Scandinavian Adventure – Part 3 – Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm, Sweden will always stand out for me as a great shopping city. I loved it! The shopping is awesome but what also stood out for me was Gamla Stan or ‘Old Town’ with its narrow streets.

Beautiful Sweden

Beautiful Stockholm

Went on a cruise to see the city from the water.

Sweden from our cruise

Stockholm, Sweden from our cruise

Cruising

Cruising

The Swedish Royal Palace

The Swedish Royal Palace

Then shopping!

Main shopping street.

Main shopping street.

Being a Sneaker Freak I had my eye on  a pair of original Bjorn Borg sneakers, seemingly only available in Sweden. I finally found the perfect pair in this incredible shopping street in Stockholm.

Yes I bought the shoes! Bjorn Borg Sneakers

Yes I bought the shoes! Bjorn Borg Sneakers

They are awesome and I’m wearing them today! I’m only sorry I didn’t buy another pair in a different color. Oh well that’s reason enough to head back to Stockholm one day.

We then visited the Vasa Museum – ah the ill fated Vasa ship, what a story! This magnificent ship took 2 years to build, is ornately carved with care and precision and sank only 20 minutes out of the bay, approximately 1300m out, on it’s maiden voyage! It was recovered only in 1961, 333 years on the bottom of the Stockholm harbor! As you enter the museum, this magnificent beast takes your breath away!

The ill-fated Vasa Ship

The ill-fated Vasa Ship

It’s so big you can’t photograph the whole thing!

Ornately carved life size figures

Ornately carved life size figures

They also recovered all the people that drowned when the ship sank and with modern technology they re-animated their faces which, let me tell you, is major creepy, but in an interesting way!

Actual people recovered and re-animated using their remains.

Actual people recovered and re-animated using their remains.

Gustav - actual remains recovered.

Gustav – actual remains recovered.

Lightening of the mood was then required and we headed of to the incredible Gamla Stan or Old Town. What an incredible part of Stockholm!

An open Square within Gamla Stan

An open Square within Gamla Stan

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Narrow Streets - Gamla Stan

Narrow Streets – Gamla Stan

Very narrow street!

Very narrow street!

Taking a break - somewhere in the middle of Gamla Stan

Taking a break – somewhere in the middle of Gamla Stan

We then went to, what was for me a once in a life time experience, the Nordic Ice Bar in Stockholm. This was the first one ever created and is truly a must-do experience when in Stockholm. It’s, as the name suggests, a bar made entirely out of ice, including the glasses. At first the constant temperature of -7 Celsius does not seem so bad,  but after a few minutes you start to lose feeling in your fingers and they give you gloves and a fetching poncho! Total fun! Being from Sunny South Africa, I’ve never experienced such cold! What fun!

Nordic Ice Bar - Stockholm

Nordic Ice Bar – Stockholm

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Icy cocktails - Yumm!

Icy cocktails – Yumm!

People placing orders at the bar

People placing orders at the bar

In my fetching poncho!

In my fetching poncho!

Hooded against the cold!

Hooded against the cold!

Was also lucky enough, one evening, to have the famous Swedish meatballs which were absolutely mouthwateringly delicious!

Swedish meatballs served with sweet/tart lingonberries - so delicious!

Swedish meatballs served with sweet/tart lingonberries – so delicious!

 

And so came the end of my epic journey through Scandinavia, I loved Stockholm!

Swedish flag with the Royal Palace in the background

Swedish flag with the Royal Palace in the background

In fact Denmark, Norway and Sweden are not to be missed and are incredible destinations. Must do on anyone’s #TravelBucketList.

Thanks again for reading and I hope you enjoyed this post!

 

Till next time…

“Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected till the end of my life” – Michael Palin

Cheers,

 

Wayne

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