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Discover unique ways to experience the Swedish capital

The best way to learn about travel destinations is from those who have been there themselves. That’s why we’ve partnered with some of the world’s most experienced international travel bloggers to bring you real-life adventures from the planet’s most exciting places.

Check out this video on offbeat accommodation in the Swedish capital and read on for more great tips about what Stockholm has to offer.

And remember – all the activities featured in our videos are fully covered by Budget Direct Travel Insurance.

Welcome to Sweden!

Sweden is one of world’s most interesting and socially advanced countries, with a population of 9.7 million people. Because it’s so close to the Arctic Circle, Sweden enjoys long summer days and short winter days: in Stockholm, expect 18 hours of daylight in July and only six in January!

Although Swedish is the national language, you can leave your phrasebook at home – most Swedes speak good English. Compared to Australia, Sweden (like all Scandinavian countries) can be expensive, so you should watch your budget carefully.

Stockholm is blessed with fascinating attractions, amazing history, stunning natural areas and a pulsating nightlife.

Fun things to do in Stockholm

Stockholm is blessed with fascinating attractions, amazing history, stunning natural areas and a pulsating nightlife. Here are just a few things you can get up to during your visit:

1. Indulge in fresh seafood

Stockholm is renowned for seafood so you’d be silly not to try some when you’re here.

Herring is a big deal: it’s salted, smoked, broiled, pickled, fried, sautéed, marinated and baked. In your smorgasbord you might find mustard herring, dill herring, blackcurrant herring, onion herring and other varieties.

Give the local smoked salmon (Rökt Lax) a go or try the cured version (Gravlax).

Scrambled eggs with smoked salmon, on baguette toast

The shrimp sandwich (Raksmorgas) is a Swedish tradition and you’ll find it everywhere, featuring baby shrimps mixed with tomato, fresh dill, boiled egg, lettuce and mayonnaise on toasted bread.

Swedish seafood chowder (Fisksoppa) is also a must-try, with big fish chunks (often salmon), baby shrimps and sometimes even crayfish immersed in a hearty, tomato-based broth.

Swedish seafood chowder (Fisksoppa) is also a must-try, with big fish chunks (often salmon), baby shrimps and sometimes even crayfish immersed in a hearty, tomato-based broth: the ultimate in Scandinavian comfort food.

Check out TripAdvisor to find the best seafood restaurants in the capital.

2. Explore the Stockholm archipelago by ferry

Stockholm is the gateway to many spectacular islands and each has its own unique charm. From north to south, the Stockholm archipelago extends for 140 kilometres and offers a tremendous selection of island landscapes to choose from: quiet natural sanctuaries, tiny attractive villages surrounded by thick woods and more densely populated tourist hotspots.

Hopping on a scheduled ferry (they leave from the Blasieholmen peninsula) is cheaper than paying big bucks for a guided boat tour and provides the same stunning scenery.

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Don’t forget a jumper and a raincoat at all times of year – Swedish weather can be quite variable within a single day.

Swedish people are serious coffee drinkers, gulping down four to five cups per day on average.

3. Join the café society

Swedish people are serious coffee drinkers, gulping down four to five cups per day on average. So don’t just ignore all the cafés full of thirsty Swedes indulging in a sweet pastry and several cups of coffee – join in the action yourself.

In this country, the pastime of sitting, chatting with friends and lingering over coffee even has its own name: fika. It’s a handy way to strike up random conversations with interesting strangers too!

Hipster couple drinking coffee in Stockholm old town.

4. Don’t fight City Hall – take a tour of it

The Stadshuset is Stockholm’s City Hall and the capital’s most prominent landmark. Its Blue Hall hosts the annual Nobel Prize Banquet and if you want to check out the achievements of eminent laureates, take a gander at the Noble Prize Museum. Even if you never win the Nobel Prize yourself, you can see where it all happens.

Highlights of a guided tour through the Stadshuset include the breathtaking Golden Hall, which contains historic Swedish scenes adorned with 18 million gold-leaf mosaic pieces on the walls. There’s also a 10,000-pipe organ and the impressive Council Chamber, designed in Viking longhouse style.

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Swedes like to dine and celebrate while out on the water.

5. Eat, drink and be merry – and do it while floating

Having a big night on dry land is enough of a challenge for many of us, but the Swedes like to dine and celebrate while out on the water. Numerous boats and cleverly disguised pontoons cater to the drinking and dining crowd: some stay put at their moorings while others take a slow, leisurely cruise around the quiet waters of the harbour.

If you fancy a drink on a boat that once served in the Normandy landings, head for the M/S Gerda, now decorated with trendy furniture (Sweden is the home of IKEA after all) and palm trees.

The Flyt is also popular in summer – it’s a pontoon masquerading as a steamboat. You can even party down on the Patricia, a former English Channel lightship once visited by Winston Churchill.

So go ahead – rock the night away while enjoying a view of the water – it’s the Swedish thing to do!

6. Relax at the heart of Stockholm at Royal Djurgarden Park

This expansive harbour-side city park features an aesthetically pleasing mix of forest and parkland, with superb views in just about every direction. A popular spot for joggers, walkers and families, it is also home to many of the city’s major museums.

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For folk art, textiles, furnishings, fashion and a good look at Scandinavian culture, head to the Nordiska Museet.

Both adults and kids will love the amusement park at Gröna Lund and the Pippi Longstocking-themed Junibacken Museum.

If post-1900 paintings and sculptures are your thing, check out Thielska Galleriet and Waldemarsudde. At the Vasa Museum you can gaze at a resurrected sunken warship from the 17th century and if you’re curious about what life in Sweden was like in the 1900s, a visit to the very traditional Skansen open-air historical museum is a must.

Both adults and kids will love the amusement park at Gröna Lund and the Pippi Longstocking-themed Junibacken Museum.

Of course, if all that sounds far too energetic, you can just do what many Swedes do: pack a picnic lunch, laze around on the park’s beautiful lawns and enjoy the sunshine – when it comes out.

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Swedish people love to get outdoors and keep their bodies moving, whether it’s hiking, mountain-biking, sea kayaking or cross country skiing; and you can do the same.

7. Get out and about for some outdoor adventure

It doesn’t matter what the weather is doing – Swedish people love to get outdoors and keep their bodies moving, whether it’s hiking, mountain-biking, sea kayaking or cross country skiing; and you can do the same.

There are loads of outdoor activities to choose from and plenty of stunning places to do them in, not just in Stockholm but in nearby areas as well.

The camping is awesome, the water sports are incredible (make sure you get onto a sailboat while you’re here) and the Swedish environment is tailor-made for outdoor fun. And if you need quality Travel Insurance for Stockholm, try Budget Direct!

 

Sources
http://www.visitsweden.com/sweden/sweden-facts/
http://www.slowtravelstockholm.com/food-and-drink/seafood-in-stockholm/
http://www.timeout.com/stockholm/features/339/20-great-things-to-do-in-stockholm
http://www.visitsweden.com/sweden/Regions–Cities/Stockholm/Nature-in-Stockholm/Royal-Djurgarden-park/