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
Surströmming: trying Sweden’s stinkiest foodWhere to stay in Swedish Lapland


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.

Sep 26 – Sep 29 all-day
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Bibliophiles should be sure to visit Scandinavia’s largest literary festival, the Gothenburg Book Fair. With over 100,000 visitors each year,...
Sep 27 – Nov 3 all-day
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The town of Alingsås will be especially dazzling this autumn, thanks to the return of a very special event. Each...
Sep 28 – Sep 29 all-day
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Live music, tasty treats, homemade crafts and freshly brewed cider are all on offer at the Kivik Apple Market, held...
Sep 28 @ 11:00 am – Sep 29 @ 4:00 pm
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While Skansen is a popular go-to place all year around for a bit of idyllic time-travelling, the world’s oldest open-air...
Oct 4 – Oct 6 all-day
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Stockholm is a city of exciting architecture and wonderful urban areas and during three Open House days at the beginning...
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You might want to diet for a couple of days, or at least go heavy on the veggies before hitting...
Oct 11 – Nov 3 all-day
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These days, every theme park around the world seems to be getting in on the Halloween action with a scary...
Oct 12 – Nov 3 all-day
12:00 am
Right in the middle of Gothenburg, Universeum is the Nordic region’s largest science centre. Its aquarium and rainforest habitats are...

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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.