We can summarize our trip to Stockholm in one word: brief. With only two days and one night in the city, we decided to make the most of it by enjoying all of the quintessential Swedish activities that we could. ABBA The Museum It would be remiss if we didn’t pay homage to this iconic Swedish ...
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Stockholm in 48 hours

We can summarize our trip to Stockholm in one word: brief.

With only two days and one night in the city, we decided to make the most of it by enjoying all of the quintessential Swedish activities that we could.

ABBA The Museum

It would be remiss if we didn’t pay homage to this iconic Swedish pop group.  Known for their popular (and catchy) hits like “Mamma Mia”, “Dancing Queen”, and “Honey Honey,” ABBA rose to stardom in the 1970’s and went on to sell over 380 million albums worldwide. While the group disbanded in 1982, their talent reigns on.

For our fellow music lovers and ABBA groupies, ABBA The Museum, is the place to escape the winter cold and warm up to some of ABBA’s most iconic jams.

ABBA the Museum Stockholm Sweden

 

Opened in May of 2013, this relatively new museum is one of the most interactive that we’ve ever encountered. With the motto, “Walk in. Dance out”, the museum ensures that people of all ages, languages, and musical tastes will have a blast.

Our tour started with a short video introducing the museum’s visitors to ABBA and their legendary accomplishments. We then roamed around at will and enjoyed the many interactive experiences. A few that really caught our eye (or should I say, ears) was the studio-where you could actually record your own ABBA song- and the stage. The latter allowed you to virtually sing and dance along with the members of ABBA. While I opted not to burden everyone’s ears with the sound of my voice, I thoroughly enjoyed our friends’ renditions of “Mamma Mia.”

Abba the museum experience

Highlights: While there was so much to see and do, my favorite part was the phone. There are only four people that have the number to that phone, and they’re the four ABBA members. If you’re at the museum and you hear the phone ring, do whatever you can to be the one to pick up. I guarantee an interesting conversation will follow.

Swedish Meatballs

Let’s just get downright honest here. The only real reason why I ever visit Ikea is so that I can get myself a heaping plate of Swedish meatballs. Imagine my sheer delight when I found myself in the country of their origin. I was planning a solo excursion in search of some of the best Swedish meatballs in all of Stockholm, but I was beyond excited when I discovered that our itinerary included a visit to a restaurant that catered to meatball lovers like myself.

Meatballs For the People Stockholm

Meatballeria? Meat cafe? What does one call a restaurant that features meatballs? Let’s just go with AMAZING.

Our lunch spot, aptly named Meatballs For the People serves up a variety of meaty delights. With a refrigerator full of meatballs made of beef, pork, chicken, reindeer, wild boar, elk, and even salmon, we knew we were going to have a tough time narrowing down our lunch meat of choice. Luckily for us, the decision was made for us. We were given a generous helping of traditional beef meatballs with creamy mashed potatoes, pickled cucumbers, and a side of tangy lingonberries.

Believe it or not, there are even falafel-like meatballs for the vegetarians. Everything on my plate was delicious (Chris even asked for seconds) and if we had a means of transporting those meatballs back home with us, we would have. Ikea meatballs just don’t compare.

Highlights: The MEATBALLS, le duh.

Stockholm from Above

This was a first. We’ve taken many tours where we discovered a new destination from above. Skydiving, paragliding, and zip lines have all been invigorating ways to get a new view of a place, but in Stockholm we were introduced to something a little different. We saddled up with hard hats, strapped into our harnesses, and climbed countless flights of stairs until we reached the top of the Riddarholmen’s Old Parliament buidling.

This, my friends, was a rooftop tour of Stockholm.

Roof top tour of Stockholm

That’s right. We took in the beautiful sights of Stockholm from over 100 feet above the ground. It was cold. It was thrilling. It was something we had never done before. Not only did we have the chance to frolic on the roof, but our informative guide walked us through the city’s history as we took in a 360-degree view of the Stockholm. It was a pretty snowy day, but had it been clearer, we would have been able to see eight of Stockholm’s iconic islands.

stockholm rooftop tour

Highlights: I was a big fan of being able to legally (and safely) walk around the rooftop.

Fotografiska photography Museum

The term “museum” doesn’t even do this place justice. It’s so much more than that. Fotografiska is a stunning photography gallery that caters to its visitors with the addition of a modern coffee shop, photography workshops, and event space. While we only had an hour at the museum, I could have easily spent the entire day among the many featured galleries.

Fotografiska Stockholm

Higlights: For me, the highlight was walking through the Herb Ritts gallery. I loved his black and white photography, especially the ones of celebrities. The man has incredible talent.

Fika

And last but not least, a trip to Sweden wouldn’t be complete without participating in a local coffee custom referred to as “fika.” This social event that just happens to revolve around coffee is one that we want to replicate in our lives back home. Our Swedish friends informed us that they take “fika” one or two times a day. They’ll head to a coffee shop either with friends, pick out a sweet treat, and enjoy some time sipping their coffee and catching up.

traditional Swedish Fika

Guys, this is a thing. It’s totally acceptable to leave work to take a fika break. Why isn’t this a thing everywhere? Also, a true fika should include some kind of pastry. Coffee and pastries? I was in heaven.

Highlights: The entire thing. It was great to catch up with our friends (Stockholm locals) who we haven’t seen in years. Does it get any better than that?

 

Have you been to Stockholm? If so, what were your favorite parts of the city? If you haven’t been, which of the above activities are up your alley? Let us know in the comment section below. 

 

Our sincere thanks to Visit Sweden for hosting us. As always, our thoughts and opinions remain our own. And also, you should visit Stockholm. It rocked our socks.

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11 Comments

  1. Nishadha
    February 9, 2015 at 9:44 pm - Reply

    I visited Stockholm briefly when going to Linkoping. For me the highlight was the Vasa museum. The rooftop tour looks very exiting, need to try that if I ever visit there again. I stayed in Sweden for four weeks, so naturally couldn’t avoid Fika. Needs lots of sugar though 🙂 .
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    • Captain & Clark
      February 11, 2015 at 12:40 pm - Reply

      We didn’t make it to the Vasa Museum but it’s not on our list for next time. And yes, Fika can get a little sweet. Luckily for me, I have a HUGE sweet tooth. 🙂
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  2. Shobha
    February 11, 2015 at 2:29 am - Reply

    I love the idea of fika! It should definitely be a worldwide thing. How very civilised of the Swedes- great education, healthcare, childcare, little Princess Estelle and now fika. It could easily top Ikea as the best thing to come out of Sweden IMHO!
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    • Captain & Clark
      February 11, 2015 at 12:41 pm - Reply

      We couldn’t agree more! Sweden sounds like an incredible place to live. We would probably pack up and more there if they would take us!
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  3. Davide - Nomad Travellers
    February 18, 2015 at 12:26 am - Reply

    I have been in Stockholm 2 times.
    I was having many expectations because I was told it’s amazing, but I can’t say it remained in my heart.
    What I actually liked the most was the ferry trip from Helsinki that while approaching Stockholm is passing through a never-ending series of forested small islands!
    The other thing I remember if I think about Stockholm was me that couldn’t refrain anymore from the need to pee, and at night had to do it from the main bridge connecting to Gamla Stan!
    But maybe I shouldn’t have said that 😛
    Davide

    • Captain & Clark
      February 18, 2015 at 8:26 am - Reply

      Ah, yes. We also took the ferry from Helsinki and really enjoyed the views as we were coming into town. Everything was covered in a blanket of white and some of the water was even covered in ice. We’d like to go back and see Stockholm in a different season. While it was beautiful, the sheer cold made it hard to want to explore.

  4. Emma
    February 18, 2015 at 2:12 am - Reply

    That rooftop tour looks great. I think we will be stopping over in Stockholm en route to the USA later this year so I’ll bookmark this post for later use. Meatballs – yumm!!
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    • Captain & Clark
      February 18, 2015 at 8:27 am - Reply

      We hope you get to experience it. I think it’ll be even better in the summer! The views will be incredible, no doubt. And definitely check out Meatballs for the People. It was delicious!

  5. Kieu
    February 28, 2015 at 8:54 am - Reply

    How about, AMAZ-BALLS?! lol.. this is on my list!
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  6. Frank Braun
    March 1, 2015 at 12:18 am - Reply

    I love the idea of fika!That rooftop tour looks great.

  7. Aaron
    April 13, 2015 at 8:31 pm - Reply

    Coffee and pastries, this sounds like a great combination.

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