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Pre- RS Scandinavia Tour next August- how to spend 3 days

We will arrive in Stockholm 4 days before our Rick Steves tour next August (scored Business seat with reward miles--yay!)
We arrive at 12:30 pm on Wednesday and meet tour at 4pm on Sunday. So 3 full days and 2 half days on our own.

Any suggestions for great activities? We tend to prefer natural sights (rather than museums-might have enough of those on tour?) and gardens, walking.

Thanks for any suggestions,


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Consider Millegården (a peaceful and beautiful sculpture garden), Skansen Open-Air Museum (folk arts/crafts...I really enjoy watching folk dancing), Nordic Museum and for fun Gröna Lund (amusement park). Cruising about the harbor is a treat. Just soaking in the ambience Stockholm offers. ABBA Museum?

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Buy a transit card that covers all types of transportation. If you are a senior they will give you a discount.
City Hall offers wonderful tours and is not what you would expect!
Yes, Millesgarden is wonderful to visit. We took bus, subway, bus.Nice outdoor seating at café for lunch.
Take a ferry from Nybroplan out to the island of Fjaderholmarna for lunch by the harbor on this island in the archipelago.
Take a boat ride to Drottingholm Palace where the royal family lives.

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thanks all for the suggestions. What fun to look up these cool places!

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City Hall is covered on the tour.

I highly recommend the Stockholm Pass 72 hours with transportation. If you watch the website there is a good chance you can purchase it on sale. It covers sites and transportation. It will allow you to pop into a few museums for a short spin without feeling that you have to get your money's worth at each stop.

I absolutely loved Stockholm. If I could get my family to go and I could continue my career there, I would move!
If the tour is staying at the Wellington consider getting a room at the guesthouse. It is around the corner but less expensive. There is a nice lounge, breakfast room and kitchen. The hotel provides breakfast and dinner.

I would definitely spend one day on the archipelago.Take a full day cruise

The tour goes to Gamla Stan, but I would spend at least another half day there.
I recommend walking on the raised path on Monteliusvagen. That is the vantage point of most of the photos taken of Stockholm that you see in the media.

I wasn't impressed with Skansen. But I live in Ohio and we have a bunch of parks like that. The Stockholm Pass does cover it. If I had to do over again I would have spent that time just walking around Djurgarden.

I loved this tour, if you have any questions about anything please ask here or private message me.

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Skansen tends to be better on the weekends, so I'd save Skansen for Saturday or Sunday.

For gardens, I really like walking through the area known as Tantolunden on the southwestern part of Södermalm. There are all these small garden cottages and allotment gardens.

Another good excursion is Gripsholm Castle in Mariefred.