Sweden

Sweden is a Scandinavian nation of thousands of coastal islands, inland lakes, forests and mountains. Its principal cities, eastern capital Stockholm and southwestern Gothenburg and Malmö, are all on the sea. Stockholm is home to royal palaces, parkland and museums such as open-air Skansen. Its 13th-century old town, Gamla Stan, is set on islands joined by bridges and ferries.

HOW TO GET THERE

Sweden is connected with bridges to Denmark and rest of Europe, also is possible to reach by land from Finland and Norway. Stockholm airports as well as Malmö , Gothenburg airports are also well connected with rest of the world. Lot of cheap flights go there and from there.

WHAT TO SEE AND WHAT TO DO THERE

Sweden is a country with amazing nature rich history and very vibrant cities . Depend what you looking for you will find everything from hiking trails to urban clubbing.From beach in the summer to lovely ski terrain in the winter.I will write just for some of them what left me personally biggest impression. Let me start with the biggest cities in the country Stockholm, Malmo and Gothenburg.

Gothenburg, a major city in Sweden, is situated off the Göta älv river on the country’s west coast. An important seaport, it’s known for its Dutch-style canals and leafy boulevards like the Avenyn, the city’s main thoroughfare, lined with many cafes and shops. Liseberg is a popular amusement park with themed rides, performance venues and a landscaped sculpture garden.

Malmö is the third largest city in Sweden and the 6th largest in the Nordic countries. Malmö is also the most populous city in Scania and is the economical and cultural centre of South Sweden.

Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, encompasses 14 islands of the vast Stockholm archipelago on the Baltic Sea. The cobblestone streets and ochre-colored buildings of medieval Gamla Stan, the old town, are home to a 13th-century cathedral, the royal palace of Kungliga Slottet and its underground armory, cafes and restaurants. Ferries and sightseeing boats shuttle passengers between islands, beneath more than 50 bridges.

If you are more into the hiking , nature and places where you can see Northern Lights in the winter than places like Abisko are perfect for you. Abisko is a village in northern Sweden, near Abisko National Park, located 4 km west of the village. It had 85 inhabitants as of 2005.

Padjelanta is a national park in Norrbotten County in northern Sweden. Established in 1963, it is the largest national park in Sweden with an area of 1,984 km², and part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Laponia established in 1996.

Fulufjället National Park is a national park in central Sweden. Its total area is 385 km², located entirely within Älvdalen Municipality in the province of Dalarna. It is named after the mountain Fulufjället, 1,044 m high.View on this amazing waterfall is breathtaking. Is the biggest in Sweden and might be the biggest in Europe.

Very popular place for hiking and hunting is Kvikkjokk . Kvikkjokk is a small village situated in Jokkmokk Municipality, Norrbotten County, Sweden. It is located 120 km northwest of Jokkmokk. Several hiking trails start in Kvikkjokk.

Sarek National Park is a national park in Jokkmokk Municipality, Lapland in the north of Sweden. Established in 1909–1910, the park is one of the oldest national parks in Europe.Has some very beautiful lakes there. I was amaze from the beauty of this place and i high recommend.

Åre is a locality and one of the leading Scandinavian ski resorts situated in Åre Municipality, Jämtland County, Sweden with 1,417 inhabitants in 2010. It is however, not the seat of the municipality, which is Järpen.

Hemavan is a locality situated in Storuman Municipality, Västerbotten County, Sweden with 222 inhabitants in 2010. It is located on European route E12 between Storuman in Sweden and Mo i Rana.This place is famous for backcountry skiing , outdoor recreation and ski sports.

Brösarp is a locality situated in Tomelilla Municipality, Skåne County, Sweden near the Hallamölla waterfall, with 680 inhabitants in 2010.

Orust is an island in western Sweden, and Sweden’s third largest island. In 2014 Statistics Sweden declared it to instead be the fourth largest island, under a definition which adds artificial canals.

From Strömsund, Route 342, the 360km-long Wilderness Way (Vildmarksvägen), strikes out northwest towards the mountains at Gäddede, before hugging the Norwegian border and crossing the barren Stekenjokk plateau (876m; only open from early June to mid-Oct). It then swings inland again, joining Route 45 at Vilhelmina. The route ranks as one of the most beautiful and dramatic in Sweden, passing through great swathes ofvirgin forest, tiny forgotten villages and true wilderness. It’s also the part of Sweden with the densest population of bears. If you’re driving, stop wherever you can, turn off the engine and listen to the deep silence, broken only by the calls of the birds and the whisper of the forest.

There are plenty of lakes along the way ideal for nude bathing – you can choose whichever one you want to make your own as there’ll be nobody else there. One of the most beautiful stretches of rocky beach is just south of the tiny village of Alanäs on the beautiful Flåsjön lake, before you get to Gäddede.
ACCOMMODATION

In Sweden accommodation comes in all shapes and sizes. Chill on a bed of ice or get a birds-eye view of life from a bed in a tree-house. Ever wondered what it’s like to sleep behind bars? Do some of your vacation time in an authentic 19th century prison. Live like a king in an elegant countryside manor or in a monastery from 1420.Price is depend from the type of room and of course location. But there is accommodation for every budget.

BEST TIME TO GO THERE

Sweden’s climate is hard to classify because temperatures, influenced by the Gulf Stream, vary considerably from the fields of Skåne to the Arctic Circle wilderness of Lapland.

The country as a whole has many sunny days in summer, but it’s not super hot. July is the warmest month, with temperatures in both Stockholm and Gothenburg averaging around 64°F (18°C). February is the coldest month, when the temperature in Stockholm averages around 26°F (-3°C). Gothenburg is a few degrees warmer.

It’s not always true that the farther north you go, the cooler it becomes. During summer, the northern parts of the country — from Halsingland to northern Lapland — may suddenly have the warmest weather and the bluest skies. Check the weather forecasts on television and in the newspapers. (Swedes claim these forecasts are 99% reliable.)

Summer — When it comes to weather, the ideal time to visit Sweden is from June to August. At this time, all its cafes and most attractions, including open-air museums, are open, and thousands flock to the north of Sweden to enjoy the midnight sun. (However, except for special festivals and folkloric presentations, the major cultural venues in Sweden, including opera, dance, ballet, and theater, shut down in summer.) Summer also is the most expensive time to fly to Sweden, as this is peak season. To compensate, hotels sometimes grant summer discounts. (It pays to ask.)

Spring & Fall — The months of spring and autumn, notably May through June and the month of September, are almost prettier than the Swedish summers. When spring comes to the Swedish countryside, wildflowers burst into bloom after a long dark winter.

Winter — Scandinavia’s off season is winter (about Nov 1-Mar 21). Many visitors, except those on business, prefer to avoid Sweden in winter. The cold weather sets in by October, and you’ll need to keep bundled up heavily until long past April. However, other more adventurous tourists go to Sweden in spite of, or even because of, the winter. Students have returned to such university cities as Stockholm and Lund, and life seems more vibrant then. Cultural activities also abound. Skiers also go to Sweden in winter, but we don’t recommend it. It is pitch dark in winter in the north of Sweden, and the slopes have to be artificially lit. You’d be better off soaking up the alpine sun in Germany, Switzerland, or Austria.

Of course, one of the most eerie and fascinating things you can experience in Sweden is to see the shimmering northern lights, and they can be viewed only in the winter.

The Midnight Sun — In summer, the sun never fully sets in northern Sweden; even in the south, daylight can last until 11pm, and then the sun rises around 3am. The best vantage points and dates when you can see the thrilling spectacle of the midnight sun are as follows: Bjoürkliden, from May 26 to July 19; Abisko, from June 12 to July 4; Kiruna, from May 31 to July 14; and Gällivare, from June 2 to July 12. All these places can be reached by public transportation.

Remember that although the sun may be shining brightly at midnight, it’s not as strong as at midday. Bring along a warm jacket or sweater.
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