5 of the Best Winter Activities in the Arctic Circle in Sweden

When we traveled to the Arctic Circle in Sweden (Kiruna, specifically), our primary goal was to attempt to see the northern lights for the first time.

But before we booked our accommodation, we had a decision to make- do we go fully remote for the best light viewing while being away from towns and cities or do we stay in a bigger area, possibly to some light detriment, to enjoy the many fun activities in the Artic Circle in winter?

As this was our first time this far north in winter, we chose the latter. Our logic? If the weather didn't behave for northern lights we could always come back, but we may as well have a full vacation experience while we're at it.

So if you're looking for some fun attractions in the Arctic Circle to round out your trip, we've got you covered here!

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Where to Stay for Northern Lights in Sweden – Kiruna vs Abisko

So you're planning a trip to try and see the northern lights in Sweden- awesome! If you are lucky, you really are in for a treat.

But to have the best odds of seeing the aurora borealis, you need to head into the Arctic Circle in winter, which, for Sweden, may likely include potential destinations of Kiruna and Abisko. The former is a city that is home to the country's furthest north airport, and Abisko, an hour north from there, is home to some of the clearest skies in the country.

Travelers exploring the Arctic Circle of Sweden tend to stay in one of these two destinations during a visit, but making a decision between the two has several considerations to keep in mind.

We personally stayed in Kiruna and took a night trip to Abisko, and in this one share a bit more about our thoughts on each and how we'd change it up for a future trip.

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7 of the Best Things to Do in Stockholm When Visting

Stockholm is a fascinating city in Sweden with an incredibly rich history, delightful food, and more.

Before visiting, we have to admit we didn't quite know what all this capital city had to offer, but after our trip we were blown away by just how much there is to do in Stockholm.

So in this one, we thought we'd share some of our favorites that will give you a great appreciation of all things Stockholm!

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Choosing Where to Stay in Stockholm – Old Town or Not?

If you are planning a trip to Sweden, odds are good you'll spend some time in the country's capital city, Stockholm.

While it would be easy to say you should spend three or four days in this gorgeous city, the immediate question that should follow is “where do I stay?”. But picking where to stay in Stockholm is tricky because the city is sprawled out over not one, not two, but 14 islands.

In this instance, our first instinct was to stay in Old Town Stockholm on Stadsholmen Island. Historic buildings, a central location, and museums we wanted to visit made this island sound quite appealing. But when it comes to getting the most out of the city, especially when it comes to having accessibility to delicious coffee shops, bars, and restaurants, you may have reason to pause.

Other islands and neighborhoods in Stockholm may be worthy spots to consider instead!

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