Given Scandinavia's long dark winters it's no surprise that the arrival of summer is marked with festivities that rival even Christmas. In Stockholm when the skies remain a reddish-gold all night, dining spills outdoors and families flock to summer cottages or quiet coves in the archipelago to celebrate midsummer with pickled herring, shots of local firewater and maypole dancing. If you're looking to join the party, under-thirties head to Visby, where the otherwise quiet island of Gotland turns into the Ibiza of the Baltic for one week only. The club scene moves 100 miles south of the capital and Swedish hipsters rent beach houses and overflow onto the white sand where visiting DJs play all night long.
This year Gotand's midsummer meet is from June 20th-26th. Fly from London via Stockholm Arlanda to Visby on Scandinavian Airlines
Words by Tabitha Joyce. The Iris Letter June 2016.