If you thought the only thing to come out of Sweden was ABBA, Ikea and meatballs, well, you’re right, only because they’ve kept all the good stuff to themselves. On your way to the Tree Hotel in Harads, stop over for three nights in the bustling capital of Stockholm.
Stockholm is your quintessential medieval European town. Think narrow cobble streets, saffron yellows and earthy red coloured buildings and hints of royalty around every corner.
But it’s when you begin to look real close that you realise there is more to Stockholm than meets the eye. Contemporary fashion you’d only dream of seeing on the catwalk, edgy interior design shops and bohemian boutiques all line the street disguised within the shabby chic architecture that makes up Stockholm. Hole up in the über slick Nordic Hotel, located in the heart of the city, where you’re only a stone’s throw away from cutting edge restaurants and slick bars. And with daylight lasting longer, there’s only one place to cool off – the Stockholm Ice bar.
Stockholm got the nickname Venice of the North, and it’s easy to see why. Spread across 14 islands, there aren’t many cosmopolitan cities where you can drop a fishing line right in the heart of it. Whether you’re happy to catch the infamous white ferry or charter a yacht for some serious smooth sailing, you simply can’t miss a tour of the 24,000 rocky islands that make up Sweden’s archipelagos. Rocky coastlines, quaint sea side towns and unbelievable wildlife spotting makes this afternoon cruise a must.
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From Stockholm, catch a flight up north to Harads for a surreal experience that only the Swedes can pull off: the Tree Hotel. Made up of five unique tree houses, the Tree Hotel puts any misconceptions about living in trees to bed. Choose between the bird’s nest, the mirror cube or even the UFO for some ‘other-worldly’ fun. And if you thought your room would be the highlight of your stay, think again. Midnight horse rides under the bright sun, hiking trips to remote Swedish villages for ‘kaffe and kaffa’ (coffee and pastries to you and me), and extreme mountain biking through the thick forest of the Luleå River Valley are just a few things for you to do. This is summer Sweden at its best.
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