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Jun
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Cheap Tickets to Stockholm for a family adventure at a Swedish lake cabin

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In summer, half of Sweden decamps to the log cabins that fringe the country’s 100,000 deserted lakes. And I want to book some cheap tickets to Stockholm go with them. Ever since I started becoming a fan of Bergman and his Scenes from a Marriage mini-series, I have longed to spend a summer on the lakes of Sweden. The Godlike men don’t hurt either.

Alright, so let’s book some cheap flights to stockholm and visualize….

Although myriad summer cabins dot Sweden’s 100,000 inland lakes and 7,000km of coastline, you might find it’s not the easiest to book one from abroad. There’s one cabin rental website in English (sweden-holidays.com) that gives you an idea of what’s available. And although there were some around the $600-800 a week mark, most were already booked. But if you are prepared to pay more then you can get something called Vängsö Sjögård, an estate that conjures up nearly all romantic visions you might have.

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something like this

Book a flight to Stockholm and see for yourself, Sweden is certainly more affordable than it used to be – now on a par with France – but with a car rental and restaurant prices (steak and frites already spotted on a restaurant menu for $45), corners have to be cut to make this three-week family holiday affordable.

Fly to Stockholm, drive one hour west and the house is on Lake Nyckelsjön among gentle yellow fields and red barns, a few houses in the distance. The owners will hand over the keys but add that you don’t need to worry too much about locking the doors. Although it is grander than a normal cabin, its setting is typical. Down at the lake, there’s a jetty with two boats. What’s wonderful is that you can wade out into the murky but clean water and the water will only reach your 10-year-old’s chest. By the middle of the lake, it’s still at her chest. Which means you can lie on the jetty all day, and read books while your children play safely in the shallow water.

does this fit your idea of an ideal vacation?

does this fit your idea of an ideal vacation?

Here you can go two days without seeing bother person in your lake. The sun shines, swim laps. You can even run the country roads. In the afternoons, visit the supermarket and stock up on the salmon, beetroot salad, delicious rye breads and lingonberry juice that you supplement with the vegetables your hosts will tell you to pick from their garden, here you may just go home losing weight and feel healthier than you ever have.  It doesn’t hurt, too, that wine is only sold in government Sytembolaget shops to encourage Swedes to be thoughtful about how much they drink. It closes at 5 so many people just forget, all the better for you.

And another reason to book tickets to Stockholm is that here the sky stays light until midnight. Row out across the lake across the silent water under swirls of purple and scarlet cloud, and then embarrass the heck out of your children by skinny dipping in the midnight waters, no fear of large creatures underneath.

typical scenery

typical scenery

Leave time at the end of your trip to spend a few days in Stockholm. Or perhaps do it at the beginning. Sometimes after a few weeks on the water, the city will feel loud and abrupt with its swathes of tourists.

royal summer palace of Drottiningholms

royal summer palace of Drottiningholms

One way to break it up is a sunny boat tour around the islands of the Stockholm archipelago and a visit to the royal summer palace of Drottiningholms. It’ll makes you love it here even more, watching the relaxed Swedes canoe, and swim, and water-ski past us, skyscrapers in the background. You might just want to stay here for good. It’s true the quality of life here is one up on the rest of Europe.

Vängsö Sjögård, near town of Gnesta, Södermanland, on sweden-holidays.com, costs from €1,990-2,600 per week and sleeps 10.

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