Stockholm: Beauty on Water
Few cities in Europe appeal more to the eye than Stockholm. With the backdrop of its famous archipelago, the city is spread across 14 islands linked by 57 bridges. Because of this, the locals actually call Stockholm ‘Beauty on Water’ and it is clear why. Different neighbourhoods, each with their own distinctive features, make up this unique city. From the beautiful Old Town of Gamla Stan to the newer, more modern areas such as Östermalm and Norrmalm , this city offers something for all tastes. In the Old Town you’ll see the famous multi coloured buildings that make this area so vibrant and pleasing to the eye. Surrounded by beautiful forests and set in the heart of the archipelago with over 30,000 islands, Stockholm offers some great options for team-building exercises and activities. It also has some fantastic dining experiences, highlighting the best of Swedish and Scandinavian cuisine.
Innovative, cultural and dynamic
Despite being a patchwork of islands, Stockholm is still easily accessible for visitors and is brimming with fun things to do to make your incentive trip a success. The island of Djurgården is full of interesting museums waiting to be discovered. High speed boat tours provide a thrill for the more adventurous members of the team. An aerial guided tour awaits those who would like to see the city from a different perspective. The city even has its own theme park! Furthermore, what’s a trip to Sweden without a visit the ABBA museum?
Just a few hours flight from the UK, Stockholm is a great destination for a short incentive break. A number of scheduled and low cost airlines fly to the international airport from across the UK. With excellent conferencing facilities throughout the city, it an ideal choice for your company’s meetings and next incentive trip.
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Suggested Activities & Attractions
Stockholm Guided Tours
What better way to begin exploring Stockholm and get your bearings than with a guided tour? The city offers a great number of different walking tours, many of them focusing on a certain theme but all showing the highlights of the Swedish capital. From Old Town History tours to Under The Bridge tours, there is something to suit all tastes. Panoramic coach tours are also available and enable you to experience all the sights of the city from the comfort of your seat. For those wanting to be less conventional and enjoy the city from a different perspective, segway tours and kayaking tours are also possible.
Archipelago Sightseeing Cruises
Choose from a number of sightseeing cruises to see the best of Stockholm – from the water! Stockholm’s archipelago is made up of some 30,000 islands, some populated, some small rocky islands. Choose from short one hour city cruises around Djurgården and Gamla Stan, to longer full day cruises. These allow you to explore the surrounding 1,000 islands and incorporate Drottningholm Palace, the beautiful home of the Royal Family. Lunch and dinner cruises are also possible.
Or why not take on a challenge as a team and sail yourself round the city? GoBoats are available for hire and are equipped with picnic tables. Here you can take a break from the sailing and enjoy a prepared picnic. For those feeling even more adventurous, take to the water on a Rigid Inflatable Boat. These high speed boats provide a thrilling tour of the islands that you’re sure never to forget!
ABBA: The Museum
Relive the glory years of one of Sweden’s most famous exports – ABBA. The new ABBA: The Museum provides an interactive experience taking you through the lives of the band, accompanied by their famous songs. Discover all the flamboyant costumes they used to wear. Dance to Dancing Queen on stage with the band, try your hand at mixing the vocals to Mamma Mia and maybe speak to one of the band direct if you hear the phone ‘Ring, Ring’! The museum also houses the Swedish Music Hall of Fame and the brand new Eurovision Museum! A great experience to visit, the museum can also be hired for private functions. It also has an onsite restaurant and terrace for drinks receptions, if you want to toast your team and celebrate their success while the ABBA classics play!
The Vasa War Ship
Within minutes of setting off on its maiden voyage in 1628, the Vasa Warship sank to the bottom of the bay of Saltsjön. Painstakingly raised in 1961, 333 years later, it now sits in a specially designed museum on the island of Djurgården. The museum is now Stockholm’s, and indeed Scandinavia’s, most visited museum. The different exhibitions show the history of the Vasa, the life of the ship before the disaster and how it was rediscovered and salvaged so many years later. There are also full scale models of parts of the ships and interactive areas for visitors. The museum can be hired as a venue for private events and would provide a stunning and unique backdrop for a corporate dinner.
Skansen and Fotografiska
If you would like to visit a museum whilst in Stockholm, there are a number of great options. The oldest open-air museum in the world, Skansen, was founded in 1891. The museum features around 150 traditional houses and other exhibits from across the country to give a real feel of how the people of Sweden lived.
A more modern experience is Fotografiska, a centre for contemporary photography in the heart of the Södermalm district. It is the largest photography centre in the world and features a main exhibitions plus a number of smaller ones. Newly emerging artists are featured alongside long established ones to create a fantastically modern and interesting space.
SkyView is a fantastic attraction that takes you to the top of the world’s largest spherical building, the Ericsson Globe, a Stockholm landmark. You make the 30 minute journey to the top in a glass gondola that travels on the outside of the globe. You get a fantastic view encompassing all of Stockholm from start to finish.
To continue the aerial experience, why not take part in the rooftop walk on top of the old parliament building? At a height of 43 metres you will have 360 degree views of the whole city and its stunning skyline. For an ultimate thrill, remember to look down!
Just a short train ride from Stockholm, the city of Uppsala makes a great excursion. It is the best place to experience rustic culture of the Uppland region. It is home to a 13th century cathedral and a 16th century castle. If you have time to stop and relax, enjoy the great restaurant and café scene and experience some of Sweden’s great food and drink.
Alternatively, go back in time and visit medieval churches, ruins, castles and rune stones in the town of Sigtuna. All from the Viking era, this is where a new era of Swedish history began. Optional guided tours are possible.
Grona Lund funfair is located on the edge of Djurgården island and opens every summer. Why not bring your team here for an afternoon full of fun and thrills? Although relatively small, the theme park is actually Sweden’s oldest but is still full of rides and roller coasters. It is always a good bet for a fun afternoon!
Stockholm Dining Options
Mamma Mia! The Party
For a maximum ABBA experience, why not head to Mamma Mia! The Party? In a Greek-style taverna, you’ll enjoy a magical evening in several acts filled with singing and dancing, stunts, flirty waiters accompanied by a Greek buffet. No evening is like any other – it all depends on where ABBA’s songs take you!
Sightseeing Dinner Cruises
Set sail in the archipelago for a unique dining experience. Different options are available from standard dinner cruises with 3 course meals to special Prawn cruises. Spoil yourself with an evening at the Drottningholm Court Theatre, an 18th century Palace Theatre including a 2 course dinner on your cruise.
Built in 2002, Stockholm’s IceBar is the world’s first permanent ice bar. At -7 degrees all year round, you are guaranteed an experience cool in every way. The interior of the bar is made entirely of ice from the Torne River in northern Sweden, with stunning sculptures carved from huge blocks and even the glasses are made from ice! Wrap up warm in your gloves and coats for a unique drinks reception!
Stockholm’s Royal Opera House
Enjoy a drinks reception in one of the opulent rooms at Stockholm’s Royal Opera House. Overlooking Lake Malaren and the Royal Palace, the function rooms and terrace are a fantastic setting for afternoon drinks or a pre-show reception. Also, dine in the stunning surroundings of the Opera House’s restaurant, with marble, velvet and chandeliers a plenty!
Suggested hotels – All inspected by Greatdays staff in August 2015 and April 2016
Sheraton Stockholm Hotel ****
Overlooking Gamla Stan, City Hall and just a short walk from Central Station and Drottninggaten shopping street, the Sheraton Stockholm Hotel is ideally located to explore the city. The hotel offers large rooms with flat screen TVs, tea/coffee making facilities, toiletries and safe. The hotel has a large conferencing floor, with small and large meeting rooms, some with stunning views over the Stockholm waterfront.
Scandic Grand Central ****
Set in an 1880’s building, this stylish hotel is 150 yards from the Arlanda Express Airport Train and Stockholm Central Station. All rooms feature flat-screen TVs. The in-house Teaterbrasseriet serves classic Swedish dishes made from fresh, seasonal produce.
Scandic Continental ****
Opened in April 2016, this brand new hotel is just across the road from Stockholm’s Central Station in the heart of the business district. Its rooms are equipped with modern facilities. The stylish restaurant is open for lunch and dinner. Join the locals for a drink in the hotel’s rooftop bar, offering amazing views over the city and waterfront – a must at the end of the day!
Elite Hotels have a number of hotels across Stockholm, normally housed in historical buildings steeped in tradition and atmosphere. For something extra special stay at the Elite Hotel Marina Tower, a spectacular hotel in an old mill on Stockholm’s waterfront.