Best time to visit Sweden
There's a season for everything in Sweden, whether you want ice and aurora or sylvan summer frolics.
Winter and summer both count as the best time to visit Sweden! January and February offer winter wonders: stalking wolves and aurora in the north plus Sami festivals; skating frozen lakes in the south. June to August brings long warm sunny days for exploring islands and lakes, or scoffing seafood in ravishing coastal villages. October offers autumn colour and a dramatic thinning of crowds, while December is a season of celebratory hot spiced wine and cosy candle-lit interiors.
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Marcus Eldh from our supplier Wild Sweden offers two contrasting suggestions for the best time to visit Sweden: “The warm season is May to September when the weather is easygoing and there is plenty of light with long sun hours. To experience snowy landscapes, Northern Lights and Sami culture, I would go in "Spring-Winter", which is basically February-April when the light has returned to Sapmi (Lapland).”
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The first Friday after June 21 sees the erecting of giant maypoles (an old fertility symbol) for Midsummer - Sweden's biggest excuse for carousing, fuelled by beer and aquavit. Mass consumption of pickled herring with potatoes and sour cream lessens the next day national hangover. Note many museums and tourist facilities close for the day.
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