Sweden summer vacation plan

Contest entry #15. Less than a month left to get your submissions to jtrotta@gmail.com!

Day 1

Fly or ferry to Sweden via Denmark during the month of June. From Stockholm, take a flight up to the northern city of Lulea, situated on the Gulf of Bothenia, near the artic circle, and a hop, skip, and a jump to Finland. Lulea, population of 72,000, is a great place for those who want to enjoy summer at its best, not too warm and not too cold! Midsummer fest occurs on June 23rd. If you are flying from North America, you will experience a bit of jet lag, so my first suggestion is to get unpacked, relax and relish the hotel room, and your check out your immediate surroundings.

Day 2/3

Taking in a nature walk or renting a bike to visit Lulea’s “Storgatan” or the large road, is the best way to get around. There are many walking and biking paths all over town. Swedes keep fit by exercising. Besides, gas is very expensive, so use your body’s fuel to get around! Lulea is a dynamic center. Lots of shops and cafes to discover. Lulea is a port city as well. Ships come and go on the gulf. Take a self initiated mini tour of the docks. Great for picture taking!

Day 4

A visit to Gammel Stad …a medieval church village and an old euro-nordic city…is a must! It is about an hour outside of Lulea, therefore, one needs to either travel by bus or rent a car. Gammel Stad was center of hustle and bustle in the 1500’s but due to the fact that Gammel Stad habour could not accommodate the increasing trade, the people were forced to move to Lulea. Some of her citizens refused to depart, leaving this millennium with a touch of nostalgia in the air!

Day 5

Just outside of Lulea, is a rushing river rapids turn into a beautiful waterful. If you rented a car yesterday, what a great one-day excursion you will experience today. Check out the forestry. Makes for a beautiful nature ride. Don’t forget to bring rainwear!

Day 6

Teknic Husen is located at the University of Lulea is one of the city’s major attractions. This high tek attraction gives you hands on experiences. Bring a lunch and sit outside!

Day 7

Heading inland to Pitea which is about a half hour from Lulea and it attracts hundreds of tourists due to its beaches. A day at the beach can’t hurt if it is sunny. Cloudy weather? Visit Pitea and tour around the city.

Day 8/9

Arvidsjaur is a lapland (sami) town. There is a Lappstaden museum village, run by the Sami community, so don’t forget your camera and get a picture of a real Lap in his traditional costume! How about a hike in the mountains now that you are in Lapland territory of mountains, rivers, and maybe a reindeer or two. Have you tried a reindeer open-faced sandwich yet?

Vindeln is a great place to do some river rafting and canoeing. Beautiful lakes and landscape scupture Sweden.

Day 10

Say good-bye to those red painted houses on the Artic Circle and drive south to Sundsvall, where summer festivals and outdoor concerts are held. Enjoy the traditional foods and folk music.

Day 11/12

Drive down the coast to Stockholm, the Venice of the North! Take a boat ride to Drottning’s Palace and experience this beautiful location. After the mini-cruise, walk around the inner city where the cobblestones streets and modern shops meet. A Swedish beer and local conversation tops the day.

Day 13

Last day for souvenirs, postcards, and memorbilia. Off to the airport. Hejdo! That is Swedish for Bye now.

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  1. Viking says:

    Vindeln Wilderness Adventure aranges riverrafting in vineln, http://www.forsranning.com 😀

  2. Beno says:

    You should definitely visit the archipelago near Goteborg called Marstrand.

    I recently visited Marstrand was it is a really peaceful and quiet place. You could hear the waves and see the stars while going to sleep at night.

    I know during summer they have the Swedish sailing match held off the island and am not sure how it is during that time.

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