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Stockholm and Sweden in a Nutshell

(8 days / 7 nights)

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Experience more of Sweden’s charms

Get the best of city life and country scenery in this 8-day self-drive tour in Sweden! Visit famous Stockholm attractions such as the Royal Castle and ICEBAR and explore southern Sweden with its green fields and characteristic red cottages. Along the way you will encounter Viking ruins, medieval buildings, wildlife and the Swedish national symbol, the Dala Horse, among other highlights.

Please note that availability for hotels in the city may be limited on certain dates due to professional conferences (congresses) or other major events. Therefore, we are not always able to guarantee accommodation in the heart of the city centre.

8 days / 7 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 1270 EUR

The amount will be charged in EUR

Travel style

Self-Drive i

Interest

Best Seller i, Castles and Royalty i, City Break i, Classic i, Countryside and natural scenery i, Culture and History i

Season

1 May - 30 Sep

Departure

Daily

Itinerary

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

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  • Day 1: A Cool Start in Stockholm 

    Your holiday begins at Stockholm-Arlanda Airport where your driver waits to greet you and escort you to your hotel in the heart of Sweden’s remarkable capital. 

    Being a city spread over 14 islands, there is no shortage of scenic waterfront to explore by foot. From your hotel, you'll find that many attractions, restaurants and pubs are within easy walking distance. Suggested attractions include the Vasa Ship Museum or City Hall’s famous Blue Hall, site of the annual Nobel Prize banquet.

    This evening it’s time to experience Stockholm’s coolest bar – ABSOLUT ICEBAR STOCKHOLM. Here in the world’s first permanent ice bar, the temperature is a cool -5°C all year round, and the entire interior, including the glasses, is made from 100% pure, clear ice from the Torne River in Swedish Lapland. The rest of your evening is free to explore the city’s many cafes, restaurants and nightclubs.

    Spend the night in central Stockholm.

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  • Day 2: Stockholm in a Nutshell

    The morning starts with a Stockholm sightseeing tour (2.5 hours), taking you to the most significant sights in the city, including the Old Town (Gamla Stan) and Djurgården, the king’s ancient hunting grounds. This combined bus and boat tour really gives you Stockholm in a nutshell! After the tour we highly recommend spending more time in the Old Town with its many narrow alleys, historic buildings and handcraft boutiques. 

    Spend another night in central Stockholm. 

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  • Day 3: Begin the Road Trip

    In the morning it’s time to pick up your rental car and start your drive north.  Around the town of Enköping there are many interesting sights to visit, including the Grönsö Castle as well as a number of medieval churches and Viking Age rock carvings. Further north at Sala you can take a guided tour of the old silver mine and visit the mine museum or police museum along with several craft and souvenir shops.

    On entering the province of Dalarna your first stop is Avesta, where you will find the largest Dala Horse in Sweden. This is the perfect place to stop for a great photo and afternoon snack at the nearby café/restaurant. Then continue your drive to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Falun. 

    Spend the night in Falun. 

    Driving distance approx. 235 km / 146 miles

    If your car rental pick up is on a Sunday or public holiday, please note that the car rental agency doesn´t open their office until 15:00 in the afternoon. We might be able to arrange pickups outside these hours against an extra fee or assist you in rearranging your tour to make it fit. Please contact us for details.

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  • Day 4: Swedish Heritage & Wildlife

    Your first stop today is the Dalarna Museum, which covers the cultural history of the province. And if you enjoyed the Sala silver mine then we recommend a visit to the Falun copper mine, where a guided tour takes you to depths of 50-60 meters underground!

    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. After lunch, continue west 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 and, of course, you can also buy your own souvenir.

    Then continue to Mora, where we recommend visiting the 18th century home and museum of Anders Zorn, one of Sweden’s most celebrated painters. Here you can also visit Zorns Gammelgården, a collection of old log buildings, some dating back to the 13th century. A short drive north at the Grönklitt Bear Park, you will find not only bears but also wolves and other Swedish wildlife in their natural habitat. A must for animal lovers! 

    Spend the night in the Mora area. 

    Driving distance approx. 100 km / 62 miles.

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  • Day 5: Countryside scenery

    Start your drive towards Sunne in Värmland. Just south of Mora, at the small island of Sollerön in Lake Siljan, you will find a “collectors' museum” with many historical objects from the area on display. After your break, continue through the Swedish forest and enjoy the relaxing scenery. Why not make a stop by one of the many lakes for a swim? Another interesting stop on the way is the local veteran car museum in Torsby. 

    Spend the night in Sunne. 

    Driving distance approx. 190 km / 118 miles

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  • Day 6: The Art Route to Örebro

    Before leaving Sunne, a visit to Rottneros Park is a must. Here you will find several different gardens and sculptures. Even for non-garden devotees there is plenty to see, including a “motorbikes as art” exhibition. You can also visit Mårbacka, the home-turned-museum of the Nobel Prize winning author Selma Lagerlöf. 

    The area you pass on your drive today is well known for its many artists. On your way towards Karlstad we recommend a coffee or lunch break at the beautiful Sillegården, which showcases local artworks. Another optional stop is the Klässbols Linen Mill, which produces and sells high quality linen goods that are popular with the Swedish Royal Family and Swedish embassies around the world.

    Heading east past Karlstad, don’t miss the 15-meter Picasso sculpture in Kristinehamn, donated to the city by the artist in 1964. On arrival to Örebro, we suggest exploring the open-air museum in Wadköping with its beautiful old buildings, craftspeople and shops. History buffs may also enjoy a guided tour of the 14th-century Örebro Castle. 

    Spend the night in Örebro. 

    Driving distance approx. 235 km / 146 miles
     

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  • Day 7: Castles to Stockholm

    For the last leg of your trip, drive towards Eskilstuna and pay a visit to Rademachersmedjorna, a 17th-century blacksmith community. We also recommend seeing the Sigurd rock carving, created over 1,000 years ago. Then continue east to Mariefred through an area famous for its many castles and manor houses, including the 16th-century Gripsholm Castle, famous for its exquisite art exhibitions and well-preserved interiors from different eras.

    Upon return to Stockholm, drop off your rental car and check in to your centrally located hotel. Then enjoy the rest of the evening as you wish, perhaps with a taste of the capital's dazzling nightlife! 

    Spend the night in central Stockholm. 

    Driving distance approx. 210 km / 130 miles. 

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  • Day 8: Departure

    Enjoy one last Scandinavian breakfast before checking out of your hotel. Transfer to Arlanda Airport is provided by private taxi.

    Note: We can add activities in Stockholm or extra days before or after the tour; contact us for details.

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Map

Here’s a map of Sweden, to help put things in perspective.

Reviews

We don’t like to brag, so we’ll let our happy customers do it for us.

A most memorable trip!

I would recommend this service to anyone. They made our trip to Sweden effortless. We encountered passport problems at the start of our trip which resulted in a delay and Cecilia was able to rearrange everything for us. She went above and beyond in service to us. This is the only way to go and I would definitely use this service again!

Relieved a lot of stress

We're glad we found you online - having Jennie arrange our hotels and rental car let us focus on where we wanted to go. Jennie put us in unique hotels outside of Stockholm that we would have never found on our own. Using your services relieved a lot of stress. We would be happy to use Nordic Visitor services again.

Accommodation

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

Comfort

Rooms with private shower or bath and WC. These are in three-star hotels and are all centrally located within towns. All provide b..

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Quality

Rooms with private shower or bath and WC. These are in four-star hotels and are all centrally located within towns. All hotels pro..

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Rental car

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

Toyota Aygo, VW Up
or similar

  • x4
  • x3
  • x1
  • M

Toyota Aygo, VW Up
or similar

  • Type: A
  • Passengers: 4
  • Luggage: 1
  • Doors: 3
  • Transmission: Manual

VW Polo, Toyota Yaris
or similar

  • x4
  • x5
  • x2
  • M

VW Polo, Toyota Yaris
or similar

  • Type: B
  • Passengers: 4
  • Luggage: 2
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Manual

VW Golf, Kia Ceed
or similar

  • x4
  • x5
  • x3
  • M

VW Golf, Kia Ceed
or similar

  • Type: C
  • Passengers: 4
  • Luggage: 3
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Manual

VW Golf
or similar (on request)

  • x5
  • x5
  • x2
  • A

VW Golf
or similar (on request)

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

Opel Astra SW, Kia Ceed SW
or similar

  • x5
  • x4
  • x5
  • M

Opel Astra SW, Kia Ceed SW
or similar

  • Type: G
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 4
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Manual

Skoda Octavia SW, VW Golf Sportscombi
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x3
  • M

Skoda Octavia SW, VW Golf Sportscombi
or similar

  • Type: H
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 3
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Manual

Opel Insignia, Toyota Avensis SW
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • M

Opel Insignia, Toyota Avensis SW
or similar

  • Type: I
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 4
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Manual

Audi A4 SW
or similar size premium SW (on request)

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • M

Audi A4 SW
or similar size premium SW (on request)

  • Type: J
  • Passengers: 5
  • Suitcases: 4
  • Doors: 5
  • Operation: Manual

Toyota Auris
or similar (on request)

  • x5
  • x5
  • x2
  • A

Toyota Auris
or similar (on request)

  • Type: K
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 2
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Automatic

VW Passat SW, Toyota Avensis SW
or similar (on request)

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

VW Passat SW, Toyota Avensis SW
or similar (on request)

  • Type: M
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 4
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Automatic

Price per person from

Approx 1270 EUR

The amount will be charged in EUR

Monthly price comparison Our best price per person when booking for two.

2018

Tour Information

If you would like to book this tour with an arrival date 4 weeks or less from today, please contact us for assistance.
 
Note: Some of the museums and attractions might only be open during peak season and on specific weekdays; contact us for details.
 
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 of 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.
 
* We always recommend booking with us and first and wait for our final confirmation before you book your flights.

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