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 go Destinations Getting around Money
Travel tips Accommodation Tours Events

Before you go

When’s the best time to visit? Useful apps to download for your trip Getting a Swedish sim card
Sweden for veggies and vegans What’s Sweden famous for? Why you need travel insurance
Tips for learning Swedish Visa requirements Overland travel to Sweden
Is Sweden safe? Swedish books worth reading Ask a question in our forum



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.


The best lakes in Sweden

With almost 100,000 lakes in Sweden, it’s no surprise that Swedes love nothing better than to head to the water…



Across the water from Copenhagen

Lund is another great place to visit in Scandinavia


Historic student city


What currency does Sweden use? Can I still pay with cash? Tips for saving money
What’s a good daily budget? Is Sweden expensive? What things cost in Sweden

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.


Renting a car in Sweden

Sweden is a great country to drive in, with some of the safest roads in the world. The whole experience…

Travel tips and ideas for your trip

Backpacking in Sweden Seeing the northern lights The best places to visit in Sweden
Doing the Icehotel on a budget Where to find Vikings in Sweden Visiting during Midsummer
Crayfish season in Sweden Swedish shops worth visiting Swedish fast food worth trying
Where to see the midnight sun Christmas in Sweden Skiing in Sweden
Honeymoon ideas A beginner’s guide to fika Dog sledding in Sweden
Surströmming: trying Sweden’s stinkiest food Kungsleden: Walking the King’s Trail Where to see cherry blossoms 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.


The Treehotel in Sweden

Amazing places to stay in Sweden

Sweden is small but there are some incredible places to stay. Check out these amazing options, from treehouses and underwater hotels to former prisons!


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.

Sep 27 – Oct 3 all-day
12:00 am
Gothenburg’s most colourful festival – West Pride – will see the city decorated with 500 rainbow flags. Expect 250 different events,...
Oct 1 – Nov 7 all-day
12:00 am
The town of Alingsås will be especially dazzling this autumn, thanks to the return of a very special event. Each...
Oct 1 – Oct 3 all-day
12:00 am
If the dark days and cold weather have you down, then it’s time to get up and get your body...
multiple locations in Sweden
Oct 8 – Oct 10 all-day
12:00 am
If the dark days and cold weather have you down, then it’s time to get up and get your body...
multiple locations in Sweden
Oct 9 – Oct 11 all-day
12:00 am
If the dark days and cold weather have you down, then it’s time to get up and get your body...
multiple locations in Sweden
Oct 9 @ 11:10 am
11:10 am
Feel like a challenging bit of exercise on your trip to Stockholm? The city’s annual marathon is an unforgettable event...
Stockholms Stadion, Lidingövägen
Oct 10 – Oct 12 all-day
12:00 am
If the dark days and cold weather have you down, then it’s time to get up and get your body...
multiple locations in Sweden
12:00 am
Now in its 15th year, the independent art fair called Supermarket aims to give independent artists from around the world...

Exploring Stockholm

What is Stockholm Syndrome?

You’ve probably heard of Stockholm syndrome, but do you know what it is? Even once you do, there are lots…

Stockholm for kids

Stockholm for kids

Most of what’s written about Stockholm focuses on the city’s refined, adult side – from museums and galleries to design…

The rooftop bar at Slakthuset is a great summer hangout!

Rooftop bars in Stockholm

With such a short summer in Stockholm, it’s no wonder locals flock to the rooftops to soak up every last…

Nacka Nature Reserve offers great hiking near Stockholm

Where to go hiking near Stockholm

Stockholm is great and all, but after a few days in the city you might feel the urge to explore the great outdoors. Here are some quick and easy hikes you can take from Stockholm!

Getting around Stockholm is easy

Getting around Stockholm

The most enjoyable way to explore Stockholm is on foot. The oldest part of the city, Gamla Stan, is extremely compact,…


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About our Sweden travel guide

Routes North is the web’s number one travel guide to Scandinavia. It’s also the only travel guide to Sweden that pays its own way. We don’t take freebies or discounts from the travel companies we feature, which means we’re free to say what we really think.