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Private Tour: Stockholm City Walking Tour Including the Vasa Museum
"Meet your expert guide near Stortorget the main square in Stockholm’s picture-book Gamla Stan (Stockholm Old Town) and set off on your private walking tour. The old quarter of Sweden's capital is steeped in history. As you stroll listen avidly as your guide shares interesting facts about the people that once lived here and shaped its fortunes including Birger Jarl hailed as the man who founded the city in around 1250.

 Explore the quaint streets and see the top Gamla Stan attractions including the imposing Coronation Church and the statue of St George and the Dragon. Stop to pose for pictures outside Stockhol the official residence of Sweden’s royal family.
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From SEK430.00
 
Stockholm Shore Excursion: Private Stockholm City Walking Tour Including the Vasa Museum
"While you’re in port in Stockholm seize the opportunity to see some of the city’s finest sights with a personal guide on a private walking tour. Meet your expert guide near Stortorget the main square in Stockholm’s picture-book Gamla Stan (Old Town). This charming district is steeped in history and your guide reveals interesting facts about the people who once lived here including Birger Jarl hailed as the man who founded the city in around 1250.

 Explore the quaint streets and see the top Gamla Stan attractions including the imposing Coronation Church and the statue of St George and the Dragon. You'll also stop to pose for pictures outside the official residence of Sweden’s royal family.
Afterward
From SEK430.00
 
Stockholm Pass
"Explore the beautiful city of Stockholm with unlimited travel on hop-on hop-off buses and boats with 22 bus stops and 8 stops by boat (the boat runs during the summer only) it is the perfect way to see as much as you can during your visit. In addition to that gain free entry to more than 60 different attractions in this gorgeous Scandinavian city. For additional benefits check out the Itinerary section below.""""Make the most of your time in the Swedish capital with the Stockholm Pass
From SEK595.00

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Cruise the Baltic

Do what the locals do and enjoy a cruise. The most popular ones are to Finland, where Helsinki, Turku (Åbo in Swedish) and the Åland Islands are the most popular destinations but Tallinn and now Riga as well as the island of Gotland are other destinations. Åland is popular for three reasons: the islands wanted to be Swedish but that was stopped by the Russians. Nevertheless the inhabitants still speak Swedish. It is closer to Sweden and a cruise takes only a few hours compared to all the way to mainland Finland. Finally, the islands are like the Canaries, exempt from the EU tax regulations and so, ALL ferries to Finland stop there for 15-30 minutes so that you can buy duty free on board :-))) Competition between cruise lines is fierce so prices are often very low even in summer (especially to Åland) if you leave the car in Stockholm and share a cabin with some friends. SEK 60 and similar ridiculous prices to Åland is common. Apart from fun, food and drink on board, you are treated to great scenery as you go for hours through the Stockholm archipelago. Children also love the cruises and are well catered for with special menus and huge play rooms. Silja line, Viking line, Tallink and Birka Cruises are the biggest companies. Viking also often offers special "theme" cruises with "Asian food", "singles", "wine", "spa", "dance band music" or similar.

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Sjalen
Aug 28, 2007

Happy New Year's 2006!

Over the 'bohemian' quarter in southern Stockholm, the fireworks of drunken Swedish partygoers lit the midnight sky.

It's a brand new year, 2006, and I am celebrating in the Scandinavian nation.

One crackling sound after another, throngs of midnight partyers' plant fireworks into a pile of snow, lighting the end, and waiting for the white or red colors to fill the sky.

Hasse and I held hands and admired each one from a distance.

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Monster78
Mar 23, 2007

New Year's Eve

Stockholm is a special place to spend New Year. Being a City on Water, fireworks reflect in it everywhere and the city hills are good viewpoints. The most famous way to spend your time is at the Skansen Open Air Museum, where there is a choir singing dramatic songs before a Tennyson poem is read out by a famous actor or actress at midnight. In Swedish, the lines include "Toll bell, toll" and so, nothing can be more moving than when the church bells finally DO so towards the end. A great New Year celebration, this is also shown on national TV. Just make sure you are dressed warm as even by Stockholm standards, it gets chilly on the Skansen hills at midnight in December :))) Oh, and order a taxi in advance if you're not prepared to walk. That rule is for EVERYWHERE, not just Skansen.

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Sjalen
Oct 01, 2005

National Holidays in Sweden

Jan 1 -Nyars's Dagen (New Years Day)
Jan. 28 -Konungens Namstag (King's Name day)
March 12 - Kronprinsessens Namstag (Princess's name day)
May 1 - Forsta Maj (First of May)
June 6- National Flag Day
June 24- Midsommar Afton (Midsummer - usually around the second last weekend in June)
August 28 - Drottningens namstag (Queen's name day)
Nov.6 -Gustav Adolfsdagen (Day of Gustav Adolph)\
Dec.10 - Nobeldagen (Alfred Nobel Day)
Dec.13- Sankta Lucia Dagen
Dec 24 - Julafton (Christmas Eve)
Dec.25 -Juldagen (Christmas Day)
Dec.31 -Nyarsafton (New Years Eve)

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Jan 12, 2004
 
 
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A Stockholm Christmas

Christmas is a big deal in Stockholm. Holiday concerts abound, and candles burn (or glow electrically) from almost every window. Christmas markets sprout around the city, and cafes and restaurants offer Glugwein, a warmed, sweeted punch-like wine. If you have the good fortune to be in Stockholm - or anywhere in "the North" - for Christmas, you'll realize what a good idea it is to have a major festival of light and rebirth immediately after the winter solstice. This tall Christmas tree stands on Skeppsbrokajen in Gamla Stan. It's especially beautiful when illuminated at night - which is most of the time here.

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yooperprof
Jan 11, 2004

Easter time

When easter time comes, the flower vendors all give out there twigs with feathers on them for sale. This is called Påskris and you take it home, decorate it with eggs and stuff and the wait for the buds to break.Cute, huh?

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Maline
Apr 02, 2003

Chrismas in Sweden

Chrismas is something different for me in Sweden. There is a lot of lights everywhere & almost everybody put Avent lights in they windows.
There is different lights/candles like the normal triangle lights & then the candles.
You start lighting the the first candle on the first Sunday in December. Then every Sunday you light one candle more till all 4 candles are burning.

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CharleneP
Feb 05, 2003

Midsummer

Midsummer's eve is probably one of Sweden's most popular festival. Midsummer is an old celebration, dating back to the Viking Era. They eat pickled herring, potatoes, meatballs and drink beer and snapps.
Midsummer is celebrate on the longestday of the year.
They celebrate midsummer on the Friday & Saturday between the 20th and 26th of June.

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Feb 05, 2003

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You have to have some...

You have to have some lussekattor (safron buns)and julglögg (spiced wine)! That's my friend Christopher. We were making lussekattor for Sankta Lucia.

For more info on Sankt Lucia, check out my Stockholm Travelogues.

KenMore
Aug 25, 2002

Midsummer celebrations....

Midsummer celebrations. Different dates every year, this year (2000) it takes place from 23rd and 24th of June. Celebrated all over the country with dancing around a flower dressed pole, girls with flowers in their hair, snaps and pickled herring. The official celebration on 'Skansen' is a public success every year. Enjoy the midnight sun and party all night!

eva_oberg
Aug 24, 2002

Lucia - Pretty young girls are...

Lucia - Pretty young girls are selected to become 'Lucia' on the 13th of December. They wear candles in their hair and sing traditional hymns with their maidens and 'star-boys' at ceremonies all over the country. In Sweden, the festivities of Lucia Day begin early in the morning, with singing costumed children bringing their parents breakfast in bed. But the holiday continues, with Lucia processions at TV, in schools, hospitals, offices and even on SAS flights.There is something mystical about the Lucia procession entering the darkened room with their candles, their voices solemnly singing about the silence of the winter night. Symbolizing the light of faith, the Italian saint Lucia has become a Swedish icon of winter, nearly as popular as Santa Claus. This tradition has become one of the most favourite memories for the Nobel Price winners.

eva_oberg
Aug 24, 2002

Celebrating the beginning of the Summer

Everybody gets together with friends & bring branches & garden stuff, put it in a big heap & burn it. Everybody drinks & are very happy & go home.

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Feb 05, 2003

Things to Do Near Stockholm

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Drottninggatan

This place looks almost like home to me, as I lived so close to it, and passed it every day. Once in the evening there was a performance, people read poems, played the guitar and sang songs. It was...
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Strindbergsmuseet - Strindberg Museum

The Swedish author August Strindberg (1849-1912) spent the last four years of his life in a building he called The Blue Tower. The reconstructed apartment, consisting of three rooms, and his library...
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Stadshuset - City Hall

The interior of Stadshuset can be visited with guided tours only. It was not on your group's schedule but I really wished to see it, so I went by myself in the last morning. Although Stadshuset is a...
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Kungliga Myntkabinettet - Royal Coin Cabinet

The Royal Coin Cabinet is part of the Museums of National Antiquities of Sweden. It consists of a collection of coins, other means of payment, medals etc. from all around the world. The Royal Coin...
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Boat Tours

There are many companies offering scenic boat trips of Stockholm,and it is interesting to see the city from a different perspective.Trips leave from stromkajen,by the grand hotel,and vary in length...
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Skeppsholmen

The Skeppsholm Church is named after its' locatioin, the islet of Skeppsholmskyrkan in central Stockholm. It was built between 1823-1849 and inaugurated by King Charles XIV John. The Church...
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