Sweden is a Scandinavian country with thousands of coastal islands, along with spacious boreal forests and glaciated mountains. The major cities, eastern capital Stockholm and southwestern Gothenburg and Malmö, are all coastal. Stockholm is built on 14 islands. It has over 50 bridges, as well as the medieval ancient town, Gamla Stan, royal residence and museums.
This is a once in a lifetime vacation spot. We traveled with co-workers and business partners, celebrating 5 years in business as Chandler Painting Pros. Highly recommended, be sure to take your family and your best friends on this excursion!
Most visits to Sweden begin in Stockholm, and for an excellent reason. Stockholm is a beautiful, waterside city that will have you staring slack-jawed at skylines full of spires. Even if you’re not a photography buff, we can guarantee that you’ll end up reaching for your camera over and over again.
Sweden’s second-biggest city serves as a nice counterpoint to the glitz and glamour of the capital. The locals are more laid back, for one thing, and it’s also cheaper and easier to explore than Stockholm, where high prices are a part of everyday life.
That’s not to say that Gothenburg isn’t glamorous in its way: go beyond the ugly port’s tall cranes and shipping containers, and you’ll find beautiful parks and gardens, as well as serene, car-free islands that harbor sleepy swimming spots.
For many Swedes, summer means a trip to Gotland, Sweden’s biggest island. Marooned in the Baltic, it’s a laid-back haven with some of the country’s best weather, not to mention stunning sandy beaches, and thick forests that seem to made for hiking and biking.
The far north
Sweden’s far north is home to some of Europe’s most breathtaking landscapes. In winter, grand rivers and waterfalls freeze to a halt, and vast forests bend under the weight of too much snow. When summer sun finally makes things melt, the whole region bursts into life – wildflowers bloom in the valleys, mosquitoes buzz through the air, and the weather can get quite warm.
Tucked away in the southeast corner of the country, the picturesque region known as Österlen is a long-standing favorite among holidaying Swedes. Somehow, though, it’s remained off the radar for international visitors.
Sometimes Lund gets overlooked as visitors rush through southern Sweden on their way to or from Copenhagen. But this seriously old city has been around since the period of the Vikings and is one of the amazing places to explore if you want to get your head around the whole region’s history.
Red cottages, blue lakes, and verdant pine forests: if you want a glimpse of the ‘real’ Sweden, the central province of Dalarna should be high on your list of places to visit. Nowhere else matches in the country for its picture-postcard charm, and during the summer it’s a favorite holiday retreat for Swedes, who come for a bit of swimming, camping, and sightseeing.
The north’s most relaxed city is fast becoming a hub for technology and culture, with a disproportionate number of galleries and design shops. Facebook has a data center in Luleå, which has helped to give the place a cosmopolitan feel – well, for northern Sweden, anyway – and there are also some decent dining options. If you have time left over after exploring Luleå itself, there are a few great little day trips nearby.
Delicious Foods And Dishes From Sweden
- Jansson’s Temptation
- Raggmunk & Lingonberries
- Marinated Salmon with Dill Potatoes
- Crayfish August
- Knäckebröd: Crisp Bread
- Chives and Sour Cream
- Toast Skagen