Boasting 29 national parks, 100,000 lakes, 2,000 miles of coastline and leafy cities both rustic and modern, Sweden is an ideal destination for summer travels in Europe. As we enter May and June, the south of the country will see up to 18.4 hours of daylight, making this region one of the best for nature trips.

But Sweden’s vibrant urban centres offer a surprising wealth of outdoor pursuits, too. In the 2022 Global Destination Sustainability Index, Gothenburg was ranked the number-one greenest destination in the world, with Stockholm close behind in seventh place. Home to world-class restaurants, diverse cultural scenes and sustainable living surrounded by beautiful nature, Sweden’s larger cities combine serene green spaces with metropolitan energy in an atmosphere unmatched elsewhere in Europe.

The best summer experiences in Sweden

Photo: © Lori Nix & Kathleen Gerber, Botanic Garden

So, on this curated tour of the best Swedish summer destinations in 2023, we’re setting off with a spring in our step and a sense of adventure. We’re visiting a wholesome tavern in the Lidö archipelago, an enchanting medieval castle, fairytale forest cabins, a world-renowned photo gallery and a slew of dreamy horticultural and botanic gardens. Every spot on the list is a multifaceted holiday experience, offering more than meets the eye. You’ll find culture in nature, human stories in architecture, history in contemporary cuisine, and maybe even meet a wild moose. Read on to discover where.

The best summer experiences in Sweden

Photo: Birgit Nilsson Museum

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