In the last five years, Sweden has become popular and more trendy in the tourism scene. Sweden is famous for its comfortable yet classy lifestyle. Its also a great destination for winter sport and nature lovers. Nordic cuisine and design is becoming more and more important and acknowledged.
Falling in love with this country is very easy and there are plenty of reasons for that. Tourists can discover the authentic beauty of this country by travelling across the country and enjoying the popular fika (the traditional coffee break) with some locals and just relax and embrace the Nordic scenery.
You can find accommodations for every kind of budget. Compared to other EU countries it is a bit more expensive than the average ($90 per night for a budget hotel), but in contrast, other services like public transportation are cheaper than expected.
A meal in a restaurant can also be more pricey than expected but luckily Sweden has a vast variety of street and finger foods.
Herring is one of the traditional Swedish foods and it is definitely your choice if you are an adventurous spirit. Swedes prepare it in any possible way: pickled, smoked, fried and it's usually marinated in many different sauces.
When it comes to street food, we have to mention Husmanskost: the local meatballs. This is a good compromise for a great meal without spending too much.
Kanelbulle is the local cinnamon bun. It’s probably the most popular dessert in the country, perfect for a quick bite.
Sweden’s biggest cities are in the southern part of the country due to the particular geographic position. The country capital Stockholm has a vibrant and young atmosphere together with many attractions that should be visited while spending your time here.
Vasa Museum is the most famous city museum and there you can see the Vasa battleship that sank almost four centuries ago and was rescued from the icy waters in 1961.
Stockholm's Old town Gamla Stan and the bulk of the old city is dated in the middle of 13th century. It is a great neighbourhood packed with restaurants, shops, tea rooms and museums.
The Swedish Royal Palace Drottningholm is situated outside the city center. If you are travelling in a specific time you might be able to see the Palace Theatre in function with fascinating costumes displays. This monumental palace is also a UNESCO world heritage site. Tourists looking for nature and wilderness will not be disappointed. Stockholm is built on an archipelago with more than 30,000 islands. There are many tours daily exploring the archipelago starting from the city.
At Abisko National park, the land of the midnight sun in the North, you can enjoy the mesmerising midnight.
Sweden is known to be a land of the northern light, in fact the position is less than 200 km inside the arctic circle. For several weeks there are 24 hours of daylight so you will get plenty of light on your travel during the summertime.
Canadian citizens traveling to Sweden for tourism do not need a visa as long as they spend 90 days or less in an Schengen Country. This is because Canadian passport holders are generally visa-exempted and for this reason, they can enter the Schengen area as long as the duration of stay does not exceed 90 days within a 6-month period. For longer duration of stay, an Schengen Visa is mandatory. The Visa is issued directly by the Government of Sweden. If you intend to visit the country for more than 90 days you should contact the local embassy and ask for further information about how to apply for a visa.
There will be a change that has an impact for all the Canadian tourists from 2021 once the European Union is planning to initiate an electronic travel authorization, which is pretty similar to our eTA.
All Canadians planning to visit an Schengen Area Country have to have this electronic visa.
The difference between an Schengen Visa and ETIAS travel authorization is that an Schengen visa is valid only inside the Swedish borders but ETIAS can be used during its validation period also to cross the borders with other Schengen Countries.
Tourist traveling in a group must all get a valid travel authorization. There are some requirements for having an authorization:
As a Canadian citizen, you will need to double check that the validity of your passport extends 90 days after your arrival in Sweden.
Proof of funds:
You will need to bring documentation that proves you have sufficient finances to support your entire stay in the region.
You will need to provide a reason and documentation of your travel to the region. This documentation should support your travel itinerary.
You might also need to show additional entry documents depending on the countries you will be traveling to. Be sure to investigate each destination country and any additional paperwork required.
The Etias Travel Authorization is valid for a course of 3 to 5 years (this is currently under discussion and can be altered) and it can be denied at anytime. Because of this, it’s highly recommended to check the validity of the authorization for each traveler if traveling in a group before the departure date. If the validation is expired, it can result in a denied boarding on the day of traveling.
When entering in Sweden, you will still need to show your passport and go through customs. If your entry is permitted, your passport will be stamped at the customs with the date indicating your arrival date into Swedish territory.
When your entrance is clear and accepted, you will have free access to move within the Schengen region as long as you do not spend more than 90 days within a 180-day period.