Hello all, thanks in advance for your input. I have struggled with putting together an itinerary because there is so much amazing and fascinating stuff to see and do.
My husband, 18-year old daughter and I will be spending two weeks in Sweden in July. We have been to Sweden once before, but only to Stockholm.
A little about us: we are foodies (but not necessarily looking for high brow - we love finding great local treats, cafes, etc); we are very casual (don’t need high end); we love some art and history; we love beautiful landscapes, picturesque small towns, and doing mild outdoor adventures (like a nice long day hike that isn’t too hilly, bike rides, SUP, canoeing). We also favor places that will be less touristy and where we have an opportunity to meet local people.
Here’s my draft itinerary, which assumes we pick up a car once we are ready to leave Lund.
Day 1 - arrive Malmö.
Day 2 - perhaps more Malmö in the morning and then head to Lund for rest of day and spend night in Lund.
Day 3 - drive up to Kulla Peninsula, glamping in Hoganas 2 nights. During the day, take a coastal hike and see the driftwood art at Republic of Ladonia.
Day 4 - Molle, Krapperups Slott. Another night in Hoganas.
Day 5 - leisurely drive to Gothenburg (any hotel recommendations?)
Day 6 - Gothenburg
Day 7 - Bohuslän coast - 2 day stay at Ladfabriken. Do some hiking, biking, swimming
Day 8 Bohuslän/Ladfabriken
Day 9 drive to Tanumshede to check out rock carvings (is it worthwhile or skip?) then head to Fengersfors in Dalsland
Day 10 Dalsland/Fengersfors
Day 11 orebro or thereabouts?
Day 12 Västerås + Anundshög burial mounds?
Day 13 Uppsala
Day 14 fly home from Stockholm ARN
One big question I have is whether instead of going from Dalsland via Orebro/Västerås/Uppsala to Stockholm, should I change my return flight to go home from the west and circle back from Dalsland on the south side of lake Vanern or head towards Oslo?
I waffled about cutting out Ystad and southern sweden in favor of making it to Dalsland, mostly because I feared the south would be too touristy in July.
Lastly, should I be spending more days in Bohuslän and in Dalsland? Is the itinerary too rushed?
I really appreciate any guidance you have! Any tips on can’t miss food and stays very much appreciated too!