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.
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Sweden travel highlights
Learn about Sweden's maritime history at the fascinating Vasa Museum
Visit the hip galleries and cool cafes of sophisticated Stockholm
Explore the idyllic lakeside surrounds of Mora
Cruise to iconic Vaxholm Island in the heart of the Stockholm archipelago
Sweden holiday information
At a glance
Best time to visit Sweden
Geography and environment
After Dark Adventures in Sweden
Health and Safety
Sweden travel FAQs
Tipping is done on a voluntary basis in Sweden and is generally left up to the discretion of the customer. If the service in a cafe or restaurant is good, feel free to leave spare change or round up the bill.
Travellers should be able to access the internet at cyber cafes and Wi-Fi hot spots in Sweden's major cities and towns. Remote and rural areas will have less internet availability, so be prepared for this when travelling out of the city.
Mobile phone coverage is generally very good in Sweden. Travellers should activate global roaming before leaving home.
Western-style, flushable toilets are the standard in Sweden.
Can of soft drink = 20-30 SEK
Beer in a bar or restaurant = 50-60 SEK
Lunch in a cafe = From 100 SEK
Dinner in a restaurant = From 300 SEK
Tap water is considered safe to drink unless otherwise marked.
Major credit cards are accepted by most large shops and hotels. Smaller vendors may not accept credit cards, so carry enough cash to cover small purchases.
ATMs are commonly found in Sweden's cities and urban areas. Remote regions will have less ATM availability, so prepare accordingly before travelling away from cities.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.
For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
- 1 Jan New Year's Day
- 6 Jan Epiphany
- 14 Apr Good Friday
- 16 Apr Easter Sunday
- 17 Apr Easter Monday
- 1 May International Workers' Day
- 25 May Ascension Day
- 4 Jun Whit Sunday
- 6 Jun National Day
- 24 Jun Midsummer Day
- 4 Nov All Saints' Day
- 25 Dec Christmas Day
- 26 Dec 2nd Day of Christmas
Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in Sweden go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/sweden/public-holidays
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.