Day Trip: Stockholm

View of a street lined with small trees in bloom running down a street sandwiched by the sea to the right and the stunning architecture of Stockholm to the left. The sun is shining and a pair of small tugs are operating on the river.
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Only a ferry ride away from Helsinki lies one of the most beautiful capital cities in the world. Stockholm is a a metropolitan city of some 2,3 million inhabitants, yet nothing is ever far away.

Stockholm in a nutshell

Stockholm is urban yet historic and very close to nature; water is an ever-present feature in this city where green areas, medieval buildings, and skyscrapers meet. Diversity, equality, and innovation are celebrated and embraced here. This is a modern hub for tech, fashion, music, film, design, gaming, and all creative industries. This is a city open to everything and to everyone.

In a park high above Stockholm, framed entirely by trees silhouetted by a deep orange sunset, a couple sit on a bench and admire the view.
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Top 5 attractions

  • Gamla stan/Stockholm Old Town is filled with sights, restaurants, cafés, bars, and places to shop. The narrow, winding cobblestone streets, with their buildings in different colors, give Gamla Stan its unique character. There are several beautiful museums and attractions here, including the Royal Palace.
  •  The Vasa Museum is ranked among the top museums in the world and is the most visited attraction in Scandinavia. The mighty Vasa warship capsized and sank in Stockholm 1628. After 333 years on the sea bed, she was salvaged and the voyage could continue. 
  • The ABBA Museum displays the music, the clothes, the lyrics, the musicals and the films of the most iconic Swedish band of all time. The museum is modern and designed to give its visitors an interactive, memorable and of course musical experience.
  • Fotografiska is more than just a renowned photography museum, It is a meeting place and a playground for everything photography. The museum also has an amazing book and souvenir shop and an award-winning restaurant, appointed best museum restaurant in the world. Fotografiska also have a café on the top floor, and the view alone is visual fodder for the imagination.
  • Skansen Open-Air Museum is the oldest open air museum in the world. It was founded allthe way back in 1891. Skansen is a favorite among both Stockholmers and visitors. This place is like no other, it is a complex blend of historical buildings, Nordic animals unique to the region, a children’s zoo and anaquatic zoo, also known as an aquarium.
Inside the Kungsträdgården underground metro station, the green, red and chequered tile floor gives way to a cavernous space with exposed rock walls and ceiling.  Two people in the distance walk beneath the green painted ceiling.
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Distance from Helsinki

400 kilometres across the sea, 16 hours by ferry, 1 hour by plane.

How to get there

Ferries to Stockholm: Viking Line, Tallink and flights.

More info about Stockholm: Visit Stockholm.

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Only a ferry ride away from Helsinki lies one of the most beautiful capital cities in the world. Stockholm is a metropolitan city of some 2,3 million inhabitants, yet nothing is ever far away.