Things to do in Sweden

Our top activities in Sweden

Northern Lights

With little light pollution, northern Sweden offers optimal conditions to catch the Northern Lights shimmering above pristine snow fields or gorgeous reflective lakes – helped by generally much calmer weather than places like Iceland! Try the Abisko National Park – as Sweden’s driest place its Aurora Sky Station offers prime viewing possibilities from October to March. If you’re lucky, coastal Lulea may also put on a seaside celestial show.


Sweden does big nature numbers: 100,000 lakes; 27 million hectares of forest; tens of thousands of islands; over 2000 national parks and nature reserves. Northern Sweden claims mainland Europe's most remote point - near Lake Råvejaure – amid lonely mountains and vast taiga ripe for year-round exploration. Sweden's top hiking route is here, 450km across Lapland from the Abisko National Park to Hemavan, getting wilder as it goes.

But don't think wilderness is just a northern thing. Bohuslan's coastline is a symphony of dark rocks and seductive secluded coves. Distinctive archipelagos front each Swedish coast with thousands of uninhabited islands ripe for Robinson Crusoe fantasies: rugged Ostgota in the east, sandy Oland to the south, woody Lulea by the west. Bird-filled marshes, ancient monuments and sylvan woods vie for attention along the Skaneleden trail on Sweden's southern coast.

If you judge by iconic wildlife, then central Sweden scores high. A multitude of elk share the land with wolves around Bergslagen, just two hours from Stockholm - while Hälsingland is a bear hot-spot three hours north of the capital.
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Ski after wolves in snowy forests, gaze at bears in bucolic summer woods, spy Arctic lynx chasing Arctic hare. Count lemmings instead of sheep to nod off under the midnight sun. Learn moose calls or dodge reindeer herds. Crouch by rivers watching otter and beaver. Here for the birds? Focus on capercaillie, owls and black grouse, skuas and eider, gyr falcon and white-tailed eagle on a Swedish wildlife holiday.

Stockholm archipelago

Swedes can’t even agree on the plenitude of Stockholm’s island hinterland. Count every skerry and some say 100,000. The official estimate is around 24,000 – though you’re welcome to count as you sail or kayak around, or gauge opinion on ferries fanning out from the city. Standouts include Arkholma with its sandy beaches and rich history (the Russians torched everything during a 1719 invasion), while Finnhamn combines owl-filled woods and meadows with cliff-encircled coves. Svartso is a mid-archipelago enclave of rustic bliss with five lakes amid fertile fields and tall copses. Uto effortlessly mixes attractions – stark glacial rocks and golden strands, wild woods and sleepy farms, fine restaurants and old miner houses around flooded pits. History comes with glorious sea views from the imposing Tullgarn Palace, Nynas and Taxinge manors, Gripsholm castle, and the colourful 17th century town of Trosa.
Photo credits: [Northern Lights: Greenland Travel] [Wilderness: Samantha Beddoes] [Wildlife: Matteo Catanese] [Stockholm archipelago: David Arvidsson]
Written by Norman Miller
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