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Things to do in Stockholm during October


Autumn activities for families, friends and couples

What to do in Stockholm in October? We have gathered our best tips of things to do in the city and archipelago – and they are all adapted for Covid-19!  Enjoy good food, beautiful nature, explore haunted forests or cruise through the archipelago – Stockholm has something for all ages!   

Brunch cruise with friends in the archipelago

The popular Brunch Cruise with classic archipelago ship S/S Stockholm departs every Saturday and Sunday from Strandvägen in central Stockholm during the autumn. Enjoy the spectacular autumnal views as you cruise through the archipelago. The brunch buffet is served in the elegant dining room and is something out of the ordinary. Here you can find classic dishes made with fresh and seasonal ingredients, as well as a generous dessert table filled with sweet treats. The cruise has been adapted to Covid-19 for everybody’s safety - fewer guests onboard, safe distances and stringent hygiene and cleaning routines. To prevent queues each table will go up to the buffet separately and plates and serving cutlery is replaced frequently.

Departs: Saturdays & Sundays 12pm

Don’t miss our special Sunday offer – on Sundays in October and November you can book the Brunch Cruise for only 495 SEK per person! Brunch buffet and cruise is included.

Halloween – Haunted Forest in Vaxholm

Do you dare visit the haunted Montebello forest in Vaxholm? Legend has it that witches and magicians were tortured in these woods and that the forest has been cursed ever since. “Haunted Forest” is a spooky 15 – 20 minute walk where you in smaller groups wander through the paths in the dark forest with a torch. During the walk you will experience the revenge of the witches – something you will not soon forget! There are two walks available, one for adults and one suitable for children age 8 – 14. 

Available dates (booking required): 24-25 & 31 October & 1 November

Autumn at Ulriksdals slottsträdgård

Ulriksdals slottsträdgård is a calm and tranquil place to visit and suitable for all ages. Here you can explore the grounds, greenhouses and garden shop. In the shop you find a wide variety of trees and bushes that are especially suited to be planted at this time of the year. In the café you can enjoy soups, sandwiches and a popular vegetarian buffet made with seasonal produce. There is also a vegetable patch where you can pick your own vegetables and flowers.

Opening hours Garden Market & Shop: Monday – Friday  kl. 11.00-18.00 (Vegetarian buffet served weekdays kl. 11.30–14.15) / Saturday - Sunday kl. 11.00-17.00 
Opening hours Garden Café: Monday – Friday  kl. 11.00-16.30 / Saturday - Sunday kl. 11.00-16.30

Evening dining cruise in the archipelago

Great restaurant tip for a group of friends or a couple looking for something special! This evening dining cruise onboard classic archipelago ship takes you along the quays of Stockholm. During the autumn when the sun sets earlier it’s fantastic to glide through the dark evening and view the lit city from the water. The restaurateurs Daniel Tingström, Jakob Bergström and Hjalmar Litzén have composed a carefully selected à la carte menu featuring seasonal and locally sourced produce. There are also vegetarian and vegan options. Fancy a drink beforehand? The Bar S/S Stockholm opens two hours prior to departure – come by and enjoy a tasty tipple in the unique art deco atmosphere.  

Departs: Fridays & Saturdays until Mid-November

Calling all shrimp lovers

Do you love shrimp? Make sure to book a table at Stromma’s popular Shrimp Cruise and enjoy the best views in Stockholm, a scenic cruise through the archipelago and unlimited shrimp! Wrap up and start the evening on the upper deck with a glass of bubbly and enjoy the view as the sun sets. Once you are seated at the table shrimp and classic condiments are served – and the food will keep coming for as long as you want! The boat will make a short bit stop at historical fortress Vaxholms Kastell where you can get off and stretch your legs. If you fancy something sweet on the way back you can take a peak at the dessert menu. 

Departs: Fridays & Saturdays throughout October

Experience Autumn at Skansen

Outdoor museum Skansen is a must-visit when in Stockholm and a perfect activity for all ages. Here you can find Nordic animals, historical buildings and a great mix of culture, trends and tradition.  There are lots of autumnal activities at Skansen, for example an orchard sporting 17 different kinds of apples. In the restaurant Stora Gungan you can enjoy a bite to eat and views over Stockholm and don’t forget to take a look in the resident craft shop! 

Opening hours: Daily during October  - see opening hours

Picking mushroom – fun for the whole family

Mushroom-picking is a quintisential Swedish autumn activity and it’s a perfect family activity. Pack a picnic and a basket and head out into the woods! Sweden has something called ”all man’s right” which means all land that is not private property is available to everyone, so feel free to pick berries and mushrooms in the forest! But don’t expect a Swede to reveal their favourite mushroom-picking location – many keep theirs a closely guarded secret! There are several different kinds of mushrooms growing at this time of the year but stick to picking the ones you know are edible. Chantarelles are always a safe bet!  

Things to think about: Only pick mushrooms you recognize (there are mushroom “guide books” available to buy), bring water and something to eat, a basket or paper bag for the mushrooms and a compass if you venture in to unknown areas.  

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