Sophisticated cities, a vast archipelago sprinkled with pine and spruce forested islands and chic Scandi design, it’s all there - winter or summer, you choose.

Sweden is made up of thousands of coastal islands, inland lakes and high mountains. It has five separate archipelagos, each known for their individual cultural heritage and natural beauty, and there are vast swathes of pristine wilderness to explore.

The capital, Stockholm, is a beautiful city spread out over 14 islands facing the Baltic Sea through the Stockholm archipelago. 700 years of history are beautifully told through her grand public buildings, palaces and museums and it’s an easy city to explore on foot, or by bike. The culinary scene is world class and there are cultural attractions and high end shops aplenty.

On the west coast, Gothenburg, the country’s second city, is another of Sweden’s most appealing destinations with friendly locals and a network of canals and spacious avenues reminiscent of Amsterdam. Sweden's third largest city, Malmö, in the south, has beautiful parks and edgy museums and is connected to its Danish neighbour, Copenhagen, via the famous Öresund bridge.

Sweden is an incredibly diverse country with an epic Viking history, an exciting contemporary design scene and an ageless natural beauty. In the colder months, seek out the Northern Lights, which paint the night sky with dazzling displays of green, purple and red illumination. The north is also home to the Sami reindeer herders whose rich indigenous culture is intriguing. It’s also a place for outdoor adventure with ice fishing, dog sledding, snowmobiling and bedding down in an ice hotel.

Summer, on the other hand, brings the Midnight Sun, when travellers bask in long lazy days and sunlight 24/7.

When to Go

A&K Europe Travel Experts suggest that the best time to visit Sweden is from May to September when the temperature is at its highest and the days are long. Snow falls from September and winter is an equally beautiful time to visit when much of the country is blanketed in snow and winter activities are well underway. 

Featured Sweden Journeys

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Scandinavia: Stockholm, Copenhagen & Oslo - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2020)

Journey across Scandinavia, experiencing three lively capital cities, tasting Norwegian dishes during a cooking class in Oslo, touring Sweden’s oldest town and experiencing the legacy of the Vikings

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Cruising the Baltic Sea: Copenhagen to St. Petersburg

Set out on the most sweeping of Baltic cruises, immersed in the cultures of grand, historic cities in Denmark, Poland, Lithuania, Sweden, Latvia, Estonia, Finland and Russia.

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