05 December, 2018
Sweden is the great backbone of Scandinavia, a land that creeps north to the Arctic Circle and fragments southwards into the cold Baltic Sea. As it goes, it ranges from wild fells with snow caps to stunning islands smashed by waves. There are glinting lakes and hiking trails that pass through scented pine forests crossing its heartlands, along with rustic villages topped with timber church spires and traditional Sami encampments where herds of reindeer run free. All that awaits on the horizon, but most cheap flights to Sweden will whisk you into the capital. That's Stockholm, where the cobbled lanes of the Gamla Stan wiggle around design museums, royal palaces line the waterways, and cozy meatball taverns pepper the blocks.
Be enchanted by the medieval heart of Stockholm. Draped over a hill, its awash with crooked houses, characterful coffee shops, cute boutiques and atmospheric alleys.
Hip and cool Gothenburg has al fresco cafes on Avenyn, science museums, and a whole archipelago of pretty sea islands.
Escape to Swedish Lapland. Up north, it's home to reindeer farmers and vast reserves of snow-caked forest that are illuminated by the Northern Lights.