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Family Summer in Sweden

With stays in treehouses, log cabins and by rivers, not to mention viewing the natural phenomena of the midnight sun, adventure awaits in the wilds of Sweden.

A country known for its design credentials and wholesome cuisine, as well as having a deep affinity with nature, Sweden is a great choice for a family summer holiday, avoiding the heat of southern Europe.



"Start the adventure in one of Sweden’s cities to get into the groove of the Scandi way of life, where time in nature is part of everyday routine. Then go one step further by heading into remote Swedish Lapland – an outdoor playground made up of lush forests, a pristine coastline and thousands of islands."

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Stockholm, Sweden
Stockholm old town (Gamla Stan) cityscape from City Hall top, Sw
Gamla Stan at night in Stockholm

STOCKHOLM

Built over 14 islands and surrounded by water, Stockholm is possibly one of Europe’s most scenic capitals with a simply vast range of activities for families. Do as the Swedes do and hop on bikes to explore the city including the interactive Viking Museum, the Royal Palace, the Swedish Parliament and the colourful merchant houses in the 13th century old town. Working up an appetite means you can stop for fika (coffee and cake) before heading out to explore the islands in the archipelago.

Ett Hem, Stockholm
Ett Hem, Stockholm
Ett Hem, Stockholm
Ett Hem, Stockholm
Ett Hem, Stockholm
Ett Hem, Stockholm
Ett Hem, Stockholm
Ett Hem, Stockholm
Ett Hem, Stockholm

STAY: Ett Hem

Doing what Sweden does best – meeting the sweet spot between style and comfort – Ett Hem is a gorgeous Arts and Craft house made over by interior designer Ilse Crawford. Filled with a homely Scandinavian aesthetic, pick the spacious Corner Suite for designer furniture and a marble bath tub.

Sunset view from Burunnsparken city centre of Gothenburg
Gothenburg city in Sweden
Feskekorka (Fish church) is an indoor fish market in Gothenburg, Sweden, which got its name from the building’s resemblance to a Neo-gothic church

GOTHENBURG

West Sweden’s chief gateway Gothenburg is a thriving seaside town, dotted with cosy bistros, Scandi design stores, vintage boutiques and the bustling fish market. Stroll around Gothenburg Botanical Garden, one of the world’s largest, or walk about the old town of Haga, where cobblestones and timber houses lend an austere charm. When activity strikes, take a kayaking tour, paddling 17th century canals to the harbour, or cycle through scenic woods and along the coast to quaint fishing villages.

Hotel Pigalle, Gothenburg
Hotel Pigalle, Gothenburg
Hotel Pigalle, Gothenburg

STAY: Hotel Pigalle

A short walk from Gothenburg’s Central Station brings you to Hotel Pigalle, an opulent and grand take on Parisian chic. Brimming with character and a complete antidote to the ubiquitous Scandinavian minimalism, the hotel makes for a comfortable stay in plush suites decorated in velvets, decorative wallpaper and interesting artwork. The rooftop bar and restaurant is the perfect spot for drinks and dinner of local ingredients including smoked char and caviar.

SWEDISH LAPLAND

Experience Sweden’s wilderness by staying in a unique property in the wilds of authentic Swedish Lapland. Mirror the wholesome Swedish lifestyle and immerse yourself in the outdoors on a family holiday in nature – hiking, cycling and swimming – enjoying family-bonding activities in the natural world with plenty of time to soak up the midnight sun. Stay in log cabins, floating tents and treehouses to connect more deeply with your environment, creating the ultimate family summer in Sweden.

Read on for our recommendations.

Treehotel Sweden
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Treehotel, Sweden
Treehotel Sweden
Treehotel
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Stay In The Trees: TreeHotel

Set just outside the village of Harads in Sweden, 40 miles south of the Arctic Circle, the TreeHotel is a high-design, back-to-nature retreat, where adults and kids alike can live out the fantasy of sleeping in a treehouse. These are no ordinary treehouses however, the seven luxe residences are boldly thematic – such as an artistic bird’s nest, a flying saucer treetop retreat and a mirrored cube, whose reflective outer walls provide incredible illusional effects. Use this as your whimsical base to explore the old-growth forest, foraging for herbs and eating around a campfire or getting up close to moose.

The Floating Safari Camp, Sweden
The Floating Safari Camp, Sweden
The Floating Safari Camp, Sweden
The Floating Safari Camp, Sweden
The Floating Safari Camp, Sweden
The Floating Safari Camp, Sweden
The Floating Safari Camp, Sweden
The Floating Safari Camp, Sweden
The Floating Safari Camp, Sweden

Stay on the Water: The Floating Safari Camp

For the ultimate on-water wilderness experience, stay on a floating tent on Lake Degerselet, just south of the Arctic Circle, with the pristine Swedish wilderness encircling you. This unique, anchored lodging has a surprising level of comfort made up of three different decks, two of which are topped with bell tents; inside are cosy bedrooms. The main deck has a living area, kitchen and plenty of outside space for fishing, sunbathing and jumping into the lake – there’s even a sauna. ‘On board’ are also a variety of ways for families to have fun on the water including kayaks, paddleboards and fishing gear. Delicious meals are rustled up by a chef who will come aboard for three meals a day or you can kayak ashore for a Swedish-style barbecue in the woods.

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Stay by the River: Arctic Retreat

A peaceful eco-lodge on the banks of the Råne River in Swedish Lapland, Arctic Retreat feels a million miles away from life as you know it. Dotted with soaring pine trees, the retreat is made up of three beautifully crafted log cabins defined by a cosy-luxe comfort, each with their own Jacuzzi. Coming with a team of staff and chefs, the whole resort sleeps eight in total so you could choose to have this pristine natural paradise all to yourself. Private guides are on hand to introduce you to Sweden’s wilderness, tailoring activities to the group, and could include fishing, canoeing, hiking with the huskies and visits to a local Sámi family to hear their tales of life in the wild.

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