Quite amazingly, Sweden is twice the size of the United Kingdom, yet has less than 10 million inhabitants so the mere mention of Sweden invokes thoughts of IKEA, ABBA, Spotify, SAAB and Volvo but should also bring to mind sailing to rocky islands of the Stockholm archipelago, reindeer, wide open pine covered wilderness, lakes (lots of lakes) and snow-covered peaks. Not to mention the midnight sun in the high arctic or the aurora borealis!

Swedish life is a relaxed easygoing existence where their style is to be modest, practical and where homes are cleverly designed as form and function are highly prized. A liberal attitude to most aspects of life, the result of their open and straight forward manner is evident in any interaction you may have while experiencing Sweden. 

It isn’t just the cities and beaches of the south you should experience, for the intrepid traveller venturing to the far north during summer to hike the Kungsleden or experience the midnight sun are a must. If visiting during the winter, the Jokkmokk Marknad has been continuously held for over 410 years and is one of the most popular annual gatherings for the indigenous Sami , and while you’re high in the arctic, you might catch the aurora borealis while visiting the Jukkasjärvi Ice Hotel or dog sledding in Abisko.

Visiting Scandinavia's Beautiful Stockholm

I arrived into Stockholm on an early train on a Friday after spending time in Sweden’s far north exploring Norway’s Narvik and the Abisko National Park.  I was promptly met by Marcus... Read more >>

Experiencing Sweden - The Year I lived in Gothenburg

Gothenburg (known in Swedish as Göteborg) city, located on the west coast of Sweden and on the mouth of the Göta älv (Göta river) is the second... Read more >>

Northern Sweden's Winter Aurora Borealis

One of the most popular items on a traveller’s bucket list (and if not it should be included) is to view the Aurora Borealis (commonly known as the Northern Lights) as it’s probably... Read more >>

Sweden's Jokkmokk Winter Market

Held for three days from the first Thursday in February, every year since 1605, the Jokkmokk market (Jokkmokks Marknad) is a fascinating and unique cultural experience. The town of... Read more >>

Sweden's Jukkasjärvi Ice Hotel

A mere 19km from the Swedish Lapland town of Kiruna lies the tiny village of Jukkasjärvi world famous for being home of the iconic ICEHOTEL. Jukkasjärvi is located approximately 200km... Read more >>