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New Years Eve in Stockholm: Blast from the Past

Old town behind me

New Years Eve in Stockholm

Part 6 in my blast from the past series is my the time I spent New Years Eve in Stockholm in 2013. I was expecting it to be very cold but it was quite warm at 4-7 degrees most of the time. What I did notice was how little daylight there is in Stockholm at that time of the year. Sunrise is around 9am and sunset about 3pm. Even on my short trip, I can understand why so many Swedes go somewhere abroad at the time of year!

Stockholm was my first introduction to the world of couchsurfing and staying with/hosting strangers. It wasn’t my last as I have gone on to do it several times since then. In Stockholm, I stayed with a local and partied with Janina and Sarah from Germany. I also went on a bar crawl with Annie, including being cycled between bars with me hanging on to the back of her. Good times!

 

Partying on New Years Eve in Stockholm with Janina and Sarah from Germany

Partying on New Years Eve in Stockholm with Janina and Sarah from Germany

 

Bar crawl with Annie

Bar crawl with Annie

Food

Thanks to IKEA, most people probably think of meatballs first when thinking of food from Sweden. I did try them (they were good) but my favourites were the sandwich from a cafe (near the Nobel museum but I can’t remember the exact name) and from a food truck outside the Slussen metro station (a recommendation of Annie’s). If/when I return to Stockholm, I will definitely be searching for this food truck again! Food, like most things in Stockholm, can be expensive if you let it. An example of this is the food hall in Östermalm. Compared with Northern Ireland, this place was expensive. But everything looked really good and you get what you pay for sometimes.

Amazing sandwich and kanelbulle

Amazing sandwich and kanelbulle

 

Östermalms Saluhall

Östermalms Saluhall

 

Possibly my favourite meal from all my travels

Possibly my favourite meal from all my travels

 

Doesn't look much but a great place

Doesn’t look much but a great place

 

Museums

The number one tourist attraction in Stockholm is the Vasa Museum. The Vasa is a warship built in the 1620s which sank on its maiden voyage, 120metres from the shore. The ship was recovered in 1961 and housed in the museum in 1990. This was a drizzly day and I spent it with Katya from Russia (via couchsurfing) walking around the Vasa museum and also the Skansen open air museum.

 

The Vasa

The Vasa

 

The Vasa Museum - definitely worth seeing

The Vasa Museum – definitely worth seeing

 

Skansen open air museum

Skansen open air museum

 

Katya from Russia

Katya from Russia

 

City Views

A random side street

A random side street

 

Another random side street

Another random side street

 

Old town behind me

Old town behind me

 

Parliament

Parliament

 

View from Sodermalm at night

View from Sodermalm at night

 

I would like to go back to Stockholm but possibly in summer next time so I can have a different experience. I can definitely recommend spending New Years Eve in Stockholm if you are thinking of somewhere to go. Just make sure that you have anywhere that you want to go booked before you arrive to make sure you get in!

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Noz
    November 9, 2017 at 09:47

    Nice informative piece…given me an idea of what to expect from Sweden weather

    • Damien
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      Damien
      November 10, 2017 at 18:58

      Thank you. I think this was good weather for Sweden in December/January

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