Autumn is probably my favorite season of the year, and in Stockholm, there is something special with it. Here, it is not really about the Halloween decoration or entertainment around it, but rather about the colors, the fresh air coming back and shorter days. It may sound terrible but there are so many great things to do. Here are some examples we’ve brought up for you!
Whether you prefer indoor or outdoors, there will always be something special and unique to do. In this article, you can find activities and things to do based on this – which should be useful if you base your program on the weather!
We all know that the weather in Sweden, especially in autumn, can be tricky. Just as everywhere else, you may want a cute photo in the red leaves but it happens to pour rain. So, no worries, we got you covered with 4 great ideas of things to do, indoor, in Stockholm!
Stockholm may not be the biggest capital city in the world, but there are so many museums you can go to. You don’t want to spend money on that?! A lot of them are actually free of charge!
They are scattered in the city, so it is a good option if you’re tired of walking outside, or if you’re just cold. In addition, museums have great cafés where you can sit at. Prices are really reasonable and often they have a great view over the city.
If you need some inspiration, our favorite museums in Stockholm are, Fotografiska, Vasa Museum, Moderna Museet, National Museum, Nordiska Museet… We are planning on publishing a guide about Stockholm’s museums…. Stay tuned!
Clearly, this is my all-time favorite activity when it gets colder in Stockholm! There are so many cute, cosy or unique places in the city. Looking for cafés is one of the things I like the most, because I often associate it with a good book, or a way to spend time with friends.
If you need inspiration on where to go, we keep a list of our favorite places on Mapstr, check out our map with the name ‘northernitinerary’ and you’ll find great places all over the city!
Taking classes?! What are you talking about?! This probably applies more if you live in Stockholm, but you may actually be surprised….
Many schools, such as Folksuniversitet, offer classes year around. The good thing is that they have a great selection of classes and for sure you’ll find something you like. These classes are either, during weekdays, day or evening time, or during the weekend.
And if you are coming to Stockholm for a short trip or vacation and the weather happens to be terrible for your whole stay, you can always learn new things with locals for a few hours! In this case, we recommend you check out Airbnb Experience or Skillbreak!
Sauna, Spa & Massages
What’s better than taking some time off and enjoying some spa time?! There are a few different spas in and around Stockholm. Personally, we really enjoy going to Centralbadet. But another close by classic place to go is Sturebadet. Both are well-known places in central Stockholm offering massages, spa, swimming pool, gym and saunas.
For a more exotic and unique experience, have a look at Yasuragi – a Japanese style spa hotel. Or, if you want to be closer to nature and have a rather traditional experience, there is a small sauna in Hellasgården, where you can jump in the lake!
Of course, we also have nice days here in Stockholm! It may be colder than elsewhere in Southern Europe, but you know what, just put on a scarf, and you’ll be just fine! We actually love being outside and enjoying the fresh air, bright colors and autumn smells!
Hikes & Walks
We tend to go out and take a long walk at least once every weekend. There are so many parks in Stockholm where you can go and just wander around. Another great thing to do, is to walk along the water. The city is very well organised and there are paths as close as it can be from the water. The advantage of this is that it’s fully free! And one thing we really love is to take our thermos with us and sip tea while walking and chatting.
We will be sharing a lot more details on that in a couple of weeks!
What?! Outdoor sports in this cold weather?! Well yes, and you’d be surprised by the amount of people being outside running, cycling etc.! Cycling in the city is a great thing as there are cycling paths covering all central area and more. It is all very safe and allows you to see so much of the architecture!
You can also easily rent kayaks and just cruise around the islands. This is another way of giving you a different perspective of Stockholm. The best part of it being a little sauna after to get warm again!
There are not a million entertainment parks in Stockholm, but there are 2 very cool ones. If you like screams and actions, have a look at Gröna Lund, this legendary park is unique and there are a lot of things to do, from rollercoasters to concerts. They also organize a special (and spooky!) party for Halloween!
On the more traditional side, you can go and spend some time in Skansen. This park recreates – on a smaller scale – life in Sweden and how things were done back in the days! It is a very interesting, kids-friendly place that adjusts its theme based on the season. Skansen also has a lot of animals you can look at. A great mix between culture, traditions and entertainment!
Discover the archipelago (for free!)
The Stockholm archipelago is such an important part of the city, and during the low season, you can go to islands “for free”. What am I talking about?! If you have a monthly or season ticket loaded on your SL card, you can use the service provided by Waxholmsbolaget (read more about it here) to explore the archipelago. This is a great opportunity to discover the city and its islands!
Many islands are not too far from the mainland, thus you can easily go there for a day trip! Vaxholm is really close by, but you if you feel more adventurous you can also go to Möja, Sandhamn, Utö and many more!