Midsummer in Sweden: almost everyone gets time off work and the days are so long that it feels like the sun will never set – and in some parts of the country, it doesn’t. Needless to say, Midsummer’s Eve is one of the most eagerly-anticipated events on the Swedish calendar.
Wherever you are in the country, you’ll find Swedes enjoying a raft of outdoor celebrations and age-old traditions. Natives of other countries might find some of the traditions familiar (dancing, songs and maypoles being raised, for example) while classic treats like pickled herring and snaps provide something tastebud-challenging and typically Swedish for visitors to try.
If you’re looking for somewhere to soak up the celebrations, try Skansen, a huge open-air museum in central Stockholm. The maypole will be raised at 2pm on the 22nd June and festivities, including folk music, continue long into the summer night. There are also Midsummer events taking place at Skansen on the 23rd and 24th June.
It’s a good idea to arrive early on the 22rd; long queues are likely. You can find more suggestions on where to celebrate Midsummer in Sweden in this handy guide.
Want to stay for the whole event? There’s accommodation just across from Skansen’s main entrance at the historic Scandic Hasslebacken hotel.