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Hamlet’s castle: Kronborg Slot, Helsingør, Denmark

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

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 on my way to Vaxholm, and the return boat journey also ends at 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 is expensive. But if you’re looking for something different in the Stockholm area, Vaxholm is an ideal daytrip.

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

Roslagen Vaxholm

I wouldn’t dream of it

Roslagen Vaxholm

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

Roslagen Vaxholm

1st week of summer

Roslagen Vaxholm

Västra Ekuddsgatan 14, Vaxholm

Roslagen Vaxholm

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

Return to Stockholm

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. Added and modified text on 5 July 2013.

My other posts about Stockholm:

The colours of Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s old town

Gamla Stan.

Stockholm’s Old Town.

Beautifully coloured buildings. Narrow alleys. Swedish signage.

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

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

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)

Mårten Trotzigs Grand, Gamla Stan, Stockholm, Sweden

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

Stortorget, Gamla Stan, Stockholm, Sweden

5. Standing tall, at Stortorget (Great Square)

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.

I made the photos above on 25, 26, and 27 June 2008, just after the northern summer solstice. This post is published on Fotoeins Fotopress (fotoeins.com), and is making me long for Scandinavia once again.

With wonderful timing by JustTravelous, Yvonne writes about her recent trip to Sweden and shows us her love of Sweden in an Instagram diary.

Here are my other posts about Stockholm:

Say Hej! to Lisa in the Saluhall, Östermalm Stockholm

Curious about Scandinavia? Love food, too? Just as important, do you have some extra coinage to part, if your wallet hasn’t already emptied itself to the gods of accommodation? And frankly, just who is this god of accommodation to whom I should be pleading my case?

If your wallet has been fully appeased, it’s good then you’ve found yourself in Stockholm.

In search of some of the freshest and finest food products in the city, I found myself in Stockholm’s Östermalm neighbourhood at the end of June in 2008. I found the Saluhall Market Hall and stepped inside.

Saluhall Oestermalm Stockholm

After gazing at the fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, bread, etc., I sat down at Lisa Elmqvist, a seafood restaurant about which I’d read favourably; Saluhall’s own description can be found here.

Lisa Elmqvist Saluhall Stockholm
Lisa Elmqvist Saluhall Stockholm

As children of the Canadian left-coast, my sister and I became familiar with a variety of seafood: abalone, clams, crab, eel, fresh- and saltwater fish, geoduck, octopus, oysters, prawns, scallops, squid. We’ve never lost the taste for fresh seafood, and I was looking forward to tasting what Scandinavia and the Baltic had on offer.

I ordered a starter and a main: two expensive but tremendously delicious plates, as you can see below.

Lisa Elmqvist Saluhall Stockholm
Rundrökt ål med äggröra (smoked eel with scrambled eggs and rye bread).

Lisa Elmqvist Saluhall Stockholm
Smörstekt gösfilé med gräddkokt skogssvamp (butter-fried pike perch with creamy wild mushrooms).

The light smokey eel, the fluffy eggs, and the robust nature of the bread combined perfectly in texture and flavour to make an ideal opening plate. The perch in cream sauce was a little heavier, but the fish was seasoned well, and was fried just right: an edge of crispiness on the outside, and tender (but cooked) on the inside.

I could’ve stayed at Lisa Elmqvist all afternoon, but I think my wallet would’ve complained more seriously. I said as much to my server, who smiled at me the entire time. With more to see and do in the city, I reluctantly said goodbye.

To reach the Saluhall, take the T-bana metro red-lines 13 or 14 to Östermalmstorg station. From the station, it’s a short walk to Östermalmstorg (Östermalm plaza or square); the Saluhall is at the southwest corner of the square.

Don’t forget to have a walk around the attractive Östermalm neighbourhood. Whether it’s T-bana or on foot, you’re not far from the centre proper (e.g., Hötorget) to the west, and Gamla Stan or the harbour to the south.

Oestermalm Saluhall Stockholm

I made the photos above on 24 and 27 June 2008. This post appears originally on Fotoeins Fotopress (fotoeins.com).

No Connection, Unpaid, My Own Opinions Disclosure: No Connection, Unpaid, My Own Opinions. I have not received any compensation for writing this content and I have no material connection to the brands, topics and/or products that are mentioned herein (cmp.ly/0).

As of posting, it’s a month to Christmas, and winter solstice in the northern hemisphere. Naturally, Laurel writes about the warm and tasty Starbucks’ Gingerbread Latté for FoodFriday.

P.S. 30 Nov 2011: by sheer force of good timing, Anne-Sophie Redisch recently posted an article describing the “slow food” to be found in the grand Saluhall. You should go read her post, too!

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