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The largest of the Scandinavian countries, Sweden is twice the size of Britain. Here you can lose yourself in the stunning landscapes and the quaint little villages and towns scattered across the country. The Swedes are a very friendly and sociable people, and as most of them speak English very well you may find yourself chatting to loads of locals during your stay — you may even pick up a few local phrases.
In the south, experience the cosy towns of Lund and Helsingborg as well as the rapidly growing modern city of Malmö, before heading north to Sweden’s capital Stockholm. Built on 14 different islands, the city almost seems to be floating on the sea. Stroll along the main street, Vasagatan, for plenty of shopping options, before crossing the Vasa Bridge to the Old Town, situated on an island in the heart of the city. Here you will find the Royal Castle, the Nobel Museum as well as plenty of little cafés and restaurants nestled along the narrow, cobbled streets. On a hot summer’s day, do what the Stockholmers do and escape to one of the many islands surrounding the city. There are over 24,000 islands and inlets in the Stockholm Archipelago, and ferries will take you to any of the larger islands that have beckoned the locals for centuries.
In the very north of the country, a unique Arctic experience awaits. The famous province of Lapland has been the home of the nomadic Sami-people for at least 5,000 years, and in the regional capital of Kiruna, you can experience the picturesque local culture; try dogsled rides, see wild reindeer in the Abisko National Park, and, if you’re feeling adventurous, stay in either a hotel made out of ice or one that is situated in a tree. If you are visiting Lapland between September and April, you can gaze at the truly amazing natural wonder that is the Northern Lights. We could give you a scientific explanation as to what the Northern Lights are, but the truth is that they’re pure magic. If you don’t believe us, go see for yourself!
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