5 things to know before you visit Stockholm

1. Fika is life! Fika is often translated as “a coffee and cake break”, which is kind of correct, but really it is much more than that.

Fika is a concept, a state of mind, an attitude and an important part of Swedish culture. Many Swedes consider that it is almost essential to make time for fika every day. It means making time for friends and colleagues to share a cup of coffee (or tea) and a little something to eat.

At many companies it’s mandatory for all workers, from Malmo to Stockholm, to have a designated time during the day to sit down and do fika.

2. Your Kids will love it! Stockholm is a child-friendly city. There is an abundance of children’s attractions and museums with activities and exhibits, especially for children.

At Djurgården, many children’s attractions are very close to one another, making it the perfect starting place for a unforgettable vacation for you and your kids. Here you will find the fairytale world of Junibacken (often Called Pipi Longstocking world) and the amusement park Gröna Lund with plenty of attractions for kids and adults alike.

Skansen is the world’s first open-air museum and has a unique collection of historical buildings, a children’s zoo with Nordic animals, an aquarium, play areas and an amusement park — an excellent place for visitors to celebrate Midsummer, Easter and other festive occasions.

3. Island hopping is one of the best activities. One of the many ways to experience the Stockholm archipelago is to travel by ferry from island to island. Lapping waves, sunny rock ledges, and unparalleled scenery await you.

Even if you’re just in Stockholm for a few days, taking a day trip into the amazing archipelago that stretches east from the city can be one of the most rewarding parts of your visit.

The Stockholm Archipelago is made up of tens of thousands of idyllic islands. They are definitely worth exploring if you have the time, especially during the warmer months, when there’s endless potential for barbecuing, swimming and overnight stays.

4. Midsummer is the biggest party of the year. In mid-June, school is out and nature has burst into life. It seems like the sun never sets. In fact, in the north of Sweden it doesn’t, and in the south only for an hour or two. This calls for celebration! Friends and family gather for the most typically Swedish tradition of all: Midsummer.

Originally June 24th. Now Midsummer Eve is celebrated between June 20th-25th. Midsummer in 2020 is on the 20th of June.

Where should you spend Midsummer Eve, my suggestion: Skansen! We bind birch wreaths‚ raises the leafy maypole (midsummer eve at 2 pm)‚ we dance and play games around the maypole‚ enjoy folk music and folk dance. You can also dance both old and new dances on our dance floors far into the bright Swedish summer night.

5. Get on the Subway! Stockholm’s subway system opened in 1950 and currently has 100 stations. It is often called the world’s longest art gallery since 90 of the stations are decorated with art.

The Stations with the most fascinating art:

Red Line:

  • T-Centralen
  • Stadion
  • Tekniska Högskolan
  • Universitetet

Green Line:

  • Hötorget
  • Odenplan (Stockholm Public Library)
  • Thorildsplan
  • Fridhemslplan

Blue Line:

  • Solna Centrum
  • Hallonbergen
  • Radhuset
  • KungsträdgĂĄrden
  • T-Centralen

The best time to tour the Stockholm subway is outside of peak commuting times. Makes sense right? You want to see the art and take photos of the stations and not have to worry about crowds. Think in between 11 am and 3 pm. Otherwise, weekdays after the evening rush hour and weekends will also have fewer people.

Published by Marco Strong

Marco & Elias - Inspiring the world for Stockholm 🇸🇪

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