You will very likely have many of the smaller lakes all to yourself, while the bigger lakes such as Vänern, Vättern and Unden offer a bustling sailing and archipelago summer holiday.

Småland – the region of lakes

Småland borders with Skåne in the south, and apart from family friendly attractions such as the Astrid Lindgren World and High Chaparral, it is also a haven for fishing, canoeing and swimming. The largest lakes in this region are Bolmen, Helgasjön and Möckeln. Bolmen is the 10th largest lake in Sweden and the nature around the lake is perfect for foraging berries, hiking and cycling.

Vänern in Central Sweden – our largest inland lake

Central Sweden has some of Europe’s largest inland lakes; Vänern (5,490 km2) with almost 20,000 islands, Vättern (1,890 km2) which links up with Östersjön via Roxen, and Hjälmaren (463 km2) which joins up with Mälaren (1,084 km2). Mälaren is linked to the Östersjön through the waterways that run through Stockholm. The possibilities for canoeing, fishing and swimming in all three lakes are unrivalled! And if you would like to combine the outdoors with shopping you have the town of Jönköping on the shores of Vättern.

Northern Sweden’s larges lakes

Northern Sweden and Swedish Lapland have plenty of beautiful lakes; the largest ones are Torneträsk, Stora Lulevatten (The Great Lule Lake), Hornavan-Storavan, Storuman, Storsjön and Siljan. Torneträsk is in Abisko National Park where you can experience the Midnight Sun from 27th May until 18th July. If you don’t fancy the walk, Abisko luckily has a lift that takes you up to the top in no time! The trip is well worth it; Torneträsk is Sweden’s 7th largest lake, the second deepest, and the largest mountain lake in Scandinavia. The lake is situated in the Kiruna municipality, not only Sweden’s largest municipality but also its most northerly.