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Green Holidays in Sweden

The vast pine forests and myriad lakes and islands of Sweden are heaven for lovers of nature and the outdoors. Few other places in Europe can offer such vast expanses of untouched natural scenery, perfect for hiking, walking and a host of sports and activities.

In winter, the country is transformed into a snow-sports playground - particularly in the vast expanses of the frozen North - with perfect conditions for husky-sledging in Lapland and ski touring the King's Trail. In summer there's a huge range of outdoor activities, from hiking, cycling, kayaking, horse-riding in the wild, mountainous interior, and exploring the wonderful islands off the west coast.

Keep a look out for the inspired 'Taste of Sweden' mark which celebrates the best of sumptuous, local food. There's also a wealth of green places to stay in Sweden, including cosy, traditional wooden cabins and former monastries.

Featured below are some of the best holidays and places to stay in this stunning country, all of which are reachable by train and ferry:

See how easy it is to travel from the UK to Sweden by train and ferry in our detailed overland journey planner: How to travel by train from London to Sweden.

>> See our guide to Green Holidays in West Sweden

Angavallen exterior

Angavallen, Skane, Sweden

Unwind at this intimate hotel surrounded by unspoilt and tranquil landscape. Enjoy the exquisite food made from 100% organic ingredients from the hosts' very own farm, certified by the EU's rules for organic production.
From £150.00 per room per night.

Featured places to stay in Sweden

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How to travel by train and ferry to Sweden

Our detailed journey planner shows you how to travel overland from London to Sweden by train and/or ferry, detailing where to change platforms/stations, prices, timetables, journey times and how to book train and ferry tickets. Click on the links below for the following journeys:

Train from London to Gothenburg
Train from London to Östersund
Train from London to Stockholm

Train from London to Gothenburg (via Brussels, Cologne and Copenhagen)
Train from London to Östersund (via Brussels, Cologne & Copenhagen and Stockholm)
Train (and ferry) from London to Östersund (via Harwich, Esbjerb and Copenhagen & Stockholm)
Train from London to Stockholm (via Brussels, Cologne and Copenghagen)

High speed train travel to Sweden.High speed train travel to Sweden.

More places to stay in Sweden

Villa Sjotorp exterior

Villa Sjotorp, Ljungskile, West Sweden

A splendid 20th century summer hotel where the owner, Ellika, and her team offer guests warm hospitality in a beautiful setting. A hidden treasure with uninterrupted views of Ljungskile Bay.
14 rooms including 4 single rooms and 5 family rooms

From £150.00 per room

Sophisticated red bedroom

Hotel Freys, Stockholm, Sweden

Off Vasagatan in the heart of Stockholm and just a stones throw from the city's main shopping streets and Arlanda Express train station. This hotel - awarded the Nordic Ecolabel - offers a comfortable base for exploration.
124 twin/double rooms and 1 suite

From £65.00 per room per night.

Exterior night time scene at Stora Hotellet Bryggan

Stora Hotellet Bryggan, Fjällbacka, Sweden

A fabulous collection of places to stay and places to eat on the picturesque jetty at Fjällbacka. A lovely hotel or self-catering apartment, plus café-bar, restaurant and bistros. Lots to do in the area, from boat trips to hiking and fishing.
32 doubles, apartment for 4, house for 12

From €60

Gripsholms Vardshus

Gripsholms Vardshus, Mariefred, West Sweden

Stay in Sweden's oldest inn, a former monastery, occupying an enviable position in the heart of Mariefred, a quintessentially Swedish village with narrow streets and wooden houses.
46 including 3 junior suites and 5 suites

From £150.00 per room per night.

Luxurious green bedroom with a fabulous bed and seating area

Hotel Albert, Trollhattan, West Sweden

A tranquil setting, panoramic views and a highly- regarded restaurant await guests at this gorgeous hotel. Perched on the hillside above the town of Trollhattan, the Albert has been awarded the Svanen Ecolabel and offers a warm and relaxed atmosphere
28 twin/double rooms including 1 suite

From £100.00 per room per night

Angavallen exterior

Angavallen, Skane, Sweden

Unwind at this intimate hotel surrounded by unspoilt and tranquil landscape. Enjoy the exquisite food made from 100% organic ingredients from the hosts' very own farm, certified by the EU's rules for organic production.
19 rooms in three annexe buildings

From £150.00 per room per night.

Exterior of Gårdshotellet Påarps Gård

Gårdshotellet Påarps Gård, Västergötland, Sweden

This fabulous conference centre is hidden in the middle of a forest – a great away-from-it-all venue for a business meetings or family gatherings. Choose from double rooms, cabins in the woods or camping. There's a great restaurant onsite, too.
12 rooms (hotel), plus 5 cabins, a barn for 12, and camping

From 595 Kr per double room

Greenstones Yurts

Greenstones Yurts, West Coast, Sweden

Greenstones Yurts are nestled behind an old farm on the lush island of Flatön, Bohuslän, Sweden. The yurts are surrounded by oaks, birches and Scots pine and are completely private.
4 yurts - double beds plus double sofa bed

€515 per week

Stay at this grand manor house in Sweden

Bjertorp Slott, Kvanum, West Sweden

The magnificent, 20th century Art Nouveau, manor house Bjertorp Slott, with its longtree lined entrance, is a wonderful find. Awarded the Nordic Ecolabel, it is surrounded by landscaped gardens and offers accommodation of a high standard.
35 twin/double rooms including 2 suites

From £100.00 per room per night.

More holidays in Sweden

Trekking The King's Trail Swedish Lapland

Kungsleden Trek - Hike the King's Trail in Sweden

North of the Arctic Circle, this remote long-distance trail cuts through the tundra and beautiful rolling valleys of Swedish Lapland, travelling hut-to-hut to Kebnekaise, the country's highest peak – make the ascent if you're up to the challenge!

From £1395, incl flights

9 days
19 Jun and 24 Jul 2016
Self-guided walking in Sweden's West Coast

Walking in Sweden - West Coast

Discover sublime and serene coastal scenery on an island-hopping adventure (and there are over 8,000 islands to choose from!) down the west coast of Sweden, where the succulent seafood and spectacular views will vie for your attention.

From £1035 per person based on two people sharing

6 nights, 7 days
13 June-18 July & 9 August to 30 September 2015; start any day
Skiing Sweden's King's Trail, Sweden

Inside the Arctic Circle - Skiing the Kings Trail

During the long winter months, the classic long-distance trail of the Kungsleden in Swedish Lapland is the perfect ski touring route. Trek from hut to hut with husky dog-sled support – a trek that's suitable for new and experienced ski tourers alike.

From £1295 Land Only

9 days
20 Feb, 5 Mar and 12 Mar 2016
Baltic Explorer Holiday

Baltic Explorer Rail Tour

This holiday explores seven countries and the varying cultures of the Baltic area, from the elegance of Russia to colourful Scandinavia, as well as historic Latvia and Estonia. Discover these Baltic gems and UNESCO World Heritage sites by rail.

From £2495 (or extend to 18 days from £3095 )

15 or 18 days
First departure 10 May 2014, Last departure 20 September 2014