Swedish Winter Escape
Sweden is the perfect escape at any time of year. My favorite time to visit is in the dead of winter when the Northern Lights are at their peak. While this country offers beautiful coastal beaches and sun until 1 am in the summer, I prefer a snow-covered landscape. The Swedish comfort food is quite complimentary to this time of year as well. You can enjoy the bustling city of Stockholm and venture out to the remote Lapland region to experience the magic of the Aurora Borealis.
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Where to stay in Sweden
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Things to do in Sweden
Explore the city of Stockholm by water on one of the many boat tours. Several tours offer a cozy cruise with heated blankets, snacks, and mulled wine. You can enjoy the sites of several historic buildings and the beautiful architecture of Stockholm.
If you prefer an indoor excursion visit the Modern Museet or the ABBA Museum. The Modern Museet offers works of art by Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali and more! Bring out your inner popstar at The ABBA Museum and become the 5th member through their interactive exhibit.
Take part in the Swedish tradition of Fika, which translates to a relaxing coffee and cake break. To the Swedes, this is more than just a cup of coffee and a pastry; it’s a way of life. They take pride in relaxing mid-day and building relationships with family and friends. Sit down with your travel partner or someone nearby and enjoy a local delicacy, the cardamom bun, my personal favorite!
Stockholm is home to some of the best restaurants, so expect to be well fed!
Visit the historical old town of Gamla Stan. Walk down the cobblestone streets and venture into the local shops. Don’t forget to visit Stortorget or the “big square,” where you will find iconic cafes and the Royal Palace.
Ice skate in Kungsträdgården, located in the middle of Stockholm. You’ll feel like you’re in a real-life snow globe.
Stockholm is famous for its metros! Head underground and see the amazing artwork at several of the stations. My personal favorite is T-Centralen.
After exploring the city, you’re going to want some relaxation and what better place to do that than in the Artic Circle! The Lapland region of Sweden offers several properties that allow you to enjoy the Northern Lights and snow-filled activities while providing a luxury experience. Once the sun sets step outside and experience the beauty of the Aurora Borealis, it’s a site to be seen!
There are endless activities to keep you busy during the day, including dog sledding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and more. One of my favorite things to do after a day of adventure was to return to my hotel, enjoy the sauna and steam room and take a plunge into the arctic waters that the property was built on. It was a great way to awaken the senses!
Places to eat & drink in Sweden
Frantzen: A bucket list meal that can’t be missed. The 3-star Michelin restaurant begins with an elevator ride up to the sitting room where you can peruse the champagne cart and enjoy a few small bites before visiting the kitchen and beginning your main meal. They make sure you don’t leave hungry by completing the experience with a never-ending rotation of desserts and a plate of warm madeleines that are delivered with your post-dinner cocktail and coffee.
Bord: An intimate bistro with a Mediterranean flare. Don’t forget to order the whole turbot!
Babette: If pizza and wine are more your thing, this is the spot! They serve fresh appetizers and Neapolitan-style pies.
Operabaren: You can’t visit Sweden without having Swedish meatballs so head over to Operabaren and dine with the locals. They offer other Swedish classics, including pickled herring and cured salmon.
Café Nizza: This Italian cafe offers handmade pasta, wine and more.
Sushi Sho: If you want authentic sushi, this is the spot! Sushi Sho offers an incredible wine list and an omakase menu using mainly Scandinavian and European ingredients.
Ett Hem: This restaurant is inside my favorite Stockholm hotel. When you step inside you will feel like you have entered someone’s home. You can dine for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Every meal at Ett Hem is a memorable one!
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