Choosing to mini-moon in Sweden will richly reward culture vultures and foodies. Stockholm, probably the coolest capital in Europe, is continuing to lead the Nordic cultural revolution with new restaurants and cafés opening daily and great galleries and museums in which to impress your loved one.
It is, however, about far more than just Stockholm. The countryside is awash with natural wonders. Drive across the iconic Öresund Bridge – the namesake setting for popular Scandi crime drama, The Bridge – and visit the preserved rig fortress near the modern city of Trelleborg located in the beautiful Skåne countryside. Visit Gothenburg for more old-world charm, and spend your first evening in a 19th-century palace-cum-hotel.
The tranquil archipelago off the West Coast of Gothenburg is a chain of tiny islands peppering the beautiful Bohuslän coastline. Stretching north from Gothenburg to the border with Norway, the region is dotted with pretty fishing villages, inlets and idyllic sailing resorts waiting to be explored. You can cross the Askerö Fjord to the picturesque island of Tjörn for a walking tour of Klädesholmen, a quaint harbour village. In the evening, we recommend hopping on one of Gothenburg’s famous trams and eating with the locals at Publik, a café-bar hybrid that’s arguably the city’s coolest hangout.
A swift and efficient first-class train journey to Stockholm could mark the end of your adventure but you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy this achingly hip city staying in one of its landmark properties. Although this city could occupy you for weeks, there is also plenty to see close by – perhaps you would like to visit the fortified castle of Gripsholms Slott; built more than 450 years ago it’s one of the best preserved in Sweden and houses one of the largest collections of historic portraits in the world. Stockholm benefits from a fabulous nightlife scene and we recommend the famed Mosebacke Etablissement for its live music, theatre and cabaret.
Beyond the hustle and bustle of the cities lies some of Sweden’s most unique and photogenic properties. bed down at the Ice Hotel in the charming village of Jukkasjärvi – it’s the first and largest hotel built entirely from snow and ice, and is rebuilt each winter. Or swap ice for the treetops with a stay at the Treehotel, near the Lule River. This atmospheric retreat features rooms suspended high up in a canopy of towering pine trees, with contemporary design and a tree-top sauna.
Enjoy your very own Scandinavian fairy-tale romance with a honeymoon in Sweden. Our experts can advise you on the what, where and when so you make the most of your time in this winter wonderland.