Tucked neatly between Norway and the Gulf of Bothnia, Sweden is a land full of contrasts. Charming cities such as Stockholm, Gothenburg or Malmö are wholesome, creative metropolises, bustling with life and a focus on function. The cottages, homes, city apartments, parks and public spaces are meticulously maintained—all with an air of practicality and simplicity. Venturing past city limits to the natural scenery that waits is a must on any trip to Sweden. Charming villages with classic red farmhouses dot the landscapes, peaceful islands float off in the distance and the vast wilderness is just waiting to be explored. Take a trip to one of the many ski resorts, or sip on a warm coffee at a corner café in Stockholm, Sweden’s got something for everyone!
CHEAP FLIGHT TICKETS TO SWEDEN
SAS flies directly from Chicago, Los Angeles and New York to Stockholm. In addition, you can catch a connecting flight to Ikea’s native land from Boston, Miami, San Francisco or Washington D.C. via Oslo or Copenhagen (depending on route). With daily departures from multiple locations, you can easily find a departure to suit your travel plans. Book early to save on airfare and when you choose SAS, enjoy a 24 hours right of revocation on your flight tickets and online check-in 22 hours prior to departure. Passengers on intercontinental flights can enjoy food and drinks on board. In addition, Wi-Fi is available for a small fee. We look forward to welcoming you on board!
If you are travelling with children under 2 years (without own seat) they fly either free of charge or with a 90% discount on the flight portion of the ticket price, depending on the destination. Children from 2-11 years get a 25% discount. The discounts do not apply to taxes and fees.
STOCKHOLM – ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CAPITALS IN THE WORLD
Sweden's capital Stockholm is often considered one of Europe’s most beautiful cities—with good reason. Set upon 14 different islands, connected by 57 bridges, one-third of the total area of the city is water. Another third is comprised of green spaces such as parks or woodlands. This unique archipelago captivates visitors at first glance, and once you delve deeper into the urban fabric, there’s no chance to escape its magic.
The first stop for many visitors is the Old Town, Gamla Stan. Here, storybook homes line winding narrow walkways and alleyways, giving the area a certain medieval feel. Pay a visit to some of the many exciting museums or sights such as Skansen, the oldest and best open-air museum in Europe, or the 17th century warship, Vasa, which was rescued and restored after meeting it’s fate at the bottom of Stockholm harbor. The National Museum is definitely worth a visit too!
When you’ve had your fill of the historic, the modern city is just a few bridges away, bursting with innovation and creativity. The neighborhood known as SoFo (south of Folkungagatan) on the island of Södermalm, has been transformed from an old industrial area to one of Stockholm’s trendiest locales, with plenty of bars and restaurants to enjoy. For retail therapy, head to Norrmalm, a wealthy district full of boutiques, shopping malls and plenty of motivation to spend some Kronors!
CULTURE AND MUSIC IN GOTHENBURG
Sweden’s second largest city is often overshadowed by its picturesque capital. Gothenburg, however, is a uniquely artistic metropolis boasting a more relaxed vibe, stunning Neoclassical architecture, a thriving music and art scene—all in addition to being home to Scandinavia’s biggest seaport. The Old Town is a place to stroll at a leisurely pace, sample some of the Swedish flavors at local food markets and, if you’re feeling artsy, check out some top museums, like the Stadsmuseum (State Museum) or the Konstmuseum (Art Museum). The waterfront area is a popular spot for tourists and locals alike designated to all things water-related, from nautical museums, to aquariums, ships and fish plucked freshly from the sea.
Cultural activities are endless in Gothenburg. Enjoy a trip to the popular concert hall, home to Sweden’s National Orchestra or visit the neighborhoods of Vasastan, Haga and Linné—the workspace for some of the city’s most artistic. The Liseberg Amusement Park, open since the 1920s, is also a classic place to take the whole family on an afternoon or evening out.
SKIING IN SWEDEN
Sweden is home to a number of great ski resorts, perfect for all ages and levels. Among the most popular are Idre Fjäll, Åre and Sälen. Åre is the largest, with nearly 60 miles of ski runs. Here you can enjoy numerous activities such as cross-country skiing, alpine skiing, husky dogsledding, tobogganing, paragliding and Skidoo trips across the frozen lake. In addition, because the Swedish ski resorts tend to be less popular than the Alps in Europe, the atmosphere is more laid back and relaxed. And if you are traveling with young children, it’s a big advantage that lessons can easily be taught in English—as Swedes are notorious for their absolute perfect linguistic skills!