WARNING: THE FOLLOWING POST CONTAINS PHOTOS DEPICTING NUDITY (IN THE NAME OF ART)
Despite however we tired we were after an overnight bus from Oslo to Stockholm and 16 hours of nonstop walking, the 15 of us still went out on a Wednesday night:
We crashed around 3:30am and many of us didn’t even wake up until past noon. But we all felt like champs, finally getting our first full night’s rest in 3 days.
The 5 of us in the group set off early in the morning for the day-long tour of the archipelago 2 hours away from Stockholm, while the rest of us set off in the afternoon at around 1:30pm for the 25 minute walk to the south of old town, boarding the 10 minute ferry for Skansen and the island itself (about $4-$5 USD per person). We got there around 3pm
Skansen costs about $15-$20/per person USD to get in, so we roped in 4 strangers on the line to get the group discount (about $2 USD off per person).
Skansen is the world’s first open-air museum that recreates how medieval Scandinavians used to live. It’ll take a whole day to fully appreciate everything here as it’s an entire island that boats its own eco-system, zoo, aquarium, etc. Mostly geared for families, the island managed to captivate our attention for about a good 2-3 hours.
In our opinion, Skansen’s highlight was the northern zoo:
Afterwards we reboarded the ferry back to the south of Old Town, from where we walked southeast to the other side of the river to check out the fascinating Fotografiska museum. Anyone who appreciates photography must come here (~90 SEK admission fee).
Afterwards we walked 10 minutes towards the nearest subway/metro station where we headed 2 stops over to T-Centralen station to begin our very own DIY underground art tour, which I had just planned on the fly with the Photography Museum’s free wifi.
Out of nearly 100 stations in Stockholm’s Metro, 90 have significant art installations designed by over 150 artists. We decided to visit the 10 or so that have been popping up all over the internet as part of all these “Top #” lists like “28 Incredibly Beautiful Places You Won’t Believe Actually Exist“, “25 Places That Look Not Normal, But Are Actually Real“…
Here are the ones we recommend and what we did, in order (the whole thing took us about hour and a half)…
Start at T-Centralen (Blue/Red/Green Lines):
Take the blue line one stop east to Kungstradgarden (Blue Line), which features remains of the old Stockholm Makalös palace:
Head across the platform and take the Blue Line in the other direction 2 stops to Radhuset (Blue Line):
Continue on the same train 4 stops in the same direction northeast-ish to Solna Centrum (Blue Line):
Head across the platform again and take the blue line 3 stops in the opposite direction south to Fridhemsplan and switch to the Green line heading 1 stop west to Thoridsplan (Green Line), which has a Nintendo theme:
Head across the platform once more and take the Green Line east 6 stops to T-Centralen and stay on the same platform to switch to the Red Line heading north 3 stops to Tekniska Högskolan (Red Line):
Then head again across the platform to take the Red Line in the opposite direction heading south 1 stop to Stadion (Red Line):
Then on the same train for 1 more stop southwards to Östermalmstorg (Red Line), which features art pieces on women’s rights, peace, and the environment:
After that we wrapped up our underground metro tour and scavenged for late night dinner:
Then we went out to Soap Bar later that night for dancing (apparently it’s good every night with a great, young, international crowd), and then East bar a few blocks down for drinks: