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In Brief: Stockholm

By: Catharine
Last Updated: 02/08/2022
Posted in: Sweden, In Brief

You’re on an unforgettable tour around the gorgeous Nordic region – maybe an incredible Scandinavian combination tour – and you have a whole day free in Stockholm. What do you do? Sure, a whole day to explore is great, but there is so much to see and do in a city like Stockholm you don’t want to miss out on something amazing.

Luckily, the friendly experts from Nordic Visitor’s Stockholm office have shared some suggestions of how they enjoy spending a day in the gorgeous Swedish capital.

Rent a bike

Like much of Scandinavia, Stockholm is a very bike-friendly city. Stockholm is outfitted with over 100 City Bike locations, allowing visitors and locals alike to rent a set of wheels and see more of the city than a pair of legs would allow.

Grona Lund Amusement Park is also on Djurgården, for those seeking some thrills.
Grona Lund Amusement Park is also on Djurgården, for those seeking some thrills.

Where should you take your City Bike? Well, you can return it to any of their locations, so your options are pretty wide open, but Nordic Visitor’s expert Cecilia recommends a ride over to Djurgården, one of Stockholm’s central islands, and home to many historical buildings, galleries, museums and the Grona Lund amusement park.

Shop at Hornstulls Marknad

Hornstulls Marknad. Photo credit:
Hornstulls Marknad. Photo credit:

The Hornstulls Marknad open-air market (open every Sunday from May through the end of September) is a shopper’s paradise.

Browse through tents and tables of vendors selling designer products, vintage goods and everything else you could imagine to secure a truly memorable souvenir from Sweden. The weekly market is also a hot spot to grab a bite at a hip food truck, and dine al fresco in the park.

Stroll through Gamla Stan

If it’s history and romance you’re looking for, then look no further than Stockholm’s gorgeous old town, Gamla Stan. Strolling along the cobblestone, stopping intermittently to pop into the many boutiques, is a fine way to spend part of your day.

The cosy and colourful streets of Gamla Stan are a must-see in Stockholm.
The cosy and colourful streets of Gamla Stan are a must-see in Stockholm.

You can even see Gamla Stan on that bike you may have rented, as per our first suggestion on this helpful post, though be mindful of the others navigating the often narrow alleyways in this historic part of town.


Is it fika time?
Is it fika time?

We’ve covered the art of the Swedish fika before, but it’s well worth another mention. Swedes love to fika. So be sure to fit at least one coffee break into your day in Stockholm. With the fika being such a popular national pastime you’ll have plenty of charming cafés to choose from no matter what part of town you’re in.

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This post has been part of Nordic Visitor's In Brief series, where our travel experts share how they would spend a day in the Nordic destination of their choice.

Post by: Catharine

Catharine Fulton is a journalist and travel writer. Though born and raised in Canada, she found herself stuck in the Nordic region since moving to Finland in 2007 to pursue her MA and then migrating to Reykjavík, Iceland in 2009, where she lives with her Icelandic husband and tries (albeit unsuccessfully) to master the Icelandic language.

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