Today we got the City Bikes pass so we can bike around the city for three days. We really wanted to rent bikes in Stockholm, or even go on a bike tour, and decided this was the best deal. The three-day pass was 165 SEK and the full season pass (you can bike around Stockholm all summer long!) is just 300 SEK.
Stockholm is an amazing city for biking. Most of the islands are pretty flat and there are dedicated bike lanes and bike paths all over. There’s a bike station near our hostel, so we grabbed two bikes and rode over to Djurgarden. We stopped to take a few photos before dropping our bikes off at the station on Djurgarden. It’s down near the amusement park and the ferry terminal.
Djurgarden used to be the king’s private hunting preserve and is today filled with museums, parks and waterfront paths. It’s a perfect spot to bike around without worrying about traffic.
We sat and ate a picnic lunch outdoors before visiting the ABBA museum. Entry is a little expensive at 250 SEK but it’s a really fun, unique museum. We got so excited doing ABBA karaoke in the mock recording studio that we forgot there were people outside listening, and then were embarrassed when we pulled back the curtain to step out.
We also had a ton of fun recording our own music video. The experience made for a lot of laughs.
Back outside we debated between visiting the Spritmuseum (a museum dedicated to spirits, specifically Absolut Vodka) and biking around the island. Since it was such a gorgeous day, we returned to the Djurgarden bike station, swiped our passes and grabbed two bikes again.
The island is covered in paths so we just picked one and started riding in a big loop around the island. Along the way we enjoyed stop offs on the water, at Rosendals Slott (a pink palace!) and outside the Nordiska Museet.
In the evening we grabbed fika at our hostel’s cafe before making plans for dinner. We decided to walk over to Gamla Stan to try the Hermitage vegetarian buffet. It was so good.
It’s always nice to find a healthy wholesome meal while traveling, especially if it has a local twist. And by the way, they love vegetable lasagna here. We sat outside at Hermitage even though it was getting chilly. One thing we’ve noticed is all the cafes and restaurants provide blankets for their outdoor seating. How cute (and smart) is that?
After dinner we met our German roommate and walked up to Gondolen for sunset views. Gondolen is a fancy restaurant, and a lot of people were sitting out enjoying cocktails, but you can also just walk out onto the suspended walkway, past the people dining, to enjoy the view.
Tomorrow is Midsummer’s eve and we can’t wait to see how this holiday is celebrated. We’ve been promised flower crown making, a maypole and lots of traditional food!