Sure, the days are shorter and the temperatures are sub-zero in Sweden during the winter, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of things to enjoy in this Scandinavian country. From extreme sports to spotting the Northern Lights and relaxing inside, visiting Sweden in the winter does make for a fantastic — albeit somewhat chilly — holiday.
For outdoor enthusiasts, there are a myriad of winter activities in Sweden that let the sharp air pierce the lungs, while getting that adrenaline fix. With numerous frozen lakes dotting the landscape, many now feature activities like ice yachting, kite winging (similar to the summer time activity of kite surfing) and long-distance skating. If frozen lakes aren’t your thing, there are more traditional wintertime sports activities like skiing or ice climbing that attract adventurers.
If you’re headed north to check out the Northern Lights, try stopping by one of the most unique spots in the country — Lapland, Sweden’s ICEHOTEL. This ever-changing property is fashioned out of (you guessed it) ice and provides a unique spin on lodging. Plus, while you’re up there, try out a hike to a frozen waterfall or head out on a mushing adventure with some huskies. For animal lovers, there is also the opportunity to go on an elk safari while nearby.
Not a fan of the cold? Not to worry. For a milder winter experience in Sweden, head down to Malmö, a charming city with plenty to do — like shopping and enjoying an afternoon fika — even when it is cold.