I haven’t been to Stockholm since 2014. The time I spent there was with the ex and we only had around 8 hours here. It definitely wasn’t enough time to do very much. We did a sightseeing bus and a little bit of a walk around. You can read about that trip here.

I decided that since I had seen fares for £15 each way I would book it. It also coincided with the end of the good shifts and the start of the bad shifts. I needed a bit of a reset and I wanted to make my own memories of Stockholm and push the ones I had to the back burner.

The time came to leave for the airport and I am still so glad that there is a 03:05 coach towards the airport. I didn’t want to have to rest at the airport after a 12-hour shift.

I got to the airport and straight through security and just sat in the departure lounge until the gate was shown.

I boarded and as we were taxiing, the pilot said that there would be turbulence for the first 30 minutes of the flight (including the climb). I can’t tell you how overjoyed I was! There was a chap sitting next to me in the middle seat and the window seat was free. I told him he could sit there but he said he didn’t want to and I could if I wanted. He wasn’t so good on the take-off or landing. He chatted with me most of the flight too. I was glad when we landed as it meant I was closer to getting to the hostel and relaxing for a bit.

I had booked a coach to get from the airport to the city centre (it was cheaper than the train and only about 20 minutes longer). I got off the coach, had a quick look at the map to get my bearings and headed to the hostel to see if they would let me check in early. I sat in reception for 15 minutes before anyone even noticed I was there. Thankfully they saw me and they let me check in early. I got into the room and I quickly went back out as there was no cold air in the room and only a fan blowing the stale air around. There wasn’t even a window.

Stockholm City Hall

Riddarholmen Church

City Lookout Point (Mariaberget)

City Lookout Point (Skinnarviksberget)

Maria Magdalena Church

Swedish Parliament

Brunkeberg Tunnel

St. Clara's Church

Stockholm City Library

Gustav Vasa Church


Commuter Ferry 80

Allmänna gränd
Finnboda hamn
Nacka strand
  • I decided that I was going to have a walk around. I started to head towards the river and I just let my legs take me in that direction. I got to see the courthouse and the passport office. The passport office is a grandiose building.

    I carried on walking and found the river and it was nice to just sit there for a few minutes and take in the sights and sounds and smells of being by the river. I had an idea of where I wanted to go and I headed in that direction. I saw the town hall and headed in that direction. It is a pretty cool building. Very big and ornate. They had gardens there that you can walk around and it was nice to walk around there in the sun. I sat there for a while and watched the people in the boats and people on wakeboards. It was nice to sit there and soak up the atmosphere.

    After that, I then headed towards Gamla Stan and sat on the bridge there and watched the trains go by. It was nice to hear those too. I went across the other side and I walked up some stairs to the Riddarholmen Church. I had a quick walk around here and then crossed the bridge to the other side of Gamla Stan and enjoyed walking around there. There was a pretty cool yellow house that was a bit wonky. I love seeing stuff like that.

    The walking around here was cool (though full of tourists). I still have no recollection of being here in 2014 (despite having pictures). Nothing seemed familiar. It was really weird that nothing was feeling familiar.

    I headed to get some food and to rest my feet for a little bit. I went back to the hostel to drop some stuff off and charge my phone and then I headed back out to the metro and headed back to Kungsträdgården. I noticed that the metro stations are huge and decorated. It was nice to see they weren’t uniform and boring.

    I walked around here and came to the area of the parliament and royal palace. It started to look familiar from this angle. I was here for about an hour listening to the water and watching people walk by. I then headed back to the hostel to get some much-needed rest.

    Total steps: 21,268

    Total miles: 10.48

    Below are some pics from today

I got the bus to the airport (I tried to sleep but couldn’t). I got to the airport, found some food, and just relaxed until it was time to board. I managed to catch some sleep on the flight back. I went to get the train and had about an hour until the train was due to leave. I managed to get seats that I didn’t have to share. I was so glad when I was back in Peterborough. I went home and dropped my stuff off, had a shower and then headed out for some coffee.

All in all, Stockholm was a fantastic trip. It is definitely somewhere worthy of a visit. It’s also a very walkable city too. If you get the chance, I would highly recommend going.

Total steps: 62,758

Total miles: 30.91

View all of my Stockholm pics here