Here's more than a dozen pictures that will make you fall in love with Sweden this autumn. They were taken by The Local's readers.
Published: 26 October 2021 09:27 CEST
A man fishing at Hälleforsnäs southwest of Stockholm. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT
Abhishek Acharya took this picture on Strandvägen, Stockholm.
Here’s a fantastic picture of autumn leaves at Tumba Bruk in Stockholm. Sent in by Gareth Morgan.
Meray Maddah took this picture of the autumn sun at Stockholm University.
Thanks to Mark Jennings for this picture of a little explorer in the forests of Sweden.
Dreaming about life in the archipelago? Jacopo Biasetti sent us this picture from the island of Brännö, off the coast of Gothenburg.
Simon Thorball writes: “Here’s a photo I took a week ago: the last yellow leaves clinging atop almost bare birch trees, in the rays of the declining sun, overlooking the valley of Klarälven.”
Güzin Koçak Üren took this picture of the Slottsparken park in Malmö, southern Sweden.
Diksha Sanjay sent in this picture of the Fyrisån river in Uppsala.
Angie Delbort posted this picture in The Local’s Facebook group Living in Sweden.
Kenan Bilgic posted this one of Uppsala Cathedral in The Local’s Living in Sweden group.
Gabby Beans posted this one in the Living in Sweden group. She took it at the end of September in Granö, by the Umeälven river in Västerbotten.
Autumn frost at Väring, near Skövde in central Sweden. Posted by Gary Weeks in the Living in Sweden group.
Sometimes, autumn in Sweden is grey and cold. This one was taken by Ivana Ivanov and shows Stockholm City Hall.
Thanks to everyone who sent us pictures! We weren’t able to publish all of them, but this is a selection. If you haven’t had enough, check out more of The Local’s readers’ pictures of autumn in Sweden in our Living in Sweden group on Facebook.
What to do in Sweden’s summer without Covid restrictions
After more than two years of pandemic-related restrictions and closures, Sweden is headed towards its first summer free of Covid restrictions since 2019. Here's some of what's going on.
Published: 6 May 2022 15:31 CEST Updated: 6 May 2022 20:20 CEST
Since April 1st, relaxed entry rules have allowed visitors from non-EU countries to enter Sweden without showing a vaccination pass or test certificate. As the last of the travel restrictions to be eased, summer tourism is finally set to return to the ways of pre-pandemic life.
As Swedes gear up for a summer without COVID, major tourist attractions, events, and festivals across the country are getting ready for what promises to be a fun few months.
Pippi at Circus
After a two-year delay, ABBA and Astrid Lindgren fans finally have the chance to see Pippi at Cirkus, a new acrobatic musical performance at Cirkus Arena and Restaurant at Royal Djurgården in Stockholm.
The musical features lyrics by Björn Ulvaeus and music by Benny Anderson—the two “Bs” of ABBA fame—who have also previously written musicals like Chess, Mamma Mia and Kristina from Duvemåla. While the dialogue and lyrics of the show are in Swedish, the story is mainly told through circus acts.
The world premiere of the musical is now set for July 1, 2022. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.
Pippi at Cirkus was intended to launch in 2020 but has been delayed for two years. Photo. Cirkus Cirkör
Music festivals in Stockholm
This summer, Sweden’s longest music festival, Grönan Live, returns to Stockholm’s Gröna Lund.
The festival starts in early May and runs through the end of August with concerts at least once every week. Performers include Jorja Smith, Dua Lipa, Tove Styrke and John Legend, among others.
Festival passes cost SEK 395 and offer free admission to all concerts and dance evenings throughout the summer. They can be purchased directly from Gröna Lund.
Other big-name festivals lined up for the summer in Stockholm include Rosendal Garden Party, a four-day festival in June featuring artists like Jungle, Arlo Parks, Tyler the Creator, and The Strokes, and LollaPalooza Stockholm, a three-day event planned for July with bands such as Imagine Dragons, Post Malone, Lorde and Pearl Jam.
Allsång på Skansenwill also return this year at the Solliden stage at Skansen open-air museum on the island of Djurgården in Stockholm. Allsång på Skansen is a classic summer concert where well-known Nordic musicians host a sing-a-long of classic Swedish songs. Allsång på Skansen will take place over eight Tuesdays, usually starting at the end of June. If you don’t manage to get tickets, don’t fret – it will also be broadcast live on SVT.
On April 23, Liseberg opened at full capacity after more than two years of restrictions.
The park also recently opened a completely new area—Luna Park—complete with two new family-friendly rides, Turbo and Tempus.
The new area was built in celebration of Liseberg’s 100th anniversary, coming up in 2023. At that point, an additional roller coaster will also be featured in the new area.
Luna Park is opening at the Liseberg amusement park in Gothenburg. Photo: Luna Park
Set sail for summer
Marstrand, on Sweden’s west coast, is known as Sweden’s sailing capital. It begins welcoming summer tourists for the 2022 season this month, offering gorgeous landscapes, quaint shops and cafes and exciting sailing events.
The 2022 summer sailing season kicks off on the weekend of May 13, with the Marstrand SuperStar Cup, followed the next weekend by the Marstrand Big Boat Race.
The island can be reached in about 50 minutes by public transport from Gothenburg.
Alternatively, throughout the summer months, Stromma Boat Tours offers a day-long cruise to the island directly from Lilla Bommen.
On July 3, Gotland Runt, the world’s largest annual ocean race begins in Stockholm. The course, which starts inside the archipelago, continues around Gotland and finishes in Sandhamn is about 350 nautical miles and takes most competitors about 3 days to complete. The offshore race is one of the highlights of Swedish summer.
Live music events are also making a comeback in Gothenburg this summer.
On May 28, the city’s most charming district will be filled with live music from the American south at the Haga Bluegrass Street Festival, and Way out West returns in August with big name artists like Tame Impala, Burna Boy and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.
From September 1-4 Gothenburg will also celebrate the comeback of its annual Culture Festival.
The summer begins with the triumphant return of Malmö Rock after a three-year hiatus. The full-day concert features punk, hardcore, metal and rock bands, headlined by Norrland’s own, Raised Fist.
Malmö Sommarscen returns this year between the 18th June -31st July, with music, concerts, theatre performances and allsång taking place at 47 different locations across the city for six weeks over the summer. The full programme will be released on June 2nd.
Malmöfestivalen also returns this summer from August 12th-19th. Locals and visitors alike flock to the city centre to enjoy live music, art exhibitions, rides, and, of course delicious street food.
Malmöfestivalen isn’t the only chance for Malmö-ites to get their hands on some delicious street food – the International Food Festival will also be in town between May 25th-29th, bringing authentic food and culinary culture from 15 different countries to the city.