Forget everything you've seen in Nordic noir – the Scandinavian countries are some of the calmest and safest in the world. Sweden's capital provides the ideal introduction to this laid-back lifestyle, so pack your bags for a weekend away that's all about rest and relaxation.
Strolls with a view
A leisurely walk is one of the best ways to unwind in Stockholm, allowing you to admire the city's trademark outdoor cafés, brightly colored boats and cobblestone streets. One route giving vistors a window into the city's past leads through the Bastugatan district to Monteliusvägen. Stroll through the hilly streets, where you can admire houses dating back to the 18th century, and take a break in leafy Ivar Los Park. Stretching for a quarter of a mile, Monteliusvägen is a well-tended walking path with enchanting views of Lake Mälaren.
Home to the Museum of Modern Art, Architectural Museum and East Asian Museum, the tiny island of Skeppsholmen is a perfect destination for art enthusiasts. You’ll see colorful sculptures from the likes of Jean Tinguely in the island’s central park, and the Skeppsholmsbron leading to the neighboring island of Blasieholmen yields sweeping views of Stockholm’s Gamla Stan. An even more impressive view of the city is available from Skinnarviksberget mountain on Södermalm. Enjoy a picnic from the local Thai food kiosk and settle down in time for a spectacular sunset.
Spa treatments and massage
Swedish massage is world famous for its restorative properties. Leave the city streets behind on a day out from our Radisson Blu Airport Terminal Hotel, Stockholm-Arlanda Airport and venture into Sparadiset, one of Stockholm’s full-service spas. This popular day spa is outfitted in a lush tropical décor, as if to sweep you away to an exotic beach. Take your pick from organic skincare treatments from brands like Voya, Elizabeth Arden and DermOrganic, deep-tissue massages, or simply lounging in the private relaxation room.
Combine historic sightseeing and a spa day with a visit to Centralbadet. This Wilhelm Klemming–designed Art Nouveau palace dates back to 1904, and covers 3,000 square meters with gardens and facilities. You’ll find a gym, swimming pool, sauna, sunroof and Roman baths as well as a number of massage treatments in this charming oasis.
Sports and recreation
Do you prefer working up a sweat in the gym rather than in a sauna? Stockholm residents are notoriously fit, so you'll never be short of opportunities to play sports and or get active. Try rock climbing at Klättercentret in Telefonplan. Day passes and shoe rentals are available for visitors, and there's a café for refueling breaks. If you want to train with some of Sweden’s top bodybuilders, visit Delta Gym. Owned by local legend Dimitri Skarmutsos, this gym has state-of-the-art equipment, including treadmills, free weights and rowing machines. Pay for a day-long training session and then relax in the solarium or with a massage. If you're seeking a fun way to meet new friends and get fit, join one of Stockholm’s hula hoop dance communities. This trend uses childhood play as a creative way of exercising – if nothing else, it's guaranteed to lift your spirits.