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Sweden is full of surprises. The many islands off the coast, as well as the inland offer a perfect mix of adventure for an active holiday. You’re also likely to meet some interesting locals, such as the Sami people, but also bears and other animals.
A skerry. What a weird word. It means a small, rocky island. And the coast of Sweden has many of them, especially ones that make up archipelagos. That’s why it’s known as the skerry coast. There are such coasts in the east of Sweden, but also to the west and near the capital, Stockholm.
Sweden is also home to the largest bear population of Scandinavia. Possibly in the entire world. So there’s a chance you could meet one, especially in the relatively unknown Fulufjället National Park, a wilderness in the middle of Sweden.
In summer you can enjoy the famous midnight sun, when the days are extremely long and the nights are very short. That means lots of daylight hours to go out and explore! In the very north you can even experience the short time that the sun does not go down at all. Just think, the sun doesn't set. There's light 24 hours a day.
In Sweden there is the Swedish allemansrätten, also known as ‘freedom to roam’. It means you get special rights as a visitor. You’re allowed to cross anyone’s water or land, so long as this does not hinder its owners and you’re doing it just as a personal experience.
It’s also allowed to pitch a tent for a few days, though it’s a common courtesy to ask for permission before you set up camp. Another thing is that you may pick flowers, fruits and mushrooms for your own use.
Lighting campfires is also permitted, except in those areas where there is a fire ban. So as long as you’re courteous and check beforehand if it’s ok, you can have amazing camping experiences in Sweden.