Nomad Faces – Our short but great experience. What to do in Stockholm, Sweden in one day.
Stockholm is the capital of Sweden and the most populous urban area in the Nordic countries. It includes 14 islands and more than 50 bridges.
Spending one day in Stockholm is not easy since there are so many things to do and see, but we managed to make the most out of it.
As exchange students in Tampere, Finland, we had an incredible opportunity to take a ferry to Stockholm for a really good price. The trip was over night, then you went down to explore, and finished taking the cruise back at night. This happened on September’s end, so the weather was just perfect, around 18º Celsius. Not too hot, but not too cold either, plus we got especially lucky with a beautiful, sunny day.
We departed from Helsinki, and after 17 hours, arrived at Stockholm’s port. The journey was simply amazing! Not only because ferries are full of entertainment, but because we had incredible views and sunset through the Baltic Sea archipielagos.
In the ferry, we met a Swedish man who told us that there are more than 200k islands of which only around 1,000 are inhabited. The people who live on those islands use boats to transport to school, work, and shops!
📝NOTE: Sweden uses Swedish Krona (SEK) as currency. 10 SEK = ~1€
Here are our suggestions (itinerary) and the MUSTS in this beautiful Swedish City if you are short of time.
- Walking and biking are the best ways to experience the city.
- Talk to locals! That’s definitely the best you can do when you travel. Get to know the history and the culture in a deeper level.
- Plan ahead. Especially if you have limited time like we did.
📍See & do:
- Stockholm City Hall (Stadshuset) – This is a must. When the weather allows it, you can just lay there in front of the town hall and enjoy the the waterfront. But if you wanna make the most out of it, definitely go up the tower and have the best view of the city. Its golden Three Crowns form one of the most famous silhouettes in Stockholm. The tower is open every day 8.30-16 during the summer months (May to September) and tours are available in several languages. Adult tickets cost 50 SEK.
📝NOTE: Admission is free with the Stockholm Pass. Which we only recommend buying if you’re staying at least 2 days.
- Stockholm Old Town (Gamla Stan) – This is one of the largest and best preserved medieval city centers in Europe. Stockholm was founded here in 1252. Beautiful and lively place. These are the main things to see:
- Stortorget: full of colorful buildings, bustling cafés, and benches. It used to be the political heart of town until 1732.
- Riddarholmen Church: the tower is very noticeable from the city hall. It serves as the final resting place of most Swedish monarchs.
- The Royal Palace: official residence and major royal palace of the Swedish monarch.
- Storkyrkan Church: the oldest church in the old town.
- Parliament: it is the national legislature and the supreme decision-making body of Sweden.
💎TIP:Rooftop tour. A unique way to see the city. You can have a guided walk on the rooftops of the Old Town.
- Vasa museum – You can not miss this one! It‘s 15 minutes by bus or 30 minutes walking from the old town, so schedule your time well. There you can see the Vasa Ship, which is the only preserved seventeenth-century ship in the world. Open every day 10-17, adults ticket costs 150 SEK and it is FREE for under 18 years old.
📝NOTE: They have tours in English.
As we mentioned before, walking and biking are the best ways to get around. But you might need to take a bus especially if it’s winter of if you come on a Ferry like we did.
SL (Storstockholms Lokaltrafik) :
The travel card is 20 SEK, but for short stays, you should get a single use travel card with tickets valid 75 minutes, 24 or 72 hours.
📝IMPORTANT NOTE: You cannot purchase a ticket onboard the buses, onboard most of the trams and light railway trains, or onboard commuter ferries. Failure to show on demand a valid ticket will render a penalty fare of 1,500 SEK plus a single ticket fare. Click here to see where you can buy tickets.
😂FUNNY ANECDOTE: We didn’t know this about the bus tickets. We thought you could pay to the drivers like in other countries. We had to be at the port one hour before our Ferry departure, so we decided to take a bus. We got a bit lost, but then finally caught a bus just in time to get to the Ferry. The driver told us to buy tickets at a nearby 7-eleven but if we did that, we were going to miss the Ferry. The driver saw that we were desperate tourists so he let us ride the bus without tickets. Shout out to the friendliest bus driver ever! Swedes are extremely nice people.
🍴🍷 Eat & Drink:
- Mom’s Kitchen: Super budget friendly place where you can try traditional Swedish dishes and the service is amazing.
📝NOTE: It is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
- La Neta: MEXICAN FOOD – Small place with quick, tasty, filling lunch. Good prices, opened every day.
- Carmen: Perfect pub to grab a drink. Great location, nice atmosphere and good prices.
- Stockholm’s metro: Tunnelbana has more than one hundred stations, and at least ninety of them have art. Artworks cover a total of 110 km! There are several stations that are totally worth visiting like Kungsträdgården, Solna Centrum, Stadion, etc.
- Södermalm: island district in Central Stockholm. It is a hipster old town reborn in recent years. Definitely worth a visit!
- Storkyrkobadet: located at the Old Town. It is a small bathhouse with showers, sauna, and pool. Open from 17-20:00 during school semester, Mon, Thurs for women and Tues, Fri and Sunday for the men. The price is 60 SEK adults/50 SEK students.
Eva & Tautvy – #nomadfaces 👫