Summer is getting near and while many travellers go to southern Europe and the Riviera in hope of warm and sunny weather, many people have discovered the vast beauty of Scandinavia. In particular, Sweden has become somewhat of a favourite for Americans visiting Europe.
This is of course not a full comprehensive guide of what to see in Sweden, rather a small taste of what you shouldn´t miss if you get the chance to spend a few days here.
The Island of Gotland
Located in the Baltic Sea, this absolutely stunning island is a must. You can reach it by ferry from the mainland (several daily departures from the cities of Oskarshamn or Nynashamn), or by air from Stockholm. The medieval town of Visby is the largest town in Gotland and hosts a spectacular fortress wall surrounding the old city. In the summer, Visby turns into a party place of rare proportions attracting young people from all of Scandinavia. If you prefer a more quiet experience, try Faro in the north of Gotland and be sure to see the “rauks” – the oddly shaped stone columns created by natural erosion.
The capitol of Sweden is beautiful in the summer. If you´re here for a short stop only, be sure to visit the palace and the old town and take a ferry or bus to Djurgarden where you can visit the two amusement parks of Grona Lund and Skansen in one single day. If you´ve got more time on your hands, go on a boat trip to see the archipelago located outside of Stockholm – several routes and tours are available.
Lund, Malmo (and Copenhagen, Denmark)
Due to the proximity of these three cities and great communications between them, you can easily get the most of them in one day. Start in Lund and stroll around the small medieval city centre and be sure not to miss the very special Lund Cathedral (Domkyrkan) built in 1103. Continue to Malmo which is about 15 minutes away by train. Go to Vastra Hamnen and walk along the sea for a perfect view of Oresundsbron, the long bridge connecting Sweden and Denmark, as well as the “Turning Torso”, a twisting skyscraper which is the tallest residential building in the European Union.
Whenever you´re ready, continue with the train crossing the Oresund bridge over to Denmark and Copenhagen to complete your day. If you´re not up to this final stop, you can get off at the Kastrup airport, which will be on your way to Copenhagen!
Five Reasons to Move To Sweden
One of my friends changed my mind about moving to Sweden.
I was born in Turkey and I've lived in Turkey all my life.As usual,I always liked my country and did not think to live in another country. However,one of my friends changed my mind when he told me about Sweden. He had never thought to live in Sweden until he was accepted by a Swedish University for master degree. I contacted him by phone and Internet and gathered information about Sweden. He biased me to move Sweden.
I have searched and surveyed about moving to Sweden so far.I've asked Swedish people about Sweden,life in Sweden and life conditions in Sweden.These are the results of my quick survey:
- There is no war or possibility of war in Sweden.All Swedish people live in peace in their land.
- There is a big opportunity for taking good education especially in engineering and natural sciences. Uppsala University,Lund University and Chalmers University of Technology are popular universities in Sweden and Europe.They all give good education.
- There is a big opportunity for finding good job.Technology and Science is developed in Sweden.Sweden needs youth population.Rate of youth population in Sweden is very low.
- There are very beautiful places to see in Sweden like Stan Island,famous war ship Vasa,Royal Palace,Theatre Building,Kunqsrad Park,Fjallgatan Hill,Residance Museum,Masthugget Church,Amelienborg Palace,Statue of Little Mermaid,Statue of Poseidon,Karl Johans Street and National Theatre Building.
- Beautiful blonde girls of Sweden with blue eyes.
How to Holiday on a Budget
Tips to help you travel on a budget.
Our 24/7 culture allows for greater freedom when holidaying. The ease of the internet means we can all be our own travel agent. But with so much choice, where does one start?
Establish the Budget
Identify how much money is in the pot. The smaller the budget, the more creative one has to get. This is also true if the holiday needs to be paid for in instalments. This does not necessarily mean that you must use a travel agent – although many of them can offer better deals for families – but does mean getting organised. For example, one month you can pay for flights or train tickets, the next month pay for accommodation. But whichever route you choose, remember that the total amount is inflexible.
If you know where you want to go and you start planning early then the travel agent should be your first port of call. They can offer great family deals, including free child places and discounted theme park tickets which are not readily available elsewhere. Most major tour operators have extensive websites, which will calculate the cost as you search. You can save the sites in your favourites and get quotes sent to your email address. This can also be true of low cost travel. A little known secret among those with a holiday home is flights and train tickets are cheapest when they first come on sale and even peak times can be booked at extremely low prices.
Those traveling at the last minute, price comparison websites come into their own, especially for flight-only deals and car hire. Travel Supermarket, holiday autos and booking.com all bring up great deals. Another way to save money is to stay in unconventional lodgings. If you have camping gear at your disposal then using campsites can save you a bundle. Alternatively, stay in a youth hostel. Forget the horror stories from yesteryear, youth hostels are a brilliant way to stick within your budget. The rooms can accommodate as few as two people and every hostel has full internet access.
Why not enjoy two smaller breaks rather than one big holiday? This could become a city break and a beach holiday, or a hiking trip and a history tour. The savvy traveller signs up for travel newsletters, to keep abreast of all the options available.
These can really hike up the cost of your holiday – and are often unnecessary. Planning is key. Buy everything you may need before you travel, keep all your holiday necessities in one place for use time and time again and take snacks and sandwiches to eat while you travel. Use cashback sites to find cheap holiday insurance and check exchange rates daily.
Finally, kick back and enjoy a well earned rest.