Ten Essential Things To Do When You Visit Sweden

by : Jonathan Williams

The Kingdom of Sweden lies on the Scandinavian Peninsula in northern Europe. It is a rich, ecologically friendly, progressive nation with a high standard of living. It offers much for tourists to see and do, both in the cities and countryside.

1.) Vasa Museum

In this museum in Stockholm rests the fruit of some remarkable engineering labor, the seventeenth-century warship Vasa. The ship sank on its maiden voyage in 1628 in Stockholm's harbor and was recovered in 1961. The only extant example of the period's ship architecture, the resurrected skeleton, is exhibited along with relics recovered with it.

2.) Stockholm

Sweden's capital city is replete with museums. Aside from the Vasa museum, one can also visit the Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Nordic Museum. There are also many examples of historical architecture scattered throughout the city including the Riddarholmskyrkan church, the oldest building in Stockholm, and every district and every neighborhood of this high-tech city has its own unique character, developed through the years.

3.) Liseburg Amusement Park

With over 80 percent of its population living in urban centers, it comes as no surprise that Sweden's cities are well-developed to meet the needs of their denizens. In Gothenburg, treat yourself to a visit to one of the largest amusement parks in Europe. Nearby, you will find the Scandinavium, a large area which can seat up to 12,000, as well as the Trade Fair and Valhalla Baths.

4.) Gothenburg

This city is the largest port in Scandinavia, the destination of many flights and ship traffic. Close to a million citizens live here, and the city has an enormous range of attractions to keep a tourist busy. Take a stroll in the scenic Castle Wood Park, or view the masters at the Museum of Art, or listen to music from a variety of genres, from the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra to the death metal band Dark Tranquility.

5.) Hiking

The largely untouched expanse of Sweden's northern regions gives rise to a rugged beauty that makes the place perfect for many outdoor activities such as hiking. Swedish law provides the right of public access for anyone provided that they respect both other people and nature. Biking is also a popular pastime here.

6.) Boating

Since the country has over 24,000 islands, 100,000 lakes and rivers, and a long coastline, boating and sailing are integral parts of everyday Swedish life. Many tours can be found to take you sightseeing around the Swedish archipelago. Of particular interest to the tourist is the Gota Canal, but there are lots more locations that are also interesting to the watercraft-bound traveler, and boat rentals are easily obtained, and they can come with or without a skipper.

7.) Linkoping Cathedral

Stop by this masterpiece in Ostergotland to steep yourself in history and gaze upon a superb example of Gothic architecture. The cathedral is the burial place of a fifteenth-century bishop, and is also decorated with priceless paintings gifted by King John III. Visitors can also see rare manuscripts at the Diocesan Library and drop by the Bishop's Palace, which are nearby.

8) Skiing

Sweden offers some of the finest locations for skiing aficionados, especially in the mountainous north. In Lapland, one can find the Hemavan. This is a great ski destination for those who are looking for vast areas and mountainous locations.

9.) The Arefjallen Resort

The Arefjallen resort boasts of more than a hundred kilometers of ski runs. It is considered as the world's largest downhill ski race. This ski race is held there every April.

10.) Riksgransen

Riksgransen is in the extreme north of the country. It is known for its snowboarding championships and 24/7 skiing during the spring. During the spring, it seems that the sun doesn't go below the horizon, truly a sight to see!