According to SMHI the metrological definition of spring is when the average temperature during the day is between 0 and 10 days for a consecutive 7 days in a row. According to the calendar spring occurs during the months of March, April and May. But a sure sign of spring is when you can enjoy the warmer sunshine, light, spring flowers and chirping birds. We have gathered our top 6 tips of things to do in Stockholm this spring – see the map at the bottom of this page for locations.
Have you ever experienced the blossoming of the cherry flowers in Kungsträdgården? If not, make sure not to miss it as it’s one of the most popular spring signs in Stockholm. Stand under the trees and watch the pink Japanese “Sakura”, or cherry blossoms, billow.
Stromma’s popular sightseeing tours have finally started again for the season – a sure sign that spring has arrived in Stockholm. There are a few to choose from, pick your favourite and discover the city from the water. Under the bridges of Stockholm is a complete sightseeing tour where you during approximately two hours get to experience the most famous sights, views and areas in Stockholm. The tour takes you under twelve bridges and through the locks between Lake Mälaren and Saltsjön. The Royal Canal Tour takes you from central Stockholm, through the lush Djurgården Canal and around the island of Royal Djurgården where you can see historical buildings and beautiful nature views. Both tours are guided in several languages and there is a café onboard where you can buy hot and cold drinks and snacks.
Ramson is one of spring’s many delicacies, and you can even pick it yourself in the woods. It thrives in shady and damp conditions in deciduous forests. The stalk is light green and has a triangular shape and the leaves are long and flat. If you smell the ramson it will smell strongly of onion and the taste is similar to a mix of chives and garlic. You can use ramson to make your own flavoured butter – a delicious accompaniment to new potatoes. You can also make a pesto that goes very well with pasta.
The regal heron is an eye-catching bird that usually sparks interest from people passing by. Duting the spring you can visit Isbladskärret on the island of Royal Djurgården and watch the herons return to their nests high up in the trees. The colony here has grown and currently hosts up to 60 nests. The area gets livelier in April when the chicks hatch.
TIP – If you want to experience the herons you can book a ticket with sightseeing tour Royal Canal Tour that passes right by the heron colony.
Nothing says spring more than the undeniable longing for ice cream. Why not visit Stockholm’s Glasshus and try one (or more) of their 48 different flavours. You can find their factory, shop and café in the area of Vasastan. Another popular destination for ice cream is Glass på hörnet, located in the small archipelago town Vaxholm. From here you can enjoy an ice cream with views over historical Vaxholm’s Kastell and the boats on the water. Snö Gelateria is another top tip – here you can find high quality gelato and exiting flavours. You can find them on Odengatan and Kvarnholmen in Nacka.
TIP – If you fancy an ice cream in Vaxholm you can travel there from Strandvägen in central Stockholm with archipelago ship M/S Östanå I. Book ticket online in advance for guaranteed spot.
In nature reserve Bogesund just outside Vaxholm you can enjoy some beautiful spring flowers. There are plenty of hiking tracks to enjoy here and during spring the ground practically explodes with colour. Is there anything more spring like than wandering through a sea of flowers and listening to the birds’ chirping.