While the rest of the world was pining to have a slice of Western Europe with its cliched Eiffels, Alps, and Leaning Towers, I craved for something different, something not so blatantly touristy, but nonetheless Europe. That’s when I zeroed in on Scandinavia - the land of ethereal wilderness, stylish cities, cute villages, endless days and nights, and the grand aurora borealis! To begin exploring this beautiful, majestic region, I had decided to start with Sweden! The largest of the Nordic nations, Sweden leaves you amazed in more ways than you can imagine. From deep, virgin forests to frozen lakes, to picturesque islands, charming cottages, surreal countryside, beautiful architecture, and stylish cities like Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmo - the moment I set foot in Sweden, I knew it was going to become one of my most favourite countries in the world! While Stockholm welcomed me with its impeccable style and grandiose architecture, giving me an unforgettable taste of urban Sweden, it was only when I left the city behind, that I was able to experience the quintessential natural beauty and wilderness that Scandinavia screams of! After many a balmy strolls through Stockholm and its islands, and hiking and cycling through the dreamy, adorable countryside in South Sweden, here are a few beautiful images that hopefully reveal what is truly special about this gorgeous land of the Vikings.