Kick off with a visit to part medieval, part Gothic Uppsala Domkyrka, or Uppsala Cathedral. Inaugurated in 1435, Gothic re-styled in the 19th century, it is a must see/do in Uppsala.Gamla (Old) Uppsala, just north of the city, boasts impressive 6th century burial mounds and in its museum you can learn about the legend of the Svea kings and gory human sacrifices (kids love this bit). Go here for Gamla Uppsala Museum, Odinsborg restaurant and Disagrden open-air museum.
Carl von Linn
Another must in Uppsala is Carl von Linn, Swedens greatest ever scientist and father of modern taxonomy. He lived and worked in Uppsala in the 18th century and there are museums, gardens, parks etc dedicated to his memory in Uppsala. Go here for absolutely everything Carl von Linn.
If the kids start dragging their feet, hit the nearest caf and treat them to a Swedish classic of pancakes with whipped cream and jam. And then let them loose at Fyrishov Water Park. In addition to its historical charms, Uppsala is Swedens fourth largest city with a good range of shops, restaurants and cafs.
The town of Sigtuna? Quaint? The place is a complete charm-fest and Swedens first town (founded in AD 980).
Sigtuna hugs the northern shores of Lake Mlaren and its cobblestone streets are arteries of the almost 1,000 year-old Stora gatan, or main street, with clusters of shops selling Swedish fashion, design and handicrafts.
For the low down on Sigtunas history visit Sigtuna Museum for its brilliant exhibitions and displays. For some ancient Viking detective work, pop into the museum or Tourist Office on Stora gatan and ask or a futhark, or key. This will help you unlock the mysteries of the towns more than 150 rune stones. Careful how you pronounce futhark though.
Duration: 5-7 hours
Distance: 70 km out of Stockholm
Vehicle: Private car
Meals: snacks, water included
Pickup/drop-off: your accommodation point