Long evenings on a warm reindeer hide by the cracking fireplace and the magical Northern Lights shimmering in the polar night sky: the Swedish winter really does have its advantages. And another asset is that snow is one hundred percent guaranteed. The first snowflakes fall in October and by February, when the country enjoys its annual ‘Sportlov’ or winter holiday, the Swedes flock en masse to the slopes. The lucky residents of Stockholm don’t even have to leave town.
Experienced and adventurous skiers prefer the larger and more challenging ski resorts of Romme Alpin, Åre and Riksgränsen. But one can also find a relaxing slalom run closer to home. Just below Södermalm is Hammarbybacken, a ski area with wonderful views of Stockholm’s twinkling city lights which is easily accessible by public transportation. Nearby are 2 other winter playgrounds where children and snowboarders are also welcome. Visit a museum in the morning, frolic in the snow in the afternoon, and finish the day with an elegant dinner: Stockholm has it all!