Thinking of visiting Scandinavia on your gap year travels? Make sure to stop in Sweden, and take note of these list of things you must do when you visit!
Try the cuisine
It’s amazing how many people who meander their way through the kingdom of Sweden refuse to try the cuisine. Yes, over the years, foodies have stereotyped their food as bland or unappealing, but there are a few certain delicacies that are considered delicious to the outsider. In August, for instance, the Swedes have a celebration that they call ‘Kräftskiva’, which translates as ‘Swedish crayfish party’ (not relation to the electronic house duo), where the nation eats loads of boiled crayfish, boiled potato and dill. Sounds delicious, right? Ok, well if that doesn’t take your fancy, they also enjoy meatballs, pickled herring and reindeer. Where else can you eat a yuletide creature?
Stay in the Ice Hotel
In the village of Jukkasjärvi, North Sweden there rests a place for a tired traveler to stay for a night or two. But it’s not any normal inn, as it is made entirely of frozen water and is fittingly dubbed ‘ICEHOTEL.’ Capable of housing 100 guests, and made of 9,100 tons of ice and 27,000 tons of snow, it is a feat of engineering. It even has a church for, err, Pete’s sake! Definitely a must do on your visit to Sweden!
If passing through the northbound areas of the country, be sure to stop by for an otherworldly experience. Just head in, and you’ll be sure not to get an icy reception.
Swoon over Sweden’s architecture
When people discuss Europe’s most alluring constructions, they often cite Paris’ Eiffel Tower, or the many amazing buildings of Florence. But Sweden is regularly overlooked. It’s is a shame, because there are many awesome manmade structures to see.
Kungliga Slottet is a stunning building with a cool back-story. It was built on the wreckage of the burnt down building of Stockholm’s former royal castle and is still used by the monarchy to this day.
In short, Sweden is a country of castles, bridges and canals. Additionally, Stockholm is broken up into 14 separate islands, so one can view the city’s myriad edifices in many different ways.
Explore the Eko Parken (ecopark) of Stockholm
As a green city, Stockholm has many parks, but the cherry on the top of this forestry is the city’s Ecopark – conservation with an area of 27km2. Amongst the many sights one would see when roaming through, there are: plentiful wildlife like mink and deer, an array of culturally significant, eye-grabbing buildings and has the most giant oak trees in Europe. This must explain why it is the most visited tourist destination in Europe.
See the Aurora Borealis AKA the Northern Lights
C’mon, what else was it going to be? It’s not often that a country can boast a natural phenomenon, thus a night watching the Northern Lights is firmly in number one spot. And in Sweden one can do it in a selection of appealing places. From the aforementioned ICEHOTEL to the Abisko National Park, as long as the weather conditions are right, one can enjoy an experience like no other.