Boasting a prime location in the heart of Scandinavia, Sweden is a captivating country with remarkable architecture and unsurpassed natural beauty. Rolling fjords flow seamlessly into luscious green pastures before meeting deep blue lakes surrounded by charming towns, whilst lively urban centres are simply begging to be explored.
The country has very varied scenery that ranges from gloomy evergreen forests in the far north to sunny beaches and sparkling seas in the south. A nature lover’s paradise, Sweden will delight any time of the year. Winters are perfect for skiing while summer will allow you to enjoy exploring some unsurpassed hiking trails, canoeing or kayaking. Sweden’s long winters and short summers mean that locals will indulge in the sunshine while it lasts and you will frequently see them enjoying a barbeque on the beach as soon as the weather permits. During winter, Swedes lift their spirits with warming glasses of aquavit.
City dwellers will be spoilt for choice. Stockholm is home to some outstanding traditional old quartiers paired with visually stunning modern buildings; whilst Malmö’s multicultural society gives it a unique urban flavour. Sweden is an exceptional destination any time of the year regardless of whether you want to discover the countryside or prefer to venture into the country’s bustling cities.
Holiday in Sweden
No visit to Sweden is complete without a walk through Stockholm’s Old Town, a charming collection of wonderfully well-preserved narrow cobblestoned lanes that dates back to the 14th century and home to the Medieval Museum. If you are travelling with children you will adore Junibacken, an attraction that recreates the wondrous world of Astrid Lindgren’s delightful stories and the little ones can dress up as Pippi Longstocking.
Only a short drive from Stockholm, Uppsala’s lively young atmosphere will make the town extremely enjoyable for those who prefer to explore some Viking history before hitting the bars. If you prefer hiking and exploring the wilderness however, there is nothing like a trip to the far north. The Kiruna region, on the edge of the Arctic Circle, is the ideal location to spot herds of reindeer, experience dog-sledding trips or immerse yourself in Sami culture. Should you visit Sweden during the Midsummer festival you will not be disappointed if you take a trip to Lake Silijan, a magnificent body of water surrounded by picturesque villages where you will witness traditional Swedish festivities. The nearby countryside boasts excellent hiking trails where you can enjoy some revitalising Scandinavian fresh air before finding a small tavern in which to relax with an uplifting glass of local beer.
Renting holiday accommodation in Sweden
When you decide where to stay during your visit to Sweden, keep in mind that the most authentic way to enjoy a truly memorable visit is to socialise with the locals. Who would you want to stay in a soulless chain hotel full of tourists when they can choose a holiday rental? Renting a holiday apartment in Sweden means that you can experience this stunning country in the same way than those who know it best, the local people. Only they can tell you which is the best restaurant in town to try some delicious Isterband, a smoked sausage, or the patisserie that serves the tastiest Kanelbulle, a truly scrumptious cinnamon pastry.
Whether you opt for renting a trendy apartment in central Stockholm or a cosy ski chalet in the countryside, having your own space is a real treat. After a long day hiking, exploring Viking ruins or sailing in the fjords, nothing beats returning to your very own holiday home and putting your feet up with a delicious glass of Glögg and perhaps a chat with your neighbour, who will tell you which town hosts the best Saint Lucia festivities.