If someone wanted to spend several days in the middle of Sweden and in the middle of January, you most likely would call them crazy. But despite what you may think, there are plenty of amazing things to do in Stockholm, especially in winter!
1. Visit the Stockholm Museums
Yes, the Swedish are no strangers to snowy blizzards, dark nights, and icy roads. If you’re looking to escape the cold, then Stockholm has a variety of unique and impressive museums worth visiting.
Nestled in on an island in the middle of Stockholm is Djurgården, the entertainment capital of the city. Home to the most famous monuments and museums, Djurgården is the perfect hideaway for dodging the harsh weather.
ABBA: The Museum is dedicated to none other than Sweden’s most popular pop group. This interactive exhibit will surely get “Dancing Queen” stuck in your head for the next few days!
Vasa Museum is one of the most popular museums in the entire city. It’s home to the gigantic 52-meter high Viking ship after which the museum was named. While I was traveling through Stockholm, this was the number one most recommended museum to visit by locals. Once you step foot inside, you’ll see why.
Fotografiska may be located in the Södermalm district of Stockholm, but it’s my favorite museum in the entire country. This contemporary photography exhibit has some of the most impressive and modern photographs on display. Even after visiting so many art museums, nothing has wowed me as Fotografiska has!
2. Go on a Boat Tour
If you want to see everything Stockholm has to offer, but hate the idea of walking through the snowy grounds on foot, then opt for a wintery boat tour!
Stockholm is made up of literally thousands of islands, and you can see a large chunk of them by boat. And you can hop-on or hop-off wherever you choose!
Many of the boats are covered, heated, or provide warm, fuzzy blankets and hot drinks (did someone say Irish Coffee??). So all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the panoramic views of the city.
3. Eat Everything in Stockholm
Maybe it’s the fat-burning cold, but winter is the perfect time to devour everything and anything in Stockholm. There’s nothing like setting up shop in a cozy cafe and indulging in Fika – the Swedish word a coffee and cake break. Yes, the coffee culture is so big in Sweden that they even have a special word for it.
Mellqvist Cafe & Bar will be your home away from home. Known for its decadent pastries and sweet buns as well as it’s gourmet breakfast platters, you’ll love the charming, local atmosphere that radiates through the rooms. God knows how many mornings I spent drinking coffee here.
Valhallabageriet will make you gain a few extra pounds just be looking through the window. This local bakery has some of the most famous Cinnamon and Cardamom Buns around, which is clear by the lines of locals lining up waiting to be served.
Günters is, how to do you say it, pure perfection. This place mixes my two favorite things in the entire world: juicy roasted sausage and street food. With over 20 different sausages to choose from, Günters is a Stockholm staple. The menu is completely in Swedish, they only take cash, and the service is anything but friendly. But hey, it’s worth it for the best street food in Stockholm.
4. Relax in a Traditional Sauna
Can’t we all use a little pampering in our life? Traveling is so hard (ha!) and sometimes you just need to escape the pressures of walking, exploring, and eating your way through a country (ha ha!). Alright – I don’t need to justify why you should visit a sauna, another part of everyday Swedish culture life. Just do it!
Centralbadet is smack dab in the middle of the city. Located in a stunning art nouveau building, Centralbadet has everything you could possibly want from a sauna. There are swimming pools, massage treatments, and even a roof terrace.
Sturebadet feels as if you’ve been transported back in time. Since Sturebadet opened it’s doors over 150 years ago, it’s delighted tourists and locals alike with a open, relaxing pool room and out of this world spa treatments.
5. Enjoy Stockholm When it’s Quiet and Peaceful
Not for the faint of heart, but walking the streets of Stockholm is an experience you simply can’t get in the summer. You’re not dodging tourists around every corner, and you’re not constantly on the lookout for a bike ramming into you.
Sure, you may only have a few hours of light for exploring, but Stockholm is equally as gorgeous when the sun goes down. The lamp posts illuminate off the white snow and the shop lights reflect off Barnhusviken River.
And for a split second, Stockholm feels completely and utterly yours.