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The largest of the Scandinavian countries, Sweden is a vast network of thousands of coastal islands and glaciated mountains. From quaint coastal villages to the dynamic cities of Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmo there is plenty to see and experience in Sweden. 

With breathtaking landscapes getting out and enjoying the outdoors is one of the most popular things to do in Sweden. In the summer, explore over 400 hiking trails that span the country, winding through coastal areas, meadows and mountains regions. One of the most popular is the Kungsledn Trail, running 400km (270 miles) with plenty of day hike options as well as multi-day adventures. Great forests, beautiful archipelagos and the Swedish Allemansrätten, the right to roam, give trekkers the freedom to walk into the wild and enjoy the Scandinavian nature at its best. 

In the winter, the activities do not slow down. With over 100 ski resorts in Sweden, there are miles of downhill fun for skiers and snowboarders. If you enjoy cross-country skiing you will appreciate the great trails that will often take you from your doorstep to the peaks of the Swedish mountains. For a bit more adventure, dogsledding is also a wonderful way to explore the vast beauty of the Swedish Mountains. Like visitors to its neighboring country Norway, travelers coming to Sweden during winter may be treated to the great Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights.

Both locals and visitors alike can enjoy any number of festivals held year round throughout the country. To experience the best of food, culture and music in Sweden be sure to check out some of the most popular festivals including the Peace and Love Festival, Bråvalla, and Way out West in Gothenburg.

The Viking Age in Sweden marks significant growth in the area, marking this as a pivotal time in Sweden’s history. Learn more this important time and how it shaped Sweden into the community it is today The Swedish History Museum is one of the most popular attractions and one of the largest Viking exhibits in the world. If you are planning a stop in Stockholm then make sure to visit Skansen, the world’s oldest open air museum, and The Vasa Museum, displaying one of Sweden’s biggest naval failures with the fully intact 17th century ship that sank on her maiden voyage. The landmarks are two of Stockholm’s top attractions situated on the small island of Djurgården in the middle of the city.

From a leisurely stroll along the waterways in Stockholm, to the breathless thrill of skiing downhill, there is plenty to see and do in Sweden.

 

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