A Guide to Holidays in Sweden
At more than 450,000 square kilometres, Sweden is the third-largest nation within the European Union by total land mass. It is bordered on the west by Norway and on the east by Finland. Although the northern portions of the country can be quite cold during the winter months, its southern confines are actually quite hospitable. This had led to its increasing popularity within the tourism sector and visiting here can represent a dream come true if you are looking for a break from the norm. So, what are some of the primary attractions and what should you consider before your departure?
Urban Delights at a Glance
Sweden is home to some of the cleanest and best-maintained cities in the world. The residents here to a great deal of pride in their history and you will appreciate why at first glance. It, therefore, stands to reason that the bulk of major Swedish attractions can be found in cities such as Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmo and Uppsala. To begin with, Stockholm Palace is an amazing structure and its Baroque style is one of the most pristine examples within all of Europe. Guided tours are available after you pay a small admission fee. Some other noteworthy locations include:
- The shopping district of Gamla Stan within Stockholm.
- The open-air museum of Skansen
- A large park known as Djurgarden
- Drottingholm Palace
- Stockholm City Hall
As we have just seen, many of these attractions are found within or close to the city of Stockholm. There are multiple pass transit options, to navigating should not present an issue.
Natural Parks and Sightseeing
You might instead prefer to visit a handful of national parks during the warmer months of the year. Many of these are located within close proximity to one another and they can be found within the norther tier of the country. Prime examples include Abisko National Park, Sarek National Park and the tallest mountain in Sweden known as Kebnekaise. Although you could choose to stay within local cities such as Bjorkliden or Elvegard, it could be a great idea to frequent one of the many ice hotels found throughout this region. These structures are literally made of ice and yet, they are extremely warm. You might even be lucky enough to witness the northern lights or to catch a glimpse of a pack of reindeer.
Due to weather concerns, it is normally to visit Sweden during the spring or the summer. Although major cities such as Stockholm can be a bit crowded, they are a far cry from other well-known destinations such as London or Barcelona. The culture here is very welcoming and you will be surprised to learn that most inhabitants speak and an excellent level of English. Book reservations at least 12 weeks in advance so that you can avoid any last-minute fees or vacancy issues.