Day 3: Spend the day in Djurgården, home to many recreation areas and parks. It is one of Stockholmers’ favorite places to visit when the weather is nice. Djurgården is home to some of Stockholm’s most visited museums – the Vasa Museum, Skansen, the ABBA Museum, the Viking Museum, and the Nordic Museum.
We started our day at the Vasa Museum, one of the most visited museums in Scandinavia. It houses the only almost completely intact 17th century ship that has ever been salvaged. Vasa is a warship that sunk on her maiden voyage in 1628. Prior to sinking, she was slated to be one of the most powerful warships at the time.
The ship itself is a wonder to behold – but looking at the replicas of what it would’ve looked like is where you really get a feeling of the splendor of the ship.
We then headed over to Skansen, an open-air museum and zoo. It features a replica of an average 19th-century town, with craftsmen in traditional dress such as tanners, shoemakers, silversmiths, bakers and glass-blowers.
There are also a ton of outdoor animal exhibits with Scandinavian animals including the bison, brown bear, moose, grey seal, lynx, otter, reindeer, wolf, and wolverine.
The indoor zoo and aquarium is a separate price from the open-air section of Skansen, but it’s only a couple of extra dollars and makes for a great cold-weather activity.
This is how we spent our 3 days in Stockholm – but there are truly tons more to do and we cannot wait to go back and visit J and N and see even more of the city! Make sure you check out my Fika in Stockholm and Food in Stockholm posts coming soon.