Sweden is a unique mix of things and a visit here is not just about seeing the history or eating the food, it’s about experiencing a way of life, immersing yourself in an idealistic culture where equality is valued and the future is now.Streets adorned with quaint cafe’s and fika-loving locals, modern design and ancient architecture. It is, without a doubt, a feast for the senses and a city well worth exploring. More than that, the Swedish culture is one well-worth experiencing first-hand. This Sweden travel guide will help you plan your next vacation.
Sweden Travel Guide: Fast Facts:
- In Sweden, the standard is 230 volts. You will need Plugs C & F.
- The Swedish currency is the Swedish Krona (SEK) and is around 8 SEK to 1 USD dollar.
- If you’re looking to buy alcohol (above about 3%) outside of a restaurant or bar, you’ll have to find the nearest Systembolaget, which is a government-owned and run store that is the only legal option for buying take-home booze in Sweden. Som if you enjoy a drink, you might want stock up on duty free en route to Sweden.
- Sweden’s water supply is well filtered and incredibly clean, so bring a long a portable water bottle and make sure to fill it up when you go exploring!
- Always ask if you should remove your shoes or not when entering a Swedish home. In most homes it is customary to remove your shoes.
- When picking your hostel or hotel, pay the premium for a central location. You’ll save a ton on public transportation. Also try to get one with breakfast included as it will always be cheaper than a regular breakfast at a restaurant or café.
- From bus stations to malls to public parks, toilets are nearly always pay-to-pee. This requires inserting a 5 or 10 kronor coin into a machine to unlock the doo
Top Packing Tips for Sweden Travel
Sweden has a much milder climate than most other regions of the world that lie as far north. July temperatures in Sweden average 13 to 17°C. February is usually Sweden's coldest month, with temperatures from – 22 to -3°C. In northern Sweden, winter temperatures often drop to -30°C, sometimes even lower. Expect snow in souther Sweden from December to April and in northern Sweden from the beginning of October. Northern Sweden lies in the Land of the midnight Sun and as a result has continuous daylight during part of the summer. The number of days of continuous daylight increases as one goes farther north. Southern Sweden never has continuous daylight, though it averages 19 hours of daylight a day in midsummer. In winter, Sweden has similar periods of continuous darkness.
- Day bag – Pack a smaller backpack or day bag you can throw all your gear into for day trips, like water bottles, scarves, beanies, gloves, camera etc and will need somewhere to put those things if you’re exploring the great outdoors.
- Swimwear – If you’re visiting during the winter months and wish to go to a sauna, or if you're visiting in summer and just want to have a swim, you’ll need your swimsuit. Don’t forget to pack whatever else it is you usually like to swim with.
- Personal Safety Products – Before leaving for your trip, make sure to pack some personal safety products, like money belts and locks, so that you can keep your valuables safe on your trip.
- Warm clothes – You should pack a fleece jacket, woolen sweaters, chunky knitwear and other warm items you can layer. Warm legwear is important too so you may like to think about packing thick stockings to layer under jeans, and thermal underwear is a good idea. Make sure to pack warm (and good quality) socks, gloves, and a hat. These are incredibly important if you plan on doing any outdoor activities or if you plan on walking around outside to sightsee. Lastly, pack at least one thick warm coat that is windproof and waterproof.
- Beauty Products – if you are prone to dry skin, then make sure to pack some beauty products like moisturizer, lip balm for chapped lips, cracked heel balm and hand balm or moisturizer.
- Bug spray: Summer's in Sweden are much more humid and full of mosquitos. Definitely, pack bug spray for your trip to Sweden.
- Rain gear: The capital city of Stockholm, Sweden, gets 22 inches of rain annually. Prepare by bringing a waterproof raincoat, rain boots, and a small umbrella. Stockholm receives the greatest rainfall between the months of July and September, so make sure to pack a light waterproof jacket.
Top Things to Do in Sweden
- Go on a Kayaking Adventure: Do the North organizes kayaking trips to all the non-Swedes out there who haven't experienced the amazing untouched and beautiful nature of Sweden.
- Visit Fairytale Drottningholm Palace on the island of Lovö: a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this palace is around 11 kilometers west of Stockholm. Dating from the 17th century, the palace is now the official residence of the Swedish Royal Family.
- Watch the Northern Lights: Have you seen the Northern Lights? If so, where? And if not, when are you planning to? Gotta check this off the life-list….they definitely live up to their reputation.
- Take The Capitals & Fjords Tour: Let's face it, Scandinavia is expensive. That's why we chose to do a guided tour of Scandinavia for our first outing. With a guided tour we could sit it in comfort with a bit of luxury and relaxation.
- Take a free walking tour – If you don't want to walk around aimlessly, take a walking tour! Learn about the history and the different areas of the city
- Leave central Stockholm – As soon as you get out of the city centre, prices drop. There are plenty of pretty areas 10-20 minutes away on the subway. A good place to visit would be Solna, you can find Mall of Scandinavia, Friends Arena, beautiful parks like Hagaparken and Ulriksdals Slott, and it’s only 7 minutes from central with the subway.
- Take advantage of the free parks – Stockholm has some beautiful parks worth a visit. Check out Rålambshovsparken, Gärdet, tantolunden or if you take the subway 10 minutes on the blue line, to Solna, you can find Ulriksdals Slott or Hagaparken.