We have curated some fun inspiration for your journey to the Viking lands of Sweden!
Who else is ready for some food, fashion, music, antiques, and artifacts, amazing landscapes, volcanoes, opera & more!?
Here are our Printable Activities and Offerings to help round out your “trip”!
Food, Drinks, & Decoration Ideas
Whatever you do – blue and yellow are the way to go!
Blue and yellow balloons and streamers are simple, yet effective. And don’t forget to have residents help to color plenty of our flags to decorate!
And then, there’s food!
Coffee & Cake or Fika is a culture, not just cake and cupcakes. During this break time, open-faced sandwiches and baked sweets are traditions. It’s a time when Swedes hang out with friends and get to know new people.
- Surstromming (salted fermented herring)
- Dairy products
- Swedish Meatballs
- Lingonberry jam
- Diam bars
- Kanelbulle (cinnamon buns)
You can also serve Swedish Meatballs or make smorgasbord with salmon, cheeses and crackers. Make some cupcakes with blue and yellow icing to go the simple route, or if you want something a little more decadent you can try this Princess Cake.
Passport and Stamp
Crafts to Do
- An Easy Swedish Heart Craft for Christmas!
- Scandinavian Tomte Nisse Christmas Gnome DIY Tutorial
- A Swedish Christmas Craft Tutorial
- This Swedish Heart activity would be really good to continue to encourage fine motor skills.
Virtual Tours & YouTube Links
- Sweden Vacation Travel Video Guide • Great Destinations
- A Tour of STOCKHOLM: Sweden’s Ultra Cool Capital
- Rick Steve’s Stockholm
- Here is a paid tour – 40 minutes of Viking History in a Virtual Tour!
Swedish Movie Suggestions
- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009), R, Crime, Drama, Mystery
- Force Majeure (2014), R, Comedy, Drama
- Songs from the Second Floor (2000), NR Comedy, Drama
- The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared (2013) R, Adventure, Comedy
- ABBA: The Movie (1977) G, Comedy, Drama, Music
- As It Is in Heaven (2004) NR, Comedy, Drama, Music
- Everlasting Moments (2008) NR, Drama, History
- Eat Sleep Die (2012) NR, Drama
- Searching for Sugar Man (2012) PG-13, Documentary, Biography, Music
- Let the Right One In (2008 ) Låt den rätte komma in (original title) R, Crime, Drama, Fantasy
- Vikings, TV-MA, Action, Adventure, Drama
Swedish Actors to look out for:
- Alicia Vikander – The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015), PG-13, Action, Adventure, Comedy
- Anna Odell – The Reunion (2013) Drama
- Alexander Skarsgard – The Legend of Tarzan (2016) PG-13, Action, Adventure, Drama
- Gustaf Skarsgard – Vikings, TV-MA, Action, Adventure, Drama
- Bill Skarsgard – The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016), PG-13, Action, Adventure, Mystery
- Joel Kinnaman
- Ludwig Goransson
- Lukas Moodysson
- Malin Akerman
- Max von Sydow
- Ruben Ostlund
- Tarik Saleh
- Tomas Alfredson
Explore Sweden in a Novel or Memoir
The full list with brief descriptions are listed here.
- Wilful Disregard, Lena Andersson, 2013
- April Witch, Majgull Axelsson, 1997
- Simon and the Oaks, Marianne Fredriksson, 1985
- The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared, Jonas Jonasson, 2009
- Everything I Don’t Remember, by Jonas Hassen Khemiri, 2015
- Gösta Berling’s Saga, Selma Lagerlof, 1891
- Let the Right One In, John Ajvide Lindqvist, 2004