Springtime in Sweden isn’t like springtime in America. Here, the temperatures hover between the high 30s to mid-50s, but people begin to get outside. April is an ideal time to visit the country – while there can be unseasonal storms that linger, it is also the time of year when daylight stretches to 13 hours, flowers burst from the ground and the outdoor activities beckon.
Always keep in mind when planning a trip that weather might not be perfect, so bring layers to enjoy these outdoor springtime activities.
Rent a bike
Sweden is not without spectacular scenery – both off and on the beaten path. Take in the springtime blooms and beauty and head out of the city to one of the many paths throughout the countryside. Or, stick around in town and pedal through the gorgeous cultural hubs. The best cities to explore via bicycle (with helmet, of course) are Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö. For the more adventurous, biking the Göta Canal is another option. This 118 mile path goes from from Sjötorp on Lake Vänern to Mem, eventually ending at the Baltic Sea to the east. Expect to take about one week to bike this relatively flat expanse.
Go on a hike
Like bicycling, there are plenty of options to enjoy the brisk weather of the spring on foot. While the terrain includes mountains, glaciers, forests and more, hiking exists for all levels of athletic endurance. An easy hike that is beautiful is Roslagsleden, outside of Stockholm. A more challenging trek is exploring the untouched nature at Sarek National Park and Laponia World Heritage site.
Schedule a Tee Time
Home to golf pros like Annika Sörenstam and Carl Petterson, Sweden has made a name for itself with its golf courses. In fact, there are more than 300 courses to enjoy, most of which open the first week of April. Courses range from jagged coastline to winding through thick forests and serene nature. Championship courses include Kungsängen GC, outside of Stockholm, and Halmstad GC on the west coast.