Stylish, sustainable and seriously beautiful; it’s easy to see why we’ve declared Sweden as one of this year’s must visit countries. Whether it’s a foodie-focused weekend in cosmopolitan Stockholm, an epic family adventure to Swedish Lapland or a romantic mini-moon to some of the world’s most unique luxury hotels, this wonderfully diverse country has it all. Plus, having been on recent visits, our Europe experts have officially fallen head over heels for Sweden’s year-round Scandi charm and can’t stop talking about why they love it.
Here are just a few of their highlights and top tips to help you plan your own luxury holiday in Sweden.
When in Sweden, make sure to enjoy Fika. Roughly translated as a break for coffee and cake, Fika is so much more than that, and taking time out of your day to share a drink and snack with friends, family or colleagues is actually considered an essential part of Swedish culture. How great is that?
Experience This: An Arctic Circle Hot Air Balloon Ride
If it’s a bucket-list experience you’re after, this is the one for you. Later this year (in time for the 2020/21 winter season) will be the first time visitors can take to the skies on a hot air balloon ride over the Arctic Circle. This truly unique and magical experience will be available during the day, when you can see snowy treetops and frozen lakes from above, or at night, in a tethered balloon from which you might spot the Northern Lights. We suggest booking this well in advance to avoid missing out!
Experience This: Embrace Traditional Sami Culture
Covering northern areas of Norway, Sweden, Finland and the Kola Peninsula in Russia, Sapmi is the name given to the land traditionally owned by the native Sami people. For the ultimate insight into this fascinating indigenous culture, stay at Sapmi Nature Camp, where you’ll glamp off-grid in beautiful lavvu tepees and learn all about the lifestyle of your Sami host, Lennart. From helping herd his reindeer to practising wilderness skills and listening to ancient stories by the campfire, you can guarantee a completely immersive and unforgettable stay.
Experience This: Learn To Mush Your Own Huskies
The idea of sitting peacefully in a sled whilst being pulled across a snowy landscape by a pack of huskies might sound like heaven, but we’re here to tell you that learning to mush them for yourself is even better. Accompanied by a professional musher you will learn how to harness your team of friendly dogs, how to communicate different instructions to them and finally, how to steer your own sled. We suggest having your first lesson as an alternative (and incredibly magical) transfer along the picturesque forest tracks that lead to Fjellborg Arctic Lodge.
Experience This: Bear Spotting
When the blanket of snow lifts from Swedish Lapland in the spring and summer months the area is almost unrecognisable. Bright green trees and brilliant blue lakes come to life and as a result, the local brown bears come out of hibernation. For the best chance of seeing these majestic real-life teddies, we suggest spending a night in Treehotel’s comfortable forest hide, where you can get up close to the bears and snap some incredible photographs from the hide’s hidden windows. Keep your eyes peeled, you might also spot foxes, reindeer, racoon dogs and moose.
When To Go
For the ultimate snowy winter holiday, Swedish Lapland is best visited from mid-December to March. Conveniently, this is also peak Northern Lights season, although these can sometimes be seen as early as October.
Alternatively, if you’re looking to experience the Arctic Circle’s extraordinary Midnight Sun, we suggest travelling between the end of May and mid-July. At this time you’ll also be able to make the most of bear spotting, white water rafting and long warm days in Stockholm.
If you're feeling inspired to plan your own Swedish getaway, get in touch with one of our experts by calling 020 3613 5515 or making an enquiry online.