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Useful travel information about Sweden

Introduction
Flying to Sweden
Ferry to Sweden
Train to Sweden
Climate
Driving
Mosquitoes
Currency
Eating Out
Alcohol
Public Transport
Wilderness Camps
Northern Lights
Cottage & Log Cabin Rentals
Snowmobiles
Fika
Rights of access - a part of Swedish life!

Sustainable Travel

Introduction
Nearly twice as big as the UK and with a population of just 9 million Sweden has thousands of lakes and over 50% of the country is forest. Sweden is almost completely unexplored by the British despite it being so close to our shores. The exceptional natural scenery and enormous tracts of untouched wilderness are a major attraction to those seeking escape from big cities. Can you imagine a place that has more to offer and is just a two hour flight away? Travel to Lapland to experience the magnificent natural scenery and such exotic phenomena as the midnight sun, the aurora borealis (northern lights), Arctic chill and total silence. During the summer months all parts of Sweden enjoy extended daylight hours and the luxury of peaceful solitude in splendid natural surroundings.

Flying to Sweden
Flying to Stockholm
We offer several daily flights from London Heathrow and a direct service from London City Airport on Tuesdays, Thursdays & Sundays. Manchester has direct flights on most days (except Saturdays). We can offer direct flights from Edinburgh on most Thursdays & Sundays.
Flying to Gothenburg & West Sweden
Direct daily flights from London Heathrow. We can also offer flights with City Airline from Manchester and Birmingham.
Flying to South Sweden & Skåne
To fly into South Sweden we will fly you into Copenhagen. Daily flights from Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham & Aberdeen.
Flying to Lapland and other parts of Sweden
Please see the connections to Stockholm above. The rest of Sweden is well connected with indirect flights through Stockholm & / or Copenhagen.
Flying from Regional UK airports
We can offer connections to Sweden from most regional UK airports with KLM through Amsterdam, making Sweden an extremely accessible country from the UK.

Ferry to Sweden
There is a popular overnight ferry departing from Harwich to Esbjerg on the West Coast of Denmark. Sweden is then a simple 3hr30 drive away, over the spectacular Öresund Bridge between Denmark and Sweden. Please ask for details.

Train to Sweden
We can now offer (as of summer 2009) rail travel from the UK to Sweden. The route is through Eurotunnel and onto Brussels. From Brussels it is just over 2hrs to Köln and then the overnight train to Copenhagen and your onward journey into Sweden. Please ask for details.

Climate
Sweden is a long thin country stretching around 1600km north to south. The climate varies considerably over this distance but in January you can expect temperatures to average -1C in the south and -15C in the north such as in Lapland. In July you will find beautiful long summer days lounging by a lake side or coastal retreat while temperatures average +20C in the south and +13C in the far north.
To be comfortable in these extreme environments it is important you dress correctly. We appreciate that you are only visitors to Sweden and most of our winter holidays include outer warm clothing, such as snowmobile suites. When travelling to more southern parts of Sweden during the winter you will also need a warm jacket, hat, scarf and gloves - perhaps some thermal underwear too. During the summer have clothing for all occasions! Shorts, T-shirts, long trousers, long sleeves and a light rain jacket are advisable. If in doubt please ask one of our experienced sales representatives. More about Swedish weather can be found by visiting SMHI (Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute).

Driving
Driving is on the right hand side of the road. Roads are wide and empty (compared to the UK!). Accidents with wildlife, such as moose, are rare but warning signs should be taken seriously. Drink driving rules are extremely strict and you may be subject to random tests. We strongly recommend you do not drink and drive. More information along with rules and regulations concerning driving in Sweden, including child seats and congestion charging can be found at Vägverket, the Swedish Roads Administration. Many petrol stations are automated and you will need an international credit / debit card with a PIN number to use them.

Mosquitoes
We are regularly asked about the mosquitoes in Sweden. Yes they exist but we do not see them as a deterrent and you are only likely to notice them in the evening, or in the north, where it is slightly cooler. We always recommend you have long trousers and jumpers available. We also suggest you have some good mosquito repellent to hand, especially when travelling with young children.

Currency
Sweden is not part of the euro zone and uses Swedish Kronor. International credit and debit cards are widely accepted. You will be either asked for a PIN or some form of identification when paying by card.

Eating out
Food and restaurants in Sweden are of an extremely high standard and Sweden has a rapidly growing reputation for excellent cuisine. There are many good cafes and restaurants in town and city centres. If you are in the countryside, hotels, castles and manor houses usually have a well renowned restaurant.

Alcohol
Alcohol can only be purchased at the state run off-licence 'System Bolaget' by those who are 20 and over. It is common to be asked for identification - so be prepared. You will find the staff are knowledgeable and will be able to offer their expert advice.

Public Transport
Efficient, comfortable and reliable. Bus, train and ferry timetables have been cleverly designed to integrate with each other. When you are travelling to more remote areas, where connections are necessary, in the unfortunate event your transport is delayed, you are likely to find your connecting transport will still be waiting for you when you arrive at your intermediate station.

Wilderness Camps
The Wilderness Camps on our overnight husky and overnight snowmobile tours are often basic and comfortable. They are heated by log burning fires. There is often no running water or electricity, although we can offer some exceptions. Depending on which cabins are used (often unknown until the beginning of the tour) you could be accommodated in rooms of up to 6 beds. The weather plays an important role on distance travelled and which wilderness camps will be used.

Northern Lights
When is the best time to see the Northern Lights?
The Northern Lights can be in seen in Lapland & Northern Norway from September to April. Some of our northern lights holidays are available from September (Norwegian Fjords Cruise) but most start in December as this is when Lapland has the best snow conditions. For the best viewing conditions the sky needs to be clear and you need to be away from artificial light such as street lighting. Although visible during all phases of the moon, the light from a full moon can hide some of the effects. The period either side of a new moon is recognised as the best time to see the Northern Lights. The New Moon dates for 2013/14 are 5Oct, 3Nov, 3Dec, 1Jan, 30Jan, 1Mar & 30Mar.

Cottage and log cabin rentals
Popular and early booking is highly recommended. One of the best ways to experience real Swedish culture during the summer months. As with all cottage and log cabin rentals in Sweden it is the out going guests responsibility to clean the cottage before departure. Bed linen or towels are often not provided but this can generally be arranged at an additional fee. You may be asked to provide a refundable deposit to the landlord either on or prior to arrival.

Snowmobiles
You must be in possession of a full driving licence valid in Sweden. All UK full driving licenses are valid in Sweden as part of the EU. You must be 18 years or older to drive a snowmobile and you must NOT drive whilst under the influence of alcohol. Your guide will refuse to take you if you are under the influence of alcohol due to safety and Swedish law.

Fika
Whether you be out in the country or in the city, the ritual of 'fika' occurs several times throughout the day. Many of our activity holidays feature this important social event. It is quite simply coffee with cakes and pastries or other snacks.

Rights of access - a part of Swedish life!
You may walk, cycle, horse ride, ski, and stay temporarily in country areas providing you do not damage crops, forestation areas or other sensitive areas of land. You must respect the privacy of the home by not passing through or staying on private plots of land. Do not disturb and do not destroy, is the main principle of the Swedish Right of Public Access. You are allowed to camp for one night on land not used for agriculture that is located away from the dwelling-house. Ask the landowner for permission if you want to camp as a group. You may light a fire providing it is safe to do so, however, never on bare rocks as this might cause permanent damage due to cracking. When the lighting of fires is prohibited, this applies to all open fires, and is often the case in National parks and conservation areas. You may pick flowers, berries and mushrooms in the countryside, but certain plants, such as all orchids, are protected species and special regulations prescribed by law may apply to what you are allowed to pick in the countryside. Be sure not to leave any litter. Leave no trace.

Sustainable Travel
Simply Sweden is committed to responsible & sustainable travel across Sweden & Lapland. Our actions will always impact on the sensitive environment around us and it is our collective responsibility to ensure these intrusions are kept to a minimum. With a population of just 9 million in Western Europe's third biggest country, Sweden has a large and diverse environment to protect. 53% of the surface area is forest, 11% is mountainous, 8% is cultivated land and 9% is lakes & rivers. Exploring the wonderful wilderness of Sweden has led to an increase in tourism to Sweden in recent years.

Caring for the environment is almost second nature to Swedes. They are taught about environmental respect and conservation from an early age. Recycling is always high on the agenda. Sweden aims to reduce carbon emissions by 40% by 2020 and all vehicles will be powered by non-fossil energy sources by 2030.

It is not just about carbon emissions and the environment. It is about appreciating, understanding and preserving cultural heritage. Sweden is approx. 2000km long and has a deep heritage and many proud traditions. from Skåne in the south to Lapland in the north you will find traditional arts & crafts (eg The Darlana Horse), the indigenous Sami of Lapland and of course mid summer celebrations in June.

As a guest in Sweden we encourage you to help exceed these ambitious and realistic targets by

We appreciate it is not always possible or practical to do everything on this list, but it is important where possible that we make a contribution, no matter how small. We must continue to strive towards a future for the next generation.

 

Featured Holidays

3 Cities + 2
5 great cities in 1 fabulous holiday
Scandinavian Capitals
Oslo, Stockholm & Copenhagen in the summer
Inland Railway
Stockholm to Lapland & the midnight sun
Castles & Manor Houses
Drive into the deep history of Sweden
West Sweden - Small & Personal
Specially selected small & personal hotels
Göta Kanal Cruise
Spectacular canal cruise between Gothenburg & Stockholm