Offering grand turreted palaces in the midst of picturesque cities, pristine forests surrounding mountainous peaks and a rugged coastline boasting a colourful archipelago. Built across 14 islands all connected by elegant bridges, Stockholm, Sweden’s capital is a delight to explore on foot. Stop off for a traditional Fika coffee break with cinnamon buns in a cosy café in the historic centre of Gamla Stan, or perhaps head out into the countryside to visit the UNESCO world heritage site of Drottningholm Palace.

To the north, Lapland and the Arctic Circle offer opportunities to spot the ethereal Northern Lights, meet with friendly reindeer herders whilst surrounded by a dramatic landscape of snow and ice. Or perhaps head south to Gothenburg and the surrounding archipelago, a Swedish hub of arts and gastronomy and the perfect spot to try delicious Swedish food.

Top Recommendations

  • See the beauty of Stockholm from Soder Heights or sample some of its 24,000 islands on a boat cruise
  • Visit Abisko National Park for a chance to see the Northern Lights
  • Explore the quaint town of Smogen
  • Hike the trails of Sarek National Park
  • Take to the water and explore rocky islands and idyllic finishing villages on the picturesque Bohuslan Coast

When to Visit

The best time to visit varies by region and what you wish to do. For Northern lights, snow and winter activities visit between December and March. Long summer days run from late May to August and the midnight sun makes an appearance in the north of the country, so this is a great time to visit the country’s many great cities and explore its beautiful landscapes.  

Average monthly high and low temperatures, plus average monthly rainfall and days with rain can be seen below for Stockholm.