Sweden trip report

 

Sweden



Sweden is a socialist utopia full of forests that conjures up most clichés about Scandinavia ie blonde people, meatballs, Viking hats, hard to assemble furniture, etc.

 

Kiruna

Located inside the Arctic Circle, Kiruna is a town subjected to brutal winters with average temperatures below -25C. I was there in February, I was like a fish out of water. The main draw is the Ice Hotel, it's sculpted entirely out of ice every year. Guests sleep on a bed of ice, eat at ice tables, sit on ice chairs and drink in ice glasses. On top of the beds, there's reindeer hide, woollen rug and thermal sleeping bags so people don't freeze to death.


 

Stockholm

Stockholm is a city of architecture and waterways, with some very eerie metro stations. I was recommended to watch a TV series called "Solsidan", which apparently captures the Swedish flavour and can be used as a "Get to know Swedish people" guide.


 

Gothenburg

Gothenburg is the industrial heartland, home to many of the brands that Sweden successfully exports around the world like IKEA, H&M, Ericsson, Volvo,. It's also home to Liseberg {Scandinavia's largest amusement park}. Go in the winter to see Swedes in green and white rabbits costumes ice skating.


 

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