In December 2019 we took off for an adventure to the home of Ikea- Sweden. We were ready to brace the cold winter weather and immerse ourselves right into the beautiful Christmas Markets. You see for this Aussie abroad a winter Christmas is something out of the movies. We only had a few nights in Stockholm and a plan to catch up with close friends while ticking off a few key tourist attractions.
GETTING TO STOCKHOLM
We caught the bus to Dublin and flew out direct to Stockholm Arlanda Airport. Arriving in Stockholm we opted for The Arlanda Express train to take us the 40km to Central station which only took 20 minutes.
WHERE WE STAYED
In my past travels I have always enjoyed the culture that comes with a Hostel. Generator have sites across Europe that offer a blend of your traditional hostel accomodation with the option of private eclectic rooms. We Stayed at Generator Stockholm which was located in Norrmalm district a bustling and commercial area. Only a short walk 10 minute walk from Central Station in one of their Private Rooms. With a bar inspired by art offering great food, drink and music, beer pong tables and even a tattoo studio it was the perfect base for our stay in Stockholm.
GETTING AROUND STOCKHOLM
There are many ways to get around Stockholm, as we were mainly planning to stay in the Norrmalm and Gamla Stan (Old Town) district we chose to walk around to soak in the sites. On the first morning Generator offered a Free City Tour which was a great way for us to gain our bearings and learn a few interesting facts. Tipping your guide isn't compulsory however it is expected at around 10 euro per person.
FOOD & DRINK
As we were visiting Stockholm during the Christmas market period we were surrounded with a variety of food options, from traditional meals to unique treats. You cannot go to Sweden without sitting down to a meal in Gamla Stan of Meatballs, mashed potatoes and Lingonberry sauce. On your travels you will see a lot of signs for 'Fika' which is a coffee and cake break which is the perfect way to rest your feet in between sites. At the Christmas Markets we also gave the Lapland Moose Hotdog a try, which let's just say was an 'interesting' experience. Going out in Sweden can be expensive when it comes to alcohol which is heavily taxed, although you will find lot's of market stalls selling Glögg which is a traditional Nordic drink like mulled wine.
MUST DO THINGS IN STOCKHOLM
There are so many things to do in Stockholm, as we were only in town for a short stay and was in a group we opted for some super touristy sites.
Gamla Stan- Gamla Stan also known as Stockholm's City Old Town is lined with cobbled streets and colourful 17th and 18th century buildings. Home to the medieval Storkyrkan Cathedral and The Royal Palace.
Vasa Museum- The Vasa Ship capsized and sank on her maiden voyage out of Stockholm in 1628. After 333 years on the seabed the incredibly detailed ship was salvaged and now sits on display in the museum.
ABBA Museum- Now I will admit when it was suggested to go to The ABBA museum I was hesitant. However as a group we had so much fun in this interactive exhibition about the pop band. From virtual reality helicopter rides, to karaoke it was a bit of fun.
Until next time, Danni x