Northern Sweden: Out and Around the ‘Riverina of Norrland’

the Pite River at the mouth of the Storforsen falls in Northern Sweden

Does it get much more spectacular than Northern Sweden? Boasting a wilderness of vast natural wonder, ultra clean air and a year-round bounty of outdoor-driven delights, Northern Sweden can't be beat. Here, the Aurora Borealis dances over night skies like emerald lava, and the 24-7 Midnight Sun takes center stage in the summertime. As the third largest country in Europe, there’s a lot of ... Read Full Article

Where to Find Scandinavia’s Unique Hotels

The warm lit igloos of Kakslauttanen, one of Scandanavia's most unique hotels

Lets take a look at a few of Scandinavia's unique hotels. Accommodation across the world has come a long way in recent decades: with the rise of poshtels, flashpackers and Air B’nBs; the diversity of accommodations for travellers has never been greater. Sure, the commonplace hotel continues to provide, but others have embraced the shifting industry by transforming their product and carving out ... Read Full Article

Visiting Stockholm for the First Time: an Unexpected Adventure

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Scandinavia: that little bit further up, that little bit more mysterious, that road slightly less travelled. For those who summon the gumption to venture north to more intemperate climes, Sweden is a must. Its rewards lay out in abundance: one of its chief selling points, its capital: Stockholm. It’s often remarked that the best trips are the ones with which little expectation is placed. Such was ... Read Full Article

The Wonder of White Nights in Northern Europe

North Cape Norway with a fiery sunset

Come inside the Arctic Circle, where during most of the summer, the sun never sets. Northern European countries that lie inside the Arctic Circle provide some very interesting White Night experiences. Because the sun does not set throughout the  night, you can take the opportunity to change the way you travel…take a chance, do something you haven’t done before, stay up late (really late.) Start ... Read Full Article

Where to Stay in Stockholm

Sheraton Stockholm Hotel

Here's our take on where to stay in Stockholm, Sweden. Built on an archipelago of 14 islands, Stockholm, is divided into several neighborhoods, including its vibrant Old Town, which is located on the island of Stadsholmen where most of the sights can be found. The following ‘where to stay’ options were chosen with their proximity to the Old Town in mind. Priority was also given to hotels offering ... Read Full Article

Trains, Bikes and Robo Taxis: Riding Green in Sweden

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It’s no wonder that Sweden is the leader in "green" transportation in Europe. Sweden was the second country in the world to introduce an eco-tourism charter, after Australia. Sweden also set up ‘Nature’s Best’, Europe’s first eco-label that assures the quality of approximately 180 holidays and activities run by its 80 eco-certified tour operators around the country. Here are three of the latest ... Read Full Article

Stockholm: Sweden’s Crystal City

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  On a clear day in Stockholm, the air fills with light, and the city and sky glow with a crystal clarity reflected in the surrounding water. Water -- it's the main feature in Stockholm, which stands on 14 islands on Sweden’s east coast facing the Baltic Sea. The location has made it an important shipping and trade center since the 13th century. When I go to Stockholm I relish those ... Read Full Article

Öland, Sweden’s Enchanting Island

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One of Europe’s longest bridges (6,072 meters) stretches from Kalmar, on Sweden’s southeastern coast, to the island of Öland. For good reason, the 87-mile-long island is a favorite vacation spot for Swedes. Shallow waters, sandy beaches, yachting and sailing harbors, and long days of sunshine make it appealing to any visitor, including me. I found it enchanting. Low stone walls crisscross the ... Read Full Article

Kalmar: Sweden’s Castle by the Sea

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  Kalmar Castle, in Sweden, is tranquil now, and murmuring tourists make the only sounds on cobblestones that rang with horses' hooves and marching feet 800 years ago. The mighty fortress, where swords clashed in bloody battles, was replaced with a castle in the 16th century by King Gustav Vasa. This is one of Sweden's best-preserved Renaissance castles, complete with moats, dungeons, and ... Read Full Article