Sweden is a country known for its winter activities, but it's also a land of many beautiful beaches. If you're visiting Sweden in the summertime, you'll have no trouble finding plenty of fantastic places to swim and sunbathe at the shore. One thing to keep in mind: Unlike beaches in other Scandinavian countries, pets are not allowed on every Swedish beach.
Stockholm: Langholmsbadet and Smedsuddsbadet Beaches
If you don't want to stray far from the Swedish capital of Stockholm and still enjoy sand and sun, visit the two popular beaches right in the city: Langholmsbadet and Smedsuddsbadet. You'll find public facilities for swimmers along with food and recreational areas.
Since they are so close to the city, these two beaches can get a little crowded in the summer. Both beaches are well-known; just ask a member of the hotel staff or a local for directions.
Open year-round, Sudersand may be Sweden's most popular beach area in the Baltic Sea. The beaches of Sudersand are found on the tiny island of Faro, which belongs to the Swedish island-region of Gotland, located 200 kilometers (125 miles) south of Stockholm.
You can reach this beach destination from Stockholm on the Nynashamn-Visby ferry and then the Faresund-Faro ferry. The beach region offers boat rentals, activities, accommodations, food, and spectacular views.
South-Central Sweden: Varamon Beach in Ostergotland
Varamon Beach, in the center of southern Sweden, is a favorite destination for both locals and visitors.
This beach gets the most sun of any in Sweden and has lots of soft sand, public facilities, and summer activities for kids and families. To find this beach in Sweden, head to the city of Motala and follow the signs from there.
Southern Sweden: Boda Beach on Oland
If you're in southern Sweden and are looking for great beaches, visit Boda Beach on the island of Oland. Road 137 connects the Swedish mainland from Kalmar to Oland. Boda Beach is a long strand with lots of soft sand, water sports, camping, and public facilities, as well as a golf course.
Southern Sweden: The Beaches of Skane
Nicknamed "the Swedish Riviera," Skane has beaches like no other region in Sweden. It's the southernmost county in Sweden and offers smooth white sand. Beaches in Skane are also easily accessible from Denmark (simply cross the Oresund Bridge and you're there). One of the most popular areas is the Ala coast, which runs from Osterlen to Kristianstad. In the autumn, this region is known for its eel fishing. But in the summer, the beaches' fine, white sand makes it a must-visit for tourists and locals alike.
This city beach is right in Downtown Malmo, Sweden's third-largest metropolitan area. In addition to swimming and sauna facilities, Ribban, as the beach is known to locals, has showers, green areas, and a separate area for dogs. It even has a section for nudists.
The view of Copenhagen across the Oresund Strait makes this beach worth a visit, even if you're not planning to go in the water.
Mollon Peninsula Nude Beach, Uddevalla
This unofficial nude beach on the Mollon peninsula is a beautiful spot for bathing on Sweden's west coast. There's also a clothing-required beach on Mollon peninsula for those feeling a little less bohemian. Although it's a picturesque area, neither of the Mollon beaches have public facilities.