Vast expanses of unspoiled beauty set Sweden apart from other European destinations. More than half of the country is covered by forests, and another 40,000 kilometers are devoted to lakes and waterways.
Much of Sweden's more scenic sights can be experienced touring the Swedish Lapland. Discover "Europe's last wilderness" on a snowmobile, cross country skis or a dog-sledging expedition, where some tours hop from hut to hut covering as many as 50 kilometers per day.
When you're ready to return to civilization, Stockholm offers everything you'd want in a dynamic capital city, including shimmering waterways, world-class museums, haute cuisine, and heart-thumping nightlife. Other popular Sweden attractions include the ultimate ski destination Are, and Visby, a walled medieval city that was once a Viking stronghold. (Now the island destination is a family vacation spot marked by sandy beaches, festivals and sea-lined golf courses.)
Wherever you choose to visit, your Sweden vacation will be all the more memorable when you stay at one of the many Endless Vacation Rentals resorts spread out across the landscape. Many EVRentals resorts offer conveniences such as kitchens, drying cabinets and private saunas.
Mathias Dahlgren (Stockholm). Widely considered Sweden's top chef, Dahlgren serves up fantastic food at two separate formats within the Grand Hotel. Matbaren encompasses a food bar concept and is more casual. Matsalen showcases the best in fine dining.
Ski Sweden. From February through May, many resorts offer well-groomed slopes for the beginner to the expert. Bjorkliden and Hogfjallet are just two places where ski buffs can get their fix.
Lake Are. Holiday Club Are even offers an indoor water park (four indoor pools and one outdoor pool) and Saunaworld.
Stureplan (Stockholm). Stockholm's nightlife is legendary, and this public square in the central part of the city is a great place to play. Here you'll find trendy restaurants and bars such as Hell's Kitchen, Spy Bar and Laroy.
Icehotel (Jukkasjarvi). Reconstructed each winter in varying architectural types, the hotel houses everything from accommodations to clubs. Indoor temperatures are kept below freezing regardless of the outdoor temperature.
Visby's medieval churches. With the exception of the Domkyrkan, most of the churches now lay in ruins. Guided tours are available daily. Other sites include the churches of Kallunge and Dalhem.
Carlstens Fortress (Marstrand). Guided tours of this stone fortress give visitors a glimpse of wartime military life.
Northern Lights (Abisko). This magnificent polar light show happens year-round, but it can only seen during the dark winter nights in September through April. The Abisko mountain station is one of the more popular places for viewing and about the only place you can be guaranteed to see a show within a 72-hour span.
Sami handicraft. Well-adapted to the sub-freezing weather conditions, the nomadic Sami have developed a symbiotic relationship with the reindeer. The Sami also produce handicraft, also called slojd, that can be purchased in shops throughout Sweden. Hard slojd include knives and cups carved from reindeer horn. Soft slojd includes clothing, jewelry, bags and traditional baskets woven from birch roots.
Roma Kungsgard (Gotland). Purchase Gotland crafts, while the kids make crafts of their own. They might even get to try their hand at glassblowing.