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One of our all-time favourite destinations, Sweden combines an immaculate capital city with a serene west coast and a far north that is essentially one big arctic adventure playground.
Why we think you’ll love it
- The Swedes are über-stylish and this comes across in their fashion, music, food and hotels
- Swedish Lapland is one of the best places in the world to see the magical Northern Lights
- Sweden is home to a selection of the quirkiest hotels imaginable - how about spending your sleeping in a replica spaceship, or in a room made entirely out of ice?
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Luxury Sweden Holidays: The Detail
The gateway to this magical country is Stockholm - a sophisticated, elegant, manageable and thoroughly civilised city with the added attraction of an archipelago which can be explored by boat. A must-visit to kick off any Sweden holiday. Design hotels and excellent restaurants abound, and Swedish hospitality is legendary. Head for the bohemian area around Rörstrandsgatan, in west Stockholm, where you'll find cosy cafés and cheapish antique shops.
Stockholm is also perfect launch pad for adventures in Swedish Lapland, the scene of some of Original Travel's favourite Big Short Breaks. Experience the thrill of dog-sledding, leading your team of eager huskies through snowbound forests, staying in totally private and comfortable woodland cabins each night and eating traditional Swedish delicacies such as reindeer stew with cloudberries. Alternatively, stay at the world-famous Ice Hotel or the equally original Treehotel near Lulea.
Did you know
- The world's first Ice Hotel was built in Sweden
- The Nobel Prize Ceremonies are held in Sweden and Norway every year
- Apparently moose crossing signs are a popular souvenir from Sweden. Every year a large number of signs are stolen from the roads by tourists (this doesn't mean you have to…)
- Forests cover 50% of Sweden
- After its main official language, Swedish, the country has five other official languages: Finnish, Yiddish, Sami, Meaenkieli and Romani
- Lingonberry jam is widely used in Sweden to accompany a variety of dishes, such as meatballs, pancakes, porridge and black pudding
Swedish Lapland is also one of the best places in the world to see the Northern Lights, the extraordinary natural light show that occurs in the depths of winter. Shimmering bands of colour drift across the night sky as particles hit the Earth's atmosphere.
Even further north, right on the Norwegian border, lies the tiny ski resort of Riksgränsen. Skiing here starts in February, when the 24-hour darkness of mid-winter begins to lift; come June, you can head back out on to the slopes after supper to ski in a t-shirt under the midnight sun. More conventional skiing is available at the slick resort of Are (pronounced oar-e).
Away from all things snowy, the West Coast is a delight that barely flickers across the radar for most Brits considering a Sweden holiday, yet there are regular direct flights to the lovely second city of Gothenburg which is worth a weekend in its own right. Better still, explore the beautiful coastline and (another) archipelago including the remote Weather Islands and a place famed for its fabulous fresh food. West Sweden is all about good clean fun, and it's a potentially perfect place for an idyllic summer family holiday. From action packed snow adventures to cosmpolitan city exploration, Sweden is a fantastic holiday destination.