Sweden Itinerary 10 Days Travel Guide

Sweden Itinerary 10 Days Travel Guide

Welcome to the land of Viking lore, stunning landscapes, and vibrant cities – welcome to Sweden! As a person deeply in love with this country, let me be your guide through a magnificent 10-day adventure through this land where rich history, cultural diversity, and natural beauty blend beautifully. I will take you on a journey through Sweden’s most iconic destinations, from the capital city of Stockholm to the charming university town of Uppsala, and the medieval city of Örebro. This itinerary is carefully curated to showcase the best of Sweden’s urban attractions and scenic wonders, providing you with a comprehensive experience of this Nordic gem.

Day 1: Arrival in Stockholm – Getting Acquainted With The City

After checking in at your accommodation, go and explore the cobblestone streets of Gamla Stan (Old Town). To make sure you have time, you should start by visiting the Royal Palace and Museums first. Here, Explore the various chambers, including the opulent Royal Apartments and the Treasury.

💂 Also, if you visit the Royal Palace from the end of April until the end of August, you can witness the change of guards, starting every day from 12:15, except on Sundays when it starts at 13:15. Although resources on the Internet said that in the rest of the year, the schedule might be different, or the ceremony might not take place in all days, personally, I witnessed it on a Saturday at the end of September, starting at 12:15, and I don’t know if I was just lucky or not.

👑 The Royal Palace is the official residence of the Swedish monarch, but he and his family actually live at Drottningholm Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located on the outskirts of the city. If you want to squeeze in more attractions in Stockholm, you can also visit Drottningholm Palace by yourself or with a guided tour. Marvel at its splendid architecture, expansive gardens, and the picturesque Drottningholm Palace Theatre.

After visiting the Royal Palace, have a Fika break. Cinnamon buns and a cup of coffee are very popular amongst locals.

For the rest of the day, you can explore the central area of Stockholm. Don’t miss The Town Hall, Riddarholmen Church, Gamla Stan with its cobblestone streets, or the Parliament House. Something I recommend is to through Gamla Stan on fast-forward on the first day, and book a walking tour for the second day (even if it’s a free walking tour, just do it, you will learn so much about the history of the city).

🍽️ While you’re in Gamla Stan, I have a restaurant recommendation for you. This recommendation is not just about the food, but it’s an immersive experience of going back in time and feeling like a Viking. The restaurant is called Aifur and it’s usually fully booked. Go there (or call them) and try to make a dinner reservation for the next day or maybe for the last day of this itinerary, when you’ll be returning to Stockholm. This recommendation is not sponsored in any way. I went there on 2 different occasions and I loved the vibe so much that I just have to tell other people about it.

For dinner, you can try one of the most famous Swedish foods, like gravlax (cured salmon) or Swedish meatballs with lingonberry sauce.

Day 2: Exploring the History and Culture of Stockholm

Start the day with a tour of Gamla Stan. You are going to learn about where the name of the city originated, what the Phoenix birds on the buildings mean, what the metal anchor plates on the exterior walls were used for and you can even see a Viking rune cemented in the foundation of a house (if any of these topics are not covered by your guide, ask them to give you the info).

Viking rune on the foundation of a house in Gamla Stan

Next, head to Djurgården Island to see Skansen, the world’s first open-air museum. Skansen offers a fascinating glimpse into Sweden’s cultural heritage with its collection of historic buildings and exhibits. Wander through recreated 19th-century streets, observe traditional craftsmen at work, and meet native Nordic wildlife at the on-site zoo.

In this area, there are many more interesting museums, such as Nordiska (cultural history and ethnography), the Viking Museum, ABBA museum (dedicated to the legendary Swedish band), but if you have time for just one more museum on this day, I recommend you go to the Vasa Museum. I don’t want to spoil the surprise, but you will have the chance to see an incredibly well-preserved battleship that sunk on its first sail and remained underwater for 333 years! You can book a guided tour of Vasa Museum to learn more about it or a private tour if you want the guide all for yourself.

Vasa ship

On Djurgården Island you will also find Tivoli Gröna Lund amusement park if you’re seeking some fun and adrenaline. This is the oldest amusement park in Sweden.

In the evening, have dinner at Aifur restaurant or alternatively, in a restaurant in the Södermalm district, which is also a great place to grab a drink in a pub.

Day 3: Discovering Örebro

You can get from Stockholm to Örebro by car, train or bus. Upon arrival in Örebro, you’ll be greeted by the city’s enchanting blend of medieval charm and modern sophistication.

Kick off your Örebro adventure with a visit to Örebro Castle, a majestic medieval fortress that dominates the city skyline. Explore the castle’s historic chambers, admire its imposing architecture, and learn about its storied past through interactive exhibits and guided tours. Don’t miss the opportunity to climb the castle tower for panoramic views of Örebro and Lake Hjälmaren.

As the day draws to a close, treat yourself to a delicious dinner at Wadköping Open Air Museum, where traditional Swedish cuisine takes center stage. Located in the heart of Örebro, this charming museum offers a glimpse into Sweden’s rural heritage with its collection of historic buildings and authentic restaurants.

Day 4: Travelling to Gothenburg

Rise and shine as you bid farewell to Örebro and set your sights westward towards Gothenburg, Sweden’s second-largest city. Again, you can reach this destination by car, bus or train, and for getting around Gothenburg it’s best if you use a bike.

Take a moment to breathe in the salty sea air and admire the city’s bustling harbor, which has been a hub of trade and commerce for centuries.

Then, you can visit Liseberg, Scandinavia’s largest and most beloved amusement park! Whether you’re a thrill-seeker or prefer a stroll amidst enchanting gardens, Liseberg has something for everyone. Feel the adrenaline rush on exhilarating roller coasters and enjoy family-friendly attractions. And if you’re visiting around Christmas time, here is where the Christmas markets are, and the atmosphere is just magical! (P.S: Right now Liseberg seems to be temporarily closed, so make sure you check their website for availability before planning your itinerary).

Make sure you also make it to the Gothenburg City Museum, where you will learn a lot about the history of the city, but for me, the highlight was the only Viking ship on display in Sweden and the only Viking ship in the world with a runic inscription!

As the sun begins to set, make your way to Gothenburg’s charming Haga district for a delightful evening of exploration. Wander along its cobblestone streets lined with picturesque wooden houses, small cafes, and boutique shops.

Day 5: Continue Your Gothenburg Exploration

Start the second day in Gothenburg with a refreshing morning stroll through Slottsskogen Park, Gothenburg’s beloved green oasis. As you wander along its winding paths and lush forests, take in the sights and sounds of nature awakening to a new day. Encounter native Swedish wildlife at the park’s zoo, including elk, deer, and seals, and marvel at the beauty of the park’s diverse flora and fauna.

Continue with a visit to the Museum of World Culture, which was my favorite museum in the city. I loved how they put together artifacts on display from all over the world, including South America or the Far East.

Next up: Gothenburg Museum of Art. Home to an impressive collection of Swedish and international art spanning centuries, the museum offers a journey through the world of painting, sculpture, and contemporary installations. Admire masterpieces by renowned artists such as Rembrandt, Picasso, and Monet, and gain insight into Sweden’s rich artistic heritage.

For lunch, I recommend a stop at Feskekörka – the city’s fish market. There, you can sample an array of fresh catches, from succulent shrimp and smoked salmon to tender herring and creamy fish soup.

What better way to spend your last afternoon/evening in Gothenburg than on a boat ride or river cruise? Glide along Göta älv, the city’s scenic river and relax on deck as you glide past historic landmarks, modern skyscrapers, and charming waterfront neighborhoods.

ℹ️ If you can extend your visit to Gothenburg by one more day, you can check out this 3-day itinerary for Gothenburg, which will allow you to discover the city in more depth.

Day 6: Journey to Malmö

To get from Gothenburg to Malmö, I recommend the train. A bus ride takes a longer time and renting a car might not be cost-efficient. Check here the bus and train schedules. Upon arriving in Malmö, take a moment to soak in the welcoming ambiance as you acquaint yourself with Malmö’s diverse neighborhoods, historic landmarks, and vibrant urban landscape. From its bustling city center to its scenic waterfront promenades, Malmö beckons with promises of discovery and delight.

Begin your exploration of Malmö with a visit to Malmö Castle, a medieval fortress steeped in history and culture. Discover centuries of Swedish heritage as you wander through the castle’s imposing walls and explore its various exhibitions, including the Malmö Museum and the City Museum of Malmö. Marvel at the castle’s architectural splendor and panoramic views of the cityscape from its towering ramparts.

A visit to Malmö isn’t complete without a boat tour on the canals, offering beautiful views of the city.

If you still have time and want a more unusual experience, you can visit the Disgusting Food Museum. Yes, you heard that right. This museum is dedicated to stomach-turning foods from all around the world, like pickled sheep eyes, bull penis, fried insects, cheese with larvae or surströmming. The interesting part is that at the end you can have a tasting experience if you’re brave enough!

Conclude your day in Malmö with an evening at Lilla Torg, the city’s vibrant dining and entertainment hub, located in the heart of Malmö’s historic center.

Day 7: Second Day Exploring Malmö

Start your day with a visit to Turning Torso, Malmö’s iconic skyscraper and the second-tallest building in Scandinavia. Take an elevator ride to the top for panoramic views of Malmö and the Öresund Strait, offering a breathtaking perspective of the city’s skyline and surrounding landscapes.

After taking in the city from above, treat yourself to a traditional Swedish bathhouse experience at Ribersborgs Kallbadhus. Located on the shores of the Baltic Sea, this historic bathhouse offers a rejuvenating retreat amidst stunning natural surroundings. Take a dip in the invigorating seawater pools, relax in the sauna, or simply bask in the tranquil ambiance as you unwind and recharge your batteries.7:

For lunch, head to Möllevångstorget, Malmö’s vibrant multicultural marketplace and dining destination. Explore a diverse array of food stalls and eateries offering flavors from around the world, reflecting Malmö’s rich cultural tapestry. Indulge in delicious street food, international cuisine, or traditional Swedish delicacies, and soak in the lively atmosphere of this bustling square.

Spend the afternoon exploring the world of contemporary art at Moderna Museet Malmö. Located in the heart of the city, this museum showcases a dynamic collection of modern and contemporary artworks by Swedish and international artists. Wander through thought-provoking exhibitions, immerse yourself in innovative installations, and gain insight into the evolving landscape of Nordic art and culture.

Day 8: Back to Stockholm

It will take around 7 hours to get from Malmö to Stockholm, so you won’t have much more time left for visiting museums, that’s why you can spend the rest of the day strolling around various neighborhoods of Stockholm or around the many parks the city has. I recommend Haga Royal Park, which is big enough to take you hours of exploration. The best part is that it’s not just a park, it is sprinkled with other attractions, such as The Copper Tents, where Haga Park Museum is housed.

The Copper Tents in Haga Royal Park

Day 9: Day Trip to Uppsala

Your trip to Uppsala can easily be a day trip. Leaving early in the morning will give you enough time to see the main highlights of this academic hub. Getting to Uppsala from Stockholm is straightforward. What I found to be the easiest was to travel there by train. The ride takes only 40 minutes and there are dozens of trains throughout the day. There are also a few bus options that will take you there in under an hour. Same if you have a car available.

Upon arrival in Uppsala, take some time to acquaint yourself with the city’s iconic landmarks and vibrant atmosphere. Begin your exploration at Uppsala University, one of Europe’s oldest and most renowned academic institutions. Stroll through its storied campus, admire its historic buildings, and soak in the intellectual energy that permeates the air.

No visit to Uppsala is complete without a visit to its most famous landmarks – Uppsala Cathedral and Gamla Uppsala. Marvel at the grandeur of Uppsala Cathedral, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture and the final resting place of many Swedish kings and queens. Then, venture to Gamla Uppsala, an ancient Viking settlement shrouded in myth and legend. Explore the historic burial mounds, wander through the picturesque countryside, and immerse yourself in Sweden’s rich Viking heritage.

Uppsala cathedral

As the day draws to a close, take a stroll along the banks of the Fyrisån River and immerse yourself in Uppsala’s tranquil ambiance. Admire the city’s picturesque waterfront, soak in the beauty of the surrounding landscapes, and revel in the sense of peace and serenity that pervades the air. Return to Stockholm.

Day 10: Venture to Visby on Gotland Island

To get to Visby, you need to first take a train from the Stockholm Central Station. Your first destination will be Nynäshamn, which you will reach in about an hour. From the port, you have to take a ferry to Visby, sailing across the Baltic Sea. The ferry ride will take about 3 and a half hours.

Upon arrival in Visby, you’ll be transported back in time as you enter the city’s medieval walls. Take a stroll through the narrow cobblestone streets lined with well-preserved stone buildings, medieval churches, and ancient ruins. Marvel at sights such as the impressive Visby Cathedral, the medieval city wall, and the iconic Gotland Museum.

Spend the afternoon exploring Visby’s charming Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its historical significance and architectural beauty. Wander through the labyrinthine alleyways, visit quaint shops and cafes, and soak in the medieval atmosphere that permeates the city.

Return to Stockholm and end your 10-day itinerary in Sweden.

Additional Tips and Recommendations

Packing Essentials for a Swedish Adventure: Be sure to pack layers of clothing suitable for Sweden’s variable weather, including lightweight breathable fabrics for summer and warm, waterproof outerwear for winter. Don’t forget to bring comfortable walking shoes, a travel adapter for your electronics, and any necessary medication.

Transportation Options and Travel Passes: Familiarize yourself with Sweden’s efficient public transportation system, including trains, buses, and ferries, which provide easy access to major cities and attractions. Consider purchasing a Sweden Rail Pass or regional travel card for unlimited travel within specified zones.

Language and Cultural Etiquette in Sweden: While many Swedes speak English fluently, learning a few basic Swedish phrases can help you overcome language barriers and enhance your travel experience.

🔍 I put together a list of the best language-learning apps for travel that you can use to practice common greetings, expressions of gratitude, and polite phrases.

Additionally, familiarize yourself with Swedish customs and etiquette, such as removing your shoes when entering someone’s home and observing quiet hours in residential areas.

Seasonal Considerations and Weather Precautions: Be mindful of Sweden’s distinct seasons and plan your itinerary accordingly. Summer offers long days and mild temperatures ideal for outdoor activities, while winter brings shorter days, snowfall, and opportunities for skiing and winter sports. Prepare for cold weather by dressing warmly and staying hydrated, especially during outdoor excursions.

Currency and Payment Methods: Sweden’s official currency is the Swedish Krona (SEK). While credit and debit cards are widely accepted in major cities and tourist areas, it’s a good idea to carry some cash for smaller purchases and transactions. Notify your bank of your travel plans to avoid any issues with card usage abroad.

Health and Safety Precautions: Ensure you have adequate travel insurance coverage for medical emergencies and unexpected events. Stay informed about any health advisories or vaccination requirements for Sweden, and take necessary precautions to protect against tick-borne illnesses in rural areas during the warmer months. Practice common safety measures, such as staying vigilant in crowded tourist areas and securing your belongings against theft.

Responsible Tourism Practices: Respect the natural environment and local communities during your travels in Sweden. Dispose of waste properly, minimize your ecological footprint, and support sustainable tourism initiatives whenever possible. Engage with local businesses, artisans, and cultural attractions to contribute positively to the communities you visit.

I hope this guide has provided valuable insights and inspiration for your upcoming journey through Sweden. I invite you to share your travel experiences, recommendations, and feedback with fellow travelers in the comment section below. Your insights can help enhance the travel experiences of others and contribute to a vibrant community of explorers.

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