As international travels remain restricted at least until the middle of July in Sweden, we were wondering where to go this summer. Sweden is a beautiful country, which luckily has a lot to offer. And despite the summer being rather short, there are still a good couple of months to enjoy it. In this article, we want to inspire you to travel around your country this summer. Traveling safely is what matters the most and therefore we have chosen to stay in Sweden this summer. Here we are sharing with you, 5 amazing places to visit this summer in Sweden! So, are you ready to pack?
When choosing which are the best places to visit this summer in Sweden, the competition was fierce! But, we came up with this shortlist of 5 places you should definitely check out! These places are great to see in the summer. Just like most places in Sweden, I’d say. But you can easily go there at any point during the year and experience it in a completely different way.
Stockholm & the Archipelago
We could talk about Stockholm probably for hours! This city, that we get to call home, is a great place for a summer holiday. There is plenty of things to do in the city, but also a lot of nature around. Since Stockholm is built on islands, it is always inviting for walking around, enjoying the sea breeze and watching the sun setting from Riddarholmen. Stockholm is a great mix of culture, nature, and modernism which is perfect if your travel partners and you have different interests.
If you are interested in walks in nature, hikes, and peaceful moments away from the city – head to one of the beautiful nature reserves or national parks located closeby. Stockholm is home to many amazing sites and parks where you can enjoy an afternoon, day, or weekend away without having to plan too much.
If you want to spend a few more days around Stockholm and have some peaceful time, we highly recommend heading to the archipelago. There, you can either go camping or rent a cabin. The experience is great as you get to live the island life, to swim is some perfectly clear water and relax by the sound of the waves. There are about 30.000 islands in the Stockholm archipelago and this is for sure one of the places to visit this summer!
Gotland is an island located on the East coast of Sweden, about 3 hours away from Stockholm by ferry (there are also direct flights from all over Sweden to Visby). This island is known for its beautiful coastline, white sandy beaches but also for the medieval week, happening every year at the beginning of August.
You might also have heard of Gotland for a variety of reasons. The regional products you can find all over Sweden, some amazing surfing spots, and the pretty town of Visby. Gotland is a place we have not yet been to, but knowing that we will have a Swedish summer, this is the perfect gateway for changing your mind and enjoying some days away from the everyday routine. A day trip is a little tight (in our opinion) to visit Visby and Gotland, but it is definitely doable for a weekend or, of course, a longer stay!
Skåne is one of our favorite places in Sweden! This region is the most southern part of Sweden and home to the beautiful cities of Malmö, Lund or Helsingborg, to name just a few. While living in Helsinborg during our studies, we fell in love with the city and the area around it. The proximity from Denmark is amazing for day trips but if travel restrictions remain, there are still a lot of things to see and do in Skåne.
There, you can enjoy the beautiful sandy beaches on the coast, nature reserves such as Kullaberg and some amazing fishermen villages like Råå or Skanör. Skåne is a great blend of small cities, green areas, and parks with a great seaside.
While being in Skåne, you should definitely enjoy some time walking by the sea, and especially at sunset. The views are magical and often less crowded than in Stockholm or other busier cities.
Gothenburg & the Archipelago
Gothenburg is Sweden’s second-biggest city and home to the main port of the country. In addition, it’s famous for its automotive industry, excellent seafood and retro style trams. Thus, if you choose to visit this city make sure to hop on one of the classic blue trains for a little tour.
Gothenburg is not a big city, thus most of its sights such as Haga district, ”Fish Church” (fish market hall), or the city’s canals can be easily accessed by foot. Whereas, visiting the ‘Volvo’ museum should also make the list if you are at all interested in cars.
Once you have explored the city, make sure to jump on one of the ferries and tour Gothenburg’s archipelago. Its nature, beaches, and tiny villages will definitely charm you. You may choose to do just a day trip through the little islands or spend a couple of days in one of the cottages.
This one is our pick for this summer! One full week on the “high coast” of Sweden. The Höga Kusten of Sweden is located on the East Coast of the country, between Sundsvall and Umeå, roughly 500 kilometers north of Stockholm. The High Coast is home to impressive cliffs, blue waters, and a replica of the San Fransisco’s Golden Gate bridge.
While landscapes on the east coast of Sweden are rather similar, the high coast differentiates itself with cliffs and mountains, where hiking is king and where national parks are filled with ancient history.
The High Coast of Sweden offers some great activities such as a tour of a gin distillery, visiting fishermen village, or taking a boat tour under the bridge while soaking in all the beautiful scenery. More to come about the Höga Kusten in a couple of weeks with dedicated articles!
We really hope that these places have been inspiring you to discover Sweden and travel locally. And even if you are not willing to fly to these places, they’re all accessible by train, ferry or simply by car! We have been to some of these places but not all, so if you have any recommendations on places to stay at or some highlights, please make sure you share them with us!
We have a lot of other ideas for you! Have a look here to get inspired.
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