10 Experiences to enjoy in Sweden

Posted on 28 July 2023 By Jordyn Johnson

As a South African, a trip to wintery Sweden might not sound like the holiday you had in mind.

However, amid snow and ice, the country offers many magical experiences you wouldn’t have the chance to enjoy in sunny South Africa.

These 10 things to do in Sweden are just the tip of the iceberg of the experiences this country offers.

1. Explore Stockholm’s Old Town (Gamla Stan)

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Wander through the charming cobbled streets of Gamla Stan, the historic heart of Stockholm, and immerse yourself in its medieval architecture and vibrant atmosphere. The Old Town is packed with studios, galleries, tourist shops, cafes, restaurants, and museums, including the Nobel Prize Museum.

2. Traverse the Icehotel

On a winter’s day in 1989, massive ice blocks were harvested from the Torn River and hand sculpted into the first Icehotel. Since then, this seasonal, iconic hotel has become one of the most popular experiences in Sweden. Experience the unique Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi, made entirely from ice and snow. Spend a night in an ice room or explore its magnificent ice sculptures.

3. Explore Visby’s Medieval Wall

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It is thought that a wall was built around Visby in reaction to the conflict between it and the assembly of Gotland in 1288. It is the best-preserved walled town in North Europe. Step back in time as you walk along the impressive medieval wall (and UNESCO Heritage Site) surrounding the picturesque town of Visby on the island of Gotland.

4. Cruise the Stockholm Archipelago

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Embark on a scenic boat tour through the breathtaking Stockholm Archipelago, comprising thousands of islands and islets dotted along the Baltic Sea. The archipelago has nearly 30 000 islands, islets, and rocks scattered across the Baltic Sea. It offers incredible scenery and water activities like boating and kayaking.

5. Witness the Northern Lights

Head north to Swedish Lapland during the winter months to witness the mesmerizing dance of the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) in the Arctic sky. The darkest and coldest nights between September and April are ideal for seeing these lights.

6. Discover Göteborg’s Universeum

Perfect for families and curious minds, Universeum in Göteborg is an interactive science centre with diverse exhibits and activities. It offers an engaging and educational experience for visitors of all ages.

7. Sail the Gota Canal

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Sweden’s Gota Canal was completed in 1832 by approximately 58 000 soldiers and is 190 kilometres long. Take a leisurely boat trip along the Gota Canal, passing through idyllic countryside and historic landmarks. This is one of the experiences you need to add to your bucket list when in Sweden.

8. Hike in Abisko National Park

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This pristine wilderness is known for its incredible Arctic landscapes and biodiversity in Swedish Lapland. Enjoy some of Sweden’s most stunning landscapes in Abisko National Park, offering a variety of hiking trails and beautiful vistas.

9. Visit the Vasa Museum

Discover the perfectly preserved Vasa warship, which sank in 1628 and was salvaged centuries later. The museum offers a fascinating insight into Sweden’s maritime history.

10. Attend the Ice Music Festival in Luleå

Experience a truly unique and magical musical event where musicians play instruments carved entirely from ice. Held in the frozen landscapes of Luleå, this extraordinary festival combines art, nature, and the ethereal sounds of ice music, creating an unforgettable experience for attendees.

Pictures: Unsplash

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