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Have You Been To Stockholm??

Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, is spread across 14 ‘jewel-like’ islands. So why not do something a bit different for your upcoming holiday and go island hopping? Take in the beautiful views, breathe in that clean air and take in all the best that Stockholm has to offer. 

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Get your first taste of the seaside in Sodermalm Square and stop off for a bit of brunch at the Herring Wagon. The wagon, described as authentic Swedish street food, offers a lovely bite on the go to fit in with your jam-packed itinerary. However if you feel like taking things slow and need a place to take a break head into Den Glydene Freden, the oldest restaurant in Stockholm. Feel free to order a gravlax (salmon dish), Swedish meatballs or a smorgasbord (open sandwich).

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Image source: Ola Ericson/imagebank.sweden.se

Then keep on moving to the narrow cobbled streets of Stockholm’s original city centre in the Old Town. The Old Town is the best spot to take in all the entertainment and attractions that Stockholm has to offer. Some of the best museums are all within walking distance; such as the Nobel Museum and the Royal Coin Cabinet. If you’re up for it, cross the Skeppsholmen Bridge to the Modern Museet- the place of the infamous burglary that took place in 1993 where $66 million worth of Picasso and Braque artworks were stolen!

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Image course: Ola Ericson/imagebank.sweden.se

As Stockholm is a distinguished green city and boasts 26 parks it is worthwhile to pay one a visit. Sit down for a picnic in the ‘Ekopark’; the world first Urban National Park where you can explore the densest population of giant oaks in Europe.

Brännboll is Sweden’s most popular outdoor pastime, played in public parks and fields throughout the country. It is similar to rounders or baseball, but the biggest difference is that the batsman throws or bounces the ball for themselves and then hits it with the bat before making their way around the four bases. If you explore Stockholm’s parks when the weather is good, chances are you will come across groups of friends or colleagues playing a game of brännboll for fun.

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Image source: Ola Ericson/imagebank.sweden.se

There’s no more beautiful way to discover Stockholm than from a kayak. Take the family out into the water where you can paddle between each of the city’s islands, going ashore for a meal or a coffee and then when you’re ready head out to paddle around the first island of the Stockholm archipelago FJaderholmarna. The kayak rental to look into (trust us there’s plenty) is Kafe Kajak located in Ralambshovs Park on the island of Kungsholem.

If you are travelling with the kids, Stockholm offers plenty of kid-friendly activities, including a visit to the Grund Lund Amusement park, the Museum of Science and Technology, the Skansen open-air museum and the Stockholm zoo. The kids might even enjoy the fun costumes and music at mum and dad’s stop-off of choice- the Abba Museum. Opened in June last year, this museum is proving to be one of the city’s most popular attractions.

When in Sweden, do as the Swedes do and go for a ‘fika’- enjoy one of the best cups of coffees Sweden has to offer and some pastries with a friend at Mellqvist caffe bar.

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Image source: Peter Grant/imagebank.sweden.se

If you’re the adventurous kind or love an incredible view, venture a bit further out of Stockholm and stay at the ‘Ice Hotel’ in the village of Jukkasjarvi. A hotel literally made out of snow and ice! Don’t fret though, you are given the choice of either a warm or cold room (however only one night in a cold room is recommended). Take in this mind-boggling art project that is the hotel itself. Any time of the year is still a worthy visit!

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Image source: Fredrik Broman/imagebank.sweden.se

If you haven’t heard of the phenomena known as the ‘Northern Lights’ we suggest you do a quick video search. An expedition out to the pristine ‘Lapland’ is a must! The Aurora Borealis (otherwise known as the northern lights) is a natural atmospheric multi-coloured light show that can only be experienced from the North and South poles. However you might want to check your timing as there are preferred times to travel in the hopes of catching the sight.

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