Alpine adventures, mouth-watering munch, and chilled-out days by the coast are all in the diary on a holiday to Sweden.

Valkommen till sverige!

…or in English, welcome to Sweden! The golden egg of the Scandinavian nations has got bundles to write home about, from snow-peaked mountain adventures to shop-hopping in modern cities. It’s three cosmopolitan hotspots are Malmo, Gothenburg, and the capital, Stockholm. And on the outdoor pursuits front, pack your walking boots for walking, cycling, climbing and kayaking across a whopping 30 national parks.

City breaks to Stockholm

City bugs should fly into Stockholm, Sweden’s capital. This place has got it all, from a treasure trove of museums and art galleries to an old town – Gamla Stan – that’s laced with spiralling alleyways. You’ll find a delicious foodie scene here, with cafés that serve net-fresh seafood, Swedish afternoon tea, and everything in between. And when you’re done with exploring on foot, chill out on a boat trip around the Stockholm Archipelago, 30,000 islands that border the city.

The midnight sun and polar nights

Sweden’s a country of Red Bull-style extremes, and this includes its natural phenomena. Zip north to places like Jokkmokk and Abisko for two wow-wee experiences – the midnight sun, and what’s locally known as polar nights. The latter’s what you need for your best chance of spotting the magical Northern Lights – dark skies, illuminated by ghostly green, red and purple light displays. The midnight sun’s all about those 24-hour days where the sun never sets, usually between May and July.

At a Glance

  • Try pickled herring and crayfish
  • Visit the interactive ABBA Museum
  • Head north for the midnight sun

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