Sweden is a vast country, and you can't cover all of it in a single trip. Our Grand Tour concentrates on Sweden's main sights, while our other suggested routes focus on two fascinating regions, one in the south, one in the north. Each itinerary will take a packed two weeks to cover; with only a week to spare you can cover part of one, and get a flavour of the whole country or one of the regions that make Sweden special.
Recommended Sweden itinerariesIf you are planning your travel to Sweden yourself, use these itineraries created by our travel writers as a starting point for inspiration, perhaps also considering when's the best time to visit Sweden to make the most of your trip.
The vibrant heart of Sweden is one of Europe's saner capitals, with everything from style-conscious bars and restaurants to world-class museums and galleries.
Awash with students and bikes, likeable Lund boasts the country's greatest cathedral set amid its compact, cobbled centre.
Sweden's gateway to Europe, Malmö is linked by frequent trains to the Danish capital, Copenhagen, and is accordingly cosmopolitan.
Sweden's second city and Scandinavia's biggest port, handsome Gothenburg looks like Amsterdam with its canals and gabled houses.
The Swedes think of Dalarna as the most Swedish part of Sweden – all rolling hills, flower meadows and log cabins.
Charming lakeside town in the centre of the country which makes a perfect break on the long journey north.
Tucked just inside the Arctic Circle, Jokkmokk has a strong Sámi identity and is a good place to learn more about the country's indigenous population.
The most attractive of Sweden's northern cities, Luleå provides ready access to the fascinating UNESCO-listed church town at Gammelstad.
Grandiose stone architecture immediately sets Sundsvall apart from its neighbours. The biggest city in the north, it has plenty of good restaurants and bars to sample, too.
Go hunting for Sweden's answer to the Loch Ness monster on Lake Storsjön, which provides a magnificent backdrop to this laidback town.
For a taste of wild Sweden, take this switchback route through some of central Sweden's most remote and haunting landscapes.
A handy stop on the way north; make sure you book into one of the sturdy wooden cottages of the church town for an atmospheric night's accommodation.
Take a trip on a steam train or visit the traditional Sámi dwellings of the Lappstaden right in the town centre.
In addition to a great Sámi museum, there's also a delightful alpine flower garden.
The starting point for the 500km Kungsleden hiking trail as well as the best place in Sweden to see the northern lights.
Gateway to the famous Icehotel in nearby Jukkasjärvi; get here before the whole town sinks into the ground.
Visit the UNESCO-listed church town at nearby Gammelstad or ride the boat out into the stunning archipelago.
9. High Coast
The most beautiful stretch of the northern Swedish coast lies north of Härnösand and is best seen from the ferries which serve the offshore islands.
The perfect gateway to southern Sweden, Malmö enjoys some of the country's warmest weather and features a string of city beaches ideal for topping up your tan.
Enjoy the atmosphere in southern Sweden's most attractive city, renowned for its great bars and restaurants which cater to the huge student population.
One of southern Sweden's most underrated destinations, Kalmar is home to the fascinating Kronan exhibition.
The Swedish destination, Gotland's charms are legendary: cobbled medieval streets and alleyways, superb sandy beaches and a party atmosphere that lasts all summer long.
Busy and fun city set on the shores of Sweden's biggest lake – take a tour of the city by boat or enjoy the beaches.
With its moated castle and stunning abbey, historically significant Vadstena is Sweden at its most grand and imposing.
The Gothenburgers are said to be the friendliest people in the whole of Sweden – pull up a chair in one of the city's many great cafés and strike up a conversation.
People have been coming to Varberg to take the waters for generations – join them and leave your clothes behind.