Sweden Pictures and visitor information, Scandinavia 2016-11-18T17:13:13+00:00

Sweden Pictures – Scandinavia

Stockholm

Stockholm’s Parliament buildings along with the Opera House at top left and Royal Palace top right. Photo by Arild Vagen.

For Stockholm see Stockholm Pictures Guide

Sweden’s Main Attractions outside Stockholm

Outside Stockholm Sweden’s list of things to do shrinks quite rapidly. Gothenburg, Uppsala university town and lovely walled Visby are the best urban attractions. Kalmar a southeasterly island, connected to Oland island is another charming medieval town with a huge history and a fantastic castle.

Gothenburg port in moonlight, Sweden

Gothenburg port. Photo by Amjad Sheikh.

Gothenburg

Göteborg – on Sweden’s west coast is the country’s largest port and arrival point for hordes of tourist vehicles, but also a quite attractive, spacious, canal-crossed city with grand buildings from varied eras, fine cultural offerings including an opera house and museums as well as Liseberg, a high quality amusement park will give the kiddies a break from culture overdose. The road to Gothenburg from Stockholm is deadly dull but the coast north of Gothenburg is rocky and appealing.

Visby walled town, Sweden

Visby’s Almedalen park, Gotland.

Gotland

This southeasterly island in the Baltic Sea, 90km off Sweden’s east coast, provides some of Sweden’s best landscapes, sailing, relatively good weather, sandy beaches and the spectacular medieval walled town of Visby, with its 100 ancient churches and 3km city wall. A car is unnecessary, tourists can easily travel there by train and ferry.

kalmar castle, Sweden

Kalmar Castle. Photo by Martin Gradler.

Iddefjord dividing Norway from Sweden

Sandhamn in winter. Photo by Arild Vagen.

Dalarna and Värmland Provinces in the northwest, adjacent to Norway and north of Göteborg, offers the best of traditional Swedish countryside, unspoilt forests, vast crystal lakes – especially Lake Siljan – and ancient villages retaining Swedish folk customs.

Langholmsbadet beach near Stockholm, Sweden

Langholmsbadet beach near Stockholm. Photo by Holger Ellgaard.

Top Swedish Beaches

• Near Stockholm city centre are two popular beaches, Langholmsbadet and Smedsuddsbadet, both with good facilities including food and recreational areas. Busy in the summer of course. Ask your hotel reception how to get there.

• Varamon beach in south Sweden is reputed to get more sun than any other beach so is a favourite destination for both locals. The beach offers plenty of soft sand, varied facilities and marine activities. To get there travel to the city of Motala and follow signs from there.

• Another excellent beach in southern Sweden is Boda on the island of Oland, connected to the Swedish mainland via Road 137 from Kalmar to Oland. Boda beach is long with fine sand, good facilities, camping and activities available, including golf.

• Sudersand is one of Sweden’s most popular beaches on the Baltic Sea, with boat rentals, marine activities, accommodation and food all available. It’s on the small island of Faro in Gotland, about 200 km (125 mi) south of Stockholm. You can get there from Stockholm via the Nynashamn – Visby ferry followed by the Farosund – Faro ferry.

• Skane region, also in the south and sometimes known as the Swedish Riviera, is famous for its variety of expansive beaches. They are easy to reach from Denmark across the Oresund Bridge.

Reindeer in search of Santa in Lappland, Sweden

Reindeer in search of Santa in Lapland. Photo by Silje B. Kinsten.

The Kungsleden hiking trail in Lapland, north Sweden

The Kungsleden hiking trail in Lapland, north Sweden. Photo by Alexandre Buisse.

Torkilstoten skiing region, Sweden

And then there’s winter. This is Torkilstoten skiing region photographed by Arild Vagen.

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