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Drive the scenic route in Sweden

This 14-day road trip leads you to some of the most breathtaking nature across Sweden, along with stops in the urban oases of Stockholm and Gothenburg. Starting and ending in Stockholm, you will get to explore the capital city, before hitting the road. You will experience unrivalled scenery with vast lakes, historic castles and sandy beaches, as well as time in beautiful countryside towns like Kalmar and Ystad and the beautiful region of Dalarna.

14 days / 13 nights

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The amount will be charged in EUR

Approx 1794 EUR

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Tour Highlights

  • Experience a dreamy road trip in Sweden, taking the scenic route
  • Discover Swedish royalty by visiting castles and palaces
  • Enjoy the charms of Swedish Fika in Gamla Stan (Old Town)
  • Drive through the scenic countryside of Sweden, including Kalmar and Ystad
  • Visit the coast of Skåne and the mystical iron age monument Ale´s stones with a majestic view of the Baltic Sea
  • Spend time in the stylish and historic capital city of Stockholm
  • Stroll the quaint streets of Gothenburg
  • Explore Dalarna, a region known for its rich history and culture

Travel style

Self-Drive i

Interest

Castles and Royalty i, Classic i, Countryside and natural scenery i, Culture and History i

Season

May - Sep

Departure

Daily

Driving distance

2270/1394 km/mi

Itinerary

A day-by-day plan to guide your Swedish road trip.

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  • Day 1: WELCOME TO SWEDEN

    After you arrive at Stockholm-Arlanda Airport, make your way to Stockholm’s scenic city centre. Many travellers opt to take the express train to Stockholm Central Station, but we also offer direct private transfers. After settling in at your hotel, spend the rest of the day exploring the beautiful city.  Stroll the well-known street Drottninggatan where you can shop, take photos and feel the relaxed vibe of the capital city. In charming Old Town (Gamla Stan), you will find numerous attractions, including the Royal Palace, the parliament, old churches, beautiful cobble stone streets and medieval houses.

    Spend the night in Stockholm.

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  • Day 2: CHARMING TOWNS & SWEDISH HERITAGE

    Today, start your road trip towards the southern coast of Sweden. On your way, stop by the 18th century Tullgarn Palace park, an ideal location to take a short walk before stopping in the charming town of Trosa. Next, travel through Linköping where you can visit the open-air museum “Old Linköping”, displaying how a small town in Sweden looked 100 years ago. You can visit the houses and see how Swedish people lived in the old days.

    Continue driving until you arrive in the small town of Vadstena, which lies along the lush Lake Vättern. In Vadstena you will find the Vadstena Castle, one of Sweden’s best-preserved Renaissance castles.

    Spend the night in Vadstena.

    *Please note limited opening hours of the car rental during Sundays and public holidays. See tour information for further details.

    Driving distance: 267 km / 166 mi
    Estimated driving duration: 3 hours (without stops)

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  • Day 3: A SLICE OF THE SWEDISH COUNTRYSIDE

    Drive the scenic route along the Lake Vättern, stopping in Gränna where striped candy canes were invented 1859. Visit one of the confectionery shops and see how this delicious candy is made. Next, drive through the scenic Swedish province of Småland towards the city of Kalmar where you will find the Kingdom of Crystal (Glasriket). Here you can find over 50 glass factories and shops, many of which are open to visitors. End the day in Kalmar, a town full of history, featuring well-preserved 17th and 18th century buildings and the Kalmar Castle, which dates back over 800 years.

    Spend the night in Kalmar.

    Attractions: Lake Vättern, Vadstena Castle, Vadstena Abbey & Museum, Gränna, Småland, Kingdom of Crystal (Glasriket), Kalmar, Kalmar Castle

    Driving distance: 309 km / 192 mi
    Estimated driving duration: 4 hours (without stops)

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  • Day 4: A DAY OF LEISURE IN LOVELY ÖLAND

    Today you will explore Öland, a region that has sandy beaches along a beautiful coastline, and a vast landscape where you can enjoy the scenery and bask in the solitude of the area. After crossing the bridge, we recommend a visit to the historical site of Borgholm Castle, followed by a stop at Solliden Palace, the summer residence of the Swedish royal family. Next, visit the southern part of the island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Stora Alvaret, which is a giant limestone plateau that has a unique biodiversity and history.

    Spend the night in Kalmar.

    Driving distance: Driving distance: 141 km / 88 miles
    Estimated driving duration: 2 hours and 23 minutes (without stops)

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  • Day 5: SWEDEN’S SPECTACULAR SOUTH COAST

    From Kalmar, drive south along the coast of Blekinge, where you find the naval city of Karlskrona which is a World Heritage site. Continue to Skåne, the most southern part of Sweden, where we recommend a visit to Kiviks Musteri and the apple orchards ot stop for coffee in the picturesque town of Simrishamn. Next, visit the fortress of Glimmingehus which dates back to the middle ages before continuing your drive to the charming town of Ystad.

    Spend the night in Ystad.

    Driving distance: 290 km / 180 miles
    Estimated driving duration: 4 hours (without stops)

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  • Day 6: EXPLORE BEAUTIFUL SKÅNE

    Get ready to see splendid Skåne and the area of Österlen today. Here you will find charming villages, sandy beaches and historical sites. Drive to the popular Ales Stenar stone ship monument, which consists of 59 massive boulders arranged in a 67 metre-long outline with a picturesque view of the Baltic Sea. Next, drive to the fishing village Kåseberga and sample some smoked fish and apple cider that is produced locally. Round out your day with a trip to the beach Sandhammaren, a 12 km long beach which is perfect for a swim or a long walk.

    Spend the night in Ystad.

    Driving distance: 55 km / 34 miles
    Estimated driving duration: 1h 5 min (without stops)

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  • Day 7: QUAINT TOWNS, SANDY BEACHES & GARDENS

    From Ystad, make your way to Smygehuk, the southernmost point in Sweden where you will find cosy cafés, eclectic craft shops and traditional fish smokeries. Continue driving along the south coast and we recommend taking a small detour to the old towns of Skanör and Falsterbo, located on the Falsterbo peninsula, where you will see long stretches of white sand beaches.

    Once in Helsingborg we recommend a visit to Sofiero Palace & Garden, where you will find historical parks and gardens with a stunning variety of rhododendrons. Continue driving along the west coast of Sweden to Halmstad, where you will find long sandy beaches, nature reserves, and art like the sculpture Picasso’s Head of a Woman.

    Spend the night in Halmstad.

    Driving distance: 219 km / 136 mi
    Estimated driving duration: 3 hours (without stops)

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  • Day 8: DRIVE TO GLORIOUS GOTHENBURG

    After breakfast at your hotel, get ready for your drive to Gothenburg, Sweden's second largest city.

    We recommend a stop in Varberg where you can visit the Varberg Fortress, walk along the sea and enjoy a Swedish fika at Varberg’s square, which is one of Sweden's main squares with the most traders in the whole of western Sweden. Next, explore Varberg city centre, which is known for its fine shopping, small unique shops, cafes and restaurants.

    Spend the night in Gothenburg.

    Driving distance: 144 km / 90 mi
    Estimated driving duration: 1 hour 40 min (without stops)

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  • Day 9: ENJOY THE CULTURE AND BEAUTY OF GOTHENBURG

    Plan to spend today on foot, seeing where the day takes you in this charming city. It is recommended to walk down Avenyn, the main shopping street that is full of interesting stores and fine restaurants. Other points of interest include the Feskekôrka fish market and the fun Liseberg amusement park. Art lovers should make a stop at the Gothenburg Museum of Art followed by an afternoon Fika in Haga.

    Spend the night in Gothenburg.

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  • Day 10: FROM GOTHENBURG TO SUNNE

    Today, you will make your way to Sunne, and along the way, we recommend exploring the surroundings of Trollhättan and the impressive Göta Canal. The Göta Canal is one of the most remarkable waterways in the world and one of the communication links between Sweden's two largest cities. The three separate Trollhättan lock terraces create an idyllic and green park area and here one finds lock segments from 1800, 1844, and 1916. This is also the starting point for the boat trips offered in the summertime.

    Continue to drive north to Sunne through the Swedish forest and enjoy the scenery, making a stop at Lake Vänern or one of the other lakes for a swim.

    Spend the night in Sunne.

    Driving distance: 284 km / 176 mi
    Estimated driving duration: 3 hours 40 min (without stops)

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  • Day 11: DRIVE FROM SUNNE TO DALARNA

    Spend the morning in Sunne before you continue your road trip to Dalarna, which is the third most popular tourist site in Sweden after Stockholm and Gothenburg. For garden enthusiasts, a visit to Rottneros Park (closed in May and September) is a must. Here you will find elaborate gardens and sculptures. You can also visit the home of Nobel Prize winner author Selma Lagerlöf: Mårbacka, which is now a museum.

    Spend the night in Lake Siljan area.  

    Driving distance: 189 km / 117 mi
    Estimated driving duration: 2 hours 21 min (without stops)

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  • Day 12: EXPLORE THE POPULAR REGION OF DALARNA

    This morning, in Mora, we recommend visiting the 18th century home and museum of Anders Zorn, one of Sweden’s most celebrated painters. Drive to Nusnäs and visit the Grannas Dala Horse Workshop. Here at this family-owned workshop from the 1920s, you can see how this popular symbol of Sweden is made.

    In Rättvik, you can visit the Rättvik church which has a history that goes back 800 years. In this area there are many opportunities for outdoor activities such as fishing, horse riding and swimming.

    Other options today include visiting the pretty village of Tällberg by Lake Siljan, just 15 km south of Rättvik, or if you prefer to go north, you will find the Styggforsen waterfall, where you can take a stroll in the nature reserve and look at the “troll hole” cave located at the foot of the waterfall.

    Spend the night in Lake Siljan area.

    Driving distance: 65 km / 40 mi if you drive to Tällberg and an additional 39 km / 24 mi if you visit Styggforsen waterfall (without stops)
     
    Estimated driving duration: 1 hour (without stops) and an additional 40 min if you visit Styggforsen waterfall (without stops)
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  • Day 13: RETURN TO STOCKHOLM

    For those with Swedish heritage, a stop at the Dössberget Museum in Bjursås, just outside Falun, might be of interest. Even if you don’t have Swedish roots, the great view, atmosphere and lunch makes it well worth a visit. In Avesta, you will find the largest Dala Horse in Sweden. This is a perfect stop for a great photo and a snack at the café/restaurant located here. You will end the day in Stockholm, return your rental car, and spend the evening at leisure.

    Spend the night in Stockholm.

    Driving distance: 308 km / 191 mi
    Estimated driving duration: 3 hours 51 min (without stops)

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  • Day 14: STOCKHOLM AND DEPARTURE DAY

    Enjoy one last Scandinavian breakfast before it is time to check out of your hotel. Passengers departing with the afternoon flight will have time for some last-minute shopping or the chance to visit a museum or two that you missed earlier in the trip.

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Map

Here’s a map of your travel route, to help put things in perspective.

Accommodation

Sleep soundly, in the accommodation type of your choice, and wake up ready to enjoy another day of exploration.

Comfort

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Rental car

Enjoy the journey, in the rental car of your choice.

Kia Stonic (manual)
or similar

  • x4
  • x5
  • x2
  • M

Kia Stonic (manual)
or similar

  • Description: Economy
  • Passengers: 4
  • Luggage: 2
  • Doors: 4-5
  • Transmission: Manual

Kia Niro (automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x3
  • A

Kia Niro (automatic)
or similar

  • Type: D
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 3
  • Doors: 4-5
  • Transmission: Automatic

VW Golf (Manual)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • M

VW Golf (Manual)
or similar

  • Description: Standard Wagon
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 4
  • Doors: 4-5
  • Transmission: Automatic

VW Passat (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

VW Passat (Automatic)
or similar

  • Description: Standard Wagon
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 4
  • Doors: 4-5
  • Transmission: Automatic

Seat Tarraco (Automatic)
or similar

  • x7
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Seat Tarraco (Automatic)
or similar

  • Description: Standard SUV (5 – 7 Seats)
  • Passengers: 5/7
  • Luggage: 2/4
  • Doors: 4-5
  • Transmission: Automatic

Nissan NV300 (Manual)
or similar

  • x8
  • x4
  • x5
  • M

Nissan NV300 (Manual)
or similar

  • Description: Passenger Van
  • Passengers: 8
  • Luggage: 5/6
  • Doors: 4-5
  • Operation: Manual

Volvo V60 (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Volvo V60 (Automatic)
or similar

  • Description: Premium
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 3
  • Doors: 4-5
  • Operation: Automatic

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Approx 1794 EUR

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Tour Information

We recommend that all our travellers read through the following information about driving in Sweden, what the tour includes, accommodation and other useful information for your travels.

ABOUT OUR SELF-DRIVE TOURS
This is a self-drive tour, which means you will follow a detailed and personalised itinerary during your road trip in Sweden. No dedicated driver or tour guide is included. All accommodation, rental vehicle, and other planned activities or added services will be pre-booked by Nordic Visitor (as specified in the itinerary). As this is a self-drive tour, you are welcome to stop when and where you choose on your drive. Except for accommodation and booked activities, other highlights we’ve listed in the itinerary are suggestions based on Nordic Visitor favourites.

For inexperienced drivers who still want to explore and discover Scandinavia, we recommend one of our guided small group tours, where you travel with a local, experienced tour leader.

ACCOMMODATION
Our team of local travel experts carefully select hotels around the country based on excellent ratings, personal experience and comfort. Please note, that in Sweden our room types are based on European standard sizes. For instance, a double bed often consists of two single beds pushed together. Triple rooms include a double bed along with an extra bed, a rollaway or a sofa bed, and a single room is often smaller than the standard double.

OPENING HOURS OF THE CAR RENTAL
Please note that if your car rental pick-up is on a Sunday or public holiday, the car rental agency is open until 15:00 in the afternoon, which will cut your first day with the rental car rather short.

OPENING HOURS OF TOURIST ATTRACTIONS
Be advised that some museums and attractions in Sweden offer limited opening hours outside of peak season (mid June- mid August) and on specific weekdays. If you would like to know the opening hours for specific attractions, please contact us.

PARKING IN SWEDEN
Parking and overnight parking at hotels (many hotels in small towns and the countryside have free parking), fees for parking meters or parking garages, fines for parking violations or towing charges are not included in the package price. Parking fees in bigger cities in Sweden are typically between EUR 10 and EUR 50 per night, depending on the type of parking. We always recommend that you inquire about the best parking option when you check in at your hotels.

CURRENCY RATE
All bookings are charged in Euros (EUR). Prices displayed in other currencies are indicative only and based on the daily exchange rate. Therefore, conversions from EUR to other currencies will fluctuate from day to day.

AFTER BOOKING WITH NORDIC VISITOR
After booking your package with Nordic Visitor, you will be contacted within two working days by one of our travel consultants, who will serve as your dedicated contact person for all your travel needs before, during and even after your holiday. Your travel consultant will provide you with details about your booking and your remaining payment (if not paid in full). You will also receive more information about what to expect during your holiday.

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