Forest and coastal breaks for the autumn have been lined up to offer you the chance to enjoy the spectacle of colourful autumn breaks to Sweden.
Take in the foliage in Dalarna, a rural region rich in folk culture, just four hours north-west of Stockholm. The self-guided ‘Character of Sweden’ tour immerses you in a landscape of forests, valleys and lakes, where leisurely walks on bright, warm autumn days can be enjoyed beneath a vibrant red and gold canopy while you gather Chanterelles and cloudberries along the way.
The two-centre holiday is based at Tällberg, a community of traditional red wooden houses on the edge of Lake Siljan, and Fryksås, a hamlet with more than 150 fäbodar, timber buildings dating from the 1500s.
Other diversions include sampling local foods such as moose, perch and berries, as well as music and folk dancing, arts and crafts exhibitions, and the chance to visit Northern Europe’s largest bear conservation park at Orsa. A six-night, self-drive break costs £1,350 per person, based on two sharing, including flights, car hire and half-board accommodation.
Or Island hopping and a floating hotel
For something different try how about a floating hotel and the world’s fastest sauna boat which are two of the more unusual experiences on an autumn tour of Sweden’s most westerly islands. The ‘Island-Hopping – West Sweden’ package is a self-drive holiday showcasing the best of the Bohuslän archipelago, just 45 minutes’ drive from Gothenburg.
Stopovers include the floating Salt & Sill Hotel on Klädesholm (Herring Island), while coastal walks and bicycle rides, sea-kayaking, seal spotting and fishing are among other activities to enjoy here in the autumn sun. A five-night, self-drive break costs £1,295 per person, based on two sharing, including flights, car hire, boat transfers and a mixture of B&B and half-board accommodation.
These tours are offered by specialist operator Simply Sweden. You can get more information and prices at www.simplysweden.co.uk or by calling 01427 700115.