The best outing you can do in Stockholm, regardless of the time of year in my opinion, is to take the ferry over to Djurgården. There you’ll find things to do whatever the weather: go for a walk to Waldemarsudde, rent a pedalo, have lunch or fika at Rosenlunds Trädgårdskafé, go crazy at Gröna Lund, surely one of the most compact theme parks in the world, or visit one of the many museums: the impressive Vasa Museum built around the whole wreck of a 1600s ship (it sunk within hours of leaving on its maiden voyage), Nordiska Museet, or the newly opened ABBA museum.
My favourite place to visit on Djurgården is Skansen. An open-air museum that shows you how people used to live in different parts of the country – in fact, as I’ve just found out, it was originally an extension of Nordiska Museet – it’s a great place to bring children (there’s also a zoo) or just go for a walk with a friend. There are different activities all year round, in summer of course but also in winter when you have a fabulous Christmas market selling handicrafts as well as yummy food including reindeer sandwiches, waffles and rustic jams. The most exciting part for me was always to take bergbanan, the funicular train, down the hill at the end of the visit.
Another favourite, albeit more specifically targeted to children, is Junibacken. Built mostly around the stories imagined by Astrid Lindgren, the highlight for me is the little train at the start of the visit. It takes you into the universe that she created: the tool shed where the naughty Emil hides after acts of mischief like hoisting his younger sister up the flagpole; the village of Madicken, which is where ‘Junibacken’ comes from; the miniature world of Nils Karlsson Pyssling’s friend and the giant rat who is his landlord; the rooftop home of Karlsson på Taket, the funny little man with a propeller in his back; and the successive worlds of Jonatan and his brother as they die not once but twice and finally head towards the light… Later, you get to play in Pippi Longstocking’s house and climb up onto her spotty horse, and there are also short performances produced on a tiny stage.
To finish, here are some more autumnal shots, this time from Skåne in the south. Favourite autumn ever? I think so…