Reasons why you should visit Sweden in winter
Most people who hear about the Swedish winter fears it. But it’s not as bad as you might think it is. It’s by no means warm, but if you just bring the proper clothes, Swedish winters can be magical and enjoyable. There’s so much you can do in Sweden during winter time and that’s why you shouldn’t skip this season in Sweden. Here’s why!
First of all, flights are really cheap
Since nobody seems to want to visit Sweden during winter, you’ll find that flight tickets can get really cheap. It’s off-season too so you will also find accommodation to be a bit cheaper, as long as it’s not during Christmas or New Years Eve.
You can catch the Northern lights
One of the must-do’s in Sweden is to see the Northern lights. Most people head all the way to Kiruna in order to catch a glimpse of the famous Aurora lights. You don’t need a guide for this. All you need is to head a few kilometres away from the city centre and you’ll have a good chance of seeing some activity. While in Kiruna, you can also go on sami tours, where you will see reindeers, learn more about the sami traditions and culture, and perhaps even dress you up in traditional clothings. You can also join a dogsled tour, which is one of the most popular activities to do in Kiruna.
Swedes love their winter activities
If you also love winter activities such as skiing, snowboarding or dog-sledding (see above), you’ll love visiting Sweden during winter. There’s numerous ski resorts where you can ski and snowboard all day long before heading into a cabin with a cup of hot cocoa.
Sweden is beautiful during winter
There’s no doubt that Sweden is incredibly beautiful during winter. The white snow makes the cities brighter, there’s light decoration everywhere, the mountains are snow capped and the air is crisp. During winter, Sweden gets very cozy and there’s a whole other atmosphere here than during summer. There’s so many excellent museums to visit in Stockholm for example, cozy coffee shops to escape into, top class restaurants and bars.
You’ll never “fika” as much as during winter
Fika is the expression Swedes use for when they sit down with a friend to socialize over a coffee and pastry. It might not sound like anything special, but Swedes take this very seriously. And you can tell by how crowded the cafés usually are. There’s nothing better than to enter a warm café after strolling around outside during winter and embrace a warm cup of coffee with some kanelbullar (Swedish cinnamon bun). Swedes love their sweets so you’ll find tons of pastries in the cafés that goes very well a cup of hot coffee.