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 DjurgĂ„rden, 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
  • KungstrĂ€dgĂ„rden
  • 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.

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Stockholm Sightseeing: Luxury Style

Today we go Sightseeing Luxury Style!
Mats Södergren from V.I.P Limousine is taking us on a very special Sightseeing Tour.
Our journey took us from Central Stockholm to see the Nordiska Museet, Swedens largest Museum of Cultural History.
From there we took if to the ABBA Museum, have some Ice Cream at Grona Lund and discover the beauty of DjurgĂ„rden – The most beautiful of Stockholms 14 Islands
Yes, Stockholm consists of 14 Islands! A City in which you can catch your breath and have it taken away at the same time! A city build during the Stona Age in which its inhabitants work with the land and not against it!
Every Stockholm Guide will lead You to the Royal Palace. Build in 1967 the official residence of the Swedish Royal family.
We happened to crash into a Military Parade and took some nice Memorial Pictures.
The Royal Guards are guarding the Royal family since 1523. In fact they are the Mings very own Cavarly and Infanrty.
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Boating in the Archipelago (Dream Boat Club)

If you haven’t been to the Archipelago but have been planning on seeing it, I suggest you do yourself a favour by renting a boat. It’s probably the best way to experience and see all the different islands and the breathtaking coastline it has to offer. I went boating with the Dream Boat Club, who offer renting services of different types of boats with desired options onboard like, water-ski, wakeboards, snorkelling gear, fishing equipment etc. It was extraordinary, I would go as far as saying, you haven’t experienced Swedish summer at its peak if you haven’t been Boating. It allows you to experience everything from a different dimension, the speed, the wind hitting your face and the endless view of clear blue water, you become one with your surrounding.  Wether your live in Sweden or  visiting, boating through the Archipelago is an unforgettable activity that everyone no matter age will appreciate and remember for a lifetime. One thing to keep in mind, the best season for boating in Sweden is from june to august.

 

A Skyview of Stockholm

The Skyview in Globen feels like Swedens answer to the London Eye or the Burj Khalifa. If you love Stockholm, then you might want to consider viewing it from 424 feet above sea level. I recently experienced Skyview with my 5 year old daughter, and she loved it, the view is truly stunning as Globen is at the heart of Södermalm.  Although height is not my forte, I really enjoyed the ride which lasted for 20 minute. Overall its a memorable thing to do with a loved one and you can take amazing pictures with Stockholm as your backdrop.

 

Oceanbus tour: Stockholm

I recently discovered there’s such a thing as a “ocean-bus“. The entire idea is pretty interesting, you get on board an actual, regular bus. It looks like a bus, it drives on the road, just like a bus should, but then as it approaches the “ocean” it doesn’t stop or hesitate, quite the contrary, it drives or dives so to speak right into it. It is an experience worh the wait. The best part is the funny and mostly sarcastic tour guide who gives you a crash course in swedish history while being entertaining with fascinating facts about stockholm and the historical buildings. We also got to see few famous swedish owned properties around strandvĂ€gen, which I should poing out, is the richest postcode in Stockholm, prices starting at €20.000 per Sqm. My overall experience could be summed up in one word, entertaining. If you are currently in Stockholm I recommend it, as it’s an outside the box attraction.

Indoor skydiving Stockholm

I believe its been a little over 3 weeks, since me and my son Elias went to body flight. It was our first time trying indoor skydiving and it was an incredible experience. I’m not gonna sugar coat it, it was pretty difficult to get your body around it, literally. When you first watch it online, it all seems very straightforward, until you’re caught up in the wind and realise, how hard it is to catch your breath let alone keep your body balanced. I have to say it’s one of those things you get better at the more you try. Keeping a realistic expectation, will make it more enjoyably as you, definitely won’t master it at first attempt. The instructors are super helpful and passionate about their job, wish made it all worthwhile the struggle. If you’re in Stockholm for a visit or you live here and want to try an accelerating, fun and challenging experience, Bodyflight is a must.

Stockholm Wildlife Safari & Köttbullar on Campfire

It was amazing to see Swedish wildlife in its natural habitat. As a wildlife lover, Moose are a great and majestic animal to spot. You don’t realise what a huge animal it is on close encounter. It was a fantastic experience to see the king of the forest (moose), different species of deer, wild boar and birds of prey. We spent an amazing time in the forest, learning not only about moose, wildboar, deer as well as, how to live off the forest. We learned how to make fire with knife and flint and ended the evening with a great Swedish Campfire Dinner (Swedish köttbullar and salad). It is not your typical tourist attraction nevertheless that’s what’s makes it so unique. Be different and try something new, chances are, you might even come to love it 🙂 thank You thegreentrails for the Amazing Evening

We introduce: Akalla 4H-GĂ„rd

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Akalla 4H-GÄrd is located in beautiful 19th century Akalla. The village borders the nature reserve JÀrvafÀltet.

Akalla 4H offers free admission, the animals are seen every day at 8.30-16.00 clock in their fields.

The animals are on their fields every day of the year. Akalla also has a 4H farm. Café, pottery workshop, mini golf course, playground, barbecue area, paddling pool and an outdoor gym (which I often use in my training videos).

In Akalla 4H there are horses, sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, ducks, rabbits and cats. Lambs and kittens are born in spring.
The work to conserve Swedish landraces is extremely important, as many animals in Sweden are threatened with extinction.
To spend more time with the animals, you can book guided tours.

Pony riding: takes place every sunday from 1pm to 2pm.


Meals are provided, in the café there are a lot of delicacies. To save money, there is a Lidl around the corner where you can do the same shopping.


So if you have already seen Skansen and want to save a some money, just drive by.

Sparadiset in Stockholm

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Jag upptĂ€ckte ett grymt spa som heter Sparadiset. Det finns flera runt om stan. Jag gick till den i Östermalm torg. Det lĂ„g ganska nĂ€ra tunnelbanan. VĂ€ldigt avslappnande och mysigt, precis det som behövs för att kunna stĂ„ emot mörkret och kylan ute. Ett tips om man ska ta med barn Ă€r att inte ta med ett barn som skriker mycket :) Elias var helt ok. Men helst skulle jag sĂ€ga om du vill unna dig liten egen tid, skippa barnen helt :)

 

Det har vart rĂ€tt trist vĂ€der dom senaste veckorna, jag upptĂ€ckte ett grymt spa som heter Sparadiset. Det finns flera runt om stan. Jag gick till den i Östermals torg. Den lĂ„g ganska nĂ€ra tunnelbanan. VĂ€ldigt avslappnande och mysigt, precis det som behövs för att kunna stĂ„ emot mörkret och kylan ute. Priserna var ocksĂ„ helt rimliga, vi bokade 3 timmar jacuzzi rum. Ett tips om man ska ta med barn Ă€r att inte ta med ett barn som skriker mycket 🙂 Elias var helt ok. Men helst skulle jag sĂ€ga om du vill unna dig liten egen tid, skippa barn helt 🙂

 

http://www.sparadiset.se

 

How to have the greatest 24 hours in Stockholm

Experience Stockholm in 24 hours

Upplev Stockholm i 24 timmar

Many of you have asked me: I am going to be in Stockholm for one day, what do you recommend me to do ? while there are plenty of beautiful places to visit and nice activities to do in Stockholm. I figured, I have to create – how to have an amazing 24 hours in Stockholm guide.

MĂ„nga av er har frĂ„gat mig: Jag ska vara i Stockholm för en dag, vad rekommenderar du mig att göra och se? Medan det finns gott om vackra stĂ€llen att besöka och trevliga aktiviteter att göra i Stockholm. Jag tĂ€nkte, jag mĂ„ste skapa – hur man fĂ„r en fantastisk 24 timmar i Stockholm guide.

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Brunch – To get the most out of your day, start the day of with a great breakfast/brunch in the city centre, for that I recommend Greasy spoon located in Odenplan, which is also one of my favorite brunch places in Stockholm. Its a British/ American style breakfast/brunch spot, they offer weekly specials and the last time I was there, I had the Mexican special roasted vegetables topped with guacamole and 2 poached eggs served with spicy suace. When I’m craving something more sweet, I usually go for their home made French toasts served with nuts, berries topped of with mable syrup

Brunch – För en grym start pĂ„ dagen, börja dagen med att Ă€ta frukost / brunch i stan, för det rekommenderar jag Greasy spoon i Odenplan, som ocksĂ„ Ă€r en av mina favorit brunch platser i Stockholm. Det har inslag av brittisk / amerikansk brunch. De erbjuder veckovisa specialerbjudanden och sista gĂ„ngen jag var dĂ€r, hade jag mexikanska speciella rostade grönsaker toppade med guacamole och tvĂ„ poached Ă€gg som serveras med kryddig suace. NĂ€r jag har suget efter nĂ„got mer sött, brukar jag bestĂ€lla deras hemgjorda franska toasts som serveras med nötter, bĂ€r toppad med mable sirap.

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From there you can take a lovely walk trough town heading towards (Slussen) continuing your journey by fetching a boat towards DjurgĂ„rden. Discover the island DjurgĂ„rden, beloved by both stockholmers and visitors. It is the home of many of the city’s museums and cultural attractions such as (Vasa Museum, Gröna Lund, The Abba museum and Skansen which is Europe’s biggest outdoor zoo to name a few).

DÀrefter kan du ta en hÀrlig promenad genom staden mot (Slussen) fortsÀtt din resa genom att Äka en bÄt mot DjurgÄrden. UpptÀck ön DjurgÄrden, Àlskad av bÄde stockholmare och besökare. Det Àr hemmet för mÄnga av stadens museer och kulturella sevÀrdheter som (Vasamuseet, Gröna Lund, Abba-museet och Skansen som Àr Europas största utomhus zoo för att nÀmna nÄgra).

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Lunch – since you’re still in DjurgĂ„rden take a short walk to Josefina restaurant/Bar, they have amazing pizzas and if the weather is right, why not lounge at the poolside. Tired? Just take a nap at lounge area suited for relaxing, have a bevarage and put your feet up after all that walking and sightseeing.

Lunch – Om du fortfarande Ă€r i DjurgĂ„rden, ta en kort promenad till Josefina restaurang / Bar, de har fantastiska pizzor att vĂ€lja mellan och om vĂ€dret Ă€r rĂ€tt, varför inte chilla vid poolen. Trött? Ta bara en tupplur vid poolen som Ă€r lĂ€mpligt för avkoppling, bestĂ€ll nĂ„got att dricka och lĂ€gg upp dina fötter efter alla promenad och sevĂ€rdheter.

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After your recovery, continue your adventure by catching the boat, this time get off at the stop called (Riddarholmen) here in (Kungsholmen) you can visit stockholms iconic Stadshus and meanwhile have a (Fika) coffee and something sweet for a bite right next to the water with a beautiful view over Stockholm.

Efter din ÄterhÀmtning, fortsÀtt ditt Àventyr genom att ta bÄten till Riddarholmen vÀl i (Kungsholmen) kan du besöka Stockholms ikoniska Stadshus och under tiden ta en fika precis intill vattnet med vacker utsikt över stockholm.

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Dinner – From Riddarholmen catch the last boat of the day and get off at slussen, there you can take a short 10 min walk to Gamla Stan (Old Town) By now you have probably worked up an appetite and if you don’t want to look around for a place to dine, I highly recommend Mister French, a restaurant that specialises in French cuisine such seafood, fish, and steak and best of all, it has 1920 Great Gatsby vibe with stunning outdoor sea view over town.

Middag – FrĂ„n Riddarholmen kan du gĂ„ pĂ„ din sista bĂ„tresa för dagen och gĂ„ av i slussen, dĂ€r kan du ta en kort 10 minuters promenad till Gamla Stan. Jag antar att du Ă€r hungrig och om du inte vill leta efter ett stĂ€lle att Ă€ta pĂ„, sĂ„ rekommenderar jag starkt Mister French, en fransk restaurang med specialitet inom skaldjur, fisk och biff och bĂ€st av allt, stĂ€llet har 1920 tals Great Gatsby-vibe med fantastisk havsutsikt över staden.

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Before the day comes to an end, have a walk around Gamla Stan, there are colourful historical buildings to walk through, stop by one the many ice cream shops and indulge your craving while you take it all in.

Innan dagen gÄr mot sitt slut, ta en promenad runt Gamla Stan, det finns fÀrgglada historiska byggnader att promenera igenom, stanna till i en av de mÄnga glassaffÀrerna och njut av en glass medans du tar in all historia och skönhet runt om.

There you have it friends. You have now lived your best 24 hours in Stockholm. I know it won’t be enough and your love for Stockholm has just began,

thank you come again and until next time, Good seeing you!

DÀr har ni mina vÀnner. Du har nu levt ditt bÀsta 24 timmar i Stockholm. Jag vet att det inte Àr tillrÀckligt och din kÀrlek till Stockholm har just börjat,

tack för att du kom pÄ besök till denna underbara stad, hoppas att du gör en Äterbesök.

Tills nÀsta gÄng, Trevlig resa!