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Things to Do in Sweden in Winter


By Terri Mapes
Scandinavia Travel Expert, about.com

Here is a short list of my favorite things to do in winter in Sweden:


Stay at Hotels Made of Ice[post_ads_2]
In Jukkasjärvi, you can stay at the world’s first ice hotel. Opened in 1990, the Icehotel in Kiruna is rebuilt every year, using ice blocks made from Torne River water. Drink Absolut vodka from ice glasses served in the Absolut Ice Bar, and view the intricate ice sculptures Or stay in natural igloos carved by the frozen waters of Sweden’s waterfall, Tännforsen. When the waterfall freezes, it forms a natural maze of caves and ice formations, and this is how the igloo is built. Located at the edge of Lake Skabram, you can also learn to build your own igloo. Not the cheapest kind of hotel, but surely the most unique hotel experience.


See the Northern Lights
The Northern Lights, or the Aurora Borealis, is a natural light show displaying colors of green, red and purple. They are mostly visible from October to March. Depending on if the sky is clear, they can be seen anywhere in northern Sweden.

The best place to see the Northern Lights is at Abisko National Park. There is a patch of sky over a lake in Abisko that is clear of clouds even if the skies are overcast in surrounding areas. This is called the "blue hole".


Go Skiing at a Swedish Ski Resort
There are 200 ski resorts in the country of Sweden. The most popular downhill ski slopes are at Åre, in central Sweden, which is one and a half hours by plane from Stockholm. There are also resorts in Dalarna, Härjedalen, Jämtland and Swedish Lapland.


Drive (or Sit in) a Dog Sled
Dog sledding is one of the favored winter activities around Swedish Lapland, Padjelanta and the Sarek National Park in Lapland. There are also companies that operate dog sledding tours, using Siberian Huskies. While dog sledding through the wilderness you may see some wildlife as well as the northern lights while on a dog sledding trip.


Shop at Traditional European Christmas Markets
[post_ads]If you’d rather stay in the city of Stockholm,Gothenburg or Malmö, visit some of Sweden’s classic Christmas markets . Stockholm’s Old Town (Gamla stan) has warm glögg (mulled wine) and pepparkakor (gingerbread cookies) and rows of stalls filled with toys, handicrafts, Christmas decorations, and seasonal foods like smoked meats, sweets, jellies and jams. You can also learn to make candles using the traditional methods and go to the market at Skansen, the world’s oldest open air museum. In Gothenburg, you can view the largest Christmas party lit up by 5,000,000 lights at the Liseberg amusement park.


Observe the Wildlife in the Scandinavian Region
Polar World is the world's largest polar bear park, and it's located in the central city of Dalarna. This enormous facility was opened in 2009 and displays many different natural habitats. There is also snow-making machinery used to keep the polar bears at home. Visitors can learn about Polar World's conservation efforts for the polar bear. There are also elk safaris in Kiruna. The nice thing about these is that most treks are performed by snowmobile, going along side the Kalix River and into the mountains, where reindeer and elk freely dwell. There are also wildlife safaris where visitors in Sweden can observe moose, wolves, lynxes, brown bears, wolverines, and musk oxen in their natural habitat.

Make sure to bring clothing that you can layer easily and find out what to wear in Sweden.

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