Why I love Stockholm
“Winter is the time for Stockholmers to wrap up warm and enjoy the beauty of their city, as it sits tranquil and content under a fresh blanket of snow. Situated across fourteen main islands where Lake Mälaren flows into the Baltic Sea, Stockholm’s natural beauty is inviting at any time of the year but it's especially enchanting during the colder months. Take in this winter wonderland with a stroll along the shore, or...” Read More
Top experiences in Stockholm
The Original Stockholm Ghost Walk and Historical Tour
As the evening closes in, your experienced ghost-guide will light his lantern and lead you through a maze of forgotten courtyards, deserted alleyways and empty cobble-streets in search of the places where history meets mystery. Not only will you hear true accounts of ghosts, poltergeists and haunted places but also of murders, unsolved mysteries, myths and legends. Is your stomach strong enough for tales of disease and of public executions? On your tour, you will even have the chance to taste, as well as smell, medieval Stockholm as your guide brings the past back to life.Sensible, comfortable walking shoes are a must and remember to wrap-up extra warm between November and March. The haunting don't stop for bad weather and neither do we. Parental discretion is advised for children under the ages of 8.
Viking History Half-Day Tour from Stockholm
Start your tour with a pickup from your centrally located Stockholm hotel. Settle into your comfortable minivan for your journey north into Sweden’s beautiful interior as your driver-guide lifts the lid on the country’s Viking and medieval history.Your first stop is at Täby to see the Jarlabankes bro, an ancient Viking causeway. View the runic stones here and continue to Arkils Tingstad, the site of an age-old Viking assembly. Walk around the circles of ancient stones here — they were once used as seats by parliament members when they discussed disputes and laid down new laws for the area.Next, travel through the picturesque Vallentuna region to Granby, an important Viking settlement in around 400 to 500 AD. See the decoratively carved Granbyhällen, Sweden’s longest inscription in runic stone, and then enjoy a break of roughly an hour for lunch (own expense) at a nearby café. Travel to the medieval church at Orkesta (Orkesta Kyrka) to see its beautiful runic stones and 12th-century wall paintings, and then on through the picturesque Lunda region to Sweden’s oldest town, Sigtuna. Established in the 10th century, this charming place boasts narrow lanes, fine churches and many relics and runic stones from the Viking age. Enjoy time at your leisure to stroll around its historical sites and perhaps pick up some souvenirs at its many interesting craft shops and boutiques.Later, return to your minivan for your drive back to Stockholm. Your tour comes to an end with a hotel drop-off in the mid-afternoon.
City Sightseeing Stockholm Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
One of the coolest cities in Scandinavia, if not in the world, Stockholm has something for everyone with world-class museums, cutting-edge shops and restaurants, all inside its beautiful urban archipelago. Steeped in Viking history, this vibrant city also has a fascinating past, and you can discover it all on your Stockholm hop-on hop-off tour. Aboard this City Sightseeing open-top, double-decker bus, admire top Stockholm attractions, such as must-visit Gamla Stan (the city’s gorgeous Old Town), and look out for the famous Royal Palace. Hop off at the Vasa Museum to see a meticulously restored Viking ship, or perhaps disembark at Kulturhutset to see exhibitions and concerts.With your 24-hour ticket, you can remain on the bus for the entire loop (40 minutes) as you listen to the informative audio commentary, or you can hop on and off at any of the 14 stops around the city to explore Stockholm’s numerous museums, gardens and squares.Stockholm Hop-On Hop-Off Tour Stops:• Stockholm Royal Palace• Gustav Adolfs Torg and the Royal Opera• City Hall• Kulturhuset• NK/Hamngatan• Strandvägen• Vasa Museum• Skansen• Djurgårdsbron• Kaknästornet• Frihamnen• Tallink/Silja• Karlaplan• Stureplan
Stockholm Grand Tour by Coach and Boat
Board the double-decker coach outside the Royal Opera House to begin the first portion of your tour. Explore the city of Stockholm in comfort, with audio accompaniment to highlight each attraction. Top Stockholm attractions you'll see include The Royal Palace, Stockholm City Hall, The Royal Djurgården and Gamla Stan.For the second part of your tour, transfer to a boat for a peaceful canal cruise. Stockholm is especially picturesque from the water, offering vistas you can't get from any other vantage point. Glide along the serene waterways and skirt along several islands that make up Stockholm's famous archipelago. Snacks and beverages are available for purchase on board.Your cruise concludes near the Royal Opera House.Please note: This tour is seasonal, and runs May 24 to Sept 21 only.
Stockholm Food Tour
Meet your guide outside Östermalms Saluhall, Stockholm’s oldest food market. Many of its family-run food businesses have passed down through the generations, and the market’s interior remains little changed from centuries ago, with its woodcarvings still intact. Sample some tasty modern versions of traditional Swedish meatballs that are healthier than their counterparts, and then walk through Stureplan, Stockholm’s most exclusive square, to discover a part of the city often missed by visitors. Continue to Kungsgatan and dive into K25, an edgy, urban food court beloved by young locals. Sample some of the scrumptious seafood delicacies on offer here, washed down with a glass of white wine.Next comes Chokladfabriken, one of Stockholm’s favorite chocolate cafés. Try its popular hot chocolate made from 65% cocoa, dark Venezuela Criollo beans and cardamom. One sip and you’ll see why the locals rave about it!Continue to Hötorgshallen market to explore its tempting stalls, piled high with fresh produce and Swedish delicacies. Follow your guide to the P&B Delikatesser stand to sample a range of homemade products, such as cloudberry jam, chocolate-coated liquorice and natural truffles.Next, visit Husmans Deli to try its prize-winning artisan cheeses before heading for cured meat specialists, Fagel & Vilt. Swedes love cured game and have a particular penchant for smoked reindeer and elk salami. Try an assortment of the flavor-packed meats accompanied by the strong Swedish beer, Norrlands Guld, and some mouth-watering seasonal fruit from Lisbeth Janson Frukt & Grönt.From here, stroll to Gamla Stan (Old Town), admiring the colorful houses lining its cobbled lanes as you walk. After visiting a candy store to try a scrumptious Swedish candy stick, enjoy your final tasting at Under Kastajen, a popular purveyor of traditional breads. Dunk a kanelbullar (cinnamon roll) in your coffee here to enjoy your very own fika — the much-loved national ritual of a coffee break combined with a sweet treat!Your tour comes to an end after your fika when you say goodbye to your guide.
Stockholm City Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Tour
Board the sightseeing boat at any of the eight stops along the Djurgården Canal and sit back for a sightseeing cruise along Stockholm's network of waterways. Admire the city's historic waterfront on the full 1-hour loop while listening to commentary from your guide, and hop off to explore sights and areas by foot.Visit the islands of Fjaderholmarna and Djurgården, explore the treasures of Old Town (Gamla Stan), browse stores in the shopping district or visit the Royal Palace, where you can watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony year-round. History buffs will love the Vasa Museum and Nordic Museum, while families can have some fun at the Gröna Lund amusement park and the Skansen zoo. With the purchase of your Stockholm hop-on hop-off sightseeing cruise, you'll also enjoy discounted admission to the Fotografiska Museum, Spritmuseum, Moderna Museet and Aquaria.Hop off at any stop you please to conclude your day of sightseeing. Your ticket is valid for 24 hours.