November can seem unusually long and dark, especially in Scandinavia. But no need to despair, there are plenty of things to do in Stockholm to keep you entertained – and they all have a unique historical and cultural connection to Sweden and Stockholm. Visit an exhibition of Swedish folk art, visit the world heritage site Skogskyrkogården, buy traditional crafts, enjoy a classic Swedish “Fika”, see Stockholm from the water and enjoy brunch on a historical archipelago ship – find the best tips here!
During the month of November many people visit the renowned graveyard of Skogskyrkogården in Stockholm. Take a quiet stroll and watch it come to life in the flickering light from hundreds of lanterns as the evening sets. Skogskyrkogården is a world heritage site and is usually visited by over 50 000 people during the first weekend in November, when many Swedes according to tradition light a candle to remember the dead.
Visit popular museum Nordiska museet where you can see what life and traditions were like for the Swedish people from the 1500’s until today. The exhibition “Folkkonst” shows ceramic, textiles forgery and many other forms of arts and crafts that depicts life and tradition in Sweden throughout the centuries. The items have been sourced from all over Sweden, from Överkalix in the north to till Skåne in the south. If you are interested in crafting yourself this exhibition is a must-visit!
Svensk Hemslöjd is available both online but also have a store located on Norrlandsgatan 20 in Stockholm. Here you can find beautiful ready-made handicrafts but also kits with instructions so that you can make your own traditional crafts. Browse through the handmade blankets, cushions, wooden kitchen utensils, traditional knitted cardigans, embroidery and much more! And of course you can buy Sweden’s most famous handicraft – the traditional Dala horse, which is available in several sizes and colours.
The classic Fika has become world-famous and is one of Sweden’s most loved traditions! A fika traditionally consists of coffee and seven different cakes (and preferably a cinnamon bun, too). At well renowned café Vetenkatten, that has been going since 1928, you can sample traditional cakes, buns and baked goods in a unique and cosy environment! Vetekatten was started by a lady called Ester Nordhammar, who had a vision of creating a simple bakery that would serve bread and baked goods of the highest quality. She also insisted on hiring only women (a rather bold statement in those times). She had her way and not a single man was hired until after her death n 1961.
Learn more about Stockholm with popular sightseeing tour Under the Bridges of Stockholm. The tour is 2 hours and 15 minutes long, a perfect amount of time to lean back and relax, enjoy the view and listen to the fascinating facts about Stockholm and it’s history. The tour departs from Strömkajen in central Stockholm and goes past the royal castle, Old Town and through the locks in to Lake Mälaren. You will then pass Södermalm and one of the most famous buildings in Stockholm, the City Hall. There is a café onboard where you can buy tea, coffee, snacks, cakes, beer and wine. The guiding is available in 11 different languages.
Enjoy an archipelago cruise with historical ship S/S Stockholm! The Brunch Cruise has become a firm favourite with the locals in Stockholm. Here you can find couples, groups of friends and families that have taken the opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy one of the best brunches in Stockholm. The cruise is three hours long and departs from Strandvägen in central Stockholm. S/S Stockholm was built in 1931 and decorated in classic Art Deco-style! The menu changes according to the season to make room for the best flavours and seasonal produce. There are also plenty of vegetarian dishes.
Special Sunday offer – Book Sunday brunch in November for only 495 SEK per person.