Sweden isn’t just for fashion, snow and super-blonde hotties – it’s also fantastic for holidays. The beaches are gorgeous (trust me, I’ve seen them in all their delicious white-sand gorgeousness), the summer light is almost endless and there’s just so much to do for families. Whether you hit Stockholm, head to an island or lounge around by the sea, you’re in for a good time…
STOCKHOLM & THE ISLANDS
- “Take an archipelago tour in Stockholm,” says Gabrielle Spang, founder of Scandi Mini. “In fact, take as many boat tours as possible, it’s a fantastic way of exploring the city. Stockholm is incredibly beautiful and clean, so I’d also suggest taking a dip at one of the city’s beaches.”
- “I would highly recommend Skansen Open Air Museum and Junibacken,” says Angela Maini, who is half-Swedish and heads there every summer. “My eldest daughter is obsessed with the latter, but it helps if you’re familiar with some of Astrid Lindgren’s characters e.g. Pippi Longstocking.”
- “Go for a stroll on Djurgarden, one of the city of Stockholm’s many islands,” says Gabrielle Spang. “When you’re there, a visit to Rosendahls Tradgard, a garden cafe, is also a must.”
- “There are lots of great places to stay in Stockholm,” says Angela. “Personally I think Hotel Diplomat and Grand Hotel have amazing locations – central, close to the shops and museums, plus close to the greenery of Djurgarden, and easy to catch a boat to the archipelago.”
- “In terms of the archipelago, I would recommend the islands of Grinda and Sandhamn in the central part of the archipelago, as they are easy to get to, have family friendly hotels, great restaurants and there are plenty of opportunities for swimming, walking and cycling,” says Angela. “You can catch ferries via here and here. For more information check out Visit Stockholm’s website.”
The southernmost part of Sweden, Skane is home to beautiful beaches (just check out our opening pic of Stenshuvud – looks tropical no?), the city of Malmo and some of the best food in the country.
- “The best beaches in Sweden are in the south, and especially Skane, where my father’s family is from,” says Gabrielle Spang. “We visit Skanor/Falsterbo every summer. It’s beautiful, lively and with long, white sandy beaches. And it’s only 30 minutes away from Copenhagen!”
- Go on a family-friendly foodie tour. Housed in a former pigsty Minas Chokladstudio is heaven for chocolate lovers. Or head to Angavallens Gard, an organic farm with a farm shop, cafe and restaurant where kids can eat well and see some animals.
- Hit the beach. Sandhammaren is often thought of as Sweden’s best beach. In Osterlen on the tip of Sweden, it’s known for big wide sand dunes and powder white sand. Mossby near Ystad is also popular with families.
- Or head to a lake. Lake Ivosjon is Skane’s largest freshwater lake and is absolutely stunning. You can go hiking, biking, swimming or fishing. Completely idyllic it’s a real ‘getaway from it all’ destination.
Stretching from Gothenburg to the border of Norway, the coast of West Sweden is choc full of adventures to be had. Here’s what we’d do…
- “Visit Marstrand, my favourite place on the south-west coast,” says Gabrielle. “It’s so pretty in the summer and buzzing too, with several sailing boat races, pop-up seafood restaurants and lots of beautiful people.”
- Go kayaking in Bohuslän or canoe in Dalsland
- Take a bike ride along Göta Kanal and the minicanal at Norrqvarn
- Sleep in a tipi at Dalslands Aktiviteter
- Stay by the sea in a cottage at Tanumstrand.
- Visit a coastal town. Lysekil, Smögen and the Koster islands are all recommended.
Images: Visit Sweden, Vast Sverige, Visit Skane (picture of Stenshuvud beach by Sven Persson/sydpol.com found on Visit Skane) and Visit Stockholm