Can you believe that I actually spent less than a hundred pounds in Stockholm, the capital city of Sweden which by the way, is part of the Scandinavia. For your information, all Scandinavian countries are considered to be very expensive even by western standard, and those who traveled with a small budget usually avoided these countries. In fact, none of the Scandinavian countries were on my list of places to see. However, as luck has it, I found a GBP40 return fare from Ryanair and I snagged it up immediately. It was definitely a lot cheaper compare to the cost of flying from Kuala Lumpur to Sabah/Sarawak.
- Underground Arts – The subway in Stockholm is considered to be the world longest art exhibit. Most of the stations have been decorated with various art forms, ranging from paintings to sculptures and mosaics, and it was rather fun to hunt them down.
- Gamla Stan – Visit the Old Town of Stockholm. Gamla Stan was considered to be one of the largest medieval towns in all of Europe. Enjoy a stroll in the town and take a look at the shops selling various merchandise. Or, pack a small picnic and enjoy the sunset at the south-western waterfront.
- Swedish Meatballs – Sweden is the birthplace of IKEA, and what do you think of when you think of IKEA? Meatballs! I did not manage to visit IKEA. However, I did enjoy some meatballs at ‘Meatballs for the People’. It was quite expensive by Malaysian standard, but was considered cheap in Stockholm. I managed to get there few minutes before the end of their lunch deal. From 11 am to 4 pm, for the price of SEK125 (GBP10.60/RM60.50) , you get to enjoy their meatballs of the day.
- Skansen Open-Air Museum – This is literally the best museum I have ever been to. You get to witness life as it was in the 1891, which was the year the museum was open making it the oldest open air museum in the world. Walk into any of the old house, ask questions if you have any, and touch anything you want (carefully!). In fact, you might stumble upon someone making cheese. Stay and learn about the process. Watch the lynx playing with its young. Make funny faces at the pigs. There are plenty of things you can do and you can easily spend the whole day there. While the price is a bit steep (SEK100-180), it is well worth it. Oh! Don’t forget to bring your own water and snacks if you want to save some money.
- Swim and Sauna – How about a dip in the lake? Or spend 15 minutes in the hot sauna? Or both? Or keep jumping from one to another? Near Stockholm lies a place called Hellasgarden. At SEK65, you can use their sauna. The dip is free though. However, for some, you might experience a bit of culture shock as the Swedish are very open minded and tend to use the sauna without an ounce of clothing on them. You might even see man and children jumping into the lake butt-naked.
Out of all the Scandinavian countries I have visited, Sweden is by far the best. My biggest expenses for the 3D2N trip were for the return coach ticket from the airport.
However, I’d definitely go back to Stockholm again, hopefully in winter. According to Hellasgarden website, you can take a dip in the lake during winter. How cool is that?