Midsummer, Floda, West SwedenPhoto: Faramarz Gosheh/imagebank.sweden.se
Things to do
Progressive and modern Sweden has a secret to share; we are nuts about our age-old traditions and celebrations. Country-closing Midsummer Eve, celebrating the longest day of the year, is the big one, followed by Christmas, Easter and a host of 'unholy' days, including cinnamon bun day, waffle day and practically a whole season dedicated to a gooey almond paste and cream bun.
Celebrate like a Swede
The Swedish Semla
Semla in singular form or semlor in plural – (and let's face it, any decent bun lover will always have at least two so call them semlor) are doughy balls of sin, oozing a slathericious almond and cardamom paste with lashings and lashings of vanilla-whipped cream atop.
Crayfish party, kräftskiva
These are pernickety-but-tasty little suckers. To meet the huge demand for them in Sweden, crayfish must be imported from China, Turkey and the US, but the prized Swedish crayfish is always deemed tastiest.
Swedes love Cinnamon buns, so much so that we have a special Cinnamon bun day 4th October.
For a truly enchanting experience plan to visit on, or the week before December 13th, when the 400-year old tradition of the ‘queen of light’, St. Lucia, is celebrated with church concerts and processions.
Traditional Swedish Christmas
Christmas in Sweden sees its cities, towns and villages glow against the white winter landscape. It’s Christmas card perfect.
Walpurgis Night and May Day
This is the night of the bonfire in Sweden, traditionally believed to ward off evil spirits, but now a festive way of getting rid of excess gardening odds and ends.