24 Hours in Stockholm

Leslie, one of my friends from Seattle, came for a visit! I am not the only person she knows here in Scandinavia. She has a friend up in Stockholm, so of course, she wanted to visit him as well. She asked me if I wanted to come along. I absolutely love ❤ ❤ ❤ Stockholm, so I said yes and packed an overnight bag!

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Getting to Stockholm from Copenhagen is easy. The train ride is comfortable, but a bit long (over 5 hrs) for an overnight visit. So we opted to fly (1 hr). Even last minute tickets didn’t seem terribly expensive (less than 1000 kr – or about $150 – for a round-trip).

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No pictures ever do this city justice. Stockholm is breathtakingly beautiful. It is regal and charming at the same time.

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It’s a city located on many islands (easily navigated by bridges and water ferries), with clean waters and surprisingly little traffic (not many bicycles either; a shocker, coming from Copenhagen).

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Located even further north than Copenhagen, sunset in Stockholm during our visit was at 2:46pm.

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But we’re not afraid of the dark! The city was lit up and very festive for the Holidays.

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Leslie (center), Kjell and me.

We were so lucky to have a great host in Stockholm. Kjell, Leslie’s friend since high school, showed us the city, navigated the transportation for us and found some great spots to hang out.

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Stockholm has an adorable Old Town (Gamla Stan), with a seasonal Christmas market (located in Stortorget, the square known for the Stockholm Bloodbath of 1520)…

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…lots of charming, narrow streets, and plenty of tourist shops.

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From Gamla Stan, we meandered our way towards Djurgården, the island where the ABBA museum is located.

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If for some strange reason you don’t like ABBA, you have no business visiting Stockholm, or even Sweden. Seriously, just stay out of Scandinavia.

 

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I’m Frida and Leslie’s Agnetha.

 

We spent much of the afternoon at the museum and I have to admit that I’ve had ABBA songs stuck in my head on repeat ever since then.

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From the museum, we took a ferry back to town.

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We walked by the bank where a hostage situation coined the term “Stockholm Syndrome.”

 

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And I really enjoyed walking in the snow.

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We also went to the Stockholm Ice Bar! Minus 5 degrees (Celsius) ensures that the ice hauled all the way from Jukkasjärvi above the Arctic Circle, does not melt. (Surprisingly good drinks served here!)

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Had a wonderful time in snowy Stockholm. The city is gorgeous in the summer, but simply magical in the winter.

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Kjell has the quintessential red Swedish home outside of Stockholm, with rooms to spare. This is where we stayed! He treated us to a wonderful dinner, featuring moose steak! (Freerange, grass fed and all that. Kjell hunts for his food.)

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Once again, thank you Kjell for being such a fantastic host! And thank you, Leslie, for suggesting I come along!

 

 

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