May 25, 2017
The pedestrian streets this year are:
Rörstrandsgatan (Vasastan), Skånegatan (Södermalm), Swedenborgsgatan (Södermalm) and for the first time Hornbergs Strand (Kungsholmen).
Rival Hotel as it is literally right around the corner from the hotel. The street starts at the square Mariatorget (where the hotel is located) and runs 4 blocks or so to the Stockholm Södra Station. On those blocks you will find several restaurants, pubs, cafés and wine bars. All with outdoor seating. For example: Morfar Ginko, Dryck Wine Bar, Half Way Inn, Bistro Süd, Johan & Nyström, Petrus Bakery and Da Luigi. More information in Swedish: click here!
May 23, 2017
Photo: Björn Olin/Folio/imagebank.sweden.se
Photo: Friends Arena © All rights reserved
May 17, 2017
|Marie-Louise Ekman, Väntsal, 1971 © Marie-Louise Ekman|
at Moderna museet
- Fotografiska (photography)- their three summer exhibitions are Berning & Di Battista "Confluence" (June 2nd to August 27th), Akseli Valmunen "The Same New Pet" (May 31st to August 27th) and "Like a Horse" (May 19th to September 3rd).
- Moderna (modern art)- several ongoing exhibitions, see my earlier article. Their big summer exhibition is Marie-Louise Ekman (June 17th to September 17th). Don't miss their permanent collection (with free admission) as well.
Kent Ulbberg, Cheetah,
Photo: Lars Jonsson
- Millesgården (art & sculpture)- most people go there to see Carl Mille's wonderful sculpture garden, but they have exhibitions as well. This summer they are showing Lars Jonsson and Kent Ullberg, paintings & sculpture (June 1st to October 8th).
- National Museum (art & design)- currently closed for renovations, reopening in 2018. In the meantime they have temporary exhibitions at Kulturhuset, like 100 Years of Finnish Design (June 20th to October 29th).
- Thielska Galleriet (fine art, Scandinavian)- two upcoming exhibitions this summer: "Moments, Sculptures by Karin Wiberg " (June 1st to October 1st) and "Fashionable Memories, Clothes from Tove Lewenhaupt's Collection" (June 17th to October 1st). Great collection of Scandinavian Masters on exhibit as well.
- Artipelag (art museum in archipelago setting)- their major summer exhibition is "Edmund de Waal / Giorgio Morandi" (until October 1st). Half the pleasure is enjoying the art in the beautiful setting. During the peak summer season they have boats between the city and the museum.
Morandi / Edmund de Waal at Artipelag
Photo: Jean-Baptiste Béranger.
- Prins Eugen's Waldemarsudde (fine art)- their summer exhibitions are "Anja Notini- Rooms with Gravitation" (June 10th to September 24th) and "Nordic Art 1880 to 1940, Highlights from Price Eugen's Collection" (June 22nd to August 27th). Click here to read more about current and upcoming exhibitions.
- Liljevalchs Konsthall (contemporary art)- they have been closed for the past year due to renovations and will be reopening this fall, but this summer they are showing a photography exhibiiton in the Army Museum's yard: "Focus on Finland, 3 x Aho and Soldan" (June 10th to September 10th).
- Bonniers Konsthall (contemporary art)- their main summer exhibition is "Another Side of the Shift" (May 31st to August 20th), a look at the shift in the Swedish art scene during the 1980's.
- Sven-Harry's Konstmuseum (mixed art)- I am excited to go and see their current exhibition on Swedish master artist Anders Zorn (until August 13th). In cooperation with the Zorn Museum in Mora. You can also visit Sven-Harry's home there with his private collection.
Cigarettrökerskan- Anders Zorn, 1892.
Photo: Christies, New-York
May 11, 2017
|Visiting City Hall (Stadshuset)|
Photo by Jeppe Wikström/mediabank.visitstockholm.com
Photo: Henrik Trygg/mediabank.visitstockholm.com
May 5, 2017
|Kayaking in Stockholm|
Photo by Henrik Trygg/mediabank.visitstockholm.com
- Bike tours. Stockholm is a very bike friendly city during the summer months and there are a few companies doing bike tours of the city. One company is called Stockholm Cykel and is of special interest to Rival Hotel guests as the meeting point is only a few blocks from the hotel. They offer both a set tour of the city every Thursday as well as well as a couple of self-guided tours.
- Yoga + sightseeing. What about a 30 minute walking tour of the old town followed by a 60 minute yoga pass outdoors and ending with a "fika"? Run With Me Stockholm offers this on Saturday mornings during the warmer months (subject to weather).
- Sightseeing on a vespa. When you rent a vespa at Vespa Stockholm, four set self-guided tours (using GPS) are included. Classic sights, island hopping and out in the countryside... a great way to zip around Stockholm on your own and get off the beaten path.
- Jogging tours. How about getting an aerobic workout while seeing the sights? Several companies offer running/jogging/cross-training tours, both public set tours as well as the option of private tours. Run With Me Stockholm and Stockholm Running Tours are two good options.
- Sightseeing on a segway. Stockholm Air Wheel has tours twice a day and OURTOURS and Adventures also offer segway tours.
- Food tours. Eat your way through Stockholm! Two main companies offer these tours... Food Tours Stockholm (with several set food tours, visiting specific neighborhoods) and Stockholm Food Tours.
- Rooftop tours. Learn the history of Stockholm while standing on the roofs of historic buildings, enjoying the views. Nothing beats mixing education with adrenalin. This tour is offered by Takvandring. Click here to read about my recent visit.
Rooftop tour with Takvandring.
- Sightseeing with a twist. What about a sightseeing tour with a bus that turns into a boat? This amphibious bus tour is offered by Ocean Bus. Not only a great way to see the city, but you will be sure to be featured in many tourists' photographs as your bus floats by them.
- Sightseeing in a taxi. Taxi Stockholm offers a set interactive tour where the guiding is done through tv screens in the car. The tour is themed and currently the theme is Stockholm Crime going off the popularity of Nordic noir novels/films. On this tour you will be visiting sites of famous crimes like the hostage situation that spawned the term "Stockholm Syndrome" and the assasination of prime minister Olof Palme. They also offer 90 minute or 2 hour guided tours of the city where you hit all the main points of interest with a driver guide.
- Ghost tours. These popular walking tours are offered year round by Stockholm Ghost Walk. The guides weave in Stockholm history with tales of murders, ghosts and bloodbaths.
- Sightseeing by kayaking. Stockholm is built on 14 islands so sightseeing from the water is a definite possibility. Both OURWAY Tours and Stockholm Adventures offer kayak tours, both in the city and out in the archipelago.
- Hot air ballooning. How about floating high above the city in a hot air balloon? On nice summer evenings the sky is often filled with balloons. A little tricky to book considering that it is popular and they can only fly in good weather. Balloon Flight Stockholm and Far och Flyg are two reputable companies.
Maybe you will see the king of the forest on a Wildlife Safari?
- Beer tours. I've heard that alcohol makes learning easier, so a drinking tour of Stockholm should be ideal. Stockholm Pub Crawl is a popular tour to visit pubs/clubs and make new friends! Another good tour is the Craft Beer Tour where you learn the history of Swedish beer and do some beer tasting all while wandering the streets of Gamla Stan (old town).
- On a budget. If you are travelling on a budget then there are two companies that offer free walking tours of the city. The main one is Free Tour Stockholm and then there is a newer company called Free Walking Tour Stockholm. They both offer daily tours with different themes and visit various parts of the city, so check and see which tour fits your wishes best and join up. They are free but remember to tip your guide if you are happy!
- Safaris. You don't have to go all the way to Africa to go on a safari! Stockholm Adventures offer Wildlife Safaris where you have the chance to see moose, deer, foxes and wild boar. We have sea life here too, so why not take a Seal Safari out in the archipelago?
- Themed walks. The Stockholm City Museum offers several different themed tours including a Millennium ("Girl with the Dragon Tattoo") tour, private ABBA city walks and visits to the Woodland Cemetery.
- Challenges! Something that has recently been brought to my attention and looks like lots of fun is the 100 Point Challenge. Three different games (for visitors and locals) where you solve clues, complete challenges and race around the city. Sounds like a great way to experience Stockholm and have some fun.
See? Lots to choose from! Booking these tours can be done via their websites (links above) or, if you are staying at the Rival Hotel, talk directly to me for help.
|Ballooning over Stockholm.|
Photos by Jeppe Wikström/mediabank.visitstockholm.com
May 3, 2017
|Ferries and cruise ships travelling through the archipelago to Stockholm.|
Photo: Stockholms Hamnar
|Stadsgården port with Skeppsbron in the background.|
Photo: Stockholms Hamnar
- Stadsgården- One of the two main cruise ship ports. It is located on the north-east coast of the island of Södermalm (where the hotel is located as well), just a 10-15 minute taxi ride from the Rival Hotel. This is also the docks where the Birka and Viking Line ferries to Finland and Åland depart from.
- Frihamnen & Värtahamnen- The other main cruise ship port. These two docks are right next to each other and are located in the northern outskirts of the city, about a 20-30 minute taxi ride from the Rival Hotel. There are also special buses that can take you to the City Terminal next to the Central Train Station.This is also where the Silja Tallink Line ferries to Finland, Latvia and Estonia depart from.
- Nynäshamn- Cruise ships get bigger and bigger each year and some are so huge that they cannot make it through the narrow straits in the archipelago to get to Stockholm. These ships dock, therefore, in the port of Nynäshamn located just south of Stockholm. Some other cruise ships may dock there if it is especially busy at the other Stockholm ports that day. It is about a 50 minute taxi ride to the hotel, otherwise there is also a commuter train and the cruise ships often have their own buses. This is also where the Destination Gotland ferries to the island of Gotland depart from.
- Skeppsbron or Strömmen- The smaller, and often fancier, cruise ships (like Silver Seas & Seabourn) sometimes dock right at the Old Town, either at the Skeppsbron dock or moored at a buoy in Strömmen. This is about as central as you can get... just a 15 minute walk or 5 minute taxi ride to the Rival Hotel.
|Map from www.cruisingfromstockholm.com showing|
location of Värtahamnen, Frihamnen, Skeppsbron &Stadsgården.