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Ten Instagram pictures that prove Sweden is an amazing winter country

When you think of Sweden you may think of the unbearable cold, but there are so many good and beautiful sides to the Swedish winter too. Here are ten of them.

Ten Instagram pictures that prove Sweden is an amazing winter country
Dog sledding in Sweden. Photo: Fredrik Broman/imagebank.sweden.se

1. The Lion, the Wizard, the Wardrobe and the Swede

As much as this looks like a scene taken from Narnia, it is actually a shot from Falun, Sweden. You can almost feel the cold, fresh air in your lungs when you breathe in. The mist floating on the lake makes it look like something out of a dream. And this is just one of many of Sweden's beautiful snowy sights.

 

L i g h t i t u p #sweden

Ett foto publicerat av Maria Anderhell (@mariaanderhell) Nov 17, 2016 kl. 10:25 PST

2. Walk through the streets of history

One of the many streets and alleys in Stockholm's Old Town (Gamla Stan). The town holds a lot of history and important historical locations, as well as cozy cafes and shops. The Old Town and its Christmas market is a must for when you come to visit Stockholm, especially during Christmas time.


3. Watch nature's own disco ball

When the Northern Light light up the dark Scandinavian skies it's magical, like a sparkling show of lights. It is definitely an experience that will stay with you forever.

 

Last night in Swedish Lapland

Ett foto publicerat av Sigrid A. Buene (@sigridbuene) Dec 10, 2016 kl. 3:21 PST

4. Find out what's hidden behind this door

Caught at the right moment, at Stockholm's Skansen open air museum. The carefully layered snow climbing up the branches makes it look like a walkway to heaven.

 
 

| winter frame | • For @instagram's #whpframeit

Ett foto publicerat av Sandra (@sannalinn) Dec 11, 2016 kl. 10:42 PST

5. How to make Christmas shopping fun

This is a shot of one of the Christmas windows that Stockholm department store NK (Nordiska Kompaniet) shows every year. This year's theme is The Magical Christmas Forest (Den Magiska Julskogen) and has been picked by children. The windows have been designed based on their drawings.

6. A roller coaster ride of lights

This picture is from Gothenburg's Liseberg leisure park. After trying out all of its roller coasters and attractions you can admire the wonderful Christmas lights. Feel the Christmas spirit all around (at least if you are able to put aside the screams from the roller coasters).

 

L i s e b e r g #liseberg #julljus #julbelysning #xmaslights

Ett foto publicerat av Mia Dehmer (@vickevira) Dec 12, 2015 kl. 8:55 PST

7. Go skiing in the snow

With all of the snow that we are fortunate to have here in Sweden, skiing is of course a popular activity. A good place to ski is Åre, Jämtland. And if you are scared of going high up on the ski lift, this beautiful sky is there to help distract you so you can make it up the highest slopes.

 

Sunday shredding. #åre #åreidag

Ett foto publicerat av Outdoorswe – Martin Olson (@outdoorswe) Dec 11, 2016 kl. 6:42 PST

8. Remember to stay safe on the ice

In Sweden there are a variety of different outdoor activities to try. Ice skating is one of them. Even though the sun sadly goes down so early, there is an upside. You will for sure be awake to see the sky shift in colour. So grab your skates and skate into the sunset. That's another thing checked off your bucket list! This shot is taken in Holmöarna, Sweden.

 

Havet, sydöstra Ängesön / Holmöarna kl 14.xx

Ett foto publicerat av Ume Friluftsguide (@umefriluftsguide) Dec 11, 2016 kl. 8:15 PST

9. Winter is not winter without saffron buns

Every December 13th Swedes celebrate Saint Lucia's Day. A tradition is to bake Lussekatter (saffron buns) and drink glögg (mulled wine) while listening to a Lucia procession. A Lucia procession is a group of people singing traditional songs while dressed up. The Lucia is always at the front with a candle crown on her head, because she is the carrier of light.

10. Road, or portal to a different dimension?

It's really quite hard to tell. This photo was taken at Årsta Castle.

 

| weekend ahead | #olympusomd @olympussverige

Ett foto publicerat av Sandra (@sannalinn) Nov 17, 2016 kl. 11:17 PST

This article was written by The Local's work experience intern Ella Arfors, 14.

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CHRISTMAS

Sweden’s best Christmas markets for 2021

After many Christmas markets were cancelled last season, you may be wondering where you will be able to get this year's dose of Christmas cheer. Here are our suggestions for some of Sweden's best Christmas markets.

snow on stockholm's gamla stan christmas market
Stockholm Old Town's Christmas market may be one of Europe's oldest. Photo: Ola Ericson/imagebank.sweden.se

SOUTHERN SWEDEN

1. Malmö Mitt Möllan

The trendy and multicultural area of Möllevången in Sweden’s third biggest city has become the spot for a special Christmas market for those looking for a modern and hipster-ish atmosphere. The Mitt Möllan traders’ association organises a market that promises art, culture, food and fashion. Busy that weekend? Malmö’s traditional annual Christmas market in Gustav Adolfs square, focusing on local products, is being held in three sessions, from December 9th-12th, 16th-19th and 20-23rd. 

When: December 2nd-5th

Tickets: Free

2. Kalmar Castle, Kalmar

This spectacular 800-year-old castle has established itself as one of the largest Christmas markets in Sweden. For four days, the whole building will be opened to the public and visitors get the chance to wander around in the historic decorated halls. Listen to Christmas and winter music, and walk around the castle and visit some of the about 120 craftsmen from all over Sweden who set up their stands and sell handmade items. 

When: November 25th-28th

Tickets: 90 kronor (free for under-12s)

Kalmar Castle in Småland provides a scenic location for one of Sweden’s largest Christmas markets. Photo: Emmy Jonsson/Scandinav Bildbyrå/imagebank.sweden.se

Katrinetorps Landeri, also known as Gourmetgården, is Malmö’s Christmas market for foodies. This market, situated in the house and gardens of Katrinetorp, built in the 1800s, will have a focus on Christmassy food such as glögg (mulled wine), as well as a horse and cart, antiques, a Lucia parade and dancing around the Christmas tree. They will also be offering their own handmade products in their deli.

When: December 3-5th

Tickets: 80 kronor for adults, free for children under 15

4. Jul på Bosjökloster, Höör

Christmas at Bosjökloster monastery is also back for 2021! As in previous years, this market will feature Christmas concerts in the church, as well as locally produced gifts and food for perfect Christmas gifts. Visitors will also be able to eat a traditional Swedish julbord, meet Santa, ride a horse and cart and “look for presents in the maze”. This market is taking place on the first weekend of advent, meaning you can start getting into the Christmas spirit as early as November!

When: November 26th-28th

Tickets: 100 kronor for adults, dropping to 50 kronor after 2pm on Sunday and free after 3pm on Sunday. Free for children under 16. Over-65s pay 80 kronor on Friday

CENTRAL SWEDEN

5. Liseberg theme park, Gothenburg

Sweden’s biggest amusement park, Gothenburg attraction Liseberg, lights up every year with millions of Christmas candles. A traditional Christmas Market and an old-fashioned Christmas market in different areas of the park offer everything from carol singing to pony carousel rides. Ice shows, Santa’s grotto, an ice skating rink and the park’s rabbits are sure to keep your little ones entertained. More information here.

When: Thursdays-Sundays between November 19th and December 30th. Check website for more details.

Tickets: Entrance from 95 kronor (free for children up to 110 centimetres) to 245 kronor for unlimited rides. The price varies depending on which day you visit as well as whether you want to go on the rides or not.

 

Gothenburg’s Liseberg theme park is host to a Christmas market complete with festive lights. Photo: Pontus Lundahl/Scanpix/TT

6. Skansen, Stockholm

Take the ferry over to Stockholm’s Djurgården island from Slussen and stroll over to Skansen, Europe’s biggest outdoor museum, which has organized its own Christmas market since 1903. It’s a great place to snap up some presents in the form of traditional Swedish arts and crafts, as well as having a feel of how Christmas was celebrated in the past.

When: Fridays-Sundays between November 26th and December 19th.

Tickets: 70 kronor for children aged 4-15, 160 kronor for adults and 140 kronor for concessions.

7. Old Town, Stockholm

Around 40 stands set up shop right in the middle of Stockholm’s Old Town ahead of the festive season, selling Swedish Christmas sweets, smoked reindeer, elk meat, a range of Swedish handicrafts and decorative arts, and much more. The setting alone is enough to get anyone into a romantic Christmas mood. This market might actually be one of the oldest in Europe, since the first Christmas market in the square was held as early as 1523 (although it started in its current format in 1837).

When: November 20th-December 23rd

Tickets: Free

8. Wadköping Christmas Market, Örebro

The Wadköping outdoor museum, which is an echo of what Örebro looked like centuries ago, organises a Christmas market full of the usual traditions: Christmas decorations, sausages, cheeses and arts and crafts. 2021’s Christmas market will also feature outdoor Christmas songs and pony riding.

When: November 21st and 28th, December 5th and 12th

Tickets: Free

NORTHERN SWEDEN

9. Gammelstads Kyrkstad, Luleå

Brave the cold (and it will be cold) for a Christmas market in the far north of Sweden. The Gammelstad Church Town is the country’s largest and best preserved church town, and a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is over 400 years old, and comprises of 405 cottages, six stables and a privy, sprawling around a large medieval stone church. The Christmas market takes place at the Hägnan open air museum, where around 80 exhibitors sell products from home-baked goods to arts and crafts. Visitors this year will be able to make their own candles, meet Santa and go on a candle-lit walking tour through the museum.

When: December 4th-5th

Tickets: 30 kronor

10. Jokkmokk Christmas Market, Jokkmokk

Jokkmokk is located in the north of Sweden, in the Arctic Circle. It is an important place for the Sami people, the only indigenous population in Scandinavia. It is famous for its winter market in February, which first took place in 1605. At their recently-established Christmas market, held in celebration of the winter solstice, visitors will find traditional Sami handicrafts – called duodji – and learn more about their history and culture.

When: December 11th-12th

Tickets: Free

Traditional Sami handicrafts – called guksi or kåsa – wooden drinking cups available at the Jokkmokk Christmas and winter markets. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/Scanpix/TT
 

11. Christmas Market at Nordanå, Skellefteå

Are you in Skellefteå this December? Pay a visit to the Christmas market at Nordanå, which started in 1975. It is particularly known for its arts and crafts, and in past years visitors have been able to buy handmade ceramics, knitted baby clothes, and tin thread jewellery.

When: December 5th

Tickets: Free

12. Christmas Market at Västerbotten Museum, Umeå

This Umeå museum dedicated to the region of Västerbotten organises its annual Christmas market again. It promises a candy shop, horse-drawn carriage rides, a bakehouse and more than 80 artisans selling locally produced food and quality wares. Hungry visitors can also learn about what Christmas dinner from this region may have looked like in the 1870s.

When: December 4th-5th

Tickets: Free

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