We are Erik and Sofia, best friends and founders of StandOut Travel. Sweden’s first and foremost owned LGBT travel agency. With a wealth of experience in the industry, a passion for travel, and a strong connection to the LGBT+ community, we guarantee professional and enthusiastic service.

Our purpose

  • Bring people together
  • Tell Sweden’s LGBT history
  • End discrimination

StandOut Travel is a young and vibrant company, founded out of passion in 2018. The StandOut Travel Team is constantly learning and tackling new challenges. Our policies are regularly updated and develop as we grow. We encourage our guests to help us out and give us feedback on our services so we can continue to create unforgettable experiences and continue to love our work at StandOut Travel.


The Office

Erik Sörgren


Our founder Erik grew up on the west coast in Sweden, outside Uddevalla. He loves to travel and meet new people. He’s been living in Stockholm since 2013 and really enjoy to connect people and work for the LGBT community.

Sofia Kärnestam


Our Co-Founder Sofia grew up in Stockholm and has a big passion for the LGBT community and travel. She loves to be creative and bring the best experiences to you.

Tobias Jacobsson

Booking Manager

Tobias works as a booking manager and our business developer. He is a true Stockholmer where he grew up. He loves to travel, meet new people and work for the LGBT community.

Gustav Hemming

Member Of Board

Gustav works with the environmental, archipelago and regional planning county council in Stockholm. He was also Vice Chairman of the Center Party’s University Association between 1994 and 1996 and is formerly Chairman of the Center Party’s LGBT Network.

Our Guides


Stockholm guide

Lars is our guide team leader and have 5+ years experience as a Stockholm guide and I’m ready to show you our beautiful city!


Stockholm guide

Linnéa is a versatile opera singer,
who loves to play Swedish folk tunes on her violin. Linnéa grew up on an Island in the archipelago of Stockholm,
daughter of a Hungarian father and German mother. She has lived
in the US, in Paris as well as in Austria and Germany. Linnéa is an Authorized Guide of Stockholm and has been
working as a tour leader and guide all over Scandinavia for 18 years.
Her specialities are Opera- & Music tours and the region of Dalarna.


Stockholm guide

Ross is a Brit living in Stockholm. He has a passion for history and loves to share unique stories and trivia with visitors to the city which he now calls home. Outside of being a guide, Ross is a keen amateur cook and is dedicated to personal fitness, nutrition and health


Stockholm guide

Stefan has worked as a tour guide and leader for more than 30 years, mostly in Italy, but also in countries like Egypt and India. He loves to travel, learn about other cultures and habits and he is passionate about sharing information. After 30 years abroad Stefan moved back to Stockholm in 2011 and he is proud to work in Stockholm as an authorized guide. As a gay man he came out of the closet at the age or eighteen.


Gothenburg guide

Annika lives in Gothenburg on Sweden’s west coast. She loves traveling, meeting new people, and experiencing different cultures. Living in the United States for a year as an exchange student, while in high school, was an experience of a lifetime that created many fond memories and lifelong friendships. One of her main interests is history which led her to pursue certification as a guide for Gothenburg and Bohuslän, covering the whole northwestern Swedish coast with its beautiful archipelago. She is also a certified guide for Gothenburg City Development, currently the largest city development in Scandinavia. Annika is truly passionate about enlightening locals and visitors to the region to Gothenburg’s history, present and future.


Gothenburg guide

Gothenburg has given me so much over the years so now I want to share the soul, history, and atmosphere of this city. From the beginning the city was multicultural and that was the start of a liberal spirit. An openminded city, liberal values where everyone can feel at home.
City walks, bus sightseeings from the inner city til surrounding villages and islands. English and French are my professional languages. My professional motto is ” Without joy my motor stops.