If you are in Europe, there is no better place than Sweden to enjoy winter sports. The kind of fun and entertainment, along with adrenaline-packed adventures, which you can have while cruising through the different snow-capped mountain is inexplicable, to say the least!
Sweden is located in the heart of Europe and the views of the European Alps are mesmerizing, to say the least. The country has really frosty winters and the snow slopes are such that people from all over the world come here to immerse themselves in the leisure of mountain sports. If you too are game for some of these activities, let us show you precisely what you can get yourself into.
Of course, this one had to be on the top of the list. There is no way we could miss out on skiing. The Swedes absolutely love to ski and so does the tourists who come here. The areas are almost always well illuminated which means that you can ski even during late in the night as well.
There are a lot of slopes and they come with ample variation which means depending upon your level of ski expertise, you can choose the kind of slope and difficulty you would want.
2. Cross-country skiing
If cross-country skiing is something which appeals to you, Sweden is definitely the stop to make. The cities too are very open spaced and you will find too many ski tracks clearly laid. So, all you need is to have a backpack with the right supplies and the will-power to set off on your ski expedition. When you have done that, you can go on this wonderful adventure and make the most out of it.
Pimpling actually means climbing waterfalls that have actually frozen. This sport is mainly meant for those who are hardcore adventure seekers. It is definitely dangerous and is an adrenaline junkie sports which requires careful consideration of too many points and of course, the right level of precautions as well.
The Abisko canyon in the Abisko National Park located in Lapland is one of the best places for all those who want to go pimpling. In order to ensure that climbers don’t end up hurting themselves, there are guides available too.
4. Kayaking and canoeing
Sweden is the country of too many lakes and thus it is no surprise that both kayaking and canoeing are extremely popular in this country. So, as long as the rivers don’t get frozen, you can find too many people enjoying their time kayaking or even canoeing.
Ideally, you should make it a point to dress well as per the climate and then set out in the river because you definitely do not want to get stranded and stuck with no woolen clothes to keep you warm. Always keep an eye on the climate and ideally make a group plan to avoid troubles at the last minute.
5. Dog sledding
This is by far one of the most popular winter sports in Sweden. If you head to Lapland located in the northern region of Sweden, you will find the peak popularity there. The dog sledding tours can cover as much a 40 kilometers a day.
If you are a tourist and new to the place, we recommend having a guide with you because it is very easy to get lost in Lapland as the land is endless and the people quite scarce. However, this is one sport wherein you are bound to be thrilled to the fullest. Do not miss out on it!
6. Ice fishing
If you haven’t heard or done it before, it might sound a little weird to the ears, but a lot of Swedes can be spotted enjoying their time ice fishing. Owing to the abundance of lakes and waterways, it has amassed a lot of popularity.
When you go ice fishing, you should make it a point to check that the lake is completely frozen and it should be thick enough to withstand the weight of the body. You simply need to drill a hole and use your bait and hopefully, you will be able to catch the fish. You can spot most people sipping on their coffee while fishing on frozen lakes.
7. Ice hockey
This is by far the most popular sports among both boys and men of Sweden. You will find endless people gearing up to play the game and there is an equal number of watchers as well. While there are a lot of rink wherein professionals can be spotted playing the game, you will also spot people playing on frozen lakes and ponds as well.
You will also find international hockey championship going around at different times of the year and be all set to watch Swedes passionately root for their country.
8. Ice swimming
We all know how chilled it is in Sweden during the winter and so this game is a sheer test of skill, courage, and patience of a person. Here, swimmers simply take a dip in the fresh ice-cold rivers. Sometimes they cut a hole and jump in and sometimes they simply take a dip. Make it a point to check well as to how cold the water is and how much you can withstand before taking the challenge and jumping in. Regardless one thing is for sure, though challenging, this sport is definitely refreshing.
These are some of the winter sports you can find in Sweden. Of course, this isn’t an exhaustive list and you will find loads of other things too. So, plan a trip to this country during the winters and be all set to enjoy the brilliance of this mountain paradise.
Updated: January 9, 2018