I found my first Winter in Stockholm nightmarish… I was totally unprepared for how dark and relentless it was. The only thing I could do was get out. So, I started walking with the stroller. It helped that S was happy to snooze and nap whilst in her pram. You must think I am CRAZY to suggest stroller walks in Stockholm at this time of year. Getting out and about at this time of year is the best way to beat the Winter blues. There are fewer hours of daylight and the cold weather just makes you want to hole up in a ball with a big blanket. But, catching those few hours of sun, doing some excercise and enjoying Stockholm in it’s winter months is how to make the most of these next few months. After all, “what good is the warmth of Summer, without the cold of Winter to give it sweetness.”
Below are 4 different walks that I did whilst I was a “buggy bandit” last Winter. They are all slightly different and offer new perspectives on the City. All of them take place near water. I have a deep love for the Stockholm water-ways and that really brightened my days during last Winter. I hope it does for you, too.
Gamla Stan – Ridderholmen – Norr Mälastrand – Rålambhovsparken – Långholmen – Södra Mälarstrand – Slussen
Start: T-bana Gamla Stan
Finish: T-bana Slussen
Time: 1-2 hours
This walk shows off Stockholm’s diverse architecture, natural beauty and landscape. From the historic Old Town to the green spaces of Rålambshov and Långholmen.
St Eriksgatan – Karlberg Slott – Kungsholmen beach – Stadshuset – Norr Mälarstrand – Rådhuset
Start: T-bana St Eriksgatan
Finish: T-bana Rådhuset
Length: 6.5 km
Time: 2 hours
The walk along the Mälaren, past Karlberg Castle and through City Hall is a stunning example of Stockholm’s architecture and waterways.
Färgfabriken – Trekantsparken – Vinterviken Trädgård – Aspuddsparken – Aspudden
Finish: T-bana Aspudden
Time: 2 hours
A wilderness walk in the heart of the city. Along the walk, cosy up in 1 of 3 great fika spots 1) Färgfabriken 2) Winterviken 3) Vinterviken Trädgården.
Kungsträdgården – Skeppsholmsbron – Moderna Museet – Skeppsholmen – Kungsträdgården – Strömbron – Gamla Stan
Start: T-bana Kungsträdgården
Finish: T-bana Gamla stan
Time: 1.5 hours
A walk via water ways and quays that includes opportunities to for cultural insight and fika stops. Museums included in this walk are Moderna Museet, Östasiatiska and Arkitekturmuseet.
Another great way to get out and about with a stroller is to join an organised walk. There are several organised walking tours in Stockholm. Some of them are more suitable than others for strollers. I would highly recommend getting in touch with Ira Stromberg via her Facebook group Weekday Guided Walks in Stockholm. Ira is a brilliant, accredited tour guide who guides for Stockholm Stadshuset and Astrid Lindgren’s Home. In her spare time she arranges guided tours for buggies and strollers throughout Stockholm.
Check out her blog and her Facebook group for more details on when the next stroller walks start.