Sure, you could stay in a hotel when you visit Sweden, but renting a cottage just feels a little more… authentic. Lots of Swedes who live in the city also own summer houses out in the countryside (and only use them occasionally) which means the whole nation is dotted with beautiful log cabins and lakeside houses just waiting to be rented. Prices can be surprisingly low, too, and the rentals often come with nice extras such as boats, lakefront terraces and wood-fired saunas. Generally speaking, the further you travel from big cities like Stockholm and Gothenburg (and the further inland you go), the lower the prices. Travel outside of the busy summer months to get the best possible deals!