Sweden Tours, Vacations & Travel Packages
A Sweden vacation takes you to the 4th largest country in area in Europe, yet its terrain can be broken down into two regions. The south is agricultural and the north is heavily forested, the latter making up 65% of the country. It is bordered by Norway and Finland and is connected to Denmark by a bridge tunnel. Sweden also has an extensive coastline and 13% of the country is within the Arctic Circle. It is ruled by a constitutional monarchy with powers comparable to the monarchy of England. The population is around 9 million people. One common nickname for Sweden is “Land of Lakes and Castles.”
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Geographically, a Sweden vacation could take you to 3 distinct regions. Northern Sweden includes the Arctic Circle area also known as Swedish Lapland. With its natural beauty, this is the perfect place to view both the Midnight Sun in the summer and the Northern Lights in the winter. Other pastimes here are hiking, dog sledding and snowmobiling. Central Sweden includes interesting and attractive cities, including the gorgeous capital, Stockholm which is spread over 14 individual islands. Stockholm is also the only city in Sweden with a subway system boasting 100 stations. Southern Sweden is home to two major cities, Gothenburg and Malmö. The former is known for its annual cultural festival and the latter for its proximity and accessibility to Denmark or precisely, Copenhagen. Sweden is also known for its contributions to the world of cinema, producing such notables as Ingmar Bergman, Ingrid Bergman, Max von Sidow, and Greta Garbo.
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Best places to visit in Sweden
The Old Town (Gamla Stan) is one of the largest and best-preserved medieval city centres in Europe. Most of it is motor vehicle free. There is so much to see and do here on Sweden vacations including restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs and shops. The narrow winding cobblestone streets are full of character and atmosphere. There are a number of churches including Stockholm Cathedral, along with exceptional museums to visit. The Royal Palace is one of the largest palaces in the world with over 600 rooms. Don’t miss the daily changing of the guard, usually at midday.
Vasa Ship Museum
This is Stockholm’s most treasured and most visited museum and a highlight of many trips to Sweden. It is dedicated to just one ship, the Vasa, a huge 17th Century sailing ship that sank in the middle of Stockholm’s harbour on its maiden voyage. It was dredged up from its resting place in 1961, 300 years later, and restored to its original state. It is now displayed in the middle of a large auditorium, decorated with hundreds of carved sculptures. There are stories and exhibits about not just the salvaging of the ship but life in Sweden during its time, and the people who lost their lives when it sank.
The Nobel Museum offers an insight into the history and recipients of the Nobel Prize since the award’s inception in 1901. This is done through self-directed monitor screens. There are also exhibits about the founder, Alfred Nobel and the history of the prize.
Pop House and the ABBA Museum
The much-talked-about ABBA Museum is part of Pop House, which celebrates Sweden’s many contributions to the world of popular music and its success in the Eurovision Song Contest, where ABBA secured the country’s first win. Located on the island of Djurgarden, the museum will delight fans of Sweden’s famous singing quartet with hours of fun and music, including the chance to mix some ABBA hits, sing along (of course), and even perform on stage with a holographic ABBA. Even casual fans on Swedish vacations. I will enjoy seeing the costumes, gold records, and other memorabilia that defined ABBA’s fame, with a highly recommended audio tour narrated by ABBA themselves.
This is the oldest open-air museum in the world also located on the island of Djurgarden. Combined with a zoo featuring animals native to Scandinavia, it represents Sweden in miniature with 150 farms and dwellings from various areas of the country, including artisans’ workshops, dairies, bakeries and handicraft centres. It is excellent for families and also offers great views of the harbour and city. It also serves as a popular concert and festival venue, hosting events throughout the year, including some of Europe’s most unique Christmas festivities.
Located a little out of town, this is where the royal family really resides even though the Royal Palace is designated their official residence. This 17th Century Versailles–like palace is situated on Lovo Island in Lake Malaren and is Sweden’s best-preserved royal palace. The palace has magnificent salons from the 17th, 18th and 19th Centuries, a lovely park and a Chinese Pavilion. It also houses the best-preserved 18th Century theatre in Europe which offers guided tours and performances during the summer. Drottningholm was the first Swedish attraction to appear on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites.
While not officially an art gallery, the Stockholm Subway/Metro has, in 90 of its 100 stations, exhibits of sculptures, mosaics, paintings and engravings by more than 150 artists. It’s worth taking the subway at least once on Sweden vacations.
The city of Ingmar Bergman, Uppsala is the 4th largest city in Sweden located 70 kilometres/44 miles north of Stockholm. It is a university city with 2 universities founded in the 15th Century. It has Scandinavia’s largest cathedral, originally constructed in the 13th Century, with soaring towers and an imposing interior. The downtown area of Uppsala is very picturesque with a river flowing through the centre flanked by cafes. Uppsala Castle was built in 1550, burned down in 1702 and restored in 1757. It contains the state hall where Swedish kings were crowned. At the castle, entrance is the Uppsala Art Museum which has displays of Swedish and international contemporary art and ceramics as well as an art-study collection from Uppsala University.
This ice hotel is rebuilt each year with snow and ice in the village of Jukkasjarvi, 17 kilometres/11miles from Kiruna, the northernmost town in Sweden, situated in the province of Lapland. It was the world's first ice hotel and opened in 1990. The hotel, including the chairs and beds, is constructed from snow and ice blocks were taken from a nearby river. Artists are invited to create different rooms and decorations made from the ice and each room is a unique work of art. No two rooms are the same. There is also a bar with glasses made of ice and an ice chapel that is popular for marriage ceremonies.
The IKEA Museum allows visitors to follow the development of IKEA using furniture, products and events. Design and product development, sustainability and the environment as well as communication and marketing are all included in a tour of the museum. It features a main exhibition as well as temporary exhibitions. The museum’s archives and collections are part of the exhibits.
Gothenburg, Sweden’s second-largest city is located on the west coast of southwestern Sweden. The Port of Gothenburg is now the largest port in the Nordic countries. The waterfront has many nautical attractions such as ships, aquariums and museums. It is a city of parks and green areas which include Slottsskogen, Gothenburg’s largest park which has a zoo and an observatory. The Gothenburg Botanical Garden with 16,000 species of plants and trees is considered to be one of the most important botanical gardens in Europe. The oldest and one of the most colourful areas of Gothenburg is the Haga district from the 18th Century with its cobblestone streets, vintage and second-hand stores and excellent cafes. The City Museum of Gothenburg, modelled on the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, displays Gothenburg’s and West Sweden’s history from the Viking Age to the present day. There is a permanent exhibition about the Swedish East India Company. It is also home to Sweden’s only surviving Viking ship
Malmö is Sweden‘s third largest city It is also where the extensive Oresund Bridge connects Malmö with Copenhagen, offering the opportunity to combine the two cities. At the heart of Malmö lie three squares, called Gustav Adolf's Square (Gustav Adolfs Torg), the Big Square (Stortorget) and the Little Square (Lilla Torg). A pedestrian-only shopping street connects the latter two with Gustav Adolfs Torg. Malmohus Castle, located in the old city, was built in 1437 and inhabited by the kings of Denmark in the 1500s. It was then used as a prison until 1914. Currently, it houses a history museum, art museum and aquarium. Gamla Vaster is a quiet and sophisticated part of Malmö with lots of galleries, designer shops, and restaurants. This is also one of the oldest parts of Malmö and is a recommended visit for those who wish to see some of Malmö’s oldest architecture.
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You can easily enjoy time in Stockholm on a stopover package or combine Stockholm on an escorted tour with additional stopovers in Copenhagen and Oslo or even add on Helsinki and St. Petersburg. Stockholm can be included on a Baltic cruise. And finally, for a different experience, try a few nights in an Ice Hotel in the Arctic Circle.
No matter the season, Sweden is a perfect vacation to experience with Goway. For Sweden tour inspirations, take a look at our popular itineraries below. If you have a custom itinerary in mind, you can fill out a quote request form here and we'll be happy to turn your dream vacation into a reality.
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