Throw away your misconceptions – Sweden offers so much more than Ikea, Abba and Volvo. At twice the size of the UK, it’s just as diverse, with big cities like Stockholm and Gothenburg contrasting with the huge pine forests further afield. Fans of urban life should head for Stockholm, which actually covers 14 different islands. With a mix of traditional and modern architecture, the best nightlife in the country and a range of museums, there’s something to occupy you at all hours of the day. If you like things a little quieter, Gothenburg is Sweden’s second city. Designed by Amsterdam’s architects, it’s full of canals and pedestrian friendly streets. To really take advantage of Sweden’s natural beauty, head inland and admire the work of Mother Nature. Lakes at Vänern and Vättern are picture perfect, while Värmland is the perfect place for river rafting. Head north to Lapland, and see if you can spot the aurora borealis, or just an elk or bear along the many hiking routes.