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7 reasons why Stockholm is super

Gamla Stan, Stockholm, Sweden

There are at least seven reasons why I believe Stockholm, Sweden is a super place to visit.

  1. Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s Old Town
  2. A visit to the Saluhall in Östermalm for a look at what’s up with food from Sweden and Scandinavia
  3. Skogskyrkogården, an enormous urban green space, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and also marks the final resting place for Greta Garbo
  4. Daytrip and ferry to Vaxholm in the archipelago
  5. Sodermalm, for a rough, dirty, edge, as well as smart upcoming trends in art, style, design, and fashion
  6. Skeppsholmen island, and the Moderna Museet (Museum of Modern Art)
  7. Djurgården, home of the Vasa Museet (remnants of the shipwrecked vessel Vasa), the Nordiska Museet (Nordic Museum), and a large green space

Yes, of course, Scandinavia is expensive. But then again, why would anyone visit if they knew and wanted to visit cheaper destinations in the first place, only to turn around and complain about how expensive the destination was when they visited?

Fact is: Stockholm is super.

If you have an opportunity, grab it and get yourself to Sweden, especially during the final weeks of spring to the first two weeks in summer. However, Stockholm might feel a little empty in July and August, as many vacate the city for the cabins to enjoy as much of the summer outside of the city.

Stockholm archipelago, Sweden

I made the two photos above on 26 June 2008. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com.

Daytrip to Vaxholm in Stockholm’s archipelago

One of the great attractions in Stockholm is its archipelago, a network of islands in the Baltic Sea, east from the city. An easy get-away from the city, Vaxholm is a favorite for many, accessible by bus, by car, or by ferry.

It is with the latter, the Waxholmsbolaget ferry service, that I set off on a day trip. I boarded the boat at Stockholm Strömkajen for the hour-long ferry to Vaxholm. The return boat journey puts me back at Stockholm Strömkajen.

The Official Roslagen site describes Vaxholm as:

Vaxholm, called the archipelago’s “capital”, is the gateway to Roslagen from Stockholm. The town is a hub for boats travelling to the central and northern archipelago – Roslagen’s archipelago. Vaxholm’s municipality includes about 70 islands.

Vaxholm has lots of trees, beautiful homes and cottages, all within easy reach of the water. Because of its proximity to Stockholm, Vaxholm can also be expensive. But if you’re looking for something different in the Stockholm area, Vaxholm is an ideal daytrip for some peace and quiet by the water’s edge.

Stockholm archipelago Waxholmsbolaget ferry

In the archipelago, on the Baltic Sea

Stockholm archipelago Waxholmsbolaget ferry

Quietly riding the waves

Stockholm archipelago Waxholmsbolaget ferry

On board Waxholmsbolaget ferry to Vaxholm

Stockholm archipelago Waxholmsbolaget ferry

Passing by …

Södra Vaxholmsfjärden Vaxholm Roslagen Stockholm archipelago Waxholmsbolaget ferry

In Södra Vaxholmsfjärden: arrival at Vaxholm Hotellkajen

Roslagen Vaxholm

“I wouldn’t dream of it.”

Roslagen Vaxholm

Does the dog speak Swedish too? “Pick up after your dog … finished!!”

Roslagen Vaxholm

First week of Scandinavian summer

Roslagen Vaxholm

Address: Västra Ekuddsgatan 14, Vaxholm

Roslagen Vaxholm

Address: Rosenbergsgatan 9, Vaxholm

Roslagen Vaxholm ferry Rindö

Ferry to Rindö, and beyond to Värmdö and Gustavsberg

Roslagen Vaxholm ferry Rindö

Pedestrian- and car-ferry from Rindö, arriving at Vaxholm

Stockholm archipelago Waxholmsbolaget ferry

Returning to Stockholm

Ferry service: Stockholm Strömkajen to Vaxholm Hotellkajen

How to get there

Stockholm Strömkajen is located about 200 metres southeast from Kungsträdgården T-Bana (metro) station. Instead of the ferry, you can take Metro T-Bana red 14 line from Stockholm T-Centralen (Central Station) to stop “Danderyds sjukhus”, followed by a transfer onto the 670 bus to Vaxholm. Check out the sl.se journey planner (in English) and enter “Stockholms C (Stockholm)” and “Vaxholm (Vaxholm)”. This is also mapped out at rome2rio.com.

More on Stockholm

•   The colours of Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s Old Town
•   Say “Hej!” (and to food) at Lisa Elmqvist in Östermalm’s Saluhall market hall
•   Greeting Greta Garbo in the Skogskyrokogården

I made the photos above on 26 June 2008 with the Canon EOS450D camera, EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS kit-lens, and a circular polarizer. This post is published on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com. Adds, mods: 20130705, 20140629.

The colours of Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s old town

Gamla Stan: Stockholm’s Old Town.

Buildings with beautiful bright colours. Narrow cobblestone alleys. Street signage with a few consonants.

Street signs, Gamla Stan, Stockholm, Sweden - 25 June 2008

Street signs in Gamla Stan

I love the mystery of trying to parse a different language, even when I’ve twisted my tongue into unrecognizably knotted grunts.

With the summer solstice in late-June, the days are long, and skies remain lit until the wee hours of the morning. You can walk through the streets of the old town by day, like other visitors who’ve come to enjoy the place. But I highly recommend you navigate the streets at night. By mid-evening, activities wind down, and eventually, you’ve basically the quiet streets all to yourself.

Gamla Stan from Skeppsholmen, Stockholm, Sweden

1. Dark rainy skies over Gamla Stan, from Skeppsholmen island

Kornhamnstorg, Gamla Stan, Stockholm, Sweden

2. Statue of Engelbrekt Engelbrektsson at Kornhamnstorg (Grain Harbour Square)

Mårten Trotzigs Grand, Gamla Stan, Stockholm, Sweden

3. Mårten Trotzigs Gränd (Mårten Trotzig Alley)

Stortorget, Gamla Stan, Stockholm, Sweden

4. Standing tall, at Stortorget (Great Square)

Mårten Trotzigs Grand, Gamla Stan, Stockholm, Sweden

5. At Stortorget: Storkyrkan (Grand Church); Börshuset (Stock Exchange Building), now Nobel Museum

Sankt Göran och Draken (St. George & the Dragon), Köpmanbrinken, Gamla Stan, Stockholm, Sweden

6. Sankt Göran och Draken (St. George & the Dragon), at Köpmanbrinken (Merchant’s Slope)

Gamla Stan and Tyska Kyrkan, Stockholm Strömkajen, Sweden

7. Gamla Stan & Tyska Kyrkan (German Church), from Stockholm Strömkajen quays : 1040am

Gamla Stan and Strömmen, from Katerinavägen, Södermalm, Sweden

8. Gamla Stan and Strömmen, from Katerinavägen, Södermalm : 1130pm

Tyska Brinken at Prästgatan, Gamla Stan, Sweden

9. Tyska Brinken at Prästgatan : midnight

Börshuset, Nobelmuseet, Stortorget, Gamla Stan, Sweden

10. At Stortorget : Börshuset / Nobelmuseet, minutes after midnight

Please do yourself a favour — go to Stockholm in the summertime. Yes, it is more expensive compared to other European destinations. But, with highlights including Gamla Stan, Östermalm, Södermalm, Djurgården, Skogskyrkogården, and heading out into the archipelago (Vaxholm) by boat, you’re missing out if you skip this city.

More posts on Stockholm

•   Daytrip to Vaxholm in Stockholm’s archipelago
•   Say “Hej!” (and to food) at Lisa Elmqvist in Östermalm’s Saluhall market hall
•   Greeting Greta Garbo in the Skogskyrokogården

I made the photos above on 25-27 June 2008, just after northern summer solstice. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com.

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