Our Sweden holidays

Nature is fundamental to our Sweden holidays – a country where the right to freely roam the land is enshrined into law. Here, you can explore the wilderness with Sami guides in the far north, sleep in forest cabins while searching for wolves and moose with expert wildlife trackers, kayak remote archipelagos and camp wherever you feel, and walk or cycle through the countryside around Stockholm. Nature-conscious guides ensure that your trip leaves no trace. Sweden, however, will leave its mark on you, with ample opportunities to explore the culture too as you stay among welcoming communities.

Our top Sweden holidays

Sweden activity holiday, Stockholm countryside

From SKr9690
7 days ex flights
Multi-activity tour in Stockholm's picturesque countryside
Small group2022: 13 May, 20 May, 27 May, 28 May, 29 May, 3 Jun, 10 Jun, 17 Jun, 24 Jun, 1 Jul, 8 Jul, 15 Jul, 29 Jul, 5 Aug, 12 Aug, 19 Aug, 26 Aug, 2 Sep, 9 Sep, 16 Sep

Sweden holidays, Wolves, Moose and Beavers

From €1595
5 days ex flights
Wildlife holiday in Sweden with full focus on large mammals.
Small group2022: 4 Jul, 11 Jul, 18 Jul, 25 Jul, 1 Aug, 8 Aug, 15 Aug, 22 Aug, 29 Aug, 5 Sep

Sweden kayaking short break

From €880
5 days ex flights
Solo travellers! Explore the Swedish Archipelago by kayak.
Small group2022: 15 Jun, 29 Jun, 6 Jul, 13 Jul, 20 Jul, 27 Jul, 10 Aug, 17 Aug, 24 Aug, 31 Aug, 14 Sep

More holiday ideas

Kayaking in Sweden, foraging and food

From €1360
4 days ex flights
Culinary Adventure in the Swedish Wilderness
Small group2022: 2 Sep, 10 Sep, 2023: 16 Jun, 1 Sep, 8 Sep

Sweden cycling holiday, self guided

From SKr11150
9 days ex flights
Cycle through a landscape of countryside and culture
Small group2022: 15 May, 22 May, 29 May, 5 Jun, 12 Jun, 19 Jun, 22 Jun, 29 Jun, 6 Jul, 13 Jul, 20 Jul, 27 Jul, 3 Aug, 7 Aug, 14 Aug, 21 Aug, 28 Aug, 4 Sep, 11 Sep, 18 Sep

Sweden cycling holiday, Stockholm archipelago

From SKr8295
6 days ex flights
Self-guided cycling in Stockholm's fantastic archipelago
Small group2022: 26 Jun, 3 Jul, 10 Jul, 17 Jul, 24 Jul, 31 Jul, 7 Aug, 14 Aug

Sweden self guided cycling holiday

From SKr7995
6 days ex flights
Self-guided cycling in Stockholm's picturesque countryside
Small group2022: 10 May, 17 May, 24 May, 31 May, 7 Jun, 14 Jun, 21 Jun, 28 Jun, 1 Jul, 8 Jul, 15 Jul, 22 Jul, 29 Jul, 5 Aug, 9 Aug, 16 Aug, 23 Aug, 30 Aug, 6 Sep, 13 Sep, 20 Sep

New year Northern Lights holiday, Sweden

From €2700
8 days ex flights
Winter glamping, wildlife, dogsledding and Northern Lights!

Sweden kayaking and camping holiday

From €710 to €875
5 days ex flights
Kayaking and wild camping among thousands of islands, Sweden

Map & highlights

It’s easy to get back to nature in Sweden. The Stockholm archipelago west of the capital is for cycling and kayaking, while hikers can explore primeval forest in Tyresta National Park just outside Stockholm. Adventurous kayakers can freely roam the Saint Anna archipelago on the Baltic east coast, foraging and wild camping on deserted islands. South of Stockholm is Sörmland, a fairy-tale region ideal for active families wanting to commune with nature, and in Bergslagen Forest you can track moose, beavers and wolves. Kiruna is the gateway to the vast wilderness of Swedish Lapland and Sami culture, ice fishing and husky sledding.

1. Bergslagen

This mineral-rich region north of Lake Malaren has been mined since before Christ - a history chronicled amid 750 km2 of wilderness by the world's largest open-air museum. Come today for wildlife riches amid vast forests dotted with lakes: seek out plentiful moose and beaver; listen for wolves; watch osprey pluck fish from secluded waters, while red squirrels enjoy arboreal heaven.

2. Kiruna

The northernmost town in Sweden is a gateway to the vast wilderness of Swedish Lapland. Exploring the rich indigenous Sami culture is a highlight of trips here, and so is spending a night at the famous Icehotel, but what may well prove the most memorable experiences are traditional activities such as ice fishing, husky sledding and perhaps if you’re lucky, seeing the Northern Lights.
Saint Anna Archipelago

3. Saint Anna Archipelago

On Sweden’s Baltic eastern coast, the Saint Anna Archipelago is a mosaic of some 6000 islands and islets, most of them uninhabited. This is a simply beguiling destination for sea kayaking trips, with both guided and self-guided options available that involve wild camping on deserted beaches, and the chance to forage for ingredients to be prepared by the camp chef.

4. Sörmland

Just to the southwest of Stockholm, the peaceful Sörmland province is the kind of place where families return for their holidays year after year. They can roam castles, nature reserves, lakes, forests and villages on bike, on foot or by canoe, all at their own pace and following itineraries organised with precision by expert locals.
Stockholm Archipelago

5. Stockholm Archipelago

The amazing thing about the Stockholm archipelago is that it begins just minutes outside the city. Here you can kayak, cycle and hike to your heart’s content around some 3000 islands, ancient castles and seaside communities. Pack a picnic lunch, hop aboard a steamboat, take a chilly dip in the Baltic and see how far you can get crossing suspension bridges from island to island.
Tyresta National Park

6. Tyresta National Park

The perfect place for day hikes outside central Stockholm, Tyresta National Park is an atmospheric wilderness composed of rare primeval forest. There are some 55km of marked trails around the park and the surrounding nature reserve. The silence is the first thing you notice, perhaps only broken by the call of a roe deer or a busy woodpecker at work.

Adventure in Sweden

The call of the wild is practically irresistible in Sweden. Adventure holidays here can involve listening to wolves howl in the forest beyond your lakeside cabin, or snowmobile safaris out to the middle of nowhere in search of the Northern Lights. And for avid paddlers the kayaking in Sweden is superb. There are easy-going routes around the Stockholm archipelago, but for the really intrepid, the Saint Anna archipelago is one of the finest sea kayaking destinations in Europe. Expert guides lead you out into the wilds, foraging for ingredients to accompany campfire meals on deserted islands.

Wildlife in Sweden

If you have a passion for seeing wildlife up close and personal, you don’t need to travel far in Sweden before you’re surrounded by it. Wildlife holidays in Sweden here might find you photographing reindeer and moose in snowy landscapes, or watching silently as beavers industriously work on their dams. You could spy sunbathing seals on kayaking expeditions, and track wolves and even elusive lynx through silent forests, accompanied by expert guides. Best of all, your holiday will often contribute to the conservation of these creatures and the habitats they depend on.

Winter activity holidays

Most winter holidays in Sweden see you heading to the far north, into Swedish Lapland, where tree boughs groan under the weight of snow, and a range of activities awaits. Any given day might find you coasting along magical forest trails on snowmobiles, learning how to use a set of snowshoes, or travelling to a remote Sami community to learn about their lives. And of course, Swedish Lapland is one of the best places to see the Northern Lights. These holidays are fantastic for families, with husky sledding a major highlight of any trip.

More about Sweden

Sweden with children

Family holidays in Sweden work on every level. English is widely spoken, it’s never crowded even in peak summer season, and kids are welcomed everywhere. Keeping them entertained throughout is an absolute breeze too. There are multi activity holidays involving cycling, hiking and kayaking, wilderness escapes where they can learn how to identify animal tracks and calls, and magical Christmassy experiences in Swedish Lapland. And once they get a taste for Swedish meatballs you’ll never have trouble persuading them to spend an afternoon at IKEA again.

Cycling in Sweden

Most cycling holidays in Sweden follow easy-going, largely flat routes that are ideal for families wanting to go at their own pace. For families in particular, these self guided trips are a great option, with detailed route notes provided and daily rides that allow plenty of time to stop for picnics and swims. You could be riding over bridges between islands in the beautiful Stockholm archipelago just beyond the capital, or a little further south into the countryside around Sörmland. Wherever you are, expect warm welcomes at locally owned accommodations every afternoon, and sublime scenery throughout.

Types of holidays & vacations in Sweden

Sweden might have been designed expressly for adventure holidays. Here you can kayak, forage and wild camp around remote archipelagos, learn bush craft skills with the kids, and mush huskies through snowy forests. Winter holidays in Swedish Lapland offer opportunities to watch the Northern Lights, and to spend a night sleeping in the Icehotel. And there are wildlife holidays galore, given that just a few hours’ drive from Stockholm you can track beaver and moose and listen to wolves howl as you toast marshmallows around the campfire.

Where to go in Sweden

Most holidays in Sweden get underway in Stockholm, notable for being built across 14 islands. The culture here is fizzing, with over 70 museums and galleries to explore, including the famous Skansen, the world’s oldest open-air museum. Nature-lovers can explore the vast Ecopark on foot or by cycling, kayak around the Stockholm archipelago, or travel south to pretty Sörmland. Memorable winter holidays can be enjoyed in Swedish Lapland in the far north, with the Northern Lights regularly making an appearance. Here you can tour reindeer farms, learn how to steer a husky-drawn sled, and roam frosty forests in snowshoes.
Travel Team
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[Adventure holidays : Tero Laakso] [Wildlife holidays : Artur Rydzewski] [Winter holidays: RainbowJoe] [Family holidays : David Forsman] [Cycling holidays : Nikolay Semenov] [Types of holidays : Nicolas RaynaudFollow] [Where to go in Sweden : chas B]
Photo credits: [Page banner: Mikael Sundberg] [Adventure holidays : Tero Laakso] [Wildlife holidays : Artur Rydzewski] [Winter holidays: RainbowJoe] [Family holidays : David Forsman] [Cycling holidays : Nikolay Semenov] [Types of holidays : Nicolas RaynaudFollow] [Where to go in Sweden : chas B]