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Cute villages, scenic drives and natural beauty – discover the idyll of the Swedish summer

» 6 day tailor-made self-drive

» Price from: £1,120 pp incl. flights

Gävleborg has long been the favourite Swedish summer getaway, a secret that’s only just got out. Right in the country’s centre and just a couple hours’ scenic drive from Stockholm, it’s Sweden’s most accessible wilderness region – a vision of old-growth forests and pretty waterways that’s ripe for hikes and canoe rides. It’s even home to the country’s highest concentration of bears. You’ll stay right among it all, enjoying gourmet half-board in destination hotels that include a clifftop spa retreat and a red-timber cabin. There’s also plenty of cultural intrigue, with charming villages home to cottage industries and UNESCO-listed treasures.

Day by day itinerary

  • Day 1 » UK/Sandviken

    Flying out to Stockholm, pick up your hire car for the scenic drive north, winding through old-growth forests to pause for national-park hikes and the old town of Gävle. Although your accommodation dates to the 1600s, your cosy red-timber cabin has a contemporary-sleek interior and the modern spa is fantastic. Your included half-board dining is also superb, spanning multiple courses all sourced from the onsite dairy, farmlands and greenhouse. Indeed, there’s a real village feel to it all.

    Stay: Högbo Brukshotell

    Meals: Dinner

  • Day 2 » Day at leisure

    There’s so much to do on your doorstep, taking in the region’s waterways and forests with everything from hikes and bike rides to canoes and SUPs. Or, you might simply want to unwind with a spa treatment and a dip in the lake or pool. Then, after calling into the on-site iron monger and organic bath-product producer, perhaps turn out to discover the region’s other cottage industries, promoting the likes of local food and traditional textile crafts. The 19th-century farmhouses of Hälsingland are a further UNESCO-listed favourite, all delightfully painted.

    Stay: Högbo Brukshotell

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 3 » Drive to Vallsta

    Continuing north, you’ll drive the Tidernas Vag – a centuries-old trading route that maps the region’s undulating ridgelines. The half-dozen-strong collection of show gardens at Wij Tradgarder make a fantastic lunch stop for the kitchen garden. Then, your next destination hotel is beautifully poised on a clifftop, overlooking a sandy beach and tranquil lake. They’re views showcased over classically decorated rooms and excellent spa treatments. However, for many, it’s the included half-board dining that impresses most. Think beef tartar starters, catch-of-the-day mains and local cheeses for deserts.

    Stay: Orbaden Spa & Resort

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Days 4-5 » Days at leisure

    You’ll have two full days here to enjoy the best that the Swedish summer has to offer. Whether it’s hiking, mountain biking or ziplining, there’s plenty for the active-minded, while the beach and nearby microbrewery offer further opportunity for relaxation. However, for something truly unique, consider an evening’s bear-watching. Lastly, there’s even the option to spend the night in a remote mountain loft – a private retreat with commanding views.

    Stay: Orbaden Spa & Resort

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 6 » Depart for UK

    After a final gourmet breakfast, enjoy the scenic drive back to Stockholm, dropping off your hire car and boarding your flight home. There’s also always the chance to extend with a night or two in the Swedish capital.

    Meals: Breakfast

To book call us on:

020 7664 2235

Make an enquiry

At a glance…

Cute villages, scenic drives and natural beauty – discover the idyll of the Swedish summer

» 6 day tailor-made self-drive

» Price from: £1,120 pp incl. flights

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