Sweden is a Scandinavian nation with thousands of coastal islands and inland lakes, along with vast boreal forests and glaciated mountains. Its principal cities, eastern capital Stockholm and southwestern Gothenburg and Malmö, are all coastal. Stockholm is built on 14 islands. It has more than 50 bridges, as well as the medieval old town, Gamla Stan, royal palaces, and museums such as open-air Skansen.
Malmö, linked to Copenhagen by the Oresund bridge, has a network of canals and parks. Port city Gothenburg is a gateway for exploring the islands and seal colonies of the Väderöarna Archipelago. Northern Lapland is known for its indigenous Sami culture, the Northern Lights, and Jukkasjärvi’s ice hotel. Vikingabyn is a reconstructed 10th-century Viking village on the island of Gotland. Summer days are long and outdoor midsummer celebrations are a national tradition. Inland holiday cabins are bases for fishing, hiking, and sailing. Freezing winters offer skiing at numerous resorts, including Åre and Sälen.