Winter Highlights in Sweden
JANUARY, FEBRUARY, MARCH
The Icehotel in Northern Sweden is completely made of ice and snow. It’s a chilly but fun experience and one of Scandinavia’s most popular tourist attractions. Apart from the hotel itself they have other exciting things on offer in the area.
Experience handling and driving your own reindeer with a sled in Lapland’s virgin forests. Visit a reindeer camp, feed the reindeer and enjoy a traditional Sámi lunch. For more information, follow the link below.
The Icehotel offer guided tours to experience the famous “Norrsken” which is the beautiful colored lights that you sometimes can see moving across the sky in the Northern parts of the world. You will find more information by following the link above.
Åre in Sweden is Northern Europe’s largest and most advanced and diverse alpine sport resort, with skiing and a wide variety of other sports and activities to suit every possible preference. They town has great restaurants, “after ski” clubs, nightclubs, shopping. For useful information take a look on their website.
This is the oldest, longest and the largest cross-country skiing competition in the world held the first Sunday in March. It’s a 90 km ski race and this year there will be about 60 000 participants. The first race in 1922 was inspired by a story by King Gustav Vasa in 1520 when he was escaping the troops of Christian II, king of Denmark. There are many different races during the week, from kids to seniors, everyone has a great time.
Snowmobile/Scooter safaris for all age groups. Take in the beauty of Sälen’s mountain surroundings as a guide escort you safely through the terrain. Choose between short tours to tours that take several days, anything is possible.
Sälen is a large ski area in northern Europe. In the alpine resorts Lindvallen, Högfjället, Tandådalen and Hundfjället there are 116 slopes and 86 lifts and 13 conveyor belts. The resort is clearly family-oriented with many children’s adventure areas, fun parks and suits both varied skiing for both beginners and experienced skiers. If you go there, don’t miss the famous descent “Trollskogen”, in Hundfjället.
At Casino Cosmopol, you can play all the classic casino games, enjoy good food and feel the special atmosphere you only find in a real casino! Casino Cosmopol was founded in the Swedish town of Sundsvall and is the first and only real casino chain in Sweden.
Vasa is a Swedish warship, which sank in Beckholmen in Stockholm on her maiden voyage on August 10, 1628. After some early failed attempts to salvage her in the 1600s, Vasa was forgotten until 1961 when itwas found and brought up. Now thewas is one of the most popular museums in Sweden loved but children and adults alike.
This is a peaceful oasis where you can enjoy Japanese baths, energizing activities and a variety of treatments. In their own two first class restaurants you can savor the finest flavors from Japanese and Asian cooking traditions. Yasuragi is the Japanese word for inner peace and harmony, and this is what we would like you to find while staying there.
If you feel a bit chilly they will serve Swedish Glögg, a traditional hot mulled wine in the cafeteria. If you want to add some Swedish tradition you can enjoy a bowl of Swedish pea soup and maybe a glass of arrack. Peas have been grown in Sweden since the Stone Age and the soup was an important dish in the navy and on merchant ships.
Experience Icebar Stockholm, the world’s first permanent ice bar where the temperature is -5°C all year round. The interior, including the glass is made from pure, clear ice harvested from the Torne river in Jukkasjärvi, Swedish Lapland. A 40 minute experience costs 180 sek/person & includes a warm cape, gloves, an ice cool feeling of exhilaration and a cocktail of your choice from their drink menu served in an ice glass.
Skating around this ice rink in the middle of the city is a must for many winter visitors. Renting skates costs 50 sek/adult & 20 sek/child. Opening hours vary, but the rink normally opens before lunch and closes sometime between 18:30–20:30. You can always call them first to make sure the rink is open: 0761-29 16 06.
Sweden’s first floating hotel. Six cubic houses are built on pontoons and float outside the restaurant. The hotel consists of six two-story buildings on floating pontoons. The hotel has 23 rooms with 46 beds. Each room has a private entrance and access to an outdoor seating area. Near the hotel you also have the opportunity to rent a sauna boat.
The largest science center in Sweden is named Universeum. In their sevenstory building you will find everything from rainforest trails and challenging ideas to the solar system and genius bursts. In the rainforest you’ll meet monkeys, frogs and birds, anacondas, snakes and much more. Those who want to test what the muscles and brain cells are capable of can ride on their mechanical horse or challenge someone to a dance duel test.
APRIL, MAY, JUNE
Järvzoo is a popular zoo, where you during your visit may see real wolves, bears, lynx and wolverines. You’ll meet various typical animals and birds from our northern latitude. Järvzoo is specialized in animal species living in the wild in the North of Sweden. There is a three-kilometer long wooden deck trail through an amazing section of Hälsingland nature.
Hälsingegårdar, Hälsinge farmhouses/manors, is a heritage of Hälsingland and each manor is unique with its own beautiful and interesting architecture. The Hälsingegard named Ersk-Anders, which was built in the 1500s, is now running a B&B. The rooms are designed the same way as the year they were built and it’s a unique experience to stay there. It gives a sense of having traveled back in time a few hundred years.
The cable lift was once used to ship ore from the mines in Kristineberg and Boliden. The lift has been rebuilt since then and is now a unique opportunity to enjoy the beautiful scenery and even to catch a glimpse of a moose or other wildlife that lives in the area. If you want to get a little extra out of your journey, you can pre-order meals to bring along during the tour. Best of all – you are always guaranteed a window seat!
Midsummer’s Eve is the highlight of the summer and it’s the time for some feast, dance and romance. On Midsummer the Swedes make something called a “may pole” decorated with flowers. It symbolizes the blossoming season and fertility. Dancing and singing around the pole, is followed by a feast on typical Swedish dishes, “snaps” and an all night party. Skansen has since 1892 invited people to celebrate Midsummer’s Eve where you will be able to see traditional dancing by Swedes wearing their Swedish costumes specific for their hometown or region.Skansen is Stockholm’s largest zoo.
Stockholm Marathon is an annual marathon trough the city of Stockholm. The race is always the first Saturday in June. If you are not tempted to run yourself, it’s also fun to watch the participants.
Sandhamn is a historical place situated in the outer archipelago. With its unique position the island is a paradise to those of you longing for a vivid archipelago with barren rocks and white sandy beaches. Both the island and its surroundings are full of life. There are restaurants, bars, hotels and shops. Leaving the harbor area behind, you find extensive walking paths along the beaches and windswept pines.
The start of one of the world’s greatest ocean races, the ÅF Offshore race, is going from Stockholm via Sandhamn in the end of June. It’s a great sailing event and everyone is welcome, both as participants and as spectators. The event will open a few days before the race and there will be a lot of events, parties and fun activities for the whole family.
The production of cider in Kivik is a tourist event which attracts over 200 000 visitors each year. You can, in a stunning environment, experience the making of cider, taste the amazing varieties or just relax in the beautiful apple tree gardens. You may also dine at the various little cider shops and buy some of the great varieties of freshly made cider.
High Chaparral is a Wild West town built in the middle of southern Sweden. Here’s your chance to try out everything from horseback riding and gold panning, to pet a bison or take travel in real steam trains or steamboats. You can see how they lived in America during the Wild West and meet with Indians, trappers, Mexicans and cowboys.
Kosta Boda is today the oldest operating glass factory in Sweden. Here the furnaces have been in operation since 1742. Kosta Boda glass is popular in Sweden and their glass is sold all over the world. You will have opportunity to, in the glow of the oven, follow the production of Kosta Boda glass from the melting of the molten glass to glass blowing, grinding and painting. It is also possible to shop in their exclusive store.
Kullaberg is a stunningly beautiful nature reserve that is a treat for both mind and soul. In the middle of the reserve, the artist Lars Vilks built two funky artworks called “Nemis and Arx”. Lars had issues with local authorities that refused to approve the project. Once the artwork finally was in place, Lars Vilks claimed the small area as “an independent state”.
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 Stockholm.
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.