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The largest of the Scandinavian countries, Sweden is twice the size of Britain. Here you can lose yourself in the stunning landscapes and the quaint little villages and towns scattered across the country. The Swedes are a very friendly and sociable people, and as most of them speak English very well you may find yourself chatting to loads of locals during your stay — you may even pick up a few local phrases.
In the south, experience the cosy towns of Lund and Helsingborg as well as the rapidly growing modern city of Malmö, before heading north to Sweden’s capital Stockholm. Built on 14 different islands, the city almost seems to be floating on the sea. Stroll along the main street, Vasagatan, for plenty of shopping options, before crossing the Vasa Bridge to the Old Town, situated on an island in the heart of the city. Here you will find the Royal Castle, the Nobel Museum as well as plenty of little cafés and restaurants nestled along the narrow, cobbled streets. On a hot summer’s day, do what the Stockholmers do and escape to one of the many islands surrounding the city. There are over 24,000 islands and inlets in the Stockholm Archipelago, and ferries will take you to any of the larger islands that have beckoned the locals for centuries.
In the very north of the country, a unique Arctic experience awaits. The famous province of Lapland has been the home of the nomadic Sami-people for at least 5,000 years, and in the regional capital of Kiruna, you can experience the picturesque local culture; try dogsled rides, see wild reindeer in the Abisko National Park, and, if you’re feeling adventurous, stay in either a hotel made out of ice or one that is situated in a tree. If you are visiting Lapland between September and April, you can gaze at the truly amazing natural wonder that is the Northern Lights. We could give you a scientific explanation as to what the Northern Lights are, but the truth is that they’re pure magic. If you don’t believe us, go see for yourself!
A true natural wonder dancing across the night sky, the Northern Lights have enchanted visitors and locals alike for millenia. But what exactly are they? And where is it best to see them? And when? Don't worry, in this blog we'll attempt to explain all these great questions for you, so you can truly enjoy the Aurora Borealis on your trip to the Arctic Circle.
Scandinavia is more than just woolly jumpers, flat packs and thrilling crime dramas, and although lots of tourists make their way to the main cities of Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo each year, there are plenty of spots of sheer natural beauty hiding in plain sight across Scandinavia. From the greenery and flat landscapes of Denmark and southern Sweden, via the rocky fjords and vast forests of Norway and Sweden, to the snow-capped mountains, frozen sea and jaw-dropping Northern Lights of the Arctic north, this is a corner of the world adorned with gems of natural magnificence. Here are five of these that can be found across Southern Scandinavia.
The northern most parts of Europe is an absolutely stunning landscape, but it can also be a hostile and unforgiven environment. The most important thing, if you’re going on holiday in sub-zero conditions, is to be well prepared for the elements. As the saying goes, there is no bad weather, only bad clothing, so here follows some advice on what to wear to stay warm and safe in the Arctic.