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Experiences

From Stockholm to Lapland: Sweden’s culture, cuisine, and wildlife

Sweden is a country of urban sophistication and fascinating history, as well as a beautiful Scandinavian wilderness. With snowbound mountain ranges rising up from a landscape of lakes, forests, and freshwater streams, Sweden makes for a fantastic—and often underrated—wildlife watching destination with brown bears, moose, and wolves traversing its picturesque terrain.

When to go
May-Sept, Sept-Apr
From price
$9,500 pp*
Ideal length
5 nights

STOCKHOLM & GOTLAND

Begin your adventure in sophisticated Stockholm, discovering the Swedish capital’s island setting and incredible nightlife and gastronomy. With an expert local guide, walk the city’s alleys and cobbles seeing the Royal Palace, cathedral, and beautiful lakeside city hall. At sunset, climb up to the top of the 200-year-old windmill for stunning views before an equally stunning meal at top-rated Oaxen Krog.

Following this dazzling culinary point of entry, embark on a food tour of the city’s innovative gastronomy as you stop at a selection of bars and restaurants tasting both the modern and the traditional flavors of Sweden.

Cruise to Gotland—Sweden’s largest island ringed with sandy beaches lapped by translucent waves. Accompanied by an archaeologist, tour the island in an off-road vehicle, exploring its Viking past and seeing stone-age remains and half-decayed medieval churches.

Stroll through the UNESCO-protected streets of Visby. Gotland’s largest urban area, it’s probably the best-preserved medieval market town in Europe. Island-hop to Faro next, a neighboring island comprised entirely of limestone. Return to Gotland for an evening immersing yourself in its culinary and creative charms, rounding the night off with live music.  

SWEDISH LAPLAND & SAMI

Fly to Swedish Lapland, where Sweden falls under the influence of the Arctic, with snowbound villages, shimmering northern lights, and the midnight sun.

You’ll stay at the unique Icehotel—a property made entirely of ice and sculpted afresh each year. While here, you’ll embark on thrilling guided tours in the surrounding wilderness, sip cocktails in ice-carved glasses at the Ice Bar, and sit down to a stunning 5-course ‘Icedining’ dinner.

Your next incredible stay will be in the Arctic Lodge where, having driven until the road ends, you’ll switch to a dog sled. Slip through the snowy wonderland until you arrive at a warming welcoming drink and blazing fires.

You’ll trek out to a frozen lake with fishing gear, an ice drill, and—perhaps most essential—warm reindeer hides to attempt the traditional technique of ice fishing. Gain tutelage in the art of mushing a dog sled before taking the reins and guiding your dog team to a hut in the woods where a delicious lunch awaits by an open fire.

Switch to a snowmobile as you journey in search of the Sami people—indigenous reindeer herders who have adapted to life in the country’s harsh north. At the Sami camp, Pelorus can provide a cultural immersion with them, where you’ll learn about their unique way of life, their long history in the north, and discover their often overlooked culture.

Surrounded by Lapland’s abundance of powder, the skiers among you will be delighted with the trip’s finale in the Riksgransen Ski Resort that straddles Sweden and Norway. Ranging over 60 mountain peaks, ski the superb pistes and take heli-skiing forays into the untouched backcountry with professional guides. Round off your pulse-racing days with nights watching the sublime aurora borealis undulate across the night sky.

* Prices depend on level of experiences and accommodation. This is based on 2 adults and 2 children travelling for 5 nights excluding international flights.