It is the home of the Vikings, the aurora borealis and trip skating for a few hundred kilometres on a brisk winter day. Sweden sits in a class of its own with even its largest cities enveloped in pristine green. Sweden is an archipelago sitting on the Baltic Sea. The country is home to a bounty of wildlife including bear, moose and even magical reindeer that you have a chance of spotting outside of the major city centers.
Weather in Sweden is generally cold to warm with amount of coolness or warmth depending on how far north to how far south you are. The northern part of the country is generally cooler with winters in the minuses and summer high hitting highs in the mid teens. In the south the summer temperatures can go into the low 20s while the winters do go into the minuses but daytime temperatures can sit in the low tens.
Stockholm is the country’s capital and is spread across 14 islands. Take a step into Stockholm’s medieval past with a visit to the old quarter. Besides its medieval layout, Gamla Stan is also home to several old palaces, cathedrals and churches that are of architectural significance.
The city is also home to 3 important UNESCO World Heritage sites including Drottningholm Palace which has been home to royals since the 16th century. The palace is composed of beautiful gardens as well as a church, opera house and main house and although the palace has undergone numerous renovations there are many sections still dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries. Other UNESCO World Heritage Sites include Skogskyrkogarden - an old cemetery that reflects the country’s evolution in design. The last site is also the oldest town in the country - Birka which is believed to have been founded in the 700s.
Additionally, a visit to Stockholm means you should be doing some museum-hopping as the city is home to one of the largest clusters of museums in the world which house important works by Scandinavian as well as European artists.
Sweden is one of the most well-choreographed countries you will ever visit with its perfectly designed streets and preserved buildings that reflect the country’s development. Numerous churches and cathedrals sit across the country and tell the story of the country’s history. One of the oldest is Lund Cathedral which sits in the town of Lund. The building dates back to the 12th century with several additions being made afterward. The town itself is also one of the oldest in the country.
Take a visit to Oland where you will find the ancient fortress of Eketorp, this place is popular for medieval battle recreations. The southern part of Oland has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and more than 20,000 artifacts have been unearthed from the area to date.
Sweden is a wealth of ancient mixed with a ultra-modern and no matter where you go you will find some incredible sights as well as tastes.
Meet the lingonberry, this whimsical fruit is found all sorts of dishes and has distinct flavor from any other berry you may have tasted. Enjoy lingonberry dessert, potato pancakes or served alongside meat dishes. Seafood is also very popular in the country and you will find it in cold and hot version on most menus. If you head to the country during the summer months you can take in the crayfish festival - a Swedish favorite.
A country in which there are 23 hours of daylight in the summer and almost sheer darkness in winter, already whispers of mystery and once you arrive you will understand for yourself what makes Sweden such a magical country.
Airlines servicing the route between Sweden and Australia include Air China, Air France, airberlin, British Airways, China southern Airlines, Emirates, Finnair, Lufthansa and Qatar Airways.
Australia to Sweden
Popular stopovers between Sweden and Australia include Dubai, Bangkok, Singapore, Helsinki, Hong Kong, Auckland and Copenhagen.
More information at the Sweden Holidays guide.