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Introducing Sweden

Discover Sweden.
Sweden strikes the perfect balance between urban culture and outdoor fun. Major cities like Stockholm and Gothenburg are progressive and modern, yet retain their history in the form of well-preserved medieval architecture. Yet there are also an impressive 29 national parks in Sweden, stretching from the southern coast to above the Arctic Circle.

When is the best time to visit?
To beat the crowds and enjoy some pleasant hiking weather, visit Sweden during spring (March-May). If you travel during the summer, you’ll have to contend with the high-season crowds—but you’ll also be able to take advantage of Sweden’s famous summer music festivals. These include Way out West, Summerburst, and various genre festivals ranging from metal to reggae. Winter (Nov-Feb) brings great winter-sports conditions, but know that in the coldest months, temps can dip all the way down to -22°F/-30°C in the country's northern reaches.

Where should you go?
Stockholm will be your first stop—it's as rich in medieval history and culture as it is abounding with nightlife and excitement. For spring and summer hiking, go north and test yourself on the Kungsleden Trail (King’s Trail), which runs more than 200 miles through Abisko National Park. If you’d like to pamper yourself, head to the day spas in the city of Ystad. For world-class skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling during winter, head to the mountains of central Sweden and the Åre Resort. If you want to view the Northern Lights, travel above the Arctic Circle to the village of Abisko. Also during this time, you can find ice skating and festive holiday activities in Stockholm.

How many days do you need?
In seven days, you can see Stockholm and travel to the south, which is filled with beautiful beaches like those near the medieval port city of Malmö. You could then head north to the coastal city of Gothenburg (a rival to Stockholm for architecture and sheer beauty), and still have time left over to visit a national park, such as Tyresta or Royal Djurgården. But you could easily spend two weeks or more exploring Sweden’s many national parks and cities.

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Sweden Tours & Itineraries

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Pick up your rental car and drive to Eksjö, notable as one of the best-preserved old wood towns in Sweden
Map of Road Trip Adventure Around Scandinavia: Sweden, Norway & Denmark - 14 Days
Road Trip Adventure Around Scandinavia: Sweden, Norway & Denmark - 14 Days

Drive through the beautiful natural landscapes of Sweden, Norway, and Denmark on this colorful two-week road trip. Starting in Malmö, you'll explore the Swedish countryside, taking time to hike and zipline through the forest. Cross over to Norway, where you'll raft along the coastline and discover fjords on a boat cruise. Finish the trip with outdoor adventures and urban sightseeing in Denmark.

Explore Stockholm's beautiful Old Town district
Map of History & Culture in Stockholm - 5 Days
History & Culture in Stockholm - 5 Days

Five days might seem short, but it's all you need to discover the ancient history, cutting-edge city life, delicious cuisine, and rich culture of Sweden's capital. From Viking ruins to bustling downtown fun, you'll experience the best of old and new combined Nordic-style into an ideal break. Tailor-made guided tours mean you won't waste a moment as you visit Stockholm's highlights and learn about its traditions first-hand—with plenty of delicious coffee breaks along the way!

Stockholm's colorful Gamla Stan (Old Town) reflected in the archipelago waters
Map of Culture & Relaxation in Scandinavia - 14 Days
Culture & Relaxation in Scandinavia - 14 Days

Rejuvenate in Scandinavia on this two-week itinerary, which hones in on relaxing and inspiring experiences across Sweden and Norway. Connect with nature on a Swedish wildlife safari, treat yourself to a series of spa trips, and absorb the splendor of Norway's fjords aboard a train. There's also the chance to enjoy cultural and culinary delights in the vibrant cities of Stockholm, Jönköping, Bergen, Gothenburg, and Oslo.

Pass golden rapeseed fields and traditional windmills near Malmö
Map of Southern Sweden's Countryside & Coast - 7 Days
Southern Sweden's Countryside & Coast - 7 Days

Discover the highlights and hidden corners of Sweden's celebrated south—home to historic port cities, windswept islands, and vast nature reserves. Over a week, you'll experience the beauty of this Scandinavian country as you travel from Löderup to Helsingborg, embarking on a carefully curated itinerary of river tours, beachfront bike rides, visits to medieval villages, country farmstays, and relaxing spa treatments.

See traditional Sweden on a road trip to Falun
Map of Road Trip Adventure Around Sweden - 10 Days
Road Trip Adventure Around Sweden - 10 Days

Explore Sweden's landscapes and monuments on this 10-day road trip loop that starts and ends in the capital city of Stockholm. Drive north to Uppsala and Gävle to explore castles and nature reserves, then continue west to the famous Falun Copper Mine and a horse farm in Mora. Visit Örebro Castle and boat on Lake Mälaren before circling back to Stockholm, which you'll get to know on a guided tour.

You'll have plenty of chances to spot the elusive northern lights on this tour of Sweden's far north
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Ultimate Aurora Borealis Adventure in Sweden - 14 Days

Experience the wonders of a Swedish winter on this two-week excursion to marvel at the famous northern lights and enjoy plenty of other unforgettable activities. Traveling from Stockholm, in the south, to the far north, you'll enjoy outdoor adventures like dogsledding, ice fishing, hiking, and lodging at an ice hotel and forest treehouse. Beyond that, you'll discover the hidden gems of Stockholm, learn a bit of Viking history, and even go on a moose safari.

Make the Most of Your Time in Sweden

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Lively summer town of Smogen in Sweden's west coast
How Many Days to Spend in Sweden

Sweden is divided into three large regions: Norrland in the north, Svealand in the center, and Gotaland in the south. You can cover one of the three regions in five days, but...

Spend time with the "kings of the forest" at Dalslands Moose Ranch
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1 Week in Sweden - 6 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With one week in Sweden, you can opt for a winter adventure and spend your days dogsledding and skiing, and your evenings admiring the aurora borealis. Those who prefer warmer...

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Ten days gives you enough time to explore major cities plus off-the-beaten-track gems like Visby, on the island of Gotland
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2 Weeks in Sweden - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With two weeks in Sweden, you can chase the aurora borealis and try out dogsledding, ice fishing, and snowmobiling on a winter journey through the Lappland region. Or, take a more relaxed approach and spend your time on scenic train journeys, exploring welcoming cities, and indulging in sauna sessions. Alternatively, if you love the freedom of a rental car, explore either Sweden's charming interior or its rugged coastlines on a culture-filled road trip adventure.

Explore historic fishing villages and Viking sites on the island of Gotland
Map of Swedish Self-Drive Adventure: Vikings, Islands, Nature & Culture - 14 Days
Swedish Self-Drive Adventure: Vikings, Islands, Nature & Culture - 14 Days

Spend two weeks discovering Sweden's history, nature, and culture on this adventurous road trip. Begin in Stockholm, where you'll explore the Old Town and visit nearby Viking sites. Hop on a ferry to Gotland next to walk the ancient city walls of Visby, explore underground caves, and sample the island's famous saffron. See the best of Gothenburg by bike and kayak around its idyllic archipelago, then drive down to the modern melting pot of Malmö to sauna by the sea and sample artisan goods in Skåne.

Time this two-week Swedish road trip to coincide with the country's famous Midsommar celebrations
Map of Swedish Midsummer Road Trip - 14 Days
Swedish Midsummer Road Trip - 14 Days

Experience Sweden at the height of midsummer with this two-week road trip that winds through cities, countryside, and coast. Kayak through the Stockholm archipelago before driving to Dalarna for the annual Midsommar celebration. Hike through the rift valleys of Tiveden National Park, cruise the famous Göta Canal, and explore the beautiful nature at Astrid Lindgren's World in Vimmerby. Visit historic castles and idyllic islands, then end in Gothenburg with a photography tour and a brunch cruise.

Sweden Travel Maps

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1 Week in Sweden - 6 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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5 Days in Sweden - 6 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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10 Days in Sweden - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

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Travel specialist Silvía Ástvaldsdóttir
active 4 mins ago

Silvía Ástvaldsdóttir

I'm a Nordic wanderer with roots in Iceland's ethereal East fjords and branches extending through Denmark's cozy 'hygge' culture to Sweden's pastoral Skåne. Each destination has been a sensory...

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Travel specialist Veronika Turskytė
active 52 mins ago

Veronika Turskytė

Hello Adventurers and Culture Seekers! Remember the feeling you get when you're about to take off on a plane? That buzz of excitement and a hint of adventure? That’s what got me hooked on...

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Travel specialist Maria Shephard
active 10 hours ago

Maria Shephard

Travel has always been the most inspiring thing for me, getting to know other cultures, places, landscapes has a huge impact on me. For me, traveling is not visiting, is LIVING that place as your...

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Travel specialist Elisa Guðlaug Snæland Bjarkardóttir

Elisa Guðlaug Snæland Bjarkardóttir

I am born and raised here in Iceland. My parents have a special kind of love for the country, so from a young age, I have been traveling all around our extraordinary Ísland (Iceland). Then coming...

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Trip Reviews for Sweden

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

A memorable trip to Sweden
Sweden | Mar 10 - Mar 16, 2024

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Da-Wei L.
Alhambra, AZ | Reviewed on Mar 18, 2024
Booking a trip with Kimkim was easy. Veronika was fantastic and her recommendations were all spot on. The activities were enjoyed by all (not an easy feat since we also have 2 boys ages 6 and 8 years old). The domestic flights, car rentals, and train tickets were all arranged through Kimkim, and everything went smoothly. We never even thought of Lulea as a destination when we decided to visit Sweden. We are so glad that we went with Veronika's recommendation! The location of the hotels... Read more

Booking a trip with Kimkim was easy. Veronika was fantastic and her recommendations were all spot on. The activities were enjoyed by all (not an easy feat since we also have 2 boys ages 6 and 8 years old). The domestic flights, car rentals, and train tickets were all arranged through Kimkim, and everything went smoothly. We never even thought of Lulea as a destination when we decided to visit Sweden. We are so glad that we went with Veronika's recommendation! The location of the hotels in both city was great. Centrally located. Easy access to all transportation.
One special shout out to our private tour guide in Stockholm: Gunnar. He is fantastic. Extremely knowledge, great sense of humor, and very friendly. We never felt rushed during the tour. He patiently answered all our question (and we have lots of questions!).

Hotel Reviews
Nordic Light Hotel
Stockholm

2 min walk from the Stockholm City train station, which made our trip to and from airport, Sigtuna, etc a breeze. The decor in our room was modern (we booked a suite since we are a family of 4 with 2 small children). The included buffet breakfast was great. The entire staff at the hotel was friendly, professional, and helpful. Check in process was easy and quick. The on-line check took mere minutes. We would definitely stay here again. Highly recommended.

Authenticity & Character
Location
2 min walking distance from the central train station. A few minutes of walking would get you to various bus/tram stops/stations.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Clarion Hotel Sense
Lulea

Rooms are spacious and contemporary yet warm and homey. Located within walking distance to various points of interest in town. Only 15min from airport by car. Underground parking with charging stations is very nice. The breakfast is fantastic. Staff is very friendly and helpful. We would definitely stay there again. Highly recommended.

Authenticity & Character
Location
see above
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Stockholm Hidden Gems Tour with a Private Guide
Stockholm Hidden Gems Tour with a Private Guide
Stockholm

So glad we booked this tour. Our guide, Gunnar, was so knowledgeable, friendly, and has a great sense of humor. The pace was leisure and yet we took in a lot of site and learned a great deal about Stockholm. Because of this tour, we got so much out of our trip than if we just went with a DIY approach.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Dog sled – drive yourself!
Dog sled – drive yourself!
Sweden

Easily the highlight of our trip to Lulea. Definitely recommend driving the sled yourself. Beautiful scenery. These dogs are powerful! The guides were friendly and very attentive.

Quality of Experience
Food
Fika afterwards by the fireside was a great touch and much appreciated.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Northern lights hunting by car!
Northern lights hunting by car!
Sweden

The guide was friendly and knowledgeable. Her enthusiasm for what she does was very evident, which really get all of us into the spirit!

Quality of Experience
Food
The hot lingonberry cider and chocolate ball pastry was delicious and timely!
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Veronika Turskytė
Veronika
Veronika Turskytė
Local specialist in Iceland | Replied on Mar 21, 2024
Dear Da-Wei, Thank you so much for taking the time to share your wonderful experience with Kimkim and your trip to Sweden. I'm thrilled to hear that my recommendations, including the charming city of Lulea, met and exceeded your expectations. It's always a joy to plan trips for families, and I'm delighted to know that the activities were a hit with your boys too. Your smooth experience with the flights, car rentals, and train tickets is exactly what we strive for at Kimkim. We understand... Read more

Dear Da-Wei,

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your wonderful experience with Kimkim and your trip to Sweden. I'm thrilled to hear that my recommendations, including the charming city of Lulea, met and exceeded your expectations. It's always a joy to plan trips for families, and I'm delighted to know that the activities were a hit with your boys too.

Your smooth experience with the flights, car rentals, and train tickets is exactly what we strive for at Kimkim. We understand the importance of hassle-free travel arrangements, especially when traveling with family.

Once again, thank you for choosing us for your family's adventure in Sweden. It was a pleasure to assist you, and I look forward to helping you plan your next memorable journey.

Warm regards,
Veronika

***Definitely recommend Veronika!***
Sweden | Dec 16 - Dec 21, 2023

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Jen R.
Portugal | Reviewed on Jan 23, 2024
Veronika prepared a fun itinerary for a short trip to Sweden to the see the Northern Lights. Veronika was available throughout the trip and answered questions promptly. When a train was cancelled, she immediately re-booked us on an alternate route, and our trip continued smoothly. She herself needed to take a flight during our trip and took the initiative to find a replacement guide in case we had any questions while she was travelling in case we couldn’t get in contact with her. ... Read more

Veronika prepared a fun itinerary for a short trip to Sweden to the see the Northern Lights. Veronika was available throughout the trip and answered questions promptly. When a train was cancelled, she immediately re-booked us on an alternate route, and our trip continued smoothly. She herself needed to take a flight during our trip and took the initiative to find a replacement guide in case we had any questions while she was travelling in case we couldn’t get in contact with her. Veronika put together an intricate itinerary which involved a few different hotels and activities, all in a short 4 day visit. She gave restaurant suggestions and made reservations where appropriate. Working with her was a breeze. Veronika is friendly, accomodating, and a joy to work with!

Local specialist: Veronika Turskytė
Veronika
Veronika Turskytė
Local specialist in Iceland | Replied on Jan 23, 2024
Hi there! I can't tell you how much your fantastic review means to me! 😊 Learning that you had such a wonderful time planning your trip to Stockholm and Kiruna just made my day. Working together with you to create those special moments was an absolute joy. Your recommendation and the time you took to share your experience are deeply appreciated. Remember, if you're ever in need of more travel advice or planning, I'm just a message away and always eager to assist. Thank you once again for... Read more

Hi there!

I can't tell you how much your fantastic review means to me! 😊 Learning that you had such a wonderful time planning your trip to Stockholm and Kiruna just made my day. Working together with you to create those special moments was an absolute joy.

Your recommendation and the time you took to share your experience are deeply appreciated. Remember, if you're ever in need of more travel advice or planning, I'm just a message away and always eager to assist.

Thank you once again for your kind words. Here's to more thrilling and unforgettable journeys in your future!

With the warmest of regards,
Veronika

Trip to Sweden
Sweden | Dec 17 - Dec 24, 2023

lisa
lisa h.
Portland, OR | Reviewed on Jan 07, 2024

Veronika was great at helping us plan our trip in Stockholm and Kiruna. She was well organized and had lots of good ideas, and was flexible to work with. I would totally recommend her!

Local specialist: Veronika Turskytė
Veronika
Veronika Turskytė
Local specialist in Iceland | Replied on Jan 08, 2024

Hello!

Thank you so much for your wonderful review! 😊 I'm absolutely thrilled to hear that you had a great experience with your trip planning to Stockholm and Kiruna. It was truly a pleasure to work with you and to bring those ideas to life.

I'm so grateful for your recommendation and really appreciate you taking the time to share your experience. If you ever need more travel tips or planning in the future, I'm always here to help.

Thanks again for your kind words. Wishing you more exciting and memorable adventures ahead!

Warmest regards,
Veronika