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SWEDEN

CITY LIFE

STOCKHOLM is truly one of the most beautiful capitals in the world. The city is built on 14 islands, with a well preserved medieval city center and lush parks. Learn about the tragic journey of the Vasa Ship who, sank on her maiden voyage in 1628, was raised from the sea in 1961 and today, almost restored to her former beauty, is berthed in Scandinavia`s most popular museum, The Vasa Museum. Skansen is an open-air museum that provides insight into Sweden’s heritage and natural history. Fotografiska is a museum dedicated to contemporary photography and Moderna Museet offers one of the world’s finest collections of 20th and 21st century art. Take a swim in the city center or go boat hopping in the mesmerizing archipelago of 24 000 islands. The shopping is great, the restaurants are top class and there are hotels to suit every pocket book.

If Stockholm is the most beautiful city in Sweden, GOTHENBURG is said to be the most welcoming one, and a city where there is always something going on. Being an industrial seaport, Sweden’s second city opens to the vast archipelago on the west coast, a unique maritime landscape, which is very accessible by boat. The city has an international reputation for its innovative cuisine, based on local products, specially fish and crustaceans from the North Atlantic. With over 25 museums, sport arenas, good shopping possibilities and a perfect mixture of old and new – this is definitely a city worth discovering.

MALMO, capital of the region Skane, was founded in the 11th century. Explore the medieval Malmohus Castle from the 14th century. Gaze up at he twisted apartment building Turning Torso, Malmo`s landmark, by Spanish architect Calatrava. It is located in a new award-winning ecological housing area, The Western Harbour, built on the former industrial grounds of a shipyard. Malmo is a multicultural city where traditions of other cultures have been woven into old Scanian traditions. In magical summer evenings the sky and the sea blend into a radiant blue background to the graceful Oresund Bridge.

ISLAND LIFE

VISBY, on the island of Gotland, was a prominent member of the Hanseatic Union in the 12th and 13th century. The old medieval ramparts rather attract than keep visitors out these days and during the Medieval Week in August you can rub shoulders with knights in shining armor and try medieval gourmet fare.

The entire southern part of the island of Oland has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its extraordinary biodiversity and prehistory. Discover some rare species of orchids and visit Tall John, a lighthouse where migrating birds flock on their journey to warmer destinations.

WILD LIFE

Experience Midnight Sun from a horse back and Northern Lights while skiing. There`s elk, bear, wolf, lynx, sea-eagle and lemming. Go river rafting, canoeing and dog sledding. Have you tried snowshoe hiking, ice go karting and jigging for fish? Sweden is the place to try it out!

OFF THE BEATEN TRACK

LAPLAND in the far north offers expansive wilderness, vibrant cities, white sandy beaches, the traditions of the Sami people and the first and original Ice Hotel.

DALECARLIA is probably the most Swedish region in Sweden. Come celebrate a traditional Midsummer, where you dance around the flower decked Maypole until early morning! Pick your own favorite wooden Dala Horse! Go on a beaver or moose safari!  If you are the sporty type, measure your skills to that of 40 000 other cross-country skiers in the yearly Vasaloppet, based on the legendary King Gustav Vasa’s escape in 1520, on skis, from the King of Denmark. In Mora you can visit the magnificent museum of the world famous artist Anders Zorn, who was frequently hired to portrait American presidents and high society members in Europe in the early 20th century. In Sundborn the former home of another Swedish painter, Carl Larsson, is guaranteed to charm your socks off. Music anyone? Dalhalla is a former limestone quarry, transformed into an outstanding open-air concert arena. Here you can enjoy world class performers and Swedish artists in the light summer nights.

GOTA CANAL is Sweden`s leading tourist water way. Take a cruise on the old fashioned passenger boats for one or several days.

SMALAND is the part of Sweden from which most of the 1.3 million Swedes that emigrated to North America between 1840 and 1930 originated. Today Smaland is home to IKEA, Pippi Longstocking and the Kingdom of Crystal. Here you can enjoy a close-up view of skilled glassblowers transforming the syrupy molten glass into beautiful work of art. Complete your day with a traditional “Hyttsill”, hot-shop herring.

Lake Malaren, Sweden – A Place That Gives a Bag Full Of Pleasant Memories

Sweden, respectfully known as the Kingdom of Sweden, is one of those countries that runs a higher part of its economy because of its tourism industry. It is rich in attractive architecture, music, culture and its own literature that highlights different History and mythological stories about this country. There are certain tourist places that have been painted on canvas by different artists as Sweden is a wonderland due to its wonderful landscapes. One of such natural beauty is Lake Malaren – a place that every person should visit at least once in his life to witness how soothing and peaceful the nature and environment can be.

Lake Malaren:
Also known as Lake Malar, this is the 3rd largest lake of Sweden, with an area of 1,140 km and an extremely great depth of approximately 64 m. It stretches from the east to west direction, giving the visitors a sight to remember view. There are two large islands in this lake, named – Svartsjolandet and Selaon. The lake also has other islands like Lovon (popular for the Drottningholm Palace), Hovgarden (where Viking age settlements existed), etc.
During the Viking age, this lake was a bay of Baltic Sea and the vessels of the sea travelled for the transportation of people and goods.

“Mythological” blessed:
According to the thirteenth century Norse Mythology, Goddess Gefjon had created this lake in order to fool Gylfi, a renowned Swedish king of the Gylfaginning. The goddess had promised to give the king as much land as four oxen could plough in a day and night’s time; however, from the lands of the giants, she picked her own oxen and dragged the land into the sea, giving birth to the island named Zealand, that still exists at the boundaries of the lake.

When to visit Lake Malaren:
The three months – June, July and August are said to be the best months to visit this Lake as the water is at its calmest and the climate is pleasant enough to be enjoyed.

Resorts and adventures near Lake Malaren:
This place is full of adventurous games and water sports in different resorts that are built to entertain tourists. Two of the most reputed and most visited Hotels near this lake are – Best Western Hotel Esplanade and Park Inn by Radisson Uppsala. If a person visits this lake to celebrate the best vacation of his life, he realizes that the journey begins and ends with thrill and adventure.

Dining and Sailing:
This lake is equally popular for its food as different cuisines help in delighting the taste buds of the tourists.
Sailing may sound just another thing that one would’ve done in any lake around the world. But if one sails in the water of Lake Malaren, he will have a bag full of memories to cherish all his life.
There are many countries that are voluntary participants of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) and Sweden is one of those countries. Hence, if somebody is wishing to visit this country to appreciate Lake Malaren’s beautiful sights, he has to apply for ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) that may require certain documents in order to cross and enter the boundaries.