Bountiful, beautiful, and classy, Sweden is a country that will charm you the moment you set foot here. With vivid strokes of green across the entire countryside, brilliant blue waters of the Swedish archipelago and breathtakingly beautiful cities that look like perfectly painted picture postcards, this is undeniably the top Scandinavian country to begin your Nordic adventure. While Stockholm’s grand architecture, fantastic museums, medieval streets and designer store are sure to floor any avid traveler, the city is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Sweden’s travel landscape. With Lapland offering the chance to experience magical Northern Lights and a rendezvous with the Sami people, pretty islands beckoning you to bask in their splendor and charming cities like Gothenburg waiting to be explored, Sweden unlocks the doors to countless adventures.
But if you’re wondering that visiting Sweden in October is a good idea or not, worry not because we have got all your worries covered. Take a look at this perfect pocket guide that’ll gove a glimpse of everything that you can there and what will make your trip so special!
Weather In Sweden In October
Though summer is surely the best time to visit Sweden, but with a window of just 3-4 months the season is really short. Fret not if you can’t make it to this gorgeous Scandinavian country in the peak season, as visiting Sweden in October is also an equally wonderful proposition. While all the indoor activities, palaces, and museums can be explored all the year round, the onset of winters opens the possibility of experiencing the unique offerings of northern Sweden’s icy wonderland. Think ice climbing, snowmobiles, Northern Lights and the Sami way of life! With our tips and advice on visiting Sweden in October, you’ll be well-equipped to enjoy the country’s many bounties.
October marks the end of autumn in Sweden and though there can be warm days, the nights keep getting chilly. Temperatures in Stockholm go up to 10 degree centigrade in the afternoons and drop to around 6 degrees during night, with average temperature being around 8 degrees.
As you go northwards the temperatures can dip much lower, while southern Sweden including Gothenburg and Malmo have pleasant weather during the days and colder at night.
Reasons You Must Visit Sweden In October
- For starters you’re assured of great deals on both flights and hotels as this is the shoulder season, after the busy peak season.
- Hotels in Sweden are super cosy and well-geared up to handle the winters and ensure you have a comfortable stay. Most hotels and even some hostels have their own saunas to warm you up whenever you feel like.
- Wherever you go, you’ll find lesser crowds and more time to admire the attractions at leisure and click some unforgettable pictures.
- You can still enjoy the warm fall colours and outdoor activities like fishing, sea-kayaking and hiking through wilderness.
- It’s also a great time for some inexpensive early Christmas shopping from Skane or Ullared (Gekas superstore).
Best Things To Do In Sweden In October
Busting the popular myth of visiting Scandinavian countries only during summers, let’s check out some irresistible reasons for visiting Sweden in October and coming back with warm smiles and indelible memories.
1. Winter Activities: Thrill yourself in the Swedish Lapland
There is an exciting array of winter activities to choose from when you plan your trip for Sweden in October. The magical Abisko National Park is a great base for your northern Sweden adventure. The serene landscape with snow-capped mountains is great for walks and hikes. Abisko Turistation has maps of all the walking trails as well as various guided tours to help you explore the scenic beauty and learn about the history of the region.
Must see places in Abisko: Lake Tornetrask, Abisko River Canyon and Abisko River Delta
Other thrilling activities: Hike along the Kungsleden trail, take a skiing or ice climbing trip, fishing in the clear lakes and streams.
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2. Northern Lights: Chase the magical lights
Undeniably the top reason for visiting Swedish Lapland is witnessing the most spectacular natural show of lights across the night sky, the aurora borealis or northern lights. Abisko in northern Sweden can easily be reached by a convenient flight or sleeper train from Stockholm, and is a great spot for viewing the northern lights between September-April. Yu can book your trip at Visit Abisko website, which ensures a professional-guide led tour in search of the elusive yet magnificent northern lights. A standard aurora hunting expedition includes the following:
- Pick-up and drop from your hotel and a warm drink served during your trip
- The knowledgeable guide/driver take you to the best location for aurora sighting based on weather forecasts
- The guide also gives you information about the auroras as well as Abisko National Park
- Many of the spectacular spots include lake and rivers where you can also witness the brilliant reflection of the scintillating northern lightsNorthern lights tour cost: The 4-hour adventure starts from SEK 695. For more information, you can check their official website.
3. Swedish Fika: Indulge to the core
The admirable Swedish tradition of Fika (setting time aside to socialize over coffee and pastry) finds greater meaning in the cold months, when you can get cosy in a lovely cafe and sip some hot espresso and savour the famous kanelbullar (Swedish cinnamon bun). In fact October 4 is also celebrated as Cinnamon bun day all over the country! You can visit Alingsas to visit this unique day in its full glory. Do not miss out on sampling the sinful chokladboll and delectable Swedish princess cake.
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4. Sightseeing: Explore & get the perfect ‘golden hour’ pictures
Stockholm has so much to experience and do even in the winter months. Here are some of the best Stockholm experiences in October:
- Visit its fantastic museums including the Vasa Museum, ABBA Museum, Fotografiska (also has one of the best cafes in the city for your ‘fika’ break) and Nobel Museum.
- Take a hop-on-hop-off boat tour to explore the 14 islands that make up the capital city. You can also take the beautiful Royal canal tour.
- Savor the warmth and Swedish food delights at indoor food halls like Ostermalms Saluhall and Hotorgshallen.
- Shop to your heart’s content at the wonderful stores of Sodermalm.
- With the sun never too high up in the sky, you can click some magical pictures with the diffused golden glow of winter sun.
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5. Gothenburg: Visit & get amazed by the largest cinnamon bun
Sweden’s second largest city also has many surprises up its sleeve even during the fall season:
- Take the ride of a lifetime at Liseberg, Sweden’s largest amusement park which sports a Halloween theme in October
- Explore the fascinating world of exotic plants and animals at Universeum
- Relish the sea food delights like shrimp sandwiches, clams, and oysters at this port city
- Visit cafe Husaren in the charming Haga neighborhood to savor the giant cinnamon bun
- Explore the impressive Gothenberg Museum of Art
What To Pack For Your Trip To Sweden In October
Contrary to the prevalent perception, Swedish winter can be enjoyed as much as the summers, that too with a dash of magic if you just pack the right clothes to stay comfortable in the weather. As the Norwegian proverb rightly says, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes”. Here’s our list of essentials for your trip to Sweden in October:
1. Layering is the smartest way to beat the chill when visiting Sweden in October. Full-sleeved shirts/t-shirts, thermal inners, warm fleece and a down jacket will go a long way in keeping you warm and comfortable throughout your trip.
2. Waterproof boots & backpack, as well as a collapsible umbrella, will save the day even if it rains during your trip
3. A long scarf, a pashmina or cashmere wrap, and a fleece lined knit cap to protect you from the cold winds.
4.A good camera and tripod to capture some enviable Northern Lights pictures.
Travel Tips For Visiting Sweden In October
- Since the weather is the major deciding factor, it is a good idea to check the forecast for the entire length of your trip and plan your itinerary accordingly.
- Look up into the various modes of transport in cities like Stockholm and Gothenburg and save the relevant apps for easy commuting.
- Since Abisko lodgings and tours fill up pretty fast, book them well in advance with options for free cancellation on sites like booking.com
- The Stockholm Pass is a great way to save money while not missing out on any of the major attractions. It includes entry to most museums, attractions and some boat tours too.
- If you’re wondering ‘does it snow in Sweden in October?’ and the answer is that it’s totally unpredictable. You may chance upon snowfall but only during your trip to Abisko.
While you explore the country’s many wonders, you can also take some great day trips from Sweden in October to explore the neighboring islands and pretty towns like Skagen. So, what’s stopping you? Get your bags ready, pick a date, and plan your trip to Europe with TravelTriangle right away!