Swedish adventures await!
Sweden is known to be one of the most attractive destinations with its unique natural and cultural heritage and foreign city life. It has abundant natural resources to offer like clean water, fresh air, open space, beautiful and fresh nature and adventure lands, definitely a perfect destination for an active vacation whether you want to experience the wilderness, adventure through history or sail along the sandy beaches.
Getting to know Sweden
Mama Mia where to begin? Sweden is probably best known as the birthplace of ABBA, Absolut vodka, IKEA, and Volvo cars. It also lays claim Alfred Nobel father of the Nobel Peace Prize. Not to mention, 28 national parks, 96,000 lakes and 10,000 km of hiking and cycling trails.
Whether its; skating, tobogganing, snowmobiling, ice climbing, dog sledding, waterskiing or windsurfing, Sweden is an adventure seekers dream.
Timberlands account for half of the country's area and a third is covered by water, the quality of which is so clean that salmon can be caught in Stockholm city centre. Nearby the washboard moraines of the UNESCO listed High Coast and the Kvarken Archipelago (5600 islands shared with Finland) are continually rising from the sea in a process called rapid glacio-isostatic uplift.
North of the Arctic Circle is Lappland, 'land of the midnight sun.' In summer, rounds kick off at midnight in Björkliden, the world's most northern golf course.
Abisko is the trailhead for the 500 km long hiking route "Kungsleden" (king of trails) and an equally spectacular train journey can be made from Kiruna to Narvik in Norway, on the worlds northern most passenger service.
Swedish civilisation dates back to the Bronze Age. Svealand, the birth place of Sweden is rich with Viking history, rune stones, burial mounds and forts,
Gotland, the largest island, is over endowed with ruined medieval churches and the UNESCO World Heritage listed Visby, the main centre of the Hanseatic League from12th to the 14th centuries, is the best-preserved fortified commercial city in northern Europe.
The medieval town of Lund features a cathedral and astronomical clock from around the Hanseatic period about the same time as sophisticated Stockholm's old town Gamla Stan, was taking shape. Here a compact maze of ankle-challenging cobblestone alleys wind through red, orange and vanilla coloured stucco buildings.
The Royal Domain of Drottningholm -one of Stockholm's10 royal castles- stands on an island in Lake Mälar. The UNESCO World Heritage Centre declared it the finest preserved 18th Century north European royal residence inspired by the Palace of Versailles.
Train network in Sweden
The Swedish high-speed train x2000 travels from Oslo to Stockholm/Gothenburg. Inlandsbanan is a route from Kristinehamn (Mid-Sweden) to Gällivare (North). Bicycles can be taken on the trains. The quickest train route from UK is the Eurostar via Brussels connecting to Hamburg and then on to Stockholm. Connex AB operates trains from Stockholm to Gothenburg via Kiruna, Luleå, Umeå and Sundsvall.
Tickets that get you around Sweden
- Point to Point Tickets
- Sweden Single-Country Pass
- Eurail Select Pass (2 Countries) - Choose your 2 adjoining countries out of the 28 participating countries.
- Eurail Select Pass (3 Countries - Choose your 3 adjoining countries out of the 28 participating countries
- Eurail Select Pass (4 Countries) - Choose your 4 adjoining countries out of the 28 participating countries.
- Eurail Global Flexi Pass - 28 countries - 5/7 days in 1 month or 10/15 days in 2 months.
- Eurail Global Continuous Pass - 28 countries - 15, 22 days or 1, 2 or 3 months.
- Scandinavia Eurail Pass