Sweden Holidays 2019 / 2020
Sweden holidays take you into the heart of Scandinavia, where you can discover a truly unique destination. Made up of thousands of islands, a number of canals and lakes, Sweden really is a ‘beauty on water’. The Scandinavian nation has an abundance of landscapes which will appeal to just about every holidaymaker. If you’re a lover of the outdoors, there are vast stretches of forests, coastlines and mountains to satisfy your craving for nature. On the other hand, you can experience cosmopolitan cities like its capital, Stockholm or visit coastal delights like Gothenburg.
Sweden’s cities have plenty to offer its visitors, whether you’re looking for calm and tranquillity mixed with the hustle and bustle or culture and history mixed with modernity. Stockholm boasts a medieval old town, Gamla Stan, as well as being comprised of 14 islands, mostly interconnected by bridges and walkways. On the other hand, Gothenburg is home to ships and plenty of museums which can highlight the different models and uses.
Things to do in Sweden
Sweden has a mixture of things to see and do, so if you’re looking to explore some of the country’s history and surroundings, it’s pretty easy to do so. Sweden is also home to loads of open spaces and greenery which is perfect for those who wish to spend time in the outdoors and admire the surrounding views.
- Gamla Stan – Head to Sweden’s capital to visit its old town. Mainly on the island of Stadsholmen, Gamla Stan is recognised as one of the largest medieval towns within Europe.
- Stockholm Palace – This beautiful palace houses three museums as well as an extensive library. Guided tours are available to explore even more than just its majestic exterior.
- ABBA: The Museum – Who isn’t a lover of ABBA? Relive the band’s supreme reign as pop icons through exhibits and memorabilia.
- Haga, Gothenburg – Head to the western city to explore the charming area of Haga, full of cobblestoned streets
- Gothenburg Botanical Garden – For a peace of mind on your Sweden holiday, this botanical garden features scenic views of trees, plants and small waterfalls.
Places to eat
Sweden is well known for its crispbread made from rye as well as its selection of fresh, smoked and pickled fish and seafood. Thanks to its vast stretches of coastline, it’s easy to see why seafood takes centre stage. Another highlight in Sweden are its lingonberries, so don’t be surprised if you see them in many dishes. Taste raggmunk – a favourite winter dish in Sweden consisting of a potato-based pancake served with bacon and lingonberries of course! When the summer arrives, crayfish and shellfish are on everyone’s plates as a popular specialty.
- Rolfs Kok
- Mathias Dahlgren
- Space 62
Sweden for families
So, Sweden is great for adults, but what if you wish to bring the whole family along? Whether you have little ones or teens, Sweden is a great choice for a family holiday. You’ll find many sights as well as activities which are perfect for when it comes to including the kids and their interests. On top of that, there are plenty of restaurants, hotels and transport carriers in Sweden which cater to families’ needs. Both Stockholm and Gothenburg are great for Swedish family holidays, so why not try out these activities:
- Liseberg – A fun theme park which provides a whole host of rides and attractions for the kids. Ranging from rollercoasters to water rides as well as a nice garden area.
- Universeum – This science centre includes a ton of interactivity for the kids, seven floors of it to be exact! With a selection of themes to explore from the brain to space.
- Kolmården Wildlife Park – This city zoo is home to a collection of species and animals including tigers and dolphins, there is also a petting zoo on site.
- Slottsskogen – A lush park which is perfect for picnics, it also has a zoo with a collection of Nordic animals.
Action and adventure
One of the most fantastic things about a holiday to Sweden is the amount of action and adventure you can have. With an abundance of activities and outdoor locations to visit, you’ll have a hard time deciding what you’ll want to do. Everything is on offer in Sweden, including cycling, kayaking and even wildlife safaris believe it or not. Why not have a go at these adventurous activities:
- Långholmen kayak – For beginners or those who are more experienced, rent a kayak and enjoy the lush surroundings of Långholmen.
- Bro Hof Slott – If you’re looking for a golf course in Sweden, this if the one for you. There’s also a gourmet restaurant for those looking for a bite after a competitive game of golf.
- Åre – One of the most popular ski resorts in Sweden and the biggest in Northern Europe, Åre is home to a large range of winter sports including snowmobile safaris and ice fall climbing.
When to go
The best time to visit Sweden would typically be between May and September. As the country experiences summer, the daylight hours become longer, and the weather warms up to its highest temperatures albeit the early 20s. However, as the winter comes, Sweden is used to seeing snowfall and extremely cold temperatures. Sometimes, this snow might even last throughout winter into early and mid-spring. Wintertime in the south of the country is usually milder unlike the north.
Average monthly temperatures (°C):
- January: -1° / -5°
- February: -1° / -5°
- March: 3° / -3°
- April: 9° / 1°
- May: 16° / 6°
- June: 21° / 11°
- July: 22° / 13°
- August: 20° / 13°
- September: 15° / 9°
- October: 10° / 5°
- November: 4° / 1°
- December: 1° / -3°
Your holiday to Sweden doesn’t lack in the nightlife department, in fact, the nation enjoys a lot of fun and entertainment when the night falls. Full of nightclubs, pubs and bars there are plenty of options for your night out. Have fun sampling the vast range of beers that Sweden has to offer as well as unique cocktails as you enjoy the latest sounds playing in nightclubs or perhaps a live music venue is more to your taste.
- Wirstroms Pub
- Spy Bar
Sweden for couples
Sweden’s capital, Stockholm is the perfect spot for a couples holiday to Sweden. Due to the capital being comprised of 14 islands and being encircled by water, it has earnt the name of the ‘Venice of the North’. Highlighting the fact that it is a wonderful location for a romantic getaway. Sweden’s capital boats lovely candlelit pubs and restaurants and great views of its old town and calming canals. If you’re thinking about a Sweden holiday with your loved one, make sure you check out these spots:
- Mälarpaviljongen – This spot is situated on the banks of Lake Mälaren and is a great place to sit back, relax, sip on a cocktail and enjoy the scenic view.
- Centralbadet Spa – Located in the Art Nouveau building in Stockholm, this wonderfully designed spa oozes the romantic. With a beautiful garden courtyard, you’ll be spoilt for views. Have a swim in the pool or relax in the hot tub and sauna before you indulge in a massage and a couple of drinks.
- Stockholm cruise – Stockholm is lovely to see via the sea. Enjoy Sweden’s archipelago as you hop on board one of the capital’s famous ferries for a tour. If you happen to visit during the winter, you’ll be in for a treat when it comes to the views!
Swedish culture is prominent especially throughout certain aspects, such as art, literature and even music. Sweden can trace its history back to the Vikings which is highlighted within its history and culture. Sweden holidays are no stranger to visits to the museum, as there are plenty which highlight important and significant aspects of the nation’s culture.
- Moderna Museet – This museum boasts collections from 20th century and modern art.
- Swedish History Museum – Featuring several exhibits and displays from periods within Swedish history including the Viking era and the Middle Ages.
- Royal Swedish Opera – Interested in the opera or ballet? This 19th century theatre has an elegant interior and is home to many national productions.