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To buy alcohol or serve it, the legal limit is 20 years and above. 18 years is the minimum drinking age in Sweden.
Cities in Sweden for touring
Stockholm is the capital city popular for sightseeing historical monuments, beautiful archipelagos, and nightlife. Gothenburg is a port city. Jönköping is a beautiful town surrounded by many lakes and scenic spots.
Adventure and outdoor activities
Boat trips to the islands of the archipelagis and Drottningholm Palace are a must try. Canal cruises along the Göta Canal, covering Gothenburg and Söderköping is good for sightseeing. Cycling tours are great in Gamla Stan. Fishing in Norrbotten is excellent. Golfing in Sweden is popular as it has 400 golf courses. Sweden has more than 90,000 lakes and they have a scenic view. Uppsala and Swedish Lakeland area can be visited for their natural beauty.
Shopping and nightlife
Drottninggatan is a shopping street in Stockholm. Here you can buy high street brands in home decor and fashion. Nordstan is a great shopping centre in Gothenburg. Malmö has bars, cafes, and clubs. Cirkus venue in Stockholm is popular for hosting live concerts. Palace of Drottningholm hosts operas.
Foods to try
Smörgåsbord is a classic Scandinavian dish that has smoked salmon, cold meat, sliced beef, smoked reindeer pickled herring with boiled potatoes. Köttbullar is small meatballs. Rotmos med flask is pork cooked with potatoes and root vegetables. Pyttipanna is a diced meat with potatoes and onions. Gravlax is a dish made with salmon. Ostkaka is a Swedish cheesecake. Akvavit is a Scandanavian spirit that has tasteless or sweet and spicy flavour.
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While Sweden is generally a cold country, you can chart your trip accordingly if you’re not too fond of the nippy weather. Of course, the ideal time to visit would be the winter so you can marvel at the beautiful northern lights.
June to September:
You’re bound to find more crowd as Sweden experiences summer around this time of the year. The temperature will range from anywhere between 18 degrees to 26 degrees. This is the perfect weather to set out hiking or to camp out in the woods.
October to February:
Sweden experiences winter for most of the year, with temperature dropping to a minimum of – 3 degrees to a maximum of 10 degrees. But don’t let the weather hold you back from visiting Sweden, as you’re in for a surprise with northern lights sightings and winter wonderland magic.
April & May:
It is still relatively cold in these months; however, you can expect clear blue skies in the morning and a flurry of snow in the evenings.
There are a few fuss-free ways to arrive at Sweden:
Just like most European countries, Sweden too has a first-rate connectivity by air. You can get a direct flight to Stockholm Arlanda Airport, which is located 37 kilometers from the main Stockholm city. A drive to the city will take you roughly 30 minutes.
Europe is known for its exceptional railway route, while Sweden doesn’t have connectivity as well as France or Germany, intercity travels are quite easy thanks to several carriers available. The national rail company of Sweden is known as SJ (Statens Järnvägar or State Railways). Here are a few to get around or outside Sweden:
While buses are great for intercity travel, reaching Stockholm by a bus will take you a day and half. It is advisable to arrive at the nearest airport or railway station instead of a bus. Grab an interstate or intercity bus pass to get around some of the important destinations in Sweden.
Yes, you will require a Schengen visa for visiting Sweden. A Schengen visa typically covers 26 countries including Sweden. You can download a form on their official website, but in case you’re travelling to only one Schengen country (in this case, Sweden), you will have to apply at the appropriate embassy/consulate within your respective country. It is recommended you apply at least six weeks prior to your departure.
The official currency for Sweden is the Swedish Krona (SEK). While it seems like exchanging money at the airport or hotel seems like the ideal thing to do, it is best to avoid until the time of dire need since these institutions tend to charge a higher exchange rate. Opt for an ATM if possible, but in case you need to exchange in hand, there are several currency bureaus scattered across major cities that can help you out.
Home to some of the most mesmerizing landscaping views, Sweden is now considered a traveller’s paradise. There are quite a few options for those who are fond of outdoors. Spare plenty of time to take in the historic tales and explore the majestic lakes of this country.
Sweden offers a host of outdoor activities and nature trails that you can experience on your stay. Take a walk down the cobbled stone paths to uncover a new historic tale of the valiant nation. There’s a lot to learn during your stay in this winter wonderland. Here are a few activities you must experience:
If you think Swedish food is all about chewy meatballs and peculiar fish shaped candies, think again! The food in Sweden is centered on cultured dairy products, often crisped, sugared or softened.
As mentioned earlier, Sweden has an excellent rail route and intercity buses that can take you within and outside the country. The SJ railway is the dominating carrier providing several intercity trains. Apart from this, you can even find local buses running from time to time. You can avail a tourist pass from the city itself ranging for a day to a month – depending on your visit.
It is important to be updated with vaccinations before travelling to any destination abroad. Apart from being up to date with your routine vaccinations, here are a couple few that you may require prior travel:
The local language in Sweden is Swedish. Although some Swedes can converse in English, it is not their first language. When approaching a local, be sure to speak in a soft voice and friendly tone if you’re not too comfortable with speaking Swedish. Here are a few phrases to keep handy:
From standalone designer boutiques to posh, convenient malls, shopaholics can indulge in a treat while shopping at Stockholm. Sweden has a great reputation for style and the capital city is much known for being a shopper’s heaven.
Sweden is known for as many as 96,000 lakes – both big and small. While you can set off exploring the smaller ones by yourself, the bigger lakes are often bustling with activity during the evenings and weekends.
Make the most of the winter wonderland that is Sweden, and indulge in some fun winter sports and activities such as these:
Canal cruising is common along the beautiful waterways of the Gota Canal in Sweden. The tranquil cruise sails past serene landscapes narrating historical tales along the way. The experience can cost approximately about 47,836 SEK per couple.
Although the streets may seem during the evenings, don’t mistake Sweden to be a sleepy country just because the sun sets sooner. The thriving night life in the country incredulous and there are several clubs dotting the picturesque towns of Sweden. The Swedes love EDM, which is why, the clubs here experience a lot of crowd from around the world. You can experience the buzzing nightlife within Stockholm, with clubs like Sturecompagniet and Hell’s Kitchen as popular hotspots.
Those with an affinity for history are in for an exciting time, as Sweden is loaded with tales of culture and valiant battles from eons ago. You can begin your trail by exploring the castles for starters. Here are a few destinations to start with:
Best known for its nature trails, Sweden has an extensive network of long-distance hiking trails crisscrossing across the country. During summer, Sweden experiences a flock of tourists hiking along these beloved nature trails:
You may never be able to explore the 220,000 islands that Sweden is comprised of, but you can choose to spend tranquil moments by the sea at some of these islands:
With its unspoiled beaches, lush greenery and peaceful ambiance, Sweden makes an ideal getaway for couples and honeymooners. The placid lakes, ancient castles and the ethereal northern lights lend a fairytale-like feel to the country. Here are a few destinations within Sweden where you can choose to make some honeymoon memories:
Archipelago Stockholm is the largest group of islands in Sweden. It extends about 60 kilometers from Stockholm and there are almost 24,000 islands and islets within it. Go island hopping to experience what every island is best known for. Here are a few activities you can experience in Archipelago:
To experience the natural beauty and unbridled adventures, visit these famous Swedish destinations and hidden gems that make your stay worthwhile:
Built on 14 islands and 57 bridges, Stockholm is the perfect place for thrill-seekers wishing for an adrenaline rush. Sports such as kayaking, canoeing and timber rafting are pretty popular both inside the city and around the archipelago. You will find several opportunities as you move your base from island to island.
The land of spectacular lakes and wondrous landscapes isn’t quite as intimidating as it seems. Keep some of these tips handy while traveling in and about Sweden: