Here are 10 reasons why a trip to Sweden is most definitely worth it! When you think of Sweden, the first things that come to mind are probably moose, lakes, and meatballs, right? Well this Scandinavian country actually has a little bit more to offer! Sweden is the perfect place for a relaxed family holiday, but if you’re adventure-seeking then you’re also in the right place!
Sweden is a fascinating country which everyone ought to visit at least once in their life. Why’s that you ask? Well I won’t beat about the bush. Perhaps you’ve read some of my articles before and got your own impression of this magical country in Northern Europe, or maybe some of you have already been there yourselves. But if you’re one of the few that are still unsure whether a Sweden holiday is for you, then I’ve got a couple of good reasons which can hopefully convince you that a trip to Sweden is most definitely worth it!
Life Goals: A Trip to Sweden
Traditional festivals | Breathtaking natural surroundings | Husky sledding | Fascinating Northern Lights | A holiday to suit everyone | Sweden’s specialties | Land of moose | Outdoor activities | Stockholm | A different kind of island-hopping
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Traditional festivals with a unique atmosphere
When the outdoor spaces are decorated traditionally and colourfully, a whole load of delicious specialities are served up, and a happy & friendly atmosphere descends, then you know it’s time for another traditional festival in Sweden. And the people of this Scandinavian country certainly know how to let their hair down & create party vibes! Right at the top is the famous Midsummer Festival, which is one of the most important festivals for the country, celebrated on a Saturday in June each year. The Swedes dress in their colourful costumes and flower print dresses for the happy singing and dancing. The Crayfish party two months later is equally colourful and exciting, a real culinary folk festival. Here the ingredients for happiness are crayfish, songs, and schnapps! If you’d like to learn more about Swedish cuisine, then I recommend the Ölands Skördefest, Sweden’s biggest harvest festival with plenty of delicious local food, prepared by exclusive Michelin-starred chefs.
Rest and recuperation surrounded by Swedish nature
A trip to Sweden is irrefutably a paradise for nature lovers – all you need is one look at the gorgeous landscapes to realize that. Those of you seeking rest and recuperation will be perfectly suited to the many green regions of Sweden. If you’re looking to get far away from the hubbub of the big cities and just forget about your worries, then you should definitely plan a stay in the countryside. How about a little camping? Walk by the lake, breathe in the fresh air, and finally pitch up a tent and make yourselves cosy around a campfire. Doesn’t that sound wonderful?
Husky sledding through the vast Swedish wilderness. That sounds like a true adventure! There is no other tour booked nearly as often as this one. The fluffy huskies dash through the snowy landscapes of Northern Sweden and treat you to stunning views of the wonderful surroundings. Definitely sounds like fun if you ask me! This tour is sure to top your sledding experiences from when you were a kid, believe me! Normal sledding is just child’s play now!
Fascinating Northern Lights
Each and every year this unique wonder of nature never fails to amaze. I’m talking about the Auroa Borealis, or better known as the Northern Lights of course. This phenomenon occurs notably in the northern parts of Scandinavia, and in Swedish Lapland too. Between September and the end of March, the sky glows red or green, sometimes even purple! This is because of the charged particles of the solar wind that reach the earth’s atmosphere and strike oxygen atoms, making them light up. Just this natural spectacle alone is worth a visit to Sweden, am I right?!
A trip to Sweden has something for everyone
Maybe you have already noticed, but Sweden is simply stunning. Unbelievable landscapes and an impressive natural environment with endless forests and lakes make sure the nature lovers are happy, and the cities of Stockholm and Göteborg as well as the cute harbour town of Malmö make for a good city break too. Whether it’s a relaxing beach holiday in Southern Sweden, or a busy city trip to the interesting Swedish capital, Stockholm, there’s definitely something here for everyone, so what are you waiting for?
Enjoy Sweden’s specialties
Nope, it doesn’t just have to be about the smelly canned fish, or meat out of tubes… how about a delicious fish dish? The menu in Sweden is heavily influenced by fish, but that’s not surprising given its approximation to the sea and the many rivers and lakes. If you’re lusting after a hearty meal, then you’ll be in for a treat with the famous meatballs (Köttbullar) or even the different game meats. And for dessert, how about a piece of the traditional Frödinge cheesecake from Smaland, made with nutritious cream cheese? Alternatively you could have a slice of the sweet, Swedish almond tarts. Well, my mouth is already watering!
The land of moose
Okay it’s not exactly a secret that Sweden has a lot of moose. Aside from the Swedish island of Gotland, moose are widespread throughout Sweden, there are as many as 300,000… madness! The moose population is most dense in Smaland, where in the winter there are some 30,000 of them living there! Children in particular dream of seeing a real moose, but the creatures are actually rather shy and not often seen. But in the moose parks in Sweden, like Grönasen’s moose park in the middle of the Swedish forest, you can experience a real moose safari. Visiting one of moose parks is a particularly exciting and unforgettable experience for the little ones.
A big variety of outdoor activities
Even with all this talk of idyllic lakes and rich green forest, it doesn’t mean that you have to spend your holiday relaxing in the countryside. Obviously I can recommend it, but Sweden is also perfectly suitable for an action-packed adventure holiday. Cycling, rafting, hiking, canoeing, and sailing are just a few of the sports that you can try out here in the open air. Many holidaymakers come to Sweden for a skiing holiday, as there are a few ski resorts here and the weather conditions are perfect for it. If a normal skiing holiday is too boring for you, then you should visit one of Sweden’s snow parks, for example in northern and mid parts of Sweden, you can fly through the air and try out tricks and acrobatics on your skis or snowboard. You definitely won’t be bored in Sweden!
Of course no trip to Sweden is compete without a visit to its capital. And what a great capital it is! Maybe it also make sense to book a separate Stockholm trip because there is simply so much to see. If you love museums, well you will be pleased to know that they have a whole island dedicated to them. In Djurgården you will find a museum no matter what you’re interested in. In Astrid Lindgren’s Junibacken you can let the small ones play all day. They have created miniature settings of her biggest works and turned them into a massive playground. You love history? Then I’d recommend the Nordic Museum, where you can find everything about Sweden in the old ages. Engineers will be stunned by the famous Vasa Museum. It is built around a massive preserved 17th century ship that was lifted out of Stockholm’s waters. It is simply mindblowing. But of course Stockholm has loads more to offer. Explore its hipster island of Södermalm or go on a river cruise to enjoy the city and its many facets on the water.
A different kind of island hopping…
When you think of island hopping, you normally think of Greece or Thailand, and that is definitely different to island hopping here in Sweden! Latest figures count more than 220,000 islands off the coast of Sweden! Of course some of them are super tiny and uninhabited, but others are covered with thick forests and long sandy beaches, a real calm oasis. The partially inhabited, part bare islands make up Sweden’s archipelago, stretching from right up north in Swedish Lapland, right down deep in the south and round to the west coast. The most well known and biggest islands are Gotland and Öland, but the numerous smaller island are equally as lovely and definitely worth seeing. If you’d like to see some of the idyllic islands close up, then you should think about doing a small discovery tour with a ferry or a little boat. Pack a tent and set off on your adventure. Island hopping, just different!
Plan your trip to Sweden!
Flights to Sweden
Now that you have all the reasons to visit Sweden, think about how to get there. The easiest and cheapest way is flying into Stockholm Arlanda. This will leave you to explore the middle part of Sweden. Take a look at flights to Stockholm here. Or you could fly to Gothenburg airport, which will take you south, it’s also ideal to visit Malmö. If you want to visit the northern part, you would have to stop over in Stockholm and possible fly to Umeå. It’s the biggest city in northern Sweded, and could good for a starting point to explore the North.
Hotels in Sweden
In Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmo or Uppsala you will have a big choice of hotels. Sweden in general in extremely pricey, even for us Irish people. But have a look on my hotel finder for good deals. Along with the price the standard, however, is also very high. So you don’t need to worry about a hotel room shock experience.
Holiday homes in Sweden
Another alternative is staying in a private accommodation like an Airbnb in Sweden. This will give you the full Swedish experience.
You absolutely cannot go on a trip to Sweden without having stayed in one of the typical Swedish red wooden houses, only then can you really experience countryside living at first hand. Whether in the North or the South, in summer or winter, it doesn’t matter. There is a cute little house by a lake on practically every corner, even in the capital of Stockholm! This will help you have an unforgettable time surrounded by the breathtaking nature.
As you can see, this Scandinavian country has so much to offer. From moose parks, to husky sledding, to island hopping, Sweden has got it all! Or have I promised too much? Have you already been there and know some other reasons why Sweden is so worth a visit? Let me know in the comments!