29 November, 2017
21 September, 2017
You can spend whole weeks exploring the rabbit warren of stone-clad lanes that is Stockholm, hopping between cozy coffee shops, grand royal palaces, and multicultural food halls. But venture further afield and Sweden also comes with bags of wilderness. Up north, tundra forests are battered by snowdrifts and traditional reindeer herders speckle the Arctic plains. Nearer the Baltic, timber-built fishing settlements come writhed in histories of seafarers and Viking raiders. You can also find untouched forests and lakes by the bucket load, with enough hiking paths and medieval villages to go around. Cheap fights to Sweden from Australia usually have at least one stopover on the way, with the big Arlanda Airport the most common arrival point.
Stockholm's character-rich old center is a place to stir the emotions, with cobbled alleys, overhanging buildings, and medieval taverns.
Transport yourself back through the centuries with a trip to Visby, where stories of Vikings are still told between the salt-washed fishing quays.
You can aim to conquer all or just some of the 270-mile Kungsleden hiking path. Either way, this one's an odyssey through snow-plumed forests and primeval Swedish fells.