With ever-more appealing architecture, edgy fashion, green spaces, dramatic rural landscapes and innovative cuisine, Sweden is a spotlight stealer. It is known for the ABBA, the metro stations, the Ice Bars and the famous meatballs. A large part of which can be experienced, at its capital, Stockholm. Even though Stockholm should be your first stop, there is so much more to explore in Sweden, the country of thousandfold islands, national parks and ice hotels. The most salutary thing about Sweden is its natural repository.
To enjoy the influence of nature, sail across a Swedish archipelago to a remote island, trek along tracks skirted by snow peaks, pitch a canopy by a Baltic beach or ride a sleigh beneath the Northern Lights. Sweden’s spirit of expanse, isolation and independence is unequalled! The freedom to travel, sleep wherever you like, mix with the locals makes you feel at home in no time. The next best thing about Sweden is its excellent taste and attention to detail. For a realm as visually literate as Sweden, the pervasiveness of charming furnishings, textiles and gastronomy are nothing short of an expressed necessity.
Stockholm, The Dynamic Capital
Stockholm is a well-preserved, ever-evolving and a scandalously rich historic city on waters. When it comes to cultural heritage, you will discover the storybook anecdotes in the city’s oldest district, thriving with cobblestone streets, that lead you into the grand royal palace, and other gabled buildings. In the city, explore the stimulating mix of world-class museums, contemporary art galleries, Viking treasures and the legends of an unfortunate ship. Swedish love for social concord is explicit through its handicrafts, while the local threads mark the legendary style sensation.
Whether it be a humble coffee shop or a commercial establishment, you will find Swedish places designed scholarly, from its lighting right under to its cutlery. Swedish cuisine is just as tantalizing, given ingredients are brought from Stockholm’s encompassing streams, meadows and woods. From Açai breakfast bowls to fried herring to succulent meatballs to sustainable, locavore dining, Stockholm is on top of its culinary game. Despite sprawled overhead 14-islands, Stockholm is comfortable to travel. Bridges link most islands, while ferries, buses and metro connect the rest. Public transport is safe and covers each corner of the city.
Gothenburg, The Cultural Capital
Resided off the Göta älv river, Gothenburg, Sweden’s cultural capital, is a 16th-century city (2nd-largest in the nation and 5th-largest in Nordic cities) with some excellent aesthetics on display. With a saga that commences at the 18th-century cobblestoned Haga quarter, ending at the Museum of Art, Gothenburg is stacked, with artistic treasures of all kinds. Including the massively fortified, Dutch trading colonies and canals set up by the royal charter of King Gustavus Adolphus in 1621, the largest port in the Nordic countries and Liseberg, a famous amusement park with a well-manicured sculpture garden.
The cityscape dwells amidst green boulevards, bordered with quaint cafes and boutiques. While here, head out to the nearby Bohuslän islands, to get a taste of picturesque coastal villages, and fresh seafood.
The Southern & The Northern Tip
Residing far South, the province of Skåne, or Scania County, is a surreal landscape of century-old museums, lakes, fortresses and serene forests. Skåne has something in store for everyone, whether it be, the art, the ‘good food’ or the contemporary lifestyle. The far North, on the other hand, is home to indigenous Sami – applauded for well-preserving wild forests and ancient Swedish traditions. In Sami, stay at a reindeer camp, go dogsledding or ‘just’ delve into regional flavours. Across entire Sweden; walled-ancient-cities, grassy parks, antiquated rune(s), seaside fortresses, shipwrecks, spiralled palaces and modernist museums explain its longspun convoluted history.