SWEDEN

DESTINATION GUIDE

As the world leader in travel experiences since 1947, we connect you to the real Sweden in a way like no other. A haven for travellers who enjoy the outdoors, Sweden encompasses every environment imaginable, from rugged mountain ranges and dense forests to majestic lakes and flawless coastal islands. We’ll share this culturally diverse nation from its Viking mythology to its smorgasbord of good food, taking in the essence of Scandinavia along the way. Walk the King’s Trail through wild arctic landscapes, take a dip in an authentic Swedish spa, explore Gothic architecture and the dozens of museums scattered throughout Stockholm and gaze at the unfathomable Northern Lights in the county’s far north. One of Europe’s most forward thinking nations, a journey to Sweden with Trafalgar embraces the wonder of Nordic life.Travel with us and unlock the infinite possibilities thanks to our exclusive Triploves Highlights.

"There are so many wow moments when travelling in Scandinavia and a camera rarely does them justice. That's why you have to see them with your own eyes"

Lasse,

Travel Director

Sweden at a

glance

Currency

Swedish krona

Winter avg temp

-2°C

Summer avg temp

17°C

Time Zone

GMT +2

Capital City

Stockholm

Language

Swedish

Good Morning

God morgon

Good evening

Tere õhtust

Walk the King's Trail through wild arctic landscapes, take a dip in an authentic Swedish spa, explore Gothic architecture in Stockholm and gaze at the unfathomable Northern Lights in the county’s far north. Join your expert Trafalgar Travel Director and discover the essence of Scandinavia.

Our top 3 things to do in Sweden

Whether you journey for history, culture, nature, or a combination of it all, Trafalgar’s deep dive into Sweden will capture your heart. These are just some of the things to do in Sweden you cannot miss.

Walk in the fairy tale Gamla Stan in Stockholm

One of the oldest and best preserved medieval centres in all of Europe, Gamla Stan is a maze of alleyways and baroque style architecture in the heart of Stockholm’s old town. Allow yourself time to explore the cafes, galleries and museums of this 12th century playground.

Visit Royal Palace at the heart of Stockholm's Old Town

The former residence of His Majesty the King of Sweden is an architectural feat with over 600 rooms, found in the centre of Stockholm. Open to the public daily, you can gaze upon Queen Kristina’s silver throne and marvel at the centuries old interiors.

See the medieval Storkyrkan

Built during the 13th century, “The Great Church” of Storkyrkan is a magnificent cathedral inspired by Gothic design. As impressive as the exterior is, it’s the interior’s large collection of statues and furnishings, including the famous wooden statue of St George slaying the dragon, that will truly leave you in awe.

Best museums in Sweden

Over 50 museums can be found scattered throughout Stockholm, giving you the chance to quench your thirst for knowledge over and over again. With Trafalgar as your guide, you’ll be perfectly steered through the cultural gold mine that is Stockholm museums.

Jansson's Temptation

Celebrate the career of pop icons, ABBA at this interactive museum. Record a song with the virtual ABBA and marvel at the band’s costume collection. Entry also grants access to the Swedish Music Hall Of Fame where you can follow the progress of the modern Swedish music scene.

Skansen Museum

Five centuries of history are on display at the world’s oldest open-air museum, Skansen. Here you can observe local traditions and craftsmanship across 150 farms and lodgings, including a zoo featuring domestic and wild Nordic animals. A complete taste of Swedish culture in one dedicated place.

Vasa Museum

A centrepiece of Scandinavia’s museums is a 17th-century ship raised from the seabed off the coast of Stockholm. Explore the story behind the remarkably preserved Vasa whilst being educated on the country’s impressive naval history.

Best food in Sweden

Food is a big part of Swedish culture, best proved by the afternoon ritual of fika – a break enjoyed with a sweet pastry and coffee. From meatballs to crisp breads and crayfish, our trips to Sweden uncover the tastes and heritage of traditional Sweden food. 

Jansson's Temptation

The Swedish take on casserole is a surprisingly tasty dish made from potatoes, onions, cured sprat, breadcrumbs and cream. Though it is a Christmas speciality, you can find the acquired fish taste of Jansson’s all year round.

Escudellia

For Catalonians, nothing evokes memories of home like Escudella i carn d’olla. Devour the centuries-old meal over two courses, consisting of a soup of broth with pasta or rice (or both) followed by a large ‘pilota’ meatball livened by garlic and parsley.

Knäckebröd

Nodding to Sweden’s fondness for baked dough, knäckebröd is a traditional crisp Swedish bread made mostly from rye flour. Try it topped with butter, cheese and ham for a delicious on-the-go snack.

A warm jacket

Even in Summer, the temperature in Estonia rarely passes 18 degrees Celsius. When you’re strolling the streets all day, a jacket is an item of clothing you won’t want to go without.

A refillable water bottle

You’ll spend most of your time on the move in Sweden. Bring a reusable, lightweight and durable water bottle to keep rehydrated while doing your bit for the environment.

A pair of sunglasses

Summer or winter, a pair of sunglasses is essential. If visiting in the colder months, the reflection of the sun on the white snow will give your eyes a surprising strain.

Jeans

It’s never too hot in Estonia for jeans. They’re the ideal day to night clothing attire that will keep you warm on a crisp morning or cool night.

A small digital camera

The picturesque lanes, neoclassical architecture and stunning landscapes mean you’ll be walking a lot to soak it all up. Bring along your own reusable water bottle and stay hydrated the eco-friendly way.

What to pack for Sweden

Other things to know before you go

Depending on your nationality, you'll need a valid passport and may also need visas to enter. Please check this well in advance of your trip departure date here. Some countries also require passports to have 3-6 months left on them before the given expiry date, so be sure to double check this before booking your travels.

Road Trip Adventures

Slide into your seat, grip the wheel, start the engine, and hit the open road. From Norway to South Africa, the tundra to the rainforest, there is no limit to what you can reach with four wheels and an adventurous spirit. The road trip is no longer a means to get from point A to point B in your country; it crosses borders into new places, allowing for pure freedom in exciting destinations. Measure your next journey in viewpoints, road signs, and the people you'll meet along the way!

Guide to Sweden Visa Application

Learn about the types of visas and the step by step process of obtaining a visa for Sweden and quarantine regulations in this comprehensive guide.

  This includes types of visa applications, what to declare, and what is prohibited.

Keep in mind these handy tips for a smart, stress-free, and on-time visa application experience! 

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