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Summer in Sweden

As the gentle embrace of spring makes way for the vibrant hues of summer, Sweden undergoes a remarkable transformation. The Swedish summer is not merely a season; it's a celebration of life, light, and the breathtaking beauty that graces this Nordic paradise.

Picture-perfect landscapes come alive during summer, adorned with lush greenery, vibrant wildflowers, and tranquil lakes reflecting the endless blue sky. The days stretch longer, allowing for immersive experiences and the chance to witness the Midnight Sun's captivating phenomenon in the country's northern reaches.

When is summer in Sweden?

Summer in Sweden typically spans from June to August. According to The Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI), summer arrives on the first day of five with a temperature above +10°C. However, the exact timing and weather can vary depending on the region within Sweden. For an up-to-date report on how far summer has come in Sweden, look at SMHI 's season arrival map.

Weather in Sweden – average summer temperatures

  • Kiruna, northern Sweden: +5°C to +14°C in June, +8°C to +18°C in July, +6°C to +16°C in August.
  • Stockholm, middle Sweden: +11°C to +20°C in June, +14°C to +23°C in July, +13°C to +21°C in August.
  • Malmö, southern Sweden: +9°C to +19°C in June, +12°C to +23°C in July, +12°C to +21°C in August.

Source: timeanddate.com

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Biking with a view

97% of Sweden consists of nature, meaning that outdoor adventures are always close at hand.

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Biking with a view

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Beach

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Lurö archipelago

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Red cabin

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Why is summer the best season to visit Sweden?

Summer in Sweden is a time of boundless beauty and adventure, drawing visitors from near and far to experience its enchanting landscapes, vibrant culture, and captivating archipelagos. The long daylight hours transform the country into a playground for outdoor enthusiasts, offering endless opportunities for exploration and relaxation.

Furthermore, the hiking trails become a gateway to awe-inspiring vistas for those seeking a deeper connection with Sweden's natural wonders. Whether it's exploring the mystical forests of Dalarna, trekking the scenic King’s Trail (Kungsleden), or simply strolling through the meadows adorned with a kaleidoscope of wildflowers, the Swedish summer invites you to immerse yourself in the splendour of the great outdoors.

Moreover, summer in Sweden is a feast for the senses, with abundant culinary delights to tempt every palate. From indulging in freshly caught seafood at seaside restaurants to savouring traditional Swedish fika treats at charming cafes, the summer season offers a delicious taste of Swedish gastronomy.

For those passionate about culture and history, summer provides ample opportunities to delve into Sweden's rich heritage. From visiting medieval castles and Viking ruins to enjoying outdoor concerts and theatre performances, many cultural experiences enrich your summer itinerary.

Whether exploring the historical charm of Stockholm's Old Town, embarking on a kayak adventure in the archipelago, or simply relishing a moment of serenity by a tranquil lake, the Swedish summer promises an unforgettable journey into nature's embrace.

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Midnight sun

Fishing in the midnight sun in Jämtland Härjedalen.

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Midnight sun

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Music festival, Way Out West

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Crayfish party

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Midsummer in Dalarna

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Summer in Sweden – 3 things to do

Experience the Midnight Sun
During the summer months, visitors can marvel at the phenomenon of the Midnight Sun, where the sun remains visible around the clock in Sweden's northern regions. This natural spectacle offers a unique opportunity to experience the beauty of endless daylight and the surreal atmosphere it creates.

Indulge in music and festivals
Swedish summer comes alive with various cultural events and music festivals. From the renowned Sweden Rock Festival in Sölvesborg to the lively Dansbandsveckan in Malung and the eclectic Way Out West Festival in Gothenburg, there's something for every music lover to enjoy. Additionally, Malmöfestivalen in Malmö offers diverse music, arts, and culinary delights, transforming the city into a bustling hub of creativity and celebration.

Take part in a Swedish crayfish party (kräftskiva)
One of Sweden's beloved summer traditions is the ‘kräftskiva’, a festive crayfish party that brings people together in August to celebrate the season. With its origins dating back a century, a crayfish party features delicious crayfish and a variety of side dishes from guests in a communal custom known as 'knytkalas' or 'knytis'.

Summer 2024 highlights

6 June: Swedish National Day is marked by various festivities across the country, including flag ceremonies, parades, concerts, and traditional folk dances.

21 June: Midsummer Eve in Sweden is a cherished celebration, marking the arrival of the summer solstice. Families and friends gather around maypoles adorned with flowers, dancing traditional folk dances and indulging in delicious delicacies like herring and strawberries.

7-8 August: The crayfish premiere (kräftpremiär). Nowadays, no specific date is set for the start of the crayfish season. However, the crayfish party season traditionally began on the first Wednesday of August, in line with the historic ban on crayfish fishing between November and August 7th.

15 August: The official fermented herring premiere is celebrated in restaurants nationwide, marking the start of the ‘surströmming’ season.

28 August: The day of the Swedish meatballs (Köttbullens dag). Swedes unite to honour the iconic Swedish meatballs on this particular day, indulging in this delicious dish served with lingonberry sauce and creamy mashed potatoes.