One Month in Sweden
Collected by Lola (Akinmade) Åkerström, AFAR Local Expert
North, south, east, and west—spend a month slowly exploring each of Sweden’s four corners, from the islands of the Baltic Sea to the rural Swedish countryside. Make sure to try hot-air ballooning and to go on a rooftop tour in Stockholm. Also explore Sweden’s 2014 European Capital of Culture, Umeå, as well as Swedish Lapland.
Slottshagsgatan, 250 07 Helsingborg, Sweden
Take in the atmosphere of Helsingborg’s medieval tower, which doubles as the best photo opportunity in the city. You’re made to work for it though, as you'll have to walk across gravel paths and climb a steep wooden staircase to reach the top of...
Regeringsgatan 25, 111 53 Stockholm, Sweden
One of the cool things about Stockholm: It is one of a handful of cities around the world where you can actually land a hot air balloon in town. So, a unique way of exploring Stockholm is to fly over it, and there are several companies operating...
618 92 Kolmården, Sweden
The closest thing Stockholm has to a full-scale zoo is quite impressive. Located 90 minutes' driving from the city, Kolmården Animal Park (Djurpark) is the largest in Scandinavia with about 750 wild attractions from all the jungles, savannas, and...
August is definitely the month for crawfish (crayfish) parties all over Sweden, and it’s also a great opportunity to hang with friends, sing indecipherable songs, and down some tasty adult beverages. Many restaurants and cruises offer...
Sockenvägen, 122 33 Stockholm, Sweden
Even though it is included on UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites (one of three such sites in or near Stockholm), Skogskyrkogården is not at the top of many visitors' lists. Perhaps that is because it sits outside of the center of the city,...
Krafts torg 12A, 223 50 Lund, Sweden
Discover the medieval charm of Sweden’s oldest town, just a short bus ride from Helsingborg. Don’t miss the remarkable astronomical clock, crypt, bronze pillars and sculpted facade of the striking Lund Cathedral, where daily services have been...
Djurgårdsslätten 49-51, 115 21 Stockholm, Sweden
Valborgsmässoafton (known as Valborg) welcomes the arrival of spring. This one dates back to the 8th century, and although its roots are pagan—lighting fires to ward off malevolent spirits—it is now celebrated publicly regardless of religious...
Mariatorget 3, 118 91 Stockholm, Sweden
Vibrantly decorated with art deco, avant-garde black-and-white portraits, bold artwork, and all the trimmings of a boutique hotel, Rival is a modern hotel owned by founding ABBA member Benny Andersson and located at Mariatorget in Södermalm. It...
Riddarholmen, 111 28 Stockholm, Sweden
Permanently docked at Riddarholmen in Stockholm’s harbor with gorgeous views of Gamla stan (Old town), Mälardrottningen Yacht Hotel offers up a taste of the city’s maritime flair. Built in 1924 and converted into a floating boat hotel (“botel”),...
A 25-minute ferry ride from Slussen takes you to Fjäderholmarna (the Feather Islands) where you can sample slowed-down archipelago living. Once on the island, there are several artisan shops like Krukmakeri, which makes pottery, and Åtta Glas,...
Herserudsvägen 32, 181 50 Lidingö, Sweden
During the first half of the 20th century, the iconic Swedish sculptor Carl Milles (1875-1955) nabbed many coveted public commissions all over the world. He was known for his style of blending Ancient Greek, Roman, and Christian mythology into his...
Djurgårdsslätten 49-51, 115 21 Stockholm, Sweden
No celebration brings otherwise reserved Swedes out of their shells more than the summer solstice festival of Midsummer. While its roots are pagan, Midsummer is celebrated by all classes of society. You’ll find folks wearing handmade wildflower...
Lilla Allmänna Gränd 9, 115 21 Stockholm, Sweden
Stockholm's main amusement park offers enough hair-standing, lung-screaming, twisting and free-falling rides to keep you entertained for the whole day. Gröna Lund is definitely popular among both locals and visitors. It has over 30 rides and...
NÄSBY 52, 155 93 Nykvarn, Sweden
About an hour’s drive from Stockholm in Nykvarn lies Taxinge Slott, which touts itself as having “Northern Europe’s largest kakbord (cake table)” with over 60 varieties of home-baked desserts, pastries, and other fikabröd. Also known as the “Cake...
Artipelagstigen 1, 134 40 Gustavsberg, Sweden
This modern arts center on Värmdö in the Stockholm archipelago, just a short boat ride from the city center, is the creation of Björn Jakobson, who also founded baby carrier company Babybjörn. After you’ve explored the art and photography on...
3, Järnvågsgatan, 413 27 Göteborg, Sweden
These car-free islands are so idyllic you’ll think they were put here by design. The only way to reach the archipelago is by the hourly passenger ferry from Saltholmen, which you can easily reach from the city center by tram. The beaches and...
Kungsgatan 1, 392 33 Kalmar, Sweden
Rising out of the surrounding lush, flat landscape are the pretty pastel-colored turrets of the 12th-century Kalmar Castle. In 1397, the Kalmar Union was signed here—a treaty that brought Sweden, Norway and Denmark together under a single...
Edeforsvägen 2A, 960 24 Harads, Sweden
TreeHotel exemplifies rustic elegance with its quintessentially Swedish eco-friendly designs and trendy minimalist décor tightly coupled with a rugged backcountry location within the tiny village of Harads in Swedish Lapland and spectacular room...
Even though Smögen is said to be one of the most popular fishing towns, a Swedish friend of mine tells me it still feels like a secret, even for them. These beautiful cozy and colorful fishing huts line the pier with a rocky coastline in the...
Höör Municipality, Sweden
When you need to get out, but you are not sure where to go, that is the precise moment to remember that it’s not about the destination, it’s about the drive. Visions of rambling hills, populated with quaint, artful farmhouses like this one are an...
Dalarna County, Sweden
Often touted as “Sweden in miniature”, travel back to historical Sweden and trace its cultural roots in this centrally located region of the country surrounded by lakes and forests. It is also home to the world’s biggest cross-country ski race,...
Rådhusesplanaden 6A, 903 28 Umeå, Sweden
The riverfront city of Umeå, also known as the City of Birch trees, is a thriving mix of cultural diversity and offerings which bagged it the 2014 European Capital of Culture award. From learning about indigenous Sámi culture through exhibitions...
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