As light rain and snow tumbles down the city of Stockholm , I walk on the street of Strandvägen spotting thin layers of snow on the many wooden benches at the banks of Lake Mälaren. I spot some words written on each of those benches and decide to leave my own mark for however long they remain.
There is something very nostalgic about the air in Stockholm, something that reminds me of my sweet-somethings. It tingles little smiles across my face and as I gaze across the wide archipelago stretched across the many islands that surround the central part of the city, my heart is filled with happiness undeniable. A December visit to Stockholm surely needs some guts and willpower to face cold winds and ankle deep snow (at least in the beginning). Almost every travel agency I went to discouraged me to head for my Scandinavian adventure. Their reply – “Ma’am we are too ‘Indian’ to face such extreme winters”. And my only response to their words – Rolling eyes and several smirks later – “just gives me an estimated quotation please”.
And after 2 weeks of endless planning (sipping on coffee by the edge of my balcony and of dreaming of white winds and snowflakes) I headed straight to Stockholm with my family (parents and brother). Everyone I knew told me that Scandinavia is better off travelling in the summers. European summers are pretty pleasant, I know of that as I have traveled to Europe in different seasons before. But as utterly gorgeous and happening Scandinavia is in summers, there is something magical about its winters. A visit in the winters brings the city under different lights altogether and a big white blanket of snow. And this very few tourists know about.
In my further posts I will be giving you tips about Scandinavian winter travels. For now put your gloves, woolen socks and ear muffs on, HERE WE GO!
This is where I stayed. Located about 12-15 minutes walking distance from the Central Station, this little boutique hotel was filled with tiny details, a cosy environment and a beautiful garden to wake up to every morning.
Daylight would spread across Stockholm sky after 8:30 am. The beautiful view from the glass walls of Tegnérlunden were worth the little day-light spread across Stockholm’s sky.
A boulevard in central Stockholm, Strandvägen stretches for over 1 km in distance. With footways paved in granite and lamp-posts and benches lay’d at the corner, this place is the departure spot for many cruises in the city. I did the famous Archipelago winter cruise right from here.
The very first museum I entered in Stockholm was the Nordic Museum. This museum holds the cultural history and ethnography of Stockholm. I learnt some fantastic insights on different aspects of Swedish life and architecture over a period of 400 years. And thank lords for Christmas eve, I ended up spending more than three hours at this museum getting dressed as Santa and fairy.
Another favorite spot in the city. This is an old town which consists mainly of the island Stadsholmen. Gamla stan has some of the most colorful buildings in the city of Stockholm and some of the most narrow lanes across eastern Europe. The whole of old town is filled with tiny cafes and boutique shops selling authentic Swedish vintage wear. Slightly expensive, for me Gamla stan will probably be one of the many picturesque spots in the city.
One of the busiest squares in Stockholm, Kungsträdgården is a centrally located park which turns into an ice skating ridge by the end of December, all through winters.
Drottninggaten is the biggest, most famous shopping street in Stockholm. But the foodie in me stopped for this amazing ice-cream.
Being an open air museum, Skansen during its gloomy December season seems like a haunted forest in itself (don’t worry their ain’t no ghosts here). My pictures seem even more gloomy and haunted as I captured them with barely any daylight left. I missed most of the interior of Skansen, but if you are there, Please look through this beautiful place completely (and click LOTS of pictures).
And last but not the least, Skyview. If you want to see the whole of Stockholm (and I mean almost all islands) from a birds eye this is the place you should absolutely not miss. Not many people know about the globan. Ericsson Globe is an indoor arena located in the globe city of stockholm (on the outskirts). It is the largest hemispherical building on earth which has a small glass globe attached to it. You step inside and it takes you to the top of the Globe from where you see all of Stockholm’s beauty.
This is just a glimpse of all the beautiful things I saw in Stockholm. There is so much more to Stockholm than what is seen in mere photographs. One has to be there to experience the truest sense of Swedish culture.
In the next few posts I am going to talk more about my journey across Scandinavia and how to survive the below freezing temperatures. STAY TUNED 😀
If there is something in specific you would want to know about Stockholm or want me to write about, mention in the comments below and I will get back ASAP. Got any other amazing must-do must-see option in Stockholm? Share me the link and I will read it up too 🙂
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Very informative, I have been to Sweden but not to Stockholm and it’s definitely on my bucket list! Thanks for sharing!
I am glad hun. More to come 🙂
I’ve always wanted to go to Stockholm, and yes it is really nostalgic, every time I search this. Do they speak english though? oh better learn some words?
Srockholm is alright with english. Although norway is better and denmark is the best. Haha. I had infact learnt a few words in Swedish 😛
haha, i also love eating ice creams when cold! usually, people are so surprised. love that city center is so vivid
It really is. You should go visit it one day. You would fall in lovr ?
I loved the days I spent in Stockholm, what an amazing city!
Hi, great post. Stockholm it’s definitely a place to be, I’ve been there 3 years ago for 2 days, I’ve learned things I didn’t know from your post. Thanks for sharing.
I am Glad it helped vesna?
Loved the feel of the post. I completely visualized it. Lovely pictures especially loved those bench and street pictures. ???
Nice! Definitely on my list of places to go 🙂
What a lovely post! And I love that you visited in the winter time <3 I have been to Denmark and Norway, but never Sweden, and it's always been on my bucket list. Thank you for sharing this post and yes absolutely agree 100%–the road less traveled (especially in the winter time!) creates a far nicer adventure, I think 🙂 Hope you have a great week ahead, and so glad you found me via the FB blog group, so I could return the visit <3
Thank you Charlotte ? winter is my favorite season. And i have had a winter wonderland wish since forever. Just took the leap this time. It was freezing as hell.. But damn, snow and freezing temperatures trach you so so much! I hope u visit Stockholm soon.. And i hope to help u in anyway 🙂
Thanks for the lovely comment luv!
Stockholm has been on my travel list for so long – this post has only given me more incentive. Your photos are beautiful. I am so excited to travel there!
Thanks a bunch alexandra?? stockholm is so gorgeous. ??
What a gorgeous city. I love all the architecture and the lovely sort of European fairy tale vibe. I would love to see it one day.
You are sure to love it???
I would love to go back to Stockholm sometime again. Loved the city when we were there more than 20 years ago, but I’m not sure I’ll handle that cold in Winter. We were there in Summer and it was so beautiful. All that history and the architecture just blew my mind.
Oh the winters are insane there. Needs some heavy guts. Lol. But I really wanna go back here in summers ??
What a gorgeous sounding and looking place, I would love to visit. Thanks for this great post!
It looks like you had a great time on your trip! IT’s funny because my Ancestry.com DNA report just showed me that I have some Swedish ancestry. I guess I need to visit! thanks for sharing!
Hahaha.. Wow.. That looks like a fun website? you should definitely go. Its a gorgeous placee
It seems as though everyone is getting ready for the wonderful winter in Stockholm. Can’ wait to see more snowy photos.
Winters are soooo fun! I can’t wait for christmas??
I love exoploring museum and Nordiska Museet look like a stunning place to stroll.I guess it is a great way to learn abou Swedish lifesytle.
Oh yes it is! I had so much funn
Stockholm is beautiful. I was there during the summer when the sun hardly ever set and seeing the city constantly basked in sunset/sunrise glows was amazing
That’s my next plan. To see that city during midnight sun?
Stockholm description sounds good and the pictures are pretty. It is not at all like the Stockholm disease.
Wow this IS dreamy and beautiful. Like something out of a fairy-tale!
Stockholm looks absolutely amazing to visit in December time! It is a city I’ve always wanted to visit, there’s so much to do.
Absolutely. So much history and architecture.
Sweden is beautiful. I enjoyed all of your amazing pictures and hope to visit one day.
Stockholm has always sounded like a fun town to visit. I would really enjoy some time over there.
You should goo.. Will love it
I never tried going to Stockholm , but I always wanted to visit. Hopefully soon with myf am.
I have never been there but definitely a nice place to visit and seeing these photos really inviting me to explore those beautiful spots.
There is soooo much more.. U will lovee it
Stockholm looks like an amazing place to visit. I love all the culture and art there’d
There is so much art its a gorgeous place. Really
It really is. It’s beautiful and dreamyy 🙂