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Winter break activities in Stockholm 2021

2021-02-22
Winter break in Stockholm 2021

Top things to do for the entire family 

You don’t need to travel North to experience fun winter activities like skiing and ice skating during the winter break. Stockholm offers plenty of great activities to enjoy with friends or family.  Find inspiration for cooking outside and read our list of top activities to try during the winter break.

Cross-country skiing – find the best tracks

Around Stockholm there are plenty of places where you can enjoy a bit of cross-country skiing. At Skidspår.se you can search for available tracks in your area, and you can also see their status. Just remember that the conditions can change quickly, so make sure you check your chosen track to make sure there is enough snow on the day.

Hellasgården in Nacka 
Hellasgården is located in Nacka and here you can find ski equipment for rent if you do not have your own. There are different tracks suitable for different levels – there are tracks of 1,2 km, 2,3 km, 5 km and 5,7 km.

Vaxholms golf course at Bogesund, Vaxholm  
Just outside Vaxholm in Bogesund you can find Vaxholm’s golf course where you can find easily accessible tracks in two different loops – one that is 6,2 km and one that is 3,8 km (but they can be combined to a 10 km loop if you are looking for a longer track).

Stora Skuggan at Norra Djurgården 
At Norra Djurgården you can find the outdoor area of Stora Skuggan where there are three different cross-country tracks to choose from. There is an easy 6 km track starting at Stora Skuggan’s Wärdshus, as well as a lit 3 km track and a 1,15 km loop tracked by snow mobile.

Downhill skiing in Stockholm

Keen to enjoy a bit of downhill skiing but don’t necessarily want to travel to the mountains? Stockholm has several slopes open, but due to the current pandemic they might fill up quicker than usual as you need to prebook your SkiPass or lift pass to secure your spot in the slopes.

Hammarbybacken in central Stockholm 
In central Stockholm you can find Hammarbybacken that sports five slopes, two lifts, a snow park and a children’s area. From the top you have uninterrupted views over Stockholm. Please note that the ski rental is currently closed due to the pandemic.

Väsjöbacken in Sollentuna 
Väsjöbacken is located by Väsjön in Sollentuna. It has four slopes, six lifts and a park – suitable for beginners and more advanced skiers. The park is a fun area filled with jumps and rails.

Flottsbrobacken in Huddinge  
In the outdoor area of Flottsbro you can find Flottsbrobacken – a ski park with five slopes and three lifts, as well as a hill for sledging. There is a ski rental available if you do not have your own equipment and there is also a ski school where you can book lessons

Ice skating rinks in central Stockholm

In central Stockholm you can find several ice-skating rinks where you can skate both with and without hockey sticks. We have listed some of the rinks available in the city.

The ice rink in Kungsträdgården 
Bring your skates and helmet and enjoy some ice-skating in the city. The ice rink in Kungsträdgården is a popular spot for ice skating, but remember that ice hockey sticks and regular shoes are not allowed on the ice. This year the ice skate rental is closed due to the pandemic.

Vasaparken’s ice rink
The ice rink in Vasaparken is often full oh happy children and adults that enjoy a bit of ice skating. You can also skate with a hockey stick between 7pm and 9pm in the evening. The ice is serviced three times per day to ensure a good foundation for skating.  

Ice skating at Östermalms IP
At Östermalms IP there are several ice rinks that are available to the public during certain hours. There are hours allocated for skating both with and without hockey sticks.

Long distance ice skating  – equipment & tips

Long distance ice skating is a unique experience that treats you to nature views, speed and excitement. But it requires both respect and knowledge and security must always come first. We have gathered some popular areas that are good for long distance ice skating, current conditions permitting. All skating is at your own risk and make sure you check the ice conditions before heading out and bring appropriate equipment.

Note 2021-02-27: Warning - weak ices in Stockholm.

Rönningesjön in Täby
In the area of Täby, north of Stockholm, you can find Rönningesjön – a popular lake for long distance ice skating. If the conditions permit there is a 5 km long track cleared for ice skating.  

Edsviken by Daneryd’s hospital  
At Edsviken bay you can if the ice conditions are good enjoy natural ice on a 4km long plowed track. If weather permits you can also venture further in to the bay towards Sätra äng.  

Grönstaviken in Lidingö 
In Askriket, located on the island of Lidingö, you can find Grönstaviken where the organisation Friluftsfrämjandet will plow a 3 km long track where you can ice skate, weather permitting. The track is lined by snow banks or fir branches for guidance.  

Things to remember when you ice skate in nature

  • Make sure to bring an ice axe.  
  • Bring ice prods and a whistle – make sure you keep them high on the body (near your chin) so that you can easily reach them.  
  • Bring a lifeline that can be thrown without removing your backpack. 
  • Use a helmet.  
  • Bring a backpack – it’s handy for bringing extra clothes but is also used as a flotation device should you go through the ice.  
  • Keep your mobile phone in a waterproof cover. 
  • Always check status of the ice before you head out.  

Wintery archipelago trip

Have you ever experienced the archipelago during the winter? If you haven’t, we highly recommend a trip (there are several departures from central Stockholm) to see the archipelago in all its winter glory. If you’re lucky there might still be ice for the boat to break – an impressive experience!  
 
Brunch cruise in the archipelago  
Onboard classic archipelago ship M/S Östanå I you can enjoy a fantastic brunch, served directly to your table, as the beautiful views of the archipelago pass you by. The chef has put together a delicious menu consisting of as assorted appetizers, confit chicken, Swedish hash browns with seared salmon and browned butter and much more. Don’t forget to leave room for the delicious desserts in the final serving! 

Archipelago Tour with guide
Are you looking for an archipelago trip that will teach you more about Stockholm and its history? Then the Archipelago Tour with guide is perfect for you! The guide will tell you fascinating facts about the archipelago as you elan back and enjoy the scenic views, perhaps with a hot drink from the ship’s cafeteria in your hand.

Winter break food – cook over an open fire

Get the full winter experience and try cooking your picnic over an open fire! It’s not only tasty but warming too, especially when you have spent a long time outside in the cold. Here are our best tips of food that you can cook outside – guaranteed approval from the entire family! 

  • Hot dogs – You can’t go wrong with a hot dog! Spicy, veggie or children’s variety – there’s plenty of variation to make sure everyone gets something they enjoy  
  • Soup in a can – can easily be heated over a fire.  
  • Wraps in tinfoil – fill your wrap with something tasty, fold and wrap in tinfoil. Heat by placing it directly on top of the embers for a few minutes.  
  • Marshmallows – grilled marshmallows are a sure winner after a day out in the snow!  
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