Stockholm: A Charming Winter Destination

December can be a stressful month for everyone, with final exams, Christmas planning and the end of the year! So visiting the Swedish capital at this time of year will give you the opportunity to relax and enjoy the beautiful Nordic city.

What makes Stockholm unique is that it is incredibly busy while at the same time very quiet and relaxing. The streets are always filled with people and activities, such as sports, museums, shopping and seasonal events. Here are a few ways you can spend your serene vacation.

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

Sweden is the dream destination for sports lovers. With an average temperature of minus 1 degree Celsius in December and minus 3 degrees Celsius in January, there are several activities you can try out such as:

Ice skating at a rink in the center of Kungsträdgården.

Ice-fishing or long-distance skating at a frozen lake.

❄ A day trip to Hammarbybacken, located right outside of the city, where you can go skiing and snowmobiling.

MUSEUMS

Stockholm has plenty of interesting and educational museums for all tastes in history, music, art and science.

❄ Because of the country’s rich Viking and medieval history, there are several museums dedicated to different decades, such as the Vasa Museum, Swedish History Museum and the Nordic Museum.

❄ For science-based ones, there is the Museum of Natural History and the National Museum of Science and Technology.

Skansen, the world’s oldest open-air museum, lets you experience Swedish life before the industrial era.

❄ For music lovers, there are many music-related museums such as the ABBA Museum, dedicated to the infamous Swedish band.

❄ Swedes are fans of modern art and photography, and you can check out their work at the Museum of Modern Art and the Fotografiska Museum.

CAFÉS & SEASONAL TREATS

Since it is cold for a large part of the year, the city is filled with cozy cafés, restaurants and bars where people can hang out indoors and enjoy Christmas-y treats.

Warm glögg (mulled wine) and pepparkakor (gingerbread cookies) are served at all times of the day during this season in cute booths and restaurants.

Espresso House is a beloved coffee shop that serves delicious drinks and traditional Swedish snacks. In Stockholm you will find coffee shops on almost every street.

❄ Swedish cafés have a laid-back and casual style to them, with candles, cosy couches and Scandinavian interior decoration that will make you feel right at home.

FASHION
Sweden, especially Stockholm, has been acknowledged for being an iconic fashion location due to its simple but elegant style.

❄ Many high fashion brands such as ACNE, Filippa K, Tiger of Sweden, WesSC and others hail from Sweden.

❄ Walking down the streets of Stockholm is like being on an outdoor runway since Swedish people are so effortlessly fashionable. In winter, it might be difficult to be able to see outfits, but it is nice to see how Stockholmers get fashionably creative in this season.

❄ Youngsters who want more affordable clothes should check out Bik Bok, GinaTricot, Cheap Monday and Monki, which are Scandinavian brands found all over Stockholm.

❄ Make sure not to miss H&M. Their Swedish stores are even better and bigger than the ones around the world because not only do they sell clothes, but they also have a large section of beauty products and H&M Home, which sells home decor.

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

Since Stockholm is located in the Nordic region, there are several unique features that come with the territory, especially during winter.

❄ Unexpected sunsets at 3 p.m. Can you imagine being able to watch the sunset every day in the middle of the day?

Saunas are a big part of the Swedish culture, and they can be found in many places in the city, including at hotels and hostels.

❄ There are ice bars all over the world, but how unique would it be to actually go to an ice bar in an icy country – especially when it is sponsored by the country’s leading Absolut Vodka and Ice Hotel. At the hotel, you can have drinks at the Nordic-themed ice bar at minus 7 degrees and learn how to create ice sculptures.

CONVENIENCE

Since Stockholm is the capital of Scandinavia, leading the region’s commerce, education, fashion and sustainability, it is no surprise that the country functions extremely well, providing a stress-free trip.

English is fluently spoken by the majority of the people, so if you are lost in the middle of Gamla Stan(Old Town) and ask someone for help, they will most likely be able to help you.

❄ There is easy access to Wi-Fi almost everywhere at cafés, restaurants, stores, malls, convenience stores and other places, making it much easier to find your location on maps and decide where to go next.

❄ Swedish tap water is extremely clean and every café, restaurant and bar offer free water.

❄ Not only is public transportation (trains, buses, trams and boats) reliable, but they are also beautiful. Especially the underground metro station which is known internationally for their beautiful art decoration of Swedish history.

CHEAP FLIGHTS

Winter is the off-season in Stockholm, making round-trip flights super affordable! Flights from New York can be found as low as $315 and from Los Angeles for just $342. From within Europe, there are numerous daily flights with Scandinavian airlines such as SAS, Norwegian and Finnair.

Swedes are very private and reserved, so if you are looking for a quiet and relaxing trip where people won’t disturb you, Stockholm is the perfect place for you.

Solo Weekend Tips: London Edition

Some people may think travelling solo might be boring and lonely. When it’s actually a “do-whatever-you-want-trip”. Picking every place you go, every food you want to eat and where to stay without any negotiation needed. If you are on your way somewhere and half way you decide not to go anymore, you can just turn around and go somewhere else! It’s that easy.

A few years ago I was supposed to go to London with a friend of mine but there was a miss communication and I ended up going alone. At first, I was quite scared to go to a completely new country on my own. Until I was out in the streets calling all the shots and going to all the places I wanted to go to.

So here’s a guide on things I’ve learned when travelling by myself.


Getting around

  • When travelling on your own in a big city, I would recommend booking a hop-on-hop-off bus. It will take you to all the main attractions while you sit at a double-decker bus with a guide and Wi-Fi. Can’t get any better than that. Whenever you want to get off to explore an area more, you can definitely do so and then grab the next bus. Plus, there is always a single seat available and some packages include a boat trip to the Shakespeare museum which is incredible.

  • If you like finding your own way amongst the locals, I highly recommend getting a public transportation card. In London, I purchased the Oyster Card for the 4 days (£30) I stayed at the city. It is 50% cheaper than buying a single ticket every time you take the tube and get special offers at shops and entertainment venues.

  • Travelling to London as a solo trip is a lot easier in regards to language barrier since the main language is English, but when you travel to a country where you are not familiar with the language is important to learn useful phrases.

Perks: Extra sleeping time because you already have the whole day planned without any altercations. Have the whole hotel room to yourself to efficiently get ready.


Accommodation

I would highly recommend staying at a hotel instead of an Airbnb or a hostel if you are on your own…especially if you are a girl. Not saying anything can happen, but it is always better to be safe than sorry.

You will end up paying for the room yourself, but it is a small price to pay when you get:

  • Late hours front desk and reception– Who can help you with whatever you need.

  • Security– I stayed at the London Edition hotel which also has security at the entrance due to the popular restaurant and bar inside the hotel. Again, not saying something could happen but it definitely made me feel safer.

  • Centralised location– The hotel I stayed at was also very close to Oxford Street and it’s parallel man streets which made it a lot easier to find transportation back and to always be nearby the hotel.

Perk: Who doesn’t love staying at a fancy hotel?


Food

There are several ways to get delicious meals without needing to go to a restaurant.

  • Adding a breakfast buffet to your hotel booking so you can have a big breakfast. Later on, if you are hungry, just grab something small on your coffee break.

  • Like a sandwich that you can eat outdoors at a park or around the London Eye. They usually have street performances and sponsored booths to entertain you while you eat.

  • Most restaurants have takeaway so you definitely don’t have to survive on supermarket food just because you don’t want to go to a restaurant. So on your way home, make sure to keep an eye on the restaurants nearby.

  • If you can’t be bothered to leave the hotel for a meal, there is always room service and hotel restaurants.

  • In case you do want to go to a restaurant, Nac in Mayfair is a beautiful modern restaurant with delicious brunch dishes. Their truffled mac & cheese is incredible.

  • Having several taste-testings at London’s numerous street food markets is also a great way to eat out. You get to try different dishes while exploring the city at the same time.

Perk: You can eat anything you want without feeling guilty, nobody will ever know!

Reasons Why You Should Travel to Stockholm During the Winter

Slussen

December can be a stressful month for everyone, with final exams, Christmas planning and the end of the year! So visiting the Swedish capital at this time of year will give you the opportunity to relax and enjoy the beautiful Nordic city.

What makes Stockholm unique is that it is incredibly busy while at the same time very quiet and relaxing. The streets are always filled with people and activities, such as sports, museums, shopping and seasonal events. Here are a few ways you can spend your serene vacation.

Outdoor activities

Sweden is the dream destination for sports lovers. With an average temperature of minus 1 degree Celsius in December and minus 3 degrees Celsius in January, there are several activities you can try out such as:

❄ Ice skating at a rink in the center of Kungsträdgården.

❄ Ice-fishing or long-distance skating at a frozen lake.

❄ A day trip to Hammarbybacken, located right outside of the city, where you can go skiing and snowmobiling.

Sollentuna during winter

Museums

Stockholm has plenty of interesting and educational museums for all tastes in history, music, art and science.

❄ Because of the country’s rich Viking and medieval history, there are several museums dedicated to different decades, such as the Vasa Museum, Swedish History Museum and the Nordic Museum.

❄ For science-based ones, there is the Museum of Natural History and the National Museum of Science and Technology.

❄Skansen, the world’s oldest open-air museum, lets you experience Swedish life before the industrial era.

❄ For music lovers, there are many music-related museums such as the ABBA Museum, dedicated to the Swedish band.

❄ Swedes are fans of modern art and photography, and you can check out their work at the Museum of Modern Art and the Fotografiska Museum.

Cafés & seasonal treats

Since it is cold for a large part of the year, the city is filled with cozy cafés, restaurants and bars where people can hang out indoors and enjoy Christmas-y treats.

❄ Warm glögg (mulled wine) and pepparkakor (gingerbread cookies) are served at all times of the day during this season in cute booths and restaurants.

❄ Espresso House is a beloved coffee shop that serves delicious drinks and traditional Swedish snacks. In Stockholm you will find coffee shops on almost every street.

❄ Swedish cafés have a laid-back and casual style to them, with candles, cozy couches and plants that will make you feel right at home.

Fashion

Sweden, especially Stockholm, has been acknowledged for being an iconic fashion location due to its simple but elegant style.

Kungsgatan at 4:30PM

❄ Many high fashion brands such as ACNE, Filippa K, Tiger of Sweden, WesSC and others hail from Sweden.

❄ Walking down the streets of Stockholm is like being on an outdoor runway, since Swedish people are so effortlessly fashionable. In winter, it might be difficult to be able to see outfits, but it is nice to see how Stockholmers get fashionably creative in this season.

❄ Youngsters who want more affordable clothes should check out Bik Bok, GinaTricot, Cheap Monday and Monki, which are Scandinavian brands found all over Stockholm.

❄ Make sure not to miss H&M. Their Swedish stores are even better than the ones around the world because not only do they have clothes, but they also have a large section of beauty products and H&M Home, which sells home decor.

Unique experiences

Hötorget at 4:30 PM

Since Stockholm is located in the Nordic region, there are several unique features that come with the territory, especially during winter.

❄ Unexpected sunsets at 3 p.m. Can you imagine being able

to watch the sun set every day in the middle of the day?

❄ Saunas are a big part of the Swedish culture, and they can be found in many places in the city, including at hotels and hostels.

❄ There are ice bars all over the world, but how unique would it be to actually go to an ice bar in an icy country – especially when it is sponsored by the country’s leading Absolut Vodka and Ice Hotel. At the hotel, you can have drinks at the Nordic-themed ice bar at minus 7 degrees and learn how to create ice sculptures.

Convenience

Since Stockholm is the capital of Scandinavia, leading the region’s commerce, education, fashion and sustainability, it is no surprise that the country functions extremely well, providing a stress-free trip.

❄ English is fluently spoken by the majority of the people, so if you are lost in the middle of Gamla Stan (Old Town) and ask someone for help, they will most likely be able to help you.

❄ There is easy access to Wi-Fi almost everywhere at cafés, restaurants, stores, malls, convenience stores and other places, making it much easier to find your location on maps and decide where to go next.

❄ Swedish tap water is extremely clean and every café, restaurant and bar offers free water.

Stureplan

Cheap flights

Winter is the off-season in Stockholm, making round-trip flights super affordable! Flights from New York can be found as low as $315 and from LA for just $342.

Swedes are very private and reserved, so if you are looking for a quiet and relaxing trip where people won’t disturb you, Stockholm is the perfect place for you.