Winter breaks in Gothenburg are ever-popular thanks to the festive lights and Christmas market at Liseberg amusement park. Once the novelty of the 700 Christmas trees and sights and sounds of the rustic market have worn off, it’s the countryside that hides the secrets to a more authentic Swedish winter. Swedes are used to cold weather and think nothing of participating in watersports all year round. With Skärgårdsidyllen, you’ll learn the basics of stand-up paddling (SUP) on dry land before taking to the water in the magnificent sheltered surroundings of the Bohuslän archipelago. You might then treat yourself to a festive package at Thorskogs Castle, a peaceful country estate just 30 minutes from Gothenburg. Enjoy a traditional Swedish Christmas dinner with mulled wine before curling up with a cup of cocoa in front of the open wood fire.