Swedish weather is commonly misconceived as being cold and dark. Although this may be true of the winter months, summer is a very special time in Sweden. The summer season lasts from May to September, with the height of summer in July. In the south, days are long with just a few hours of semi-darkness, and high up in the extreme north the sun does not set for up to six weeks. This endless light allows you plenty of time to enjoy the lakes and forests well into the evening.

Temperatures are also surprisingly warm for a country of its latitude. This is due to the warming waters of the Gulf Stream flowing from the Caribbean to make Swedish summers sunnier and warmer than ever imagined.

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