The land of the Vikings, Sweden is not only a land of large, cosmopolitan cities but also a land of vast stretches of wide-open countryside, such as one of the most unique examples of wide-open spaces on earth. Traveling in Sweden may not be an affordable option for budget travelers due to the high cost of living there.
A beautiful summer city, Stockholm is similar to Venice in Northern Europe. Similarly to Venice, Stockholm is built on the water, with canals and waterways crisscrossing the city. Stockholm actually consists of dozens, if not hundreds, of islands instead of marshland. Despite its beauty, Stockholm can seem quite sterile for a big city. The majority of the city seems to be devoted to either providing working spaces or housing. But if you dig around, you’ll find the city has lots to offer.
Sodermalm is the best place to get a taste of real Stockholm. Sodermalm predates the modern areas of the city and gives you a glimpse into the past. There are old pubs, shops with strange things, and artist enclaves in this neighborhood. Sodermalm has plenty of outdoor cafes and a friendly vibe during the summer.
You can compare Karlskrona to St. Petersburg if naval history’s your thing. There’s a lot of naval history in the entire city, which has been designated a historical site. There are naval museums, submarines, and ships from all eras. Though Karlskrona is known for its naval history, it has a lot more to offer in terms of atmosphere. There’s a lot of baroque style in the older parts of the city, whether it’s architecture, streets, or parks. Nothing special to mention, but it’s a great summer city to relax in. Karlskrona is a good place to recharge after racing around Europe.
It is true that Sweden, like all Nordic countries, has a stunning summertime landscape. In spite of the long days, high travel costs can really put a crimp on your long-term travel budget, especially in the summer months.