Collected by Meredith Blackburn, AFAR Local Expert
Södermalm, Stockholm, Sweden
Södermalm is a beautiful area right on the water, connected to the surrounding mainland by bridges. It’s one of the most popular areas of Stockholm, with tons of history, where you can find the most bars and restaurants in town. If you happen to...
Gamla stan, Södermalm, Stockholm, Sweden
A picturesque mid-December afternoon along the Stockholm waterfront as the sun sets in the background. Despite the early darkness, Stockholm was bright and energetic all hours of the day. The air was festive with Christmas celebrations and...
Galärvarvsvägen 14, 115 21 Stockholm, Sweden
Located on the island of Djurgården, this purpose-built maritime museum is an extraordinary sight: It houses the massive warship Vasa, which sank just minutes after launching on its maiden voyage in 1628. Raised from the harbor in 1961,...
Slussgatan 1, 411 06 Göteborg, Sweden
If I only had one day in Gothenburg, I would spend the afternoon at the harbor. Maybe first dinner aboard the Barque Viking, which after a number of resurrections is now a hotel and restaurant. Afterwards, the Gothenburg Opera is a sight to see....
Villavägen 6-8, 752 36 Uppsala, Sweden
For more than 350 years there has been a botanic garden in Uppsala. Today there are two—the historic garden made famous by the Swedish naturalist Linnaeus, and this larger facility developed on land donated to Uppsala University in 1787 by King...
457 40 Fjällbacka, Sweden
The picturesque fishing village of Fjällbacka is a photographer's delight. Red wooden cottages sit chock-a-block along the narrow streets around the tiny harbor. Boats at anchor are reflected in the serene waters, and local ferries ply the channel...
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...
Svartbäcksgatan 27, 753 32 Uppsala, Sweden
While in Stockholm to attend a conference, I ventured to Uppsala to visit the garden of Sweden's famous naturalist Carl Linnaeus. Although diminutive, the garden is an important reminder of the value of nature and its role in inspiring the seminal...
471 51 Klädesholmen, Sweden
Sweden’s ties to the sea are obvious and infiltrate every part of the travel experience, from food to culture. One area that had remained untouched was the hotel industry, until now. Located on tiny Herring Island (Klädesholmen) is a very unique...
Marknadsvägen 63, 981 91 Jukkasjärvi, Sweden
When I first stepped into the blue folds of the ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjärvi I thought this must be what Superman's Fortress of Solitude looks like. It's that blue found in the water of higher latitudes, a blue that looks photoshopped although no...
Prins Eugens Väg 6, 115 21 Stockholm, Sweden
Prince Eugen’s Waldemarsudde is one of the city’s most revered fine art museums. The son of King Oscar II and Queen Sophia, Prince Eugen himself was one of Sweden’s leading landscape painters and an avid collector of works by Anders Zorn, Per...
Sjötullsbacken 8, 115 25 Stockholm, Sweden
Located within the walled grounds of Blockhusudden on Djurgården, Thielska Galleriet is a fine art museum with late 19th- to 20th-century works by Eugène Jansson, Carl Larsson, Bruno Liljefors, Edvard Munch, August Strindberg, Anders Zorn, and...
Hamngatan 4, 111 47 Stockholm, Sweden
Known in English as the Hallwyl House, this was once home to Count and Countess Walther and Wilhelmina von Hallwyl, and the residence was completed in 1898 as their winter home. Avid collectors of antiques, the von Hallwyls wanted to expand their...
Strandgatan 14, 621 56 Visby, Sweden
A short flight from Stockholm or 2-3 hour ferry ride will take you to the Swedish island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea. Officially a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995, the medieval town of Visby, on the southeastern island of Gotland, is a...
Fisktorget 4, 411 20 Göteborg, Sweden
Feskekörka means "the fish church" and is a fitting name for the indoor fish market, built in 1874, that houses all the glimmering delicacies of the sea. (The name is also an example of typical Gothenburg humor—playing with words and...
Lidingövägen, 114 33 Stockholm, Sweden
If you are a fan of the true Olympics, then you must get yourself to the Swedish capital of Stockholm. Their Olympic Stadium was built for the 1912 Games and is still standing and still being used, mainly for track and field events (The Diamond...
Åby säteri, 456 93 Hunnebostrand, Sweden
Located about an hour north of Gothenburg, Sweden is a unique animal sanctuary, Norden’s Ark. The facility started more than twenty years ago and had a single goal in mind: to save the endangered animals of Scandinavia. Today their mission has...
107 70 Stockholm, Sweden
The Royal Palace located in the center of Stockholm and is a must visit. The grand structure is impressive just to walk by but when you enter into the palace it is amazing to see how royalty lived with the grand rooms, intricate art and furniture,...
Hantverkargatan 1, 111 52 Stockholm, Sweden
the Stockholm city hall building went up in the 1920s and has a variety of styles incorporated into it. Its possible to take a guided tour around the building and admire the architecture, especially the gold room which is made up of millions of...
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