Laura Marslen

STOCKHOLM PART 1

Laura Marslen
STOCKHOLM PART 1

This stunning capital city is spread across an archipelago of islands showcasing its beautiful scenery. Enjoy the lively waterfront promenades (perfect photo spots), charismatic medieval streets and delightful parks. This city also boasts a trendsetting eco-architecture and a creative edge. Enjoy its diverse nightlife scene; whether it’s floating bars or rooftop views, this city has it all!

The best way to explore this city is to do as the locals do and walk everywhere - pack your sneannnns! Alternatively, hire a bike and explore the paths of Stockholm. To make things easier to get around town there is widespread wifi, making Stockholm one of the most connected cities in the Northern Hemisphere.

The Scandi’s will argue that there is no such thing as bad weather…only bad clothing choices so choose wisely when it comes to your attire, particularly if you’re visiting in winter.

DSC04345.jpg

How to Get There: We flew from Lulea (Northern Sweden) with Norwegian Air. The flight time is only 1hr 20mins and it only set us back $105AUD each including baggage.

A lot of other airlines fly directly in to Stockholm as well as a number of budget airlines so suss out your options on www.skyscanner.com or www.rome2rio.com and that should have you sorted!

Once you have arrived at the airport, hop on the express train in to the centre of Stockholm!

Where to Stay: Downtown Camper

The perfect location for the urban traveler. Within the central hub of Stockholm, the location here is ideal. You’ll find yourself close to the central train station as well as the ferries, shops, restaurants and parks. This is the perfect place to base yourself to explore this magical city.

With nearly 500 rooms ranging from small rooms to large suites with magnificent city views, Downtown Camper truly has something for everyone. If you’re travelling with a group of friends, you can book connecting rooms to make catching up even easier. If you’re in town on business, there are 5 creative work spaces for conference use if required.

The Grande Double View Room is 30m2 of urban heaven. Spacious and well styled, the layout was one of the best and well thought out I have ever encountered along my travels. Multiple coat hooks, shelves for bags so they didn’t take up the entire floor, cupboards for everything you can imagine and the perfect little window seat to sit back and unwind after a busy day of sightseeing. Large, comfortable rooms with those metro vibes and city views to remind you that you’re in the hustle and bustle of one of Europe’s major hubs.

DSC04190.jpg

Enjoy the Campfire Bar & Grill inside the main entrance where you can gather or meet friends and family for some tasty food and delicious drinks, here you will also find the phenomenal buffet breakfast in the morning – this was seriously next level. Enjoy the Nest Cocktail Lounge for a beverage or three. The perfect spot to unwind after a busy day of sightseeing and shopping. Enjoy the rooftop views and admire the city skyline over one of their signature cocktails.

If you’ve enjoyed a little too much wining and dining and you’re concerned about the holiday waist line…never fear, head to the Nest Wellness area. Enjoy the outdoor pool, sauna and gym whilst admiring the city views from the rooftop area.

Downtown Camper has so much to offer in the perfect location to explore every inch of Stockholm.

What to See & Do:

Monteliusvägen Cliff Path – Top off a day of sightseeing and pack a picnic and watch the sun go down over Lake Malaren at this magical spot! Apparently you can catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights here too… but unfortunately we weren’t so lucky.

Stortoget – this is one of the oldest squares in Stockholm, and home to numerous cafes and bars. Wind through the narrow alleys and enjoy the beautiful architecture and atmosphere. Top tip: Stop at Chokladkoppen for a hot beverage and some traditional Swedish cinnamon rolls (insert drool)….

Djurgården – Hop on a ferry and enjoy Stockholm’s greenest island. Get your nature on and enjoy this wonderful island. This island is also home to some of the most famous museums in Stockholm, so get your nerd on at the Vasa Museum or Abba Museum. Note: Not many food options here, and what food options there are extremely pricey $$$ - so BYO snacks/lunch.

Vintage Stores in Södermalm – Dig for some serious goodies here there is something for everyone! Lots of vinyl too if that floats your boat.

DSC04316.jpg

Meatballs – It wouldn’t be a trip somewhere without eating the local delicacy, so of course you must try some Swedish meatballs. If you’ve ever been to Ikea you will be familiar with the old Swedish meatballs but the locals like to serve them with mash, gravy and lingonberry jam at Meatballs for the People in Södermalm – great spot to avoid the pesty touros! If you’re going make sure you book as this place gets hectic – everyone wants the balls!

Hellasgården’s lakeside sauna – Get rudey nudey at this Nordic nature reserve. You will find separate male and female saunas, however once inside, stripping is compulsory. If you’re feeling brave jump off the jetty in to Lake Källtorp to cool off. You’ll find locals jumping in all year round – if you’re concerned about what happens when it freezes over don’t worry they drill a hole for you to jump in to haha! Make a day out of it and hike around the lake – you will find plenty of easy hiking trails on the map at the main entrance and then finish off with a relaxing sauna/jetty jump.

Change of Guard at the Royal Palace – If you’re as much of a royal lover as I am, you will enjoy the Change of Guard. The procedure takes a hefty 40 minutes and is quite an impressive performance occurring 3x/week in winter and in summer daily!

Fotografiska – This gallery sits on the waterfront and used to be home the customs department many years ago. This has one of the best cafes in the city too so enjoy a hot beverage and some cake because when in Rome or Stockholm…you get my jist eat the god damn cake haha! Top Tip: avoid weekends if you hate tourists as they come in swarms.

Eat a cardamom bun here too - supposedly delicious!

Hang out at Berns – sprawling with bars, hotels, restaurants and clubs this area is one for the live music lovers. Stora Salongen is housed here and is an impressive grand hall that mixes between indie, folk and raves. On the weekends it transforms in to your standard commercial club if that’s your thing.

Tantolunden Park – Explore this wonderful park where you will find hundreds of brightly painted wooden cottages hidden along the hillside (don’t forget to pack the camera). Perfect to visit all year round, enjoy these secret gardens and make a day of it visiting the outdoor gyms, mini golf or even pack a picnic and take in the scenery. Top tip: Hike up the hill in the centre of the park to get some fabulous views over the water.

DSC04241-2.jpg

Kungsholmen Island – If the holiday kilos are stacking on, or you’re a fitspo fanatic, then pack your sneakers and trek around Kungsholmen island. It’s a residential island in the centre of Stockholm and is juts under 10km the entire way round. Make sure you go according to the daylight as there are some parts that are tricky to run around in the dark if there are only a few hours of daylight.

Beers, Beers, Beers – if you’re inclined to a sneaky brewskie or two, head to Hammarby Sjöstad. Enjoy this eco-friendly area, go for a cycle along the waterfront and enjoy a beer post ride. If beer isn’t your thing it’s still worth checking out. or just veg out on the deck near the waterfront near the Lugnets Allé.

Food truck heaven – Head to Hornstuls Marknad (only open between April-October) and live your best life tasting all of the delicious foods on offer.

Yes way Rosé – Who could possibly say no to rosé? Even better, enjoy your rose on a floating bar along Strandvagen by the waterfront.