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Things to do in Stockholm Sweden

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Looking for things to do in Stockholm Sweden? There's no better time than the mild summer months to see Sweden's capital in all its glory. Here's a rundown of the best Stockholm things to do and the sights to see on the long days between June and September in Stockholm.

Six Things to Do in Stockholm

Take a Photo Tour

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Ochre-coloured buildings, cobblestone streets and the many bridges that connect its island will soon have you reaching for your camera, particularly during the long nights of summer and are easily one of the top things to see in Stockholm. Why not perfect your photography with one of the many guided tours that take place around the city? Take a look at the Best of Stockholm site, which lists the most photographed spots around the city by day and by night, along with details on the itineraries for its popular Stockholm photo tours, where you'll benefit from expert tips on shooting like a pro.

Coffee in Stockholm: Go for Al Fresco Fika

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Fika may be the latest hipster coffee trend in UK cities, but it's nothing new to the Swedes, who are long term embracers of cafe culture. The term loosely translates as a 'coffee break' - but with an additional element of indulgence chit-chat, catching up with old friends or getting to know new ones. While sipping your coffee you can also enjoy one of Sweden's finest sweet buns or "bulle", which can be flavoured with vanilla, cardamon, cinnamon or many more mouthwatering combinations.

A place to go for fika is known as a 'fik', and there is no shortage of these informal coffee spots with plentiful outdoor seating during the summer months. Check out Lost in Stockholm's guide for some of the best places for coffee in Stockholm.

See Stockholm's Islands

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Stockholm is itself made up of 14 islands, and just a 20 minute boat ride away from the city is a world of more than 30,000 miniature islands just waiting to be discovered, so if you're visiting in summer, a spot of island-hopping should definitely be on your itinerary. Ferries depart from the city all year round, and you can buy a 5-day island pass for SEK 420.

You can spend as little or as much time as you want exploring the Stockholm archipelago, enjoying such activities as bike-riding, camping, kayaking, swimming and listening to tales of the area's fascinating Viking past. At Midsummer, this is one of the best places to experience the traditional Swedish summer solstice celebrations. Take a look at the Stockholm Archipelago site for some more ideas for how to explore the city's aquatic playground, whether you're on a tight schedule or planning an extended break. Island hopping is undoubtedly of one of the top things to do in Stockholm.

The Best Places for Music in Stockholm: Rock out at a Festival

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Stockholm's parks and open spaces become festival hotspots during the summer months, with a busy programme of street theatres, circus, music and dance events taking over the city. Popular events include the Summerburst electronic music festival, the Stockholm Folk Festival and Popaganda - which may be unique among festivals in that its programme includes swimming as well as bands. The Baltic Sea Festival attracts a high-brow audience up for a spot of outdoor orchestral entertainment.

Take a Boat Trip

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Boating is part of everyday life in Stockholm, and by taking to the water you'll experience the city at its most beautiful. There are numerous boat tours that will take you past most of the city's most important riverside sights, and under many of its 50+ bridges. Stromma is one of many companies offering guided boat trips around Stockholm, with options that include dining and sightseeing options. Take a look at their guide to Stockholm boat trips to find one that suits your itinerary and budget.

Experience Traditional Swedish Life

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During the summer months, many city dwellers head out of central Stockholm to chill out in log cabins dotted around the many lakes that sit largely abandoned on its outskirts. Those who have a spare night or so to spend in and around Stockholm are advised to experience this aspect of Swedish life, and there is plenty of affordable accommodation in the traditional local style to be found through websites such as Air B&B. Here, you'll be able to enjoy the native pleasures of saunaing, swimming and celebrating summer with a glass of schnapps.

If you found this post on Things to do in Stockholm Sweden helpful, you may want to read more of our Wanderlust articles. Also check out our travel blog for additional inspiration and travel tips to make your holidays hassle-free!

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Written by Abi Silvester, a London-based writer and editor with a passion for great food, fine wine, coffee and cats; always planning my next trip! Follow her on Twitter.