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

 

Destinations

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.

 

Malmö

Malmö

Across the water from Copenhagen

Lund is another great place to visit in Scandinavia

Lund

Historic student city

Money

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

Accommodation

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!



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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.

 

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Events

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.

Jan 22 – Jan 26 all-day
12:00 am
Many people might dislike the ice and snow of the long dark winter but in the town of Kiruna, in...
Kiruna
Jan 24 – Jan 25 all-day
12:00 am
Join the action in Stockholm as the home of the Swedish football national team is transformed into a giant obstacle...
Stockholm
Feb 1 – Feb 2 all-day
12:00 am
Join more than 40,000 thousand local and visiting football enthusiasts for Sweden’s biggest football (soccer) festival. This unique sports experience...
Stockholm
Feb 3 – Feb 9 all-day
12:00 am
Mad about Scandinavian design, or can’t tell a modernist from a functionalist? Either way, Stockholm Design Week is your chance...
Stockholm
Feb 6 – Feb 9 all-day
12:00 am
Since 1991, the Sweden Hockey Games, now called the Beijer Hockey Games, has been an annual highlight for Swedish hockey...
Stockholm
Feb 6 – Feb 8 all-day
12:00 am
Dress up warm before heading to Jokkmokk, a small town of 3000 inhabitants that lies in Swedish Lapland, just north...
Jokkmokk
Feb 7 – Feb 16 all-day
12:00 am
Forget about dancing elephants and clumsy clowns tripping over their own feet. Contemporary circus acts are highly skilled performances that...
Stockholm
12:00 am
Lovers of antiques and interior design might feel like they have travelled back in time design-wise, while browsing through gold...
Stockholm
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Exploring Stockholm

Visiting Stockholm during the winter

Visiting Stockholm in winter

Some time around late October or early November, Stockholm begins to transform into a winter wonderland. Even if there’s no…

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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.