For parks and gardens in Stockholm check out Djurgården for leisurely strolls, picnics in spring and summertime and ‘Stockholmer watching’ – an all-year round activity. Hagaparken in the north of the city is less ‘touristy’ than Djurgården, and has wide natural meadows, glades and woodlands for you to discover.
Wintertime you can go trip-skating at Brunnsviken in Hagaparken. Djurgården, Hagaparken and Ulriksdal park, also in the north of the city, are part of the world’s first national city park called ‘Ekoparken’ in Swedish. Apart from the natural assets of these fine parks, you can ogle the fine buildings and stop-off for the Stockholmers’ favourite pastime, a fika (coffee break) with buns and biscuits.
Get out and about in Gothenburg at Delsjön nature reserve, for forest walks, horseriding and even cross-country skiing in wintertime. Slottsskogen park is where Gothenburgers chill out; it’s a vast park in the southwest of the city. Expect loads of forest and sweeping vistas of the city from its three high vantage points.
And for the fab West Coast archipelago and islands you can buy boat tickets at the Tourist Centre at Kungsportsplatsen or Nordstadstorget. Islands to visit include, Asperö, Björkö, Brännö, Fotö and Grötö.
For Malmö think parks and beaches. For parks hit Kungsparken for its bridges, gardens and boat trips. Adjacent Slottsparken has big, wide-open spaces; ideal for walks and picnics. And beaches; Ribersborg, Sibbarp and Klagshamn are within walking distance or a short bus ride.
You can enjoy Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö’s natural assets year-round.