Sweden’s capital is a beautiful city that is actually built on a series of islands linked by bridges. As well as the history and beauty of the old town, Gamla Stan, Stockholm is a modern marvel with throbbing nightlife and plenty of fascinating art galleries and museums. It’s not hard to while away a week in this Scandinavian gem.
Learn about the indigenous Sami people, who herd reindeers and cruise around Swedish Lapland, often into the frigid heart of the Arctic Circle, in reindeer-powered sleds.
At the Icehotel, built from scratch every winter near the town of Kiruna in Swedish Lapland, you don’t just sleep on ice. You’re surrounded by ice walls, ice corridors and an ice ceiling in an ice room with ice furniture and ice fixtures. As cool as it is, all that ice doesn’t come cheap — rooms start from £220 a night and an executive suite, each individually designed by an artist, will set you back a lazy £550 a night. As crazy as it sounds, the Icehotel is so famous that it’s booked out months in advance. Luckily, budget travellers can also check out the engineering marvel by buying an £8 day ticket.
Sweden’s northern most extremes form part of Lapland. It’s a wintry playground. Here, you can ride a husky dog sled, take the plunge with an Arctic swim followed by a steamy sauna, fang along an alpine track on a snowmobile, see the winter sky splashed with colour from the northern lights, go ice fishing, visit Santa in his North Pole home and stick your tongue to a frozen street light.
It’s not all about winter activities though. Sweden is a outdoors paradise in summer, with long, long days and some spectacular hiking, sailing, cycling and rock climbing on offer.