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Sweden, the land of mystic pine forests and rugged mountains, is the perfect adventure and adrenaline rush destination. Sweden is home to northern lights, canals, archipelagos, and amazing food. A tour to Sweden would mean lots of hiking, paddling along the canals, experiencing winters, and enjoying the views.
With the Thomas Cook Sweden tour packages, you will experience both adventure and history. Our packages are well organised and provide everything a traveller could dream of. So hop on to this joy ride and experience Sweden - untouched and unchartered - only with the Thomas Cook Sweden tour package from India.
International travel has changed quite a lot with the onset of Covid-19. RT PCR tests and quarantine are the usual norms for visiting most international locations.
From 9th February 2022 onwards, there is no entry ban from an EU/EEA country, but the entry ban from the rest of the world is in effect until 31st March 2022.
Entry from EU/EEA : As per the official Swedish government website, the country has decided to return to the entry restrictions applicable before 28th December 2021. The requirement of the negative Covid-19 test performed within 48 hours before entry has been removed. The list of countries with approved vaccination certificates has also been expanded recently. The changes went into effect from 21st January 2022.
Entry from countries outside the EU/EEA : Those travelling to Sweden from a country outside the EU/EEA must be covered by one of the exemptions from the travel ban. They must present a negative Covid-19 test performed within 72 hours of entering Sweden or be exempt from the testing requirement. For more details, refer our Sweden travel guidelines page.
1) Give Swedes their personal space. Maintain an arm's length distance at most times and limit the amount of touching as they may view it as an invasion of their privacy and personal space.
2) Talk about nature. Swedes love their natural surroundings and enjoy their country’s natural beauty. Talk to them about it; they’ll love it!
3) Be punctual; Swedes like being on time. Be neither too late nor too early. If you have a meeting scheduled, make sure you reach on time.
4) Try to be a part of ‘fika’ ( coffee/tea with conversations). Swedes are very social and love to engage in ‘fika’ to bond over coffee.
5) Remain tidy. Swedes appreciate cleanliness and tidiness, whether it's their surroundings or home. Littering in parks or not removing shoes when visiting someone’s house is something one must avoid when in Sweden.
1) Do not boast about your achievements. Swedes appreciate modesty and humility.
2) Do not make jokes about different ethnicities, stereotypes, or cultures. You will be faced with disapproval.
3) Raising voices and exaggerated body language are usually not liked by Swedish people.
4) Be discreet when talking about migration and settlement of refugees or Australia’s migration. The other person’s knowledge level may differ and must not be presumed.
5) Do not make severe comparisons between Swedes and people from other Nordic regions.
The Scandinavian nation of Sweden is a land of glaciers, mountains, boreal forests, and coastal islands. Sweden is lucky to experience four seasons - winter, spring, summer, and fall, each having its personality. People here love the outdoors, talking about nature and experiencing it.
The entire country can be divided into three main regions - Gotaland in the South, Svealand in the middle, and Norrland in the north. Swedish is the official language of people in Sweden. There are five minority languages - Finnish, Yiddish, Sami, Meänkieli, and Romani chib - used here.
Holidaying in Sweden is all about nature, history, and culture. Before you pack your bags for the Sweden trip, check out these popular Sweden travel packages from Thomas Cook.
|Sweden Holiday Packages||No. of Days||Price*|
|Scandinavian Extravaganza||9 Nights/ 10 Days||Rs. 2 95 773
|Scandinavian Extravaganza With Midnight Sun||12 Nights/ 13 Days||Rs. 3 71 443|
Combining your hotel and flights into a Sweden vacation package is a fantastic way to plan a budget trip. You may customise your own Sweden package and choose from various options offered by Thomas Cook.
We already consume and use several Swedish products and services such as Ikea, H&M, Volvo, etc., but while you are in Sweden, buying souvenirs from local shops that represent Swedish culture can be exciting and worth it. You will find souvenirs from all over Sweden in Stockholm, which can be your one-stop shopping location in Sweden.
1) The wooden Dala Horse
Wooden Dala Horse is handcrafted and painted in Dalama and is used as a colourful accessory. It can be found in most shops in Sweden and is considered a symbol of good luck.
2) Swedish Sami jewellery
The Sami jewellery from the Lapland region is made of silver and reindeer leather. The designs are intricate, and the jewellery has mostly braided designs.
3) Smoked Reindeer Meat
Those who eat non-veg must try the reindeer meat. It is considered a delicacy and cooked during festivities in Sweden and some other nordic regions where reindeers can be found.
4) Chokladboll Souvenir
These are yummy Swedish confectioneries made of sugar, coffee, oatmeal, cocoa, and butter. So, enjoy these while you are here and carry them for your friends and family.
Apart from these items, you can also buy cosmetics, crystal, high-quality glass, handbags, and so on while in Sweden. You can look for the sign ‘REA’ which indicates a sale and ‘Extrapis’ for discounts. These tips should help you with bargaining and shopping at the best price. When you travel with Thomas Cook on a package tour, you get enough time to shop and buy a bagful of memories from your Sweden trip.
Sweden is blessed with four seasons - Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. The Scandinavian peninsula is known for its natural beauty, and people enjoy visiting all the nations here as each one of them is incredibly beautiful with breathtaking natural beauty. Sweden is the biggest country in the peninsula and also the cleanest. The winters are extreme here, but all other seasons are pleasant and perfect for tourists to visit.
The spring and summer are perfect for travelling and experiencing a mild climate, but if you hope to see the Northern Lights, this isn't the best time. Northern Lights can only be seen during the winters when there isn’t any daylight. But, if being in Sweden during the midsummer solstice is your dream, then Summer(June) is the best time to visit Sweden.
Midsummer- Flowers, wreaths, and the sun that never sets is called midsummer in Sweden. This is when Sweden experiences 24x7 daylight. People are in a cheerful mood; they leave for the countryside to celebrate 5 weeks of holidays. It is usually celebrated on one of the Fridays between June 19-25th. If you get a chance to visit Sweden during this time, then you must!
Winters - Northern Lights - Winters in Sweden are harsh and cold throughout the year. In midwinter, there’s no daylight at all towards the north of the Arctic circle. If you are lucky, you might experience the sky lit up with northern lights. This is the time when families get ready for winter sports and Christmas break.
It is essential to know about the airport network of any new nation that you are travelling to, especially if it's on a different continent. Sweden has several airports, but we need not worry about all of them. It has only four main International airports, namely -
1)Stockholm Arlanda : This is the main International airport as it is located in Stockholm- the capital of the country. All major airlines from North America, Asia, other European nations, and the Middle East fly to Stockholm Arlanda airport.
2)Goteborg Landvetter : This is the second-largest airport in the country. It is located approx 25 km from the city and is accessible from most major European nations.
3)Stockholm Skavsta : It is located 100 km towards the South of the capital city. This airport is majorly for travelling to and from European nations. A lot of low-budget airlines like Ryanair and Wizzair use this airport.
4)Sturup Airport : This airport is located in Malmo, which is in the Southern region of Sweden. It has limited domestic and international flights operating from here. This is the only accessible airport for this region.
Scandinavian Airlines is the most popular airline along with other European airlines like Ryanair, EasyJet, and Norwegian. Most international carriers have direct flights to Sweden, including some of the popular ones such as Qatar Airways, KLM, and British Airways.
From India, you will find flights to Sweden from major cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, and Chennai. However, direct flights to Sweden are operated only by Air India. The direct flight will take you about 8 hours from Delhi to Sweden, which is the shortest possible time.
Sweden is known for amazing destinations to visit, some of which are quite popular, and some are amongst the hidden gems. Here’s a list of some of the popular and offbeat must-visit destinations in Sweden:
1) Stockholm Archipelago :
The Stockholm archipelago has more than 30,000 islands which you can visit via ferry. You can explore the archipelago by renting a ferry or a sailboat and also enjoy the nightlife here. This is also the largest archipelago in Sweden and is a few minutes away from the city of Stockholm. You can enjoy the beaches, cliffs, and islands here. Explore the islands, trek various hidden gems, and live in villages and cottages for an entirely rugged experience.
2) Skansen and Djurgarden :
Skansen is one of the world’s oldest and one of the largest open-air museums. It is a historic village made up of houses and farmsteads from all over Sweden. These buildings are a representation of both rural and urban culture from 1720 to 1960. You will find several schoolhouses, churches, artisans shops, a bakery, and a number of farmsteads( farm and its buildings). There are costumed interpreters here who carry their day-to-day jobs, demonstrate their arts and skills, and carry on household and farm tasks. The place also has a zoo that includes animals native to Sweden.
Skansen is located in Djurgarden park, a favourite amongst the locals. You will find several cafes, restaurants, snack bars, and hotels in Djurgarden park. The park is a 15 min walk away from the city centre.
3) Drottningholm Palace, Lovo :
Drottningholm Palace is a UNESCO world heritage site and is about 11 km west of the city centre. The palace is the official residence of the Swedish royal family.
In the terraced park, you will find several bronze sculptures which were brought back as trophies of war. The palace is home to an 18th-century theatre called the palace theatre, which is still used for performances during the summer months. Guided tours are available here, and there are a variety of fun programs and workshops that keep happening for kids and adults. Definitely a must-visit!
4) Kiruna in Lapland :
Kiruna in Lapland is the northernmost town of Sweden. This was originally a Lapp settlement, and the town began to develop when mining of iron ore started during the 1900s.
At Jukkasjarvi, you will find the world’s first ice-hotel, which is about 17 km outside the city. The ice hotel is recreated every year from ice in the river Torne. It's a must-visit hotel for spending some amazing days in a unique hotel. If you visit Kiruna in summer, you can enjoy river rafting, fishing, and paddleboarding.
5) Abisko :
At the north of the Arctic circle, this small village in Sweden is home to the spectacular Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) and the Midnight Sun. People from different regions of the world visit here to view the spectacular night sky full of blue and green lights. In the summer, you can experience the midnight sun( 24 hours of daylight). Abisko is one of the popular places to visit for the best sightings of Northern Lights in the winter wonderland.
1) Are - Are, a mountain village, is a great place for those looking to vacation away from the city. Those looking to get adventurous can try skiing here. You can indulge in great food at the cafes and restaurants in the village. You can experience fascinating views of the mountains and enjoy an adventurous stay to satisfy your adrenaline rush.
2) Smedsuddsbadet - this is one of the most popular beaches in Sweden. It is located in the capital city. You will find here a sandy beach and a lawn area where you can enjoy sunbathing. You can enjoy shallow, clear, and clean water here and a family-friendly atmosphere.
3) Boda beach - This is one of the top beaches in Sweden. This beach is famous for its watersports and golf courses along a 20km long coastline. You will find several facilities here such as showers, food kiosks, and toilets.
4) Kebnekaise - Kebnekaise(2106 m) is the tallest mountain in Sweden and is one of the best hikes in Sweden. There are two main routes up to the mountain- the west route is the easier one. The East route is a much tougher climb. You can choose one based on your interest and skill level. You need a guide to climb the mountain and a full day to climb up and come down.
Skane : Skane is one of the most romantic places in Sweden. Skane is located in the southernmost region of Sweden. Skane county is known for its castles, historical heritage, and natural bounties. It is also famous for its pretty white beaches where you can go on long walks and enjoy quality time with your loved ones.
Major attractions: Turning Torso, Karnan, Dunker culture house
The average budget for a couple for a day: 150 USD - approx 9500 INR
Best time to visit: June to August.
Lapland : Lapland is a dreamy land within the Swedish borders. Couples can visit here to witness the midnight sun or the Northern lights. Lapland is the winter wonderland that has ski resorts and is best known for its Arctic wilderness. You will be surprised to see the flora and fauna here, which is unique to the region and if experiencing nature in its purest form with your partner is on your bucket list, then this must be in your travel itinerary to Sweden.
Major Attractions: Sapmi, Kiruna, Sarek, Svanstein and more.
The average budget for a couple for a day: 250 USD - approx 16,000 INR
Best time to visit: December to March.
Gotland island : It is located in the Baltic sea. It is one of the largest islands in Sweden and is known for its ancient regions and historical structures. This place will take you on a romantic date to caves, history museums, and nature reserves. Your thirst for adventure and romance can both be quenched at Gotland island.
Major attractions: Gotland island, Kajsar tower, Visby City Wall.
The average budget for a couple for a day: 250 USD - approx 16,000 INR
Best time to visit: June to August
What to eat - 5 delicacies you must try when in Sweden!
1) Lingonberry Jam is widely used by Swedes, just like ketchup and mustard. It is a sweet jam usually eaten in a variety of dishes, including meatballs, pancakes, and porridge. Although it is sweet, it is rarely used in bread. People pick up lingonberries from nearby forests and make the jam at home. If you get to try this homemade jam, then you must try and savour it with meatballs and pancakes.
2) Crispbread - Swedes love their bread! Crispbread was once considered poor man’s food but is now widely eaten all over Sweden. It is eaten alongside the main meal. The crispbread comes in various shapes and sizes and can be stored for up to a year. So, you can eat it and carry it home for your family and friends.
3) Pea soups and pancakes - This is again a very popular dish in Sweden which people usually have on Thursdays as per old world war 2 traditions. Many traditional restaurants serve pea soup and pancakes along with pancakes and lingonberry jam.
4) Princess cake - You will find the green princess cake in most bakeries in Sweden. It is a green cake with a pink rose on the top. It is made of layers of yellow sponge cake and filled with vanilla custard and jam. It is sealed with green marzipan, hence the green colour. The third week of September is usually the princess cake week, but it is now widely eaten on many other days and is available in other colours as well.
5) Crayfish - Crayfish parties are popular in the Summers, in the month of August in Sweden. These are small red bite-sized red shellfishes feasted by Swedes all over Sweden in gardens and on balconies. Once eaten only by the royals and the upper-class citizens, the crayfish has now become popular everywhere with time.
There is a lot to do in Sweden, just like its neighbours, Norway and Finland.
Sweden is a paradise for those looking to spend some time in nature and explore Swedish culture and history. While Sweden has Lapland in the North, various castles and cities are to be explored in the South.
If you are short on time, here’s a list of 4 things you must do when in Sweden-
Spot wild moose and reindeer at Idre
One of the best things about Sweden is its wildlife. You can go reindeer spotting at Idre. You must experience a reindeer eating from your hand. You can also learn how reindeers have adapted to the northern hemisphere's climate. You can hike along with reindeers and learn about their herder's history. You can enjoy reindeer grazing and observe them as you hike along.
Experience genuine Sami culture and hospitality
While in Sweden, you have to visit the Swedish Lapland, which is the northernmost part of Sweden. The northernmost regions of Sweden, Norway, and Finland, also known as Sapmi, is the land of the indigenous population - the Sami people, who have been living here for thousands of years. The Samis have divided the year into eight seasons. They have named every valley and mountain peak here in Lapland. While in Lapland, you can immerse yourself in Sami culture via different experiences offered by various hotels and resorts here. One of the popular ones is Geunja Sami Eco Lodge which is located by a lake in Ammarnas. Here, you will learn about the Sami culture and traditions. You can enjoy nature as well as animals with which the Sami people are connected. Here, you can also go for short hiking trips, boat rides, and some fishing. You can try some of the traditional dishes such as reindeer stew and chanterelle soup, cooked over an open fire. You can sleep in a traditional goathie hut or a grass-roofed log cabin for the most authentic Sami experience.
Enjoy the most scenic hike of Sweden - The King’s trail
Hiking the King’s trail, Kungsleden takes you through four national parks, a world heritage site, and to the scenic mountains of the far north of Sweden. The hike is more than 400 km long but has multiple entries and exit points, so it can be enjoyed by anyone from anywhere. The entire trail would take about a month to cover, but since it's broken into different sections, you can pick and choose from the entire trail. You can hike the most popular section, which is from Abisko to Nikkaluokta, if you have 10-12 days. Here you will pass via the Abisko national park along with vast open areas, lakes, streams, and some of the highest mountains of Sweden.
The King’s trail is located above the Arctic circle, but it's fairly easy due to lower altitudes, levelled terrain, and well-maintained hiking trails. Even children can be a part of this adventure as trails aren’t that difficult. While you hike along the trail, you will find several Swedish mountain huts. You can stay in a different hut every day. The huts will provide you with basic amenities such as mattresses, pillows, blankets, and food.
Spot the magical Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights)
The Northern Lights can be spotted in Sweden between early September and late March.
During the beginning of September, you can find northern lights in and around Kiruna, in the far north of Sweden. When winter has set in completely, northern lights can be seen throughout the Swedish Lapland. The last sights of the coloured skies can be seen as late as the end of March or early April.
Many visitors come to Sweden on long winter nights to view the magnificent display of colours. On clear evenings, the best time to spot the lights is between 6 pm and 2 am. The most spectacular display is usually around 10 pm- 11 pm.
Lapland is a winter wonderland that offers various winter sports opportunities, the northern lights, and the authentic Sami culture experience. You must visit here to see the Northern Lights in action.
Where to Stay
There are a lot of hotels in Sweden which are exotic, luxurious, and offbeat. Here’s a list of some of the best hotels you can live in when in Sweden
Harads tree hotel is a unique collaboration between some of the leading architects and designers in Sweden. It has seven rooms, and each room is uniquely designed with ecological values and in harmony with the surrounding nature. While you are at this hotel, you will be able to smell the forest and experience the wind, all while waking up to the chirping of birds.
2) Ice Hotel, Kiruna
The ice hotel is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Inside the hotel, the temperature is never lower than 23 Fahrenheit regardless of the temperature outside. You can dress in warm thermals, get inside a sleeping bag and sleep in the cosy ice-made rooms. As you wake up, you will be served a cup of hot lingonberry juice at your bedside. You can visit the ice hotel any time of the year, as there is now a permanent structure and a temporary one which is built in winters.
3) Hotel Skeppsholmen, Stockholm
This is a new lifestyle hotel in the middle of Stockholm. It is located in the heart of Stockholm’s city centre in a historic building. It is surrounded by beautiful nature and captivating culture and is situated on the waterfront. This is the place to refresh your mind with the mix of old-world ambience and contemporary Swedish cuisine, art, and design.
4) Jumbo stay, Arlanda
You can spend a night here onboard a real jumbo jet- on the ground. The hotel has different room categories which can accommodate 1-3 adults as well as a quad dorm bed option. The cockpit of the plane has been converted into a luxury suite that offers an amazing 360 view of the airport. At a jumbo stay, you will have a unique experience at a good price.
Sweden and Indian food? Yes! You will find several Indian restaurants in Sweden which will give the most authentic Indian food experience. Check out these restaurants that are handpicked for you to enjoy Indian cuisine while you are in Sweden. Happy feasting!
You will find a good range of drinks and furniture that will both transport you to India. You must try the lassi here. The way the food is served will remind you of India for sure. You will love the ambience here and the food. You can enjoy this restaurant by indulging in some great food and gossip!
Missing the Punjabi food? This restaurant will give you the taste of Punjab with delicious flavours and dishes. You can enjoy the Punjabi thali and a mix of modern and traditional dishes. You will love the dishes and the services they offer. They have a rating of 4.4 / 5 which goes to show how loved this restaurant is!
Hot Little India
The location of this restaurant is great. You get amazing Indian cuisine here that will leave you craving for more. You can also find veg, vegan, and gluten-free options here. The pricing is reasonable and the food is highly rated!
1) Try dog sledging in Lapland
Dog sledging in the Swedish Lapland is a dream come true for many. In the past, dog sledges were used to transport people and supplies. However, these days, modern methods of transport are used. The dogs have now become a major tourist attraction as they take you on a sledge ride in one of the world’s most pristine and barren landscapes. You can go sledging in Sweden in various places such as the Sarek national park and Abisko national park. Before you decide to go on a dog sledge tour, make sure you check on the tour company and how they treat animals.
2) Attend a Swedish Festival
Sweden has a big festival culture that is famous throughout the country. Most of the festivals happen during the summertime, especially during midnight (summer solstice). You can plan your trip around this time or hope that a festival is happening while you are here. Sweden has a music festival for everyone from EDM to rock. Some of the famous ones are the Sweden rock festival, Sumemrburst festival, and Into the Valley. Most of these festivals are located in unique locations where you can enjoy music in nature.
3) Explore the Swedish national parks
Sweden has many national parks which give you picturesque views of wildlife and landscapes. Some of the must-visit national parks include - the Tyresta national park, Angso national park, and Sarek National park. You can visit during winter when you can explore the national parks along with the northern lights.
1) 63% of Sweden is forest.
Two-thirds of the country’s land area is covered by forest, as it's one of the largest countries of Europe with a small population, 85% of which live in urban areas.
2) Birthplace of many global brands
A number of prominent companies were founded in Sweden including IKEA, H&M, Volvo, Electrolux, etc.
3) Swedish art in the Stockholm metro station
Entering the Stockholm metro station is like going to an art exhibition. It is 110 km long, and over 90% of the station is decorated in different themes and in various forms, including paintings, graffiti, sculptures, etc.
4) Swedish passport is the 5th most powerful passport in the world
The Swedish passport gives entry to 133 countries around the world without requiring a visa.
5) Sodermalm is the hippest district in Stockholm
This is one of the coolest places to be at while in Stockholm. You will find dozens of cafes, shops, restaurants, and galleries here.
A few Swedish culture traits-
1) Swedes address everyone by their first name.
2) Swedes like their coffee strong.
3) On-off drinking habits - Swedes can be seen partying during the weekend with lots of alcohol but will remain sober during the week. If you say you were drinking on Monday, they would probably think you have a drinking problem.
4) Swedes avoid small talk - in case you end up having a small talk with a swede, avoid talking about religion, politics, or alcohol. Instead, talk about the weather and travel.
5) Be quiet- Swedes rarely have arguments. They are quiet people and don’t shout as much in public.
6) Jokes- Sexist or racist jokes are not appreciated by Swedes.
7) Keep a little distance- Swedes have been maintaining social distancing even before covid. They like to keep a safe distance and don’t appreciate too much contact.
As Sweden is a part of the Schengen agreement, Indians require a Schengen visa in order to visit Sweden. You can view the Schengen visa requirements on the VFS global website and file your visa application accordingly. You will need several documents along with your bank balance showing sufficient proof of funds, travel itinerary, IT returns, etc., in order to file your visa application. There are different types of Sweden visas that you can opt for - Business visa, Tourist visa, conference visit visa, visiting friends, and relatives visa, etc. You can opt for the one that suits your purpose of visit. While you buy a Sweden tour package from Thomas Cook, you also get visa assistance from our end.
The currency of Sweden is Swedish Krona (SEK). You can opt to exchange your currency at any foreign exchange services (FOREX) available nearby. You can compare rates and then decide which one to opt for. International credit cards would work at most places in Sweden, so you need not carry too much cash. Most international cards, such as Visa, Master Card, American Express, Diners Card, etc., work in Sweden.
Along with Sweden, you can also visit other Nordic countries. Your Schengen visa will give you access to 26 countries in Europe. You can opt for nations closer to Sweden and couple your travel trip accordingly. Some of the good itineraries along with Sweden would be a Scandinavian itinerary which would include all Scandinavian nations including Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, and Iceland.
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Norway: Norway is a Scandinavian nation like Sweden. Norway is famous for its fjords, islands, and Arctic landscape. You can visit Norway to catch a glimpse of the Northern lights.
Germany : Germany is a country providing both old-world charm and modern glamour. Germany is a less expensive city to travel to than the expensive ones like Norway and Sweden. It has a wide array of travel, food, and accommodation options, leaving you wanting more.
Russia : Russia has beautiful mosques and natural wonders which will leave you in awe. The country lies in both Europe and Asia and is a popular travel destination for Indians.
Paris : It’s almost everyone’s dream to visit Paris once in a lifetime. Paris is a very popular city getting millions of visitors every year. While in Paris you can enjoy the Eiffel tower, some french wine, and cheese!
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Sweden is a beautiful country for anyone planning a trip with family or a romantic getaway. It has something for everyone. With so much adventure and nature to explore, you will have the best time of your life with a trip to Sweden. So, check out our Thomas Cook Sweden Trip packages and start planning!
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