Stockholm

When we first started planning this trip, we brainstormed a massive list of cities we'd always wanted to see. We drafted an itinerary and started booking places to stay - until we rewrote it at the last minute to include Scandinavia.

Södermalm

Turns out missing it really would have been a huge mistake.

Il Caffé Söder

Stockholm is a bustling city. It moves faster than Copenhagen and appears to offer inferior cycling infrastructure, but we didn't mind - the city's layout, which spans a handful of small islands, manages to still feel like the type of place you could live and work (as opposed Venice, which feels like more of a time capsule.)

Gamla Stan

We based out of Gamla Stan which, although touristy, is small and smack in the centre of everything - making for walkable access to Normmalm/Östermalm (the north) and Södermalm (the south.) The former is more of a wealthy area with many museums and historical sights; we spent a few hours at the Vasamuseet, which houses one of the largest preserved archaeological artefacts in the world.

Vasa

Södermalm is more our speed. Cafes, craft beer, unbelievable food and swarms of cyclists make up a thrilling neighbourhood that would take much longer than a few days to properly explore.

Emma

Yesterday we boarded a boat to Vaxholm, where the spent the day for a change of pace. With most of our time spent in the heart of Europe's major cities, it was nice to unwind somewhere a bit more laid-back. It's also pretty fascinating to discover that some people live out on rural islands in the Stockholm archipelago; commuting in to the city in under an hour by water.

The Archipelago

It seems pretty natural to compare Copenhagen and Stockholm: both capitals of Scandinavian countries, both united under a common flag at one point, their languages observably similar. But where the former seems to be more idyllic and (very well) designed, Stockholm feels more rough around the edges - and I love that.

Fabrique Gamla Stan

Now we're off to Berlin.

Doug Estey
Doug Estey

A software engineer in Toronto.