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Stockholm, Sweden is an exciting travel destination, as it’s an accumulation of several islands interconnected by picture-worthy bridges and ferries. The archipelago attracts travelers interested in its history, authenticity, and simultaneously, its modernity. One can experience different stages of Sweden’s progression by navigating the surroundings. Go back in time by strolling through Old Town, go way back in time by viewing past Viking hubs, or propel forward and taste innovative cuisine. However, there’s plenty of traditional Nordic favorites to try. These top tours will give a nice overview, to inspire further exploration.
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Being all about everything edible in the city, this culinary journey focuses on both the modern and traditional. Wind through Õstermalms Saluhall, the oldest food market you’ll find in Stockholm, then enjoy the contrast of a more contemporary food court. You’ll be tasting the finest foods in Sweden, from rich chocolate oriented treats to smokey meats. Your taste buds will be introduced to an incredible variety of flavors for four glorious hours. Pillsbury cinnamon rolls will never suffice again.
Viking history is significant to Scandinavia, and a guide will take you even further beyond that, to the people who came before them. An interesting blend of fact and folklore creates quite the fun experience while venturing beyond the city borders to historic structures such as bridges and churches. Maybe it’s a part of your heritage, or perhaps it’s just curiosity, but it’s a unique way to get to know another side of the area. The tour is relatively small, making it effortless to ask questions.
The oldest neighborhood in Stockholm is full of tales, either true or just myth, that will send chills down your spine. Beyond many ghost tours, so much heart goes into the storytelling, from the host’s personality to the little touches, such as the lantern guiding lights. Somehow a past of murder, mystery and downright eeriness has been turned into a totally amazing way to see part of the city.
Fika is a central part of Swedish culture—it’s a time to gather and enjoy iconically delicious coffee and a widespread of sweets and treats. (Sounds like a major win!) But the guide takes things to a deeper level, discussing history and culture while hopping from cafes to bakeries to warm souls with pastries and piping hot beverages. Laid back, educational and friendly—it’s a true pleasure all around.
It seems many tours in Stockholm really focus on sharing culture—this bike adventure is no different. Learn the significance of sites strolled by, while also having the advantage of being able to weave around lesser traversed areas and parks. Biking offers a slower-paced way to explore, so a lot more is truly seen than by vehicle. Your local guide will ensure you leave knowing a bit more about being a cyclist in the city.
If you’re a true fan of ABBA, a pop group that emerged from Stockholm, you have to stop by the interactive, memorabilia filled museum dedicated to them. This ticket entry lets guests skip the line and dive right into the magic of the successful group. The best part is making your very own karaoke music video, which you can take home as a neat souvenir.
Just a good old fashioned walking tour for those who want to take it slow through Stockholm’s assortment of historic sites, guests also will metaphorically go through each influential period, from the era of Vikings to German and Danish connections. Slow-paced and suitable for just about anyone, the tour tips barely over two hours, but is overall very informative and fun.
Primarily a walking tour, you’ll stop by Gamla Stan, Djurgården, and the Vasa Museum, which requires a short ferry ride to reach. Some pretty awesome artifacts will be discovered along the way, and guests will get to see a warship that sank all the way back in the 1600s. Experts worked tirelessly to restore the vessel. Transportation and museum entrance is included in the price.
Whether a beginner or seasoned expert, ice skating on frozen ponds, lakes and rivers near Stockholm is magical and an exciting way to get some exercise. As if the scenery and hours of gliding weren’t enough, lunch is provided by the warmth of a campfire. Kids would also love this, so it’s a good family-friendly pick.
Kayaking around Stockholm in the winter is a sparsely crowded way to really see the surroundings. Imagine Vikings once traversing around the archipelago, gaze upon old fishing cottages and truly take in the landscape from the perspective of the water. Sure it’s chilly, but bundle up and enjoy paddling through nature, and history at the same time. A provided dry suit and coffee will keep you warm.
Sigtuna dates back to 980 AD and is touted as the oldest city in all of Sweden. Stunning stone buildings have been excavated and preserved astoundingly, for an accurate look of the Viking era town. Then you can wander the town streets, and stop for pastries and a rich cup of joe during a fika session as Aunt Browns Coffee House. Providing transportation on the short route from Stockholm to Sigtuna, this basic offering opens doors to so much discovery in this part of Sweden.
Have you ever wondered what lies beyond the buildings, restaurants and coffee shops? Lush forests overflowing with fauna and native ingredients to be harvested. Going with a guide provides a safe, relaxing way to hike through the path and trails, and even spot berries and mushrooms that are okay to consume. Wander through the too often missed nature of Stockholm, and learn about its significance. Lunch, snacks and hiking gear are included in the outing—this is a serene way to reflect on your travels in Sweden.