This Nordic jewel combines civilized society with incredible natural beauty like few other countries in the world. From pastoral Skane in the South to Northern Lapland; from sandy beaches on the Gotland archipelago to deep inland forests dotted with shining clear lakes and secluded farms. Bike, hike or canoe across this beautiful maze of green and blue, pick late summer blueberries or discover the white fairyland of a Nordic winter. The amazing Ice Hotel, located 200 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle, is rebuilt every winter out of ice blocks—a truly unique experience. The islands of Stockholm amply earn their sobriquet of “Beauty on the Water,” marrying stretches of blue sea with the warm yellow and rose tones of the city’s buildings. In Gamla Stan—“the old town”—warm-toned houses lean together and almost meet over cobblestone streets leading to the Baroque Royal Palace, while avant-garde boutiques and restaurants populate the city centre. The capital’s legendary charm draws a richly multicultural population, but all Stockholmers have one thing in common: they are thoroughly nice. Revisit the Viking era at Ale’s Stones, a megalithic stone ship from the Iron Age, or marvel at the perfection of Kalmar Slott, the ideal renaissance fairytale castle.