Midsummer Holidays

Midsummer (also known as Saint John's Day) is one of Scandinavia’s most celebrated holidays.
In Sweden, the holiday celebration is so traditional and attractive that even there is serious discussion to replace the national day by midsummer day.
Raising and dancing around the maypole with live band playing the traditional Swedish midsummer music, the midsummer activities are full of joyful Swedish traditions and cultures which have lasted for centuries.
Join the dance with the locals and have an unforgettable midsummer holiday in Scandinavia.
Welcome to the Midsummer Scandinavia Holiday!
Day 01: Arrive in Stockholm.
Day 02: Stockholm City (1252).
Visit the Historical Landmarks and Cultural Masterpieces.
Day 03: Stockholm City (1252).
Visit the Historical Landmarks and Cultural Masterpieces.
Day 04: Stockholm City (1252).
Visit the Historical Landmarks and Cultural Masterpieces.
Day 05: Stockholm - Sigtuna (48 km, 42 min)
Day 06: Departure Stockholm.
Stockholm is the largest and most exciting city in Scandinavian countries!
Stockholm is situated between Lake Malaren (the third largest lake in Sweden) and the Baltic Sea. The central Stockholm is located mainly on 14 islands which are connected by 48 bridges and embraced by the calm and enchanting Lake Malaren and Baltic Sea.
At the heart of Stockholm, it is the world largest and excellently protected medieval old town - Gamla Stan (literally means “the Old Town”). Gamla Stan is still Stockholm’s popular living and working dwelling.
Millions of tourists visit Gamla Stan every year. It is a “Must” for visitors to take a stroll in the medieval alleys, have a cup of coffee or why not try a traditional Swedish ice cream with fresh egg roll.
There are lot of excellent places in Stockholm that you shall never miss. For example, the Vasa Museum (the world largest and only original war ship from the 17th century), the Stockholm City Hall (where the annual Nobel Banquet is held) and many other more.

Stockholm Royal Palace (1697)

Stockholm Royal Palace is one of the largest and most beautiful royal palaces in the world.
Stockholm Royal Palace is the official residence of His Majesty the King of Sweden and the setting for most of the monarchy's official receptions. The palace is a daily place of work for The King and Queen as well as for the various departments of the Swedish Royal Court.
Part of the Stockholm Royal Palace opens to the public, including Royal Apartments, Treasury and Tre Kronor Museum.
In the summer time, you can also see the grand traditional ceremony of the change of the Royal Guards. Every year, more than 1 million visitors watched the change of the Royal Guards in Stockholm Royal Palace.
Stockholm Royal Palace is located in Gamla Stan - the Stockholm old town.

Gustav III's Museum of Antiquities (1794)

Gustav III's Museum of Antiquities is one of Europe's oldest museums, which first opened its doors in 1794.
King Gustav III is a Swedish King who has great interests in art and antiques. He has also great talent on performing, visual arts, playwright and designing of the opera stage machinery. King Gustav III contributed greatly to the performing arts in Sweden. He commissioned constructions of several important opera houses including Royal Swedish Opera and Drottningholms Slottsteater. Royal Swedish Opera and Drottningholms Slottsteater are still the imposing landmarks of Stockholm.
In the late 1700s, King Gustav III travelled to Europe. During his journey in Italy, he purchased a large number of arts and sculptures.
To honor King Gustav III and his contributions to arts, a museum exhibiting the valuable collections of the King was set up and opened since 1794 in Stockholm Royal Palace.

Royal Chapel (1697)

It was a traditional that the Swedish Royal Family had a Royal Court Parish since the time of King Magnus Ladulas in the late 1200s. Royal Chapel was used for the Swedish Royal Families. Now the Royal Chapel also opens for public service.
Royal Chapel is located in the Stockholm Royal Palace.

Gamla Stan (1252)

Gamla Stan is the old town of Stockholm. It is located in the Stadsholmen Island in the heart of Stockholm.
Birger Jarl, a member of the House of Bjelbo, and a great Swedish statesman, founded Stockholm in Gamla Stan in 1252. Birger Jarl played a key role in the consolidation of Sweden as one kingdom.
Gamla Stan stretches out from north to the south for about 820 meters and from west to the east for about 850 meters. It covers an area of about 650 000 square meters.
Gamla Stan has the largest and best preserved medieval buildings in the world. Many of Sweden’s most and iconic buildings are located in Gamla Stan, such as Stockholm Royal Place (det Kungliga Slottet), Parliament (Riksdagen), Stockholm Cathedral (Storkyrkan), Nobel Museum, and Big Square (Stortorget) etc.

The Stockholm Cathedral (1306)

The Stockholm Cathedral is where the royal wedding takes place.


Stortorget (Big Square) is at the heart of the Stockholm Gamla Stan (Old Town). Stortorget witnessed many important historic events in Sweden.

Nobel Museum (2001)

Nobel Museum is the Museum for Alfred Nobel and the Nobel Laureates.


Vasterlanggatan is Stockholm Old Town’s busiest and most popular pedestrian.

Marten Trotzigs Grand

Marten Trotzigs Grand is Stockholm Old Town’s narrowest alley - only 90 cm (35 inch) wide.

Stockholm City Hall (1923)

Stockholm City Hall is one of the most beautiful buildings in the Stockholm skyline. It is one of Sweden’s leading examples of national romanticism in architecture.
Stockholm City Hall is designed by the great Swedish architect Ragnar Ostberg. The City Hall is 106 meters high and built with 8 million bricks.
The most significant event taking place in Stockholm City Hall is the famous Nobel Prize Banquet which is held on December 10 every year. The Nobel Prize Banquet is the biggest and most traditional royal banquet in the world. Swedish King, the royal family, Swedish Prime Minister and famous scientists are among the 1300 guests. It is the only live television broadcasted banquet in the world. Nobel Prize Banquet is held in the magnificent Blue Hall (Bla Hallen). After the Banquet, the dance is held in the amazing Golden Hall (Gyllene Salen).
Stockholm City Hall is one of the most popular tourist attractions. Visitors can see the beautiful Blue Hall (Bla Hallen), the amazing Golden Hall (Gyllene Salen), and the stunning Radssalen.
Stockholm City Hall is located at the southeast end of Kungsholmen - one of the biggest islands in central Stockholm.


Fjallgatan is a high ground of Stockholm where from here you can have a fantastic bird's-eye view of Stockholm city.

Royal Swedish Opera (1782)

Royal Swedish Opera is the Swedish national venue for opera and ballet since January 18, 1773.

National Museum (1792)

National Museum is the home for half a million valuable collections from middle ages to 1900.

Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities (1963)

Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities has a large amount of valuable antique collections from East Asia.

Vasa Museum (1628)

Vasa is a powerful 17th century warship. She sank on her maiden voyage in 1628 and was salvaged 333 years later in 1961. Vasa Museum opened to the public in 1991. Every year, over 1 million tourists visited Vasa Museum.
Gustav II Adolf (Gustavus Adolphus the Great), the Greatest King of Sweden, commissioned the construction of the most powerful warship in 1625. It is a 69 meters long giant equipped with 64 powerful cannons. The cannons could fire 250 kilograms of ammunition in a single broadside. Vasa was designed and constructed to be the most powerful fortress and war machine in the Baltic Sea in the early 17th century.
Vasa Museum is located in Djurgarden (the Royal Hunting Ground) – a beautiful island in central Stockholm.

Junibacken (1996)

Junibacken is an Astrid Lindgren children theme playground.

Skansen Open-Air Museum (1891)

Skansen is the oldest open-air museum in the world and also the Stockholm zoo, with animals native to Scandinavia. It was opened on October 11, 1891 by Artur Hazelius.
The name "Skansen" has also been used as a common name to refer to other open-air museums and collections of historic structures, particularly in Central and Eastern Europe, but also in the United States, for example, the Old World in Wisconsin and the Fairplay in Colorado.
Skansen is also a Sweden in miniature. More than 150 farms and dwellings from different parts of the country were disassembled and transported here. In Skansen, the Swedish traditional holidays are celebrated, such as Christmas, Midsummer, Walpurgis Night and Lucia etc.
In Skansen, a full replica of an average 19th-century Swedish town, in which craftsmen in traditional dress such as tanners, shoemakers, silversmiths, bakers and glass-blowers demonstrating their skills, is exhibited. There is even a small field growing tobacco used for the making cigarettes. There is also an open-air zoo containing a wide range of Scandinavian animals including the bison, brown bear, moose, grey seal, lynx, otter, red fox, reindeer, wolf, and wolverine etc.
Skansen is located in the Djurgarden Island and it has spectacular views over Stockholm city. Every year, more than 1.3 million tourists visited Skansen.

Nordic Museum (1873)

Nordic Museum (Nordiska Museet) was opened in 1873. It is Sweden’s largest museum of cultural history. It has totally more than 1.5 million exhibits. The collections reflect life in Sweden from the 16th century to the present day. The magnificent museum building is one of Stockholm’s landmark buildings featured with Renaissance architecture. Nordic Museum is a great place to understand the Nordic people, its history and culture.

Cape of Prince Eugen (Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde, 1904)

Prince Eugen Napoleon Nicolaus of Sweden and Norway, Duke of Narke, is the fourth and youngest son of King Oscar II and Queen Sophia. Prince Eugen was the fourth in line to the throne.
Apart being a prince, Prince Eugen is more famous for being a painter, art collector and patron of artists. He has made more than 3200 works. Among them, one of his most famous works - City by the Water - is located in the Stockholm City Hall.
Prince Eugen was a great admirer of Norwegian nature and frequently visited Christiania (now Oslo). On 21 January 1904, Prince Eugen was appointed a Knight of the Norwegian Lion by his father.
In 1905, the union between Norway and Sweden was broken by the Parliament of Norway. Prince Eugen was suggested by the famous Norwegians for being the King of Norway. However, his father, King Oscar II of Sweden, refused to allow any of his sons to ascend the Norwegian throne.
Prince Eugen’s residence in Stockholm - Cape of Prince Eugen - is now a popular museum housing more than 3,500 works.
Cape of Prince Eugen (Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde) is located in Djurgarden Island in central Stockholm.

Grona Lund (1883)

Grona Lund is the oldest amusement park in Sweden. It ideally located on the seaside of Djurgarden Island in central Stockholm.
Grona Lund is an exciting playground for all ages. It has more than 30 attractions such as the tunnel of love, the funhouse and seven roller coasters. Grona Lund is a famous venue for rock and pop music concerts in the summer. The capacity record is held by Bob Marley, who attracted 32,000 people in 1980.


Drottningholm is the island where the Swedish King and the royal family live.

Drottningholm Palace (1699)

Drottningholm Palace is Sweden's best preserved royal palace constructed in the 17th century. The Palace is the permanent residence of the royal family.
Drottningholm Palace is designed by the famous Swedish royal architect Nicodemus Tessin the Elder. It consists of a group of palaces including the main Palace, the Palace Theater, the Chinese Pavilion and the Baroque garden behind the main palace.
The Palace Theater is the only one in the world that still uses the original stage machinery on a regular basis. The Chinese Pavilion is the oldest and biggest Chinese style royal palace in the European royal ground. And it contains one of the finest European rococo interiors with chinoiserie.
Drottningholm Palace was listed as a UNESCO World Culture Heritage Site.
Drottningholm Palace is located in Lovon, about 10 kilometers to the west of Stockholm City.

Royal Opera House of Sweden (1782)

Royal Opera House of Sweden (Kungliga Operan) has been the fascinating Swedish national venue for opera and ballet since January 18, 1773. Royal Opera House of Sweden was founded by King Gustav III.

Stockholm Concert Hall (1926)

Stockholm Concert Hall is one of Sweden's architectonic masterpieces in the neoclassical style. Stockholm Concert Hall was built especially to house the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. Apart from being a venue for world-class concerts, it hosts the annual Nobel Prize Award Ceremony and the Polar Music Prizes.

Royal Dramatic Theatre (1788)

Royal Dramatic Theatre (Kungliga Dramatiska Teatern) is Sweden's national stage for "spoken drama". Royal Dramatic Theatre was founded in 1788.


Riddarholm is the best place for a panoramic picture of the Stockholm City Hall.


Helgeandsholmen is where Swedish parliament (Riksdag) building and the Museum of Medieval Stockholm locate.


Drottninggatan means “Queen Street”. It is Stockholm’s famous pedestrian with many shops, restaurants and coffee shops.


Biblioteksgatan is Stockholm shopping street famous for luxury brands.


Tunnelbanan is Stockholm’s underground railway system. It is famous for its paintings and it is regarded as the underground art gallery of Stockholm - especially the blue lines (line 10 and 11).

Midsummer Celebrations in Sigtuna

Sigtuna is Sweden’s oldest capital. It is an extremely charming and picturesque medieval town at the shore of Lake Malaren. About 1000 years ago, Sigtuna was the Swedish royal and commercial centre for about 250 years until it moved to Stockholm. The first coin of Sweden was minted in Sigtuna in 995.
Come to Signtuna and celebrate with locals for the unique midsummer. Help to raise and maypole and dance around it in the beautiful Swedish traditional music. And taste the delicious traditional midsummer smorgasbord – a rich buffet with various herrings, salmon, whitefish, shrimps, baked ham, meatballs, pork ribs, head cheese, sausages, new potatoes, cabbage rolls, baked beans and more.
Why not to take the extremely popular and luxury cruise ship from Stockholm to Helsinki and continue your Scandinavia holiday?

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