Sweden offers so much to the lesbian or bi traveller.
Being lesbian or gay in this Scandinavian nation has been legal since 1944 and next May, they’ll also be celebrating eight years of equal marriage. So there’s no surprise that it is quite the destination for female travellers – with deeply feminist views (and huge community), amazing nature, delicious gastronomy, great design and beautiful women, you’ll can rest assured that you’ll to be greeted with a welcome across the country. Considering everything that’s happening in the world, it’s great to be able to take a holiday in a place where you know you’re truly welcome.
Here’s some inspiration for a 2017 holiday in the one of the most forward thinking destinations in the world.
Discover life in Sweden’s past and present at the Nordic Museum, Sweden’s largest museum of cultural history. Situated on the Djurgården island in the centre of Stockholm, the magnificent museum building is one of Stockholm’s true landmarks and well worth a visit in itself. Discover a variety of exhibitions on fashion and textiles, furniture and interiors, china and table settings, folk art, jewellery, photography, trends and traditions. nordiskamuseet.se
CHECK OUT WEST PRIDE
Our very own Bella Qvist experienced West Pride in Gothenburg and found it to be an amazing event for lesbian and bi women. Find out all about her trip to West Sweden’s Pride extravaganza and plan to visit for yourself this June. Plus it is the eve of Gothenburg playing host to Europride in 2018, so scope it out this year and return next year in the know.
Malmö is a fantastic city for architectural and design buffs. Apart from the Turning Torso and Öresund Bridge that most know about, it is also home to gems from the futuristic Triangeln train station, to the modernist Malmö Konsthall completed in 1975, to the downright ancient Stortorget or Town Hall, built in 1546.
TAKE A HIKE IN SKÅNE
Do what most residents of Skåne do at some point in their life – a picturesque walk along the Skåneleden trail. With a thousand kilometres of hiking trail, you cannot get bored, and it showcases the beautiful and rugged nature of Sweden. Choose one of seven different routes and put your best foot forward. You probably won’t have time to do all the trails during the same trip, but rest assured, they’ll still be there next time.
GO FROZEN ALL YEAR ROUND
From 1 January, guests at ICEHOTEL, the once seasonal experience, will be able to go for ICEHOTEL 365, a permanent ice experience with an ice bar, ice gallery and ice suites. With a little help from the sun, it will be open 365 days a year. The 2,100 square metre facility will be filled with ice and snow from the Torne River. With the arrival of winter, it will become a permanent ice experience, and part of the classic ICEHOTEL, featuring nine luxury suites, each with sauna and bathroom, and 11 art suites, all sculptured by selected artists icehotel.com
Sweden is on average, about two hours and 30 minutes from a UK airport, with great value direct flights from a range of carriers including British Airways, Norwegian, SAS, Easyjet and Ryanair.
For more inspiration on gay and lesbian travel to Sweden, check out VisitSwedenLGBT.com or join the conversation at #SwedenYoureWelcome.