If you love the outdoors, then Sweden is the place for you. The air is fresh and water is crystal clear, there are thousands of acres of unspoiled forests and lakes to explore, and the roads and public transport are hard to beat. There’s also an amazing history and culture to discover, including the notorious Vikings.
Plus, if you’re on Three, you can share all your Swedish experiences without paying a hefty data roaming bill. In 18 Feel At Home destinations (including Sweden), Three lets you use your phone abroad at no extra cost, so you can call and text friends back home, and use your data allowance just like you would in the UK. It’s really that easy.
Now you know, here’s our pick of the best attractions to visit in Sweden, along with some great #holidayspam of each, from Instagram:
Pop along to Drottningholm Palace.
Drottningholm Palace is on a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on the island of Lovö. It dates from the 17th Century, and is now the official residence of the Swedish Royal Family. Make sure you take in the Chinese Pavilion, which dates from the late 1700s, or catch a performance at the Palace Theatre.
Visit the Vasa Museum.
The Vasa Museum has 10 separate exhibitions and attracts around a million visitors a year. Most people come to see the Vasa battleship, which was the pride of the Swedish Imperial fleet and sank in 1628 on its maiden voyage. In 1961, an ambitious salvage operation took place, and now visitors from across the world come to see this fascinating time capsule.
Board a Stromma.
Stockholm is often referred to as the Venice of the North, and around 30,000 islands lie in the city’s archipelago (skärgården). A trip on the water is a must, so why not hop aboard one of the distinctive Stromma boats in downtown Stockholm.
Site see in Sigtuna.
This idyllic village is famous as being Sweden's first ever town. Founded in AD 980, in the last century of the Viking era, you’ll find medieval churches, ruins, rune stones, and buildings that date back to the 10th Century. In contrast, you can also find clusters of boutique shops selling fashion, designer items, and crafts.
Thrill seek at Liseberg theme park.
Liseberg is one of the most popular destinations in Sweden, and there are a huge range of attractions, from children's carousels and a fairytale castle to adrenalin-pumping rides for speed demons. The park also stages concerts in summer and hosts a magical market at Christmas time.
Cross over Oresund Bridge.
A 15-minute drive from Malmo takes you to the magnificent Oresund Bridge - which is a rail and road link to neighbouring Denmark. This incredible engineering feat is globally renowned since it opened in 1999, after several decades of planning. Why not drive across and pay a visit to Copenhagen? You can use your phone abroad there at no extra cost too.
Look around Lund Cathedral.
This is Sweden's most visited cathedral - you'll understand why when you stand in front of the imposing Roman structure with its awesome twin towers. It was founded around 1080 by the Danish King Canute IV, and is the oldest and finest Romanesque church in Sweden.
Step back in time at Skansen.
Founded in 1891, Skansen is the world's first open-air museum. Here, you can travel back in time through five centuries of Swedish history, with historical buildings and characters in period dress. On summer evenings you can also watch traditional folk dancing, and there’s a zoo with Nordic animals such as bears, wolves and lynx.
Sing along at ABBA: The Museum.
If you love all those ABBA anthems then this museum is for you. You can trace the life of the band from start to finish; and why not take part in an interactive display where your own performance is recorded? Download it to your Three phone and share it with all your mates.
Visit Foteviken Viking Reserve.
Here, you’ll find a ‘living’ reconstruction of a Viking village. Around 22 authentic houses with reed or turf roofs have been built, near the site of the Battle of Foteviken. The residents live as the Vikings did, without most modern conveniences and adhering to old traditions, laws and religions. Viking Week is held in June, and culminates in a Viking market, complete with warriors in training.