Sweden in Summer: Weather, What to Pack & Things to Do!

Things to do in Sweden in Summer

1. Horseback riding in the Swedish countryside
2. Pick blueberries in Dalarna
3. Take a tour of the Icehotel
4. Enjoy a boat ride along the Gota Canal
5. Go wildlife spotting at the Kolmarden Wildlife Park
6. Enjoy the Swedish nature through kayaking
7. Explore the majestic Kalmar Castle
8. Visit the Gothenburg Museum of Art
9. Live the old Swedish life at Skansen
10. Marvel at the stunning architecture at Drottningholm Palace

Sweden in summer is a nature's wonder and an absolute delight to explore and enjoy the wonders of nature. The long daylight hours, the delightfully sunny weather and stunning landscape will turn your trip into one of the most memorable experiences you will ever have. This is the time to celebrate the Summer Solstice with merriment, dancing and lots of delicious Swedish food. This is also the time to experience the Midnight sun and to indulge in the traditional outdoor coffee culture of Sweden. 

Some of the best things you can do here during summer are go swimming or kayaking in the shimmering lakes and rivers; go hiking in the lush green forests; enjoy blueberries picking in the countryside. Whether you wish to explore Swedish cultural heritage at the oldest open air Museum in the world or enjoy a relaxing boat ride as you take in the beautiful scenery of this stunning Scandinavian country, summer is a great time to be in Sweden.

Here are the some of the best things to do in Sweden in Summer:

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Horseback Riding in The Swedish Countryside

  • Horseback riding is becoming one of the most popular activities in Sweden in summer. The lush green countryside of this magnificent country is best explored on horseback.
  • In most of the horseback riding tours Icelandic ponies and horses are used which give you a whole new experience of riding.
  • Equestrians from around the world visit Sweden for its spellbinding scenery and fantastic weather in the summer. 
  • Enjoy fantastic views of the Kebnekaise mountains or ride on the farm lands of the Sami people,
Location: Skåne, Kiruna, Swedish Lapland, Norrbotten, Roslagen and Kebnekaise Mountains.

Pick Blueberries in Dalarna

  • One of the best things to do in Sweden in summer is to go picking blueberries in Dalarna which is the quintessential Nordic village with beautiful scenery and blueberry shrubs almost everywhere.
  • This is a great activity to enjoy with your whole family and the best way to savour these tasty and nutritious delights out in the sun. Blueberries are the most abundant berries here and one that is packed with antioxidants. 
  • The region is perfect to enjoy other summer delights like the typical Swedish Midsummer celebrations and exploring the deep green forests of Dalarna.
Location: Dalarna

Take a Tour of The Icehotel

  • The Icehotel is not only a thing for the winter but you can also enjoy a tour of its facilities in Sweden in summer as well. 
  • Among other things, here you can see the ice suites, the ice gallery with its unique ice sculptures, enjoy a refreshing drink at the ice bar and take in the wonders of the Midnight sun. 
  • You can also learn how to do ice sculpting as part of your tour of the Icehotel. 
  • Enjoy the beautiful outdoors with a wonderful picnic as you grill a freshly caught fish on an open fire and enjoy it with several other delicacies.
Location: Kiruna

Enjoy a Boat Ride Along The Gota Canal

  • The Gota Canal is one of the most remarkable waterways in the world and cruising along it is one of the most relaxing things to do in Sweden in summer. 
  • The Gota Canal is often called the Blue Ribbon of Sweden and it stretches over 190 km in length from Sjotorp to Mem. 
  • Summer being the peak season to visit the canal, you can enjoy wonderful boat rides as well as the several other activities that are organised during this time. 
  • The boat ride is the most relaxing way to observe the beautiful Swedish countryside along the Gota Canal. 
Location: Mem to Norsholm, Berg to Motala, Karlsborg to Sjotorp

Starting from INR 9000 per boat

Go Wildlife Spotting at The Kolmarden Wildlife Park

  • Kolmarden Wildlife Park is the largest wildlife park in the Scandinavian region and it is one of the most fascinating places to spend a day in Sweden in summer. 
  • The biggest attraction of the park is the cable car safari that takes you 20 metres above the ground and you can get aerial views of lions, giraffes, bears, wolves, mooses and many more. 
  • The Tiger World is home to the Siberian tigers and dholes which you can view from the walk path or the large glass windows. 
  • The Scandinavia section is the natural section which is home to lynx, prairie dogs, muskox, bears and the wolverine. 
  • The special Birds of Prey show is the only one of its kind in this part of the world and it showcases falcons, vultures, owls and rheas. In the other parts you will also see snow leopards, polar bears and more.
Location: Kolmarden

Timings: 10 am to 7 pm

Entry Fees: INR 3000

Enjoy The Swedish Nature Through Kayaking

  • Kayaking is a wonderful activity to indulge in Sweden during summer especially to go exploring in the Swedish archipelagos. 
  • The weather is warm in summer and this beautiful country has many rivers, lakes and a great coastline that can be explored.
  • Kayaking is a great way to explore the beauty of the local landscape, go island hopping and spotting wildlife. 
  • The whole activity is not about how fast you can paddle but to relax and enjoy the views. You can just let yourself drift along at a slow pace while you take in the peace and quiet.
Location: Stockholm, Gothenburg Archipelago, the wild rivers of Swedish Lapland, Skane, Bohuslan Coast

Explore The Majestic Kalmar Castle

  • The first stone of the Kalmar Castle was laid 800 years ago and since then the Castle has seen wars, weddings, tournaments, cannonballs, sieges and more. But it stands tall till today to regale its visitors with tales of the past. 
  • Exploring the treasures that Kalmar Castle has is one of the most fascinating things to do in Sweden in summer. On your visit here you can get a good glimpse of the Grey Hall, the Agda Chamber, the Golden Hall, the Women’s Prison and more. 
  • The Castle also has interactive touch screens that display over 400 texts, stories and short tales in Swedish, English and German. 
Location: Kalmar Slott, Kungsgatan 1, Kalmar

Timings: 10 am to 6 pm Daily

Entry Fees: INR 900 for adults

Visit The Gothenburg Museum of Art

  • The Gothenburg Museum of Art has one of the most phenomenal collections of Renaissance to Modern artworks in Northern Europe. It houses works by masters such as Vincent Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Picasso, Monet, Lina Selander, Charlotte Gyllenhammar and many more. 
  • The Museum also has an amazing collection of Nordic art which will definitely enhance your visit to Sweden in summer. 
  • There are over 900 sculptures, 3000 paintings, 50,000 graphic sheets and 10,000 watercolours and drawings for you to explore here at the Museum.
Location: Gotaplatsen 6, Gothenburg.

Timing: Weekdays 11 am to 6 pm; Fridays to Sundays 11 am to 5 pm. Mondays Closed

Entry Fees: INR 450 for Adults; Kids below 20 years get free entry.

Live The Old Swedish Life at Skansen

  • The beautiful Skansen is the oldest open air museum in the world and exploring its wonders is a great thing to do in Sweden in summer. 
  • Visit the historic houses and meet the people here to experience the traditions and customs that are truly fascinating. At Skansen you will be able to experience everything that Sweden stands for. 
  • This is where many traditional festivals are celebrated with lively programmes such as concerts, dancing and more in the summer. 
  • You can also see rare Scandinavian animals, Nordic wildlife and exotic creatures at the petting zoo or see first hand the beautiful marine lives of this region at the Baltic Sea Science Center here.
Location: Stockholm

Timing: 10am to 6pm Daily

Entry Fees: INR 1900. Free entry for children 4 years and below.

Marvel at The Stunning Architecture at Drottningholm Palace

  • One of the most incredible things you can do in Sweden in summer is to explore the majestic Drottningholm Palace. This magnificent palace has been preserved well and exploring its grounds and interiors will transport you to the bygone era of kings and queens. 
  • Here you will observe that the stunning Palace has been constructed based on 17th and 18th century European architecture with strong references to French and Italian designs. 
  • The interiors are rich and lavish showcasing the power of the Swedish nation in the 17th century.
Location: Drottningholm

Timings: 10 am to 5 pm

Entry Fees: INR 1000 per person

People Also Ask About Sweden

  1. What are some of the best places to visit in Sweden during summer?

    1. Stockholm - The best part of visiting Sweden in Summer is that all the attractions are open during this time. The same is for Stockholm and while here you can explore Skansen the open air museum, Vasa Museum, stroll along the streets of Sodermalm district, Gamla Stan and the Royal Palace. Summer time is also a great time to enjoy a boat ride to the Stockholm archipelago and go island hopping. 

    2. Dalarna - Dalarna is located in the central part of Sweden and it is famous for its rustic charm, dense forests, shimmering lakes and the beautiful red cottages. The iconic Dala Horse is still produced in Dalarna which most visitors buy as a souvenir to take back  home. Some of the best things to do in Sweden in summer are horseback riding, swimming in the beautiful glistening lakes and exploring some of the trekking trails here. 

    3. Gothenburg - Gothenburg is one of the most hip cities in Europe and it is named as the most sustainable city in the world. Some of the most famous attractions here that you should not miss out on are the Gothenburg Museum of Art, the beautifully landscaped botanical gardens and the wonderful canals. Gothenburg is famous for its fresh seafood so don't forget to savor the freshly prepared fish and shellfish.

    4. Öland - Oland is where the Swedish Royal Family have their summer residence and if you wish to enjoy Sweden in summer like the royals then head to this idyllic destination in the south of the country. One of the major attractions here is the Borgholm Castle built in the 13th century, the magnificent forts and the Iron Age burial grounds. Oland is also a perfect destination for nature enthusiasts who should make it a point to visit Stora Alvaret which is a limestone plateau filled with lush green pastures.
  2. Which month is the hottest in Sweden?

    July is the hottest month in Sweden with temperatures hovering around 18°C to 20°C in major cities like Stockholm and Gothenburg. This is also the best time to see the Midnight sun as there is comparatively less night darkness during the months of June and July. This is a great time to visit outdoor museums, theatres and indulge in other fun outdoor activities.
  3. What is Sweden famous for?

    Sweden is a wonderful Scandinavian country that offers a wide variety of unique experiences. Nature offers some of the best attractions here such as the Northern Lights and Polar Nights in winters and the Midnight sun in summer. The country is also famous for its unique cuisine and the traditional Fika which should be included in the food tour of your itinerary. Sweden is also famous for its lush green forests and pastures, shimmering lakes and beautiful islands which are best explored during summers.
  4. What is the best time to visit Sweden?

    The best time to visit Sweden is between May to September which falls under  the summer season. During this time the daylight hours are more as compared to winter season and you can enjoy many outdoor activities such as hiking, boating, horseback riding, visiting attractions, or enjoy a meal in one of the outdoor cafes. This is also the time of the Midnight sun which fascinates many visitors who come from the tropic and temperate zones.
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