Welcome to Stockholm, where shopping, culture and entertainment are intermingled with history. The capital of Sweden is also lovingly called the Venice of the North thanks to its many bridges, islands and waterways. The city is famous for its beautiful archipelago, where visitors can spend time. Even though Stockholm is Scandinavia's largest city, it’s still easy to get around town on foot or by public transportation. Experience a world of diversity when you land from your flight to Stockholm.
DISCOVER THE CHARMING CAPITAL CITY OF SWEDEN
Its location by the sea, coupled with the ample sightseeing opportunities, make Stockholm one of the most appealing Scandinavian cities to visit. Fly to Stockholm to enjoy the picturesque medieval narrow lanes of the Old Town and stop for some freshly baked sweet rolls in one of the many cafes. The best spot for admiring the beautiful sea views is the top of Mosebacke hill. The easiest way to get there is by the Katarina lift, which has been in operation for 70 years. Those interested in modern art will enjoy the exhibitions at Moderna Museet on the island of Skeppsholmen. The exquisite boutiques and lounge bars of Östermalm are a must for those who love luxury. Those with more bohemian tastes will enjoy visiting the theatres, ethnic restaurants, small shops and flea markets of Södermalm.
SIGHTS IN STOCKHOLM
Gamla stan – the Old Town, a well-preserved medieval town offering plenty of shopping, souvenirs and restaurants.
The Royal Palace of Stockholm – the official residence of Sweden’s monarch. Other well-known castles and buildings are the Drottningholm Palace, Kina Palace and Rosendal Palace, along with Stockholm City Hall – a well-known silhouette on the Stockholm skyline.
Vasa museum – displaying the warship Vasa, a well-preserved 17th-century ship that was salvaged after 333 years under water. The Museum of Modern Art, The Museum of History and The Museum of Nobel are also worth a visit. For music lovers, we recommend checking out the popular Abba Museum.
Situated on the central island of Djurgården is Skansen – an open-air museum containing a zoo filled with animals from the Nordic region.
Junibacken – a fairy-tale playhouse for children based on the world-famous children's books, where you can visit Astrid Lindgren's fantastic fairy-tale world.
Södermalm – a pleasant district with local flair and a trendy atmosphere. Södermalm offers lots of small shops with vintage and Swedish fashion.
For a view of the city, visit Globen (a spherical arena building) and take a gondola ride to the top. At 155 metres, Kaknästornet is Stockholm's tallest building – it also contains a sky bar.
STOCKHOLM WITH CHILDREN
There are plenty of things to see and do if flying to Stockholm with children. Book your flights to Stockholm, Sweden, with Finnair for a comfortable journey ready to land refreshed for your great family adventure.
Gröna Lund – Have fun on various rides and watch entertaining performances at this family-friendly amusement park. There’s also a wide choice of places to eat and drink.
Hagaparken – Often said to be the best park in Stockholm, the huge Hagaparken has a lovely lake where you can swim in the warmer months and fish at any time of the year. Follow charming pathways through the woods and spot nature.
Tekniska Museet – Get hands-on at this technical museum and learn more about science and technology.
THINGS TO SEE AND DO NEAR STOCKHOLM
Stockholm archipelago – can be experienced by boat. Three ferry companies sail to the archipelago, and many of the boats depart from central Stockholm.
Sigtuna – Sweden's oldest town is just 15 minutes by car from Arlanda. From Stockholm, you can reach Sigtuna by taking first a train to Märsta and then a local bus from Märsta to Sigtuna.
Uppsala is another historically important city that boasts museums, a cathedral and a castle. Many remains from the Viking era can be found in this area. The train ride from Stockholm to Uppsala takes around 45 minutes.
SHOPPING IN STOCKHOLM
Stockholm has a wide range of shops, whether you’re looking for local crafts, design items, food or fashion. Malls and shops are located in the city centre, while there are larger retail parks in the outskirts.
Drottninggatan is Stockholm’s main shopping street, where you can find large department stores and all the major clothing retailers; it´s all about the young and trendy. Around Norrmalm, Sergels Torg and Kungsträdgården there are also plenty of stores offering a wide selection of clothes.
Hötorgshallen – a great market hall offering food and delicacies from around the world. There are also restaurants, cafes and coffee bars aplenty.
Nk – Nordiska Kompaniet – a luxury department store established in 1902, where you can find everything from jewellery to interior design.
Mall of Scandinavia – opened in November 2015, this shopping mall located in Solna Arenastaden is one of the largest in Scandinavia with over 220 stores.
Åhléns is a traditional one-stop department store for all things imaginable. Located at the intersection of Drottninggatan and Hamngatan, the store serves customers until 9:00 p.m. every weekday.
Design house Stockholm offers modern Swedish interior design. Svenskt Tenn is well known for its Swedish interior furnishings.
Each year in February, the city also hosts Stockholm design week and the Stockholm furniture & light fair, with a focus on modern Scandinavian design.
Ikea – visit the popular furnishing and interior giant by taking a free shuttle bus from Vasagatan 16 right outside central station. Buses depart every 30 minutes.
SWEDISH FOOD & DRINK IN STOCKHOLM
Swedish cuisine has been influenced by food from around the world, and in Stockholm you’ll find restaurants to suit every taste. Traditional everyday Swedish food with local ingredients – so-called husmanskost – can be seen side by side with modern fusion cuisine. Your next delicious food experience is just around the corner! Try these delicious delicacies when you travel to Stockholm:
Köttbullar – ground meat, breadcrumbs, minced onion and eggs rolled into small balls
Smörgåstårta – a sandwich cake that can be made with various ingredients
Smörgåsbord – a traditional Swedish buffet containing both warm and cold dishes served with bread and butter
Potatis (potatoes) – often boiled and common as a side dish
Knäckebröd – crispbread often made from rye and served at breakfast or as a side dish
Falukorv – a classic Swedish sausage made from a grated mixture of smoked pork and beef, usually served with pasta
Lingonsylt – a jam made of lingonberries, usually served with meat dishes, especially meatballs (Köttbullar)
Inlagd sill – pickled herring, served with boiled potatoes and eggs or on a smörgåsbord
Stekt strömming – fried herring, usually served with mashed potatoes
Prinsesstårta (“Princess cake”) – a dessert cake with vanilla custard and raspberry jam, with a green marzipan coating
Schnapps – a small shot of aquavit, vodka or bitter liqueurs usually taken during a meal
Lingonsaft – lingonberry juice, an alternative beverage at lunch or dinner
Kaffe – Swedes love their coffee, and they drink a lot of it! Kaffe is always offered as a fika, which is coffee or tea between meals, often served with something sweet on the side
TRANSPORT IN STOCKHOLM
Subway (Tunnelbana) & bus – quick and simple transportation.
Taxi – taxis with a metre always have yellow registration plates. Prices can vary greatly due to the fact that they are not regulated.
Hop-on Hop-off bus – for convenient sightseeing, buy a day pass to Strömma Hop-on Hop-off buses that take you around popular attractions around town.
FACTS ABOUT STOCKHOLM
Currency – Swedish krona (sek)
Electricity – 230 volts, 50 Hz
Tips – not necessary, but appreciated (up to 10% is fair)
Time zone – Stockholm (Sweden) UTC/GMT + 1 hour
Water – safe to drink from the tap, no need for bottled water
BEST TIME TO VISIT STOCKHOLM
Buy your airline tickets to Stockholm for summer to enjoy long, sunny days and plenty of outdoor activities. July is the hottest month. June to August is generally considered the best time to visit Stockholm, although this is also when the city is at its busiest. There are numerous concerts over the summer and it’s a perfect time for island hopping.
Exploring is also comfortable in spring and autumn, when the temperatures are cool but not cold and the crowds are thinner. The shoulder seasons are ideal times to find cheap flights to Stockholm, Sweden. Spring has lots of lush greenery and flowers while autumn’s colours are eye-catching.
It’s also possible to find good deals on accommodation and cheap flights to Stockholm over the winter months. With long, dark days and cold temperatures, many people avoid visiting Stockholm between November and March. The Christmas period, however, is especially enchanting in the Swedish capital, particularly when snow covers the Old Town. The Christmas markets are charming, and you can savour seasonal treats if you buy your plane tickets to Stockholm over the winter.
FLIGHTS TO STOCKHOLM
Finnair operates several Stockholm flights each day. Our flights from Helsinki take a little under an hour. You can connect through Helsinki to reach Stockholm from other airports around Finland, Europe and further afield. For example, if you’re looking for Finnair flights to Stockholm from the US, you can fly from New York, San Diego, Boston, San Francisco, Miami and other airports.
Transiting through Helsinki is easy, and you’ll find all gates and passenger services within the same terminal building.
When arriving in Stockholm, airlines land at Stockholm Arlanda Airport (ARN). Trains, buses and taxis connect the airport with the city.
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