Three things to do in Stockholm in June

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Finally summer has come to Stockholm! Time to spend more time outside, eating, listening to music and enjoy all the events taking place in the city this time of year. Here’s three things you can do in Stockholm in June. 

See what Stockholm’s food scene has to offer at Smaka på Stockholm (A taste of Stockholm)
Smaka på Stockholm is one of the world’s biggest food festivals and it gathers both gastronomes and chefs to eat and talk about food.  From the 1st to 6th of June, Kungsträdgården will turn into a mecka for food. 13 of the best food trucks in the city will park here, as well as some of the best restaurants in Stockholm – Farang, Den Gyldene Freden, Burger & Lobster and Bun Meat Bun to mention a few. The opening hours are 11.00 – 23.00 all days except the 6th of June. No entrance fee, so what are you waiting for?

Zara Larsson at Gröna Lund
In only a few years, she has become one of Sweden’s most famous artists and music exports – of course we’re talking about the cool Zara Larsson! On the 1st of June, she’s taking over the stage at Stockholm’s one and only amusement park, Gröna Lund. Sing along to hits such as “Lush life” and “I would like” for only SEK 115 (before 18.00).

Cheer at the participants at the Stockholm Marathon
For the 39th time, thousands of participants are going to run through the 42,195 meters that make Stockholm Marathon. The route passes landmarks such as The Royal Palace, City Hall and Royal Dramatic Theatre. During the marathon the city usually turns into a folk fest, with people cheering the participants along the route. Why don’t you join them?

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Three flee markets to visit in Stockholm

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If you’re the type of person who enjoys bargain-hunting over fancy malls, perhaps a visit to a flee market is of interest during your vacation in Stockholm? We made it easy for you and listed three excellent ones! 

Karlaplan Flee Market (Metro: Karlaplan)
Every Saturday between 22nd of April to 10th of June, 11.00 – 15.00, Karlaplan arranges an antique market around the circular that makes the absolute center of Karlaplan. Here you’ll be able to find bargains from local Swedes who’s selling of things they don’t need anymore. What a great way to find that antique dala horse or Fjällräven-backpack! PS. The fair is also taking place every Saturday between 5th of August and 30th of September!

Hornstull Market (Metro: Hornstull)
This market is one of the most popular ones in Stockholm, and we can only guess that one reason is their opening hours. Every Saturday and Sunday, from the first weekend of April until the last of September, 11.00 – 17.00, people line up to sell their items at Hornstulls Market. Here you’ll not only find antiques; it’s not unusual that designers, artists and craftsman decide to sell their work here too. If you get hungry after all the shopping, there’s a market stand with quite a few food trucks available.

Hötorget Fleemarket (Metro: Hötorget/T-Centralen)
Every Sunday for the past 20-something years, the regular salesmen at Hötorget Square have gotten the day off and leave room for locals who wants to sell their stuff. This flee market is not for the one without patience, you gotta be ready to dig and spot that one good thing in a mountain of stuff. However, it you like markets like that, you’ll love this one.

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Fjäderholmarna – Stockholm’s nearest archipelago island

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On a fine summer day in Stockholm, not much will beat the archipelago island of Fjäderholmarna! This island is located only 20 minutes from the city center and has all you need. 

Wether you’re looking for a place to go for swimming and sunbathing, want to try out some Swedish food or just stroll in nature, Fjäderholmarna most definitely makes the cut. It’s called Stockholms closest archipelago islands, which of course refers to the fact that it only takes 20 minutes by boat to get there. During summer, you can catch a ferry to the island from both Strandvägen and Slussen, with Strömma, Waxholmsbåtarna or Fjäderholmslinjen.

Here’s three recommendations for things to do on Fjäderholmarna:

1. Visit the restaurant Fjäderholmarnas Krog or The Smokery. Here you’ll find delicious Swedish food – everything from classics to crayfish.

2. Enjoy a drink at Fjäderholmarnas own brewery. Here you’ll find thirst quenching beer directly from the island. Yum!

3. Buy a souvenir at one of the many craftshops available here, everything from glass blowing to weaving can be found here.

And if you’re there on a sunny day, don’t forget a towel to take a dip in the water from the many cliffs found here!

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Flamboyant bars in central Stockholm

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A fancy interior and delicious drinks in the many – Stockholm has a lot of quirky and extravagant bars. Here’s our favorite flamboyant bars in Stockholm! 

Haymarket by Scandic, Hötorget 13-15 (Hötorget)
In the old factory house of PUB, you’ll find the art deco hotel Haymarket by Scandic. The hotel’s cocktail bar, Americain, takes you straight back to another time. This place always has a buzz and if you’re really lucky, you might see some 20s enthusiasts visiting and jazz bands playing during your visit.

Cadierbaren Grand Hôtel (Kungsträdgården)
With an unbeatable view of the Royal Palace, Cadierbaren at Grand Hôtel has for decades been called a true “Stockholm experience”. Try a cocktail, Afternoon tea or have a snack under the chandeliers. Depending on what time you come, you’ll get a certain type of music, by a DJ or bar pianist. The bar is named after Régis Cadier, the founder of Grand Hôtel.

Melt, Malmskillnadsgatan 45 (Hötorget)
New York or Stockholm? That’s the question you’ll ask yourself when entering Melt Bar. This bar as yummy cocktails, absinthe and beer and brown bags. Look for the black entrance door with a golden M on it, before entering the 1920s. Ish. They also have burlesque shows here.

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Walpurgis Night, Valborg, in Stockholm

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It’s time to celebrate the end of winter and beginning of something new. On Sunday, 30th of April, it’s time for Valborg, as it’s called in Swedish, Walpurgis Night. 

The English name for the celebration, Walpurgis, comes form the eight-century English missionary Saint Walburga. However, the Swedish name for it, Valborg, hasn’t got that much to do with religion. It’s all to do with the arrival of spring and celebrating it. It’s a public event that’s celebrated all across the country, in different ways. The tradition of lightening a bonfire on Valborg dates back already to the early 18th century. From the beginning, it supposedly was done to protect cattle and animals from predators and magical powers, before the animals was let out on May 1st each season. Today it has very little to do with that, it’s known as the biggest spring-party of the season and the way the Swedes say goodbye to winter and hello to spring. It often consists of groups gathering during the day, often in parks, to barbecue and enjoy the weather (if you can). In student cities like Uppsala, the traditions are a bit more outrageous, with champagne breakfast and often up to 30hrs of partying.

If you’re in Stockholm during Valborg, check out these bonfires:

Skansen – Djurgårdsslätten 49-51
All day there’ll be singing and dancing on the stage. At 21.00 the bonfire is lit.

Långholmen – Alstaviksvägen 9A
Celebrations on Pålsundsvallen on the island of Långholmen (Södermalm) from 18.00. Liveband, fika and hot dogs for sale. The bonfire is lit at 20.00.

Gamla stan – Riddarholmen
For over 40 years, a bonfire has been lit on Riddarholmen during Valborg. There’s a torchlight procession departing from Stortorget at 20.10, if one really wants to get in spirit. The bonfire is lit by Evert Taubes Terrace at 20.30.
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Stockholm Culture Night 2017

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On April 29th, the city of Stockholm is painted purple and filled with culture. It’s time for Stockholm Culture Night 2017. 

Between 18.00 – 24.00, Saturday 29th of April, hundreds of fun events take place in Stockholm, and they’re for free. Stockholm Culture Night is an event to celebrate the diversity that exists in Stockholms cultural life, a chance to go and see something or do something you’ve never done before. We at OURWAY Tours are offering our Swedish tour Puss & Snusk, and there’s so much else to be found in the program. You can watch ballet at the Ballet Academy, check out Susan Philipsz – Lost in Space on Bonnier Konsthall, celebrate Finland’s 100 year anniversary at the Institute of Finland where a “Finntastic Festival” will be held or go to a DJ-course at Mäster Olofsgården. As you can hear, it’s a diverse program and we are super excited (and also a bit concerned about how we’re going to fit in everything we want to try!).

If you’re in town on the 29th and want to know what’s doable, you can head to the official information hub at Kulturhuset, Sergels torg. There they can answer questions and give you the program in English.

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