Swedish Summer: Top 10 Tips

May 12, 2017


A summer holiday in Sweden is fantastic for many reasons, from soaking up sun to discovering local history and culture. If you want a bit of inspiration for a Scandinavian holiday, check out our top 10 tips for having a blast in Sweden this summer.

  1. Relax with locals in Tantoluden Park

Found in Stockholm’s trendy southern district, this lush park is the place to be in the summer, with locals enjoying picnics under the trees, or taking a boat out onto the Arstaviken.

  1. Visit the oldest museum in Sweden

The Royal Armoury can be found in the famous Stockholm Royal Palace and is free to enter. It’s full of incredible artefacts, including all sorts of weapons, armour and looted royal jewels.

  1. Enjoy the Swedish seaside in Malmo

Find 2.5km of beautifully sandy beach in Ribersborg in the west of the city, as well as boardwalks, restaurants, and grassy areas in the nearby Vastra Hamnen area. You can also admire the Twisting Torso – the tallest building in Scandinavia.

  1. Make a splash at a water park

There are several great water parks in Sweden, and one of the best is Leksand in Sommarland, with rapids, slides, three main pools and lots of other attractions.

  1. Hike along Hoga Kusten

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this stunning coastline features all manner of landscapes, from islands to steep cliffs, and some breath-taking geological phenomena.

  1. Hop on a boat and explore

Sweden is full of islands to visit. Hire a pleasure boat so you can discover the islands and archipelagos yourself, with lots to explore around Stockholm and Gothenburg.

  1. Unwind in a floating sauna

Just north of Stockholm near Uppsala is the Fjallnora recreation area. Here you can swim in the lakes and relax in a floating sauna while admiring the beautiful wooded scenery.

  1. Enjoy some live music

In August go to the Way Out West festival in Gothenburg, the biggest combined music and film festival in Europe. It’s the most popular music festival in Sweden.

  1. Find history in Gotland

Explore ancient streets and city walls in the medieval city of Visby, found on the island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea, a popular summer spot for Swedes.

  1. Have a BBQ on Skinnarviksberget

The highest point in Stockholm is the perfect place for a summer evening barbecue while you take in views across the city.

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