The Best Time to Visit Sweden

All Information about the Ideal Time to Visit Sweden

Sweden Sweden is a popular destination especially for nature lovers and adventurers. The northern lights, over 120 winter sports areas and an amazing nature characterize the northern European country. Depending on what you would like to experience in Sweden, certain travel periods are best suited. Learn more about the ideal travel to Sweden in this article! I will tell you all about the ideal time, city or region for your favourite activities in the Swedish Kingdom. You will find some climate tables, which will show what climate to expect and what the conditions will be like in higher altitudes. Find out more and plan your travel to Sweden’s natural wonders at the ideal time of the year!

What is the Best Time to Visit Sweden?

The best travel time for Sweden for winter sports enthusiasts is from December to April. A milder climate and warmer temperatures await you in summer between June and August. Then the days are longer and allow different activities like hiking or sailing.

Best Travel Time Sweden

  • Winter Sports: December to April
  • Northern Lights: September, October, February and March
  • City Trips: Spring and Autumn
  • Landscape and Countryside: All year long
  • Beach Vacation: July and August

The ski season in Sweden is from December to April. The winter sports areas in northern Sweden offer the best conditions for winter sports. Snow is guaranteed at least from December to February. In parts it even snows from September and into May. To experience the Northern Lights, the best time to travel is from autumn to winter and from winter to spring. Sometimes you also have the opportunity to see the northern lights in winter. For a city trip in Sweden , for example to the capital Stockholm, spring and autumn are ideal. The winter months are too cold for many for sightseeing tours. In summer, however, the cities are so crowded with tourists that you have to queue up at every sight for a long time. In addition, some shops in some Swedish cities are closed in summer, as the locals themselves are on holiday. To admire the landscape and nature in Sweden, every season is suitable. No matter when you travel to Sweden, an amazing nature will await you. If you want to spend your summer vacation in Sweden and swim in one of the many lakes, the months July and August are the best time to do so, especially in the south of the country. On some warm summer days you can even swim in the Baltic Sea and the North Sea.

The Climate in Sweden?

In general, the climate in Sweden is continental, because the temperature differences between summer and winter are small. There are differences between North and South. The oceanic climate in southern Sweden is determined by the proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and the warm Gulf Stream. As a result, the temperatures in the south are higher than in the north of the country. The average temperatures in the warmest month of July are between 16 and 18 degrees Celsius in the south and between 12 and 14 degrees Celsius in the north. In the coldest month of January, the average temperature in the south is -2 to 0 degrees Celsius and in the north -12 to -14 degrees Celsius. Given the geographical location near the Arctic Circle (between latitudes 55 and 69), the climate in Sweden is quite mild. On the northern high mountains, it is colder due to the polar climate. Here temperatures down to -53 degrees Celsius have already been recorded. As part of Sweden is located north of the Arctic Circle, it is bright for longer than average in summer and dark for longer than average in winter. The Swedes celebrate the summer solstice at the end of June as Midsummerfest all over the country. Midsummer is Sweden’s second biggest festival after Christmas.

Climate Table Stockholm

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max. Temperature in °C -1 -1 3 8 14 19 22 20 15 9 5 2
Min. Temperature in °C -5 -5 -4 1 6 11 14 13 9 5 1 -2
Sunshine per Day 1 2 5 7 9 10 10 8 6 3 1 1
Rainy Days per month 16 13 10 11 11 13 13 14 14 15 16 17


What is the Best Time to Visit Stockholm?

The best travel time for Stockholm is between May and September. The summer months are best for your city trip. The temperatures are in the warm range between 15 and 22 degrees Celsius during the day. Due to the fact that the summer months are the most popular months for a trip to Stockholm, many tourists are in the Swedish capital during this time. The prices for hotels and flights are rising. If you want to travel cheaper to Stockholm, the cooler months of March, April and October are also suitable. Put on a warm jacket and off we go on a bargain holiday!


Climate Table Gothenburg

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max. Temperature in °C 1 1 4 9 16 19 21 20 16 11 6 4
Min. Temperature in °C -3 -4 -2 3 7 12 14 13 10 6 3 0
Sunshine per Day 2 3 5 7 9 10 9 8 6 3 2 1
Rainy Days per Month 15 12 10 12 10 12 14 14 16 15 16 17


When is the Best Time to Visit Gothenburg?

The best travel time for Gothenburg is between May and September. The large city on the west coast of Sweden invites you to stay with mild day temperatures along the 16 to 21 degrees Celsius in summer. The warmest months are July and August. Here you can even walk along the harbour in the evening with mild temperatures and enjoy the view of the illuminated city. In winter, Gothenburg is also warmer on average than other parts of Sweden. The coldest months of January and February show average values of 1 degree Celsius during the day and -3 degrees Celsius at night. Compared to the temperatures in northern Sweden, the winter in Gothenburg is warm!

Climate Table Haparanda

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max. Temperature in °C -8 -7,4 -2,5 3,4 10,4 17,2 19,6 17,2 11,5 5,2 -1,3 -5,6
Min. Temperature in °C -16,7 -15,9 -11,4 -4,6 1,7 8,4 11,1 9,2 4,6 -0,3 -7,4 -13,8
Sunshine per Day 0,6 2,4 4,4 6,5 8,7 10,5 9,8 6,9 4,4 2,6 1,1 0,2
Rainy Days per Month 10 8 8 7 6 7 9 10 10 11 12 11


What is the Best Time to Visit Haparanda and the Northern Lights?

The best travel time for Haparanda in northern Sweden is between June and August. Here, warm day temperatures prevail along 17 to 19 degrees Celsius. At night, temperatures drop to as low as 8 degrees Celsius in summer. The winter months are cold and nights will be long. Between October and February the sun shines for a maximum of 2 hours a day. The rest of the time it’s dark. In the transition months between autumn and winter and winter and spring you have the best chance to see the northern lights in Haparanda. It is recommended to spend at least 3 weeks in Sweden to increase the possibility to see Polar lights on at least one evening.

Climate Table Malmö

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max. Temperature in °C 2 2 5 10 16 20 21 21 18 12 7 4
Min. Temperature in °C -3 -3 -1 2 7 11 13 12 11 7 3 -1
Sunshine per Day 1,3 2,3 4 5,9 8,7 8,8 8,2 6,9 5,7 2,7 1,2 0,6
Rainy Days per Month 17 13 14 12 12 12 14 13 14 15 17 16

What’s the Best Time to Visit Malmö?

The best travel time for Malmö is from June to September. The summer months are the warmest in the year with an average of 21 degrees Celsius per day. At night it cools down to 11 to 13 degrees Celsius. July and August are the best time for a seaside holiday in Malmö. In spring and autumn, Malmö is still relatively mild, with average temperatures of 5 to 12 degrees Celsius. In winter it cools down during the day to up to 2 degrees Celsius in January and February. At night, the temperatures remain mild at a minimum of -3 degrees Celsius. The reason for this is the proximity to the Atlantic and the Gulf Stream. The Atlantic climate brings Malmö a lot of rain all year round. Whether in summer or winter – you should pack an umbrella on your journey!

The best travel time for Sweden for many travellers is the summer period between June and August. Many activities are possible here, which especially attract adventurers and athletes. Winter sports fans should visit Sweden during the skiing season between December and April. At least from December to February you have a snow guarantee in the North of Sweden. In addition, the frozen lakes invite you to skate in winter. The months in spring and autumn are the best time for city travellers. The weather here is not as good as in summer, but the trips are much cheaper and the tourism is less . For a seaside holiday, the south of Sweden is particularly recommended in the summer months of July to August. If you want to visit the fabulous landscape of Sweden during a round trip, it is possible all year round. The natural spectacle in the north, the polar lights, is most likely to be seen in September, October, February and March. Read more advice for your Sweden vacation in my travel magazine and secure your bargain trip now!