Bucket list for Sweden - The places you have to visit

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Sweden is a beautiful country with plenty of unique experiences to offer. Here are some suggestions for your perfect bucket list for Sweden. This country really offers some unique experiences that will be hard to find in any other countries, here are some examples.

1. See the Northern Lights. One of the most amazing natural phenomena on the planet, the Northern Lights can be seen in certain parts of Sweden, particularly in the northern regions such as Kiruna and Abisko, but is possible to see the aurora beauty much further south in Sweden as well.

2. The Swedish right of public access to nature is known as "Allemansrätten" and is an important part of Swedish culture and law. It gives everyone the right to access and enjoy nature, regardless of who owns the land. The right applies to most natural areas in Sweden, including forests, lakes, and coastlines. Everyone is allowed to walk, hike, swim, cycle, and even camp in these areas, as long as they do not disturb or damage the environment.The right of public access also includes the right to pick most wildflowers, berries, and mushrooms, as well as the right to fish (with certain restrictions). However, there are some limitations to the right of public access. For example, you cannot camp or light a fire on private property without the owner's permission, and there are restrictions on access to some protected areas. The Swedish right of public access is based on the principle of "don't disturb, don't destroy" and it is everyone's responsibility to take care of nature and leave it undisturbed for others to enjoy.

Overall, the Swedish right of public access is a unique and important aspect of Swedish culture, and it allows people to experience and appreciate the country's beautiful natural environment in a responsible and sustainable way.

3. The Swedish fika. No country is as great as the swedes to take a “fika”, here most companies have strict recommendations about sitting down with your colleagues for a fika at least two times a day:) “Fika” often includes coffee, cinnamon buns and a bunch of very friendly Swedish people. As a visitor we would recommend to try the outdoor version where you sit down by the open fire and spend some time with each other. To mention a few of the classic confectioneries in Sweden we can recommend Vetakatten in Stockholm, Güntherska hovkonditoriet in Uppsala and last but not least Ahlströms konditori in Gothenburg, founded in 1901.

4. Stay in a traditional Swedish cabin. Experience the Swedish countryside by renting a cabin, going hiking, and enjoying the peaceful surroundings. Renting a red and white cabin in Sweden is the perfect way to get away from the city life and just relax for a couple of days. To get the perfect experience of a swedish cabin, try to find one by a small lake with a wood fired Sauna, and don't forget to bring some friends.

5. Visit the Icehotel. Located in Jukkasjärvi, the Icehotel is a unique hotel made entirely out of ice and snow. The hotell is rebuilt ecvery winter. You can spend a night in a room made entirely out of ice, take a guided tour, or try ice sculpting. If you don't make it all the way to Jukkasjärvi you can always pass by the Ice Bar in Stockholm, and they let you borrow a warm jacket.

6. Go skiing in the Swedish mountains. Vemdalen, Lofsdalen and Sälen is just some of the skiing areas in Sweden. Åre is probably the most internationally known one, this ski resort in Jämtland offers some of the best skiing in the country with plenty of runs for all levels of experience. Åre is also (probably) the mountain village in Sweden with the highest restaurants per capita.

7. Go on a moose safari. Sweden has a large population of moose, and you can take a guided tour to see them in the wild. The safari is much more then just seeing a moose, it's about to learn more about the swedish nature, about stories by the fire and to experience the calm and silence. If you want to make sure that you will see a mnoose during your stay, book a day trip to Skansen in Stockholm or Kolmården outside of Norrköping or any of the other zoos.

8. Enjoy a traditional Swedish meal. Sweden has long tradition of food handicrafts with many amazing chefs and farmers creating some of the best taste experiences the world has to offer. Why not try some classic Swedish dishes like meatballs, lingonberry jam, and maybe some luxorius Kalix Löjrom on a toast, that is the roe of the small salmonid fish species vendace harvested specifically from the Bothnian Bay.

These are just a few ideas to get you started on your perfect bucket list for Sweden. Below you find some of the most amazing places Sweden has to offer!

Stockholm

City in🇸🇪 Swedenrated
4.6

The capital of Sweden (and maybe even Scandinavia)

There are a continous discussion between Stockholm and Copenhagen which one is the real capital of Scandinavia. Who ever wins we definitely recommend that you visit Stockholm during your stay in Sweden. Take a boat ride to Djurgården or Fjäderholmarna, Visit the open air museum of Skansen and enjoy the great city life with both shopping and some amazing restaurants.

Stockhom is a great city for a walk or bike ride, there are just a couple of kilometers from most of the central districs of Stockholm as Södermalm, Gamla Stan (Old town), Östermalm, Norrmalm.

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Gothenburg

City in🇸🇪 Swedenrated
4.2

Gothenburg - The live music capital of Sweden

Gothenburg is the second largest city in Sweden and a beautiful coastal city located on the west coast of Sweden. This is where most of the big international music festivals and events take room.

The city is famous for its beautiful parks and canals, including the Gothenburg Botanical Garden, Slottsskogen Park, and the Gothenburg Canal. Gothenburg has a rich maritime history, and visitors can learn about the city's seafaring heritage at the Maritiman Museum, which features historic ships and boats. Gothenburg is also a great base for exploring the nearby archipelago, which features hundreds of islands and beautiful beaches.

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Åre

Village in🇸🇪 Swedenrated
5

Åre - On the bucket list for skiiers all around the world

Even if Åre is mostly famous as a winter destination this village is definitely worth a visit all year around. Åre also offers one of the best bike areas of Scandinavia and beautiful scenic hikes. After a long day of skiing or biking we recommrnd that you relax in the cozy cafés, pubs, and restaurants in the town center.

In summer we recommend a hike from Fröågruva to the beautiful lake Lillådammen, maybe try the great bike trails in Björnen and why not try a Stand up paddle board on Lake Åre.

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Malmö

City in🇸🇪 Swedenrated
3.7

Malmö is all about culture, exciting cuisine and a vibrant social scene

Malmö is a charming city located in the south of Sweden, just across the bridge from Copenhagen, Denmark. The city is known for its beautiful architecture, including the Turning Torso skyscraper, which is the tallest building in Scandinavia. Visitors can explore Malmö's historic Old Town, visit the impressive Malmö Castle, or relax in one of the city's many parks and gardens. The city is also home to several excellent museums, including the Malmö Konstmuseum and the Technology and Maritime Museum. Foodies will love Malmö's diverse culinary scene, which features everything from traditional Swedish cuisine to international fare. Overall, Malmö is a great destination for anyone looking to experience the best of Swedish culture and history in a beautiful and welcoming city.

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Kramfors

Town in🇸🇪 Sweden

In the magical High Coast

Kramfors is a small town located on the High Coast of Sweden, a stunning natural area known for its rugged coastline and beautiful forests. Visitors to Kramfors can explore the nearby Skuleskogen National Park, which offers hiking trails, scenic lookouts, and even a via ferrata climbing route. The town itself is home to several interesting museums, including the Kramfors Museum of Local History and the Railway Museum. Kramfors also hosts several annual events and festivals, such as the High Coast Bridge Run and the Nordic Folk Music Festival. Whether you're looking to explore nature, learn about local history, or experience Swedish culture, Kramfors is a charming and welcoming destination in the heart of the High Coast.

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Marstrand

Town in🇸🇪 Swedenrated
4.3

Welcoime to experience the Swedish west coast archipelago

Marstrand is a picturesque island located off the west coast of Sweden, known for its beautiful scenery and historic seaside charm. Visitors can explore the island's narrow streets and colorful houses, visit the imposing Carlsten Fortress, or take a stroll along the scenic seaside promenade. Marstrand is also a popular destination for water sports enthusiasts, with plenty of opportunities for sailing, kayaking, and fishing. The island is home to several excellent restaurants and cafes, as well as a number of charming boutique shops and galleries. Whether you're looking for relaxation or adventure, Marstrand is a great destination for anyone looking to experience the best of Swedish coastal culture.

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Orsa

Town in🇸🇪 Swedenrated
4

Orsa is a small town located in central Sweden, known for its beautiful natural surroundings and outdoor recreation opportunities. Visitors to Orsa can explore the nearby Orsa Grönklitt ski resort, which offers downhill skiing, snowboarding, and cross-country skiing in the winter months. In the summer, visitors can hike in the nearby forests and mountains, or swim and fish in the clear waters of Lake Orsa and Lake Siljan. Orsa is located in Dalarna. Dalarna is a great area to experience Sweden in a miniature. The scenic views from the mountains, the Sami culture, the red cottages, the craft tradition with the carved Dala horse as an local symbol and souvenir. Dalarna is home to Sweden’s most southern Sami village. Here the reindeer live freely on the mountains and in the forests. In Idre, about two hours from Orsa you can participate in a wide range of Sami experiences and guided tours. Everything gathered up close in Dalecarlia. Whether you're looking for outdoor adventure or cultural enrichment, Orsa is a charming and welcoming destination in the heart of Sweden.

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Jukkasjärvi

Village in🇸🇪 Sweden

Experience the Icehotell and maybe the northern lights if you are lucky

Jukkasjärvi is a small village located in northern Sweden, known for its stunning natural beauty and unique cultural attractions. Visitors to Jukkasjärvi can visit the world-famous Icehotel, which is constructed entirely out of ice and snow each winter. The village is also a popular destination for northern lights viewing, with clear skies and minimal light pollution providing ideal conditions for seeing the aurora borealis. In the summer, visitors can hike in the nearby mountains or go fishing and kayaking in the nearby rivers and lakes. Jukkasjärvi is also home to several interesting cultural attractions, including the Sami Siida cultural center and the Jukkasjärvi church, which is the oldest wooden building in northern Sweden. Jukkasjärvi is a unique and unforgettable destination in the heart of Swedish Lapland.

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Klövsjö

Village in🇸🇪 Swedenrated
5

This is where you go for the Swedish fika

Sweden have many beautiful small villages on the country side. This small village in the south of Jämtland is often called THE most beautiful village of Sweden, probably because of the view over the lake or maybe the open landscapes, it might also be the church perfectly placed in the middle with a view that will make you jealous. That might also be the perfect spot for the Swedish fika we mentioned.

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Visby

Town in🇸🇪 Sweden

Step back in time to the medieval charm of Visby

Visby is a beautiful walled city located on the island of Gotland, off the east coast of Sweden. The city is known for its well-preserved medieval architecture, including the impressive ring wall and towers that encircle the city center. Visitors can explore the charming cobblestone streets, visit the impressive Gothic churches, or take a stroll along the picturesque harbor. Visby is also a popular destination for cultural events, including the annual Medieval Week festival, which brings the city's rich history to life with reenactments, music, and theater. Whether you're interested in history, culture, or simply soaking up the atmosphere of this charming Swedish town, Visby is a must-visit destination for anyone traveling to Sweden.

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Kebnekaise nordtoppen

Peak in🇸🇪 Sweden

If you are into hiking and mountaineering the highest peak in Sweden might be an intersting place to add to your bucket list? The peak rises 2097 meters above see level. This is not something you do as your fisrt hike in the swedish wilderness but with a local guide and some training you might be able to reach the top.

Here you can find more bucket list ideas.

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