Sweden is home to some of the most beautiful sights in the world during the summer, but the country really comes alive during the height of winter. Here are the top 10 things to do in Sweden when you visit this wonderland.
Top 10 things to do in Sweden
Central Stockholm skiing
Whether it’s organized or casual, Sweden is one of the best locations for winter sports. The country’s reputation for being flat certainly doesn’t affect the opportunities that are on offer here. Enjoy the stunning views of central Stockholm by heading the slope at Hammarby Sjöstad.
There are some fantastic ski tours on offer through the arctic wilderness, where the countries rub up against Norway. We’d recommend attempting the King’s Trail. This extensive slope starts in Abisko and snakes through the mountains for over 100km. The track is perfect for beginners and a fantastic introduction to ski touring. Make sure you’re suitably wrapped up by packing a pair of ski socks, available from Craigdon Mountain Sports. The company also has some excellent icebreaker clothing if you need any further information.
Enjoy the festive activity of dog sledding through the Swedish Lapland. There is no better way to get closer to the country’s natural beauty than an expedition led by Siberian Huskies.
Stay in an ice hotel
Every year, the ice hotel in Jukkasjärvi is completely rebuilt and modeled from snow and ice. Enjoy a sip of chilled vodka or fruit juice as you marvel at the stunning frozen architecture on show here. You can plan your stay by visiting icehotel.com.
See the northern lights
From the beginning of September to the end of March, you can experience the stunning sight of this natural light show. Pack your best blanket, head north, and enjoy a picnic under the stars as the northern lights begin.
Go ice hole swimming
Put your inner Viking to the test by taking a dip in the icy Swedish waters. Nothing will make you feel quite as alive; just make sure there’s a hot steamy sauna nearby to recover!
See the winter wildlife
Sweden is bursting with festive activities if you know where to look. Catch a glimpse of Santa’s most loyal helper: the majestic white reindeer. Africa may have its ‘Big Five’ but Sweden goes one better with its ‘Big Six’: The moose, wolverines, brown bears, lynxes, wolves, and musk oxen are all on show here.
When you aren’t zipping across the winter wonderland on skies or from a dog-led slay, put the pedal to the metal and go snowmobiling across frozen rivers. The Kalix, Lule, and Torneträsk rivers in Swedish Lapland will not disappoint adrenaline junkies. Visit Sweden has more information on the expeditions that are available.
See the Sami culture
You can’t leave Sweden without learning about one of the oldest cultures on Earth. Experience a one-to-one cultural exchange with one of the 20,000 indigenous Sami or head to the Ájtte Sami museum in Jokkmokk.
Try a glass of Glögg
This mulled wine is the perfect accompaniment to a relaxing winter evening after a long day on the slopes. Retire for the night with this delectable winter drink and a generous selection of raisins, spices, and nuts.Sweden