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2tides | When to go

When to go

Stockholm – the City that Floats on Water – is in the centre of Scandinavia.

 

Stockholm is unarguably one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, though we might have a harsh climate, located on nearly the same latitude as Anchorage, Alaska.

Stockholm (and most of Sweden) is blessed with warm winds from the Gulf Stream, which has produced a climate with rather mild winters and fairly hot summers this far north.

July and August

Obviously the best time to visit Stockholm is in the summer when you can go kayaking.

The temperatures are at the warmest and “the sun never sets” (daylight about 18+hours, June and July). Average summertime highs range between 20C and 33C (68 and 85degrees Fahrenheit), with the hottest weather occurring in mid-July. It’s important to bring layers, however, as temperatures can drop at night time.

 

Worth mentioning as well is that some visitors struggle to get enough sleep during their first few nights this far north. We recommend that you pack a sleep mask if you need your eight hours a night. However, you might also find that you need less sleep than normal. This is because the light gives you more energy and lifts your mood.

 

Although the summer season may be hotter and sunnier, I would like to recommend the off seasons as well.

Off season

Spring and early autumn can be nothing less than stunning. It’s not packed with tourists, and the early autumn is just as beautiful, with the color changes out in the archipelago. Often the weather is nice this time of year, a bit chilly but clear skies. This actually might mean you get to see millions of stars during the evening/night on your own island, if you join us for an overnight trip.

 

Some people actually prefer the spring and autumn more than the summers.

End of June is when Swedes celebrate Midsummer´s Eve. Also May is a great alternative when you’re deciding when to go to Stockholm.

However, May can be a bit more rainy than June, and while July is warmer, it also has larger tourist crowds. July and August can also be slightly more expensive that the earlier summer months.

 

If you’re a budget traveler trying to decide when to go to Sweden, we would highly recommend late August and September. The flights to Stockholm will be cheaper than during the high season, along with hotel/hostel prices. And during that time, the weather in Stockholm will still be perfect for kayaking.