Stockholm & the Ice Bar

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Sunset over Sweden at 2:30pm just before we landed in Stockholm.

The flight to Stockholm was good, and just before we landed, I had my isle mate take a couple pictures out the window of the setting sun…at 2:30pm!! When we landed, it was already dark at 3:00pm, with a temperature of -10C/+14F and clear skies.

We made our way through passport control, collected our luggage and got a bus ticket to Central Station. The ride to Central Station took about 40 minutes, even with the traffic and snowy roads. Once off the bus, we made the short 10 minute walk to our hotel. If we had taken the train, it would have cost twice as much, but it would have only taken 20 minutes and we would have been let off the train right next to our hotel.

A sign in the airport...Välkommen till Stockholm!
I liked the bus ride better because we saw more of the city, and the walk was easy after we got directions to the hotel, so taking the bus was the best choice.

We checked in to our room, Lena made a call to her mom to tell her we were here, and then we went back down to the lobby to find out about breakfast and the Ice Bar. We made a reservation at the Ice Bar for 8:15pm, and then headed outside to walk around the city and find a bite to eat.

The city is beautifully decorated for Christmas, and with the snow on the ground, made it even more wonderful. After checking out a few stores, we decided to get something to eat at the Kebab House. This is a place Lena has been coming to, mostly after a night out, for 20+ years.

Lena chatting with her mom from our hotel room.
This is a fast food type place, but no burgers are sold here. Here in Sweden, kebab is thinly sliced meat like gyro meat is sliced, but it is served either on a regular roll, pita bread or on a platter. Lena ordered a kebab in pita bread, and I got mine as a platter with fries. After our yummy meal, we did some more walking checking out all the market stands set up all over the downtown area. There was so much food available there, even though we just ate, I was getting hungry just looking and smelling all of this!

It was now time to head back to our hotel to make our appointment for the Ice Bar.

Going in to the Ice Bar cost 150.00 Kronor each, about $22.00 dollars US, if you’re a guest at the hotel, but the price includes your first drink. The price is a bit more if you are not a hotel guest and is definitely not a place you go to for a few drinks and to hang out. It’s more like a tourist attraction, with a bonus of drinking. :] The drinks are served in glasses made of ice, and are about the size of a double shot glass. After our free drinks, and then one more for the road, and of course a few pictures, we went back to our room. Moments later, we decided to go back out and get a tunnbrödrulle, which is a hotdog wrapped in a soft thin flatbread stuffed with mashed potatoes and condiments of your choice. We took our food back to our room, ate and then relaxed a bit before calling it a night. We had a great first day and are looking forward to tomorrow!

moshers_moll says:
Aww I'm so envious. Particularly of the ice bar :-D
Posted on: Dec 20, 2009
sylviandavid says:
Mark... this sounds wonderful! Sylvia
Posted on: Dec 19, 2009
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Sunset over Sweden at 2:30pm just …
Sunset over Sweden at 2:30pm just…
A sign in the airport...Välkommen…
A sign in the airport...Välkomme…
Lena chatting with her mom from ou…
Lena chatting with her mom from o…
Making reservations at the Ice Bar
Making reservations at the Ice Bar
mmmmmmm...kebabs!
mmmmmmm...kebabs!
The employees making kebabs :)
The employees making kebabs :)
Condiments for your kebab.
Condiments for your kebab.
The meat which is shaved to make t…
The meat which is shaved to make …
Lenas kebab on pita bread.
Lena's kebab on pita bread.
My kebab platter.
My kebab platter.
Lena in heaven! :)
Lena in heaven! :)
Inside the Kebab House.
Inside the Kebab House.
Christmas decorations are up every…
Christmas decorations are up ever…
One of many different types of mar…
One of many different types of ma…
Strudel
Strudel
A swinging grill cooking meat & sa…
A swinging grill cooking meat & s…
Cheese!
Cheese!
Olives of all kinds!
Olives of all kinds!
Chocolate!
Chocolate!
Lena getting some chocolate.
Lena getting some chocolate.
Our hotel - The Nordic Sea
Our hotel - The Nordic Sea
Inside the Absolut Ice Bar
Inside the Absolut Ice Bar
Lena in the Ice Bar
Lena in the Ice Bar
Lenas first drink...glowing!
Lena's first drink...glowing!
Me and my first drink...straight A…
Me and my first drink...straight …
Me & Lena inside the Ice Bar. Here…
Me & Lena inside the Ice Bar. Her…
A conveyer belt with drinks. I thi…
A conveyer belt with drinks. I th…
Lena Inside the Ice Bar
Lena Inside the Ice Bar
The drinks available in the Ice Bar
The drinks available in the Ice Bar
Lena and her glowing tongue after …
Lena and her glowing tongue after…
Lena and me inside the Ice Bar.
Lena and me inside the Ice Bar.
Do not push?
Do not push?
The bartender surving up drinks.
The bartender surving up drinks.
Our bartender, Lena and me.
Our bartender, Lena and me.
Our second drinks. Lena had an Abs…
Our second drinks. Lena had an Ab…
Me
Me
Lena ready to go back out for Tunn…
Lena ready to go back out for Tun…
The stand we got our Tunnbrödrull…
The stand we got our Tunnbrödrul…
Lena waiting for our food.
Lena waiting for our food.
Lenas Tunnbrödrulle with shrimp …
Lena's Tunnbrödrulle with shrimp…
Lena & her Tunnbrödrulle
Lena & her Tunnbrödrulle
Me and my Trunnbrödrulle with jus…
Me and my Trunnbrödrulle with ju…
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The Nordic Sea Hotel
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