Ski hotel in Stockholm

It might surprise some to find people in the Metro carrying skiis on their way to nearest cross country track or even to the nearest skislope. In Stockholm its not very unusual. But until now Stockholm hasn't had a ski hotel. Park In Hammarby Sjöstad has become Stockholms first Ski-hotel. It isn't as far fetched as you might think. The hotel is just next door to the Stockholm City Ski slope - Hammarbybacken! Read more about Hammarbybacken here

BBC is doing the Stieg Larsson Millennium tour

BBC tried the Stieg Larsson Millennium Tour in Stockholm. "The Swedish capital Stockholm now has its own version, based on Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy, as Carmen Roberts has been finding out"

Stockholm Adventures is nominated for best eco-experience

The outdoor-activity company Stockholm Adventures is nominated for the best Eco-tourism experience in Sweden (Grand Travel Award). Its the Association for Ecotourism (Ekoturismföreningen) and Travel News that has nominated three companies, among them the Stockholm based Stockholm Adventures. The prize will be awarded on February 16.

Skansen open on Christmas Eve

The Open Air museum Skansen is open, for the first time, on Christmas Eve, with free admission all day. "This is our Christmas gift to all Stockholmers and visitors, says John Brattmyhr CEO of Skansen. Skansen and restaurant Gubbhyllan is open from 10.00-14.00

Christmas Eve Programme:
12.30-13.00 Christmas Eve Prayer Service in Seglora church
10.00-14.00 Lunch soup and Glögg (mulled wine) at Gubbhyllan restaurant
10.00-14.00 Christmas market at Bollnästorget and Logen
Christmas Day Service in Seglora church at 07.00 followed by christmas coffee at Gubbhyllan

Photo: The Christmas Host at Skansen: Mr Konrad Gyllenknapp

Circus theme at Stockholm Furniture Fair

Young rising star Jens Fager is responsible for designing Greenhouse, Stockholm Furniture Fair’s hall for independent designers and design schools, this year. The fair will be celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2011! To mark the occasion, there will be an anniversary exhibition in the entrance hall.

Jens’ inspiration for the colourful Greenhouse exhibition backdrop comes from the world of the circus. “The setting is based on the visual aspect of the circus world with its strong, graphic coloured fields, humour, naivety and a touch of craziness. But the important thing about this exhibition is for all the designers to have the same scope to express their own visions – the focus is always on the exhibitors. They are the ones responsible for the entertainment,” says Jens.

Stockholm Furniture Fair takes place 8-12 February 2011

Northern Light Fair takes place 8-12 February 2011

Ice skating in Stockholm City

Stockholm in winter, you’ll think you’ve stumbled through the Narnia wardrobe, as snow veils skeletal trees and quietens the tread through cobbled lanes and squares. Lot's of snow means great opportunities to Ice-skate. Long-distance skating on natural ice requires a certain amount of knowledge and safety equipment.
Photo: Johan Stigholt/Stockholm City Museum 

The city of Stockholm has several ice-skating-rinks, among them:
Stadsmuseum/City Museum (opened today)

Other resources
Ice Skating tips on Stockholmtown
Sunday times on Stockholm in Winter

Best Christmas markets in Stockholm

Christmas is just around the corner, and the dark season is illuminated by all the marvelous Christmas decorations and Lucia celebrations. One natural choice at this time of year is an outing to one of the city's Christmas markets. More Christmas on Stockholmtown.

Old Town market at Stortorget Square
  (Open daily until Dec 23)
The Gamla Stan (Old Town) Christmas Market is on the oldest square in Sweden is a beloved century-old tradition. Picturesque red stalls with food, drink, Christmas candy and handicrafts.

Skansen (Open daily until Dec 19)
A traditional Christmas market in Skansen's marvelous settings. Well-stocked booths with food, candy and Christmas decorations. Experience living history and Swedsh Christmas atmosphere and traditions in all the historic buildings. Skansen is open all year around and this year even on christmas eve.


Drottningholm Palace
(Dec 4-5)
An outdoor fair by the Royal Palace, where the palace gift shop and Royal chapel will be open and there will be guided tours.

Sigtuna Christmas market (Sundays until Dec 19)
Traditional Christmas market in the picturesque city of Sigtuna

Photo: Henrik Trygg/Stockholm Visitors Board

Kings of the past in the present

What if todays Swedish Monarcs lived a life like the Kings of the past? Three architects gives their visions in the exhibition named "Ett modernt slott för en modern monarki" (a modern Palace for a modern King). The exhibition is curated by the architect magazine Rum (Room). Participating Architects are: Magnus Larsson & Alex Kaiser, Emma Jonsteg  &Mattias Liström at Utopia Arkitekter and Nina Taghavi.

Where: The Royal Armoury (Livrustkammaren)
When: November 17 - January 9

Three popular exhibitions at Stockholmsmässan this weekend

Stockholmsmässan opens its doors for one of their busiest weekends. Three of the most popular fairs are opening this weekend. Scandinavian Boat Show, Det goda köket - Stockholm Food & Beverage Show and Allt för hälsan - Health Wellness and Fitness Fair

Skyview closed today due to Storm

The popular Skyview attraction at Ericsson Globe is closed today due to a storm in Stockholm. Its open again.

150 000 have seen the Terracotta army exhibition in Stockholm

The Chinese Terracotta army exhibition in the rock galleries below Östasiatiska (The Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities) on Skeppsholmen, opened on August 28 and has already had 150 000 visitors. But it is surely a one of a kind exhibition. Soldiers and a large collection of never-before- exhibited objects from a total of five imperial tombs are on display in the caverns beneath the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities (Östasiatiska).

If you only have time for one exhibition while you’re in Stockholm. This is the one. The exhibition is open daily 10 am - 8 pm until January 16, 2011.

Peak Performance King of Style in Stockholm

November 20 sees the freestyle skiing elite gather together at the Stockholm Olympic Stadium to crown the king of big air. This competition is one of the biggest in freestyle big air and will be run in a head to head format.

Peak Performance King of Style is part of the Stadium Winter Jam, a full day, activity-packed event at the Stockholm Olympic Stadium which attracts both competitors and visitors from all over the world. During the day there will also be a big air contest for snowboarders, the LG Snowboard FIS World Cup, winter sports fair and a rail arena open to the public as well as loads of other action.

Dinner with a genuine Nobel atmosphere

The award ceremony of The Nobel Prize takes place on December 10. But you can get a feeling of Nobel anytime. In beautiful Vinterviken Bay, only 15 minutes with bus from the City terminal you will find the former factory of Mr Nobel Prize, Alfred Nobel from 1891.

Now ”Winterviken” is owned and run by Markus and Erika Aujalay and offers possibilities for all kinds of events and parties. Why not have your own Nobel dinner here on the Nobel Prize day December 10. Markus Aujalay is one of Sweden's most reputed chefs. He has worked at the most exquisite restaurants both abroad and in Sweden and won most titles there are to be won in Sweden

In this incredible building there are neither crystal chandeliers nor velvet chairs, instead our ceiling is adorned by wooden beams, brick inner and outer walls and wooden floors. The main hall has dining capacity for up to 400 guests. Utilizing the remainder of the house another couple of hundred can be served. Additionally there are several rooms suited for smaller parties.

More Nobel Prize ideas here

Preview of Stockholm Adventures

Finalist 2010 - Stockholm Adventures from Svenska Rese- och Turistgalan on Vimeo.

Two Stockholm attractions was among the nominees for the best experience in Stockholm, during Swedens tourism gala. Stockholm Adventures was one of the nominees.

Get in the Christmas Spirit

Is it too early? Im already longing for Christmas and the best way is to get the christmas spirit elsewhere. May I suggest Stockholm? There are several great christmas markets before christmas, both traditional, trendy and some on an island in the archipelago.

Several attractions are even open on Christmas Eve. One of them is the open air museum Skansen. Skansen is open on christmas eve this year, free of charge, as a christmas gift to Stockholmers and tourists. Welcome.

Here is a list of the main christmas events before christmas.

Photo: Christmas market in Old Town by Yanan Li for Stockholm Visitors Board

Skyscraper race

If you are in Stockholm on the 30 of October you can participate in one of the most quirky races in Stockholm. Saturday, October 30th is the premiere of a new tought running event in the city - "First up". The rules for the contest is as simple as crazy: running up all the way from the bottom to the top of the skyscraper "Skrapan" on Södermalm. A total of 24 floors with 436 steps to climb and the winner is the one who is the fastest.
Skrapan is a shopping center and with a restaurant and skybar on Götgatan.

Image: Vasakronan

Feel like a Nobel Laureate in Stockholm

Many of this year's Nobel laureates were announced this week. In mid-December they will all gather in Stockholm for the big ceremony. But you too can experience the city in the spirit of Alfred Nobel - all year around. For example, you can take a tour of the City Hall where the Nobel banquet is held, visit the Nobelmuseum in the Old Town or any of the other museums that spotlight science. Or why not sample the Nobel Banquet menu? Here are our top tips!

Photo: Yanan Li

Four exhibitions for Garden-lovers

There are several interesting flower exhibitions this summer. Here are four suggestions:

Chelsea Flowershow winner Ulf Nordfjell at Millesgården
"Between sky and sea" is the name of the exhibition indoors and outdoors at Millesgården. Its an installation of fabrics, plants, scents, water and air at the beautiful Millesgården sculpture park. Unfortunately no info on this in english... Open until October 3. (image above)

"Let a thousand flower bloom in the city"
An exhibition that seeks to inspire Stockholmers to plant and grow things on their balconys at Kulturhuset. The exhibition started off with a guerilla gardening event on Sergels Torg Square in Stockholm. Open until 29 august on Ekoteket top floor.

Tulips, tulips, tulips - photo art and culture history of the tulip.
The photo book "Tulipae Hortorum" by the photographer Jonathan M Singer at the center of the exhibition at Observatoriet.

Sommarsalongen a garden exhibition.
Ulriksdals palace garden arranges a flower and garden show this summer named Sommarsalongen (summer salon). Here you will find dream gardens and garden ideas related to five themes; Garden, home, wedding, food and environment

Show your personal favorite places face to face

Photo: Stadsmuseum/Cristina Jäderberg

During the Culturefestival in Stockholm, everyone has the opportunity to be a Stockholm-Guide. Stockholm
Face2Face is an online-service to match the tourists visiting the City with people who want to share it. The routes are based on the guide's personal interests and wishes of the person who is being guided. The initiative comes from The Stockholm City Museum (Stadsmuseum).

One of my favorite neighborhoods is Lark City, a good distance away from the traditional tourist areas of Stockholm. And I would just love to share the anecdotes and stories I know to some one who is interested. And to show someone my other personal favorite spots like Monteliusvägen or by canoeing in the Långholmen Canal. Maybe I'll sign up for Face2Face.

5 top attractions with a view

Metro lists their five top attractions with a view in Stockholm:

1) City Hall Tower. 30 kronor takes you to the top of the City hall, 106 meter of stair climbing...
2) SkyView. The latest attraction in stockholm takes you to the top of Ericsson Globe Arena. 120 kronor
3) Skrapan. The former tax-building has become a shopping mall with a skyview bar viewing the entire city from the 26th floor.
4) Stockholmers favorite view point is not Fjällgatan, but Monteliusvägen on Södermalm.
5) Kaknästornet a real classic view tower in stockholms tallest building 155 meter high. Here you find a restaurant and cafee as well. Adults 35 kronor.

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