When you’re travelling on a shoestring, pricy hotels are not on your radar. But this very special hotel in Sweden needs a mention...The Mirrorcube. Located 60 kilometres south of the Arctic Circle at Harads in Swedish Lapland, this little hideout hotel is made from lightweight aluminium and suspended around a single tree. The outside of this tree hotel has mirror walls reflecting the spectacular natural surroundings and providing camouflage for the 4x4x4 metre space. It’s so sneaky; you might just need some help finding it. Lucky for you, we’ve sourced some more info you’ll need to know before you head to Sweden below.
If you hold an Australian passport you won’t need a visa to enter Sweden, thanks to the Schengen Convention. This means Aussies can holiday in Sweden for up to 90 days in an 180-day period. There are just a few things to note though. Firstly, if you’re travelling from a country outside of the European Union, you’re allowed to carry a 3-month supply of medicine, but some medications and natural remedies will not be allowed into Sweden. Secondly, make sure you have 6 months’ validity on your passport. For up-to-date information on entry and exit standards, contact the Embassy or Consulate of Sweden.
In Sweden, you’ll use the Swedish Krona, a currency that’s existed since 1873. Despite being part of the EU, Sweden has no plans to start using the Euro.
Thanks to that big old Ikea, we’ve had a little taste of what Sweden has to offer. You’ve probably tried the delicious Swedish meatballs, drowned in creamy sauce and served with creamy mash and lingonberry jam, or maybe a slice of Princess cake? But there’s much more to try when you land in Sweden. The country is well known for its amazing seafood dishes, particularly crayfish. In the summertime the Swedes even have crayfish parties! The Swedes are also quite fond of pickling fish and love a bit of cod roe too. A seafood dish you must try is räkor (Swedish shrimp). It’s extra special when the shrimp is cooked in their shells directly on the boat after it's caught. Forget the frozen option – it doesn’t compare. Sweet tooths must also try kanebullar (cinnamon buns).
Yep, the Swedes sure are a stylish bunch and they know how to party in style too, particularly in Stockholm. If you’ve been saving your pennies, have a night out at the Stureplan. This is where the coolest of the cool hang out – celebs, models and media personalities. This district has the city’s fanciest clubs including Stockholm’s largest club, Sturecompagniet. This venue has multiple dancefloors and bars all playing different genres of music. But if your shoestring budget doesn’t stretch that far, you can still have a rollicking good time in Södermalm (or Söder) district where there’s bohemian, reggae, rock, electro and rockabilly bars. Another great Swedish city to head out in is Gothenburg. It has more of a niche club scene in the main boulevard (the Avenyn) with smaller crowds, but there’s a massive selection of pubs and dining bars. Some favourite pubs include Lounge Göteborg, Bitter Bar & Matsal and The Bishop’s Arms. Beer lovers should also head to 7:ans Ölhall at Kungstorget 7 – it’s the only traditional beer hall in the city.