When is the best time to visit?
Mid-May through mid-September is the peak tourist season in Sweden so cheap flights to Stockholm are harder to find during this time. Visitors from around the world take flights to Stockholm to enjoy the warm weather, long sunny days, and, especially the Midsummer Day celebrations. Besides the museums and historic sights, the season is filled with events including the Stockholm Marathon, Pride Festival, Volvo Baltic Race, and jazz and folk music festivals. Swedish National Day is celebrated on 6th June and attracts visitors every year. Locals and tourists enjoy a patriotic occasion which is celebrated by many activities throughout the day; speeches, music and the release of 50,000 yellow and dark balloons to name a few. The city experiences large crowds.
Accommodation rates are at their highest during the summer months but many of the attractions take advantage of the extended daylight and stay open later.
The winters are dark (one hour of sunlight in January and three in February) and cold, but are thoroughly enjoyed by winter-sport enthusiasts. You can also find cheap flights to Stockholm with hotel accommodation during these months.
Sweden's forward-thinking capital is an ideal destination for anyone looking for a break. Known as the Venice of the North it’s composed of 14 islands, connected by 57 bridges, situated on Lake Mälaren. After stepping off your flight to Stockholm, make a beeline for the Gamla Stan (Old Town).
You can soak up the 750-year history of the city in one of its earliest settlement areas. Its ancient architecture still stands today. You’ll be walking through small, winding streets lined with shops full of handicrafts and antiques, passing art galleries and cafés. Also in the Gamla Stan is the famous Royal Palace, where you can watch the spectacular Changing of the Guard. The Stockholm Cathedral is also located in this humble part of town.
Södermalm, also known as “the capital of cool”, is the area of Stockholm where hipsters can be found perusing vintage shops, artisanal cafes and graffiti-laden alleys.
To the west of the city is Lake Malaren and the Baltic Sea is to the east, but despite this proximity to icy waters, and its latitude (same as southern Alaska) the Gulf Stream keeps Stockholm at a decent temperature around 18 degrees in July.
Stockholm has three Unesco World Heritage sites: Royal Palace Drottningholm, Birka and Hovgården Viking-Age trading sites and the Skogskyrkogården (woodland cemetery).
From Gamla Stan, take the ferry to Djurgården, which houses the Skansen, an open-air museum, and admire the rescued-from-the-mud warship Vasa, which sunk just 20 minutes into its maiden voyage in 1628.
Perhaps the best thing about Stockholm however is the light. The skies are big and bright: blue during the day, amber in the afternoon, illuminating the copper and burnt-orange coloured buildings, and purple at dusk. In the streets after sundown, candles illuminate the streets and squares.