Sweden’s capital city, Stockholm, stretches along fourteen islands where Lake Malaren flows into the Baltic Sea, creating one of the most picturesque scenes; rightfully earning the city the sobriquet ‘Venice of the North.’ The beautiful landscapes and outstanding landmarks that form the city are a revelation of its rich cultural heritage. Gamla Stan, the city’s…
Fashion-conscious Sweden is a school in design, a country that has flawless taste in everything it creates, be it clothes or architecture. You’ll run out of device memory before you run out of places to point your camera at, in this country of manmade and natural wonders. The stylish capital, Stockholm, is a feast for the eyes with its glittering waterways, fairytale Gamla Stan, and impressive historic landmarks. Equally mesmerizing is the archipelago between the city and the Baltic Sea, speckled with small rocky isles that are easily explored. This squeaky clean city which takes the word ‘green’ very seriously, ranks 6th in the cleanest cities of the world.
To experience more of Sweden’s rich history take a trip to the Hanseatic port town of Visby, where scenic wonders are enclosed behind thick medieval walls. Sweden’s largest island Gotland, where Visby sits, is a marvel of historic ruins, puzzling rock formations, and remote beaches. If your appetite for manmade attractions is still not whetted, take a trip to the UNESCO listed Gammelstad Church Town near Lulea. Or better still, combine the spectacular Swedish outdoors with another manmade wonder with a trip to Jukkasjarvi village, beyond the Arctic circle. Experience the best of the Northern Lights in the chilly environs of the legendary Icehotel rebuilt in the village each year, complete with an ice church!
The Øresund Bridge connecting Sweden and Denmark is another manmade marvel worth crossing. The cable-stayed bridge which begins on the Swedish coast ends on an artificial island and then extends to the other side via a 4km tunnel.
Sweden’s real beauty, however, lies in its outdoors, far away from the cities. The best way to explore its scenic wonders is on foot along some of the best hiking trails. Conveniently located mountain huts make traversing this hiker’s paradise a lot easier.
The wilderness of northern Sweden is where you can experience another side to the rich culture that makes the country so special. Take a trip here to befriend one of the few indigenous people of Europe, the Sami. Experience the true north by spending a night at a reindeer camp or indulging in the flavors of a Sami meal.
The Stockholm syndrome is defined as having feelings of affection by a victim toward a captor. After spending New Year’s in Stockholm we can honestly say we suffer from this syndrome for Stockholm truly captivated us. Stockholm is not just Sweden’s capital city but also its cultural, media, political, and economic center. It is built…