Sunny days in Stockholm: 14 islands city bike tours, underground art and ferry rides in the hot North

Stockholm  is the capital of Sweden and the most populous city in the Nordic countries; 952,058 people live in the municipality,  approximately 1.5 million in the urban area, and 2.3 million in the metropolitan area. The city stretches across fourteen islands where Lake Mälaren flows into the Baltic Sea. Just outside the city and along the coast is the island chain of the Stockholm archipelago
View from Skansen to the Kungliga Slottet on Gamla Stan



On the ferry to Nacka Strand and Lidingö
Guds hand (Hand of God) by Carl Milles
Millesgården is an art museum and sculpture garden, located on the island of Lidingö in Stockholm, Sweden. It is located on the grounds of the home of sculptor Carl Milles and his wife, artist Olga Milles, who are both buried there.
Människan & Pegasus (Man and Pegasus) in Millesgarden

Sculpture park – Millesgården

Let’s take a ride through Stockholm and its islands
On Stockholm’s city bikes to Waldemarsudde on Prins Eugens Väg
Cycling around the island of Djurgarden

ABBA The Museum | An interactive exhibition in Stockholm

Skansen (in English: the Sconce) is a combined open-air museum and zoo, located on the island of Djurgården. It was founded in 1891 by Artur Hazelius (1833–1901) to show the way of life in the different parts of Sweden before the industrial era.
Could this be Rudolph, the Reindeer?
Brown bear resting on a rock in Skansen
A moose doesn´t move when it is getting hot

Skansen: The world’s oldest open-air museum

The Vasa Museum (SwedishVasamuseet) is a maritime museum on Djurgården which displays the only almost fully intact 17th century ship that has ever been salvaged, the 64-gun warship Vasa that sank on her maiden voyage in 1628.

The Vasa Museum opened in 1990 and, according to the official web site, is the most visited museum in Scandinavia.

Vasa Museum homepage

From the beginning of 1961 to 1988, Vasa was housed in a temporary structure called Wasavarvet („The Vasa Shipyard“) where she was treated with polyethylene glycol. Visitors could only view the ship from two levels and the maximum distance was only 5 m (17 ft). In 1981, the Swedish government decided that a permanent Vasa museum was to be constructed and a competition for the design of the museum building was organized. A total of 384 architects sent in models of their ideas and the final winners were Marianne Jakobbäck and Göran Månsson with Ask („box“). The construction of the new building began on and around the dry dock of the old naval yard with an inauguration ceremony hosted by Prince Bertil on 2 November 1987. Vasa was towed into the flooded dry dock under the new building in December 1987, and during the summer of 1989, when visitors were allowed onto the construction site, 228,000 people visited the half-finished museum. The museum was officially opened on 15 June 1990.

The Stockholm metro system has been called ‚the world’s longest art gallery‘, with more than 90 of the network’s 100 stations decorated with sculptures, rock formations, mosaics, paintings, installations, engravings and reliefs by over 150 different artists.

Art in the subway – Visitstockholm

Leonard Cohen showing the way in the dining room of our hotel
Welcome to the World Heritage site of Drottningholm Palace
You never walk alone in the Palace Grounds of Drottningholm

The Drottningholm Palace (SwedishDrottningholms slott) is the private residence of the Swedish royal family. It is located in Drottningholm. Built on the island Lovön (in Ekerö Municipality of Stockholm County), it is one of Sweden’s Royal Palaces. It was originally built in the late 16th century. It served as a regular summer residence of the Swedish royal court for most of the 18th century. Apart from being the private residence of the Swedish royal family, the palace is a popular tourist attraction.
Portrait of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia in the Slott
Skogskyrkogården (The Woodland Cemetery) is another World Heritage Site in Stockholm
Skogskyrkogården (official name in English: The Woodland Cemetery [1]) is a cemetery located in the Enskededalen district south of central StockholmSweden. Its design, by Gunnar Asplund and Sigurd Lewerentz, reflects the development of architecture from Nordic Classicism to mature functionalism.
At the grave of Greta Garbo
The hour when the ship comes into the harbours of Stockholm
Exploring Stieg Larsson’s Södermalm and his bestselling trilogy Millennium. Following the footsteps of Lisbeth Salander

Välkommen till City Bikes! Njut av Stockholm, låna en cykel. Med City Bikes kan du cykla genom stan från april till oktober. Vi har både säsongskort för dig som ofta är i stan eller 3-dagarskort för dig som är på tillfälligt besök.

City Bikes

Looking at Gamla Stan from the Fotografiska Museet with the McCartneys
What has happened to Beyonce in the Museum of Modern Art on Skeppsholmen?
Gilded crown on Skeppsholmsbron, another historical landmark

Drottninggatan (Queen Street) in StockholmSweden, is a major pedestrian street. It stretches north from the bridge Riksbron at Norrström, in the district of Norrmalm, to Observatorielunden in the district of Vasastaden.
The Vikings were infamous seafarers and pirates during the late iron age. Hailing from Northern Europe the Vikings raided and traded with settlements in the European countries, from the British Isles to the Mediterranean coasts.

Gamla stan – Visitstockholm

Gamla Stan, the Old Town, is one of the largest and best preserved medieval city centers in Europe, and one of the foremost attractions in Stockholm…

Mårten Trotzigs gränd (Swedish: „Alley of Mårten Trotzig“) is an alley in Gamla stan, the old town of StockholmSweden. Leading from Västerlånggatan and Järntorget up to Prästgatanand Tyska Stallplan, the width of its 36 steps tapers down to a mere 90 centimetres (35 in), making the alley the narrowest street in Stockholm.

Stortorget (Swedish: [ˈstuːrtɔrjɛt]The Big Square) is a small public square in Gamla Stan, the old town in central StockholmSweden. It is the oldest square in Stockholm, the historical centre on which the medieval urban conglomeration gradually came into being.[1] Today, the square is frequented by tens of thousands of tourists annually, and is occasionally the scene for demonstrations and performances.

Changing of the Guard – Swedish Armed Forces – Försvarsmakten

Retractable bollards against the danger of terror attacks

2017 Stockholm terror attack 

Saying goodbye to Hötorget, Kungsholmen and the flowers of Stockholm
From T-Centralen to Arlanda Airport and flying home across the Stockholm archipelago

Visit Stockholm – Visitstockholm