Sweden has 96,000 lakes, and 100's of miles of beaches, particularly
on the west coast. There are many water skiing and windsurfing
centres on the coast and more accessible lakes.
Skin diving is mostly confined to the rocky coasts and islets on
the west coast both south and north of Gothenburg, courses are held
from June to August. The great variety and number of rapids
makes white water rafting a popular sport.
There are about 50 centres where canoes are for
hire, and many campsites also offer a hire service. Motor cruisers
and sailing boats can be hired in more than 25 places in Sweden
or visitors can bring their own.
Several of Sweden’s canals run through beautiful countryside
and are well maintained to provide an perfect boating holiday. Short
sightseeing trips are available on many canals but the classic journey
is by steamer along the Göta Canal. Accommodation and all meals
are included in the price. Many cruises, some in vintage steamers,
depart from Stockholm out into the archipelago with its 30,000 islands.
There are brilliant facilities for tobogganing,
skating, snow mobiling, ice-climbing and dog sledging. Most skiing
takes place in the north, mainly in Dalarna, Jämtland and Härjedalen.
There are excellent golf courses and facilities
provided for visitors and members. Sweden has over 400 courses,
1 located north of the Arctic Circle enjoys 24 hour daylight during
the summer months, several midsummer championships take place at
Clubs and golf carts can usually be rented. For more information,
contact the Swedish
Sweden has over 96,000 lakes, and visitors can
enjoy fishing in most of them. There are also 1000's of miles of
rivers, streams and brooks and a coastline of 6,760 kilometres (which
is 4,200 miles).
The salmon season at Mörrum (which is near Karlshamn) opens
at the beginning of spring. Sea trout can be caught throughout the
year except in high summer, which is the best time for grayling
and char (typical fish from the northern part of the country).
Fishing is normally free all along the coastline
and in the larger lakes, including Vättern, Mälaren and
Vänern, however a special permit is required to fish in other
lakes and rivers. Information is available from local tourist offices.
Ice fishing is an thrilling alternative to try. Sea fishing tours
of varying lengths are arranged in the south and on the west coast.
Guest harbours are available all round the coast and on lakes Vättern,
Mälaren and Vänern.
The Swedish Tourist Federation (STF) publishes a list of 330 with
various information in English.
Routes for hiking are on well laid out paths in
almost every part of Sweden.
a popular holiday hobby, particularly in the south, and the Swedish
Cycling Promotion Institute (which is in cooperation with regional
tourist offices) has scheduled cycling tours in almost every region.