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!
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.
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.
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!