What to Do in Sweden in Winter

Sweden offers a lot to see and do during the winter season as the Northern Lights, Skiing and more unique Nordic winter activities.

Sweden offers tourists a wide range of activities and experiences during the winter months. Below, you can see popular things to do as a tourist in Sweden in the winter.


Visit the capital, Stockholm

A perfect combination would be to start in Stockholmfor some days and visit some of the many museums and great architecture here.

Afterwards, you take one of the many daily connections from Stockholm to Kiruna in Swedish Lapland.


Swedish Lapland Adventures

Get an unforgettable memory on an ice hotel accommodation, combined with amazing local adventure options like snowmobiling tours, dog sledging tours on endless wide surroundings, or explore the local indigenous Sami people and their fascinating culture and history. 


Northern Lights Viewing

In the northern parts of Sweden, such as Abisko or Kiruna, for a chance to witness the magical Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis). The clear, dark winter nights provide ideal conditions for this natural spectacle. You can also visit the Aurora Sky station in Abisko.

Many tour operators offer Northern Light Adventures trips if you go to Swedish Lapland during the Northern Light season. These tours are top-rated every winter. You can also visit the original Sami people.

See more:

Best places to see the Northern Lights


Visit an Ice Hotel

Sweden is home to the famous ICEHotel in Jukkasjärvi,  where you can spend a night in a room made entirely of ice and snow. Even if you don't stay overnight, visiting the Ice Hotel is a unique experience.


Dog Sledding

Experience the thrill of dog sledging in Swedish Lapland.  You can take a guided tour and mush your team of huskies through snowy landscapes.


Wildlife Safari

Join a wildlife safari to spot local animals such as moose, reindeer, and foxes in their winter habitats. 



Ice Skating

Many cities in Sweden set up outdoor ice skating rinks during the winter. You can rent skates and enjoy gliding on the ice in picturesque surroundings.


Snowmobiling is a popular winter activity in Sweden. Explore the snowy wilderness on guided snowmobile tours available in various regions.



Cross-Country Skiing

Sweden has an extensive network of cross-country ski trails. Rent equipment and enjoy the serene beauty of winter landscapes while getting some exercise.



Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding

Sweden has several ski resorts, particularly in the northern regions. Are and Sälen are well-known destinations for downhill skiing and snowboarding.


See more:

Best ski resorts in Sweden



Ice Fishing

Try your hand at ice fishing on frozen lakes. Local guides can provide equipment and teach you the basics of this traditional Swedish pastime.



Traditional Sauna

Warm up in a traditional Swedish sauna. Many hotels and lodges offer saunas to relax and unwind after a day in the cold.



Christmas Markets

If you're visiting Sweden in December, explore the charming Christmas markets in cities like Stockholm, Gothenburg, and Malmö. You can shop for local crafts and enjoy traditional holiday treats.



Explore Historic Towns

Wander through Sweden's historic towns and cities, where you can admire well-preserved architecture and visit museums to learn about the country's history and culture.


Indoor Attractions

On particularly chilly days, explore indoor attractions like museums, galleries, and cosy cafes to immerse yourself in Swedish culture and art.


See  more:

UNESCO Heritage in Sweden



Plan your trip

Remember to dress warmly and be prepared for cold weather when exploring Sweden in winter. The country's natural beauty and winter activities make it an excellent destination for those seeking a snowy adventure.

See more about weather in Sweden

It is very easy to get around in Sweden by flights and trains.