Self-Drive Tours in Sweden
Hit the road and explore Sweden at your own pace. You could even drive to Norway and Denmark on a journey through Scandinavia. Whichever route you choose, your Sweden self-drive tour includes accommodation, rental car, and insurance.
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Customisable tour options
Experience Sweden your way
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Driving Tours of Sweden
Travel through Sweden’s idyllic landscape by car, and visit serene lakes and forests. We take care of all the route planning and reservations on your behalf.
Drive Around Sweden, Norway & Denmark
Choose a Scandinavian road trip to explore Sweden, Norway and Denmark at your own pace. You do the driving, we handle all the booking arrangements.
About Your Driving Holiday in Sweden
See Sweden your way on a road trip through pretty countryside, taking in centuries-old castles, golden beaches and inviting lakes. On a self-drive tour of Sweden, you’ll get to explore at a pace that suits you. You’ll also have the support of a local travel agency based in Stockholm, the Swedish capital.
When you book a Sweden self-drive package with Nordic Visitor, you get:
• An authentic travel experience planned by an established and trusted agency
• A dedicated travel consultant to organise your tour
• A detailed online personal itinerary with all bookings
• Handpicked accommodation for a relaxing stay
• 24/7 emergency phone support for peace of mind
Nordic Visitor has made it easy to start planning your driving tour. Simply follow these steps:
1. Pick your favourite Nordic Visitor tour
2. Confirm your package
3. Check your confirmation email
4. Book your flights
5. Get ready for your trip
Why choose Nordic Visitor
Book with confidence
Plan your trip risk-free with Nordic Visitor's cancellation insurance. Add it to your booking to enjoy flexible terms and peace of mind. Purchase it with your package or secure it free of charge by booking a tour with 20% deposit or more. Terms & conditions apply.
Trusted local travel experts
Nordic Visitor has been creating authentic travel experiences in Northern Europe since 2002. Our knowledgeable Scandinavia travel consultants are based in the Swedish capital, Stockholm, and will craft a personalised itinerary for you using their expertise.
Car insurance included
You’re covered when you book a self-drive tour with us. All our Sweden driving packages already include Collision Damage Waiver and Basic Theft Protection (TP). As well as this, you can enjoy unlimited mileage and a reliable vehicle from a tried-and-tested rental company.
Nordic Visitor is dedicated to the best service quality, and this is reflected year after year when TripAdvisor awards us with their Certificate of Excellence. We also take great pride in our customer feedback: 97% of our travellers say they would recommend us to friends and family.
Leave all the hassle of planning your trip to us. We organise your self-drive tour on your behalf, from accommodation to car rental, so you can relax knowing everything is taken care of. Plus, you’ll have our support throughout your Sweden tour and access to our 24/7 emergency helpline.
Customisable tour options
These self-drive itineraries are based on our top recommendations for your road trip in Sweden, but they are not set in stone. Whether you want to add extra nights, visit more destinations or make some other adjustments, we will tailor your tour according to your needs.
Full financial protection
With Nordic Visitor, you have peace of mind knowing your holiday arrangements with us are 100% financially protected. Your payments are safeguarded as we comply with European Union laws on Package Travel regulations. This guarantees you a refund in the unlikely event that the company experiences insolvency.
Self-Drive Tour Reviews
Here’s what our amazing Nordic Visitor customers loved about their self-drive tours in Sweden.
James and Patricia
All of our hotels were much higher quality than we would have booked ourselves. They were wonderful and the... read more
All of our hotels were much higher quality than we would have booked ourselves. They were wonderful and the breakfasts were fabulous. The personnel were so friendly and often went out of their way to help. We appreciated the markings on the maps. The only bit of complaint we had was that the young man at the car rental did not give very good directions to the car garage. It was hard for my husband to walk that far. We should have called a taxi. The GPS in the car gave good directions. My husband was not used to the gas saving engine shut off and he thought there was something wrong with the car. I presumed it was to save gas, and he finally got used to it. The best part was that we found where my grandparents had lived and were born. Thank you for giving us extra time in the locations where we needed to hunt.
Thanks for all your answers ahead of time and for working out the details. The trip was wonderful and the adventure of a lifetime for our age.
Irja was wonderful! She put our trip together perfectly and our entire visit from one country to the next was... read more
Irja was wonderful! She put our trip together perfectly and our entire visit from one country to the next was seamless. It could not have been any easier or well coordinated. My emails were responded to promptly and all my questions were answered thoroughly and with patience. I usually plan all my trips myself but it was so nice to let Irja know what I wanted and let her do all the tedious planning and booking. It was really amazing and our trip completely lived up to our expectations! I feel like a spoiled traveler now because Irja took a lot of the travel planning headache away from me and she did a really great job. We really appreciated the complimentary upgrades too!
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Your Driving Holiday Highlights
Picture yourself in the driver’s seat on your Sweden trip. You have your driving playlist on and you’re ready to hit the road. Next you could…
- Travel past fields of wildflowers in Skåne and stop in the medieval town of Ystad
- Visit centuries-old castles like Vadstena, Kalmar and Örebro for a dose of Swedish history
- Stroll along cobblestone lanes in Stockholm, admiring the colourful buildings of Gamla Stan
- Hike in West Sweden or Dalarna to discover beautiful green forests and glistening lakes
- Sample west coast seafood in Gothenburg and enjoy the fun at Liseberg amusement park
- Explore the island of Öland, home to sandy beaches, Borgholm Castle and Solliden Palace
- Soak up the charms of Copenhagen, Denmark, with its cobbled lanes and narrow canals
- Walk along Aker Brygge by the waterfront in Oslo, Norway, and visit the Akershus Fortress
- Drive to the Norwegian fjords, such as the breathtaking, UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT SWEDEN SELF-DRIVE HOLIDAYS
We’ve answered some of the most commonly asked questions about Sweden self-drive holidays to help you plan your trip. You might want to know what it’s like to drive in Sweden. Or perhaps you need advice on where and when to go. Take a look at our expert advice below or speak to our Sweden travel consultants.
Sweden is considered a safe place to drive in summer. Generally the road conditions are really good and there are strict driving rules. For example, you must keep your headlights on at any time of day. There are also lots of speed cameras, with a maximum speed limit of 110 kilometres (68 miles) an hour.
We do not recommend that you drive in Sweden in winter, as the snow and ice make for more challenging road conditions. Instead, why not immerse yourself in a real winter wonderland by visiting Swedish Lapland? Make the most of the snow and enjoy activities like dog sledding or snowmobiling.
In Sweden you drive on the right-hand side of the road. It’s good to know that Sweden’s Scandinavian neighbours – Denmark and Norway – also drive on the right. This makes things simple if you want to do a self-drive tour of Scandinavia.
Sweden is quite a big country. In fact, it’s the largest in Northern Europe at 450,295 square kilometres (173,860 square miles). If you wanted to drive the entire length of Sweden, from Malmö in the south to Karesuando in the north, it would take you 21 hours non-stop. We wouldn’t recommend it in one go!
Thankfully, driving across the width of Sweden takes much less time. You could drive from Stockholm to Gothenburg in just over 5 hours, non-stop. However, the best way to take in Sweden by car is to allow yourself at least 7 days. You’d get to explore at a steady pace and soak up top Swedish highlights.
In 7 days you could drive from Stockholm to Dalarna, via the delightful towns of Örebro and Sunne. This route blesses you with views of the countryside and gives you time to visit castles, palaces and museums.
In 10 or 14 days you’d get to see even more of Sweden’s beautiful southern and western regions. Visit the hip cities of Malmö and Gothenburg, discover picturesque coastline, and stop in charming Swedish villages.
Read our blog article on top Sweden road trips for expert self-drive itinerary ideas.
You can easily drive between the Scandinavian countries of Sweden, Denmark and Norway. These close neighbours are well-connected thanks to excellent transport links, with modern motorways and waterways.
One excellent driving route you might consider is the Scandinavian Triangle, incorporating the three capital cities. Start in Stockholm, Sweden then drive south to Copenhagen, Denmark, via the famous Øresund Bridge. Then take an overnight ferry north to Oslo, Norway, before returning to Stockholm.
You’d need at least 10 days to drive the Scandinavian Triangle to give you enough time in each city and break up the journey. Stay for a bit longer, and you could see more of Sweden, Norway and Denmark.
In Norway visit the stunning fjords, such as Geirangerfjord and Aurlandsfjord, and explore beautiful Bergen. Take time to soak up the Swedish countryside by exploring Dalarna and Skåne, or discover the cool city of Gothenburg. These are just a few of the incredible places you could experience.
Check out these Scandinavia self-drive packages to visit Sweden, Norway and Denmark in the same trip.
There are so many gorgeous locations that await you on a driving holiday in Sweden. Discover a natural wonderland of lakes, forests, beaches and islands. Expect grand castles and palaces, charming villages, and cool Swedish cities. These are the best places in Sweden to visit in summer:
- Gamla Stan, Stockholm
- Stockholm archipelago
- Österlen, Skåne
- Lake Siljan, Dalarna
- Öland, Skåne
Take a look at our guide to visiting Sweden in summer for our top tips on what to do and where to go.
The best time of year to visit Sweden depends on what sort of trip you’d like to have. If you want to rent a car and enjoy a Swedish road trip, go between May and September. This is when driving conditions are best, the scenery is most vibrant, and you can enjoy a range of excursions and activities.
For the best weather and long hours of daylight, visit Sweden in summer – June, July or August. This is a great time to enjoy the outdoors and go swimming, hiking or kayaking, for example. Time your trip for mid to late June and you could celebrate the summer solstice the Swedish way.
Although winter is not a good time for driving in Sweden, due to the tricky road conditions, it’s great for peace and quiet. Travel by train and cruise in the Scandinavian Triangle instead to experience the capital cities between October and April.
Or immerse yourself in a snowy wonderland by visiting Swedish Lapland in winter. This remote northern region is covered in snow between December and March. If you like the idea of dog sledding, snowmobiling and northern lights gazing, this is the best time to visit northern Sweden.
For inspiration on when to go to Sweden, take a look at these guides:
Yes, Sweden is a fantastic place to see the northern lights (aurora borealis). You’ll have the opportunity to spot them on a northern lights tour of Swedish Lapland, a region that’s close to the Arctic Circle where aurora activity is strongest.
To increase your chances of seeing them, base yourself around Kiruna and take northern lights excursions into Abisko National Park. This is one of the best destinations in the world for aurora gazing. That’s because the vast, open landscapes are set away from urban light pollution and tend to have clear skies.
Read these aurora viewing tips or discover the best time and place to see the northern lights in Sweden.
When you book a Sweden self-drive tour with Nordic Visitor, your car rental is included in the package price. We only work with trusted, reputable agencies to ensure that your vehicle is high quality. You can pick from a range of cars to find the one that works for you.
You’re also covered with our exclusive Collision Damage Waiver (CDW), Basic Theft Protection (TP), unlimited mileage and the authorisation for one driver. This all comes included as part of your self-drive tour package, along with accommodation and daily breakfast.
All Nordic Visitor Sweden self-drive tours already incorporate stays in top recommended locations and suggestions for things to do. However, these holiday packages are customisable so we can tailor your itinerary to suit you.
Don’t hesitate to ask us about making any changes. This is your trip, so you decide how many days you want to spend in each place and what you want to do. Your dedicated travel consultant will be happy to make the adjustments you require.
Yes, you choose the arrival date that works best for you. Our self-drive tours are some of the most flexible, so select your arrival date online when you reserve your holiday package. For Sweden, you can pick an arrival date between the months of May and September.
If you want to travel in the winter season, we recommend you use other modes of transport. That’s because driving conditions at this time of year can be tricky. Take a look at these winter tours of Scandinavia, which include tickets for train, cruise or plane journeys.
Check online for availability, but do not purchase your flight tickets until your Nordic Visitor package has been confirmed. This is to make sure that all your tour bookings are secured first. Once your personal travel consultant confirms everything, you can go ahead and organise your flights.
What you pack for your trip to Sweden depends on the time of year you are visiting. In summer you’ll want light layers and sun protection with you. In winter you’ll need plenty of thermal clothing to keep you warm.
Here is an essential packing list for any trip to Sweden:
- Short and long-sleeve shirts
- Warm jumper or fleece
- Waterproof jacket
- Waterproof trousers
- Comfortable walking shoes or boots
In summer we recommend you also bring:
- Sunglasses, sun hat and SPF lotion
- Light scarf or thin jumper
In winter you should pack:
- Thermal layers
- Woollen socks
- Warm scarf, hat and gloves
- Insulated jacket
- Insulated boots
Don’t forget to bring your camera to take home cherished memories of your holiday in Sweden!
Get in touch with our Scandinavia travel experts to start planning your self-drive tour. They’ll be delighted to advise you and plan an unforgettable trip to Sweden for you.
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+354 578 20 80
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