There are more than 300 youth hostels across Sweden, many in very unique locations. You can find one in a converted lighthouse, an old castle or prison as well as historic manors in the country. There are some created from former school houses and you may even find one on a boat. There are very few dormitory style hostels in Sweden with most run by venska TuristforenigenS, although there are some independent hostels as well.
Fell stations, which are mountain lodges, are similar to hostels and found along hiking routes. They are better equipped than youth hostels, the rooms are private and they have saunas, shopping options and a kitchen. There are also about 90 mountain cabins available throughout the country, although they tend to be very rustic. They can be found along popular walking routes.
Hotel prices are slightly lower in the summer months, but they can be costly. They also rarely rent other than a double room. Along the coast, prices may be higher at hotels in the summer. Almost every hotel offers a self-service breakfast buffet included in the room rate.
Camping is another popular activity in Sweden with almost every town offering a campground. You will need a Camping Key Europe card which is 150kr and issued at the first site. You can learn more by visiting the Swedish Camping Site Owners Association. Most sites are open from June to August. There are some campgrounds that also offer cabins equipped with bunk beds, utensils and a kitchen. There are no linens, however.
You must have a passport that will be valid at least three months beyond your planned stay. You will need to provide proof of funds for your trip as well as a return plane ticket. As long as United States citizens are staying 90 days or less, they do not need a visa.