Because Sweden, if you’re listening, you’ve been awfully greedy. From the remote reaches of the alpine tundra to Stockholm’s scenic streets, beauty pervades every part of this country including, it would seem, the people. But let’s not be too shallow – there’s also the Viking history, the coffee culture, the Northern Lights and a legally protected freedom to roam that sees locals and those on a Sweden tour taking to the coast, to the hills, to the mountains and rivers in search of a little piece of paradise for themselves.
The best time to visit Sweden is during the summer months from June to August. The temperature tends to drop towards the end of August, while July is the warmest month and June features the longest days. Sights and tourist accommodation will be open, though some businesses will be shut as the locals may be taking holidays.
If you want to visit Sweden in winter, perhaps to see the Northern Lights or to go dog sledding, keep in mind that the longest days occur in February. December and January really are very dark, but they do make for a pretty special holiday. Be sure to book everything in advance as many accommodation facilities will shut down during this period.
Yes, it is safe to visit Sweden. Travellers are advised to stay vigilant in cities as petty crime does occur, particularly in touristed areas, and to keep an eye on local news sources for updates on any planned demonstrations.
Given Sweden’s winter extremes, it’s also important to be wary of environmental factors when driving, walking or skiing. Roads and footpaths may be icy, and inexperienced skiers may find conditions challenging.
Sweden is a member of the Schengen Convention, which means that if you travel to an EU member country or countries, like Sweden, for a total of less than 90 days, a visa is not required. Citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the US, the UK and other member countries of the EU and Schengen area are included under this arrangement.
Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your country of origin. Check the Essential Trip Information section of your tour itinerary for more information.
Though tipping is rare, leaving 10–15 per cent at dinner for good service is customary. Otherwise it’s not expected though it is, of course, appreciated.
Internet access in Sweden is generally very good in populated areas. Most hotels, hostels and cafes will have wifi, usually for free, as will most airports and stations.
In more remote areas, like Lapland, internet access may be more difficult to come by and have a relatively slow connection, but who needs it when there’s all that nature to explore?
EU residents can use their mobile phones in Sweden at no extra cost. Non-EU visitors wanting to use their normal SIM card will need to ensure their global roaming is activated before leaving home. Be sure to check any additional fees that may be incurred from your carrier.
Local SIM cards can be easily purchased and topped up in cities and towns around Sweden. Mobile phone coverage is excellent in the south of Sweden but will be patchy in the remote northern areas.
Flushable, Western-style toilets are the norm in Sweden.
Sweden’s unit of currency is the Swedish krona. Prices here are approximate and shown in US dollars for ease of comparison.
Sweden has some of the cleanest drinking water in the world and all tap water is safe to drink unless otherwise marked. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottle water and bring a reusable water bottle instead.
Visa and MasterCard credit cards are widely accepted in Sweden. In fact, you should be able to use card at the vast majority of shops, restaurants and hotels across the country, as well as for trains and ferries. It’s worth having a small amount of Swedish krona on hand just in case.
ATMs can be easily found in cities and towns across Sweden. Card payments are very common so even if you’re unable to find an ATM, you should be able to pay by card anyway.
Sweden’s climate is more continental than that of Norway, meaning colder winters and warmer summers. That said, Sweden’s weather varies greatly depending on where you are, given the length of the country.
During winter, the temperature averages between 0 and -2°C (32 and 29°F) in the south, -10°C (14°F) in the north-central region, and -15°C (5°F) in the far north. Temperatures can drop much lower, however, when the cold air from Siberia moves east.
In the summertime the average temperature is quite similar across the country, usually around 21°C (70°F) in the north and reaching towards 28°C (82°F) in the south. Daytime in the south regularly sees temperatures climb above 30°C (86°F).
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their tour. 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
For a current list of public holidays in Sweden, including the movable dates noted above, go to:
Sweden has long been known as a liberal and tolerant country. Same-sex married couples have had the same rights as those in heterosexual marriages since 2009. All of Sweden’s larger cities have thriving queer scenes, with Stockholm hosting the five-day Stockholm Pride festival in late July or early August each year. You can pick up the QX Magazine in Stockholm, Malmo and Gothenburg, which contains information on LGBTQIA+ happenings around the country.
If you are travelling solo on an Intrepid group tour, you will share accommodation with a passenger of the same gender as per your passport information. If you don’t identify with the gender assigned on your passport, please let us know at time of booking and we’ll arrange the rooming configuration accordingly. A single supplement is available on some tours for travellers who do not wish to share a room.
Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. We’re always happy to talk to travellers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and, where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.
Sweden is a good destination for travellers with disabilities. Swedish Railways’ trains have lifts and seats for wheelchair users and most street crossings have audible signals for visually impaired pedestrians. Many hotels also have rooms with adapted facilities for those with mobility limitations. The Visit Sweden website contains more information on accessible sights and restaurants, while the Stockholm public transport website has information on travelling around the city by public transport, which is accessible to most people.
What you need to pack to wear in Sweden will depend on what time of year you are visiting. The winters, and often the shoulder seasons, are freezing, so it’s important to have a warm jacket, thermals, a waterproof jacket and waterproof shoes, as well as something to keep your head warm.
In the summertime the weather is lovely and light clothing or jeans should suffice, though it can still get quite chilly in the evenings.
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.
In Sweden, we stay in locally run accommodation including guesthouses, smaller-scale hotels and homestays in an effort to support the local economies. We also visit locally run restaurants and markets where travellers will have opportunities to support local businesses and purchase handicrafts created by local artisans.