If you’re still trying to figure out where to go this summer, we have a terrific, though untraditional recommendation for you: Stockholm, Sweden.
Florida and the Bahamas are great, but they’re sweltering hot and humid during the summer, and prone to hurricanes this time of year. Scandinavia, on the other hand, averages in the low sixties during the summer months. On top of that, the sun stays up through most of the night, so you won’t feel compelled to turn in any earlier than you want to.
Stockholm in particular is quite a hidden gem. It has a ton of history, beautiful land and waterscapes, and is very forward thinking. To see it all, we recommend the Stockholm Pass, which gets you into over 60 of the city’s most popular attractions, along with various boat and bus tours at a discounted rate. Here are some of the things you’ll be able to do and see after your get yours.
Before the Titanic, there was the Vasa.
Okay, so they weren’t exactly the same. They were both highly anticipated ships that sunk on their maiden journeys. But that’s where the similarities end.
The Vasa, unlike the Titanic, was a war ship from the 1600s. It didn’t make it very far out of the harbor before sinking, and it didn’t sink because of an iceberg. No, it sunk because it was just too heavy. It couldn’t handle all the cannons on board, so it went down, taking some of the crew with it.
It sat under the sea for more than 300 years before it was rediscovered and rescued in 1961. Despite its lack of functionality, it’s a beautiful piece of woodwork. At the Vasa Museum, you get to see the ship, learn its history and view recovered objects—both from the ship and the belongings of the crew.
Boat to Birka
Want to see an old Viking city? Then Birka should definitely make it onto your itinerary. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Birka was built around BCE 700 and is Sweden’s oldest Viking settlement. You won’t just get to learn about the history while you’re there; you’ll get to explore and see how that history is still being uncovered at excavation sites.
You will take a boat to get to Birka, but don’t worry. This one isn’t loaded down with cannons.
Part St. Louis Arch, part London Eye, SkyView is a truly unique way to get some sightseeing in. You hop in a glass globe that scales the largest spherical building in the world, the Ericcson Globe, and are able to get uninterrupted shots of the city vista. It’s a unique experience, and a must-see if you’re visiting Stockholm.
If you want to learn more about some of the most intelligent, creative, and brave people of the last century, stop in the Nobel Museum. Dedicated to all things Nobel Prize, this museum is the best place to learn about the 911 awards that have been issued to Nobel Laureates, and the organization’s founder, Alfred Nobel, who was a polyglot, chemist, engineer, entrepreneur and innovator himself.