Sweden

Sweden is the third largest country in western Europe. Because of its long and narrow shape, Sweden stretches out into Lapland past the arctic circle together with Finland and Norway. This means Sweden has widely varying geography with long snowy winters in the north and a much milder climate in the south. This diversity also has its charm when the midnight sun can be witnessed in winter in Lapland. There is over 7.000 kilometers coastline, mainly in the east, but don’t expect long stretches of sandy beach; most of the coastline are huge fjords and cliffs.

Travelling through Sweden can be very idyllic with countless lakes and waterways surrounded by vast forests. Further north majestic mountains and glaciers are found with beautiful little villages across. Throughout the country you are free to set up your tent and stay for the night. Experienced by locals too, hiking, cycling, ice-skating and other outdoor activities are popular in Sweden.

Handicrafts form a significant part of Sweden’s cultural heritage. The wooden Dala horse is often seen as a symbol of Sweden. More traditionally the Sami people in the north are well known for their wood and bone carvings and their textile handicrafts.

Sweden too has introduced a great children’s writer; Astrid Lindgren. Lindgren is the creator of Pipi Longstocking which has been translated and read by children all over the world. IKEA and Absolut Vodka also originate from Sweden, the latter especially enjoyed by many people.

Best time of the year to visit Sweden is between late June and mid August when the temperature is in the twenties and hostels, camp grounds and attractions open up around the country. Your round accommodation is always available in cities.

Alcoholic beverages are expensive as in the rest of Scandinavia. Light beers can be bought in grocery stores and supermarkets but stronger beverages have to be bought at state-owned shops. The minimum age to buy liqueur is 20 but alcohol can be bought by over 18-s in pubs and bars.