The wilderness landscapes of Sweden remain one of Europe’s best kept secrets for those looking for an away-from-it-all holiday break. In Sweden you have one of the biggest, most beautiful wilderness landscapes in Europe and possibly the world: a natural paradise of rolling fields. lush evergreen forests, pristine fish-filled lakes and beautiful coastline with its famous fjords to complete the picture.
For the people of Sweden, nature is there to be worshiped, and much is done to ensure that access to its delights is maintained and supported. Just 1.5% of the land in Sweden is developed for urban living, leaving the remainder unspoiled, hardly touched and fully accessible to those who look for its peace and challenges alike. Swedish law allows ‘Right of Public Access’, enabling anyone to explore. more or less anywhere. This means there is much to find for an experienced wilderness adventurer, weekend rambler or a regular city dweller just looking for a change of pace.
There are many ways to take advantage of the opportunities given by the great landscapes of Sweden. You can of course enjoy a gentle walk or cycle through wide-open countryside and medieval villages; you can trek into wilds, swim the endless lakes or sail on the waterways. Horse riding is popular, canoeing and rafting is always attractive, and for the golf enthusiast there are courses in some of the most stunning locations.
After it long winters, Sweden’s wild landscapes Sveriges lagar come into their own in summer and the whole nation embraces the outdoor lifestyle. Summer days are warm, with plenty of sunshine and of course the daylight hours are almost never-ending under the evening light of the midnight sun. This adds new dimensions to an evening dip in a sun-warmed lake or a peaceful evening cruise.
The accommodation choice for holidays in Sweden is varied but always engaging. You can stay in the depths of the countryside in a rural inns, family-run hotels, converted farmhouses or splendid countryside castles.
For a 3 night break, for example, the Hackeberga Slott is a beautiful 16th century castle surrounded in woodland and countryside, with amenities for outdoor activities available for horse riding, walking, fishing and water-borne activity all conveniently available to make full use of the time.
For longer stays, a tour of the Western Archipelago with its outlying islands is an ideal way to see the peaceful beauty of a holiday idyll just waiting to be discovered.