Sweden - Best Tours & Trips 2019

123 Sweden tours from 56 tour companies. 229 reviews. 4.4/5 avg rating.
Sweden is still an off the beaten track destination for many travelers. But this large Scandinavian country, consistently ranking high for quality of life, education, and equality should definitely be on your list. Whether you're more interested in ice fishing, soaking in the vast Viking history that formed this nation, or seeing the Northern Lights, Sweden offers an experience not to be missed.
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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Sweden: Land of Lakes and Castles

UTracks
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6 days
$ 215 / day
$ 1,290
From : $ 1,806
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • Discovering the historic castles and manor houses of Sweden by bike
  • Experiencing the archipelago with its nature reserves and Baltic Sea coast
  • Relaxing in charming villages with colourful wooden houses
  • Soaking up the great hospitality of family run accommodation in stunning locations
Visits:
Stockholm, Sweden
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Ice & Auroras in Swedish Lapland

5 days
$ 430 / day
$ 2,148
From : $ 2,642
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Visits:
Sweden
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Scandinavian Explorer

SmarTours
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12 days
$ 333 / day
$ 3,999
From : $ 5,399
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Visit Stockholm Town Hall
  • Explore Gamla Stan (Medieval Town)
  • Visit Bergen Markets
  • See the spectacular Fjords
  • Visit the Voeringfoss Waterfall (Norway)
  • Enjoy Copenhagen City Tour
  • Visit Helsinki’s Senate Square
  • St. Petersburg Extension
Visits:
Bergen, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo, Scandinavia, Stockholm, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden
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Baltic Capitals End Berlin

15 days
$ 122 / day
$ 1,830
From : $ 6,611
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • City tour of Berlin
  • Visit the Holocaust Me­morial and the Berlin Wall Museum
  • Visit the historic centre, Museum Island, the Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate
  • Sightseeing tour of Warsaw
  • Sightseeing of Vilnius
  • City tour of Tallinn
  • Stockholm sightseeing, we make a panoramic tour of this very beautiful capital city built
Visits:
Berlin, Berlin Wall, Helsinki, Riga, Stockholm, Tallinn, Vilnius, Warsaw, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Sweden
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Baltic Capitals

12 days
$ 131 / day
$ 1,577
From : $ 5,654
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Explore Stockholm sightseeing, make a panoramic tour of this very beautiful capital city built
  • Experience Finland by sailing along Aland Islands, contemplating hundreds of islands covered by forests
  • Stage by the sea with beautiful landscapes on the way out of Helsinki
  • City tour of Tallinn
  • Beautiful extensive landscapes covered with woods and small towns on the way, Turaida castle
  • Explore TURAIDA we visit the mediaeval castle, surrounded by a large park with sculptures
  • See the Rundale palace, Hill of crosses, Trakai castle
Visits:
Helsinki, Riga, Stockholm, Tallinn, Vilnius, Warsaw, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Sweden
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Baltic Capitals End Prague

17 days
$ 121 / day
$ 2,060
From : $ 2,781
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Stockholm sightseeing we make a panoramic tour of this very beautiful capital city built on 13 islands joined together
  • Stage by the sea with beautiful landscapes on the way out of Helsinki
  • Sightseeing of Vilnius
  • Sightseeing tour of Warsaw
  • Explore city tour of Berlin, We visit the Holocaust Me­morial and the Berlin Wall Museum
Visits:
Berlin, Berlin Wall, Dresden, Helsinki, Riga, Stockholm, Tallinn, Vilnius, Warsaw, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Sweden
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Scandinavian Capitals & Fjords 10-day

10 days
$ 340 / day
$ 3,398
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Explore Stockholm Old Town Sightseeing Tour
  • Discover Oslo - the fabulous capital of Norway.
  • Visiting Frogner Park in Oslo
  • Floibanen funicular ride in Bergen
  • Fjords boat trip from Flam to Bergen
  • Unbelievable Journey on the scenic Flamsbana Railway
  • Exploring Copenhagen Highlights
  • Enjoy express boat trip from Flåm to Bergen - the second largest city in Norway
Visits:
Bergen, Copenhagen, Oslo, Scandinavia, Stockholm, Denmark, Norway, Sweden
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Four Scandinavian Capitals

Indus Travels
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9 days
$ 328 / day
$ 2,949
From : $ 3,166
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Discover the sights of Helsinki, including Senate Square, Parliament House, and Sibelius Park
  • Sail from Denmark's waterside capital, Copenhagen to Oslo, home of Viking kings
  • Visit the impressive Vigeland Sculpture Park, the world's largest sculpture park made by a single artist at Oslo
  • Discover the most beautiful and royal Amalienborg Palace at Copenhagen
Visits:
Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo, Stockholm, Denmark, Sweden
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Stockholm Explorer

4 days
$ 237 / day
$ 947
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Minimal walking. Motor vehicles for all major parts of trip. Wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Most cruises. Very Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • The capital of Scandinavia, Stockholm, is home to some of the most luminous palaces and cathedrals.
  • With 608 rooms, Stockholm's Royal Palace is the world’s largest royal castle still used for its original purpose.
  • Dig into local delicacies like Swedish meatballs, fried herring, toast skagen and sill with hardbread.
  • Get lost in the cobblestone streets of Stockholm's old town, Gamla Stan.
  • Learn about Viking history at Vasa Museum.
Visits:
Stockholm, Sweden
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Capitals & The Baltics: Sweden, Latvia, Eston ...

8 days
$ 227 / day
$ 1,818
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Stroll through Tallinn's quaint Old Town and admire its city walls and guard towers.
  • Stare in wonder at the 17th-century Viking ship at Stockholm's Vasa Museum.
  • Spend an afternoon relaxing at one of Helsinki's pretty parks or taking a ferry to an island!
  • Uncover hidden treasures in Riga, Latvia's vibrant capital known for its Art Nouveau architecture.
  • Enjoy tours led by knowledgeable guides in each city!
Visits:
Helsinki, Riga, Stockholm, Tallinn, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Sweden
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Four Scandinavian Capitals

Indus Travels
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
9 days
$ 289 / day
$ 2,949
From : $ 3,509
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Discover the sights of Helsinki, including Senate Square, Parliament House, and Sibelius Park
  • Sail from Denmark's waterside capital, Copenhagen to Oslo, home of Viking kings
  • Visit the impressive Vigeland Sculpture Park, the world's largest sculpture park made by a single artist at Oslo
  • Discover the most beautiful and royal Amalienborg Palace at Copenhagen
Visits:
Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden
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Northern Highlights

Indus Travels
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
12 days
$ 271 / day
$ 3,899
From : $ 4,388
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Visit 3 Scandinavian countries in 12 days
  • Take a scenic ride to the Briksdal glacier by open troll cars! at Geiranger
  • Sail from Stockholm to Helsinki and visit these Nordic capital cities
  • Discover the sights Stockholm the Royal Palace, Parliament Buildings, Cathedral, Royal Theatre, etc
Visits:
Bergen, Helsinki, Oslo, Stockholm, Finland, Norway, Sweden
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Polar Explorer: Sweden, Finland & Norway

7 days
$ 346 / day
$ 2,420
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Take advantage of your free evenings in Stockholm and Oslo - two vibrant capitals!
  • Rovaniemi is known for being the official hometown of Santa Clause - why not stop by and see if Mr. and Mrs. Clause are home!
  • See if you can spot the Northern Lights in Lapland, one of the best places in the world to see this ballet of lights.
  • Enjoy an afternoon searching for king crab, then taste your fresh catch as you hear fun facts and stories.
  • Choose the upgrade and pay a visit to the famous Kirkenes Snow Hotel, which is built from scratch every year!
Visits:
Oslo, Stockholm, Finland, Norway, Sweden
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Cathedrals & Capitals: Scandinavia by Sea

Road Scholar
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
15 days
$ 533 / day
$ 7,999
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • An extended discovery of Saint Petersburg allows you to see the spectacular cathedrals, fortresses and palaces built under Peter the Great.
  • Discover fascinating cities including Karlskrona, Klaipeda, Mariehamm and Helsinki.
  • Explore Copenhagen, an elegant Scandinavian city of expansive parks and plazas.
Visits:
Copenhagen, Gdańsk, Helsinki, London, Oslo, St. Petersburg, Stockholm, Denmark, Norway, Russia, Sweden
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Swedish Splendor

Indus Travels
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7 days
$ 171 / day
$ 1,199
From : $ 1,754
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Explore the exciting and historical Swedish capital, Stockholm
  • Drive through the pleasant countryside of Southern Sweden
  • Discover Malmöhus Castle and the atmosphere of the historic city of Malmo
  • Explore Kristianstad, a former fortress town founded by the Danish King Christian IV
  • Visit the “Kingdom of Crystal” and its famous glass factories
Visits:
Stockholm, Sweden
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Top Sweden Experiences and Attractions

Top Sweden Experiences

Take a trek along the Kungsleden trail, which is the longest and most well-known trail in Sweden.

Visit the Drottningholm Palace and see where the Majesties of Sweden live and take a dive into Swedish history.

Explore the picturesque medieval town of Sigtuna, Sweden’s oldest town, to understand the beginnings of Sweden.

Enjoy the summertime and the sea in Gotland, an island getaway that host lively daytime and nightlife activities.

Ride your bike along the Gota Canal in Southern Sweden and enjoy the rolling countryside.

See the Northern Lights in the northernmost province of Lapland. Additionally, explore the area through outdoor activities.

See and support the marine life at the national marine park of Kosterhavet by foot, kayak or canoe.

Get to know the many sides of the capital, Stockholm.

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Sweden Trip Reviews

229 Sweden Tour Reviews - Summary 87% Recommend

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Great 78
Average 27
Disappointing 1
Terrible 2
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Activities
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Lodging
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Transportation
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Meals
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Very nice

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Very nice equipment & was delivered in room & picked up as told when it was ordered.

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Operator Special needs at Sea

Scandinavian Dream!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 4.0

I want to thank you and Indus Travel for arranging a fantastic trip to Norway. Working with you and your constant update on the itinerary and details really gave us confidence and security to just sit down, relax and enjoy the trip. We had a fantastic time from the time of arrival to the day we left Norway. I have referred Indus to many of my friends who will be contacting you soon for travel arrangements. Many thanks for all your help.

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Operator Indus Travels

I planned a last minute trip to Scandinavia

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

I planned a last minute trip to Scandinavia, the date chosen was already sold out, but they offered us the one from Sept 3rd to Sept 12th, and we went. Best experience ever with a tour company! I had my doubts since I hadn't heard of Firebird Tours before, and I was a little uneasy until before arriving to Copenhagen, as soon as I saw our driver waiting for us there and helping us with our Copenhagen Card before taking us to our hotel, I started to enjoy the trip. Everything went beyond our expectations (excepting the weather, it rained all the time we where in Norway), wonderful hotels (kind of funky, but fun, the one in Stockholm. The tour guides were the best, and having an small group made everything easier. Next year we will for sure do another trip, I like the independent travel and this one was perfect for us, we were free to visit the places we wanted without worrying about transport and lodging. Thank you Firebird! Thank you Kate for replying my emails almost instantly when I had questions.

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Operator Firebird Tours

Capitals of the North

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

The trip delivered more than just the capitals. It delivered different cultures, special dinner with a most friendly Russian family, most beautiful hotels, museums, natural landscapes, iconic monuments, markets and friendships with the various people.

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Operator Trafalgar

CES 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Interesting and varied 1 week trip giving a good introduction to the 4 countries. Good mixture of activities sightseeing, Christmas Markets. Highlights of trip were Runsdale Palace, Hill of Crosses and Trakai Castle and beautiful capital cities visited
Overnight ferry from Stockholm to Tallin, ships official and unofficial entertainment was very memorable.

Excellent very good knowledge of all countries and activities, keep everything running smoothly

Baltic countries appear more expensive that Eastern European Countries e.g. Poland
Dress warmly and use coffee shops tactically to warm up, we were lucky with the weather (mild) but in cities you will out walking most of day

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Operator Exodus Travels

No reason not to

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

No reason not to

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Operator Intrepid Travel

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Sweden Attractions & Landmarks Guide

Souvenirs from Sweden

Sweden has both usual and unique souvenirs to take home a piece of your trip with you. If you enjoyed the cuisine, you can take home pickled herring or another fish dish. If you enjoyed the beverages, take home the local Absolut Vodka.

Other common souvenirs are the salt liquorice, dala horse from the Dalarna region, hand-crafted wooden utensils or nobel dishware. You can also find vintage shoes and clothes and exceptional home decor and design to inspire your time at home.

Top things to do in Sweden

The top things to do are both outdoorsy and cultural in Sweden. A visit to Stockholm introduces a visitor to this multifaceted city through its excellent museums, culinary delights and beautiful parks. A major attraction just outside of Stockholm is the world UNESCO sight of Drottningholm Palace. Another popular place to visit is Sigtuna, the oldest town in Sweden, or the most northern province of lapland. Visiting the towns and cities of Sweden gives travelers a picture of Swedish culture.

Travelers enjoy coming to Sweden to engage in outdoor recreation such as visiting one or many of the National Parks, planning a trek, a bike tour or relaxing in many natural preserves. Let’s not forget seeing the Northern Lights in the winter! In particular, travelers see the lights in Abisko National Park or another northern area.

In the summer, there are many festivals including celebrations of Midsummer, which celebrates the longest day of the year in June. These festivals happen throughout the country and include unique dancing, food and festivities. After enduring another long winter, Swedes love to celebrate the new season’s bounty! No matter what interests you, this country has a variety of regions, each with unique things to see and do.

Can’t miss Swedish cuisine

When you first think of Swedish cuisine, you might think of Swedish meatballs, known for their exceptional spicing. Apart from that, Sweden has excellent seafood dishes, namely numerous fish dishes such as marinated salmon with dill potatoes, pickled herring on a Smörgåsbord (buffet) or Gubbröra, an egg and anchovy dish served with brown bread. To top it off, have some dessert! Enjoy the Princess cake or the Saffron buns.

Here are some other classic Swedish culinary delights:

  1. Jansson’s Temptation - a traditional Christmas casserole of potatoes and anchovies

  2. Raggmunk & Lingonberries - a lovely Swedish potato pancake with berries

  3. Gravlax, or dill-cured salmon, is a foodie’s treat

  4. Knäckebröd - a crisp and delightful bread that complements any meal

  5. Toast Skagen - toast with a spread of prawns, whitefish roe, mayo/mustard and dill

Taking a bike tour in Sweden

A bike tour is a great way to explore both the cities and the countryside of Sweden. As with many bike tours, you can plan your route according to what you’d like to see along the way and the distance you’d like to travel each day. The summer time is the best time to plan a bike tour in Sweden, since it has warmer and longer days.

Sweden is offers cyclists a wide variety of terrain including mountain trails, scenic coastal byways or city tours. It is also an excellent place for a bike tour because of the spectacular and wild scenery that you will get up close and personal on an extended trip. There is something for every level of cyclist and can be challenging or more leisurely depending on what type of cycling you’d like to do.

Some popular places to bike are Klarälvsbanan that is 220 km tour in west-central Sweden or Kattegattleden, Sweden’s first national bike route on that goes 370 km along the west coast. Additionally,  One possible weeklong bike tour is written in the itinerary section.

Tips for taking a bike tour in Sweden

  1. Bring your own bike/gear on the airplane or rent one from many shops in Stockholm. You can rent by hour or for multiple days.

  2. Take care of your bike and gear. If out for multiple days, be prepared with the proper tools and maintenance knowledge. Although there is far less crime in Sweden than the U.S, it is always important to lock your bike and take care of your personal belongings.

  3. The road rules are generally the same as in the U.S. and they drive on the right as well. Remember to follow all the posted signs and don’t forget that they measure distance in kilometres!

Sweden outdoor travel

Sweden is home to nearly any outdoor adventure you can think of, be it a trek, hike, bike tour, ski trip, snowshoe, fishing, camping, etc. You can choose an itinerary that fits your activity level and the sights you’d like to see. You can do something more mellow or strenuous within the various outdoor activities. Additionally, you can pair your outdoor travel with time in the major cities of Sweden.

Some of the top outdoor travel activities in Sweden include:

  1. Hiking - There are numerous opportunities for hiking in Sweden for a wide variety of physical levels. Those seeking something more challenging can try some mountain treks along the Kungsleden trail, Sweden’s most famous walking trail which stretches over 440km, but can be walked in different sections. Or if you’re looking for a calmer outing, consider island hopping and walks within the Stockholm archipelago.

  2. Dogsledding - One simply can’t travel to a Scandinavian country in the winter and not try their hand at dogsledding. This mode of transport goes back centuries and many guided tours in Sweden include it on their itineraries. Dogsledding is a great way to get to know the local culture and tradition, while also enjoying the company of dogs!

  3. Snowshoeing - Active travelers will love this challenging by rewarding way to hike in the snow. Snowshoeing is not for everyone, but if you’re up to the challenge, it’s invigorating and can get you to unique places not easily accessible by vehicle, or even dogsled! Snowshoeing can be enjoyed in many of Sweden’s National Parks.

  4. Fishing or fly fishing - In the summer months, a visitor to Sweden can enjoy being in nature while fishing along over 100,000 lakes, rivers or along the coast.  One local fishermen's spot is Lake Vanern, one Sweden’s largest lakes.

  5. Nordic (cross country) or downhill skiing - You can ski almost anywhere in Sweden during the winter months and it hosts terrain for any level of skier. One excellent resort is the Åre resort in central Sweden, known as one of the biggest ski resorts in Northern Europe.

The main cities in Sweden

When people think of cities in Sweden, they are likely to think of the capital, Stockholm. Many exciting activities await you in this city, including watching the change of the guard at the Royal Palace, relaxing in the quaint town square, Stortorget, or taking a boat to the city’s greenest island, Djurgården.

But Sweden is much more than it’s capital! While primarily a country for outdoorsy travel, Sweden’s cities provide wonderful glimpses into the Swedish culture, cuisine, and modern local life, each of which with its own attractions and character.

Other main cities to visit in Sweden include:

  1. Gothenburg - a city known for its arts and music festivals, it is a great place to get a taste for the local culture.

  2. Uppsala & Sigtuna - these places allow the visitor to imagine the past lifestyles in Sweden due to well-preserved old town centers.

  3. Malmö - a coastal city in southern Sweden, this city is within striking distance of Denmark and as such has an interesting international feel.

  4. Västerås - a medium sized city, this city sits beside Lake Malaren, about 100 km west of Stockholm.

Swedish National Parks

Sweden is home to 30 distinctive National Parks that have varying and dynamic landscapes. There are National Parks that are more marine-based, more mountainous, magical forests and expansive sand dunes.

Some of the most popular National Parks in Sweden include:

  1. ÄNGSÖ National Park - An untouched gem, only accessible by boat, and a truly great place to visit for those wanting to get away from it all. ANGSO National Park is beautiful year round, but commonly only included on Sweden tour itineraries in the Summer.

  2. Abisko National Park - an excellent viewing spot for the Northern Lights!

  3. Sonfjallet National Park - one of the oldest National Parks in Europe.

You will find a beautiful National Park in Sweden for whichever natural landscape you’d like to immerse yourself in.

Visiting Sweden in the winter

Sweden is a great destination for winter enthusiasts! You can enjoy this season through snowshoeing, nordic (cross-country) or downhill skiing or ice fishing. After your day of adventures outside, you can warm yourself by enjoying delicious seasonal winter dishes, tasty beverages and then plan for your next day outdoors.

You can also enjoy visiting the famous ice hotel-museum in Kiruna or peruse the indoor side of any major city. Don’t forget that the winter is the best time to see the Northern Lights. Remember to be prepared for cold and changing weather by packing accordingly.

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Things to Know Before You Go

When is the best time to visit Sweden?

Sweden is a country with various wonders throughout the seasons. Your best timing will depend on what type of travel, activities and sights you’d like to experience.

If you’d like to visit during the sunny season, see the midnight sun and have lots of hours to sightsee, hike, relax, and bike, visit during May through September.

If you’d like to enjoy winter activities such as nordic skiing, seeing the Northern Lights or watching the snowfall, plan on visiting between November and March.

Who will enjoy traveling to Sweden?

Any type of traveler will enjoy visiting Sweden, as it hosts interesting cultural, historic, natural and culinary delights. In particular, Sweden is an excellent destination for active travelers who want to engage in biking, hiking, skiing and other activities. Someone who enjoys a less crowded experience with lots of access to nature and the outdoors will also enjoy a trip to Sweden.

Why should you travel to Sweden?

Sweden is a bit off the beaten track as a tourist destination, so those travelers seeking to get away from the crowds, spend some time outdoors, and learn about this unique Nordic country will love spending time touring Sweden.

You should travel to Sweden to taste the sea-based cuisines and delicacies of the country. You should arrive ready to spend time outside in beautiful landscapes and be active on your trip.

You should travel to Sweden to engage with interesting cities and a culture that lives amongst long summers and winters. You should travel to Sweden to get away from the crowds of Western Europe.

Sweden travel packing list

Along with the usual necessities when packing for a trip, a trip to Sweden wouldn’t be complete without including:

1) Hiking Books

2) Outdoor gear depending on the season (you could also rent there)

3) Layers (the weather can change and it’s good to be prepared)

4) A rain jacket

5) A swimsuit (for the summer months)

6) A great book (for relaxing after an action-packed day)

What is the weather like in Sweden?

Many people think of long winters when they think of Sweden. While this is true, the climate is milder than one would expect due to Sweden's proximity to the Gulf Stream.

The further north that you go, the more cold the climate. In general, the country has some humidity from its closeness to the ocean.

The summer can be quite pleasant with many sunny days. As with any trip, research the weather for your timeline to pack accordingly.

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