Celebrate Father's Day Swedish Style
If there was a spiritual home of fathers, surely it would be Sweden thanks to the fact it was the first country in the world to replace maternity leave with parental leave back in the 70s - giving both parents the opportunity to take time out to look after their offspring.
As such with Father’s Day approaching (18 June), it’s an apt time to place the spotlight on Sweden and remind us that it’s a great place not only for domestic daddies, but also for those papas paying a flying visit.
From golf courses to saunas, there’s a broad range of pursuits available. So if this Scandinavian gem sounds like the perfect destination to treat your dad this Father’s Day, here’s the Flexicover team's top picks for what’s on offer.
Splash out on a sauna
Saunas are a cultural tradition in Sweden, but the good news is it’s not just reserved for Swedes. For an authentic experience, treat dad to a visit to Hellasgarden on the outskirts of Stockholm. Situated on the shores of Lake Källtorp, guests are invited to cool off from the baking-hot sauna by plunging into the lake; the icier, the better. Be warned: Swedes aren’t shy about nudity, so be prepared to strip off in public. If that offends British sensibilities, try a day spa instead. In central Stockholm, Selma City Spa is perfect for relaxing, as well as taking in the incredible city views that surround the heated outdoor rooftop pool.
Tee off at Halmstad Golf Club
Its icy climate doesn’t stop Sweden from being a golfer’s paradise and Halmstad Golf Club is one of its best. In these warmer months, the golf course turns a luscious shade of green, especially as it’s lined with mature woodland that makes the course as pretty as a picture. Each course offers four sets of tees for different playing levels, meaning dads of all abilities will be able to take on a bit of golf while on hols.
Explore Sweden’s Viking history in Birka
For history buffs, Sweden’s go-to attraction is Birka, a UNESCO Heritage Site that preserves its Viking history. Known as Sweden’s first city, with relics that date back to 750AD, the area explores its history with a museum and a section that recreates Viking life (spoiler alert: it’s like a Game of Thrones episode). Tours from Stockholm include a two-hour boat journey, lunch on board and a guided tour of the archaeological fields, all for 540SK (around £50). It also gives you free time to explore the beautiful island for yourself. If the weather is nice, take your swimming gear along for a dip in its inviting waters.
Try some Surströmming
Dads who like to experience everything once should see if they can stomach Surströmming: the famous fermenting herring that’s supposed to be a delicacy but is heralded as the stinkiest dish in the world. Eaten outdoors so the pungent odours can diffuse, the salty, acidic herring is traditionally served with flat bread and extras like sliced potatoes, cheese, crème fraiche and onion. It’s an acquired taste, so ensure dad can wash it down with the traditional drink of a light beer or cold milk. And get the cameras at the ready - the reaction to even opening a can of the stuff is worth capturing.
Any speed demon will adore the experience of snowmobiling and while you’ll have to hold off until the colder months to enjoy this activity it’s one that is certainly worth the wait. With vistas so white that it’s hard to tell where snow ends and sky begins, it’s a challenge unlike any other. So treat dad to an afternoon of snowmobiling, which is more common in the frostier area of northern Sweden. With top speeds of 120kph, it’s an adrenaline adventure that will leave their heart racing and knuckles white, but it’s certainly something to write home about. A two-hour snowmobile safari is around 650SK each (£60) when two of you share a snowmobile.
So wherever you plan to head this year it’s good to know that Flexicover Travel Insurance is committed to providing you with the highest level of protection to ensure you are safe and secure 24 hours a day when away.