Collected by Stephen Whitlock , AFAR Local Expert
Skeppsbron 22, 111 30 Stockholm, Sweden
Some cruise ships sail right up to Gamla Stan, the Old Town, which is the island that lies at the heart of Stockholm. It’s the most photogenic part of the city, known for its narrow, cobbled streets, ancient churches and houses that date back...
Djurgårdsslätten 49-51, 115 21 Stockholm, Sweden
A brief description of Skansen—a 75-acre open-air museum with historic buildings and a zoo—doesn’t convey just how much fun it is. You can easily spend a happy half-day here, looking at wolves, reindeer, moose, seals, and other Nordic creatures,...
Galärvarvsvägen 14, 115 21 Stockholm, Sweden
Located on the island of Djurgården, this purpose-built maritime museum is an extraordinary sight: It houses the massive warship Vasa, which sank just minutes after launching on its maiden voyage in 1628. Raised from the harbor in 1961,...
Augustendalsvägen 43, 131 52 Nacka Strand, Sweden
Perhaps the most famous artwork in the archipelago is God, our Father, on the Rainbow, by Sweden’s most popular sculptor, Carl Milles (1875–1955). It depicts God standing on top of a 23-meter-tall (75-foot-tall) water spout. The work was designed...