How to Spend 3 Days in Stockholm

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With three days in Stockholm, you have plenty of time to soak in the city’s atmosphere, see its most famous sights—by both land and water—and even head out of town for a history- or nature-filled day trip into the surrounding countryside. Here’s how to experience the best of Stockholm in 72 memorable hours.

Day 1: See the City’s Sights
Spend your first day in the Swedish capital getting your bearings and hitting the top sights. There are multiple ways to explore Stockholm. You can take a bus tour or a boat tour, or a combination of both. Guided tours by both bus and boat typically take visitors to major attractions including the Royal Palace, City Hall, and the Vasa Museum, and conclude with a cruise around the Stockholm archipelago. With many miles of bike lanes and a population for whom pedaling is a part of life, Stockholm is an exceptionally bike-friendly city, so another option is a guided bicycle tour, which has the added benefit of reaching places missed by big buses. Alternatively, a hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus or boat tour allows you to set your own schedule, create your own itinerary, and spend as long as you like at each stop before continuing along the route.

Day 2: Get Out on the Water
As Stockholm is spread across 14 islands, water is a crucial element in the very existence of Stockholmers. Immerse yourself in this aspect of Stockholm life on a sailing or kayaking tour around the archipelago—which is made up of around 3,000 islands in total. Tours typically include onshore time on one of the islands and the opportunity to swim in the water; many often also provide lunch.

If you’d rather not stray too far from the city center, you can cruise Stockholm’s central canals and islands on a sightseeing tour by boat. Tours typically offer historical and cultural insight into the city as you glide through tranquil waterways lined with interesting architecture and leafy vegetation, and past such central islands as Reimersholme, Långholmen, and Kungsholmen.

Continue the watery theme by boarding a dinner cruise. Tours typically include a 3-course meal, offering dinner with a view and a relaxing way to top off the day.

Day 3: Venture into Viking or Wildlife Territory
Sweden is, of course, land of the Vikings, and you can uncover some of the secrets of this heritage during a full-day trip from Stockholm into the surrounding countryside. Tours typically head to historic sites such as the ruins of an ancient Viking parliament, runic stones, and burial mounds. Viking heritage–focused tours usually also visit Sigtuna, Sweden’s longest established town, and the Norse religion cultic center of Gamla Uppsala.

If you’re more interested in the natural world than ancient history, you can take a wildlife-focused evening excursion from Stockholm. Tours typically head into the rural landscapes surrounding the Swedish capital, delving into the dense forest to track wild boar, hares, deer, and elk, who are all at their most active at the beginning and end of the day.
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Stockholm in One Day Sightseeing Tour

Explore Stockholm by bus and boat on this 2.5-hour tour that covers all of the city's highlights. Aboard a comfortable coach, tour the city's highlights like Stadshuset (City Hall), the island of Djurgården, the Vasa Museum and Kungliga Slottet (the Royal Palace). Then hop on to a canal boat to cruise around the city's scenic archipelago and end with a fantastic photo op of the coastal city's skyline. This comprehensive tour is ideal for those with limited time in Sweden's capital city.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Stockholm City Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Tour

Glide through Stockholm's scenic canals during this hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour. Cruise by all the city's important landmarks like Kungliga Slottet (the Royal Palace), Gamla Stan (Old Town), the Gröna Lund amusement park and the Vasa Museum. Disembark at any of the 8 waterfront stops and spend as much time as you like exploring, or remain on the boat and enjoy the informative audio commentary. Your ticket is valid for a full 24 hours and allows discounted admission to many city attractions.
  • Duration: 1 day
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City Sightseeing Stockholm Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

See the spectacular sights of Stockholm during a City Sightseeing hop-on, hop-off bus tour. Disembark whenever an attraction captures your interest then simply await the next City Sightseeing bus when you want to continue your tour. Venture to 26 stops scattered around the city, seeing legendary landmarks like the Vasa Museum, the Stockholm Royal Palace and the Gamla Stan. Enjoy the freedom and flexibility of this experience in the sparkling capital of Sweden.
  • Duration: 24 to 72 hrs
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Stockholm Bike Tour

Cycle around Stockholm's central islands during this 3-hour guided sightseeing tour on a bike. Follow your local cyclist guide to the city's most important landmarks and stop by some hidden gems as well, many of which are only accessible by bike or on foot. Stockholm's general bike-friendliness and many cycling lanes make it easy to explore on two wheels. Visit Kungliga Slottet (the Royal Palace), the Swedish Parliament, the stately Royal Dramatic Theatre and Gamla Stan (Old Town) with engaging, informative commentary from your guide. Bikes and helmets are provided.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Sunset Wildlife Safari from Stockholm

Explore Sweden's forests and view the native wildlife on this 4-hour sunset safari. Departing from Stockholm with a local guide, travel by comfortable minivan from the city out into the more rural landscapes surrounding the Swedish capital. Delve into the dense forest to track wild boar, hares, deer and elk. Take a short forest hike and pause to check out some ancient Viking runes. Embarking on the safari at sunset ups the chances of coming upon these creatures, who are most active during the beginning and end of the day.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Stockholm Archipelago Sailing Adventure

Spend the day on a yacht in Stockholm's scenic archipelago during this full-day excursion from Vaxholm. All hands are on deck as you help steer and crew the ship yourself under the direction of an expert skipper. Disembark on a picturesque island to explore its rocky shores and swim in the bracing ocean. Enjoy a traditional Swedish lunch on board the boat. No sailing experience is necessary to enjoy this day on the water, and all equipment is provided.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Tour: Stockholm Bike Tour Including Kungsholmen, Långholmen and Södermalm Islands

Cycle through Stockholm's top attractions and hidden gems on this 3-hour private bike tour with a local guide. Pedal through Kungsholmen and Södermalm, tour the medieval neighborhood of Gamla Stan (Old Town), and stop by landmarks like the Ridddarholmskyrkan and the Stadhuset (City Hall). Along the way, stop for a 'fika', a traditional Swedish coffee and pastry break at a local café. Use of a bicycle is included.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Kayaking Tour of Stockholm Archipelago

Paddle your way through Stockholm's archipelago on this full-day kayaking tour. Whether you are a novice or an experienced kayaker, this excursion allows you to immerse yourself in the rugged beauty of the unspoiled wilderness found just offshore from Sweden's cosmopolitan capital city. Kayak to a secluded island for a refreshing swim, lunch and a traditional afternoon coffee break, or 'fika'. Paddling instruction from an expert guide and all kayaking gear is included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Stockholm Historical Canal Tour

Cruise Stockholm's central canals and islands on a 50-minute sightseeing tour by boat. Learn about the history and culture of Sweden's capital through the boat's engaging audio commentary while you glide through tranquil waterways lined with interesting architecture and leafy vegetation. Pass the islands of Remersholme, Langholmen and Kungsholmen, each of which has its own interesting historical role in the city's urban development. This seasonal tour runs from May 31 through August 17 only.
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