Summer Highlights in Sweden
JULY, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER
Gerdal is a village a few miles outside Örnsköldsvik. There is a popular ostrich farm located there. They are the world’s largest birds and can weigh over 150 kg. The weight doesn’t seem to slow them down – record speeds are 70 km/hour. Adjacent to the farm is a great restaurant serving ostrich dishes. Don’t miss the farm’s store that has everything from ostrich skin care products to jewelry and other handcrafted products.
The Dragon Festival is a five-day festival with lots of fun activities for the whole family, including a fun fair, artists, theaters, summer dance and a large drink and food market. But the biggest reason why people visit the festival is to see the Dragon Boat Race. The participants are Swedish companies, struggling to win first prize in their home made dragon boats.
It will give you a unique experience of freedom, strength and action. Water Snowmobile is a fun family activity and a memory for life as part of hen and stag parties. The machines are approved and classified by the Maritime Administration as boats, which gives them and their participants a unique opportunity to lawfully move freely in Swedish waters.
Every year in the middle of July, a thousand yellow plastic ducks are released into Ammerån, upstream by the swimming area. The evening is enhanced by entertainment, refreshments and raffles. The winner of the Duck race will receive 25 000 sek. The ducks are sold by the villagers during the weeks before, but 250 ducks are always sold right before the start. So be sure to get there in time if you want a duck!
In Åre you find Sweden’s best rafting, and if you want to experience the stunning scenery and forceful rapids you need to go there! There are tours for those who truly want to get a real adrenaline filled trip or for those who would rather get as much nature experience as possible for the whole family. They have a sophisticated security system used by several rafting companies in Sweden.
Lidingöloppet is a Swedish runner’s race that first started in 1965 and has been held every year since. The race is 30 km long and attracts runners from all over the world, both amateurs and elite athletes. Since 1982, Lidingöloppet is listed in the Guiness World Records book as the world’s largest off-road running race. If you are not tempted to run yourself, it’s also fun to watch.
Kräftskiva is celebrated every August. It is a feast of crayfish and snaps. Friends and families gather around to celebrate the beginning of crayfish season. The tradition came about when restrictions were in place during the 1900s, crayfish harvesting was limited until August 7th of each year. The restaurant “Ulriksdals Wärdshus” serves Swedish crayfish throughout August. To experience a true tradition, you should definitely try it!
For a mere 49 sek you get the chance to pan for gold in the creek next to the Hornkullens Silver mine. If you find gold, you get to keep it all. There are also opportunities to explore the Silver mines which, according to the legend, opened up already in 1350 and was closed again in the 1800’s. If you are lucky you will leave the area much richer than when you arrived.
Here you will find greenery and flowering plants all year round. In the Tropical Greenhouse, you’ll enjoy banana trees, coffee plants and orchids, as well as plants from deserts and other arid areas. Orangery holds cacti, Linnaeus’s laurel, figs and olive trees. During spring, summer and autumn you may stroll through colorful summer flowers, rare alpine plants, trees, shrubs and appetizing vegetables from around the world.
Here you get to try to ride like a real cowboy. You ride in a real western saddle and when you head out for adventures in the Swedish forests, pack your saddle bags with refreshments for the tour. Even if you’re not an experienced rider, you can come along. They customize the tour to your skills.
The Seal Safari boat, M/S Sara, departs from the North harbor in Strömstad, continues across the Koster Fjord, and out to the seal colony, with hundreds of seals. They approach slowly, as the curious seals like to swim around the boat. Since the cubs are born in June-July, this makes it an especially exciting time to visit and to be able to see the mothers with their cubs.
This exciting theme park on the edge of the water of Djurgå̊rden has a great range of exciting rides for people of all ages. “Grönan” hosts summer concerts, including big stars like Lady Gaga and, in the past, even Jimi Hendrix! Less well-known Swedish talents are also featured. Those who have paid the good value tickets to enjoy the rides all day, get to enjoy the concert as part of the package.
At forty-two meters high, Långe Jan is the tallest lighthouse in Sweden. Originally built in 1785, it was electrified in the 1940’s, and now operates unstaffed. The lighthouse is a popular visitor’s attraction. You have to climb a spiral staircase with almost 200 steps to get to the top, where you can enjoy fabulous sea views as well as being able to see most of the island. There is a lighthouse museum here, a nature center and a restaurant.
Vätternrundan is an approximately 300-kilometer bike race for amateurs held in mid June. The race begins and ends in Motala and go clockwise around the lake Vättern. Motala is a great city in general and an excellent summer resort in particular. When Vätternrundan week kicks off the town is buzzing with people. The marina has many restaurants and activities for the whole family.
This is a music festival annually held in Slottsskogen in Göteborg. The first festival took place in 2007 and became a success already in the first year. In 2011 there were over 25 000 visitors. In previous years the festival has been visited by world-famous artists as Manu Chao, The Hives, Regina Spektor, Kanye West, Neil Young and others. The festival combines performances in Slottsskogen with concerts at club stages around in Göteborg.
Digerhuvud is Sweden’s largest rauk area. There are hundreds of stone formations on a 3.5 km long coastline. The highest stone formation is 8 meters. The stone consist of a harder type of limestone which withstood the ocean’s waves abrasion and are remnants of ancient reefs that existed in the tropical sea 430 million years ago.
Kneippbyn Summerland features over 35 different activities including the original Villekulla Cottage from the Pippi Longstocking movies. Take a ride in the Rollercoaster, Kiddy-train, Merry-go-around or Flying boat. Let your children test their driving abilities in the small electric cars or go-carts. In the center of Kneippbyn Summerland is the original Villekulla Cottage. Every day during peak season there is a Pippi show!
Swedish Open in Båstad has placed to be the world’s most popular tennis tournament in the atp Tour’s 250-class for most years in a row. This year’s games are held between June 7th and 15th. During this week, people from all over the world visit Båstad, and the population increases from 5000 inhabitants to over 100,000 happy partyers. You don’t need to be interested in tennis to go there, the truth is that most people go there to party. There are three popular nightclubs, Skansen, Madison’s and Pepe’s Bodega where the Champagne flows!
The Gammelstad Church Village just outside the city of Luleå̊ is included on the World Heritage List as the largest and best preserved church village in Northern Sweden. The World Heritage site consists of the 14th-century stone church, adjacent church cottages, the Mediaeval street pattern and buildings dating back to the 17th century. The red cottages were used in their traditional way up until the 1950s.
Ammarnäs is a small village in the middle of one of Scandinavia’s largest protected natural areas: Vindfjällets National Park. If you choose a weekend or a week trip you get to spend the night at Hedebo gå̊rd, a double cottage built in timber. During the days you ride off to exciting adventures in the beautiful landscape of Vindfjällets National Park.
Teknikens Hus is a world of technology and an exciting place for the curious of all ages. Teknikens Hus is Sweden’s northernmost science center and one of the first in the country. The science center opened in May 1988 and has since welcomed more than three million visitors, young and old. The house is opened for visitors 42 hours a week.
One of Sweden’s most established and well-known art museums. It exhibits artworks by the famous artist Anders Zorn. He himself had plans to build a museum for his collections. He had ambitions of a pedagogical nature with the museum he was planning. He intended that the people of Dalarna would have the opportunity to see and learn something about art and art handicrafts from all corners of the world.
Kebnekaise is Sweden’s highest mountain. It has two peaks, of which the south peak is the highest with 2102 meters. You may hike on your own, or by an experienced guide climb the stunning mountain. High atop there is a mountain lodge called “Kebnekaise Fjällstation” where you can eat a nice dinner and have a good night’s sleep. It is over 100 years since the first guests arrived when the hotel first opened back in 1907.
OCTOBER, NOVEMBER, DECEMBER
Between the October 5-7 Stockholm will turn into a jazz town, as the international Stockholm Jazz Festival takes over the city. The first festival was held in 1980 and has been a popular tourist destination ever since.
This is a yearly film festival in Stockholm in November and will show over 180 films. The Festival wants to highlight young and un-established filmmakers. On average, every third film in the festival is made by a debutante. Officials want to emphasize female directors and last year 26% of the films were directed by women. So go to Stockholm in November and enjoy some new fantastic movies.
Skansen Christmas Market is a tradition since 1903 and the weekend first of Advent is when the Christmas market opens up. At Skansen you will find the true Christmas spirit among the market stalls filled with goodies and handmade Swedish products. Here you can listen to choirs singing carols at several locations in the market area or visit Seglora church and enjoy a beautiful Christmas concert.
Gondolen is a famous restaurant on Södermalm in Stockholm overlooking Mälaren, Saltsjön, Slussen and the inner city of Stockholm. The restaurant is situated in a bridge 33 meters above sea level. With the incredible view of Stockholm, there is no better place to celebrate New Year’s Eve . Here you are guaranteed to see all the colorful fireworks while enjoying a fantastic dinner and a glass of champagne!
Hammarbybacken is a ski slope in the middle of central Stockholm. Hammarbybacken offers skiing for all ages and levels of experience with its three different runs. Here you can rent all your ski equipment and they also have a popular ski school.
Liseberg is one of the leading amusement parks in Europe and offers entertainment, attractions, restaurants and accommodation of the highest standard. Christmas at Liseberg is open from mid-November until December 23rd. With nearly five million lights you can’t expect anything less than a brilliant Christmas. Go on a Christmas gift hunt among the Market booths, ice-skate and warm up with a cup of Swedish “glögg”.
“Polkagrisar” is a Swedish red and white striped candy flavored with mint. In the small town Gränna, just by the road side, visitors may watch the making of these candies. They also have a huge shop that not only sells candy canes, but sweets in all shapes and flavors. And of course everything is made on the spot.
At the Johanna Museum you will experience “Sweden of all time” by the museum’s unique exhibits of various collectibles. Visitors can listen to the predecessor of the juke box, the barrel organ, hear the story of legendary veteran cyclist Gustaf Håkansson, find out about children’s writer Selma Lagerlöf and her creation Nils Holgersson, and see props used by leading Swedish filmmakers such as Hasse & Tage and Jan Troell. Other exhibits include Cederholmaren – Swedens’ oldest car – and restored vintage cars, motorbikes, bicycles and all manner of mechanical gems.
HOW THE GET AROUND IN SWEDEN
To book train tickets in Sweden you simply, by visit the website below, type the city’s you want to travel between and they will help you plan your travel. You can also call them on phone number 0771-75 75 75 for personal assistance. Keep in mind that the earlier you book you ticket, the cheaper it is.
To book flight tickets in Sweden you simply, by visit the website below, type the cities you want to travel between and they will help you plan your travel.
To rent a car in Sweden we recommend “Auto biluthyrning” in Stockholm. Contact Newcomer’s to get a 50% discount for EuRA . They have three offices in.
To book a hotel room in Sweden visit the website below, type the location where you want to stay. You can also call them on phone number 08000283906 for personal assistance.