Visiting Stockholm

Inside info

The city is made up of 14 islands connected by 50 bridges on Lake Mälaren, which flows into the Baltic Sea and passes an archipelago with some 24,000 islands and islets. In spite of the amount of water in Stockholm, the city is easily visited on foot.The Stockholm archipelago is one of the most spectacular in the world. Take a boat tour to see the different islands that are either totally deserted or inhabited. Boats run year-round and there are many options: one day-tour, 2-hour tour … Ask for a Waxholmsbolaget’s island hopping map when you buy a pass or ticket. It has suggestions for different routes and things to do along the way. A few tips … Take along mosquito repellant and drinking water, since it can be difficult to get fresh water on some islands. A cell phone is also recommended.Let’s Fika! Fika is a Swedish social tradition which consists in drinking coffee and enjoying a snack with friends and/or family. Kanelbulle is a typical snack and is the Swedish version of a cinnamon bun. They usually eat it with a cappuccino. You can fika at a cafe or at a konditori, which is a mix of a French patisserie and a Viennese coffee house. Stockholm offers many such places.Stockholm metro visits are organized all summer. Stockholm Metro is sometimes called the world's longest Art Gallery with its 91 stations decorated with art. The guided tour starts at T-Centralen station, SL Center Sergels torg, and travel on the green line. The tour is free of charge, but you will need a valid metro ticket. Experience ABSOLUT ICEBAR STOCKHOLM where the temperature is -5°C all year round and the entire interior including the glasses is made from ice. The 40 minute-experience includes a warm cape, gloves and an Absolut Vodka cocktail of your choice served in an ice glass. Book online on (SEK 170 per person/approx. £14). The entrance to Absolut Icebar Stockholm is located at Nordic Sea Hotel in the centre of Stockholm.

Travel review

Stockholm surprised me a lot. I expected a small and cold city but it wasn’t! There are actually a lot of things to do and see there, and the temperature was just perfect. Summer is probably the best season to go as it is warm and the length of daylight quite nice. Do an original city tour and try the Rooftop tour! You will have an amazing view of the city from the roofs of Riddarholmen Island. It is an exciting experience … if you’re not afraid of heights of course!Take your passport with you if you decide to go to a bar at night. They are pretty strict with age limitations. If you don’t know where to eat, Kungshallen is the place to go. It is like a big hall with lots of different restaurants with food from all around the world: from Turkish falafels to Italian pizzas, you will find what you want for a reasonable price.

Did you know ?

Stockholm city has 38 parks which make up one third of the total area of the city. A further one third of the city is made up of water. The balance is urban buildings.

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Situated on 14 islands on the coast in southeast Sweden at the mouth of Lake Malaren, Stockholm has a population of 871,952 in the municipality and over 2.1 million in the metropolitan area. This Swedish capital has long been a centre for culture, media, politics, and economics. Stockholm is the 10th largest visitor destination in Europe. Popular tourist attractions include the amusement park Grona Lund, Royal Dramatic Theatre, the national museum, and the Old Town of the city. Stockholm has a humid continental climate. In summer, the average high temperatures are around 22°C. During this time, daylight can reach almost 18 hours. In winter, the average high temperature is around 0°C with lows near -5°C. Average annual precipitation is 540mm. Snowfall may occur during the winter months.