Lapland
Sweden in March: Travel Tips, Weather & More

March in Sweden is a snowy month and the ideal time to try snow sports in the center and north, with significantly increased sunshine making outdoor winter activities more enticing. This is an excellent month for discovering Sweden's culture at museums in the cities, without the crowds that will begin descending as of April.

All Saints Day grave candles cast a pretty glow
Sweden in November: Travel Tips, Weather & More

As the weather gets colder and drearier and visitor numbers plummet, there are still plenty of reasons to come to Sweden in November. The big attraction is that it will be mostly just you and the locals in the destinations you visit. Christmas markets enliven big cities, winter sports are possible again in the newly-fallen snow, and northern lights illuminate the Arctic.

Northern lights reflect in Lake Torneträsk over Abisko in Swedish Lapland
Sweden in February: Travel Tips, Weather & More

As daylight hours increase and sunlight begins to return across snowy Sweden in February, Swedes hit the slopes for their snow sports holidays while festivals bring cheer to several towns and cities. Travel ideas include sojourns to Southern Sweden's spas, skiing in Central Sweden's resorts, and northern lights viewing in the Arctic North.

Take in an Arctic sunset and cozy inside Sweden's iconic Jukkasjärvi Ice Hotel, near Kiruna
Sweden in January: Travel Tips, Weather & More

It is a dark, cold month in Sweden, but plenty of fun is still to be had. Take in a museum or two in culturally vibrant Stockholm, head to Central Sweden for snowsports, or visit the Arctic for northern lights sightings. Crowds are also almost non-existent, so this is a good month to see the country from a more local perspective.

Visit the Baltic Sea island, Fårö, off of southeastern Sweden
Sweden in May: Travel Tips, Weather & More

Travelers make the most of the sunnier weather and longer daylight hours in May to explore Sweden's natural beauty: kayaking through archipelagos, swimming in lakes, and hiking in beech forests. Almost everywhere in Sweden is green and pleasant. And because May is still a quiet shoulder-season month, there are few crowds.

Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel agents with a passion for Sweden
Travel specialist Silvía Ástvaldsdóttir
active 23 hours ago

Silvía Ástvaldsdóttir

Swedish educated business developer, specializing in tourism. A storyteller born and raised in Iceland, mostly on the East fjords. I have been exploring cultural differences in Nordic countries...

Travel specialist Halldór Haraldsson
active 23 hours ago

Halldór Haraldsson

My name is Halldór, an experienced adventure guide passionate about exploring the arctic region. With years of experience leading groups on memorable journeys, I'm continually amazed by the beauty...

Travel specialist Veronika Turskytė
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Veronika Turskytė

Hey, I fell in love with traveling totally unintentionally. But once you sit in that plane and fasten your seatbelt, there is no way back. I have visited most of European countries by the age...

Travel specialist Elísa Guðlaug Snæland Bjarkardóttir
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Elísa Guðlaug Snæland Bjarkardóttir

I am born and raised here in Iceland. My parents have a special kind of love for the country, so from a young age, I have been traveling all around our extraordinary Ísland (Iceland). Then coming...


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