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Ideas for 13 days in Sweden

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Ideas for 13 days in Sweden

Hi. We have 13-14 days to spend in Sweden next August. We have 3 nights planned for Stockholm but are unsure what else we should try to fit in. We are driving from and back to Denmark. Any suggestions as to what else we should see? We are travelling on a budget and are thinking that the best accommodation choice would be hostels. Again, any suggestions/comments on this aspect would be good.

We would like to perhaps get a bit off the traditional tourist path but given the time restraints are happy to just concentrate on one part of the country and really explore that. I would like to see a mix of coast and inland.

Any suggestions at this stage would be much appreciated. Thanks.

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1. Re: Ideas for 13 days in Sweden

The southern county of Skåne is very beautiful, especially the Österlen region. Easy to explore by car. There is a lot of picturesque countryside between Denmark and Stockholm, especially if you leave the main highway (E4). Another option is to visit the county of Dalarna just north of Stockholm (3-4 hour drive). Very beautiful!

Stockholm is agreat place to have as a base for day trips... out into the archipelago (plenty of cabins and hostels to stay at here), up to Uppsala, Sigtuna and the Mälardalen.

Have a wonderful visit in Sweden!

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2. Re: Ideas for 13 days in Sweden

Some suggestions:

1. Spend three days to go around Lake Vättern. Start in Jönköping. Visit Gränna with its many candy cane makers, take the ferry out to the beautiful island of Visingsö, enjoy the view from the top of Omberg, see the big renaissance castle and the monastery church in Vadstena, and then end the first day in Motala where I'm sure you can find a good hostel. Start the second day with a visit to the popular Motor museum, continue to the old spa Medevi Brunn and then go on to Askersund at the top end of the lake, a charming small town without too many tourists. On the western side you should take a small detour to visit Tiveden national park with a forest that feels like it comes straight out of a fairy tale, and then end the day in Karlsborg. Start day three with a visit at the towns enormous 19th century fortress, and then continue to Hjo, another charming small town. Near the southern tip of the lake you make the last stop at Habo church, which I can almost guarantee you is like no other church you have ever seen.

2. Go to the county of Dalarna northwest from Stockholm. There you will find beautiful nature, especially around lake Siljan and in the mountainous northwest, and in Falun you will find the UNESCO World Heritage site of Stora Kopparberg, where once two thirds of Europe's need for copper were produced. Orsa Björnpark, a zoo specialised in bears, might also be worth a visit (I haven't been there myself yet).

3. Try to fit in a trip along the western coast, from Strömstad in the North to Helsingborg in the south. There's a lot to see on the way, not least a number of charming fishing towns and villages to the north of Göteborg.

4. Of course you must also consider a visit to the northern part of Sweden; to the mountains and to Höga kusten (http://highcoastsweden.com/).

Edited: 9:58 am, October 06, 2012
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3. Re: Ideas for 13 days in Sweden

Thank you both for some great ideas. I just hope that 2 weeks will be enough!

Any suggestions for accommodation? I have some info for hostels but wondered if there might be a good site to try for a list of B&Bs.

Also, has anyone been to Utpost Hallo? I quite fancy a night there and wondered if it was worth a visit.

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4. Re: Ideas for 13 days in Sweden

Visit Sweden website might be a good place to start: visitsweden.com/sweden/…

If you want to spend some time in the Stockholm archipelago, this website has a list of accomodations... from cabins to hostels to spa hotels: www.visitskargarden.se/en/accommodation/

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5. Re: Ideas for 13 days in Sweden

I have been looking at the Visit Sweden website. It's ok for general info. The other site you suggest looks like it will be of more use for what I want. Thanks very much.

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6. Re: Ideas for 13 days in Sweden

If the Visit Sweden website is too general check each province's individual tourism website for more specific information. For example, Östergötland's website is www.visitostergotland.se In fact I think each province's website is visit(name of province).se. Like Småland has www.visitsmaland.se

On these websites you can not only browse for things to do/see but also accommodations. Here is a list and map of the provinces to help you: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Provinces_of_Sweden

Edited: 2:11 pm, October 06, 2012
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7. Re: Ideas for 13 days in Sweden

What I have done in the past is to google on the county or city where you want to make a stop. Almost all cities have an official website with links to the b&b's offered in that neighbourhood. I can really recommend using b&b's, they are often more personal and sometimes quirky. More that once have we ended up in old mansions! Good luck!

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8. Re: Ideas for 13 days in Sweden

Visit the north of Sweden. Luleå and Kiruna offers a very different feel from Stockholm. It is a 1 hr to 1 1/2 hr flight but over 1000 km difference and a big difference to Stockholm. Try ty mKe it atleast 4-5 nights upnorth.

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