Of course, Stockholm is a great city. To make your trip even more enjoyable, we have a suggestion, though. Why don’t you leave your business duties behind, rent a car and dive into a lifestyle inspired by fearless warriors from the 8th century?
Go fishing and feel like Njord, the Sea God
The island of Galo in the Stockholm archipelago is utterly stunning. It is only 24 miles (38 km) from Stockholm and yet, you will feel totally cut off from the rest of the world. An island paradise with wild animals and most importantly great places to catch fish. Be sure to talk to a ranger to get a fishing licence, as well as advice for the best fishing spots.
Gålö, 137 96 Haninge
Let it all go with Balder, God of joy
Locals enjoy nature even during long cold winters. If you enjoy ice-skating, drive 15 miles (24 km) from Stockholm to Norrviken, Sollentuna. You can glide across the frozen lake while enjoying the sublime scenery and the silence only broken by the sweet sound of “singing ice”.
Norrviken, 191 86 Sollentuna
Enjoy a big hearty meal blessed by Andhrímnir, chef to the Gods
Celebrate a traditional and rural Christmas at Siggesta Gård, a farm located on the Värmdö Island 23 miles (37 km) south of Stockholm. The famous julbord, aka the Christmas buffet, is homemade with locally produced ingredients. Afterwards, you can sit by the fireplace or wander in the fields and the surrounding woods.
Siggesta Gård, Siggesta, 139 90 Värmdö
Unwind like Ragnar Lodbrok after a big battle
Swedes don’t mess around when it comes to spas and yes, they do go for a dip in a lake after a wood-fired sauna. In Hellasgarden, a forest located 8 miles (13 km) from Stockholm you can experience the Swedish-style wellness for a one-day retreat (or two). Try the traditional sauna by the lake and don’t worry, when the lake freezes, a hole in the water will allow you to take a dip.
131 33 Nacka
Explore nature’s wonders like a fearless Viking
Just 24 miles (38 km) south of Stockholm, the Tyresta National Park shelters about 8,000 animal species in a lush forest with no less than 7 lakes! Park at the North entrance in Nyfors and walk through in one of Sweden’s largest untouched woodland. You will be amazed by the magical virgin forest.
136 59 Vendelsö