Discover Sweden far away from famous tracks and experience striking outdoor adventures. Looking for some travel tips? Our travel guide provides you with the best places of interest that Sweden has to offer. Gather info on the best adventures in the region, events you should not miss, tips for places to visit and places to stay. Here is a brief overview of the best tips we’ve got for Sweden:
The typical Scandinavian landscape is characterised by extensive coniferous forests, numerous lakes and moors. Along the Norwegian border, the Skanden massif rises up to 2000 m above sea level. There are 28 national parks throughout the country, where you can experience and enjoy nature from its most pristine side.
Sporty on the road
Sweden offers little space for mass tourism. But if you are looking for an adventure, you will certainly find it: In summer you can go hiking, canoeing and kayaking, mountain biking or climbing, in winter you can go skiing or cross-country skiing. Hiking is particularly popular. In the south, for example in the province of Skåne, you can take easy paths through the fertile hills, while in the mountains of northern Sweden you will encounter many challenging tours.
Unforgettable adventures await us while hiking long distances in Sweden. On numerous long-distance hiking trails we get to know nature from its most beautiful side. And long distance hiking does not necessarily mean having to do without civilization and a little bit of luxury. The stages of Skåneleden in southern Sweden usually begin and end in small villages, where you can stay overnight in a guesthouse and indulge in the local cuisine. If you are looking for seclusion, the best place to go is Kungsleden in Swedish Lapland. Here you can be on the road for days without meeting a human soul. Most of them carry their accommodation in form of a tent and sleeping bag. The only bases along the way are cabins of the Swedish Tourist Board, which offer a few places to sleep and food for self-catering.
In Sweden, the right of public access applies. What does that mean? Quite simply: Everyone may move freely in nature (except of course on private properties) and use nature for themselves in a way, in which one does not harm it. So you can hike and cycle to your heart's content, every lake is available for swimming and boating and fishing is permitted in all state waters. Camping is also allowed as long as you are not on private property or in sight of a residential house. And even campfires are allowed if there is no danger of forest fires. It is also allowed to pick wild flowers, berries and mushrooms.
Culture and Cuisine
If you are not only interested in outdoor experiences but also in culture, Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö are of course the right place for you. Here you can visit numerous museums, such as the ABBA Museum or the Vasa Museum, as well as numerous art museums. Besides you can dine in small restaurants that place great value on regional and seasonal cuisine. And of course you should not miss a visit to the royal castle.
But culture is also intensively lived in the countryside. Sweden is incredibly rich in historic castles and mansions, which are now mostly used as hotels. Surrounded by lakes, rivers, forests and parks, you can really relax.
A special highlight is the museum "Cultures" in Lund and Östarp. The museum in Lund consists of historic houses that have been reconstructed on site and in which various exhibitions report on life in past times. In Kulturens Östarp we find a 19th century manor house that is used in the summer season – just like 200 years ago: with a lot of muscle power and without electricity.