Sweden travel guide

Sweden travel guide

Clean air, sparkling lakes and modern cities that effortlessly lead the way in everything from pop music to interior design: there’s a lot to like about Sweden. As a travel destination and as a place to live, it has a huge amount to offer, whether you want to take a road trip in a Volvo, embrace Stockholm’s cool café culture, or find peace and tranquility among the mountains and rivers of Lapland, home to one of Europe’s last remaining wilderness areas. Our travel guide has all the info you need to plan the perfect trip. Chances are, you’ll love Sweden as much as we do.

Before you goDestinationsGetting aroundMoney
Travel tipsAccommodationToursEvents

Before you go

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Tips for learning SwedishVisa requirementsOverland travel to Sweden
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Sweden is a surprisingly varied destination with enough to keep you busy for a month or more. Most visitors start with one of the big cities – usually Stockholm or Gothenburg – but with a little bit longer you can make trips out into the beautiful countryside, home to lakes, forests and some wonderfully isolated islands. For a real taste of adventure, head to the far north, where you’ll be able to see reindeer, sled dogs and – if you’re lucky – the spectacular northern lights.


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Transport and getting around

Sweden has a great public transport network and you’ll find that even fairly remote places are served by frequent buses and trains. Prices are also quite low, as long as you plan ahead. Just bear in mind that distances can be deceptively long – if you’re heading to the north of Sweden and are on a tight schedule, you might want to consider taking a domestic flight.

Travel tips and ideas for your trip

Backpacking in SwedenSeeing the northern lightsThe best places to visit in Sweden
Doing the Icehotel on a budgetWhere to find Vikings in SwedenVisiting during Midsummer
Crayfish season in SwedenSwedish shops worth visitingSwedish fast food worth trying
Where to see the midnight sunChristmas in SwedenSkiing in Sweden
Honeymoon ideasA beginner’s guide to fikaDog sledding in Sweden


One of the best things about visiting Sweden is getting the chance to try some really unusual accommodation. There are quirky places to stay right across the country, from hip hostels in Stockholm to incredible, one-of-a-kind hideaways like the Treehotel and the Icehotel. You can get a good idea for what hotels, hostels and Airbnb rentals cost in this guide.


Tours and tickets

There are plenty of guided tours on offer in Sweden, giving you the chance to learn more about the country and its people from local experts. Even if you’d prefer to explore alone, consider getting an Interrail or Eurail pass – these can really help to keep costs down when you’re travelling long distances in Sweden.




Festivals and traditions are a big part of life in Sweden, from celebrating Christmas and Midsummer’s Eve to toasting the beginning of crayfish season with a big outdoor feast. Use our events calendar to find out what’s happening during your trip to Sweden.


Jul 14 – Jul 20 all-day
12:00 am
Gothia Cup is a youth football tournament and a celebration of the beautiful game involving participants from all over the...
Jul 29 – Aug 3 all-day
12:00 am
The largest Pride festival in the Nordic countries, Stockholm Pride pulls in thousands of revellers from the LGBT community in Europe...
12:00 am
Want to take part in a brutal swimming and running race that covers some 40km around some of the beautiful...
Aug 6 – Aug 11 all-day
12:00 am
Göteborgs Kulturkalas is one of the largest cultural festivals in Scandinavia, drawing more than 1.5 million visitors every year. The...
Aug 8 – Aug 10 all-day
12:00 am
Come and enjoy good food, fun times, and great music in the southern Swedish city of Kalmar this August at...
Aug 13 – Aug 17 all-day
12:00 am
For five days in August, Stockholm celebrates its richness and openness with a huge (and free!) cultural event that includes concerts,...
Aug 14 – Aug 18 all-day
12:00 am
While the popular Stockholm Film Festival takes place during the dark days of mid-November, the equally popular ‘Sommarbio’ is held...
Aug 17 @ 9:20 pm – 11:59 pm
9:20 pm
Tourists visiting Stockholm in the summer will be captivated by its crisp Scandinavian light late into the evening. But for...



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About our Sweden travel guide

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