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12 trips to take in Sweden

Sweden made it on to the ABTA Travel Trends list of places to watch for in 2018. We have collected the best must-do activities in Sweden to make sure you get the most out of your travel experience. Do you prefer a wintry holiday in the North, a spring city break, island hopping in the archipelago, or a foodie autumn trip – or perhaps all of them?

A scenic view of the Åre valley and a river seen from one of the peaks. A person skis down the slope.
Åre is the largest and most advanced and divers alpine sports resort in Sweden and Northern Europe. In addition to great skiing, biking, hiking and paragliding, a variety of restaurants offering culinary experiences and shopping.
Photo: Niclas Vestefjell/

January - Åre and skiing

With its snow dressed mountains, incredible restaurant scene and buzzing nightlife, Åre is Sweden’s number one ski paradise. If you are up for an adventure there is plenty of other activities than downhill skiing to take part in – why not try a snowmobile safari, dog sledding, ice fishing or cross country skiing? The food scene is worth its own trip: Åre boasts of some of Sweden’s best restaurants.

White Reindeer
White Reindeer
Reindeer husbandry is important to the Sami. The reindeer industry has specific seasons for calving, marking, counting, castrating and slaughtering.
Photo: Lola Akinmade Åkerström/

February - Jokkmokk winter market

Cold cuts of reindeer meat, crowberry marmalade, Skabram cheese and bark bread are some of the local delicacies you will find at Jokkmokk market starting on the first Thursday in February. Since 1606 people have come here to experience genuine Swedish Lapland, full of culinary delights and handcraft. The market also offers tours of natural wonders such as the arctic light as well as Sámi settlements complete with dog sleds and reindeers. 

After sauna
After sauna
Photo: Mikko Nikkinen/

March - Yoga on ice

Would you like to unwind from your hectic lifestyle? Well Active North has just launched the perfect experience – yoga on ice in Swedish Lapland where you are encouraged to find your inner self. Snowy mountains, widespread landscapes and dead silence are the backdrop of this retreat, which includes yoga, sauna rituals and some all-important time for personal reflection, everything bang in the middle of untouched nature.

A person walks through a wheat field with mushrooms in his hands and more mushrooms in a basket held in his right hand.
Mushroom picking
In fall the forests in Sweden are filled with muschrooms of all sorts. . The Right of public access allows people to roam the woods in search of their favourite mushroom.
Photo: Jonas Overödder/

April - Stockholm country break

Situated just an hour’s drive away from Stockholm, Dufweholms Manor in idyllic Sörmland, it is the perfect get-away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The manor house boasts of beautiful rooms full of character and history, as well as a modern spa overlooking the surrounding lake. Relax in the sauna, get a spa treatment or brace the chilly weather for a hot dip in the outside bubble pool.

A woman with a weaved basket sits in a park overlooking Lake Mälaren and Stockholm City Hall.
Monteliusvägen, Södermalm
Photo: Tove Freiij/

May - Stockholm

Nothing beats a May city break in Stockholm. This is when Swedes are starting to really embrace the sunny weather, and you’ll be sure to spot the renowned latte dads pushing their prams, especially in the beautiful setting of the city park Djurgården. Take a break from your shopping to view the cherry blossoms in Kungsträdgården, and be sure to visit some of the city’s world-renowned museums, including the Modern Museum of Art, The Hallwyl museum and The Swedish Museum of Natural History (Naturhistoriska riksmuseet), all free of entry. If you want to combine art with sightseeing, catch a ferry to Artipelag, an art museum located on the island on Värmdö surrounded by stunning pine trees.

The entrance to the icehotel made of ice, packed snow , reindeer pelt and antlers.
ICEHOTEL entrance
Ice is not the most practical construction material, but an art exhibition and hotel built entirely of natural ice and snow creates one of the most unique overnight experiences in the world. The world’s first ice hotel was completed in 1989 in Jukkasjärvi north of the Arctic Circle in Sweden.
Photo: Hans-Olof Utsi/


The famous Kiruna Icehotel is now open for business during June. Yes, that’s right – Icehotel 365 will welcome you to a very special midsummer; imagine combining dog sledding with boat trips on the Torne River beneath the midnight sun. The 2,100 square metre hotel, complete with 9 luxury suites with saunas and 11 art suites designed by selected artists, will be filled with ice from the river and solar panels will provide the rooms with enough energy to keep them frozen. You can also pop up to Björkliden and Riksgränsen for some midsummer skiing.

In Smögen, colourful fishing huts line up against the cliffs, their silhouettes reflected in the ocean. .
Fishing huts
Fishing huts on the shore of Smögen, West Coast
Photo: Sebastian Lineros/

July - West Sweden island hopping

Summer on the west coast of Sweden truly is a unique experience. The Bohuslän salty ocean, smooth granite slabs and unspoilt fishing villages will literally take your breath away. Why not experience it up-close with island hopping through some of the 8000 islands stretching from Gothenburg right up to the boarder of Norway? The recommended trip, from Marstrand in the south, to Uddevalla in the north, includes stops such as the island of Tjörn and the “herring island” Klädesholmen as well as picturesque Mollösund and Ljungskile, home to the gothic Hotel Villa Sjötorp.

Göta Kanal
Göta Kanal
Biking along Göta Kanal.
Photo: Tina Stafrén/

August - Göta Canal

If you are up for an active bike holiday, make your way up Göta Canal, 190 kilometres of beautiful car-free scenery stretching from Sjötorp on Lake Vänern to Mem, Slätbacken. There are variations of planned routes you can take, including a two-day trip that takes you 68 kilometres with plenty of marinas on the way for some well-deserved refreshments. Don’t be surprised if you spot Swedes in groups with funny looking hats, singing silly songs and drinking schnapps during August, which is also crayfish party season. You can even fish your own at Norrqvarn located along Göta Canal. 

Fruit and vegetable farm
Fruit and vegetable farm
Orelunds farm produces high quality fruit and vegetables. Guests can come and enjoy their fruit and vegetables either in their garden café or in their farmstore. Apple in pic: Discovery and Summerred.
Photo: Miriam Preis/

September - apples, nordic noir and Danish hygge in Skåne

Make two trips in one by visiting Malmö in the south of Sweden and then head across the bridge to Copenhagen. September is the perfect month to experience what the Danish concept hygge is all about; cosy autumn walks and perhaps a trip to renowned Kivik apple market in Skåne.

A basket filled with cinnamon buns.
Cinnamon buns
Cinnamon buns, kanelbullar, are the epitomy of Swedish pastry. These wheat flour buns filled with cinnamon, sugar and butter can be found in all bakeries and cafés.
Photo: Tina Stafrén/

October - Cinnamon buns

October 4 in Sweden means cinnamon bun day – in other words we have a real excuse to stuff our faces with the popular sweet pastry. Combine it with a trip to Gothenburg where Café Husaren in the Haga neighbourhood bakes up Sweden’s largest bun, or make an excursion to Alingsås, the capital of the famous fika tradition, meaning there are cinnamon buns on nearly every street corner. 

A man and woman are in a grocery store picking out vegetables.
Organic fruit and vegetables
Rötter is a fruit and vegetable shop in Malmö that specializes on locally produced and organic fruit and vegetables. Their range of produce varies with the seasons.
Photo: Miriam Preis/

November - wonderful food in Skåne

For you foodies out there – a visit to the Skåne region is a visit to the pantry of Sweden thanks to its many small-scale producers. Start off in Malmö where the new indoor food market is the perfect spot to get your hands on local produce. There are plenty of restaurants in Malmö that makes the best out of the fresh ingredients and restaurant Vollmers even has one Michelin star. November 10 is also when the local tradition Mårten Gås takes place, now it’s time to indulge in goose! 

A ferris wheel and a waterfall, nighttime at Liseberg amusement park.
Every year Liseberg opens it’s door during the holiday season. It opens in mid-November and is open until the 23 of Dec. During this time Liseberg hosts Sweden’s largest traditional Christmas market and the park is lit by about 5 million Christmas lights.
Photo: Göran Assner/

December - Gothenburg the Christmas city

The city of Gothenburg turns in to Christmas wonderland during the month of December when the three-kilometre Lane of Lights is lit up along the main boulevard all the way to the amusement park Liseberg, which in itself is a Christmas paradise (and Sweden’s biggest Christmas market). Five million lights, an ice-skating rink as well as 70 stalls selling seasonal foods and handcraft, make it spectacular. This season is also the time for the all-important Swedish Christmas food, consisting of delights such as roasted ham, herring and marzipan pigs – so make sure to come hungry!

Written by Jonna Dagliden Hunt