My trip to Stockholm

Ready for yet another photo spam? ;) I finally took the time to upload the photos from my trip to Stockholm and wanted to share. There are lots of images, so consider yourself warned. And as always the full album is on Flickr.


Drottninggatan (Queen street)

Stockholm is said to be one of the most beautiful capitols in Europe, if not the world, and now that I’ve been there to see for myself it does sounds plausible. It is such an amazing city with lots of things to see and do, beautifully preserved old buildings and since it’s built on 14 islands – just where lake Mälaren meets the Baltic sea – you are never far from water. It actually made me feel quite patriotic to see what a lovely capitol we have.

There are LOTS of tourists there in the summer. Like, I barely heard anyone speaking Swedish – it was all English, Russian, German etc. Restaurants and such seemed to have lots of English-speaking personnel as well. I had to use English quite a few times which I hadn’t expected, but I definitely didn’t mind.
So… if you plan to visit Stockholm to meet Swedes you should know you might have to search around a bit, at least if you’re visiting in the summer. :P

The Royal Palace of Stockholm
Gateway pass Parliament House

Old Town

Alley in Old Town
Old Town

Central Stockholm isn’t THAT big so most of what you want to see is within reasonable walking distance from each other, and it’s a great city to walk in! There are lots of pretty buildings and little squares and random statues and such scattered about everywhere. You can walk along the main shopping street, cross the bridge to the palace, and then continue across the island to Old Town in one afternoon. And you don’t even have to make any turns, just follow the street.

According to me, the coziest and most beautiful part of Stockholm is Old Town, famous for it’s narrow cobbled alleys between tall medieval houses. There are lots of cute little cafes and restaurants and also lots of small but interesting shops. I could easily have spent a whole day just exploring all the nooks and crannies there! :) If you go to Stockholm you really shouldn’t miss it!


Bear family
Wisent - European buffalo

The Vasa ship

We also spent a day on Djurgården where they have the Vasa museum and the park/zoo/museum Skansen.

Vasa was a Swedish warship that sank on her maiden voyage in 1628. She only managed to get a few km out of the harbour too, so it was a total fiasko. The ship was lost to the world until the 1950’s when they found her and decided to bring her up after spending over 300 years under water.
What’s cool about Vasa is how well preserved she is, that almost the entire ship is intact. I know it doesn’t sound all too exciting, but when I saw her my jaw dropped. The ship made me think of The Flying Dutchman from Pirates of the Caribbean!

Skansen is like a huge park that works as an outdoor museum with lots of buildings and exhibitions and animals. They have an aquarium with reptiles, fish and a few small monkeys but other than that it’s all nordic animals like wolverines, wolves, lynxes, reindeer etc. The coolest animals there have to be the European buffalos though. So big!

Personally I have a complicated relationship with zoos as I don’t think wild animals should be kept in cages. I mean, the reptiles and the farm animals are one thing, but the others? Skansen actually seem like a good zoo, with large enclosures full of trees and bushes so the animals have room to move and rocks to climb and places to hide if they don’t want to be seen but… Wild wolves have territories covering acres upon acres of land, far more than any zoo would be able to provide, so even if the wolf pen at Skansen is big and lush and all that it’s still pretty sad to see.
On the other hand having the animals like this is excellent for education and awareness, and in case of endangered animals zoos might be the only way to keep them around. The European buffalo for example would be extinct if it wasn’t for zoos and now they’ve even started a project to try and reintroduce them into the wild. So it’s not like zoos are completely useless, but I still feel rather ambivalent about them.

Me on Vasa bridge

So, Stockholm is a wonderful city to visit. She’s old as dirt with much of her history still preserved and visible – but she’s also a fun and modern metropole. If you’re anywhere near Sweden you should definitely consider paying her a visit.


  1. 3 August 2013

    Yep, looks like I’ll be going to Stockholm.

  2. 4 August 2013

    That looks like a great place to visit! I like that you say a lot of people were speaking English. That’s the one thing that makes me nervous about travelling. I would hate to go to a place and not be able to communicate with the people there. I would be a wreck! haha. I hope that I get to visit Europe again sometime soon. It’s so beautiful.

  3. 6 August 2013

    I am sold. Now I just need to figure out a good time to visit there myself. :) My question for you is this: any idea on particular activities during the winter? I’m asking this because I know the sun sets very early during that time. I know when I visited Helsinki, it was pitch black by around 16:00 and this was late November, a month before winter solstice. :/

  4. 7 August 2013

    I love all of your photos. We just don’t have places like that in North America. I will definitely have to take some sort of trip to the other side of the world to do some exploring. The ship’s story is amazing. I just can’t believe they pulled it from the bottom of the ocean. CRAZY! Too bad they can’t do that with the Titanic! Haha, even though the ship is definitely NOT intact. I’m off to look at the rest of your pictures now!:D

  5. 7 August 2013

    Great photos! Stockholm looks like a beautiful city. I love the look of its streets and buildings, and I think that’s cool that you’re always near water :)

    Wow, I’m amazed at how good Vasa looks after being under water for so long. I really like going to zoos, but I have a similar feeling towards them. It is nice to see a well kept zoo though, and I know that some help endangered species a lot.

    That looks like a great trip! I’d love to visit some time!

  6. 7 August 2013

    Stockholm looks beautiful. Better than most parts of London, anyhow. I especially love this photo of yours:

    Vasa and her story is intriguing. The ship itself looks fantastic — I thought of Pirates of the Caribbean too, haha.

    “nordic animals like wolverines, wolves, lynxes, reindeer” — wow! Sounds brilliant. I’ve seen reindeer at a zoo before, but never the others.

    I agree with you about zoos; on the whole, though, I’m fine with them so long as the animals are well looked after, have lots of space and the space mimicks their natural environment as closely as possible.

    Oh, and because you like heavy metal, you are officially awesome in my book. ;)

    Take care! xx

  7. 11 August 2013

    Beautiful photos! It looks very storybook-ish, and I like places that have stories to tell. :heart:

    I think I, like many of the others, are adding Stockholm to my list of places to visit.

  8. 11 August 2013

    Aw, I feel so jealous. I’ve been wanting to travel to the north of Europe for… I don’t know, forever!!! Also, I love the fact that you can walk to almost everywhere! ;)

  9. 11 August 2013

    Wow, Stockholm is a gorgeous city! I’ve always wanted to visit it, and now I do even more. I definitely want to check out Vasa. I have a strange fascination with old ships.

    I feel the same way you do about zoos and aquariums. On one hand, I really don’t believe that wild animals should be caged, and I think it’s nearly impossible to create ideal environments in captivity for some animals, like wild wolves. But they can be a good tool for education and conservation, like you said. I just think certain animals should at least be allowed to live on nature reserves, which are more similar to their natural environments, instead of in zoos.

  10. 29 August 2013

    What a beautiful city, definatley one I want to visit one day. I also want to re-visit Gothenburg as well.

    Have to agree with that older parts of towns tend to be the most interesting. :)

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