Sweden is a magical place to celebrate Christmas and New Year. The days may be short, but the nights are filled with warmth and candlelight.
Nature Travels offers a wide variety of options for holidays in Sweden around Christmas and New Year time, from cosy log cabins to expedition dog sledding. Whether you are a family with young children looking for a traditional winter family holiday or an adventurous group of friends who would enjoy the challenge of winter camping, we have an experience to suit you.
One important thing to remember if you would like to celebrate Christmas in Sweden – Swedes celebrate on the 24th of December, not the 25th as we do in the UK, so make sure you don’t arrive a day too late!
Listed below are some of the possibilities for a Christmas or New Year break in Sweden. Please follow the links for more information. Please also click on the “Full Details” link on each experience page. Under “Getting There” you can find advice for travel to/from and within Sweden. We are happy to advise on suitable connections.
Swedish Log Cabins
For a log cabin experience at Christmas or New Year, you may wish to consider our Log Cabin Escape in Värmland. There are three cabins in a small, quiet village in the western side of the county of Värmland, beautifully situated between the lakes of Mangen and Treen, which are renowned for their excellent fishing (perch, pike, trout and salmon). From here the famous Finnskogen, a vast area of forest, lakes and hills, full of wildlife such as elk and beaver, stretches northwards. This lovely area is, apart from fishing, also ideal for walking, canoeing and boating. The traditionally constructed log cabins, which sleep up to six persons (4 + 2), are situated just 75 metres from the lakeside and are fully equipped and tastefully furnished with a wood-burning stove. There is also a sauna available for your use nearby. Activities available in the area around Christmas and New Year depend on the weather conditions. During December/January there should be snow, and the area is wonderful for cross-country skiing, with prepared trails running right outside the door, or you can borrow snowshoes to explore the surrounding forests. The lakes freeze over and it is possible to try your luck at ice fishing, and for those interested in downhill skiing, there is a local slope just 30 minutes away.
Further north in the country of Jämtland you will find the Northern Comfort Lodge, a spacious, comfortable, traditionally-constructed Swedish log cabin located on the shore of Lake Revsund in Jämtland. The lodge has everything you might expect of an idyllic Swedish log cabin – a beautiful lakeside/forest location, spacious, airy living area, private sauna and a wood-burning stove. But the lodge also has a few surprises – including a larger wood-heated outside sauna and hot-tub “bathing barrel” right by the water’s edge! Whatever you are looking for from a log cabin holiday – be it adventure, romance or an active family break, the Northern Comfort Lodge offers an ideal location for couples, families or groups of up to 8 persons. Accommodation at the lodge is divided into four bedrooms, each sleeping two persons, with a large open-plan kitchen and living area, decorated throughout in traditional style. Activities available during winter include cross-country skiing, ice fishing and snowshoeing, and even dog sledding day tours can be arranged from the cabin.
If you would prefer a catered experience, our Country Manor Multi-activity Getaway offers high-standard accommodation and fine cuisine in a comfortable yet intimate and personal atmosphere. Your host, Uta, is a renowned local chef and well-known as a proponent of “slow food”. Food served at the manor is locally-sourced and organically produced wherever possible. The manor offers a special package around New Year which includes fireworks down by the lake. Use of kayaks, bikes, rowing boats and sauna is free for guests (though the lake may be frozen during wintertime, in which case you might like to have a go at ice skating on natural ice!). Accommodation is in the manor’s “Wrought Iron House” in doubles (mini-suites), all with bedroom, living room and bathroom.
For a traditional winter family holiday in Sweden, Winter Wonderland on a Forest Farm is an ideal choice. The farm is situated in the middle of the Hälsingland forest. This is available for one or more nights and is a very special experience, with accommodation on a forest farm with your hosts Lasse and Åsa and a range of activities in the surrounding forest, including ice fishing, horse-drawn sleigh rides, and cross-country skiing. If you have a car you can also do day tours to different attractions in the area, such as the Järvzoo, which has a very impressive collection of Swedish native wildlife including wolverines, arctic foxes, wolves, bears, elk and lynx. The accommodation on the farm consists of two rooms which share toilet/shower and TV/recreation room. Although situated just a couple of hours north of Stockholm, the farm is located in an elevated area which means that the snow normally arrives before Christmas.
If you’re looking for an active holiday in Sweden around Christmas and New Year time, how about dog sledding or cross-country skiing?
Our Dog Sledding and Winter Bushcraft is a husky holiday with a difference, combining the excitement and adventure of expedition dog sledding with an opportunity to learn and practise bushcraft skills, including cooking over open fire and identifying tracks of wildlife in the snow. Your experience begins with an evening at the bushcraft camp in Gällö, relaxing with a wood-fired sauna and lakeside hot-tub and looking ahead to your days in the mountains of Jämtland. The following morning you will meet your dog team and be instructed in how to harness the dogs and handle the sled, before heading off into the hills. Each participant will drive their own sled with a dog team of 4-5 Alaskan Huskies. Dog Sledding and Winter Bushcraft is normally bookable on custom dates by arrangement for groups of minimum 4 persons, but there is also a special scheduled New Year tour on which participants are welcome to book as individuals.
Finally, for a flexible, family-friendly winter holiday in Sweden, our Winter Weeks in the Mountains experience may be the ideal option. Based at an award-winning mountain station in Dalarna, near the border with Norway, you can do your own exploring, go tobogganing, skiing, snowshoeing, etc, or join in the various activities and tours that are arranged or take lessons. Children can join in arranged children’s activities. You can also rent the equipment you would like for the day – skis, sledges, snowshoes, etc – and after a day out in the mountains relax in the station’s mini spa and, if you wish, join in the evening activities arranged. There are over 100km of prepared cross-country tracks beginning right from the door and, for those interested in ski touring, an extensive network of marked trails leading up onto the mountain plains.
Photo: Anders Dahlin Naturfoto
If you are not sure which of our experiences would suit you best, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to make some suitable suggestions to help you find the ideal Christmas or New Year holiday in Sweden for you.
The Nature Travels Team