Why I Want To Go To Sweden, And Why You Should Too

I remember being 14 years old and gluing pictures of different places around the world that I wanted to visit into my scrapbook. Yep – as you can probably tell, I’ve practically had wanderlust since birth. I was always interested in travelling, seeing the world and learning about other cultures. Different languages always fascinated me, and I’ve always been obsessed with foreign people (probably why I’m now living with a Brazilian…) so having this travel scrapbook wasn’t anything out of the ordinary for me. By this age I’d already been to Holland, Spain, Majorca and the States, but there were many more hotspots I was dying to see. My cute little list consisted of your typical tourist destinations like Paris (which I finally visited for the first time earlier in the year), but there were other obscure places on there like Reykjavik in Iceland, and Stockholm, Sweden.

I don’t really know where my attachment to Sweden started, but I will admit embarrassingly that I used to listen to Swedish songs by Basshunter on repeat day and night as the young teenager I was, so it probably began there. My obsession even reached the stage in which I can now sing three songs fluently in Swedish. Yep – don’t ask me why I liked that kind of music. Mortifying!

Anyway, the more research I did on Sweden as a destination, the more I realized just how beautiful and appealing it really is. Sure, it’s common knowledge that Sweden, or ‘Sverige’ (pronounced Sv-er-iet) is staggeringly expensive, so it’s definitely fair to say that you’ll need to save your pennies before taking that flight. But, it won’t take you long to realize that your trip there will be totally worth it. Below are the reasons why I’ve always wanted to go to Sweden and why you should, too.

Why You Should Visit Sweden

You Can See The Northern Lights There

If you’re planning on heading to Sweden so you can see the Northern Lights, or ‘Aurora Borealis’ as it is also known, then be prepared to wrap up very warm. This stunning display of nature can be witnessed in northern parts of Sweden, and the best place to do so is in the Abisko National Park, just north of Kiruna. Seeing the Northern Lights is definitely on my bucket list, and I’m sure it’s on yours, too. So what better place to tick that off than in Sweden?

Why You Should Visit Sweden: Northern Lights in Björkliden near Kiruna
Northern Lights in Björkliden near Kiruna: Photo Vomir-en-costard / CC 2.0

You Can Stay In A Hotel Made From Ice

… And why wouldn’t you want to experience something so surreal? The world’s first ice hotel was built in 1990 in Jukkasjarvi, which isn’t far from Kiruna. The hotel is re-built once a year using ice blocks made out of water from the Torne River. Choose from a Deluxe Room, an Art Suite, an Ice Room, a Snow Room, or a Northern Lights Room (yes please!). Or, if you don’t fancy sleeping on a block of ice, guests have the option of staying in a Warm Room instead. There are plenty of package deals available on the Icehotel website, which include complimentary breakfast, use of the sauna, a guided tour of the hotel itself, and even a Northern Lights snowmobile tour. Like, can I go right now, please?

Why You Should Visit Sweden: Ice Hotel Suite at Jukkasjärvi
Ice Hotel Suite at Jukkasjärvi: Photo bjaglin / CC 2.0

You Can Experience Traditional Culture

I never actually knew this before, but now I’ve done my research, I’m completely fascinated. Sweden’s indigenous people, the Sami, live in Lapland, which is situated in the extreme far north of the country. Visitors to Lapland can really experience Sweden’s traditional culture, and come face-to-face with one of the oldest communities in the world. They can also see reindeer here, and visit some amazing skiing spots. Although skiing isn’t really my thing, I’d definitely like to go to Sweden’s Lapland anyway and see everything else there is to offer there!

Why You Should Visit Sweden: Just another day at work, Reindeer at Sami
Just another day at work: Photo Mats Andersson / CC 2.0

You Can Visit Some Amazing Cities

Contrary to popular belief, Stockholm isn’t the only vibrant and fun city there is in Sweden. Of course, visitors to the stunning Swedish capital can do many things during their trip, like seeing the medieval parts of the city, exploring the 14 islands, experiencing Sweden’s live music scene, and choosing from a wide range of bars and restaurants. But, this one-of-a-kind Scandinavian country also has other amazing places for tourists to visit, like Gothenburg – an underrated yet exceptionally entertaining place, Malmo – the city that’s renowned for all things organic, and Marstrand Island – the place where all Sweden’s celebrities can be spotted. Basically, there’s a lot more to Sweden than you think.

Why You Should Visit Sweden: Riddarholmen (Knights Island) Stockholm
Riddarholmen (Knights Island) Stockholm: Photo Olof Senestam / CC 2.0

Perhaps my article has only made you want to visit Sweden more than you already did, or made you reconsider where you might take your next city break. Whichever one it is, I hope I’ve showed you lovely readers just how great Sweden can be as a tourist destination.

About Lauren Davidson

Since 2013, Lauren has been writing for various travel and lifestyle websites. Her first piece of writing was a travel guide on the Algarve region of Portugal, where she lived for over a year. Currently residing in Sheffield, England, she is studying Journalism and has a blog at www.natteringblonde.com. You can follow her on Twitter at @Lozikinz.

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