Day Trippin' in Sweden

When you think of Sweden, what comes to mind?

Well-designed flat-pack furniture, epic meatballs and gravy, the Mamma Mia! soundtrack. I hear you.

As an added bonus, there’s the rich history, the dramatic landscapes throughout all seasons, and the vivid culinary scene. That’s what pulls 1 million British people to Sweden each year for their holidays.

It’s no secret that I love Stockholm; I have family there who we visit every year. There’s a lot about the society and culture that I love.
But the problem when you visit family abroad, is that you normally only spend time with them, not venturing far from their house. So after years of travelling to Sweden, it’s about time we visit somewhere outside of Stockholm. I’m gearing up for this year and rounding up the best day trips from Stockholm.

Here are 4 of the best places to visit, just a short trip from the capital…

I. GOTHENBURG.

– THE ULTIMATE TWIN CITY

Stockholm is famed for the bustling city life, set against the tranquil backdrop of Lake Malren. Unlike anything we have here at home, Stockholm is spread across 14 islands which are best explored by boat, and visitors can spend the day exploring the varied neighbourhoods, which each have their own distinctive culture.

Gothenburg is Sweden’s culinary capital and any seafood lover’s dream.

The daily supply of fresh seafood from the North Sea has turned the city into seafood central – with some of the best lobster, crayfish and other shellfish in the world. Two words: Lobster safari. Did you even know there was such a thing?
How to get there from Stockholm…
Go from the buzz of Stockholm straight into the heart of Gothenburg in just over 3 hours by train (around £30), or catch a 1 hour flight (from £50).

II. MALMÖ.

– THE UNDISCOVERED CULINARY DESTINATION

Malmö is making culinary waves, and swiftly catching up to Gothenburg. The food scene is a melting pot of traditional Swedish cuisine with international flavours.

The town boasts three Michelin starred restaurants.

How to get there from Stockholm…
For the time-rich, travel by bus. It’s an 8 hour bus ride, but the ticket won’t cost much more than £10. By train it’s 4.5 hours (£63) or board a plane for just 1 hour (£40).

III. LUND. 

– THE COUNTRYSIDE ESCAPE

In winter and summer alike, Sweden’s countryside shouldn’t be missed. Lund, in the Skåne Province, is known as being a patchwork of farmland, forests and lakes, perfect for hiking through the warmer months.

Found at the southern tip of Sweden, this is a charmingly cobble-stoned old town.

The city of Lund itself is awash with history, pretty colourful terraced buildings, and at the very heart, is the centuries old Lund Cathedral.
How to get there from Stockholm… 
Fly! A flight takes just an hour, and tickets start from £40. If you’re spoilt for time, the bus takes almost 8 hours (from £16) and the train journeys start from £62.

IV. NYKÖPING. 

– THE LOCALS HOLIDAY SPOT

As one of Sweden’s oldest cities, Nyköping is an undiscovered gem for international visitors. The city is known for the 16th Century architecture and ruins from past times gone by.

‘Nyköping’ literally translates as Newmarket in English. 

The city is the ideal base for cycling holidays, as it is situated within 10km of some beautiful rural towns like Sjösa, Bergshammar, Svalsta and Enstaberga.
How to get there from Stockholm…
Train would be the best way. The journey is an easy 1 hour ride, and tickets start from £14.
To get all of your trains, planes and buses booked up in Sweden, try GoEuro (www.goeuro.co.uk).

What’s your favourite Swedish city?

Tweet me your favourites and recommendations! @wanderwomanco

Love, C x

21 Comments

  1. Dalindcy Koolhoven
    February 10, 2018 / 7:57 am

    Super onfirmative post and gorgeous pictures! I’ve never been to sweden, but like you I think of the beautiful Scandinavian architecture first.. I’d love to visit Stockholm one day.

    • February 11, 2018 / 11:19 pm

      You should definitely make the trip! I was so impressed and intrigued by the architecture and design when I visited Copenhagen – it has such a presence in the city and feels like it’s definitely a Scandinavian thing. XX

  2. February 10, 2018 / 9:23 am

    Sweden isn’t somewhere I’ve ever really been interested in going but only because I don’t know much about it! Would definitely be interested now, it looks beautiful and sounds great!- https://sophiehearts.net x

    • February 11, 2018 / 11:18 pm

      Its so stunning, such an underrated spot for a trip!

  3. February 10, 2018 / 10:22 pm

    These are some amazing places you have mentioned, I’ve never been to Sweden but would love to go someday! 💗💗

    • February 11, 2018 / 11:17 pm

      You definitely should!!

  4. February 11, 2018 / 1:09 pm

    Sweden looks and sounds like such a beautiful place, I would love to visit one day! your pictures look amazing too! xx

    • February 11, 2018 / 11:15 pm

      Such an easy trip from UK!

  5. Fjfnd
    February 11, 2018 / 10:34 pm

    Sweden is the place to be

    • February 11, 2018 / 11:15 pm

      Loveeee going to Sweden

  6. February 11, 2018 / 10:55 pm

    Ooh I found this so interesting! I’ve never thought much about going to Sweden but there seems to be some lovely places there!! Will definitely be putting this on my travel wishlist x
    Kirsty Maynard | justkirstymaynard.co.uk

    • February 11, 2018 / 11:14 pm

      Ah i love it, such a beaut country!

  7. Creative Nails
    February 12, 2018 / 12:11 am

    What an interesting post! I’ve never been to Sweden before or known too much about it. I’ve met a few people from there and they’ve said it is a gorgeous place! I’ll add this to the list of possibilities for holiday destinations me and my boyfriend have 😀
    Amy,
    https://creativenails.uk

    • February 12, 2018 / 7:07 pm

      Aww I hope you guys do go! It’s such a beautiful country and really underrated I think for a quick trip!

  8. February 12, 2018 / 3:02 pm

    I’ve never been to Sweden (or anywhere close to it), but it looks like a beautiful country!

    • February 12, 2018 / 7:09 pm

      It really is, I need to explore more!

    • February 12, 2018 / 7:10 pm

      Definitely add it to the bucket list!

  9. February 12, 2018 / 8:40 pm

    I’ve never been to Sweden but it looks like an absolutely stunning country. I can’t say it’s somewhere I would have thought of previously either x
    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

  10. Rosie
    February 16, 2018 / 10:24 am

    Looks fab

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