Winter in Stockholm
In Sweden there is a saying that ‘there is no bad weather – just bad clothes’ so check out all outdoor attractions waiting for you in Stockholm. Skiing on one of the city’s slopes, ice-skating in Vasaparken, or taking a skating tour across Lake Mälaren, just to name a few? Those who need to enjoy a chillier time during the winter, can discover a world of relaxation and beauty at the fabulous Spa centers or just go for Afternoon Tea to one of the cosy tea houses. Enjoy winter!
Kungsträdgården (City Center) Ice Skating
It’s the most popular ice-skating place in the city.
Kungsträdgården’s open air ice-skating rink offers skate rentals as well as
a great atmosphere with several stands selling hot drinks and snacks.
Open from November 12th.
Monday – Friday 9:00am- 9:00pm
Saturday – Sunday 10:00am-9:00pm
Note: Renting hours end 1 hour before closing.
This large mechanically frozen ice rink is maintained several times a week.
Opens between November and March.
Monday – Friday 8:00am-9:00pm
Saturday- Sunday 10:00am-9:00pm
It is closed between 6:30-8:00am, 12:00-1:00pm and 5:00pm-6:00pm for resurfacing.
Notice: There is no skate rental available.
Phone:+46 (0)8-508 090 00
The Hellasgården recreation area offers a big range of sport activities, including outdoor ice skating. To get there, take bus 401 from Slussen to the Hellasgården stop in Älta or subway line 17 to Skarpnäck and get off at Hammarbyhöjden, Björkhöjden, or Bagarmossen. Then follow the signs from the station to Hellasgården.
Mondays 10:00am -9:00pm
Tuesday – Friday 11:00am-9:00pm
Saturday – Sunday 10:00am-6:00pm
Phone: 08-716 39 61
Östermalms IP (Östermalm)
The rink opens December 1st. Rentals and sharpening skates available.
Monday and Friday 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Tuesday to Thursday 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Saturday and Sunday 11:00am to 4:00pm
Phone: 07-392 190 07
Skating on Stockholm’s Waterways
Skating on natural ice is an exhilarating experience. Long-distance skating on natural ice requires a certain amount of knowledge and safety equipment. If you want to skate on the ice around Stockholm, be safe and go with an experienced guide. If you’re feeling more adventurous, book a long-distance guided skate outing on the natural ice of Stockholm’s waterways. Iceguide provides 5- to 9-hour guided skating tours, complete with safety equipment and instruction. They offer tours starting Dec. 27 – Dec. 31, but tours after January 1st are only on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Iceguide organizes excursions, loans out skates, safety equipment and clothing in their tour package. Courses are also available. Note that this activity is dependent on ice thickness and weather.
Hammarbybacken Ski Slope
A Stockholm landmark, Hammarbybacken is located in central Stockholm, and offers a unique opportunity to ski whilst enjoying a fantastic view of the city. The slopes, located near the Ericsson Globe Arena, are easy to reach on the Green Line metro toward Bagarmossen. The ski resort offers skiing for all ages and experience levels. There are four easy-to-ski downhill slopes, a snowboard park, ski school and equipment rental. The rest of the year, Hammarbybacken is open for other outdoor activities including downhill cycling.
Flottsbrobacken Ski Slope, Huddinge
The longest and highest ski slope in Stockholm offers five downhill slopes, jump ramps and ski rental. The resort is located in Huddinge, a suburb about a half hour by car from central Stockholm, but public transport offers good connections as well. In the summer, Flottsbrobacken becomes a popular outdoor recreation area with a swimming beach, hiking trails, and a range of challenging activities.
Väsjöbacken Ski Slope, Sollentuna
Easily accessible with both car and public transport, Väsjöbacken is located just next to the lake Väsjön in Sollentuna. The ski slope offers ski school, equipment rent and a cafeteria/grill for recreation between runs down the slope.
Don’t miss out on a sightseeing tour in the outdoors, on land or at sea.
Do seightseeing by boat in a wintery Stockholm, out to and around the islands of Fjäderholmarna. On board the guide tells you interesting facts about Stockholm’s history and surroundings. For those who want to defy the cold outside to get the best view on upper deck there are skin rugs and fleece blankets to keep you warm. Glögg, traditional hot mulled wine is served in the cafeteria, and for lunch you is offered a bowl of soup or a glass of warm beverages as Stockholm passes by outside.
The Green Trails
The Green Trails organizes outdoor guided tours and daytrips around Stockholm. In wintertime you can enjoy a range of outdoor attractions by joining ice skating, cross country skiing or snowshoe hiking. In the summer, The Green Trails offers hiking, kayaking and wildlife safari’s.
When the darkness of January covers the roads like a wet blanket and you just want to stay under the bed covers, thousands of participants will join running party unlike any others. A festival in the middle of darkest part of winter. Fire artists create a magical atmosphere at the start and both DJs and light shows keep up energy during the whole event. Winter Run will be an amazing experience even for those who don’t run. The event takes place mainly at Skansen Open-Air Museum.
Date: Jan 25 17:00 – 20:00
Djurgårdsslätten 49-51 Stockholm
Grand Hôtel Spa
The Raison d’Etre (‘reason for being’) spa focuses on the essential requirement for a fulfilled life; a satisfaction in just ‘being’.
Created in exclusive partnership with the Grand Hôtel, its aim is to impart experiences inspired by local nature and heritage. All the spa and gym facilities have been installed with the latest health and fitness equipment, and treatments can be tailored to suit guests’ needs.
Södra Blasieholmshamnen 8, Stockholm
An architectual jewel, situated in the heart of the bustling city that will offer you a peaceful place where you can both rest and re-energize. Here you will find all spa services, including beneficial treatments, special spa days and a whole host of fitness activities in beautiful surroundings.
Sturegallerian 36, Stockholm
Enjoy toe treatment center in a shopping galleria. Discover Axelsons aspiration to offer the consummate treatment experience by creating a harmonic environment in all treatment rooms through the use of light, sound, space, form, and color.
Spa Hotel Yasuragi
This famous Spa Hotel is set in a contemporary, low-rise building with dark wood siding, this sophisticated, Japanese-influenced hotel overlooks the Stockholm archipelago and is 20 km from Skansen. All of the bright, stylish rooms have traditional Japanese decor and archipelago views. Certain suites add hot tubs, butler service, and living/dining areas, and 1 suite has a sauna. Dining options include a sushi bar, a teppanyaki grill, and a restaurant with a terrace. In the winter time they offer a special Japanese winter dinner combined with one – night stay for 1675 SEK per person.
Hamndalsvägen 6, Saltsjö-boo
This Tea house Chaikhana located in the Old Town (Gamla Stan) serves first-class teas from around the world, even during the rest of the day.
Svartmangatan 23, Stockholm
On the green island of Långholmen is Långholmens Wärdhus, situated in an old country estate from the 1600s. The historical environment includes a restaurant, hotel and hostel. In the restaurant you can find traditional Swedish meals made with local ingredients. Afternoon Tea is served on Saturdays and a variety of pastries, cakes and scones with homemade jam are served as a great complement to the tea experience. A great place to end a long walk in a cold weather.
Långholmsmuren 20, Stockholm
Cardiebaren Grand Hôtel
Luxurious, elegantly cozy bar with comfortable sofa groups and outstanding views of the water and the Royal Palace. Interesting bar menu and popular place for weekend brunch or afternoon tea. A classic Stockholm experience guaranteed.
Grand Hôtel, Södra Blasieholmshamnen 8, Stockholm
Don’t miss out on this luxurious café and restaurant where both interior and menu are inspired by Paris and Vienna. The location in the shopping district is perfect for some pastries and afternoon tea.
Biblioteksgatan 6-8, Stockholm
Vete-katten you will find in central Stockholm, near T-Centralen. The 1920s-style café is a perfect place for self-serve lunches & pastries, snacks, coffee and afternoon tea of superior quality.
Kungsgatan 55, Stockholm
Enjoy a winter walk on the island of Djurgården. The island is known as the green lung of Stockholm and is where the Stockholmers come to enjoy most of their time spent outdoors. At this time of year is is of course not very green but it offers stunning views of the rest of the city and lovely walkways
Take a long and refreshing walk around the island of Södermalm to see a variety of urban sceneries, from high rises to beaches. Following the shore line around the island will give you a 11 km walk, starting and ending at Slussen where you easily can get in and out with public transport.
The Royal Park Hagaparken offers amazing nature and scenery all year around. Pass by the home of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, have a fika at the copper tents before watching an early sunset over the waters of Brunnsviken.