Sara and John say...
With one end deep within in the Arctic and the other as far south as England, it’s hardly surprising that this beautiful country of lakes, meadows and mountains, has a varied climate.
Yes, you should pack for cold at any time of year. But summers, as well as providing abundant daylight, are also generally mild and comfortable for outdoor activities. Even as far north as Lapland, hot weather can occur, with peaks of 30 Celsius not unknown.
More typically we can expect the high teens or low 20s C across the country on summer days, and the nights are comfortably cool. Showers do occur from time to time, but thanks to the mountains to the west, Sweden enjoys a drier, more continental climate, than countries that border the Atlantic.
Both spring and autumn are slightly drier than at other times of year. And whether exploring the wildlife or enjoying city life at Stockholm, these are good times to visit. Indeed a springtime ski holiday is often more popular than midwinter, when the days are so short.
Winter is cold nationwide, with sub-zero temperatures the norm by day and night. That said, milder Atlantic winds do periodically filter into southern areas. Stockholm sees temperatures fluctuating around freezing through the winter months. And while snow-cover is more persistent elsewhere across the country, most days are dry. So, with adequate layers, it’s a magical time to visit. And if you take a trip to Lapland, you never know - you may get lucky and experience the awe-inspiring Aurora Borealis!