43 days in Sweden Itinerary

43 days in Sweden Itinerary

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43 days in Sweden Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  24​h
1
Stockholm
— 8 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Linkoping
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Jonkoping
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  5​h
4
Kiruna
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Visby, Gotland
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Sundsvall
— 5 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
7
Are
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
8
Tanum
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Gothenburg
— 6 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Sydney

8
nights
Stockholm

Stockholm ©
One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Appreciate the collections at Fotografiska and Skansen. Visit Uppsala Domkyrka and Royal Palace for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Stockholm side-trips: Uppsala (Gamla Uppsala, English Bookshop, & more). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Vasa Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ostermalm Saluhall, examine the collection at ABBA The Museum, and head off the coast to Stockholm Old Town.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Stockholm tour builder site .

Sydney, Australia to Stockholm is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Central European Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. In December, Stockholm is much colder than Sydney - with highs of 3°C and lows of -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Linkoping.

Things to do in Stockholm

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Parks

Side Trip

Uppsala
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Skansen ©
Skansen
Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace

3
nights
Linkoping

Linkoping ©
Linköping is a city in southern Sweden, with 153 000 inhabitants in 2016. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Swedish Air Force Museum and Linkoping Cathedral. Your inner history buff will appreciate Orebro Castle and Sankt Lars Kyrka. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Linkoping: Kolmården Zoo (in Kolmarden), Vimmerby (Astrid Lindgrens Näs & Astrid Lindgren's World) and Wadkoping Open Air Museum (in Orebro). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Gamla Linkoping Open-Air Museum and stroll through Tradgardsforeningen Gardens.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Linkoping trip planner .

You can take a train from Stockholm to Linkoping in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Linkoping are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Jonkoping.

Things to do in Linkoping

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Museums

Side Trips

Orebro, Vimmerby, Kolmården Zoo
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Kolmården Zoo ©
Kolmården Zoo
The Swedish Air Force Museum ©
The Swedish Air Force Museum
Astrid Lindgren's Worlds guest ©
Astrid Lindgren's Worlds guest

4
nights
Jonkoping

Jonkoping ©
Jönköping is a city in southern Sweden with 93,797 inhabitants (2015). For shopping fun, head to Polkapojkarna AB or Ryfors Konfektyr. Popular historic sites such as Varnhems klosterkyrka Skara pastorat and Habo Kyrka are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jonkoping: Lassagardens Keramik (in Skovde), Glasets Hus Limmared (in Limmared) and Kungslena Kyrka (in Tidaholm). There's lots more to do: look for gifts at Rudenstams Gardsbutik & Kafe, tour the pleasant surroundings at Jönköpings Stadspark, examine the collection at Husqvarna Industrial Museum, and view the masterpieces at Löfwings cafe och konstatelje.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Jonkoping trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Linkoping to Jonkoping by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Linkoping in December; daily highs in Jonkoping reach 1°C and lows reach -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kiruna.

Things to do in Jonkoping

#Shopping, #Museums, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Huskvarna, Glasets Hus Limmared, Lassagardens Keramik, Varnhems klosterkyrka Skara pastorat, Kungslena Kyrka
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Polkapojkarna ©
Polkapojkarna
Varnhems klosterkyrka Skara pastorat ©
Tandsticksmuseet ©
Tandsticksmuseet

3
nights
Kiruna

Kiruna ©
Sweden's northernmost city, Kiruna remains best known for its proximity to the world's first hotel-museum built entirely of snow and ice.
Popular historic sites such as Kiruna Kyrka and Jukkasjärvi Kyrka & Församlingsgård are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Nutti Sámi Siida and Samegården. Change things up with a short trip to Abisko National Park in Abisko (about 1h 25 min away). Next up on the itinerary: trek along Terre des Sames, explore and take pictures at LKAB's Visitor Centre, and make a trip to Kiruna Stadshuset.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kiruna trip builder website .

You can fly from Jonkoping to Kiruna in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Jonkoping in December, expect Kiruna to be slightly colder, temps between -7°C and -15°C. On the 28th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Visby.

Things to do in Kiruna

#Parks, #Nature, #Trails

Side Trips

Jukkasjarvi, Abisko National Park
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Abisko National Park ©
Abisko National Park
Kiruna Kyrka ©
Kiruna Kyrka
Terre des Sames ©
Terre des Sames

5
nights
Visby, Gotland

Visby
Located on the largest island in the Baltic Sea, the historical port town of Visby features one of the best-preserved medieval city walls in northern Europe.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Visby City Wall and Jernvagsmuseum. Get a sense of the local culture at Gotlands Museum and Bungemuséet. Change things up with these side-trips from Visby: Museum Lars Jonsson (in Burgsvik) and Gannarve Skeppssattning (in Klintehamn). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Hogklint Naturreservat, steep yourself in history at St. Nicolai Ruin, admire the natural beauty at Botaniska Tradgarden, and stop by F & Th Ödins Garveri AB Ödins Garveri.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Visby trip planner .

Fly from Kiruna to Visby in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. While traveling from Kiruna, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Visby, ranging from highs of 4°C to lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sundsvall.

Things to do in Visby

#Parks, #Nature, #Museums

Side Trips

Gotland, Gannarve Skeppssattning, Föreningen Gotlandståget, Visby Golfklubb, Ejmunds Farm
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Hogklint Naturreservat
Hogklint Naturreservat
Visby City Wall ©
Visby City Wall
Gotlands Museum ©
Gotlands Museum

5
nights
Sundsvall

Sundsvall ©
Sundsvall is a city and the seat of Sundsvall Municipality in Västernorrland County, Sweden. Visiting Jarvsobacken and Skuleberget will get you outdoors. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Växbo Lin and Birsta City. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sundsvall: Jarvzoo (in Jarvso), Enangers Gamla Kyrka (in Enanger) and Ljustorget (in Ljusdal). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Namforsens Hallristningsmuseum, enjoy some diversion at Norra Berget Friluftsmuseum, learn about all things military at Hemso Fastning, and see the interesting displays at Murberget.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Sundsvall trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Visby to Sundsvall takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Visby in January; daily highs in Sundsvall reach -3°C and lows reach -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sun) to allow time for the train ride to Are.

Things to do in Sundsvall

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Museums

Side Trips

Jarvso, Harnosand, Enangers Gamla Kyrka, Ljustorget, Vaxbo Lin Fabrik & Fabriksbutik
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Jarvsobacken ©
Jarvsobacken
Namforsens Hallristningsmuseum ©
Namforsens Hallristningsmuseum
Ulvo Museum ©
Ulvo Museum

3
nights
Are

Are ©
Åre is a locality and one of the leading Scandinavian ski resorts situated in Åre Municipality, Jämtland County, Sweden with 1,417 inhabitants in 2010. Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): head outdoors with Jamtlandstriangeln and then admire the sheer force of Tannforsen. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Aventyrligt i Are AB, then look for gifts at Åre Chokladfabrik, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Ristafallet.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Are trip itinerary website .

Getting from Sundsvall to Are by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Tanum.

Things to do in Are

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trip

Ristafallet
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Aventyrligt i Are AB ©
Aventyrligt i Are AB
Tannforsen ©
Tannforsen
Ristafallet ©
Ristafallet

4
nights
Tanum

Tanum ©
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Skalleruds Kyrka and The Rock Carvings in Tanum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hogsbyns Hallristningar and Vitlycke Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Tanum: Torp Köpcentrum (in Uddevalla), Dalslands Kanal AB (in Amal) and Hunnebostrand (Nordens Ark, Ramsvikslandet, & more).

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You can drive from Are to Tanum in 10 hours. Another option is to fly. In January, daily temperatures in Tanum can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Gothenburg.

Things to do in Tanum

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hunnebostrand, Lysekil, Vitlycke Museum, Hogsbyns Hallristningar, Dalslands Kanal AB
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Nordens Ark ©
Nordens Ark
Ramsvikslandet ©
Ramsvikslandet
The Rock Carvings in Tanum ©
The Rock Carvings in Tanum

6
nights
Gothenburg

Gothenburg ©
Situated on Sweden's western coastline, Gothenburg attracts visitors with cultural festivals, a lively music scene, and a blend of classical and modern architecture.
Step out of the city life by going to Slottsskogen and Southern Goteborg Archipelago. Visit Haga and Vasa Church for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gothenburg: Gekås Ullared (in Ullared), Akulla Bokskogar (in Rolfstorp) and Hallands Kulturhistoriska Museum och Varbergs fastning (in Varberg). There's lots more to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Liseberg, examine the collection at Göteborgs Stadsmuseum, stop by Saluhallen, and admire the landmark architecture of Fish Church.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Gothenburg attractions planning tool .

You can drive from Tanum to Gothenburg in 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 2°C, and evening lows to -3°C. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Gothenburg

#Parks, #Museums, #Shopping

Side Trips

Gekås Ullared, Hallands Kulturhistoriska Museum och Varbergs fastning, Akulla Bokskogar
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Slottsskogen ©
Slottsskogen
Volvo Museum ©
Volvo Museum
Southern Goteborg Archipelago ©
Southern Goteborg Archipelago

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