Sweden possesses a heady combination of chic cities, serene coastal towns, sparse arctic landscapes and vast tracts of deep green wilderness. From the bars, galleries, boutiques and museums of Stockholm to the remnants of a Viking past scattered throughout the countryside, effortlessly stylish Sweden wears both its modern and ancient faces very well.
Sweden Tours & Travel
At a glance
|Capital city:||Stockholm (population 704,000)|
|Time zone:||(GMT+01:00) Amsterdam, Berlin, Bern, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna|
|Electricity:||Type C (European 2-pin) Type F (German 2-pin, side clip earth)|
Best time to visit Sweden
Generally Sweden has a temperate climate thanks to the Gulf Stream, although above the Arctic Circle winter can get extremely cold. Sweden's northerly position has a definite summer advantage in that temperatures are rarely extreme and humidity levels are not high, with the average temperature during summer being 22 degrees Celcius. In the south, winter is generally mild with an average temperature above 0 degrees Celsius, but temperatures can vary greatly around the country. It tends to rain more in the months of March, April, October and November. July and August are generally the busiest months for tourism in Europe, outside of these times you will experience fewer crowds.
Geography and environment
Top 5 After Dark Adventures in Sweden
1. Old Town
Stockholm's quaint Old Town (known as Gamla Stan to locals) gets a little magic sprinkled over it as dusk settles. Wander the charming, cobbled alleys, stop at pubs that date back to medieval times, browse at market stalls full of handmade crafts and slip into cool jazz clubs after the sun sets.
2. Aquatic Ales
Although Stockholm has no shortage of bars, clubs and restaurants, there's nothing quite like being on the water in such a beautiful city. Stockholm's waterfront is home to several floating bars - located on pontoons and even old ships - so after a day of sightseeing, why not wind down on the water.
3. When in Sweden
There is nothing quite like the northern European trend of Schlager music. Catchy and unashamedly commercial, singing along to Eurovision-esque tunes in a Schlager bar may not be the coolest thing to do, but it certainly provides insight into Swedish culture. Come on, you know you want to!
4. Northern Lights
Heading north to the Arctic region of Sweden offers the best chance to catch the mesmerising phenomenon known as the Aurora Borealis. Dancing, glittering, coloured lights skip through the sky creating a nightly visual feast of kaleidoscopic proportions.
5. Chill Out
With the bar, walls, chairs and glasses being carved from ice, Stockholm's Absolut Ice Bar is a bone-chillingly good gimmick. Put on the provided parka and gloves, sit in your ice chair and sip on cool cocktails made with Absolut. While not cheap, it's well worth checking out.
FAQs on Sweden
Beer in a bar or restaurant = 50-60 SEK
Lunch in a cafe = From 100 SEK
Dinner in a restaurant = From 300 SEK
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Jan 6 Epiphany
Mar 29 Good Friday
Mar 31 Easter Sunday
Apr 1 Easter Monday
May 1 Labour Day
May 9 Ascension
May 19 Whit Sunday
Jun 6 National Day
Jun 22 Midsummer's Day
Nov 1 All Saints' Day
Dec 25 Christmas Day
Dec 26 Boxing Day
Dec 31 New Year's Eve
Please note these dates are for 2013. For a current list of public holidays go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/sweden/public-holidays
Health and Safety
Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously, and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:
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Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/
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Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/
The World Health Organisation
also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/
Sweden Travel Tips
Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.
Top responsible travel tips for Sweden
1. Be considerate of Sweden’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.
2. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Instead, fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water.
3. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
4. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.
5. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.
6. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.
7. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.
|Astrid and Veronika||Linda Olsson|
|The Darkest Room||Johan Theorin|
|Christina Queen of Sweden||Veronica Buckley|
|Italian Shoes||Henning Mankell|
|Popular Music from Vittula||Mikael Niemi|