The Best Activities During Winter Holiday in Sweden

November 10, 2023 | Posted by misfitwanders | Adventures, Culture, Nature, Sweden, Travel

Have a winter holiday in Sweden, where a snowy wonderland and cozy charm beckons travelers from around the globe. This picturesque Nordic nation is a dreamy destination for a winter holiday, offering a plethora of unique activities and experiences that make the most of the season.

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Winter Holiday in Sweden: A Family Affair

For families, Sweden is one of the best countries to travel to. It’s a delightful playground in the winter. But for it’s great to explore year-round for the whole family.  It’s a land where children and adults alike can act rowdy and spontaneous in the joys of the season. slide gracefully over frozen lakes on ice skates or get your adrenaline pumping on thrilling husky sledding adventures that will leave your little ones wide-eyed with wonder.

The cheerful atmosphere of Christmas markets adds an extra sprinkle of magic to your trip, where you can find local crafts, delicious treats, and even meet Santa Claus himself. Sometimes they even have horses that the kids can ride and other animals to meet. Let’s not forget building snowmen or competing in snowball fights – the essence of a winter family vacation.

First Winter, Now on to the Second!

Our winters have just recently changed since we now have our son. His first winter was just last year. So, I know that my hubby and I are looking forward to all the fun we will have with him once the snow is on the ground! We did have a few days with snow, which didn’t last. But in that brief time, I got to see my boy’s eyes sparkle with excitement as he got to play in the snow. That only, was worth it to see!

Have an Eco-Friendly Winter Travel

While enjoying the winter delights of Sweden, it’s essential to keep your ecological footprint in mind. Traveling eco-consciously not only respects the stunning natural landscapes but also ensures that they’ll be preserved for future generations to come. Getting accommodations with sustainability at their core, such as eco-friendly lodges and cabins that use renewable energy sources is a great way to help the nature. Since Sweden is a country that’s about 70% covered in forests and an abundance of nature, it’s ideal to think of it while you travel.

Ice Fishing, Northern Lights, and Many More!

Try your hand at ice fishing, an eco-friendly activity where you can appreciate the serene beauty of nature without disturbing it. Explore the mesmerizing northern lights on a guided tour and gain a deeper understanding of the fragile Arctic ecosystems. Plus, enjoy activities like cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, which allow you to appreciate the wilderness without harming it. These are some of the great activities you can experience in awe and wonder.

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Ten Dazzling Activities for Your Swedish Winter Holiday

Since the ground is covered in a glistening snow, it’s a great time to explore new experiences. Something I loved while growing up was sledding down the frosty hills. This is an activity many kids would love for a winter holiday in Sweden. Or wander around with a local guide and stare in amazement at the northern lights.

There’s even ice skating on the lakes or in the cities, which gives you a calm yet satisfying feeling. Try out dog sledding that will get your heart pumping. While in Sweden, why not explore a Sami village and take in the native culture of this country. Hear some of their time transcending stories and learn about their traditions. These are just some of the many activities that you can do during your winter holiday in Sweden!

Sledding is a Must for a Winter Holiday in Sweden

Prepare for a thrilling winter adventure as you perch atop a traditional wooden sled, ready to whiz down snow-covered hills. The chilly wind rushes past you while your heart races, and the world becomes a blur of white. The sled responds to your commands as you move it left to right. Experiencing this exhilarating you’ll have your cheeks flushed and your spirits soaring. This timeless activity engulfs the pure essence of a Swedish winter, where the simple joys of life are celebrated with joy and enthusiasm.

Northern Lights Chasing Dancing Lights

One of the most magical experiences you can have in Sweden during the winter is witnessing the aurora borealis – the Northern Lights. As night falls, wander out into the Arctic skies and be prepared to be spellbound. The lights come to life, creating a surreal dance of colors that seem almost otherworldly. Seeing this is awe-inspiring, reminding us of the sheer beauty and wonder of nature. To catch the best displays, consider heading to Sweden’s northern regions, where the lights’ appearance is most frequent.

Be sure to check out my article about Northern Lights to get an idea of best times and places to see them. For example, Abisko National Park is great to see these or at the Ice Hotel.

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First Time Experiencing the Northern Lights

While I ventured up the rooftop with a piping hot cup of tea in my hand, I thought about the experience. Above was a splendid display of lights scattered across the sky. Greens, pinks, and even blue were telling a tale with their colors as they moved to and fro. My breath stopped and I stared with my jaw open. All that I could stammer out was, “Wow!” It’s an experience I highly suggest for anyone to experience.

Ice Skating Gracefully on Frozen Lakes

Winter holiday in Sweden isn’t complete without ice skating its pristine frozen lakes. Glide effortlessly over the smooth ice while your blades whisper secrets to the serene winter landscape. The cold air tingles on your skin as you take graceful movements across the lake’s surface. It’s a moment of pure connection with nature and an unforgettable experience to Sweden’s unique winter charm. Ice skating combines the exhilaration of speed with the tranquility of the frozen wilderness. Besides that, it gives you a calming feeling mixed with your adrenaline thrumming. This activity is even found within the big cities in Sweden.

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Clumsy Girl, You Can Do It!

Now, I’m not the most graceful person. So, my first time on ice skates was a little bit awkward. Although, I passed with flying colors once I got the hang of it. When I was younger, the hang out for us kids was a rollerblades rink. Considering that, my heart calmed as I took to the ice. It wasn’t that different and with that, I sailed away on my skates letting my fears go!

Husky Sledding: A Bond with Eager Companions

Imagine taking on a thrilling journey through snow-covered forests, guided by a team of excited and powerful huskies. Husky sledding is an adventure like no other, offering a unique connection with these friendly and highly energetic dogs. The experience is powered by teamwork, trust, and the joy of speeding through a pristine winter wonderland. As you mush through the frozen landscapes, you’ll not only be amazed by the beauty of the environment but also by the dedication and enthusiasm of your furry companions.

So, if you plan on trying out dog sledding, be sure to go with an ethical company that treats these furry dogs with kindness and respect. Besides that, the company should also be aware of staying eco-friendly to the environment while they take you out on the trails.

Adrenaline Pumping for a Winter Holiday in Sweden

My whole body felt like it was on fire from the adrenaline. I was sweating, which seemed silly since it was winter. Besides that, I had a chill down to my bones before I got onto the sled and let the dog lead me away! The wind hit my face and cooled me as the dogs had this track memorized. I didn’t even need to direct them; they knew exactly where they were going! Our buddy has huskies for dog sledding. So, we knew they were taken care of great, and all those dogs would jump up and down when we started grabbing the gear for dog sledding.

Sami Culture Encounters: A Window into Indigenous Traditions

A unique experience like no other would be to immerse yourself in the traditions of Sweden’s indigenous Sami people. These wonderful encounters give you an intimate window into their customs, way of life, and the deep connection they hold with the Arctic environment. Yet another reason it’s paramount to be traveling eco-consciously.

You can learn about their traditional clothing, taste their culinary delights, and listen to their captivating stories by the warmth of a crackling fire. It’s an experience that will deepen your appreciation of Sweden’s cultural diversity. With that in mind, throughout Sweden, they have hunting cabins that usually are just wooden logs and in the middle a fire pit. These are great to venture to if you want to cook a meal out in the cold or just a place to warm up.

Snowmobiling: Speeding Through Snow-Clad Landscapes

Hop on a snowmobile and whizz through the winter landscapes of Sweden. These powerful machines allow you to explore remote areas that would be otherwise inaccessible. However, stay on the trails. We want to preserve nature as it is. With that in mind, in Sweden, they’re working on making electric snowmobiles along having the guides and tourists stay on designated paths. Picture yourself racing across frozen lakes or weaving through dense, snow-covered forests where you’re allowed to drive on. It’s an adrenaline-pumping experience that adds a thrilling dimension to your winter holiday in Sweden.

Ice Fishing: A Nordic Tradition

Try a traditional and sustainable Nordic pastime by trying your hand at ice fishing. Sitting by a hole in the ice with a cup of a steaming hot coffee or tea, you’ll experience the serene beauty of nature without disturbing it. The opportunity to savor the rewards of your efforts from a delicious meal cooked on an open fire makes this one of the best experiences during a winter holiday in Sweden.

Ice fishing can be enjoyed on one of the 100,000 lakes in Sweden. However, if you do plan on ice fishing, be sure to go with a guide or research it before you do it. Plus, the lakes farther north are more likely to be ice over with thick ice compared to the ones in southern Sweden.

Visit Christmas Markets: Heartwarming Festive Atmosphere

Once November comes around, a winter holiday in Sweden can be filled with charming Christmas markets. These delightful hubs are filled with local crafts, mouthwatering treats, and the enchanting scents of mulled wine and roasted almonds. It’s an excellent opportunity to find unique souvenirs and gifts while fully submerging yourself in the heartwarming festive atmosphere. Meeting Santa Claus is often a highlight for families, making it a memorable experience for all ages. But this solely depends on where and how big the winter market is. There’s even Jokkmokk Winter Market. This is more like a winter festival than anything else!

Experience Mårbacka’s Winter Market

The flames from the lit candles lead the way to the winter market in Mårbacka. I puff out a big breath from a chill that ran up my spine. When the sun starts to set, the cold creeps in. The blanket of stars is all that’s left in the sky. However, besides the candles’ lights stream around from each stall that’s set up outside.

My heart beats a little faster with each step closer to the lively market. Mårbacka winter market is one that we’ve been to a few times now and each time was filled with all kinds of crafts and yummy treats. I never was let down when we wandered around there and this time our boy got to experience it as well! He was overjoyed that we got him fuzzy wool slippers like his mammas. He even showed an older lady that was working at one of the booths!

Winter Holiday in Sweden with Cultural Excursions

Even when its wintertime, Sweden’s historic cities offer a treasure trove of cultural experiences. Explore fascinating museums, art galleries, and dine on delectable local cuisine in cozy restaurants. With that being said, these cities are steeped in history and charm, and the winter ambiance adds an extra layer of enchantment to their cobblestone streets. So, don’t forget to add this to your winter holiday in Sweden!

Relax in a Sauna: Warmth and Tranquility

After a day of chilly adventures, there’s no better way to unwind than in a traditional Swedish sauna. Be like a swede and enjoy the relaxing time of being in a sauna. Let the soothing heat surround you as you sit back calmly and rejuvenate. Saunas are intertwined with Swedish culture, and this experience will warm your body and soul. From that you will be left feeling refreshed and ready for the next winter adventure.

Have a Winter Holiday in Sweden!

Whether you’re a winter enthusiast or simply seeking a unique winter holiday in Sweden with the family, there’s something for everyone. By enjoying the eco-friendly practices and participating in activities that respect the environment, you can make sure that your winter holiday in Sweden is not only magical but also sustainable. So, grab your winter gear and get ready to make unforgettable memories in this snowy paradise.

Adventures in Sweden

Are you planning to wander to Sweden during other seasons as well? Then, check out Adventures in Sweden page where I have loads of articles about all kinds of outdoor activities and fun experiences to be had. In Värmland, the nature county, you can meet moose up close and personal. Or wander to the tallest mountain in Sweden, Kebnekaise. There are even articles about some of the different cities and towns in Sweden.

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I´m a kooky girl that likes to travel. I grew up in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA. Then moved to Northern California for about 5 years. But now, it's going on 5 years living in Sweden with my hubby and our furbabies, plus our little boy and my mom has joined our crew! Over the pandemic time, it has been hard to travel. Thus, my travel blog had been at a stand still. I started going to a University and I had a baby. Now I'm on a different kind of adventure. But my family and I plan on traveling when we can still. Traveling is something I cherish. New adventures is what keeps me moving, that and a stubbornness. I have a weird sense of humor if you haven´t figured that out from my posts. My writing can be perplexing, but I like to tell stories, and the best way is from my own experiences. So sit back and relax, as you take a spin through my hikes or enjoy following my footsteps as I wander in different countries! Most of my writings will be focused on hikes and the outdoors in Sweden.

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