Sweden is a Scandinavian nation with thousands of coastal islands and inland lakes, along with vast boreal forests and glaciated mountains. Its principal cities, eastern capital Stockholm and southwestern Gothenburg and Malmö, are all coastal. Stockholm is built on 14 islands. It has more than 50 bridges, as well as the medieval old town, Gamla Stan, royal palaces and museums such as open-air Skansen.
Our Vegan Tours of Sweden
We have done several tours in Sweden, mostly in the south and one in the north. For our last trip in the south we started in Malmo and did a loop taking in Stockholm half way through. Malmo, has great charm and you can quickly get out for walks along the coast. Stockholm has plenty of culture with some lovely stately homes and history to explore. We spent a whole day on a boat trip cruising around the islands. As we drove through the middle of Sweden, there is forest, forest and more forest; which means you do not get great views. There are some great stop off spots, including some nice lakes and protected nature reserves, where there are restictions on building, so you can take a kayak and quickly feel alone in nature.
Our latest trip took in the whole of northern Scandinavia. We started in Helsinki and hopped up to Lapland, where it is said that there are as many reindeer as there are people. ... We drove up to North Cape, the most northerly point in mainland Europe, where we were greeted by thick fog and saw nothing. Working our way along the northern coast, we had spectacular views and clear days full of sunshine. We came to Senja, with the most amazing hiking, then Lofoten island, become cutting back towards Finland. So we got to spend a couple of days in Sweden in the wonderful Abisko national park. We walked to the top and took the cable car down. It's worth spending time in the valley, which is a micro climate protected the the majestic mountains and home to Scandinavia largest alpine lake. During our stay the sun just bounced off the horizon and it's light day and night.
How vegan friendly is Sweden?
Sweden has a higher than average appreciation of the vegan lifestyle, with 1 in 10 people being either vegan or vegetarian. A recent report shows that the change is being led by the younger generation with 1 in 3 considering a move towards a more plant based lifestyle for both the health benefits as well as for the environment.
The Swedes live close to nature, with many getting away on weekends on their boats or hiking around lakes and forrests.
Vegan restaurants and cafes
The major cities, have a rapidly expanding choice of vegan restaurants and places like Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmo have penty of options to explore. In the south even out on the road, you can find vegan options with a little planning. In the north it is more problematic and while it is a nature wilderness, you are also far from fine vegan dining.
As well as their typical healthy diet, Swedes now can also enjoy the McDonald’s, McVegan doing it's part to bring veganism into the mainstream. MAX Burgers is a Swedish fast food chain with 6 vegetarian burgers and 1 vegan burger. It’s a lot more expensive compared to other others, so it's fast but not cheap. One of the vegetarian burgers “Crispy No Chicken Burger” can also be made vegan without the sauce. Gluten-free option for buns are available for all burgers.
Vegan friendly accommodation
Most hotels will provide a vegan breakfast if you warn them in advance. The Scandic Hotel chain offers a vegan breakfast option with your stay. Their onsite restaurant offers the beyond meat burger. The best options are in Malmo. Stockholm has no vegan friendly accommodation that we are aware of. Of course, when you travel with us, we are in a group which makes negociating a vegan meal, in advance, much easier.
Vegan food shopping
When it comes to shopping, Swedish supermarkets offer plenty of plant based food options with many have whole sections devoted to vegan-friendly food. As well as plant based milks and yoghurts, tofu is usually available too. Specialist shops offering organic ingredients and gluten-free products are increasingly common too.
Labels can be a problem to read as they are often only in Swedish. Of course you could use google translate, but we found it a lot easier to simply flag down the nearest person and ask them. It's good to know, that everyone speak english; and I mean perfectly fluent english english. They are also so polite and friendly, they take a great pleasure in pointing you in the right direction, with a smile.
Big brands like Oatly have arrived and it's worth checking out their ice-cream.
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