Explore Stockholm on Northern Lights Holidays
Northern Lights holidays can really benefit from a few days in Stockholm. Here are three highlights not to be missed in the city.
Although on Northern Lights holidays it is, of course, the theatrical spectacle of the lights themselves that are the undisputable highlight, there is so much more to discover in this special part of the world. When looking at the many Northern Lights holidays on offer, why not consider one that offers you the opportunity to explore a little more of the area?
One of the most delightful cities in Europe, the capital of Sweden makes a lovely addition to the itinerary of Northern Lights holidays. This city of culture deserves recognition and is definitely worth a couple of days to explore. If you are indeed staying in the city for two days, it may be worth buying the Stockholm card, which offers the most cost effective way to see lots of the main highlights.
As in most cities, Stockholm has several hop-on, hop-off tours either by boat or bus. These tours provide a great way to orientate yourself in the city and give you a general insight into what the city has to offer.
The VASA museum is a real hit in the city, and when see the centrepiece of the 17th century ship you will soon see why. This unique treasure is adorned with hand carved sculptures and, thanks to careful preservation, more than 95% of what you see is original. It is hard to believe this ship remained undiscovered for over 300 years after it sank in 1628. The restoration team is continuing their hard work and the ship is slowly revealing its former glory. The museum boasts nine exhibitions that tell you all about how life was onboard this wonderful vessel. There is a short film shown in 16 languages and there is a café and small souvenir shop as well.
For avid or budding photographers, a trip to Fotografiska should be included on the itinerary. This relatively new museum is full to the brim with fine examples of contemporary photography, spread over four major exhibitions and several smaller ones. There is a gift shop, a restaurant and a bar that offers some of the best views in the city.
The Nobel Museum
The Nobel Museum is located right in the heart of the city, in the gorgeous Old Town. Here you can get an insight into the story of the renowned Nobel Prize and its founder, Alfred Nobel. There are guided tours, films, and a display of unusual objects that depict the interesting history of this prestigious prize. There is a gift shop as well, and the café at the museum is a real highlight, serving the delectable Nobel ice cream.
Northern Lights holidays can be made even more enjoyable and fulfilling by spending a couple of days in the wonderful city of Stockholm at the beginning or end of your trip. The three highlights above just scratch the surface of its myriad attractions.
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Kevin Collins is director of Aurora Nights, who offer a select range of trips to see the Northern Lights. For Northern Lights holidays, Iceland and Swedish Lapland offer an excellent chance to encounter the aurora borealis. Aurora Nights is part of Weekend a la Carte, a family-run company passionate about client service, with a vast in-depth knowledge based on extensive travels to region of the Aurora Borealis.