I am traveling to Sweden with a couple friends. I have travelled in
Europe before to Italy, but this is my first time to Sweden.
Where are you travelling from? Due to the pandemic there is an entry ban for all non essential travel from outside the EU/EEA and couple of other countries.
Can anyone share what their recent experience there was like? Anything
to avoid?Lockdown issues? Mask rules? Just anything at all that would
be helpful to know ahead of time for 1) safety 2) must see places 3)
must eat foods
For current advice, see Folkhälsomyndigheten's (Public Health Agency) website: www.folkhalsomyndigheten.se There is no general mask rules but some companies (e.g. airlines) require them. Otherwise, keep 2m distance, wash your hands and don't use public transport during rush hour if you can avoid it. Regarding must see places, what are you interested in? Art?, Nature?, History? Anything else?
Regarding food, it is now season for both crayfish and surströmming but they are probably both an acquired taste. Otherwise meatballs are probably the most famous Swedish food internationally. Otherwise pickled herring, but it might also be a bit of an acquired taste. For pastries and dessert, cinnamon buns and princess cake are usually popular both among locals and visitors. And you should always remember to save some time for a fika.
Are there any day trips that this group suggests?
Several, but it depends on where you are staying.