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The Real Sweden by Nature 

From $3343 Per Person

Self-Drive, 11 day/10 nights
Dates: May - August, 2019.

Sweden with its little red houses, lush nature, bears, elks and tranquility, is ready for you to discover. This trip will take you to some hidden gems in the greater surroundings of Southern Sweden. Enjoy nature with plenty of possibilities to go hiking, biking or experience the local wildlife. So, “Släng dig i väggen”  (think "go take a hike") and come to see the real Sweden, outdoors!

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Travel Dates:  May - August, 2019 (no Wednesday or Thursday departures)

Day 1: Arrival in Stockholm - Gimo

Arrival at Arlanda Airport according to your own itinerary. Drive straight into the real Sweden and the deep forest of the area of Northern Roslagen, famous for the archipelago, the ironworks, the villages and the ocean. The next days you will stay at Gimo Manor, the first manor house built in Gustavian style.

Accommodation at Gimo Manor 

Day 2: Gimo

Breakfast at the hotel. Today your choices are plenty. You can either drive just 15min to the nearby scenic Archipelago of Graso. Go for a stroll along the shore or rent kayaks and paddle through the untouched nature. Or enjoy some hiking on Roslagsleden, a hiking trail offering unique natural and cultural delights. We also recommend a visit to the Knutmasso museum located on Bruksgatan. Here you can find out more about Sweden's most peculiar tradition – the Knutmasso carnival, celebrated on the 13th of January (Knut's Day) every year.

Accommodation at Gimo Manor 

Day 3: Gimo - Amot (155 km)

Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will drive along the coast to a real hidden gem. Your hosts Sam and Jeroen will already await you at Stilleben! Here an old school building has been converted into a cozy hotel, where delicious organic food is served. The Swedish forests awaits you for the next days with peace, silence and lots of things to do.

Accommodation and dinner at Stilleben 

Day 4: Bear Safari

Breakfast at the hotel. Get to know the nature surrounding your accommodation during a guided hike along the so-called bear track. Your guide will take you deep into nature and tell you all about the different animals and plants to encounter along the path. Halfway you will stop to enjoy the panoramic view with delicious refreshments and a typical Swedish cinnamon bun, sitting around the bonfire! End your walk through the troll-forest, a piece of ancient forest with moss and trolls to guide you further down the way!

Accommodation and dinner at Stilleben 

Day 5: Day at leisure to explore on your own

Breakfast at the hotel. Today is yours to explore the area around Stilleben. There are plenty of activities available, including horseback riding, hiking, fishing, and even Viking storytelling. In the evening Stilleben will bid you farewell with a very special treat: the Sauna, a calming isolated sanctuary floating on the lake where you can recharge and indulge in the serenity of the water, accompanied with a delicious organic meal and an outdoor hot tub (available every day but Saturdays).

Accommodation and dinner at Stilleben  

Day 6: Amot - Deje

Breakfast at the hotel. Today your journey continues south through the region of Dalarna. You will pass the city of Falun, a world heritage site famous for its copper mine. Consider a stop at Lake Runn, between Falun and Borlange. It is said that this lake has as many islands as there are days of the year. Whether or not this is actually true, it’s certainly an excellent lake for learning to sail or paddle a kayak. Continue to the Varmland region and your accommodation Domle Mansion.

Accommodation at Domle Mansion  

Day 7: Explore Varmland

Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy your day in the region of Varmland and decide whether you want to spend your day fishing in the province's beautiful lakes, go on a mushroom safari, or, for those of you who are a little more adventurous, go rafting on one of the many rivers. You could also take a daytrip to the Nobel Museum in Karlskoga, about a 1.5 hour drive each way. This is the only Nobel museum showing Alfred Nobel’s home, the Bjorkborn mansion, as well as his laboratory where he developed many of his inventions.

Accommodation at Domle Mansion  

Day 8: Deje - Boxholm

Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will be heading to the region of Ostergotland. Here among the lakes, meadows and forest resides the old vicarage now lovingly restored into a comfy hotel – Villa Sommarhagen, your accommodation for the coming nights. On the way there, we  recommend a stop at Vadstena Castle. The construction of the Castle began in 1545 at the initiative of the king Gustav Vasa. The fortress later evolved to a beautiful renaissance castle, finished in 1621, and can be visited during the summer months. Or make a detour to the Berg Locks, the Gota Canal's biggest tourist attraction, situated near the town of Linkoping. The famous lock area has one flight of seven locks and another two double locks, raising boats 18.8 meters between Lake Roxen and the visitors’ harbor at Berg.

Accommodation at Hotell Sommarhagen 

Day 9: Day to explore

Breakfast at the hotel. Here you can find nature activities for everyone in the beautiful surroundings with lakes, forests and meadows – just a stone's throw from beautiful Lake Sommen. If you are still a child at heart, we recommend a visit to Vimmerby, the Astrid Lindgren Museum in Vimmerby, Astrid Lindgren’s childhood home.

Accommodation at Hotell Sommarhagen 

Day 10: Boxholm - Trosa

Breakfast at the hotel. Today you head towards the sea and the charming village of Trosa. Check into Trosa Stadshotell. Stroll through the carefully preserved town center or along the river with its pastel-colored, turn-of-the-century houses and glazed verandas. You are never far from any café or restaurant and you can enjoy a traditional Swedish fika (coffee and pastry) in the afternoon. Relax in the park of Trosa Stadshotell which was already a meeting place for society in the early 19th century. In the evening, you can make use of the hotel's Spa (entrance complimentary).

Accommodation Trosa Stadshotell 

Day 11: Trosa - Arlanda Airport

Breakfast at the hotel. Head to Arlanda Airport and drop your vehicle. 

Or inquire to extend your vacation. 

NOTE! This itinerary is customizable. Call us for suggestions or click here for our Custom Planning Form.

Your Trip Includes the Following:

Trip price per person is based on 2 persons in double/twin room. Breakfast included daily. If accommodations are not available, others will be supplemented. Vehicle upgrades are also available, please inquire. 

Single Supplement applies: From $1693

This package is priced LAND ONLY. If you need assistance with booking your airfare, let us know and we will be happy to help you.

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