At the heart of Scandinavia, Sweden offers stunning landscapes and wonderful hospitality. It is a country of huge forests, mountain ranges, massive lakes and a long coastline. Why not take a city break to Sweden? Stockholm, the capital, is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, sometimes known as the ‘venice of the north’ being spread over 14 islands with a long viking history. Surrounding the city are over 30,000 islands and lush countryside. Gothenburg is Sweden’s second largest city and it’s main sea port surrounded by rocky coastlines and islands and being a vibrant University city. There are a host of medieval towns around Sweden, the ancient city of Malmo being of particular interest. Travel by water from Stockholm to Gothenburg on a fabulous cruise!
For food lovers, Sweden is a paradise! Local specialties include Kalix bleak roe, lobster, oysters, salmon, wild boar, deer and berries. The west coast is particularly high on the list for the gourmet explorer – smoked fish, wild mushrooms and local cheese are amongst the ingredients used here by world class chefs.
Natural history holidays here include visits to some of the 29 national parks with the island of Stora Karlso in Gotland being a haven for birdlife. There are great walking trails and hikes around Sweden with the Sormland region being a great base.
Head to Northern Sweden to meet the Sami people of Lapland and explore the land of the Midnight sun from the end of May to mid June or in winter you might see the Northern Lights. The best place to head in Sweden to see this is high above the Arctic Circle at Kiruna, from where you can visit and stay in the Ice Hotel. 17km east of Kiruna and 200km north of the Arctic Circle in Swedish Lapland is the tiny village of Jukkasjarvi. The Icehotel is built by the side of a river during November where it stays through the winter until it melts back into the river in Spring. Another unique place to stay in Arctic Sweden is the Tree Hotel at Harads near Lulea, see details on the Polar Express itinerary, but this can be tailored into a holiday to suit you.
One of the best places in Europe to see the Northern Lights is Abisko which is on a cross country skiing trail.
There are plenty of winter activities available in Swedish Lapland including husky dog sledding, snowmobiles, meet the Sami reindeer herders, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, sleigh rides, northern lights and many more – ask me for a full list and to tailor make a winter holiday or honeymoon to Arctic Sweden.
Thankyou for organising our trip for my special birthday to Sweden. The Tree Hotel was fantastic, we loved it and stayed in the Mirror Cube. We would have liked two nights there it was so amazing and went too quickly. When we woke up there were 12 reindeer asleep below the cube! It was so private and peaceful, the couple that ran the hotel were very friendly and their house was like being in your grandma’s (in a good way) – so very friendly and homely. We absolutely loved it, it was outstanding. The sauna was very nice and we had it to ourselves.
The snowmobile trip was fantastic, Love who took us on the trip was a very good guide and made sure that we had great value for money. Cooking on an open fire in the forest in the snow was something else. As was drilling 80cm to ice fish. I would definitely recommend his trips a true professional.
The hovercraft trip was very good too, Anders was friendly and took us out on the archipaelgo to the pack ice. The day was clear so we could see all around. He then took us for lunch in the forest again on an open fire where Thomas (our transfer) was cooking our lunch. The food on both days was exceptional, in fact probably the best food we had the whole holiday. Fish soup on the hovercraft trip and salmon stir fry on the snowmobiles.
The Ice Hotel was amazing an absolute must although I would not sleep on ice again (once is definitely enough). We did manage to see the Northern Lights from the viewing platform on top of the ice hotel which finished the holiday really well. The sculpturing in the ice hotel was truly amazing. The warm rooms were basis and the ice hotel as a whole is fairly commercialised, however, we still loved it and are so glad we visited. The Absolutely Ice Bar is a must, drinking from glasses made of ice is something else. I am not sure how people manage to get married in the ice church though at -5 degrees! The food in the restaurant was expensive but good quality and the service was exceptional.
Lulea was not as commercial as Stockholm or Kiruna. What amazed us was that on both the hovercraft and the snowmobile trips it was only the two of us which was fantasic. The standard of all three tips we did was far superior to anything we had done before on any other holidays. We had some great trips in Australia but these were better. Stockholm is a very beautiful city. I think it would probably be better to visit in the summer as the boat trips in particular were not operating due to the frozen water. The husky trip was also very good, there were two couples on this, ourselves and one other. The experience was tranquil and very enjoyable. Again a great guide and a great day.
The overnight sleeper train from Stockholm (Polar Express) was very comfortable, a lot better than I expected. The standard of trains is far superior to what we have in this country. Overall I would recommend Sweden to anybody it is a great country which is not too commercialised. Definitely a place to visit in our opinion. Food and alcohol was expensive but we were expecting this. (Denise did this itinerary over 10 days in January 2013)
Denise Bush – Sweden (January 2013)
I just wanted to drop you a line to thank you for organizing at late notice our holiday to Sweden. We had the most amazing time and got to see the Northern Lights on three nights, so we were really lucky. The trips were very well organized, the food was delicious and the people were charming. Ripan was a great place to stay too. Thanks again for making it all happen for us.
Furley-Strandburg Family – Sweden (January 2013)
Travel in style by water between Sweden’s two biggest citites enjoying sightseeing along the way on the Gota Canal.
Experience the wild snow covered wilderness of the Arctic mushing your own team of husky dogs or travel with expert leaders and enjoy the ride!
A fabulous winter adventure to Sweden including Stockholm, a train journey into the Arctic, fabulous snowy landscapes and plenty of activities to add in, plus a night in the Tree Hotel and a night at the Ice Hotel!
Ice Hotels and igloos to stay in around Artic and mountain regions of Europe, Canada and overseas. Winter adventures and white weddings with a difference!
Northern Lights 2013 sightings should be some of the best for 50 years! Combine an Arctic adventure with this must see experience!