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Webcams: see Sweden in sixty seconds

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Webcams: see Sweden in sixty seconds
17:08 CEST+02:00
While properly traversing Europe's fourth largest country (when measured by total area) would take weeks—or even months, an easy alternative is taking The Local's virtual tour of Sweden as seen from a series of webcams.

While no replacement for an actual visit, the tour does give readers a small taste of how much of Sweden looks with just a few clicks of the mouse.

Our virtual journey starts up north in Jukkasjärvi, which rests above the Arctic Circle and is home to the world-famous Ice Hotel.

A bit further to the south and west, we can hit the slopes or hike the trails around Åre, one of Sweden's most well known ski resorts.

Next, we come to Mora , on the shores of Lake Siljan in Dalarna, which boasts a great tradition of Swedish handicrafts—including those colorful wooden horses.

From the center of Sweden, we next head eastward to Åland in the center of the Baltic Sea. The residents of these self-governing islands speak Swedish, but officially they are a part of Finland, and reachable from Stockholm via any number of ferry boats.

Heading back west to the Stockholm archipelago, we arrive in the harbour at Sandhamn, a popular island destination just a couple of hours by boat from downtown boasting several beaches, a historic village, and great walks through the woods.

In the capital city of Stockholm, you can choose to wander along the piers near Slussen, or head into the main commercial district of Stureplan for shopping and people watching.

Next, we zip across the country to the seaside town of Lysekil, a perfect place from which to explore the majestic stone islands of Sweden's west coast archipelago.

Heading south brings us to Sweden's second city of Gothenburg. The town of about half a million residents features a walkable downtown complete with a historic district and majestic piers. It is also the home town of Volvo automobiles.

As we continue our journey down Sweden's west coast, we come to Falkenberg's famed Skrea Beach, where we can relax, take in some sun, and test the waters of the Kattegat.

Next we come to Malmö, for a view over the city's main town square, Stortorget. The city, Sweden's third largest, is known for its diversity, and features two modern architectural marvels, the Turning Torso skyscraper and the Öresund Bridge to Denmark.

The last stop on our journey brings us to the lighthouse at Utklippan, Sweden's southernmost group of islands, which features a nature park, and is known as an excellent location for viewing migrating birds.

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