Journey Notes: Stockholm, Sweden – Photofocus

The primary a part of the 20-day journey covers Stockholm, Sweden.

From Philadelphia, we took Iceland Air to Reykjavik Iceland the place we modified planes for the flight to Stockholm. In complete, nearly 9 hours of flight time. Don’t count on a lot in the way in which of facilities on Iceland Air. And, while you’re at Reykjavik airport, count on confusion.


Stockholm is the capital of Sweden and spans fourteen principal islands on Lake Mälaren which flows into the Baltic Sea and is related by 54 bridges. In distinction to Venice the place town is sinking, Stockholm is definitely rising because of a phenomenon generally known as postglacial rebound. That is the place the land springs up within the absence of the burden of ice sheets from the final ice age. The consequences of glacial rebound may be seen in a few of the buildings the place there may be noticeable tilting.

After a 25-minute experience from the airport to our lodge within the coronary heart of downtown Stockholm, we rested for an hour. Then we took on the path cast by Stieg Larsson in his Millennium Trilogy. This tour may be booked on-line. For the uninitiated, the primary guide of Larsson’s trilogy initially took kind within the title of “Males Who Hate Ladies” just for the unique German writer to alter it to “The Woman with the Dragon Tattoo.”

The tour begins at #1 Bellmansgatan, Sodermalm the place the novel’s protagonist, Mikael Blomkvist, has his condominium. There isn’t any street-level entrance to the condominium. It’s accessible solely from a second-story bridge that runs over Bellmansgatan to the constructing.

From this level, the two-hour tour winds its means by way of the streets of Stockholm to a few of the acquainted haunts from the novels. In the event you take this tour you’ll encounter some true die-hard followers of Stieg Larsson’s work that may have all the particulars memorized. Brush up earlier than you go.

Panoramic views and Stockholm station

For incredible panoramic views, stroll from #1 Bellmansgatan a few block and a half up Bastugatan till you see the signal for Monteliusvagen Avenue. Then dangle a proper flip and stroll up the hill to this excessive panoramic view to the North together with Gamla Stan (The Metropolis Between the Bridges). The City or Previous City as it’s identified now. Many different historic websites to the North and East in Stockholm are seen from this vantage level.

Stockholm Central Station is a sprawling advanced for practice and bus departures. There’s an excellent pedestrian arcade with many eating places and retailers. The station is price testing each for the retailers within the inside and the structure each in and out.

In the event you hail from an English-speaking nation you’ll haven’t any bother navigating your means by way of town. Nearly all the locals converse English very nicely. Swedes usually start studying English round age seven.

Excursions and the Swedish Museum of Images

An effective way to see loads whereas in Stockholm is the Hop On, Hop Off buses. They get you round a big a part of town between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. every day. You possibly can even do a Hop On, Hop Off boat tour as a part of the bus tour for just a few {dollars} extra. In the event you catch the boat, it would drop you off on any of the 9 stops it makes.

For the photographer, get off the boat on the Södermalmstop and go to Photografiska (The Swedish Museum of Images). The museum and the connected outside restaurant supply an ideal expertise.

Throughout from Photografiska is the small island of Kastellholmen. Right here there’s a small, however distinguished citadel that nearly rises out of the lake. The citadel is usually known as the Citadel. It has repeatedly flown the Swedish naval flag since 1665 indicating that the capital metropolis remains to be below Swedish management.

The procuring district

Stockholm has a vibrant procuring district closely visited by locals and vacationers alike. With a million residents in central Stockholm plus vacationers, it could actually make for a really crowded expertise nearly anyplace you go. On the nook of Olof Palmes Gata and Drotninggatan, there’s an Espresso Home the place we stopped for a espresso and a few people-watching. The throngs of buyers have been nonstop the complete time. We even witnessed a pedestrian and driver getting right into a slap battle in the course of visitors after the pedestrian made some disparaging comment to the car’s driver.

Stockholm Post Office edifice
Stockholm Submit Workplace edifice

Nobel Peace Prize

On Dec. 10 every year, the Nobel Prize awards ceremony is held on the Live performance Corridor on Haymarket Sq.. Later that day, a dinner honoring the winners is held at Metropolis Corridor. The one exception is for the Peace Prize, which is awarded in Oslo, Norway. It is because Nobel felt Norway was probably the most peaceable nation on earth since they’d by no means initiated a struggle.

There’s a lot to see and do in Stockholm. You may simply spend 5 days or extra testing all of the landmarks and different locations of curiosity.

In Stockholm, we board the ship that may take us to our remaining stops. The transit of Lake Mälaren takes about three hours and as soon as we hit the Baltic Sea the ship rapidly picks up pace. This journey to Helsinki takes about seventeen hours in complete.

Editor’s Be aware: This can be a four-part article from our reader, Bob McCormac. It encompasses a 20-day journey to the Nordic international locations that spawned the Vikings and the place they left their mark on civilization. In most areas, these direct influences have lengthy since been erased however the impression on the cultures remains to be obvious in every nation.

Bob McCormac

Bob’s father was an avid hobbyist photographer who helped kindle Bob’s curiosity in pictures. When he was about 10 years outdated, his father seen his curiosity in what he did round taking images. He gave Bob an outdated ANSCO Readyflash digicam that shot 620 movie. His father confirmed Bob the fundamentals which was just about simply tips on how to load the movie, click on the shutter, and advance the movie to the subsequent body. He gave him a roll of movie and mentioned go strive it out.

That was the beginning of it, though it will be nearly one other fifteen years after that preliminary expertise earlier than Bob’s curiosity returned in a measurable means. Since 2011, he’s pursued pictures as greater than a passion and seemed to be inventive within the course of.

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