Bucket list for Sweden - The places you have to visit
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!
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.