Stockholm is a beautiful city. No question about it. And no matter when you are planning your trip, there will always be great things to see and do. With that being said, if you could choose a time to visit the Capital of Scandinavia, and ask me, when is the best time to visit Stockholm, I would say June. June happens to be one of my favourite month, and in Stockholm, it does not disappoint. There are a number of reasons why I believe June is a great time to come to Sweden, so here they are!
Of course, there are many great times to visit Stockholm. And the city is beautiful both under the sun and under the snow. However, if it is the first time you are coming to Stockholm, I think, June will give you the best image of the city. So here are 5 reasons why you should visit or re-visit the Swedish capital in June!
1. The weather & long days
It sounds a bit obvious, but the weather and day light play an important role in the perception of a city. Or even in the overall satisfaction of a trip. If you have read some of my previous articles, you know that the darkness takes most of the day in the winter. So, if you can choose a time to visit, June is great for extremely long day light time – about 19 hours of the day will be light.
The amount of day light is actually great because you tend to wake up earlier. You can see the city when it is not crowded nor packed. It is also a good thing if you are not staying for a long time in the city as you can visit and see everything from early to late in the day. Yes, always make the most of your visit!
Now, talking about the weather. It is so unpredictable, but usually June is pretty great! There is sun most of the day and even if it is raining, it does not last for the whole day. If we take as examples the last 2 years, it has not been much rain in June. On top of this, Sweden is never extremely hot. It is warm enough to be in a t-shirt but not that hot that you cannot do anything. It allows you to travel light and without too many luggages.
2. The city is alive
Over the winter months, nothing really happens in the city and people are a bit like…. Hibernating! But as soon as the sun comes out, the city is alive again. The terraces and other outdoor areas are getting busier and people are rather happy. It may sound fun, but I believe it is nicer to visit a city where people are outside and enjoying life than visiting a ghost-looking place! It is also quite nice as locals usually take holidays in July. So you will see a lot of locals around and going to places.
3. The summer season started
The summer season usually starts from the 1st of May. However, many things or attractions start their summer schedules from June. This is good to know if you are planning on going to the archipelago, for example. There are more boats in June than in May, and the timings are a bit more flexible.
Another great thing in June, is the festivals. Kungsträdgården is a large area in the city centre where things are always happening. From music festivals to food festivals, there is something on, almost every weekend! There are also other markets or flea market all over the city and overall a lot more to do.
4. It is not packed with tourists (yet)
June is also when the cruises start to get busy again. There is a bit more people coming and roaming around but it is not peak season yet. Of course, the main shopping streets or tourist attractions will be busy. I mean, they always are. But it is far from being cramped, like it could be in July or August.
Visiting a city where you can freely walk is the best and so you can still do it in June. In July or August, you’d have to be a bit more creative and found hidden places or do more research on where to go if you want to be on your own. And, if you’re happy to wake up early and see the city early in the morning, you’ll not be disappointed!
5. It is time for local celebrations
You might not know what I am talking about… But June is a great time to come visit Stockholm as there is the National Day on June 6th, and also Midsummer, at the end of the month, usually around the 19th-23rd of June. These 2 celebrations are a great way to see the country from another angle. A bit more local. There are many things planned in the city and it is a great way to experience things with locals. You also get to learn about the history of the country and its traditions which makes your visit, just a little extra special!
All in all, you can see from the above why I love June in Sweden! There are so many things to do and a lot happening. People are nice, smiling and if the weather is cooperating, you will have a blast!
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