Things to do
Apart from Christmas, midsummer is the most important holiday in the Swedish calendar. For some, midsummer is the most important.
The successful midsummer never-ending lunch party formula involves flowers in your hair, dancing around a pole, singing songs while drinking unsweetened, flavoured schnapps. And downing a whole load of pickled herring served with delightful new potatoes, chives and sour cream. All in all, a grand day out.
When is Midsummer?
Originally June 24th. Now Midsummer Eve is celebrated between June 20th-25th. Midsummer in 2020 is on the 20th of June.
Where can you celebrate Midsummer?
Skansen, public parks, gardens, summer cottages, in fact, anywhere in Sweden will do as long as it is outdoors!
Who can celebrate midsummer?
How to do Midsummer like a local
Get invited by a local. You will probably go to someones summerhouse ('landställe') which will ensure you get the full experience.
If you're not lucky enough to get an invite, a safe bet to celebrate with Swedish friends (that you don't know yet) is visiting Skansen in Stockholm or visit a public park.
Traditional Midsummer celebration in Dalarna. Photo: Lars Dahltröm