Whether you are a nature lover, an adventure seeker or a city tripper, everyone will find what they are looking for in Sweden. But depending on what you want to experience there, the best time to travel to Sweden varies. In this article you will find out what time is best for certain activities, what temperatures and weather you can expect then.
Best time to travel to Sweden
The question of which time is best for a trip to Sweden depends on what you want to experience there and whether you want to travel north or south. In general, the summer, resp. the months of June to August, as the best time to travel in Sweden. Many attractions are only open during the warm months. Winter sports enthusiasts can enjoy the snow from January to April. The moderate temperatures between May and September are also ideal for various outdoor activities.
Note: In the far north, the sun never sets in June and July. Then it is light 24 hours a day. In winter it stays dark for a long time, in December there are occasionally, e.g. B. in Kiruna, no daylight at all.
Best time at a glance
In winter, average temperatures are 0°C in the south of the country and -12°C in the north. The south is also warmer in summer, with temperatures averaging between 16°C and 18°C, while the north is around 12°C to 14°C. Also note in the north the midnight sun in summer and darkness in winter.
Precipitation falls especially in summer and autumn, especially in the west of the country. On average you can expect ten to twelve rainy days per month. Also in higher regions of the Scandinavian mountains there is often precipitation, which is why there is snow there all year round. The least rainfall is on the Baltic Sea islands, for example on Gotland with its beautiful city Visby.
The following table gives a brief overview of which months are best suited for which activity:
July and August are the warmest months in Sweden, but the spring and autumn months are particularly suitable. In this time you should have a jacket in your luggage, but flights and accommodations are cheaper than in the high season and you have to share the sights with less other travelers.
In summer there can often be longer waiting times. In addition, some stores in Swedish cities are closed during this time, because the locals themselves are on vacation.
Ready for your Sweden trip?
Every time in Sweden offers special highlights. While you can go skiing or go on aurora tours in winter, the long days of summer are perfect for long hiking tours. You are still looking for the right trip? Then get inspired and browse our trips: