Outdoor Activities, Stockholm
I'm not that much of an outdoor person myself but my girlfriend is, so she forced me into joining her onto an outdoor excursion when we were in stockholm. I was a bit reluctant but ended up really liking it! We went on a hiking tour with a guide. The pace was really nice. Not too much to keep up but at the end up the day we did feel like we had been moving around. We got backpacks with food, thermos etc everything was really well arranged. But what I liked most was the stunning views! I could never have guesses that there would be so beautiful nature about a 20 min drive from the centre... Oh and we also saw beaver marks! that was really cool too. And as cherry on the pie we ended at a sort of lunchroom and enjoyed a sauna with a swim in the lake. Def recommendable if you're in Stockholm! We booked with http://www.thegreentrails.com/
Equipment: You get a water poncho, backpack, but maybe some good shoes are nice to have. I didn't but it was also okay.
Sweden Bike is a bike rental shop in the centre of Stockholm. We rented a pair of bikes there, as well as a baby carrier for our infant son, to go on a biking trip to Drottningholm.
Erik, the enthusiastic owner, was happy to help us set up the baby carrier and give us advice for our journey. He had an excellent knowledge of the biking trails in the area of Stockholm (and there are a lot of them!) and recommended we extend our trip into the nature areas of Ekerö while also supplying us with cycling maps.
There are many cycling possibilities in and around Stockholm and I couldn't think of a better guide than Erik. If you are afraid of getting lost on your own, Sweden Bike also offers guided bike tours.
So... me and P ... as usual... decide to hire bikes on a ....umm Sunday I think and take off round the park for an hour. It was quiet and peaceful - we careered into families and puffed and panted up hills - fun? I could've died, (P almost did!!)
Me - "Oh look at the scenery P isn't it just luvvvverly here?" P - "**** the scenerey, I need CAKE!!!!" ME - "No need to be like that P, it was YOUR idea!"
Bikes come with or without baskets on the front - which, if you are a bloke would be a bit naff, but hey... each to their own... live n let live..etc... when on holiday do like the Swedes... no, actually I didn't see any blokes with baskets on their bikes. I'm sorry this tip isn't really very "Sporting" is it? Note to self - "must take this more seriously" :))
Sorry but I have forgotten how much it cost. There's a nice little tea room place for a drink afterwards - Oh!!! And don't try using dodgy credit cards there either - it may look like a little hut in the woods but they have all the latest technology for detecting "maxed out" credit cards" :)) But of course this DIDNT happen to us or anyone we know!!
Equipment: Oxygen Tank. Kendal mint cake. Crampons. Thermal blanket. "Ralgex" - (numb-bum syndrome). Cash.
At the Djurgårdsbron bridge cafës on both sides you can rent a dinghy, canoe or pedalo (see pics) and discover Djurgårdsbrunns Bay (fourth pic) below Skansen for yourself. They also have a bike rental service.
Stockholm has an enormous amount of public beaches - that is, some are beaches and others are cliffs where you can lie and soak up the sun before you dive in (making sure you know how deep it is before of course!). There are numerous places all shown on Stockholm sports maps but I have listed two of my favourites below. The official tourist site below also often list popular places on its summer version.
Equipment: Swim gear is enough
Yes, it's a bit obscure, but just in case someone wants to see some tier two Swedish soccer, there are three Stockholm teams which play in the Superettan as of 2006 (Swedish Second Tier).
IF Brommapojkarna --
Bromma play the closest to downtown Stockholm at Grimsta IP, which holds about 4500 spectators.
An interesting fact is that Bromma are the largest sportsclub in Europe, with over 4500 members (or something close to that) yet draw less than 500 per match.
Assyriska FF --
Assyriska are based in the suburb of Sodertalje, which is about 45 minutes south of Stockholm. Assyriska play in the new Sodertalje Fotbollscenter right beside Scaniarinken. The stadium holds 6500. The stadium is new, has turf and the team attracts around 2000 per spectators per match.
From what I can tell, Assyriska used to be something of an ethnic club for the Assyrian community, but today the team seem to represent Sodertalje. They played one season in the Allsvenskan (top flight.)
To get to the stadium, take the Pendeltag tram line south to Sodertalje centrum station. There, take the bus labeled 'Scaniarinken'. The stadium is the final stop. Entrance was 120 SEK, with a match program 20 SEK. Be warned, most of the program sellers are little kids and they don't speak English.
Vasby United --
Vasby play in a small stadium called Vilundavallen (capacity 3000) in the northern suburb of Upplands Vasby. They are a product of a merger, although attendance is defintiely under 1000. Stockholm's Pendeltag north tram line stops in Upplands Vasby, though I can't tell you how to get fromt he station to the stadium.
Hope this helps anyone who was as desperate for soccer as I was.
Since I was in Sweden during the World Cup, the top flight was on break. Being Canadian, not only was this a chance to see some live European soccer, but it was also a chance to see something comparable to what is played at home.
(Thanks to VT member Tejanasueca for the directions to Sodertalje Fotbollscenter.)
Hot air ballooning is big in Stockholm and as you can see in this picture, it is not unusual to see ten balloons at the same time above the city on a good summer's day or evening. There are several sightseeing companies - check the tourist board for current ones.
I don't know what the proper name for this is, but it is a trampoline-like device that kids can jump WAY up into the air on. The operator puts a harness on the kid which attaches them to two bungee cords. The kid then jumps harder and harder until they achieve their desired height. Miss M loved it! Though I think it would have made me sick! These are located throughout parks in Stockholm and are free to everyone.
At Danvikstull, the Baltic cliffs drop down to the Hammarby canal and therefore, a climbing area has been created with various climbs of which number 13 is said to give the best climb and good views. If you are a climbing coward like myself, you can just watch the climbers from the opposite quay or from a boat.
As there is so much water around Stockholm, this is a perfect place to go boating, especially in and around the Stockholm archipelago.
Between June 1 - September 24, you can arrange sailing trips at the Tourist Center. They offer one day or multi-day trips with an experienced captain.
You can also hire your own boat. A good contact is "Tvillingarnas". Telephone: 663 3739. They are open from 8 AM to 1 AM daily in summer.
Two-Four person yachts: 800 Swedish Krone for four hours, 1200 Swedish Krone per day
There are also different types of motorboats as well as RIB Zodiacs that can be rented.
Stockholm lies on islands. As a consequence, boats are about as common here as automobiles (lot of people actually live in archipelago and boat is the only way to get to the "main land" (which is also an island)). Of course, in summer-time only. Siling and surfing is a common passion here, so if you share it, you will feel yourself quite comfortable in Stockholm. Unfortunately I do not know how freely you can rent a quay for your yacht, I just saw lot of empty quays waiting for summer winds to be filled with boats of all kinds.
Stockholm is very nice to bikers. Bring your bike with you or rent in on site (however, rent can be quite expensive, like everything in Sweden) - you won't regret the net of bike roads, inambiguously marked on the roads. Bike roads are equipped with direction pointers with mileage to main attractions given.
Stockholm is very comfortable for joggers, with all its parks and green areas. It's very pleasant to run along the fjörds's coast or across the park with lake, when lot of birds are having their time in the water. I used to explore Norr Mälarstranden on Kungsholmen by jogging, not only by walking.
The best witness to my words is the number of joggers you can see everywhere at any time.
Equipment: sport shoes