I must admit. I shouldn’t be staying up so late. It caused me to miss my planned adventure today as I couldn’t get my rear end in gear fast enough to make a 12:00 tour down in the city. I was planning on going on an archipelago tour but missed it by about 7-8 minutes which I suppose is my own fault.
So I was standing here wondering what to do on a gloomy overcast day. Well I decided to just go somewhere I hadn’t been before so I headed east past the National Museum (which is still on my list to see). I eventually got to the island of Skeppsholmen which was an army base for one of the kings and is now an assortment of museums and a hotel. I continued walking and eventually got to the next small island called Kastellholmen. This island was a citadel overlooking the entrance of the Baltic Sea into Stockholm and over 200 years was blown up once, rebuilt, exploded again due to fire and then finally rebuilt the way it looks now.
From there I walked around and took some nice pictures of the water between the island of Kastellholmen and Djurgarden where Skansen is located.
I had planned on walking around elsewhere but there are water taxis moving around this area and my fancy transit pass paid itself off again and I scanned my way on to the bus across to Djurgarden. From the side I was on, I just saw the amusement park which is closed at this time of year. I kept walking past it and saw the entrance to Skansen. Skansen was founded in 1891 by Artur Hazelius to show the way of life in the different parts of Sweden before the industrial era. It’s pretty cool to be honest. All the buildings (less three) are original buildings that Hazelius dismantled and built back up on this plot of land (which is huge by the way). There are native animals to Sweden as well living in the area which was interesting. You can see below some of the pictures I took on this journey and it was a lot of fun.
One video that I took that made me laugh was a bear getting rid of an itch. He actually did his front the first time which I didn’t get (maybe for PG reasons).
In the end, it worked out to be quite a good day. It sucks it gets so dark at 3pm or so but that is life in Sweden at this time of year. The best part is how the sun stays up for 18 hours in the summer I am sure so this is short-term pain.
The last picture is a shot of Sergels Torg at night which is one of the main plazas near the T-Centralen (main train station). It’s all decked out in Xmas colours and the pictures don’t do it justice. I walked around for a bit and of course saw more shops etc to see which I am planning on doing on Sunday. I am finding that the time is ticking away on my desire to see everything so I am having these long 7-9 hour days trying to soak things up.
Snow is forecast next week finally so it will be interesting to see how different everything looks when that happens.
The decision for Sunday is whether to go on the archipelago tour + hockey game or archipelago tour + shopping + F1 race at 5pm. I think the latter will win as I can’t wait to see the F1 race and I will have at least 3 more times to go to a hockey game.