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When you embark on one of the exciting Northern Lights holidays, there is little doubt the highlight of your trip will be witnessing the magnificent spectacle itself. However, when you're visiting this wonderful part of the world it pays to remember there is much more to discover as well. The itinerary of many Northern Lights holidays will include a stay in Stockholm, and if you find yourself in this eclectic European city for a couple of days, you'll be inundated with things to do, places to visit and experiences to enjoy. Here are just a few suggestions.

Explore the History

Stockholm is medieval in its origins and Gamla Stan (the Old Town) is at its heart. A settlement has existed here since 1252, and exploring the area is a fascinating way to spend a morning. The winding streets and curious alleyways give way to tiny squares overlooked by beautiful churches, revealing glimpses of its ancient history. Today, you can enjoy your historic tour on foot and indulge in a very modern waffle along the way!

Immerse in the Art

While Stockholm has evolved into a modern city, it retains its strong cultural and artistic heritage. There are many excellent museums here, but two of the most popular are the National Museum and the Moderna Museet. In an interesting contrast, the first showcases drawings and artworks form the Middle Ages, as well as pieces by Rembrandt and Degas amongst others, while the Moderna Museet (as its name suggests) boasts a fantastic collection of contemporary art, which includes works by Picasso, Dali, Pollock and De Chirico.

Café Culture

The café culture in Sweden is as popular as anywhere in Europe and it is definitely worth indulging. The locals drink copious amounts of coffee, and a morning beverage accompanied by something sweet is so engrained in the culture that the pastime has been given a name - fika - which roughly translates to 'indulge in coffee and chat at leisure'.

Join the Nobility

The City Hall, or Stadshuset, is Stockholm's most famous monument, hosting the Nobel Prize Banquet every year. You can take a tour of the building, which includes a visit to the Golden Hall with its historic scenes depicted in 18 million mosaic pieces, and you can also see the incredible 10,000-piped organ.

Get On the Water

Catching a ferry around the Stockholm archipelago (the largest in Sweden) is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon to wind up a fantastic experience on one of the Northern lights holidays. Although only 150 of the islands are inhabited, the landscape is hugely diverse, and the ferry ride certainly makes for an interesting trip.

These are just a few suggestions on how to spend your time when staying a day or two in Stockholm at the beginning or end of Northern lights holidays. In fact, this fabulous city offers much more than these attractions, and they barely scratch the surface.

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