spring in stockholm!
...in the wonderful city of Stockholm
. The night train wasn't that bad...except for the baby that felt the need to cry or make noise every 15
minutes. We sat next to a guy from Gothenburg
, Sweden and had a nice
conversation. He was unlike most Swedes; they are usually shy and don't
talk t strangers. But he heard us speak english and they like to
practice english any chance they have. It turns out he was a cameraman
for the Swedish version of Survivor. After getting into Stockholm me
and papa both agreed it felt like we were being interviewed.
that morning was foggy and not very promising looking but within a
couple hours the fog burned off and it was sunny and warm.
outside Långholmen prison
not familiar with Stockholm it is a bunch of islands that make up the
city. The part of town where the central train station is is called
Norrmalm. To the east of that area is Östermalm, and even further east
is Ladugårdsgärdet. To the west of Norrmalm is the Kungsholmen area.
South of that island is Långholmen (where the prison is). South of the
Norrmalm area is a small island called Gamla Stan. Gamla Stan literally
means old city. It is where of course the old stuff is and also one of
the most touristy areas of Stockholm. South of the Östermalm area is
the island called Djurgården. South of all Gamla Stan and Långholmen is
a large island called Södermalm. We spent most of our time in these
areas with the exception of Kungsholmen. We spent a lot of our time in
Stockholm exploring the streets.
With our two different travel guides
we found plenty to do. Papa bought some Stockholm cards before he came;
they gave us free entrance into many museums and free use of public
transport. We left our bags at central station and spent the day
walking around and museum hopping. But before any of that we were both
excited to stay in prison so we went and found Långholmen and looked
around. The island is like a giant park with some buildings scattered
here and there. There is a school there that is housed in one of the
old prison buildings. A lot of the prison buildings have been knocked
down but there are some still standing, like the one that houses the
hostel and hotel. Walking around some of the paths we ran into a guy
with his airedale terrier, so we of course stopped and said hi.
streets of gamla stan
finding the prison we decided to walk along the northern part of
Södermalm. It gave some great views of city hall and other sights
around the area. We also found our red boat hostel that we would be
staying in too. After that we walked around the streets of Gamla Stan
for a while. We were slowly making our way over to the Vasa Museum but
not before we could get to Kaknästornet, the tv tower which provides
some great views of Stockholm. After that we headed to the Vasa Museum.
It has a ship that is king Gustav II wanted built. He of course wanted
it done his way and he was no shipbuilder. The ship sank less than 2km
after setting sail on her maiden voyage. The ship was built in the
1600's and was still very well preserved when they found it in the
Even though I had been there before it was fun to go again
because I had more time to wander around and read about the ship. After Vasa we of course were out exploring the streets once again. We
headed back over to Södermalm. There is a street that sits at about
water level and then there is a giant rock face that goes up into the
rest of the island. We found a path leading up to the top and got some
good views of city hall, central station and of Gamla Stan. After that
we headed back over to Gamla Stan to look around and find some dinner.
We found a nice little place called Art Cafe. It is in the cellar of an
old building on the island. From there we walked over to Norrmalm and
walked around the shopping district a little bit. It was finally late
enough and we were both tired after that so we took the
While in the tunnelbana we found what I had
heard about-subway art. The station with subway art is about 5 stories
below ground level, but it looked cool. We decided we would try and
find more tbana art later.
Saturday when we woke up it was sunny
and nice out so we decided to take advantage of the weather and head
out to Skansen. Skansen is an open-air museum on the island of
Djurgården. It has a small zoo and contains many buildings of how
Swedes lived in different areas as well as eras. It was a very
entertaining place and we ended up walking around the park all
afternoon. There were old shops that practiced glass blowing, baking,
carpentry and printing. We were very entertained by the glass blower.
We sat to have lunch at a little pond and watched kids chase the birds.
It was full of ducks, geese, and gulls and they were all beggars and we
found out they don't like oranges very much. After Skansen we didn't
have very much time left to see any museums before they closed but we
walked over to the Historiska Museet(history museum). We made it
through the Viking exhibit and the exhibit they had an gold and it's
place throughout history. The Viking exhibit was very interesting.
After the museum we entertained ourselves by walking back down to the
tbana station at central with the art. We hopped on the train and rode
out till the end of the line. We found art at every station on the blue
line. We spent a good hour or two doing that before heading back to
Gamla Stan to find a pint or some food. We luckily found both at a
British pub called Wirströms, it was literally full of Brits.
We went back the next morning to finish walking through the history
museum, specifically the prehistoric times exhibit that focused on
Sweden. The museum was probably one of the best I've been to. They make
the displays interesting to look at and it makes you want to read about
it. After that we walked over to the biology museum. It was very
interesting to see the different bird/animal species of Sweden. It was
about as good as the Bell museum in mpls. From there we headed to the
Nordiska museum. It was in a beautiful building and that was the main
reason we went, we wanted to see the inside. The museum contained
different exhibits on textiles, toys, furniture, etc. throughout time
in Sweden. It also had an exhibit on the Sami people(indigenous people
that live in Lappland) but it was not as good as the small one we saw
We had plans to go to other museums but it was Sunday and
our luck ran out and they were all closed. So we walked around the
shopping district and some other streets just exploring. That night we
changed hotels for a night and stayed in the Lord Nelson on the main
street that runs through Gamla Stan. The hotel is five meters wide,
seriously. We somehow came on the right night and got the room at the
very top floor overlooking the main street. It was also widest room I'm
pretty sure since it was five meters wide. We also headed back down to
Wirström's to have couple pints with my friend Maria from Austria who
was in Sotckholm with a few friends. All in all it was a good end to
another long day of walking.
That brought us to Monday, papa's
last full day in Sweden.
view from the tv tower
We had plans for a few of the free museums but
they all happened to be closed so we just spent a lot of time walking
around. We had one thing left that we really wanted to see which was
the market. We wandered the streets until we finally found it. It was
very nice and all looked very tasty. Papa ended up getting some
reindeer sausage that was later unfortunately taken by u.s. customs. We
didn't do much that day but walk around. We met up with Nico and his
parent's later in the day and walked around a bit with them and got
dinner. We spent the night on the Red Boat, a very cool hostel with a
On Tuesday, papa and I got some breakfast at little
neighborhood bakery in Södermalm before heading out to the airport to
say bye. I spent the rest of the morning in Stockholm wandering around
the streets and going to the dance museum.
the tv tower
It was a small little museum
that didn't have much I didn't already know about, but it did have a
screen showing 1930's clips of ballet shows, so I sat and watched that
for a while. My luck with the weather also ran out since it started
raining that day and later was snowing. I met up with Nico and his
parents and spent the rest of the day with them. The next morning Nico
and I headed out to Avesta
, where the Haglöf's factory outlet is.
Haglöf's is a popular outdoor gear brand in Sweden. We didn't find much
out there but a giant dala horse so we hopped on the train back to
Stockholm and spent the rest of the rainy afternoon in a cafe reading,
waiting to take the night train back to Umeå.
Since back here, it has
snowed twice and been cold. It's the middle of April and I'm still
stuck in winter. At least it's sunny today though!(literally the most
sun I've seen since I was in Stockholm!) That's all the news I've got
for now. I've spent the last few days catching up with friends and
catching up on sleep and relaxing after the walking marathon of
Stockholm. I'm working on planning my next adventure which entails
hiking part of the Austrian Alps in a couple of months. That's all I
got for now!