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Guide to Midsummer 2021 – celebrations in Stockholm


Best tips of celebrations in the city & the archipelago

Did you know that  Midsummer” literally means “the middle of summer”, as its celebrated on the longest day of the year. This is one of the biggest holidays in Sweden, and to help you plan your Midsummer weekend we have put together a guide of celebrations in Stockholm – both at sea, in the city or in the archipelago. You can also learn how to bind a traditional Midsummer flower crown step by step. At the bottom of this page you can find a map of where all the celebrations take place.

Midsummer’s lunch onboard M/S Prins Carl Philip

During the Midsummer weekend you can enjoy a special Midsummer two course lunch onboard classic archipelago ship M/S Prins Carl Philip. The cruise departs from Klara Mälarstrand and takes you through beautiful Lake Mälaren and out to Drottningholm Palace and back. The menu consists of classic Swedish dishes such as herring, new potatoes, roast beef and a fresh salad – all with the best seasonal ingredients.

Opening hours/Departure: 25-27 June – 12pm and 2pm  
How to get here: Klara Mälarstrand, berth 5 
Booking: Book a table in the restaurant onboard M/S Prins Carl Philip for guaranteed seat.

Midsummer at Skansen

The midsummer celebrations at outdoor museum Skansen is a tradition loved by many. This year Skansen have adapted their celebrations to make sure everyone can keep a safe distance. Rather than one big Midsummer pole there will be several, as well as lots of locations for picnics around the park. There will be activities for all ages and traditional flower decorations.  
Opening hours/Departure: Daily 10 am – 4pm 
How to get here: Djurgårdsslätten 49-51, Royal Djurgården  
Booking: Tickets to Skansen must be prebought on Ticketmaster.  

Traditional Midsummer at Grinda

On the archipelago island of Grinda you can join the Midsummer celebrations starting before lunch when people gather to collect flowers and greenery to decorate the pole with. During the afternoon the Midsummer pole will be raised and there will be a safe celebration with a live musician but without the traditional dancing. At Grinda Wärdshus you can enjoy a special Midsummer’s menu or you can bring your own picnic to enjoy somewhere on the island. 

Opening hours/Departure: 25-27 June – boat departs at 10 am and 4.30pm from Strandvägen 
How to get here: Travel to Grinda with the Cinderella Boats from Stockholm   
Booking: Prebook your ticket with the Cinderella Boats online for guaranteed space onboard. Book at table at Grinda Wärdshus.

Live music at Sandhamn

On the island of Sandhamn you can celebrate Midsummer by enjoying a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants on the island, such as Seglarhotellet or Wärdshuset to name a few. This year the islands own association will hold a small celebration where their fiddlers will trail through the harbour playing and singing classic songs.

Opening hours/Departure: 25-27 June – boat departs at 10 am and 4.30pm from Strandvägen 
How to get here: Travel to Sandhamn with the Cinderella Boats from Stockholm   
Booking: Prebook your ticket with the Cinderella Boats online for guaranteed space onboard.  

Brunch cruise with S/S Stockholm 

Celebrate Midsummer with one of the best brunches in Stockholm. Onboard classic archipelago ship S/S Stockholm you will enjoy delicious food and fantastic views over the Stockholm archipelago. The brunch buffet is filled with classic Swedish favourites, exciting taste combinations and plenty of vegetarian dishes.

Opening hours/Departure: 25-27 June at 12pm 
How to get here: Strandvägen, berth 16 
Booking: Book your brunch cruise with S/S Stockholm online

Step by step – DIY Midsummer flower crown

A traditional flower crown is a must at the Midsummer celebration and you can easily make your own with your favourite flowers.

Good to have: 

  • Wire 
  • Plan ties 
  • Flower tape 
  • Secateurs 
  • Silk ribbon 
  • Flowers  
  • Greenery

DIY Midsummer flower crown in 5 steps

  1. Wrap the wire in flower tape and make a loop in each end  
  2. Attach plant ties to the wire  
  3. Use the plan ties to attach the flowers to the wire a few at the time  
  4. Alternate flowers and greenery until the whole wire is covered 
  5. Attach the silk ribbon to the loops in the wire and tie a bow – this makes it easy to adjust the size of the crown.

Midsummer guide – map of celebrations in Stockholm  

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