When We Can Travel: 5 unforgettable experiences a winter holiday in Sweden will bring

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Edited by Patricia Bech

We may be enduring another lockdown and unable to travel freely, but that doesn’t stop us from thinking ahead to the times when we can enjoy a holiday. Even if we can’t plan a fun getaway just yet, it is worth reflecting on the places that we may like to explore once we are through the Covid-19 crisis.

I am starting a new series for readers of The Sloaney called When We Can Travel to highlight some of the best places to visit on your post-coronavirus travel adventures!

First up is Sweden. I have been to Sweden a couple of times before and it is a beautiful place. If you have yet to experience this country, here are some reasons that could tempt you to plan a trip in the future…

  1. Watch the Northern Lights in the Abisko National Park

Seeing the Norther Lights is something that should be on all the minds of keen travellers. Abisko is rated by Lonely Planet as the top place in the world to experience the northern lights due to clear skies, with the best time to visit being between December and April. Here, you’ll visit the Aurora Sky Station at the top of the mountain, where you can anticipate the natural phenomenon, kitted out in cosy gear to combat the cold weather. Once at the summit, large balconies provide a front row seat for taking in the wonder of the northern lights.

2. Visit the Arctic Bath Spa under the stars

With a fully fitted spa including saunas, treatments, and baths, the wonderous Arctic Bath Spa, located on the Lule River in Harads, Swedish Lapland, has a holistic approach to wellbeing, with a deep-rooted connection to nature inspired by the timber era. Here, brave visitors can experience a cold open-air bath under the stars to revitalize you, while being surrounded by uplifting colours, sounds, and smells to create the completely holistic experience.

3. Drive your own Husky Sled

Perfect for adventure-seekers, a wilderness husky adventure allows you to soar through the Swedish terrain and is the perfect way to experience Lapland’s great outdoors as you ‘mush’ your own team of huskies through the breath-taking forests of Jukkasjarvi. This experience is amazing for thrill-seekers and animal lovers alike.

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4. Stay at the Icehotel

Transformed every year by world-leading ice sculptors, the Icehotel is the world’s most unique hotel. The 31st winter Icehotel has recently opened, with each room featuring unique designs and architectural ideas. Both ice and warmer rooms are available to experience, with optional upgrades to the amazing art suites, which are all hand-crafted and individually themed. Previous room designs include ice mammoths and fairy tale themes, making for a breath-taking experience
and a magical night’s sleep.

5. Dinner on Ice under the stars 

There are many places in Sweden offering candlelit dining experiences in the wilderness, with one of the best being dinner on ice at Brandon Lodge. Here, guests can enjoy a fireside three course candlelit dinner in a tepee tent. The tepee tents are situated over the stunning frozen sea, with reindeer pelts to sit on for a true Scandi experience. This cosy dining event allows you to see the stars and possible Aurora in the sky as you eat and drink – a truly unique experience to behold in Swedish Lapland.

For more amazing experiences to discover while visiting Sweden, check out Swedish holidays from Discover the World for holidays and recommended itineraries tailored to you.

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