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The Northern Lights dance across the skies in Arctic winter and the Midnight Sun warms the nights in the summer months. From the mountains of the mighty north to the white sandy beaches of the temperate south we have space for everyone.
Sweden’s capital city spreads out over 14 islands in Lake Mälaren and looks out proudly to the Baltic Sea to the east. Her grand public buildings, palaces, rich cultural history and museums tell her 700 year-old history beautifully.
Nowhere is this better illustrated than in the Old Town (Gamla Stan); expect and get cobblestone streets, crooked but beautifully preserved buildings, the Royal Palace, gothic churches and excellent cafés, bars, restaurants and Swedish design-ware shops. Take our advice and get a hit of caffeine at one of Stockholm’s many fine cafés before trawling the boutiques, shops and stores of upscale Swedish and international design boutiques of Östermalm, and independent Swedish labels, vintage and retro shops and boutiques of Södermalm. If you’re a fan of Steig Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy books and movies Södermalm is the place to be because this is the setting for the Millennium Tour.
The town of Sigtuna? Quaint? The place is a complete quaint and charm-fest rolled into one. It is also Sweden’s first town (founded in AD 980).
Sigtuna hugs the northern shores of Lake Mälaren and its windy cobblestone (naturally) streets are arteries of the almost 1,000 year-old main Stora gatan, or main street, with clusters of shops selling Swedish fashion, design and handicrafts.
Visit Sigtuna for Swedish small town charm, Viking and medieval history and sights and for its selection of shops, restaurants, cafes and beautiful surroundings.
Text courtesy of Visit Sweden