Sweden Vacations

With one of the most impressive quality-of-life indexes in the world, Sweden is inherently civilized. Traveling in the Scandinavian monarchy is preposterously easy. Almost everyone speaks perfectly fluent English, crystal clear lakes are unpolluted, trains (and people) run on time and the country is famously tolerant and friendly. Add to this a few ... Read more
of the world's most unique lodging choices (including wintertime-only ice hotels in the north and Stockholm youth hostels housed in airplanes and a river-docked boat), the awe-inspiring aurora borealis (the Northern Lights) and 11pm summertime hiking, and you've got yourself a vacation any time of year. The sun never really sets during the Swedish summer, so hikers and nature lovers have all day to frolic amongst the country’s forests and crystal-clear lakes. Stockholm is incredibly beautiful, where scenic rivers carve the city into several islands, and the buildings healthily combine historic architecture with modern Swedish design aesthetics. To take a tour through Sweden's past, head out into the island of Gotland (preferably on a bicycle), where medieval churches and Viking ruins dot the countryside).

Sweden places to stay and top hotels

Sweden things to do and experiences

  • Gamla Stan (Old Town)
    9.1100 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Neighborhood
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  • The Vasa Museum (Vasamuseet)
    9.075 reviews
    Sights and Museums, History Museum
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  • Skansen
    8.845 reviews
    Sights and Museums, History Museum, Zoo or Aquarium
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  • Stockholm Royal Palace
    8.243 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Historic Site, Castle or Palace
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For the best weather, head to Sweden between June and August when temperatures are warm and the days are long. This is the season of the Midnight Sun, when daylight lasts until 11:00 pm, and the sun rises ... Read more
around 3:00 am. There are some downsides to visiting during this magical time of year: airfare will be higher, and certain cultural venues (including opera and theater) will be closed. May and September are also lovely with wildflowers in the spring and changing foliage in the fall. Most visitors avoid Sweden in the winter, having heard tales of unending cold and depressingly dark days (especially in the north, where the sun barely peeks above the horizon). However, you will be rewarded with eerie displays of the Northern Lights.

Top Sweden restaurants

  • Hötorgshallen
    10.02 reviews
    Food Market
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  • Sturehof
    9.010 reviews
    Seafood, Pubs
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  • Portal Restaurant
    10.02 reviews
    Local Traditional Cuisine, Scandinavian
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  • Hermans
    7.89 reviews
    Vegetarian, Breakfast & Brunch, Vegan, Buffet
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Sweden reviews & trip reports

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Anchorage, Alaska, USA

If you're looking for Europe at its wildest and most remote and at the same time coolest and most sophisticated, try Sweden. Sweden is big and has a lot of natural areas, lakes, and forest, as well as great historic cities like Stockholm, and progressive open cities like Malmo.

Recommended for:Outdoor EnthusiastsGreen TravelersBackpackersAdventure Travelers

My home country!
Everything is possible in Stockholm!
Art; historic , food, fashion....
Grand Hotell ; most beautiful place to live or eat!
Cafe Opera, also beauty place to eat (Opera källaren)...and during the nigt time....lovely place....
And the Fotografiska ; art you cannot miss ! You can see all these boats and the nature......while you are sitting down ......

New York City, New York State, USA

It’s easy to be a solo traveler in Stockholm, a compact city surrounded by the waters of the archipelago. Sea kayaking? Check. A day exploring the city’s parks by bike? Easy enough. There are outdoor cafés, the artistic treasures of the Moderna Museet, and stellar shopping for design here in the country that gave us Ikea. City life aside, the quintessential Swedish experience is outdoors, lakeside or trekking in the far north, both easily done with an outfitter.

Recommended for:Outdoor EnthusiastsBackpackersAdventure Travelers
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

So far north that in the summer the sun never really sets which gives the country a magical quality to it. Scandinavia has a love for design because good design is extremely important in such an extreme climate. The food in Scandinavia is really unique for Europe and has it's own delicious specialities and unique charm. The history of the strong people who came all the way up to settle this far off part of the planet is mind blowing. The history of the Vikings alone is wild let alone Sweden's role in modern European history. Everything here is so clean. The cities are the cleanest I've seen and the mountain air is incredibly refreshing. Sweden is famous for it's massage and natural beauty products.

Recommended for:Green TravelersHistory BuffsOutdoor EnthusiastsTrendsters
London, UK

Stunning city full of culture, design and class! If you do find yourself in Sweden I would highly recommend the Northern Lights - they are a must see and just out of this world! http://www.discover-the-world.co.uk/en/northern-lights/ A perfect winter adventure holiday for all ages.

Recommended for:Adventure TravelersLuxury Travelers
Los Angeles, California, USA

I really LOVED the short time I spent in Stockholm. First and foremost, the people are beautiful and amazingly friendly. Swedish food is very tasty. The shopping is great. My only complaint would be the cost, it's not a cheap place to visit...it made Los Angeles look budget! But, I still loved it and hope to go back and explore more of it.


I stayed in Southern Sweden twice in a wonderful town that is call Malmu. It is a nice city. There is a long bridge that you take, if you want to go to Denmark, which is about 30 minutes away. It is where I fly into because it so close to Malmu. I had the opportunity to travel around southern Sweden. We went to an area that had beaches to use for picnics, which we did. And the area is know for the Artist that live in the area. It happened to be a time that the Artist's were having a show. The town, the beach, and the art was so wonderful to see!

Stirling, United Kingdom

Cabins at the ice hotel Sweden,entire hotel made out of blocks of ice......Spectacular


Beautiful country in the summer, relaxing, and fun.
Great for peaceful escapes to the seaside.

Princeton Junction

Sweden is an easy country for an American tourist. Most residents speak English. The country is uniformly clean and modern, good roadways and public transportation. Wonderful fresh and creative meals, even a the rest stops. Culture, history, art and outdoor activities. A welcoming people. The only negative is the amount of smoking in public places.