What to Do If You Have Two Weeks in Sweden
Collected by Lola (Akinmade) Åkerström, AFAR Local Expert
In addition to major cities Stockholm, Gothenburg, and Malmö, go on regional daytrips to other iconic towns, such as historic university strongholds Uppsala and Lund. Spend some outdoors time in Kolmården, Scandinavia’s largest animal park, and hop around Stockholm’s archipelago to see more of Sweden beyond the hustle and bustle of city life.
Kyrkogatan 1, 647 30 Mariefred, Sweden
Despite being only an hour from Stockholm, I had never heard of Mariefred prior to my visit. Home to Gripsholm Slott (Castle), originally built by the father of modern Sweden, Gustav Vasa, Mariefred makes you slow down and enjoy the inviting...
Svartbäcksgatan 27, 753 32 Uppsala, Sweden
While in Stockholm to attend a conference, I ventured to Uppsala to visit the garden of Sweden's famous naturalist Carl Linnaeus. Although diminutive, the garden is an important reminder of the value of nature and its role in inspiring the seminal...
Located a mere 45 minutes from Stockholm via ferry, the Royal Domain of Drottningholm provides an opportunity to visit one of the finest examples of 18th-century northern European architecture and garden design. The ensemble of palace, gardens,...
Centralplan 15, 111 20 Stockholm, Sweden
When in Stockholm, try this budget attraction—the subway! This really is art underground, literally. It is called the longest art museum in the world. Over 90 of the 100 stations in Stockholm have been decorated with sculptures, mosaics,...
Villavägen 6-8, 752 36 Uppsala, Sweden
For more than 350 years there has been a botanic garden in Uppsala. Today there are two—the historic garden made famous by the Swedish naturalist Linnaeus, and this larger facility developed on land donated to Uppsala University in 1787 by King...
Klockstapelsbacken 3, 116 41 Stockholm, Sweden
Translating into “Vanity,” Fåfängan requires a bit of an uphill hike, but once there, you’ll realize why the name Vanity is apt. The isolated gazebo-style restaurant/event location stands atop its very own hill surrounded by perfectly manicured...
Nybrokajen, Stockholm, Sweden
At exactly 12 noon every Saturday and Sunday, this refurbished 1931 steamboat pushes out of Nybrokajen bay, and the three-hour brunch cruise sails to Vaxholm and back with impressive panoramic views of the archipelago along the way. The onboard...
Rosendalsvägen 38, 115 21 Stockholm, Sweden
It really doesn’t get more eco-friendly and organic than dining on freshly baked bread and pastries at Rosendals Trädgård Kafé and Bageri. Their breads are baked with biodynamic flour from the Saltå Kvarn mill in nearby Järna, and their dishes are...
Östermalmstorg, 114 42 Stockholm, Sweden
Östermalms Saluhall is one of Stockholm's most famous markets. While the prices aren't cheap, since 1888 the market has been where those looking for the very best fish, meat, and produce shop. For most travelers in Stockholm, it provides a good...
Ryssgården, 116 45 Stockholm, Sweden
Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and its sequels - have captivated millions of readers around the world and catapulted Stockholm to the top of countless travel wish lists. If you’re a Millennium fan visiting...
Disavägen, 754 40 Uppsala, Sweden
Located in the ancient monument area of Gamla (Old) Uppsala, this museum displays artifacts and findings that chronicle the Viking era and pagan roots of Scandinavian culture. Learn about centuries-old traditions through slideshows, model...
Sockenvägen, 122 33 Stockholm, Sweden
As soon as I heard that a cemetery was one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Stockholm – I had to go visit. Really? A cemetery as a UNESCO World Heritage site – what in the world could make it so special? As soon as I walked into the cemetery...
Herserudsvägen 32, 181 50 Lidingö, Sweden
During the first half of the 20th century, the iconic Swedish sculptor Carl Milles (1875-1955) nabbed many coveted public commissions all over the world. He was known for his style of blending Ancient Greek, Roman, and Christian mythology into his...
A 25-minute ferry ride from Slussen takes you to Fjäderholmarna (the Feather Islands) where you can sample slowed-down archipelago living. Once on the island, there are several artisan shops like Krukmakeri, which makes pottery, and Åtta Glas,...
618 92 Kolmården, Sweden
The closest thing Stockholm has to a full-scale zoo is quite impressive. Located 90 minutes' driving from the city, Kolmården Animal Park (Djurpark) is the largest in Scandinavia with about 750 wild attractions from all the jungles, savannas, and...
Lilla Varvsgatan 14, 211 15 Malmö, Sweden
A new Swedish pop music group perhaps? Not quite. On my road trip through Southern Sweden, an architect friend of mine insisted we stop in Malmö to see Santiago Calatrava’s building, the Turning Torso, which was modeled after his own human form...
Regeringsgatan 25, 111 53 Stockholm, Sweden
One of the cool things about Stockholm: It is one of a handful of cities around the world where you can actually land a hot air balloon in town. So, a unique way of exploring Stockholm is to fly over it, and there are several companies operating...
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