Situated in Northern Europe, West of the Baltic Sea, Sweden attracts a large number of tourists in search of some Scandinavian charm and breathtaking sceneries.
When most people think of Sweden they automatically associate it with long cold winter days and a thick blanket of snow. But the country actually has four very distinct seasons, each with a different appeal for visitors. So the best time to visit Sweden depends mostly on what you want to do on your trip, because the country offers wonderful experiences all year round.
Winter (November – March) is a great time to visit Sweden if you’re one of those people in love with the idea of a winter wonderland. It’s the best season to enjoy unique experiences like catching a glimpse of the mesmerizing Northern Lights or following wolf prints on the endless snow covered lands.
Other cold-weather activities you can enjoy include skiing, dog-sledging or ice-skating. Or if you’re not a fan of winter activities you can spend your time in a warm atmosphere in one of the cosy charming cafes that you’ll find in every Swedish city. There are many lovely places where the smell of cinnamon buns and the warm light of the candles will make your winter days brighter and warmer.
Keep in mind that winter in Sweden is quite cold and you must come prepared with warm clothing. The temperatures drop below freezing even in the daytime and the further you go north, the colder is going to be. However, in the south, the winters are relatively mild and pleasant.
Summertime in Sweden is something special. From late May to early September the temperatures are warm, but you don’t have to fear unbearable hot days and scorching sun. The weather is similar to that in southern UK, but without the typical British rain. Even in the far north the weather can be surprisingly pleasant.
The days seem never-ending so there’s plenty of time to enjoy Sweden’s wonderful nature. Outdoor lovers are going to have a tough choice as there are a lot of amazing things to see and do. It’s very common to see people out in the parks, enjoying picnics or barbecues even after 10 pm. A favourite activity for tourists is sailing on the crystal clear lakes or hiking in the mountains once the snow has melted.
You can also get lost in the wilderness in one of Sweden’s many virgin forests.
Spring and autumn can be difficult seasons for planning a trip to Sweden. Weather wise you don’t know exactly what to expect. It’s very likely to encounter snow everywhere, except maybe in the south. It’s quite a gamble as there are days when the sun is shining and days when the sky is grey and the pouring rain can ruin all your excitement. The only thing you can do is to come prepared with clothing for all occasions.
Visiting Sweden is always a good idea. You just have to decide when it’s the best time for you and start packing your luggage.