Find out about the unusual things to do in Stockholm! After you have visited the Old Town “Gamla Stan”, took a boat trip around the archipelago, ate the meatballs with lingonberry sauce, it’s time to try something “different”.
1 | Go on the top of the Globe
This experience you can get only in Stockholm: the Globe is the largest hemispherical building on Earth. The architecture and the size of the Globe are really impressive. It hosts big events, concerts, and shows like the Eurovision Song Contest, the Figure Skating Championship, and the World Cup of Hockey.
You will reach the top of the Globe in a glass ball attached to rails on the superstructure of the building. From the height of 130 meters (425 feet) above sea level, you will see an amazing panorama of Stockholm.
Some people get so over impressed, that they even make marriage proposals here. I enjoyed the ride on the Globe; I just wish it would last longer than 20 minutes.
Where : Globentorget 2 12177 Stockholm Website: www.globearenas.se
2 | Catch a salmon in front of the Royal Palace
Guess what, In Stockholm, you can fish in the middle of the city, right in front of the Royal Palace, and you don’t even need a fishing license!
You will see many fishing enthusiasts along Strömmen, and near the Swedish parliament building at Stallbron bridge.
Feel free to join them and try your luck in catching salmon or some other fish. The waters are clean, so the fish is suitable for eating.
3 | Command Stockholm light tower by your smartphone
Telefonplan by Mikael Vejdemo Johansson on Flickr [Creative Commons]
Were you thinking, what unusual things can you do with your smartphone? I bet, yes. Here is an idea from the creative Stockholmers. Why not control a tower with your phone, like with a console, and to change the colors in the windows?
You can do it at the permanent light installation Colour by Numbers in Stockholm's Telefonplan tower. You just need to install the app and start choosing which floor you would like to light and with which colour. You can see the result either by going to that area (the lights are visible within the radius of 10 kilometers) or to view it via the live web camera. The Colour by Numbers is an unusual artistic installation based on the approach of participatory design where everyone can become a co-creator. The idea is to use technology as an urban sign language and to briefly influence at least some part of the cityscape.
Note: the installation is closed at the moment; please check the website of The Colour by Numbers for the update on when it will be open again.
Where: Kungsgatan 57A, Stockholm
4 | Become the fifth ABBA
Well, yes… The ABBA museum is touristy. BUT! Going to this museum, singing ABBA songs in karaoke, dancing on the retro dance floor gives you so much fun, happiness and charges you with positive energy. At least, it’s what I felt there.
To become the fifth ABBA, just choose your favorite ABBA song, and go on the stage to perform together with Björn, Benny, Agnetha & Frida in life-size digital 3D illusion avatars. You don't need to know the song by heart: you will see the words to sing and the dancing movements to repeat.
I had a chance to experience it at the closed TBEX event in the closed ABBA museum at night and this was the party to remember )))) I hope you will like it, too. ABBA is a music that doesn't get old!
Where: Djurgårdsvägen 68
5 | Drink from the lake
Living in the polluted world, to drink from the lake can sound like a crazy idea. But drinking from the lake Mälaren in Stockholm is safe and without the consequences for your health.
The Stockholmers are very proud of the fact that their water is one of the cleanest in Europe. If it’s too adventurous for you to drink water from the lake, try the tap water in Stockholm. it comes also from the lake. I don’t know if you noticed, but the water has a taste. It’s difficult for me to describe how it tastes, but the tap water in Stockholm is tasty ))
6| Join Stockholmers for the group aerobics outdoors
Swedes love outdoor activities: it can be everything from biking, sailing, ice skating to the dogs walking. A very remarkable Swedish fitness organization is Friskis&Svettis (translated as “Healthy & Sweaty”). Why is it remarkable? It’s a sport non-profit organization entirely run by the volunteers. Yes, both members and the instructors are the volunteers. Friskis&Svettis developed a unique Swedish way of training called "Jympa". They are now present not only in Sweden but in other European countries.
I used to attend Friskis&Svettis classes when I was living in Brussels: it was very social, very international, very sweaty, and very “feel-good”.
And, a good news for you! If you are staying in Stockholm for longer than just a weekend, you can attend Friskis&Svettis free classes in Stockholm parks. The training offered is diverse: from the mentioned above Jympa to Core and Yoga on the green grass. It’s a great way to meet Stockholmers and get to know them.
Check Friskis&Svettis page for details.
7| Explore the world's longest metro art gallery
When you are in a subway in Stockholm, don't just rush in and out. Instead, if you slow down a bit, you can explore the world's longest art gallery which is 110 kilometers long! You can see wonderful paintings, sculptures, and mosaics which were created between the years 1950 and 2000. Here some stations for you to check out and enjoy: Stadion, Radhuset, Solna Centrum, Kungsträdgården, and T-Centralen.
8 | Play giant chess with Stockholmers on the street
What’s more, on a par with outdoor activities, Stockholmers like board games! So why not to be like a local and to play chess with them in the afternoon in one of the Stockholm parks?
9 | Attend a Kaninhop
What is Kaninhop? It’s a not so common thing. As you can guess from the photo, it’s a rabbit-jumping competition. The Swedes invented it back in the 1970s. The concept is simple: trained rabbits hop over the obstacles. The rules are similar to those from the horse-jumping but adapted to the bunnies. In Sweden, there are many rabbit clubs and you can attend Kaninhop competitions in Stockholm. Check this website for more details.
10 | Warm up in the Ice Bar
If you have not been yet to the Ice Bars in other cities, you have to check it out in Stockholm. Swedish Ice Bar is actually the first permanent ice bar in the world !! Then the concept was introduced in different countries from Japan to Russia and The United Arab Emirates and had a big success.
Everything in this bar, except of drinks, is made from ice, even the glasses and the art work on the walls! The ice itself is not an artificial one, it was transported from the the Torne River in Swedish Lapland. It's great to come to the Ice Bar in any time of the year: in summer you will cool down at -5° C (23° F); and in winter you will warm up with the shots served there. It's a fun and "cool" experience :)
Where: Vasaplan 4
Check the Ice Bar's website for more details.
What unusual thing did YOU do in Stockholm (or plan to do) ? Feel free to share it in the comments :)
Enjoy Stockholm !
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Hi, nice to meet you! I'm Sasha, a “free spirit” and a world citizen at heart who was born in the country that does not exist: Transnistria. I am on my adventurous journey to discover alternative, quirky, unique and unusual things to do and to visit in cool cities around the world. Join me and try something new! I write in Globish, since English is not my native language, so feel free to correct me or to make fun of me :).