Stockholm, Sweden

Sweden has always been on my bucket list of places to visit. Where else to start than the capital, Stockholm? I landed in the Armada, the smaller of two Airports. I ended up renting (and soon regretting) an automobile for the duration of the trip. Although, public transportation in the city was cheap and probably more feasible. Either way, I drove up to the Scandic hotel and checked in before heading out to the city for the first time.

The first view of downtown stockholm

I immediately fell in love with architecture and city culture. After finding parking, I immediately began exploring the Normalm district.

A brisk 15 degrees Celsius, I quickly renting a vehicle. With parking far-and few between, I ended up walking to every destination. As the sun went down, I ended up going to one of the most “chill” bars in Europe. The Stockholm Ice Bar was an experience I recommend for anyone visiting Stockholm. But remember to book in advance for a spot! If you’re not already, you’ll be set up with a warm coat and served drinks in cups made of ice. The atmosphere was friendly and welcoming.

After a night at the hotel, I woke up early and set off for the historic, and (arguably) most popular spot in Stockholm– the Galma Stan.

There was just so much to see and do in this small area. The Royal Palace (left photo) was photogenic, and so was the cathedral. I also learned that this was the Nobel prize’s birthplace, as its museum was located here. After I was finished there, I went east across the canal into Östermalm. There, I went to the iconic Vasa museum and Contemporary Nordiska museet.

the vasa viking ship

I spent a lot longer in this museum than I thought I would. You enter and are immediately shaken by how strikingly large the ship is. As you go throughout the museum, you learn about the culture and lifestyle of the people living aboard the ship. Plan to spend a couple of hours reading through the signs. There is a café, but food prices are a bit high.

The latter of the two museums I visited (the Nordiska museet) equally was interesting and time sinking. It gave you a look into the Scandinavian life: the holidays, housing, light, and culture. I had less time than I would have liked to have seen more. There was just so much history and information that I can recommend anyone interested in Scandinavia to indulge in but plan to spend a few hours, much like the Vasa Museum.

I spent a total of two days in the city, my final third day would be spent traveling to Sweden’s High Coast.