Sweden is a combination of incredible countryside vistas and cosmopolitan city charms. Holidaymakers flock to this Scandinavian hotspot all year round. Some head for the snow-capped mountains during winter, while others come to bask in the midnight sun come summer. Two thirds of the country is covered in forest and 30 national parks showcase its natural beauty, making it a paradise for hikers and tree huggers.
It’s easy to see why its capital, Stockholm is described as one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Located on 14 islands, you’re never far from the waters of Lake Mälar. Stroll along the pristine streets of the Medieval Old Town and you'll stumble upon the city's most historic architectural landmarks, including the decadent Royal Palace, Stockholm Cathedral and the multicoloured houses of Stortorget, which look like they've been lifted straight out of a story book.
Holidays to Sweden wouldn’t be complete without fully immersing yourself in the culture. More than just a coffee break, Fika is a sacrament to friendship - a moment to appreciate the small pleasures of day-to-day life - coffee and a cake just happens to be part of it.
It’s not difficult to find fantastic things to do in Sweden. The north, dubbed the Swedish Lapland, is where you’ll see the country’s most dramatic scenery. Many people also flock here to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights.
Alternatively, there’s Stockholm. The country’s capital makes a perfect weekend getaway and is a great introduction to the Scandi way of life - and cooking. Stockholm has serious culinary chops, boasting a collective 13 Michelin stars and brimming with exciting new concept restaurants, where food is farm-to-table fresh or foraged from surrounding forests.
Just 40 minutes down the road, you can visit the Drottningholm Palace, the official residence of the Swedish Royal Family, which is bound to leave you awestruck. If you want to dive deeper into the culture, there are tons of museums at your fingertips. Marvel at the world’s only preserved 17th century ship at Vasa Museum or walk in the footsteps of one of the most influential bands in the history of pop music at Abba the Museum.
Those seeking warm, mild days should visit Sweden between May and September. Come winter you’ll need to pack your woolies with subzero temperatures lasting until at least March.
The nearest international airport is Stockholm Bromma Airport (BMA) with direct flights from a number of UK airports. It is located just six miles from Stockholm centre.