Things to do in Sweden

Our most recommended things to do in Sweden

Stockholm: Paradox Museum Admission Ticket

1. Stockholm: Paradox Museum Admission Ticket

Experience the world’s largest collection of paradox-based exhibits with an all-access ticket to the Paradox Museum Stockholm. Immerse yourself in experimental modern art that is larger-than-life and capture interesting pictures of the mind-boggling optical effects. Follow the signs through a maze of exhibits that are designed to be experienced in a one-way flow system. Get incredible pictures of paradoxes with marked photo points that give you the best shot angle. Enjoy exhibit descriptions that explain 'what to do' and 'what’s going on'. Scan the QR codes to learn even more and feel free to ask questions to the staff. They can even snap some of your group photos for you. Before returning to reality, visit the Paradox Boutique, which sells a variety of games, clothing items, souvenirs, memorabilia, and gadgets.

Stockholm: City Archipelago Sightseeing Cruise with Guide

2. Stockholm: City Archipelago Sightseeing Cruise with Guide

Experience the best of the Stockholm archipelago in a short period of time on a round-trip city cruise. With a guide on board, learn about the history of the different sights you pass. Enjoy a journey with beautiful sights and fascinating stories.  Start your tour from Strandvägen and jump onboard M/S Östanå I built in 1906, or S/S Stockholm built in 1931. Buy hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, salads, and pies from the onboard cafeteria. Watch as your guide points out the natural sites of the Stockholm archipelago, the second largest in the Baltic Sea.

Kiruna: Guided Snowmobile Tour and Northern Lights Hunt

3. Kiruna: Guided Snowmobile Tour and Northern Lights Hunt

Experience the freedom and serenity of driving through the vast wilderness of the Swedish Lapland countryside on a guided snowmobile ride. Spot the northern lights from locations far away from the light pollution of the city and stop for a traditional Swedish fika (tea or coffee break). After getting picked up from your hotel, travel to the camp in Poikkijärvi, where your adventure begins. Get kitted out with snowmobiling gear and warm clothing before setting out on your snowmobile safari. Then, spend some time discovering the best spots in the area to see the northern lights without the light pollution of the city. Stop for a Swedish fika with hot drinks and sweets before returning to you accommodation after the snowmobile ride.

Gothenburg: Land & Water Amphibious Bus Sightseeing Tour

4. Gothenburg: Land & Water Amphibious Bus Sightseeing Tour

Experience sightseeing with a splash during an amphibious bus tour of Gothenburg. Pass by the main highlights like Fish Church, Poseidon, Liseberg, and more while hearing about the history and culture of the city from your guide. Start the tour at Stora Teatern - a musical and theater building in the city center - where you will board the bus. Then, set off through central Gothenburg passing sights like Avenyn, Poseidon, Liseberg, Ullevi, and the Fish Church. As the surface beneath changes, the real fun begins and it is time for the bus to get wet. Hold on to your phones and cameras and prepare for some butterflies in your stomach as the 10-ton bus transforms into an amphibious boat and enters the river. Listen as the music gets louder and a big splash of water hits the windscreen. Before you know it, you're floating. After a couple of minutes of cruising on the water, the guide will give some additional info about how the bus works.  From the water, get a great view of the city and see big ships leaving and entering the city. After about 20 minutes in the water, head back to the pickup point passing some more incredible sights on the way.

Stockholm: Land and Water Tour by Amphibious Bus

5. Stockholm: Land and Water Tour by Amphibious Bus

Enjoy a tour of Stockholm by land and water on an amphibious bus tour. Learn about the history of the city from a variety of perspectives, seeing notable landmarks like Gröna Lund, the Royal Palace, and the Royal Island of Djurgården Once everyone is aboard, head toward the Royal Theatre. Your guide will give a short introduction about the bus before switching focus to the sights. Drive along the fashionable street of Birger Jarl before landing at the nightclub mecca of Stureplan. Continue to the Royal Library, see the 1912 Olympic stadium, and turn into the street Karlavägen to arrive at the beautiful area of Östermalm. Suddenly the tarmac beneath you turns to gravel and now the real fun begins, it is time for the bus to get wet. Hold on to your phones and cameras and prepare for some butterflies in your stomach. The music gets louder and a big splash of water hits the windscreen. Before you know it, you are floating. After a couple of minutes of cruising on the water, you will also hear the story behind the Royal Island of Djurgården. Pass the Vasa museum and Sweden’s oldest amusement park Gröna Lund. Get your camera ready for a postcard-like view of Stockholm. The striking Old Town facades lie ahead, where the buildings date back to the 16th-century. In the middle are the German church and Stockholm city hall, which is a famous symbol of Stockholm with the three golden crowns mounted on top. Sail alongside the shore of Södermalm, the biggest of the 14 islands that constitute Stockholm. Cruise around the island of Skeppsholmen and get a great view of the Royal Palace, which is one of the biggest palaces in Europe. See the 19th-century ship Af Chapman docked on the island of Skeppsholmen, which was once Stockholm's naval station. Learn about the royal family and also how Sweden became the country that it is today. Hear how one of the poorest countries in Europe become a thriving industrial nation with a capital now considered to be Europe’s equivalent to silicon valley. Feel the current from Sweden’s third biggest lake pushing fresh clean water into the Baltic Sea. Further ahead, get a great panoramic view of Strandvägen, which is probably the most exclusive address in Scandinavia. Pass the ship of the world’s strongest little girl, Pippi Longstocking. It is time to return to dry land. The engine roars for a couple of seconds as the captain hits the throttle to push the bus back to land. Drive towards the starting point, passing the birthplace of the world-famous psychological phenomenon of Stockholm syndrome. Also pass the oldest building in the city and the oldest park in Stockholm, which once belonged to the royal family. To complete your tour, get a photo with the singing captain.

Lund & Malmö: Guided Tour of 2 Countries in One Day

6. Lund & Malmö: Guided Tour of 2 Countries in One Day

Take a guided day trip from Copenhagen to the historic cities of Malmo and Lund in neighboring Sweden. Visit Hamlet's Castle, enjoy free time in Helsingør, take a boat ride across the Øresund, and explore the Lund Cathedral, before shopping in Malmo. Start your day of adventure by meeting your local guide in front of the Grand Hotel. After a short meet and greet, hop aboard your comfortable vehicle and set off on your day trip. Start your tour with a visit to Hamlet's Castle. Shortly after, take a scenic drive down the coastal road of Strandvejen and arrive in the charming old town of Helsingør, also known as Elsinor. Enjoy free time to stroll the streets of this beautiful city before boarding a boat to Sweden.  Set sail across the Øresund, traveling to the shores of Sweden. Upon arrival in Sweden, drive down the picturesque country roads to the ancient city of Lund. Visit the Lund Cathedral. Behind the Cathedral there is a chance to explore the tiny streets with houses that date back to the 1700s. Continue with a trip to Malmö with free time to do some shopping. With Sweden's lower purchase taxes this a great place to get bargains on goods to take home with you. End your tour back in Copenhagen, passing by the impressive Øresund Bridge on the return journey.

Stockholm: Under the Bridges Boat Tour

7. Stockholm: Under the Bridges Boat Tour

Book a sightseeing tour and experience Stockholm from the water. Board your sightseeing vessel and listen to the recorded commentary available in 10 languages as you take in the iconic sights of this stunning city. Pass under several bridges and through a lock that connects the Baltic Sea with Lake Mälaren. Along the way see the sights of Stockholm’s inner city, the Old Town, Södermalm Island, Lilla Essingen, and Stora Essingen, the new area known as Hammarby Sjöstad, and the green areas of Royal Djurgården. 

Kiruna: Northern Lights Tour with BBQ Dinner

8. Kiruna: Northern Lights Tour with BBQ Dinner

Start with pickup from your hotel in Kiruna and travel to the village of Abisko. Your guide will get the fire started and prepare your BBQ dinner in a traditional Sami tent or cabin. After dinner, search for the spectacular natural phenomenon of the Northern Lights. With your experienced guide, find the ideal location to catch a glimpse of vibrant colors dancing in the night sky.  The location will vary and depends on local weather conditions. A professional photographer will take several photos and videos of the Northern Lights, which will be sent to you after the tour. Enjoy a hot drink as you gather around the fire to admire the beautiful sky. Hear a little bit about the history of the region and associated legends. Once the tour is concluded, you will return back to Kiruna.

Stockholm: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 45+ Attractions

9. Stockholm: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 45+ Attractions

Discover Stockholm with an all-inclusive pass and visit as many attractions as you like for 1 to 5 days. This handy digital pass has got you covered with over 45 handpicked museums, historical sites, boat tours, and other iconic sites. Simply choose your pass duration from 1, 2, 3, or 5 days and download it to your mobile device. Browse the digital guide for information, including opening times and instructions on how to access each attraction before your visit, and present your pass at each attraction or tour for entry. Enjoy planning your own Stockholm itinerary, and save money compared to buying individual tickets on the day. The Stockholm All-Inclusive Pass includes entry to the following activities: Tours and Experiences • Archipelago tour with guide • Under the Bridges of Stockholm boat tour (April to December) • Hop-on hop-off green bus tour (April to October) • Moyagi karaoke • Tom Tits Experiment • Birka - The Viking City with boat trip (May to September) • Drottningholm boat trip (May to September) • Fjäderholmarna boat trip (May to September) • Gustavsberg boat trip (July to August) • Hop-on hop-off boat (June to August) • Artipelag boat trip (May to September) • Royal Canal tour (April to December) • Sigtuna boat trip (July to August) • Skokloster Castle and boat tour (July to August) • Vaxholm by boat • Stockholm winter tour (January to March) • Mariefred return boat trip (July to August) • Stockholm in our Hearts - sightseeing boat trip (July to August) • Solve a Mystery - walking tour Museums and Places of Interest • Vasa Museum • Tekniska - National Museum of Science and Technology • Fotografiska - Photographic Museum • Nobel Prize Museum • Nordiska Museet - Nordic Museum • Museum of Spirits • SkyView Stockholm • Artipelag art gallery • Storkyrkan Stockholm Cathedral • The Viking Museum (R) • Drottningholm Theatre (April to October) • K A Almgren Silk Weaving & Museum • Prince Eugens Waldemarsudde • Bergrummet - Stockholm Toy Museum • Bonniers Konsthall • Dansmuseet - Dance Museum • Judiska Museet- Jewish Museum • Millesgarden Museum • Strindberg Museum • Sven-Harrys Art Museum • Swedish Museum of Performing Arts • Färgfabriken - The Paint Factory • Butterfly House - Haga Ocean • Police Museum • Vaxholm Fortress Museum (June to September) • Casino Cosmopol (R) Reservations required Attractions and tours are subject to change. Check the digital guide included on your confirmation voucher for the full list of inclusions, opening times, and reservation instructions.

Rovaniemi: Icebreaker Cruise with Lunch and Ice Floating

10. Rovaniemi: Icebreaker Cruise with Lunch and Ice Floating

Take a day trip from Rovaniemi to experience our incredible icebreaker cruise. The shuttle bus will pick you up from multiple locations in Rovaniemi and after a drive to Sweden, your ship will depart from Axelsvik. After a quick check-in, begin one of the greatest adventures in Lapland, a sightseeing cruise through the ice in the Bothnian Sea. During the cruise, make stops to enjoy floating in survival suits in the middle of the Arctic Sea and walk safely on the frozen sea ice. Enjoy an audio-guided tour through all 7 decks of the ship via an audio guide application in 16 languages. Watch an exclusive 11-minute movie about icebreakers around the world in the icebreaker theatre. If you get hungry, enjoy a cafeteria on board, where you can enjoy hot drinks and snacks at your own expense. The captain will present you with a Cruise & Swim certificate at the end of the tour as a memorable gift. When the cruise is finished, head to Kukkolaforsen, a Swedish fishermen's village, where a buffet lunch is served in a riverside panorama restaurant. The Medieval village open-air museum is available for a visit, as well, at no charge. After lunch, enjoy a scenic drive back to Rovaniemi.

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What people are saying about Sweden

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Amazing tour! We didn’t expect the tour to be this good. We learned a lot about the history and the stories. Calvin kept us entertained and spoke very loud and clearly especially at times the city was noisy. It was helpful since there were about 40 of us. Very happy to have found this tour! I highly recommend it!

I really enjoyed the Abba museum. It was very easy to access my ticket and lots of fun. Great if you are an Abba fan or not

Excellent tour guide and driver. Virginia and David were delightful and knowledgeable.

A must for any ABBA fan, really interesting and good fun as well.

Tha captain and the tourist guide are so wonderful