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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

Reindeer graze in Lapland's Abisko National Park in September
Sweden in September: Travel Tips, Weather & More

Fall colors start working their magic across forests and Arctic tundra in September, while pleasant temperatures and fewer crowds make this an inviting month to visit, particularly in the countryside. There are excellent hiking, biking, and water sports opportunities before the weather worsens in October.

Catch an autumnal sunset over a Swedish landscape
Sweden in October: Travel Tips, Weather & More

Sweden is at its autumnal best in October as fall blazes across much of the south and center of the country. This transition between the shoulder and low season is a month for crowd-free activities in the big cities, for a final wild swim before the water gets too cold, and for quiet hiking or biking through forests full of fall colors.

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.

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.

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.

Discover Stora Sjöfallet National Park in Swedish Lapland in the summer
Best Time of Year to Visit Sweden

Summertime brings more daylight hours for strolling Sweden's bustling capital or hiking its northern trails. Cozy up inside during the long, chilly winters or embrace the snow by mushing through on dog sleds or ice fishing in Lapland. The fewer daylight hours in the fall and winter are best for viewing the greenish solar dance of the aurora borealis and blooming cherry blossoms signal the arrival of spring when the crowds are fewer, airfare and hotels are more affordable, and the temperature is comfortable for exploring.

Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel agents with a passion for Sweden
Travel specialist Silvía Ástvaldsdóttir
active 19 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...

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Travel specialist Halldór Haraldsson
active 19 hours ago

Halldór Haraldsson

my first excursion into Iceland's highlands was a game-changer. Ever since then I've been helping people reach the most remote places in Iceland's interior whether it is upon glaciers or down lava...

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Travel specialist Aurelie Dhuit
active 1 day ago

Aurelie Dhuit

Hello, I'm Aurelie and I will be in charge of helping you with your trip. I lived in Sweden for 8 months and now I live in Rovaniemi, in Finnish Lapland. I have travelled in Norway, Sweden and...

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