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5 best things to do this summer in Stockholm

Gamla stanStockholm is the perfect spot for a summer vacation full of fun and activities in nature. From adventures in Stockholm’s centre to the vibrant buzzing on the streets and dreamy hideaways just outside the city – the Swedish capital has a lot to offer and the longest days of the year make summer the ideal time to visit!

Rooftop hiking

You might have wandered through the stunningly beautiful Gamla Stan and its cobbled streets but how about discovering the city from a new perspective? Take a city tour of the adventurous kind and sign up for a rooftop hike! This historical guided tour guarantees you some of Stockholm’s best views and covers the old Parliament building on Riddarholmen and the rooftop of the shopping mall In:Gallerian in Sundsvall.

Think of yourself as Astrid Lindgren’s Karlsson-on-the-Roof from the beloved children’s book series who lives on top of Stockholm’s roofs. You will walk along an exposed track, no climbing required, while a helmet and a harness keep you safe. The tour is further enriched by knowledgeable guides and it's the best way to spice up your day with a dose of adventure while discovering the city.

Fjäderholmarna and Stockholm archipelagoArchipelago

The Fjäderholmarna islands, which translates to ”the little islands in the coastal inlet”, are the perfect spot to get a glimpse of the Stockholm archipelago without having to travel too far from the Swedish capital. They are only a 20 minute ferry ride away from downtown Stockholm, making them a popular destination among Stockholmers and tourists alike. At Fjäderholmarna you will not only find lush forest trails and rocky coastlines but also plenty of traditional Swedish restaurants, cafés, art galleries and local craftsmen.

And even if you’re only in Stockholm for a few days, exploring the archipelago will guarantee you a rewarding experience. Stockholm’s archipelago consists of more than 30,000 idyllic islands that offer endless opportunities for hiking, sailing and kayak tours, swimming, barbecues and camping with stunning views of the Baltic Sea. Many of the islands can easily be reached via public ferries, making them perfect for day trips and as a getaway destination to take a break from the hustle and bustle in Stockholm’s city centre.

SUP tour through the city

Discover Stockholm from a different perspective with a SUP (stand up paddle) tour, available until late into the evening during summer time and go on one of the perhaps most enjoyable excursions in the city. At Stockholm SUP, you can go on a guided tour, rent a SUP to discover the experience at your own pace or even attend SUP yoga class.

Don’t worry if you don’t know how to paddle, you will receive a brief introduction from the staff. Paddling SUP in the Swedish capital is the perfect opportunity to get out on the water or get some refreshing exercise, SUP is for everyone.

Take a refreshing dip into the water

Summer in StockholmJumping into the sea either in the archipelago or in the centre of Stockholm is the perfect way to cool down from a hot summer day! The canals in Stockholm not only give the city its unique look but they are also clean and clear enough to jump right in. In and around the city, you will find several beaches and cliffs to jump off from.

One of the most popular beaches for sunbathing and swimming is Tantolunden park on the island of Södermalm. It is surrounded by several cafes and restaurants, making it the perfect spot to hang out in the summer. You will also find spots to play beach volleyball and minigolf here as well as a climbing wall, a playground and an open-air theatre.

Another popular beach is Trouville on the historical location of Sandhamn. The white sandy beach and barren rocks almost have a Mediterranean feel to them and make it the perfect destination for a relaxed day near the water. The beach is about 20 walking minutes away from the port and a popular spot for young and old alike.

Take a boat trip to Drottningholm

Drottningholm palaceHop on a boat and make your way to Drottningholm! Drottningholm Palace is the residence of the Swedish royal family and while the journey to the palace is very scenic and enjoyable, the palace itself is just as impressive. The palace is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

It was modelled after Versailles and is the most well-preserved royal castle built in Sweden during the 1600s. The royal family resides in the Southern wing of the palace while the rest of the palace and grounds are open to the public year round. Either explore the residence by yourself or with a 45-minute long guided tour. Marvel at the golden wooden panels and ornamental fixtures in the Reception Halls, discover original silk and paper coverings in the Chinese Pavilion and explore the beautiful landscaped gardens.