Summer in Stockholm

 

Sweden has been on my short list of “Must Sees” so I was beyond excited when my boyfriend got invited to a conference in Stockholm.  Gorgeous lakes, summery green fields, and quaint summer cottages danced in my imagination.  I knew I’d like Sweden, but I had no idea how much I’d fall in love with Stockholm.  The food, the scenery, the people…everything was amazing.

July in Stockholm is absolutely amazing – we lucked out and aside from one day of rain, the weather was warm (well, for Sweden) and sunny.  Everyone takes advantage of the long daylight hours and outdoor restaurants and bars are absolute musts.  It tripped me out a few times, though, as I’d still be wide awake at midnight due to the sun still peaking over the horizon.

My week long trip was split in to three parts – Stockholm, Svartso, and back to Stockholm.  Our first hotel stay was at the Lydmar.  This hotel was absolute perfection.  Stylish, chic, delicious, and a perfect location.

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Our room at the Lydmar hotel.
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First meal in Stockholm – amazingly delicious smoked salmon salad from the restaurant at the Lydmar. This was my first hint that the food in Sweden is insanely good.
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Gamlastan – old town Stockholm.  Walking the streets until dinner time.
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Gamlastan
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Entrance of the viking restaurant Aifur Krog. Hard to get good images because of the lighting. Delicious viking meals to be had along with mead.
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Viking lounge. Enjoy a nice glass of mead before dinner.
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11pm along the waterfront.
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Midnight
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Looking across the water at the Vasa Museum and Nordiska Museum.
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An old ship turned museum anchored off the island to the south of the Lydmar.
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Remnants of Midsummer at the Modern Museum.
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Ferry to Grona Lund. It’s easy to take shortcuts from island to island using the ferries.
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Another view of Grona Lund after a rain storm.
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The Vasa Museum is an absolute must. The ship is huge!

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Midsummer pole in Skansen.  Skansen is an open air museum that shows how life used to be lived in Sweden.  Part Swedish Disneyland, part Renaissance Faire, part zoo it was super fun!  You’ll need a few hours to really enjoy the whole thing.
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Reindeer!
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Sleeping otter.
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Geese in the rose gardens.
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Last dinner in Stockholm at The Flying Elk.
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View from our second hotel, Ett Hemm. The hotel was great but the location is a bit off.
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Breakfast in the library at Ett Hemm.
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Gorgeous! I’m obsessed with Swedish dairy now.
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Berry heaven!

 

During the middle part of my week in Stockholm we took a ferry out to one of the islands in the archipelago to go “glamping”.  I took a million photos there so I’ll cover that in another post.  Gotta go find some lunch now…this post has made me hungry.

Happy travels!
-Ruby

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