Land of the Midnight Sun
Although winters here tend to be cold, dark, and dreary, the mild temperatures in summer make Sweden an attractive alternative to the heat of southern Europe. Stockholm, the picturesque capital, is crisscrossed by canals, and its historic old town is stocked with museums, restaurants, and bars. Prices are fairly high, but budget options can still be found. Travelers heading to Estonia can reach the port using public transportation and then hopping on the overnight ferry. Those coming from western Europe will likely enter via Malmö, which is a short train ride away from Denmark. Sweden’s interior heartland lies between these two gateways, and it presents a range of options that will please even the most active explorers. In the country’s extreme north, traditional Laplanders tend their herds on permafrost, but further south, world-class ski resorts are perfect for hiking and trekking. Every summer, the Göteborg music festival attracts young revelers from all over Europe.