15 Best Stockholm Tours

With nearly one million inhabitants, Stockholm is Sweden’s most populous city.

It is also the capital of the country and lies on a particularly beautiful Baltic coastline dotted with countless islands.

The city is home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the Royal Palace and Parliament, but it also has a contemporary art, food and music scene, making it a popular destination for the young, hip and bohemian crowd.

Outdoor recreation also abounds, and there are many guided tour options to explore the surrounding countryside, perfect for those looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

1. Christmas Spirit Walking Tour

Christmas in Stockholm

For those with flexible holiday schedules, Christmas in Stockholm is a wonderful experience.

In November, the city is filled with lights, decorations and ebullient carols, exuding festive joy.

On this Christmas spirit walking tour, guests and their guides will celebrate the season by exploring the old town in the late afternoon as the sky begins to fade over the city.

Participants will learn about Swedish Christmas traditions and taste mulled wine and gingerbread cookies.

The tour begins in the late afternoon, lasts about 75 minutes, and requires a lot of moderate walking.

If you have waterproof shoes, keep warm and wear waterproof shoes.

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2. Royal Bridge and Canal Cruise

Stockholm South

Surrounded by canals, inlets, islands and historic bridges, Stockholm is a city worth exploring from the water.

On this cruise, guests will take a boat tour of the Royal Palace in the Old Town, after which they will set off to explore the archipelago around the city center.

From the boat, guests can enjoy panoramic views of some of Stockholm’s main attractions, such as the vibrant architecture of Gamla Stan, the Royal Game Park on Djurgarden Island and the chic streets of Södermalm.

There is free Wi-Fi, clean bathrooms and a café on board.

Audio guides are also available in more than ten languages.

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3. Stockholm Vegetarian, Vegan and Raw Food Tour

Veggie Burger

The Södermalm neighborhood is one of the city’s trendiest culinary destinations.

With an impressive mix of traditional and modern restaurants and cafes, it has become a hub for raw, vegan and vegetarians who don’t like to cook at home.

Along with their guides, tour participants will experience some of the best food the city has to offer, while learning about the culture and history, and rubbing shoulders with locals and international tourists.

The restaurant has multiple influences, including Asian, Middle Eastern, and of course Scandinavian.

Tours last four hours, meet at a central location, and begin later in the morning.

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4. Stockholm Highlights 2-Hour Segway Tour

Stockholm Royal Theatre

Touring historic cities like Stockholm with fancy contraptions like the Segway is a great way to see the sights and experience the great outdoors without much physical exertion.

After meeting with your guide and learning how to use your Segway safely, you will pass many famous sights such as the Theatre Royal, Opera House and Parliament Buildings.

Participants will benefit from the leader’s insight along the way. For first-time visitors, this is a great opportunity to familiarize yourself with the city’s layout and discover things you’ll want to explore on your own in the future.

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5. ABBA Museum Skip-the-Line Ticket

ABBA Museum in Stockholm

The unabashed dance queen who finds herself in Stockholm is always ecstatic to find an entire museum dedicated to 70s Swedish supergroup ABBA.

With these valuable skip-the-line tickets, guests will waltz through the crowds on busy days and revel in the museum’s collection of ABBA-related paraphernalia.

Items on display include gold records, gorgeous original costumes, recording equipment and the actual instruments used by the band.

Guests are free to present themselves at their own pace. With so much to see and do, there’s really no need to waste money on an expensive and overly chatty tour guide.

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6. Best Pub Crawl and Nightlife Tour

Stockholm's famous ice bar

This 7-hour tour of the best bars and nightlife is more of a marathon than a traditional crawl.

Stockholm has a fun nightlife with a good mix of locals and tourists, and pub crawls are a great way to relax and get away from the older crowd.

The site includes three bars and a club, and guests will be accompanied by two guides throughout the evening.

Happy Party Enjoy a free cocktail or cocktail at every location, free admission, and discounts on beer, wine and cider.

It’s a good idea to eat before the trip starts to make sure you can last the entire seven hours.

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7. Red Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus and Boat

Stockholm Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Whether by boat, bus, or both, hop-on hop-off tours are a great option for those who want to see the sights of Stockholm without breaking the bank.

Buses and boats run regularly in various neighborhoods of the city and along the islands and canals.

Tickets are valid from 24 hours to 72 hours, depending on the package you choose. The price includes a free audio guide in ten different languages.

Hop-on hop-off tours allow guests to experience iconic sights such as the Royal Palace, City Hall and several trendy dining and shopping districts at their own pace.

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8. RIB Speedboat Stockholm Archipelago 1-Hour Tour

stockholm archipelago

Whether you’re in the tropics or a northern region like Sweden, a rigid inflatable speedboat (RIB) is a great fun way to see a lot of stunning scenery in a relatively short amount of time.

After meeting their captain at a convenient location on the Bryce Holman Peninsula, guests will don life jackets and waterproof gear and embark on an exhilarating cruise on the coastline around the city.

Highlights include the Stockholm National Museum, the Gröna Lund amusement park, and views of the many undeveloped swamps and islands.

Due to the bumpy nature of the speedboat, only those with at least moderate fitness are recommended to participate.

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9. Old Town Walking Tour

stockholm old town

For those taking advantage of this Old Town walking tour, following in the footsteps of Stockholm’s founders is easier than you might think.

Not only is the old town full of historic sights, it’s also very walkable.

That means it’s a fun way to spend 90 minutes for those who prefer walking rather than cramming on a sweltering tour bus.

Tourist attractions include the majestic Riddarholmen Church, the statue of the founder of Stockholm and the stunning views of Lake Mälaren.

The tour gathers in one central location and is a great way for newcomers to get to know the sights of the city within two hours.

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10. Nordic Food Walk

food market in stockholm

Östermalmshallen, Stockholm’s oldest central market, is the starting point for this four-hour Nordic food walking tour.

Guests and their knowledgeable local guides will explore some of the centrally located neighborhoods, learn about Swedish culture, and sample many traditional and modern cuisines.

Along the way, there will be plenty of time to meet with suppliers, ask questions, or just take a short break and enjoy the view.

When all is said and done, participants will sample everything from fresh seafood and homemade chocolate to fresh baked goods and cured meats.

Tours are offered twice a day, morning and afternoon.

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11. Guided tour of the Vasa Museum

Stockholm Vasa Museum

Despite spending more than 300 years under the sea, the Vasa is still a well-preserved ship and is now housed in a museum in Stockholm.

Originally built in the early 17th century, the ship offers visitors interested in maritime history a unique insight into the region’s maritime history.

The Vasa Museum is one of Stockholm’s most popular attractions. On this guided tour, guests will spend two hours exploring it from top to bottom.

Featuring interactive exhibits and engaging historical records, the museum is a perennial favorite for families traveling with young children.

Tours are available in the morning and afternoon.

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12. Snowshoeing in the wild


Few outdoor winter activities are more exhilarating and calorie-burning than snowshoeing.

Sweden’s winter landscapes are stunning, and it doesn’t take long to leave the city to find yourself immersed in vast expanses of snowy landscape.

Before departure, guests will take a crash course in proper snowshoeing skills, after which they will head out into the wild.

Tours include learning about local history and culture, identifying animal tracks in the snow, enjoying a hot drink and a traditional lunch by a campfire.

Includes round-trip transportation to and from Stockholm and all the gear you need.

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13. Metro Art Guide

Metro Art in Stockholm

Stockholm is one of Scandinavia’s hottest and trendiest underground art venues. In this case, “underground” refers to the subway system.

Graffiti on subway walls is nothing new. In fact, you will find it all over the world.

But in Stockholm, it’s more art than vandalism. This guided subway art tour is a great way to experience it up close and personal.

After meeting with a friendly guide, guests will enter the subway system to learn about and marvel at stunning works of art, some of which date back to the 50s.

Tours last two hours and have multiple start times.

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14. Private photography lessons and tours

stockholm photography

Especially for those who have never been, Stockholm has an array of photo-worthy sights.

While you can view and photograph them yourself, guided photography classes and tours may be just the ticket for amateur photographers looking to make the most of their time.

The city is full of wondrous architecture, famous historical sites and breathtaking natural beauty that make for great filming locations.

This private small group tour is conducted by an experienced photographer who will impart his knowledge of camera technique, composition and lighting to ensure that each guest captures the images they want in the best possible way.

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15. 5 Hour Medieval Church Tour

Valentina Church

Experiencing Sweden’s well-preserved medieval churches is a great way to leave the city for a few hours and gain insight into the region’s religious history.

On this guided tour of medieval churches, guests and their experienced local guide will explore some of the well-preserved churches in the hinterland surrounding the city that date back to the 12th century.

The church includes Old World craftsmanship such as ornate woodcarving, masonry, and stained glass. Many are in near pristine condition.

The tour includes round-trip transportation to and from your accommodation in Stockholm. While there will be time to stop for lunch and refreshments, these are not included in the tour cost.

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