Sweden by Rail Adventure

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If you've familiar with my site, you know that I'm a sucker for train rides. There's just something about watching the landscape change as you're gently rocked down the tracks. For this trip, it makes sense, as you would be driving over 20 hours without the train tickets (manageable, but it would be a lot). For the adventure, you start by exploring the amazing city of Stockholm. The city is rich in culture with so many interesting sites to see (such as the Nobel Prize museum.) The train ride to Are is a treat, as you travel northwest to the mountainous interior. Once at the Copperhill Mountain Lodge, you can chose how active you want to be. Whether you're enjoying the spa, or  hiking around the area, there will be something to do for all. The final stop is in the picturesque town of Gothenburg. Here you can wonder down charming city streets, eat some of the best food in Sweden or enjoy the water sports nearby.


This is not a plan that I am selling, but a post to inspire you to explore different vacation options. With that being said, you can take this idea and adjust it to fit your needs, maybe by cutting nights or even destinations. I list the pricing after tax (except on some transport), and the prices are for July, during the peak travel time. The trip is calculated for a family of four, but I do list what a couple should expect at the bottom. So let's get started. Below are a couple maps of the trip and total cost:


Pricing Breakdown


When looking at the transportation costs of this plan, you'll be arriving in Toronto and departing from Quebec City. I've set a budget for airfare, $750 per person, for a total of $3,000. As usual, if you have points accumulated, that would be a great way to reduce the cost of this trip.

For transportation costs once on the ground, I recommend walking or taking the train in between the destinations. For a family of 4, it can be a little more expensive, but that includes 4 tickets to Are, then to Gothenburg and back to Stockholm.


Itinerary and Activities

Above is an idea of what a possible itinerary would look like for this trip. Everything listed above is included in the price and covers all the activities that I have planned for the trip for four family members. So, again, if you see activities that don’t interest you, you could save money by skipping. Some activities include:

  • Enjoy water fun at Gothenburg Archipelago. Whether you island hop via ferry or Kayak, you can explore the islands, go fishing or hike around in this peaceful area.
  • Universeum: Visit a rain forest and an aquarium all with one stop.
  • Ericsson Globe: Venture up the side of a large dome to take in amazing views of the city.
  • Spend the day on Gamla Stanto, exploring museums, shops and the beauty of this medieval center. Visit the The Medieval Museum, the Nobel Prize Museum and the Royal Palace.
  • Skansen Open-Air Museum; Go back in time and go back in time to visit how people use to live. It also includes a children's zoo and aquarium.

Food Budget

The food budget is based on an average of $145 per day. I think this is a reasonable ballpark.


For couples, I've adjusted the amount spent on the flight, the activities, the food and the room rate. If you were to go, the prices would be similar to the chart below.

Thanks for stopping by and reading through my latest travel plan! If there's a region, or a trip, that you would want me to feature, just let me know!



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