Aside from it's reputation for innovative design, Sweden is also a stunning showcase of natural beauty. This gorgeous Nordic nation also stands out for its charming cities, Viking ruins and diverse outdoor activities.
Referred to by locals as ‘beauty on water’, capital Stockholm’s inner city is made up of 14 islands linked by around 50 bridges on Lake Mälaren. A wander through its old town, Gamla Stan, is a must, with a dramatic palace and ancient cathedrals lining the narrow cobblestone streets. The city is also renowned for its vibrant nightlife scene and world-class restaurants. Just 40 minutes from Stockholm is the historic university town of Uppsala, offering picturesque strolls along the river and nearby Gamla Uppsala – a fascinating burial site dating back to the 6th century.
Situated on the west coast, friendly Gothenburg offers an equally scenic but more chilled out vibe than the capital. Its charming wooden houses, plethora of museums and green parks all top draws. Malmö is also worth exploring, featuring Scandinavia’s tallest building – the neo-futurist skyscraper of Turning Torso.
To soak up the best of Sweden’s wild wonders, head to the Norrland region. This sparsely populated northern part of the country is home to dense forests, lakes and tall mountains primed for hiking and winter sports.
Camping in Sweden is a magical experience, and a variety of well-equipped campsites can be found all over the country. Aside from hotels, you’ll also come across a wide range of B&Bs, cosy cabins and farmhouses.
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