Traveling in Sweden with kids

Traveling in Sweden with kids


What does Responsible Travel recommend?

Traveling in Sweden with kids works. English is widely spoken and welcoming angles abound, from great kids' activities in museums to affordable local nosh like meatballs or lingonberry pancakes to tempt even fussy eaters. Explore nature at whatever level suits, whether wild camping in northern wilderness or kayaking, hiking or cycling through Sweden's various dazzling archipelagos. There are brilliant opportunities to engage with all things Nordic: meet Sami reindeer herders and learn to build ice houses; stalk wolves and call for moose; be dazzled by winter aurora; or go on a summer lobster safari to catch your own delicious dinner.

Activities for families in Sweden


What to do with little ones


Sweden's wilderness can provide an unforgettable opportunity for kids to discover their inner wild child, learning outdoor skills that will make them feel like Bear Grylls: learn to make a fire and forage; track iconic predators on foot or ski; practice calling for elk; or building an ice shelter.

There's brilliant history in Sweden, some expected, some not – like the Bohuslan rocks covered with mysterious (and often rude!) pictures 3,000 years ago. Stone circles brood on headlands, near vast Bronze Age burial mounds. Viking memories are widespread – including the amazing 'living history' Foteviken Viking Reserve near Malmo.

One of Sweden's fastest-growing activities is high-speed mountain biking, taking over winter ski resorts like Are when snowmelt reveals 35km of plunging descents for the iron-nerved! In the cold months, whizzing on skates across frozen lakes is a Nordic thrill, as is bombing across icy expanses on snowmobiles.

Tips on traveling with kids


responsibletravel.com asks the experts


Maya Rao from our supplier Aurora Retreat suggests the best times to go traveling in Sweden with kids:
“Our trips are great for adventurous families. Children have a natural urge to explore, and most get really inspired by snow and things to do in it! Our winter trips work best for families with small children in March, when the days are long and mild but there is still plenty of snow. December to February there is a risk of extreme cold which limits time you can spend outdoors with small children. June and September are good months for families wanting to experience Sweden’s wilderness without the snow.”
Carmen Hamdi from our supplier Nordic Trails moved to Sweden with her family from the UK. She explains why traveling in Sweden with kids is a stress-free experience:
“Even in the busiest summer season, Sweden is relatively quiet and less stressed than much of Europe, with little queuing and plenty of space and freedom for children. The society is very child-friendly and safe. And if you are cycling, roads are rarely busy.”

Marcus Eldh from our supplier Wild Sweden says wildlife tours are a brilliant to way to make the most of traveling in Sweden with kids:
“Our tours are great for families. We always focus on getting participants to learn new things, like making a fire, how to track wolves, call for moose. We want guests to feel they got new insights how things work in Nordic nature. Like "Wow, I had no idea! That's so cool!" Beaver and moose tours have an 8-year-old recommended age limit, but Wolf and Bear is from 15 and up.”
Photo credits: [Ales Stenar: Marcus Hansson] [Nature craft: felixtriller.de] [Dig the ancients: Solis Invicti] [Feeding the adrenaline bug: Håkan Dahlström] [Maya Rao: Marcus Hansson] [Marcus Eldh: Kristian Mollenborg]

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