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The largest of the Nordic countries, bordered by Norway and Finland, Sweden is a fascinating place with a rich history and breathtaking natural wonders: medieval towns, palaces, verdant forests, snowy mountain peaks and a myriad of islands,along the coast, as well as the chance to see the aurora borealis during the winter months in the northern parts of the country. With an impressive 29 national parks, visitors have the opportunity to experience everything from moose safaris, skiing and husky sledding to lazy coastal days, boat safaris and cosy cabin stays.

Only 20 kms outside the capital Stockholm, Tyresta National Park and Nature Reserve remains one of most well-preserved natural areas in central Sweden. The reserve encompasses ancient pine forest, some of the trees over 400 years old, as well as beautiful clear lakes and an abundance of flora and fauna including over 8000 animal species. Spot roe deer, hare, fox and elk as well as local birds including robins, willow warblers and chaffinches. With over 55 kms of marked trails, visitors can enjoy the forests, lakes and shoreline cliffs on foot – in fact you can walk all the way to the Baltic sea along these paths!

Northern Sweden and Swedish Lapland offer fantastic opportunities to see the remarkable aurora borealis or northern lights during the winter months, from around September until March or April. Abisko National Park is one of the best places to see the lights, owing to virtually cloud-free skies; take a chair lift up the mountain to the Aurora Sky Station for one of the best vantage points. Winter holidays here offer thrilling activities such as husky sledding, snowmobiling and reindeer safaris, while during the summer months hiking opportunities abound – with abundant wildlife you might see bear, wolverine, lynx and large elk. Spend time with the indigenous Sami people, who have been herding reindeers for generations, to learn more about their extraordinary way of life. Accommodation in Swedish Lapland ranges from the magnificent Icehotel and cosy log cabins to staying in a mirrored cube suspended in the trees.

Along the picturesque coastline are thousands of islands, islets and skerries, some lush and populated, others barren and deserted. On the West Coast kayak with seals, enjoy incredible seafood and stay in picturesque fishing villages. Many of the islands have nature reserves, walking and cycling trails, ideal for outdoor enthusiasts.

General Info

  • Electricity – 230V/50hz
  • Curency – Swedish krona (SEK)
  • Languages – Swedish
  • Sweden covers an area of 450,295 square kilometres and has a population of 10 million

Best Time To Travel

  • Low season (Nov-May) for winter activities and northern lights
  • Shoulder season (Sep-Oct) the weather is still good, some tourists sights close, but if not they’ll be quiet
  • High season (mid-June-Aug) warm weather, most tourist sights open (some shops and restaurants close in Jul/Aug when the locals take their holiday)

Weather

  • North – winters are severe, the more so as you travel north, above the Arctic Circle winter temperatures often go below -30C, while summer are short and changeable with temperatures regularly reaching 20C
  • South and Central – winters are short and cold, summer temperatures are similar to those in southern England, but with more hours of sunshine and daylight
  • High Latitude – lying at a high latitude, much of the country has long hours of daylight int the summer and very long nights in winter

Health and Safety

  • Travel insurance is essential – GET INSURANCE
  • As long as you are up-to-date with your vaccinations you should be OK.
  • Immunisations are not necessary for travel to Sweden, unless you’ve been to an area with yellow fever

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