Sweden is a country with much more to offer as a holiday destination than some of the popular stereotypes might suggest, especially for lovers of wilderness and wildlife or those wanting some fun in the snow. The great outdoors is a way of life in Sweden and the locals don’t allow the inconvenience of 12 foot snow drifts and extended hours of darkness to get in the way of making the most of what nature has given them.
why we like Sweden
Our favourite part of Sweden is Lapland. To fully appreciate this remarkable region you should visit between December and March when you are guaranteed snow. The Swedes thrive in such conditions and you can expect every activity under the sun available at this time. Dog sledding, snow mobiling, ice sculpting, snow biking, ice fishing, snow shoeing, cross country skiing and sledging are all great fun and perfect for active travellers of any age but especially families.
Wildlife viewing and photography are also highlights at this time of the year with moose, reindeers, wolves and an array of birdlife all to be found in Lapland and beyond. Another big draw is the northern lights – the Aurora Borealis - which are particularly spectacular during the winter months in Lapland, painting the night sky with a dazzling display of green, purple and red illumination.
Sweden is not just about frolicking in the snow. In the summer, Sweden’s bear population make an appearance having avoided the cold, winter months by hibernating in well hidden and insulated dens. During the summer, the midnight sun means bear watching can take place at any time during the day and we know a great hide from where bears can be seen and photographed, under the guidance of Sweden’s finest bear whisperer, Hakan Vargas.
what to expect on your swedish holiday
There are several extraordinary accommodation options in Swedish Lapland, perfect for anybody looking for a more quirky and unusual place to spend a few nights. The Ice Hotel is well known and has been operating for many years but more recently the Tree Hotel has been turning heads with its innovatively designed tree-houses and Aurora Safari Camp offers an African-style tented camp in sub-Arctic Sweden.
Remember that the cost of living is high in Sweden, so taking a taxi or eating out can put a large dent in your wallet. A bottle of beer will set you back £5 or £6 while a bottle of wine is more like £40. Booking activities locally can also be very expensive so you're better off booking a package with Steppes that includes all your activities. That said, getting to Sweden can be very affordable due to its proximity to the UK, especially if you book in advance
some ideas for your sweden holiday
- Photograph the Northern Lights under the tuition of professional photographer Fredrik.
- Take your kids to Swedish Lapland and stay in a spaceship, suspended from a tree in the middle of a forest.
- Take a hovercraft ride across the frozen Baltic Bay to the edge of the sea ice.
- Spend a day dog sledding – or let us organise a 2 or 3 day dog sledding expedition into the wilds of Sweden.
- Go ice fishing for perch or take an ice sculpting lesson.
- Explore the frozen reaches of Sweden on an extended ski-doo adventure.