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Lofoten Road Trip Itinerary (adaptable for Summer or Winter)

Known for its dramatic natural scenery and picturesque villages, Lofoten are one of the most famous archipelago in the world. A road trip to Lofoten is indeed one of the best way to explore the islands, and with five days, you can see some of the best sights the region has to offer. In this blog post, we’ll provide a detailed five-day Lofoten road trip itinerary, with suggested stops and activities for each day.

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Day 1 – Svolvaer

Morning – Sea Eagle Safari

On your first day, start your Lofoten road trip by embarking onboard a RIB sea eagle safari. The whole experience lasts about 3 hours, and will let you admire the beautiful white-tailed eagles as well as the incredible landscape of Trollfjord.

Wanna know more about a RIB sea eagle safari? Read our blog post about it! You can also book your experience choosing between Lofoten Explorer AS or Lofoten XX.

Note: Sea eagle safari are all year long but the best time for observing sea eagles is during winter when they are more active.

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Afternoon – Exploring Svolvaer (option 1)

In the afternoon depending on the time you are visiting you have two alternatives.

During Winter, spend some time exploring Svolvaer. Take a stroll along the waterfront, and try some fresh seafood at one of the local restaurants. After your meal you can go to Kuba, one of Svolvaer’s islands. Why Kuba is so special? Because of the ruins of WWII bunkers and other small military buildings. On Kuba you will also find Fiskerkona. The statue of a woman waving to the sea, an important tribute to all the fishermen going in the cold Norwegian Sea. Kuba is also one of the best spots to admire the sunset in the Winter months.

Another option is visiting the Magic Ice bar. Be aware of the price, 25 € / par person for the entry and a welcome drink. You will see that Norwegian prices are quite expensive but honestly I would keep this activity as the last resource in your list.

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Afternoon – Svolværgeita hike (option 2)

During Summer, one of the most epic activities you can do in Lofoten is hiking to Svolværgeita which translates as Svolvaer’s goat. This 150 meters pinnacle has two “horns” that you can achieve after a 4 to 5 hours climb. The climb is quite easy even for beginners, but it’s not for the feint of heart as the final meters you will have to climb into the void.

If you are interested in this experience check out Northern Alpine Guides. As they say in their website they can get everyone on top, even non-expert travelers!

Evening – in Svolvaer

There are many restaurants in Svolvaer if you want to try local food. If you are staying in a Rorbuer a budget-friendly solution is shopping in one of the city’s supermarket, like Kiwi and cook inside the fishermen’s cabins. We did that ourselves almost every evening as Norway can be VERY expensive.

Our pick in Svolvaer: Svinøya Rorbuer.

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On top of Svolværgeita Photo credits to Tarjei Mo. License.

Day 2 – The beaches of Vestvågøya

Morning – Kabelvåg

Leave Svolvaer direction to the South, for those who are traveling in Winter consider a stop at Kabelvåg and its Lofotmuseet, or to one of the many art galleries on the way. The Lofoten’s main road is one of the most scenic you will ever have the chance to drive so take your time to stop and enjoy the many panoramic points on the way.

At noon you can eat in Leknes before heading to the North of Vestvågøya. Leknes is a medium size town (Lofoten metric) where there is one of my favorite restaurants, the DIGG. For a rather honest amount of NOK, DIGG is one of the less expensive restaurants around, you can eat their excellent focaccia or taco, filled with local seafood or other meats (vegetarian options are also available). The staff is also very lovely and kind. We went there twice!

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One of Lofoten’s “boring” landscapes along the road.

Afternoon – Vestvågøya northern beaches

The landscapes are incredible all around Lofoten but the beaches in Vestvågøya are truly special and you can easily spend the afternoon walking on the beach and admiring the panorama. There are three beaches especially that you should explore:

  • Hauklandstranda is the closest to Leknes among the three. It’s also the less exposed to the wind as it’s inside a small bay surrounded by high peaks. During Summer there is a small fee for the parking and toilets. Before arriving you will see on your right a cemetery on a hill. During Winter when the white snow covers everything the whole place become surreal.
  • Uttakleiv is on the other side of the mountain, you pass under a tunnel and there you land in a pristine landscape of turquoise waters. To access to the parking of the beach you will have to pay a small fee. In the Summer there is a beautiful hike to the top of Mannen Mountain. While during the Winter you can walk from Hauklanstranda to Uttakleiv along the coast. Note that Hauklanstranda’s parking fee is cheeper.
  • Unstad is a small village that has a beautiful beach, that is on the bucket list of many surfers. There is a paying parking where you can stop. There is an expert trail that connects Unstad to Eggum, but if you aren’t an expert hiker it’s not recommended.
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Distances in Lofoten aren’t long and you can easily get from one beach to another while enjoying amazing landscapes, but if you are visiting in Winter, be aware that sometimes due to the bad weather conditions the small roads that lead to the beaches may be closed.

Evening – in Ballstad

Ballstad is a lovely fishermen’s town where you will see many fish dryers for cod along the harbor area. The town as a fairy vibe very similar to Reine, especially in Winter. It’s indeed a very cute location to spend the night while admiring the sky looking for the Northern Lights or enjoying the Midnight Sun.

Our pick in Ballstad: Solsiden Brygge.

Day 3 – Flakstadoya

Morning – Buskenes Kirche, Myrland, and Vikten

Hit the road direction Flakstadoya, the next Island to explore. But before stop for a few minutes to the picturesque Buskenes Kirche. This beautiful red church that dominates the park is very cute to see.

Myrland and Vikten are the first beaches you will find once you have crossed the underwater tunnel to Flakstadoya. Both beaches are very small but beautiful to see! If you are traveling during Summer you should consider picnicking on the beach. In Winter the temperatures are very cold as they are very exposed to the Atlantic breeze.

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Afternoon – Ramberg, and Skagsanden

After lunch break your next stop is Ramberg. This small village is one of the most photographed spots in Lofoten. Why? Because of the iconic red house on the beach. There is a small free parking where you can stop and enjoy a walk on the beach.

Our next stop is Skagsanden, take the road on the way back, as you were going to Svolvaer and stop by Skagsanden. This small village is remarkable for two reasons, the beautiful beach (I hope you are not getting tired of hearing that!) and Flakstad Kirche. A small church that I recommend visiting for it’s typical architecture.

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Evening – Nusfjord

Nusfjord is a very secluded village, it was reachable only by boat until recent year, that has been declared protected by UNESCO since 1975. There are several historical buildings that you can visit while wandering among the narrow alleys.

Unfortunately due to mass tourism during Summer the village gets very crowded, in order to regulate tourism an entry fee is applied (only in the Summer months at the moment).

Nusfjord is a must visit in Lofoten and to enjoy the atmosphere of the village even more I recommend spending the night there. You have two options: Lofoten Cottages or Nusfjord Arctic Resort. Both accommodations are in traditional fishermen’s cabins with the Arctic Resort being more luxurious.

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Day 4 – Nusfjord, Kvalvika (in Summer) and Reine

Morning – Nusfjord Open Air Museum

Nusfjord is a real charmer and exploring its ancient buildings and alleys is an amazing discover. In the Winter if the snow isn’t too high you can also walk to the lighthouse that is at the entry of the bay. While in Summer you could even start the panoramic trail that goes to Nesland. It takes about 3 to 4 hours to complete, so in case this is on you to do list, start early in the morning to have enough time to explore the village as well.

Before leaving Nusfjord eat at one of the restaurants inside the village. We ate a sandwich inside the excellent Landhandleriet Café. Their smoked salmon focaccia was one of the best meals we had in our entire trip!

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Afternoon – Fredvang bridges and Kvalvika (Summer) or Yttersand (Winter)

Landscapes in Norway are mostly natural, with the rorbuers as lonely witnesses of human presence. Fredvang bridges are an exception. The two bridges connecting Ramberg to Fredvang are an exceptional addition in the already spectacular landscape. And driving on them is an experience too! There are two view points where you can stop to take pictures and admire the sight.

After crossing the bridges you have two options depending on the season you are visiting:

  • In Summer I’d recommend starting the 1 hour trail to Kvalvika.
  • In Winter Yttesand is a better option because of the snow on Kvalvika trail.
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Evening – Hamnoy and Reine

Take the road back to Fredvang bridges and take the main road (E10) to Reine. Before arriving you will drive through Lofoten’s most famous landmark: Hamnoy’s fishermen cabins. Cross the bridge and you will see the small rorbuers on your right. There is a parking right after the bridge, park there and head back to the bridge for some memorable photos!

Pro tip: coming from the parking there is a short road portion without sidewalk. Cross it (of course check if big trucks are coming before!) to be sure to admire the beautiful view from all sides. The bridge has alternate circulation.

After Hamnoy bridge continue to Sakrisøy where you will see another iconic spot: the yellow Rorbuer. This iconic yellow hut has become one of Norway’s most Instagrammable spot since it was featured on Accidentally Wes Anderson.

End your itinerary in Reine, one of the most beautiful town in Lofoten. The town is on a narrow land that stretch between the open sea and the bay. There are some incredible views worth of the most beautiful landscapes. If you still have energies start a walk to the small lighthouse at the entry of the bay, the views are a 100% worth it!

Our pick in Reine: Reine Rorbuer by Classic Norway.

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Day 5 – Reinebringen (Summer), Å and Henningsvær

Morning – Reinebringen and Å (option 1)

Stretch your legs from your night with the panoramic hike on top of Reinebringen. This intense (medium to expert level) hike will bring Reine to your feet after a 3 hours (round trip) trail. This hike is definitely one of the most beautiful in Lofoten and if you have the time and the weathers allow it, you should do it!

You can do the Reinebringen hike both in Summer and Winter but of course with snow the path become slippery and it’s more difficult to follow the trail.

Next stop after the hike or first stop if you decide not to go, will be Å. Å is the most southern village in Lofoten. Just like the rest of Lofoten their economy revolves on fishing. For this reason it won’t surprise you to see the Lofoten Stockfish Museum as well as the Norwegian Fishing Village Museum.

You can visit both but I’d recommend especially touring the traditional buildings of the Norwegian Fishing Village Museum. You can tour them on your own from the outside, or for about 12 € you can explore the buildings inside.

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Morning – Bunes Beach (option 2)

Bunes beach is a small piece of Paradise you can achieve only by boat from Reine. If you are traveling during the Summer months booking in advance (ideally 2 or 3 days before) your place on the boat is mandatory as it gets fully booked very fast. Check out the ferry tickets -> Booking Vindstad hurtigbåtkai is your stop.

Once you arrive at the harbor you will have a 30 – 40 minutes hike to the beach which is on the other side. The landscapes are pristine and wild. It’s indeed an interesting option if you are not interesting to explore Å.

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Photo credits to Anders Lanzen. License.

Afternoon – The way back to Henningsvær

On optimal weather conditions the way back to Henningsvær should take you about 2 hours from Å. With a short stop to Sakrisøy island to eat at the iconic Anita’s Seafood, you will be in Henningsvær in the middle of the afternoon.

Also known as Norway’s Venice Henningsvær is a picturesque fishing village with charming houses and a stunning mountain backdrop. The village is set on an archipelago of small islands connected by several bridges.

Since the widespread use of drones, the fishing village has become worldwide known because of its soccer field which occupies almost the whole size of the island where its built. On this same island you will find also many stockfish dryers, a lighthouse, and a beautiful view of the town.

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Evening – Henningsvær

Depending on your flight schedule you could also get back to Svolvaer on your last day in Lofoten. But I’d recommend spending the night in Henningsvær to enjoy the landscapes with the soft light of the dawn.

Our pick in Henningsvær: Henningsvær Rorbuer.

Frequently Asked Questions about Lofoten

How to get to Lofoten?

By plane

There are two airports: Svolvaer and Leknes. We chose Svolvaer because we continued our road trip to Vesteralen islands. In addition to that, landing in Svolvaer will let you see all the islands and villages without passing too many times by Leknes which is in the center of the archipelago.

Note that distances are very short in Lofoten, so there isn’t really a big different between the two airports.

By boat

The best solution is to take the ferry from Bodø to Moskenes. The duration is about 3 hours and you will be ready to explore Lofoten starting from the South. If you choose this option consider starting the road trip itinerary from day 5 (exploring Å) and then go up from the itinerary during day 4, etc…

Check out the ferry schedule, prices, and make your reservation on Reis Nordland.

When is the best time to travel to Lofoten?

It depends of what type of traveler you are. Outdoor lovers and hikers should visit during Summer, when the sun never goes down, the temperatures are ideal for hiking, and there is no snow on the trails.

Ask me when you should visit and I’ll tell you there is no best season than Winter. I know the polar temperatures are scary, but with the right warm clothes (invest on your wardrobe) you won’t even suffer cold too much. And the landscapes are, well, there are no words to describe it. Magical? Fairy? The snow covers everything with its candid cloth making the landscapes even more dramatic.

And then you have the Northern lights! I mean, can it get any better than this?

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When is the best time to see the Northern Lights in Lofoten?

Northern lights in Lofoten can be seen during Winter, but also in late Autumn or early Spring. In fact to see the Northern lights you will need a cloudless dark sky and solar activity. The best moments to see the Northern lights are in December and January. Although as the daylight last for a very short amount of time it’s preferable to travel there in November or February/March.

Unfortunately even if you travel in these months you have no guarantee to see them. Bad weather or the solar activity may not align for the time you are traveling to Lofoten meaning you won’t see any Aurora Borealis.

One last word about our Lofoten Road Trip Itinerary

A road trip to Lofoten is a truly unforgettable experience, with its breathtaking natural scenery and charming villages. If you are inspired (and have the budget!) to stay more and do all the options 1 and 2 of our Lofoten road trip itinerary, I highly advise doing so. There are endless options for every type of traveler in Lofoten. Yes, even for art lovers with the many art galleries! So grab your passport and go enjoy Lofoten! For more travel inspiration from Norway and Lofoten check out our Norway page.

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60+ Catchy Summer Captions and Summer puns for your Instagram

Summer is finally here, and it’s time to soak up the sun and make some unforgettable memories! Whether you’re spending lazy days at the beach, going on adventurous road trips, or simply enjoying some downtime with friends and family, it’s the perfect time to capture those moments and share them with the world. But with so many photos to choose from, finding the perfect caption can be a challenge. Fear not! We’ve got you covered with these catchy summer captions, summer puns and jokes that are sure to make your social media posts stand out. Let’s dive in!

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Short Summer Captions

Summer state of mind.

Summer I don’t fear you!

Good vibes and tan lines.

Sun-kissed and carefree.

Salt in the air, sand in my hair.

Sunshine is my therapy.

Sunkissed by the sun.

Keep calm and summer on.

Fun in the sun.

Summer, please never end.

Sky above, sea below, peace within.

Welcome back grill season!

Got that sunshine in my pocket.

Pool captions for your poolside poses

Sipping on sunshine by the pool.

Life is cool by the pool.

Just another day in paradise.

Pool. Eat. Sleep. Repeat.

Pool vibes only.

I don’t always swim, but when I do, I prefer to do it in style.

Splish splash, I was takin’ a dip.

Catch me by the pool.

Life’s a pool party.

I’m a mermaid at heart.

Dive into the weekend.

Funny Summer Captions

Chase the sun, but don’t forget the sunscreen.

Life’s a beach, enjoy the waves.

The season of sunshine, smiles, and beachy styles.

Don’t flip-flop on summer fun.

Girls just wanna have sun.

I’m a summer girl, in a summer world.

Life is better in flip flops and summer shades.

Hotter than a summer romance.

Life’s a beach, and I’m just playing in the sand.

Summer Love quotes

“Summer lovin’, happened so fast.” – Grease

“Summertime is always the best of what might be.” – Charles Bowden

“Summer love is a dreamlike state of existence.” – Patti Callahan Henry

“Summer romances end for all kinds of reasons. But when all is said and done, they have one thing in common: They are shooting stars-a spectacular moment of light in the heavens, a fleeting glimpse of eternity. And in a flash, they’re gone.” – Nicholas Sparks

“Oh, the summer night has a smile of light and she sits on a sapphire throne.” – Barry Cornwall

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Foodie Captions for your Summer cravings

Good food, good mood, summer vibes.

Vacation calories don’t count, right?

You’re one in a melon enjoy your summer adventures.

When life hands you watermelons, make lemonade.

Savoring summer, one bite at a time.

Life is short, eat the ice cream.

BBQ and chill.

Summer days are meant for lazy afternoons and refreshing drinks.

Pizza, beer, and good company – the recipe for a perfect summer night.

Summer Puns, to seas the day!

Shell yeah! It’s summer time.

Ice cream, you scream, we all scream for summer!

Summer is the thyme for outdoor cooking.

Tropic like it’s hot.

Seas the day and enjoy the summer.

Sun of a beach, it’s hot.

Aloe you vera much for being my summer companion.

I’m board, let’s hit the waves.

I’m just here for the summer fun-shine.

Water you doing this summer? Come hang with me!

Funny Summer Jokes

Why did the sun go to school? To get brighter!

Why did the beach feel depressed? Because it had a low tide.

What did the summer say to the spring? “I’m hotter than you!”

What’s a summer party without ice cream? Just a melt down.

Why did the ghost go to the beach? Because it needed some sun-boo-ning.

Why don’t ghosts like going to the beach? Because they don’t like to be out in the sun.

Why do bananas use sunscreen? Because they might peel.

What did the beach say when the tide came in? Long time, no sea.

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One last word about our Summer Captions

Summer is the season of fun, and with these catchy summer captions, you’ll be sure to have the perfect summer puns or jokes to share your best moments and memories. And by the way, if you loved this post, I’m sure you will like our beach captions as well! So, get ready to embrace the season and make the most of every moment. Happy summer, everyone!

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10 Fun Facts about French Guiana you didn’t know!

We have a saying in French Guiana that perfectly illustrates France’s wildest region: “La Guyane, personne ne vous croira“. Launched by French Guiana’s tourism board at the beginning of 2000, it translates as “French Guiana, nobody will believe you”. This short but effective motto resumes the region’s uniqueness, incredible biodiversity, and history that are the base for exciting adventures in the Amazonian Forest. But is French Guiana truly unique? I will let you judge yourself with these surprising fun facts about French Guiana.

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10 French Guiana Fun Facts

1. It’s a European region

Say what? Yes! As weird as that may sound, French Guiana is one of France’s 5 overseas departments, making it effectively part of Europe. And all that comes with that: currency is Euro and laws are from France.

Also a small precision as in French it says Guyane, remember not to confuse it with Guyana. An ancient English colony, and now one of South America’s independent countries. Together with Suriname, the territories are known as the three Guyanas. From awarak, the land of the many waters, because of the Amazon river.

Petit Saut artificial archipelago in French Guiana.

2. It’s WAY larger than you think

Being next to Brazil doesn’t help, as French Guiana is a hundredth of the 5th largest country in the world. But the territory is pretty large itself.

In fact, it’s France’s second largest region and it’s almost the same size as Austria, 83.846 km2 versus 83,858 km². I bet you wouldn’t guess it by looking at a world map!

3. Europe’s space dreams take off from there

If you are a space geek you may already know this, Europe’s spaceport is situated there! Following Algeria’s independence in 1962, French Guiana’s ideal geographical and climate conditions made it the best candidate to become France’s new launching site.

In operation since 1968, it has been the launch base for a wide range of rockets, from sounding rockets to heavy-lift space launch vehicles. Without forgetting the satellites: you have probably heard of Webb or JuIce right? They both took off from Kourou’s spaceport.

Would you like to know more about Europe Spaceport and how you can visit it? This Centre Spatial Guyanais guide is perfect for you. And If you want to attend a rocket launch, check this out!

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4. You have to cross its borders… by canoe!

Wedged between Brazil and Suriname, getting out from French Guiana is an adventure in itself! In addition to Cayenne’s airport, which serves almost exclusively Paris, the only way to get away is by crossing the borders on a motorized canoe.

Even if most recently a bridge was built on the Oyapock river connecting Brazil and France, the only way to reach Suriname is still via one of the motorized canoes that cross daily the Maroni river. Remember that if you want to get to Paramaribo from there!

5. It’s one of the largest sea turtles nesting sites in the world

From its west coast (Awala Yalimapo) to the center (Cayenne) its beaches are renowned worldwide as some of the largest sea turtle nesting sites in the world. Every year three types of sea turtles make a thousand kilometers to rejoin this beach and lay their precious eggs.

If you have the chance that’s an amazing experience to witness by the way! And one of my personal favorite reasons to visit French Guiana.

6. You probably have a “piece” of French Guiana in your kitchen

Have you ever used cayenne pepper? This very strong variety of pepper has probably given its name to the region’s largest city, Cayenne.

The etymology of the word cayenne derives from the ancient Tupi language and means capsicum. Although, the origin of the name Cayenne isn’t sure. As some historians say the name may come from the Wayanas (an Amerindian people) who called the river Kalani or Caiane.

7. It was one of the most infamous prisons in the world

After France sold Louisiana to the United States in 1803, the government needed a new location to “stock” its prisoners. French Guiana’s coast seemed ideal. It was the beginning of a project that made proliferate multiple prison camps, many stayed active for over a century.

Soon the prison camps became famous for their atrocious living conditions. The tropical climate and diseases killed many prisoners through the years.

Among the most famous prison camps today you can still visit the ones of the Salvation Islands, Saint Laurent, or the Annamites Prisons nearby Macouria.

Salvation Islands nearby Kourou. Iles du Salut, French Guiana

8. French is not the only language spoken

Besides French being the official language, French Guianese creole is widely spoken, they even teach it in schools. Together with these also Amerindian languages, Maroon creole, Hmong, Portuguese, Mandarin, and Haitian are widely spoken.

There are so many different cultures in French Guiana that you may definitely be surprised!

9. It has the highest percentage of forest area in the world

According to FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization), French Guiana is the region that has the highest percentage of forest area in the world, 98,3%. Although, as it’s not an independent country, Suriname is the country with the highest percentage of forest 97,4% in 2020.

Can you imagine how rich their ecosystem is? Nature is definitely one of the main reasons to explore this territory. The adventures are endless for those who dare to enter its green gates!

10. It used to be one of France’s biggest rice producers

At the peak of their production, Mana, a small village nearby Awala Yalimapo produced 16% of France’s total rice production and exported more than half of it.

The thriving production lasted about 30 years, from the 80s to 2011. Unfortunately, the coast’s erosion caused the interruption of every activity. And the area was almost completely abandoned after 2011.

If you liked this trivia, there is so much more to learn about French Guiana!

There are a few places in the world that can give you that “getting away” feeling. And French Guiana is definitely on top of that list! If you want to have a peek at all the experiences you can have there, check out our French Guiana section.

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The complete guide to Castell’Arquato (things to do and see)

Located in Emilia-Romagna one of Italy’s central regions, Castell’Arquato is a charming medieval town that is worth exploring when wandering in Piacenza, or (why not?!) as a day trip from Milan. The town is situated on a hilltop surrounded by stunning landscapes, making it an ideal place for a relaxing getaway. Castell’Arquato is considered one of Italy’s most beautiful villages and is included in our itinerary of the 13 most beautiful villages and towns in Emilia Romagna.

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What to see in Castell’Arquato

Castell’Arquato’s old town is one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Italy. Some of the town’s architecture dates back to the 8th century and boasts narrow streets, cobblestoned alleys, and ancient buildings. Walking through the old town is like taking a trip back in time.

The Visconti Fortress

La Fortezza Viscontea is an imposing fortress built in the 14th century and dominated by an impressive 42 meters keep. You can visit the interior of the fortress and get to the tower’s top for the best views of the city.

While climbing up to the keep’s steps (there are a lot!), you will notice small rooms on both sides of the stairs, that’s where you can learn about how life was in the Middle Ages in the Po’ valley.

Before continuing the old town’s exploration, stop by the beautiful small garden at your left when exiting the fortress. The view from the terrace is very nice, and there are a few benches in the shadow of tall pine trees.

Did you know? Visconti Fortress was the set of the movie Ladyhawke.

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Palazzo del Podestà (Podestà Palace)

But first who was the Podestà? According to Wikipedia, the Podestà was the name given to the holder of the highest civil office in the government of the cities of Central and Northern Italy during the Late Middle Ages.

So the Podestà was still subject to a lord. And it was Alberto Scotti, lord of Piacenza who commanded the construction of the palace at the end of the 13th century. Today the palace regularly hosts exhibitions.

The Church of Santa Maria Assunta

Be sure to visit the Collegiata di Santa Maria Assunta, a Romanesque-style church that was built in the 12th century. The church features beautiful frescoes and is a testament to the town’s rich history. There is also a small museum that displays religious relics.

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Geology Museum G. Cortesi

It may seem weird to host a geology museum in a rather plain area. But if you go back in time to some million years ago, the Po valley was covered by the sea. Witnesses from that period, several fossils were found in the area and are now on display at G. Cortesi Museum.

There is a small entry fee of 3,50€ to enter the collection. You can find more information and check the museum schedule on their website Museo Geologico G. Cortesi (the access information is only in Italian)

How to arrive?

The town arise on the hills between Piacenza and Parma. Getting there will take about 40 minutes from both locations. While it stands about 1 hour and a half from Milan.

The easiest way to arrive is by renting a car at your arrival airport. The closest international airport is Milano Malpensa, but if you can fly to Parma or Linate you will be closer. For the best deals and offers check discover cars or rental cars.

Podestà Palace in Castell’Arquato.

From Milan by car

Take the A1 highway to Parma. Exit at Fiorenzuola and take SP462R, then the SS9 direction Castell’Arquato. It’s about 15 minutes once you have exited the highway.

By public transport (train + bus)

Take the train to Fiorenzuola station. Once you arrive, take the bus E43. It’s a 30-minute ride. Note that the schedule variates during the weekends. You can check out the bus schedules here.

How long does it take to explore Castell’Arquato?

It depends on your pace, but I’d say in half a day you will have explored all the main towns sights. What’s exciting about the area is that there are so many hidden gems (small towns and villages) to discover. The icing on the cake? Piacenza’s cuisine is the best in the world! And believe me, it costs me a lot to admit this as a Tuscan native who married a Piacentino.

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Things to see nearby the town

Castell’Arquato is surrounded by stunning landscapes that are worth exploring too. A few minutes away there is Monte Moria Regional Park, a nature reserve that is home to several species of flora and fauna.

Just 20 minutes away you should visit the nearby castle of Vigoleno. A charming fortified village that has been famous since Roman times for the quality of its precious wines. Did you know you can also sleep in Vigoleno Castle?! It’s also one of the most incredible accommodations to spend a special night in Emilia Romagna’s hills. Check out Vigoleno Castle prices here.

Where (and what) to eat in Castell’Arquato?

Emilia-Romagna is known for its delicious cuisine, and Castell’Arquato is no exception. The town is home to several restaurants (among the best check out Stradivarius) that serve traditional dishes such as tortelli di ricotta e spinaci (ricotta and spinach tortelli), you can also try them with a zucca (pumpkin) filling instead, and pisarei e fasò (gnocchi with beans).

My pick? Go for Tortelli Ricotta e Spinaci, seriously if I could I’d eat them every day!

The area is also famous for its wine production, particularly Gutturnio, a red wine that is produced locally. If you prefer sweeter and less strong wines taste Bonarda instead.

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Where to stay?

As it is a small town, the prices may be higher than in larger cities, you will also have fewer choices. In general, I’d recommend sleeping in Piacenza or Parma instead. but you can still check out the best accommodations on booking.

If you are in for a treat spend a night in the above-mentioned Vigoleno Castle or the neighboring Locanda di Grazzano Visconti. You will have the feeling of going back in time!

Come discover one of the most enchanting towns in Italy

Get off the beaten path and explore one of Italy’s most beautiful towns. With its charming alleys and majestic Medieval architecture, Castell’Arquato will not disappoint you! And if you are looking for more hidden gems in Emilia Romagna, don’t forget to read the 13 best villages and towns in Emilia Romagna next.

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60+ Beach captions, beach puns and beach jokes for a steamy summer!

Capturing the perfect photo at the beach is a beloved pastime for many of us. But finding the right words to accompany that photo can be a challenge. That’s where our beach puns, captions and jokes come in. They’ll help you express the feeling of the moment and add a touch of personality to your photos. Whether you’re looking for a funny one-liner or a thoughtful quote to accompany your beach snapshot, in this blog post, we’ll explore some of the best beach captions. So grab your camera and get ready to capture the essence of the beach!

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Beach, please!

Vitamin sea.

Salty but sweet.

Feeling beachy.

Ocean air, salty hair.

Sandy toes, sun-kissed nose.

Paradise found.

Seas the day!

Endless summer.

Beach hair, don’t care.

Catching some rays.

Sun, sand, and sea.

Ocean therapy.

Musing beach captions

The beach is my happy place.

Let the waves wash away your worries.

Good vibes happen on the tides.

A day at the beach restores the soul.

Life’s a wave, catch it.

Seaside adventures are the best adventures.

Happiness comes in waves.

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Life’s a beach, enjoy the waves.

I’m an aquaholic.

Life is better in flip flops.

Keep calm and beach on.

I’m a sandcastle queen.

You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy ice cream at the beach!

I’m not a morning person, I’m a beach person.

Beach hair, don’t care. Actually, I do. It’s everywhere.

Fin-tastic beach puns

There is so much to sea.

I’m shore you will love it!

Taking a much needed bay-cation.

Turquoise is the best color, it’s cyan-tifically proven.

Always take the sea-nic route.

Tropic like it’s hot.

Don’t worry, be-ach happy!

See you on the other tide.

Vacation is going swimmingly.

This vacation was tropic-all I needed.

Keeping my friends close and anemones closer.

Keep palm and carry on.

Doing water-ever I want.

Living in a fanta-sea world.

Diving you crazy.

Such a spe-shell day.

Inspiring beach quotes

“To escape and sit quietly on the beach – that’s my idea of paradise.” – Emilia Wickstead

“I could never stay long enough on the shore; the tang of the untainted, fresh, and free sea air was like a cool, quieting thought.” – Helen Keller

“The beach is not a place to work; to read, write or to think.” – Anne Morrow Lindbergh

“Every time I stand before a beautiful beach, its waves seem to whisper to me: If you choose the simple things and find joy in nature’s simple treasures, life and living need not be so hard.” – Psyche Roxas-Mendoza

“At the beach, life is different. Time doesn’t move hour to hour but mood to moment. We live by the currents, plan by the tides and follow the sun.” – Sandy Gingras

“I love the beach. I love the sea. All my life I live within – in front of the sea.” – Rafael Nadal

“In every outthrust headland, in every curving beach, in every grain of sand there is the story of the earth.” – Rachel Carson

“After a visit to the beach, it’s hard to believe that we live in a material world.” – Pam Shaw

“To go out with the setting sun on an empty beach is to truly embrace your solitude.” – Jeanne Moreau

Beach jokes to laugh with your friends

Why don’t oysters share their pearls? Because they’re shellfish!

Why did the sun go to the beach? To get a tan.

How does the ocean say hello? It waves.

Why do seagulls fly over the sea? Because if they flew over the bay, they’d be bagels.

What do you get when you cross a snowman and a shark? Frostbite.

What do you call a dog at the beach? Sandy paws.

What did the beach say to the wave? Long time, no sea.

What’s a pirate’s favorite letter? You may think it’s “R,” but it’s actually the “C” (sea).

Why did the beach blush? Because the seaweed.

What do you call a turtle at the beach? A shell-ebrity.

One last word about the best beach captions, puns and jokes

With the ideas shared in this blog post, we hope you feel inspired to try out some new beach captions, beach puns and beach jokes on your next trip to the shore. Remember, the beach is a place of endless wonder and beauty, and with the perfect caption, you can capture that magic and share it with the world. By the way, if you are looking for more captions beach/sand-themed check out our 60+ Summer captions, puns and jokes.

Do you like quotes, captions, and puns? We love them too! In fact in our Travel Inspiration page you will find many different posts for every occasion, type of travel.

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The ultimate Stockholm in 3 days itinerary (adaptable for Summer and Winter)

Stockholm is one of the most beautiful capitals in Europe, a bustling city that is rich in history and culture. This itinerary is perfect for those who are short on time but still want to see the best the city has to offer. From exploring the charming streets of Gamla Stan to visiting the Vasa Museum and taking a boat tour of the Stockholm Archipelago, this Stockholm in 3 days itinerary will help you make the most of your time in the city. So pack your bags, and let’s explore together!

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Before planning your itinerary don’t forget to check the museum’s schedules!

Day 1 – Gamla Stan and Norrmalm district

Morning, Noon – Exploring Gamla Stan

Start your first day by exploring the Old Town also known as Gamla Stan, one of the most charming areas of the city. Take a stroll through the cobbled streets and admire the colorful buildings, small shops, and cozy cafes. When you are in Stortorget take the chance to visit the Nobel Prize Museum, to learn more about some of the most brilliant minds of the last century.

If you want to learn more about the Old Town’s past, the Tre Kronor Museum is really interesting for that. It focuses on the evolution of Stockholm through its most emblematic location: Tre Kronor Castle (Three Crowns Castle). The palace was completely burned down in 1697. From its ashes, the actual Royal Palace was inaugurated in 1754.

The entry ticket to Tre Kronor is included in the Royal Apartments ticket, a must when visiting Gamla Stan. The Royal Palace is one of the largest palaces in Europe and the official residence of the Swedish royal family. It has several museums and galleries that display art, armor, and other historic artifacts. Don’t miss the Changing of the Guard ceremony that takes place every day at noon.

Wanna know more about Gamla Stan? In this self-guided tour of about 6 hours, I crafted the ideal itinerary to discover the Old Town’s gems (including the hidden ones) by yourself. It also has the useful step-by-step map I used to explore Gamla Stan.

Inside the interactive Nobel Prize Museum.

Afternoon – Visit Norrmalm district (Kungsträdgården and Hallwyl Museum)

After the visit to the Royal Palace, cross Norrbro Bridge to have a glimpse of the beautiful Swedish Parliament and head towards Norrmalm. The district is home to many of the city’s main shopping streets, including the popular pedestrian street of Drottninggatan. Here, you’ll find a variety of shops and department stores, as well as restaurants and cafes.

You could indulge in some shopping time in Norrmalm, but I highly recommend you to visit one of the most beautiful museums in Stockholm: the Hallwyl Museum. Step into the portal of an ancient 19th-century building and travel back in time to a hundred years ago. Featuring ancient objects and furniture, the museum is a showcase of nobility’s everyday life in the early 20th century.

Before heading back to your hotel or restaurant, jump on Kungsträdgården Metro Station and discover the most beautiful Stockholm metro stations on the red line.

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Evening – Soak in Stockholm’s nightlife at Södermalm

In the evening, head to the trendy district of Södermalm, which is known for its vibrant nightlife, restaurants, and bars. Grab a drink at one of the many rooftop bars and enjoy the stunning views of the city.

My pick? Fotografiska rooftop restaurant. Without a doubt, Fotografiska is one of the coolest art galleries in Stockholm. Featuring temporary exhibitions of some of the most famous and influential photographers and artists of our time. It’s absolutely worth visiting as a museum, and their restaurant is excellent, with locally grown food and a nice rooftop view. Their salad is grown in the museum’s basement and you can see it when leaving your things in the wardrobes.

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This picture is from a temporary exhibition about Lazlo Moholy Nagy.

Day 2 – Djurgården (the Vasa Museum and Skansen)

Morning – Vasa Museum

On your second day, head to Djurgården, a beautiful island that is home to several of Stockholm’s top attractions. Start with the Vasa Museum, where you can see the only preserved 17th-century ship in the world. The Vasa sank on its maiden voyage in 1628 and was salvaged in the 1960s. The museum has a fascinating collection of artifacts, interactive displays, and exhibitions that tell the story of the ship and its restoration.

After the Vasa you will have plenty of different museums to choose from in Djurgården: the Viking Museum, Nordiska Museet, and the ABBA Museum are among the most known. If you are visiting during the Summer and up for some amusement park fun, stop by Gröna Lund.

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Afternoon – Discover Skansen and Djurgården

No matter which museum you will choose to visit, remember to save enough time to visit Skansen Open Air Museum. As they proudly state on their website, Skansen is the oldest open-air museum in the world, and it’s indeed one of the best places to learn about the life and traditions of Swedish people through the centuries.

Between the actors playing everyday scenes inside the typical houses, the animals, and all the different activities to do and try, you could easily spend a whole day inside Skansen.

Afterward, if you still have time, you can take a stroll through the lush greenery of Djurgården and enjoy the natural beauty of the island.

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Evening – Enjoy Swedish food in Östermalm

In the evening, head to Östermalm, one of Stockholm’s most affluent neighborhoods, and indulge in some fine dining at one of the many Michelin-starred restaurants. Before heading back to your hotel you could also continue your Subway Art Tour by exploring the most beautiful metro stations on the blue line.

My pick for the restaurant? Lisa Elmqvist. The menu is quite expensive (you can download it from their website, it’s both in Swedish and English), but for a once in a while treat it’s definitely worth it! Why this restaurant? Not only for the excellent quality of their seafood but also because of the location: the restaurant is inside an ancient covered market.

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Solna Centrum Metro Station.

Day 3 – Drottningholm palace and Skeppsholmen

Morning – Drottningholm Palace

Drottningholm Palace is a magnificent 17th-century palace located on the island of Lovön, just outside Stockholm. The palace is one of the most well-preserved royal palaces in Europe and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991. It was built in the 17th century in Baroque style by Nicodemus Tessin (both the younger and the elder).

Since 1981 Drottningholm is the primary residence of the Swedish royal family. Visitors can take a guided tour of the palace and see the beautiful state apartments, which are adorned with stunning works of art and furniture from the 17th and 18th centuries. The palace is also home to a beautiful park and garden, which was inspired by the famous gardens of Versailles.

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Photo credits to @artisticamente_arte.

Afternoon – Skeppsholmen (Moderna Museum and the Toy Museum)

On your way back from Drottningholm don’t forget to check out the most beautiful metro stations on the green line. Then you can reach Skeppsholmen via the blue line.

Skeppsholmen is a small island located in the central part of Stockholm that is home to several interesting museums and cultural institutions. The island has a rich history and was once used as a military base, but today it’s a popular destination for art and history lovers.

A must visit above all? The Moderna Museet, located on the island, is one of the most famous modern art museums in Sweden, and it’s definitely worth a visit if you’re interested in contemporary art. The museum has an impressive collection of modern and contemporary art and includes temporary exhibitions as well.

But my personal favorite? The Toy Museum (unfortunately the website is only in Swedish). The Toy Museum displays a vast collection of toys and games from different eras and countries. The museum is a great place to explore and learn about the history of toys and how they have evolved. It also features the car of King Carl XVI Gustaf, and his father and grandfather as well. The icing on the cake? The Toy Museum is hosted inside the ancient navy base inside the island’s bunker.

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Evening – Typical cuisine in Gamla Stan

In the evening, head back to Gamla Stan for a final stroll through the charming streets and indulge in some traditional Swedish cuisine at one of the many restaurants that serve classic dishes such as meatballs, pickled herring, and smoked salmon.

My pick? Slingerbulten. This excellent typical restaurant serves some of the best meatballs in Stockholm, and their blackcurrant sauce is excellent! I really recommend it. Note: the restaurant is quite small and you should book a reservation.

Best neighborhoods to stay in Stockholm

Stockholm has many cool neighborhoods you can choose from when planning your stay. We personally choose Gamla Stan because it’s very central and also close to T-Centralen, where the shuttles for Arlanda’s airport start. We were the very happy guests of the Mälardrottningen Hotell & Restaurang, a yacht that has been converted into a hotel. Their breakfast is abundant and allowed us to make brunch so that we ate a complete lunch only in the evening and save a lot of money (boy if Stockholm is expensive when it comes to food!).

You have similar options in the Sodermalm district. Den Röda Båten and Rygerfjord are less expensive than Mälardrottningen but still in a very cool area, close to Sodermalm’s beautiful streets and to Fotografiska.

My third and last option would be Norrmalm. Very close to T-Centralen you will be spoilt for choice for all the budgets!

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Mälardrottningen Hotel in Gamla Stan.

Some tips before visiting Stockholm

  • Remember to extra check the museum opening hours and national festivities. I learned this the hard way! We were visiting close to Easter and some museums changed their schedules. Also between Winter and Summer schedules changes so make sure you are consulting their opening hours for the right time of the year. Note: the websites are most often updated, a check there will be enough.
  • Save money with brunches. I do this a lot when traveling to expensive countries or sometimes even if my schedule is very charged, which it often is! When booking your hotel check out their breakfast price and if it’s abundant in the comments, that way you will save on your noon launch. I’ve made an exception for the Nobel Ice Cream and a delicious meal at the Moderna Museum, their restaurant has a panoramic view over Djurgården.
  • Save extra money with Go City Stockholm Pass and Stockholm Travel Card. When spending three days in Stockholm you will largely repay the cost of both the Stockholm Pass and Travel Card. Almost all the museums mentioned in this guide are included with the Stockholm Pass. While the Travel Card gives complete access to all transports, including ferries. Note: the itinerary from Arlanda to Stockholm Center and vice-versa is not included.
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How many days should I spend in Stockholm?

Stockholm is an amazing city, and there are many things to do and see. When booking your stay you should consider staying at least 3 days. But the more the merrier! There are many activities to do throughout all the archipelago and you could easily fill your itinerary for a week. If you are looking for more inspiration from Stockholm, check out our guides and itineraries.

In conclusion, is Stockholm worth visiting?

Stockholm is absolutely worth visiting! Its Nordic charm is undeniable and with this Stockholm in 3 days itinerary you will have a taste of the city’s history, culture, and natural beauty. Are you planning a trip to Northern Europe soon? Check out for new inspirations among the European countries we write about.

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These are the best Colosseum tours in 2023, here is why

I know, picking the perfect Colosseum tour may seem quite a challenge among all the possibilities you have. There are more than 400 search results when looking at the best Colosseum tours on getyourguide. With many new appearing every month (be careful of the scams, especially on private tours). So without further delay, here are the best and why you should pick them.

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The best Colosseum tours

I love comparison tables! I think they are so helpful when you are trying to pick the best choice. So here is the one for the best Colosseum tours. You can directly go to the ticket booking option by clicking on the name or if you want more information about each tour just scroll through the blog post.

Colosseum Entry Tickets/🏛️22€
Colosseum Guided Tour2.30🗣️opt.🏛️49 – 64€
Colosseum Arena + Underground Guided Tour3🗣️✔️✔️🏛️119€
Colosseum by Night with Underground & Arena2🗣️✔️✔️109€
Guided Vatican & Colosseum Tours6.30🗣️101€
Colosseum and Ancient Rome Guided Tour3.30🗣️🏛️ ⛲60€

🏛️ Palatine Hill and Roman Forum
⛪ St. Peter’s Basilica
⛲ Piazza Navona, Piazza Venezia, and Pantheon

Our pick? The Colosseum Guided Tour with the Arena option. Entering the arena is magical!

Colosseum Entry Tickets + Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

The best way to visit the Colosseum on your own is with a skip-the-line ticket that will let you add two more landmarks to your tour: the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Enjoy Roma Caput Mundi (translates Rome the head of the world) by visiting the most iconic locations of ancient Roman times.

The tour includes ONLY the tickets.

You can head over to the “Ticket Holder and Roma Pass” line for the mandatory security checks. It’s very important to be on time following the precise slot which is attributed to you. If you are late you may lose your spot! Also note that once you exit the monument you will not be able to re-enter, so remember to book the right time slot for you.

Book the Colosseum Entry Tickets here.

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Colosseum Guided Tour (with Arena optional) + Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

This bundle covers the guided visit to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill. It has skip the line options and in 2.30 hours will give you much complementary info about the three locations.

When booking the tour, you can pay for the option to access the arena and that’s indeed something I recommend! The view of the Colosseum from the public’s seats is absolutely unique. But if something can top it that’s the moment you pass by the gladiators’ gate to enter the arena. The Gladiator’s music starts playing right away in your head, it’s quite magical!

Note: the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill are huuuge to explore! While you can easily see the Colosseum in 40-60 minutes, I’d recommend spending more time on the other two. As you won’t be able to get out without losing your ticket once you are inside, consider bringing snacks or sandwiches with you and picnicking so that when the guided tour is over you can stay inside.

Book the Colosseum Guided Tour here.

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Colosseum Arena + Underground Guided Tour + Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

Exploring the underground technically known as hypogeum is really interesting. Situated under the arena where the shows and battles were staged, the underground was a labyrinth of machines and servants working to give the best show ever.

Once completely visible from the public’s area, recent renovation works are gradually recovering the underground with a wooden walkway. In a short time the Colosseum will look like it was back in Roman antiquity.

This tour includes also the entry tickets to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.

Book the Colosseum Arena + Underground Guided Tour here.

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Colosseum by Night with Underground & Arena

Entering the arena is absolutely magical, but imagine entering it at night! With this tour you will have access to the arena and underground.

One of the main benefits of going with this choice? The Colosseum standard visits are not allowed at night, as a result, you can enjoy the Colosseum with no crowds!

Book the Colosseum by Night with Underground & Arena here.

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Photo from Credits to Matteo Basile.

Guided Vatican & Colosseum Tours

Want to catch antique Rome and the Vatican essentials in a day? Get this tour! You start your day at the Vatican, guided through an inspiring journey through iconic sights and artworks. The highlights of the tour? Michelangelo’s frescoes on the Sistine Chapel ceiling. Note: you will have about 20 minutes inside the Sistine Chapel to admire the beautiful frescoes.

Once the visit is over and after a short lunch break, enter the 1st and 2nd floors of the Colosseum. Overall the tour lasts the whole day and doesn’t include meals or transportation from the Vatican to the Colosseum.

Book the Guided Vatican & Colosseum Tours here.

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Colosseum and Ancient Rome Guided Tour

Get the gist of ancient Rome with this guided tour that will let you discover the 1st and 2nd floors of the Colosseum. And much more than that! In fact, the tour includes a walk through the Roman Forum (but NOT the Palatine Hill), the Capitoline Hill, Piazza Venezia (Altare della Patria), Piazza Navona, and the Pantheon.

Just like our self-guided one-day tour in Rome, this tour is perfect to see some of Rome’s most important landmarks.

Book the Colosseum and Ancient Rome Guided Tour here.

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Useful things to know before visiting the Colosseum

  • Wear comfortable shoes. You will walk a LOT in Rome if you are planning to visit the monuments (I’m thinking of the Colosseum and the Roman Forum for example). Take your most comfortable sneakers or sandals, you will thank me later!
  • Take a water bottle with you. The walks are long and tiring, but there are plenty of free drinking water fountains in Rome. You won’t have any problem filling your bottle even inside the Roman Forum.
  • Be careful of your time slot. Losing your ticket or guide because you are late s***s (and you may also lose the refund)! Don’t take any risks and make sure to get to your meeting point earlier. You will also get to admire the monument from the outside better. I remember taking a million photos while waiting for our tour to start!

Frequently asked questions about Colosseum Tours

Should I book the Colosseum ticket in advance?

Yes. This is very important as the tour gets fully booked fast. And also the time slots available may be less practical. The moment you book your flight to Rome, check out also for your tickets to Rome’s highlights.

Is it worth getting a guided tour of the Colosseum?

A self-guided tour is great of course, if you are looking for a budget-friendly option. There are many explication panels everywhere in the archaeological site. But if you are still undecided take the lip and invest in a guided tour. Especially in the Colosseum where you can learn so many extra details if exploring with a guide.

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What day is the Colosseum free?

Each first Sunday of the month, entry to many public monuments in Rome is free. It’s indeed a great solution if you are looking to save some money. But, as you can imagine everyone and their mom will be visiting.

Is it worth paying for the Colosseum?

There are many nice pictures you can take outside the Colosseum. But entering inside is magical, especially in the arena! You will be transported back in time

Have you picked your favorite?

The best Colosseum tour for you depends on your interests, budget, and the amount of time you have. But remember to reserve in advance. Also if you are planning a vacation in Rome or Italy in general, check out our guides, tips and day trips prepared for you by an Italian!

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60+ Perfect girls trip captions and quotes for Instagram

Going on a girls’ trip is one of the most exciting experiences in life. It’s a time to bond with your girlfriends, create unforgettable memories, and let loose from everyday responsibilities. Whether you’re planning a weekend getaway or a week-long adventure, girls’ trips are all about fun, relaxation, and friendship. And what better way to capture those moments than with some inspiring girls trip captions and quotes? Cherish your memories while also inspiring to keep traveling and exploring the world with your besties.

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Short captions for your trips with your besties

In squad we trust.

My kind of therapy.

Wanderlust and girl power.

Adventure awaits, and so do we.

Taking over the world one vacation at a time.

Exploring the world with my favorite girls.

Life is short, travel with the girls.

Traveling with my squad, living my best life.

Let’s go girls!

When in doubt, take a girls’ trip!

Squad goals achieved.

Bad**s girls trip captions

Good girls go to Heaven, bad girls go everywhere!

What happens on a girls trip stays on a girls trip.

I can’t keep calm I’m going on a girls trip!

Danger: girls trip in progress.

Passports and cocktails, that’s all we need.

Wine not? Girls trip edition.

The world is our playground and we’re not holding back.

Funny girls trip Instagram captions

Pack your bags, we’re outta here!

Girls don’t wait for the prince anymore, they pack and travel the world.

You can pack for every occasion, but nothing is better to bring than a good friend.

We don’t get drunk, we get awesome!

Leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but memories and lots of selfies.

Let’s wander where the Wi-Fi is weak and the cocktails are strong.

Traveling with my besties: it’s cheaper than therapy.

Ready for takeoff and a whole lot of fun.

Inspiring girls trip captions

Good friends and great adventures make for the perfect girls’ trip.

Travel far, travel wide, travel with your girlfriends.

Adventure awaits, go find it with your girlfriends.

The best friendships are built on adventures shared.

Life was meant for good friends and great adventures.

Traveling with your besties is like having your own personal cheerleading squad.

A girls’ trip is not just a vacation, it’s an investment in lifelong friendships.

There’s no better feeling than being surrounded by your favorite people in a new place.

The best part of a girls’ trip is the laughter and memories that come with it.

Life is short, but the memories made on a girls’ trip last forever.

Traveling with your besties is the ultimate way to create memories that last a lifetime.

Wanna learn about the world? Go experience it with your friends!

There’s no better feeling than experiencing new things with your best friends by your side.

There is a whole world out there. Pack your backpack, your best friend and go.

A good friend listen to your adventures, your best friend makes them with you.

A girls’ trip is a chance to make memories that you’ll still be laughing about 50 years from now.

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Sipping on sunshine with my favorite ladies.

Girls just wanna have sun.

Bringing the sun wherever we go.

Life’s a beach and we’re just here for the good vibes.

Tropical state of mind with my beach squad.

Good friends, great views, and endless beach days.

Salty hair, don’t care. Just having fun with my friends.

Nothing beats a day at the beach with my favorite people.

Friends, sun, sand, and sea. Life is better at the beach.

Sand between our toes and laughter in the air.

The beach is calling and we must go… with our besties!

Famous quotes about friendship

“Happy girls are the prettiest girls” – Audrey Hepburn

“Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.” – Woodrow Wilson

“Exploring the world with your girlfriends is the best way to discover yourself.” – Oprah Winfrey

“Traveling in the company of those we love is home in motion.” – Leigh Hunt

“A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill

“There is an unspoken bond you create with the friends you travel with.” – Kristen Sarah

“Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter.” – Izaak Walton

We solemnly swear that we are up to no good.
From J.K. Rowling original quote “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.”

Grab your girlfriends and go!

Girls’ trips are all about creating unforgettable memories with your best friends. Whether you’re exploring a new city, relaxing on the beach, or trying new foods, the experiences you share with your squad will stay with you forever. So grab your girlfriends, plan your next adventure, and let these inspiring girls trip captions and quotes be your guide to creating the ultimate getaway.

Do you like inspiring quotes and Instagram captions? At anitabeyondthesea we love them too! In our Travel Inspiration page you will find many more. And if you would like to be inspired to travel to new destinations, check out the regions and countries we write about.

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The Best Things to do in Oslo (9 unmissable activities!)

Oslo is a vibrant and cosmopolitan destination that offers visitors a unique blend of modern urban culture and traditional Scandinavian charm. With its stunning natural scenery, captivating museums, and futuristic architecture, Oslo has something to offer every traveler. In this article, we will explore some of the best things to do in Oslo, from exploring historic landmarks to world-class museums, we also included a boat tour. Let’s go!

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Visit the Fram Museum and Kontiki Museum

Commonly known as the Museum’s Island, Bygdøy is a peninsula in front of Oslo city center. It’s home to the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History (partly an open-air museum), the Viking Ship Museum (unfortunately temporarily closed for renovations), the Norwegian Maritime Museum, and last but not least two of the most incredible museums for explorer lovers: the Fram Museum and Kontiki Museum.

I must confess that as a history passionate, I’m always fond of this type of museum dedicated to the exploration and people who changed history with their discoveries. But even knowing so, I was still blown away by the narrative of both museums. If I only had time for one thing to do in our best things to do in Oslo list, these would be my go-to choices!

The museums are adjacent one another, for this reason they are presented as a single activity.

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The Fram Museum

The Fram Museum is a must-visit for anyone interested in polar exploration and Norwegian maritime history. The museum is dedicated to the famous Norwegian polar ship, Fram, which was used by explorers Fridtjof Nansen and Roald Amundsen in their expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic regions.

The museum showcases the history of the Fram, its crew, and the expeditions it undertook, with fascinating exhibits and interactive displays that bring the story to life. Visitors can also go on board the ship itself and explore its cabins, engine room, and other areas.

Opening hours: 10 AM to 5 PM (September to April) and 9.30 AM to 6 PM (May to August).
Fram Museum website.

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For kids… and grown ups. You can take a picture of yourself at the helm of the legendary Fram. P.S. In case you are wondering, I did the same picture too!

The Kon-Tiki Museum

Attached to the Fram Museum, the Kon-Tiki Museum is another fascinating museum in Oslo that showcases the spirit of adventure and exploration. The museum is dedicated to the famous Norwegian explorer, Thor Heyerdahl, and his expeditions on the Kon-Tiki raft and the Ra (I and II) reed boats.

Visitors can see the original vessels used by Heyerdahl in his expeditions, as well as other exhibits that detail his life and work. The museum also houses a collection of artifacts and objects from Heyerdahl’s travels.

Opening hours: 10 AM to 5 PM (September to April), 10 AM to 6 PM (May), and 9.30 AM to 6 PM (June to August).
Kon-Tiki Museum website.

With their unique exhibits and thrilling stories of exploration, both museums are a must-visit for anyone interested in the history of adventure and discovery.

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Take a stroll in Vigeland Park and Vigeland Museum

The park is home to over 200 bronze, granite, and cast iron sculptures created by the Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland. The sculptures depict human figures in a variety of poses and expressions, and they are set against a backdrop of lush gardens and fountains. The park is a popular spot for picnics, jogging, and relaxing, and it’s open 24 hours a day.

The museum, which is a few meters outside the park, displays the works of Gustav Vigeland, one of Norway’s most influential artists. And includes sketches, models, and plaster casts of his sculptures from his early years to his final unique style. It’s a great place to learn more about the artist and his creative process, including the creation of the adjacent Vigeland Park.

Opening site: Closed on Monday and from 12 to 4 PM from Tue to Sun.
Vigeland Museum and Park website.

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Take a boat tour of the Oslo Fjord

A boat tour of the Oslo Fjord is a fantastic way to experience the stunning natural beauty of Norway’s coastline and get a unique perspective on the city of Oslo. The fjord, which stretches over 100 kilometers from the Oslofjord to the town of Halden on the Swedish border, is dotted with picturesque islands, quaint fishing villages, and lush forests.

You can board a 2 hours sightseeing boat tour from Oslo’s harbor. The choice is between an electric, modern, and ecological boat or an elegant sailing ship. The cruise will lead you through the fjord’s tranquil waters, passing by iconic landmarks such as the Oslo Opera House and the Akershus Fortress. The tour guides offer informative commentary on the history and geography of the region, and passengers can enjoy refreshments and snacks on board.

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Explore the Barcode Project and Oslo Opera House

The Barcode Project is a striking architectural complex in the heart of Oslo, that is definitely worth visiting. It consists of a series of high-rise buildings, each with a unique design and distinct character, that together form a sleek and modern urban landscape.

Visitors can stroll close to the waterfront promenade and marvel at the buildings’ angular shapes and glass facades, which reflect the surrounding natural beauty and cityscape. The Barcode Project is also home to shops, cafes, and restaurants, making it a great place to eat and relax after your explorations.

Very close to the Barcode Project, the Oslo Opera House is a stunning cultural landmark in Oslo, Norway, that is a must-visit destination for music and architecture lovers. The building’s unique design, which resembles a glacier floating on the Oslo Fjord, is an impressive feat of engineering and has become an iconic symbol of the city.

Visitors can take a guided tour of the opera house (from Monday to Saturday at 1 PM and 2 PM on Sunday), which includes behind-the-scenes glimpses of the production facilities, rehearsal rooms, and dressing rooms. The opera house also hosts a variety of world-class performances, from opera and ballet to contemporary music and theater.

The Norwegian Opera & Ballet website.

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Akershus Fortress

Akershus Fortress is a historically significant and impressive landmark in Oslo, Norway. The fortress was built in the late 13th century and has served various purposes throughout history, including as a royal residence, military stronghold, and prison. The location of the fortress on the waterfront provides visitors with picturesque views of the Oslofjord and the city skyline. Those who visit can explore the castle grounds, which include numerous buildings and towers, each with its unique history and significance.

Visitors can also learn about the fortress’s rich history through the various exhibits and displays. The fortress is open to the public daily, with varying opening and closing times depending on the season. As one of Oslo’s most significant historical sites, Akershus Fortress is a must-visit for anyone interested in learning more about Norway’s past.

Opening hours: the fortress’ gates are open from 6 AM to 9 PM, to visit the museums and interiors check the website’s information.
Akershus fortress website.

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Munch Museum

The museum takes its name from the Norwegian painter Edvard Munch, who is widely considered to be one of the most important artists of the modern era. The collection includes paintings, prints, and drawings, as well as personal belongings and photographs. An interactive reconstruction of Edvard Munch display also everyday objects from the painter’s life.

Some of Munch’s most famous works, such as “The Scream” and “Madonna,” are part of the museum’s permanent collection. The Munch Museum also hosts temporary exhibitions (mostly focused on modern art), educational programs, and events that explore the artist’s life and work, as well as contemporary art and culture. With its rich collection and diverse offerings, the Munch Museum is a must-see destination for art lovers and anyone interested in the life and legacy of Edvard Munch.

Pro Tip: Munch created different versions of “Skrik” (from Norwegian “The Scream”). In the museum area dedicated to it, there are three versions on display: a painting, one version in pastels, and a lithograph. To avoid the wear of time from the exposure to the light the three works of art are exhibited in rotation, one hour each. To increase your chances to see all of them, go directly to the 4th floor at the exhibition Edvard Munch Infinite when you enter.

Opening hours: 10 AM to 6 PM (Sun to Tue) and 10 AM to 9 PM (Wed to Sat).
Munchmuseet website.

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Norsk Folkemuseum

Norsk Folkemuseum is a fascinating open-air museum, in the Bygdøy peninsula, that showcases the history and culture of Norway through its architecture, artifacts, and exhibitions. The museum covers over 150 acres and features over 150 buildings from various regions and periods of Norwegian history. Including farmhouses, stave churches, and artisan workshops.

Visitors can explore the meticulously recreated historic interiors, learn about traditional Norwegian crafts, and watch live demonstrations of everything from weaving and pottery to woodworking and blacksmithing. The museum also offers a range of interactive exhibits and activities, such as horse-drawn carriage rides and traditional games, making it a great destination for families and anyone interested in Norwegian culture and heritage.

Note: check out the museum’s agenda to know their activities.
Opening hours: 11 AM to 4 PM Tuesday to Sunday (Oct to April), 10 AM to 5 PM (May to Sep).
Norsk Folkemuseum website.

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The Royal Palace

The Royal Palace is the official residence of the Norwegian monarch and one of the most iconic landmarks in Oslo. It was designed by the Danish architect Hans Linstow in the neoclassical style and completed in 1849.

When visiting in the summer months, you can take a guided tour of the palace, which includes the ceremonial halls, banquet rooms, and private apartments of the royal family. The palace is also surrounded by beautiful gardens, fountains, and sculptures, which are open to the public year-round.

Even when a visit to the interiors is not possible, a walk through the gardens and the elegant area nearby is worth it, including the National Theater and Norwegian Parliament.

The Royal Palace website.

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Aker Brygge

Aker Brygge is Oslo’s bustling waterfront district. The area was formerly a shipyard but has been transformed into a modern and stylish urban space, featuring a mix of shops, restaurants, cafes, and bars, as well as a marina for boats and yachts.

Aker Brygge is a popular destination for locals and visitors, who come to soak up the lively atmosphere and enjoy the stunning views of the Oslo Fjord. The area is also home to several cultural institutions, such as the Nobel Peace Center and the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art.

When visiting you can take a stroll along the waterfront promenade, go find the many modern installations in the alleys or outside the Astrup Fearnley Museum, or sample some of the local seafood at one of the many restaurants and bars.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is Oslo worth visiting?

Yes, it’s indeed worth visiting because of the landmarks and activities mentioned above, but not only. Oslo is situated in the middle of a beautiful natural area. Fjords, woods, and lakes, if you want to test outdoor adventures you won’t have to go far from Norway’s capital.

How many days do I need to visit Oslo?

If you don’t have a ton of activities on your schedule, 2 days are enough to see all the major landmarks and activities the city has to offer.

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Is Oslo expensive?

There is no doubt that Oslo is one of the most expensive cities in the world. Keep that in mind when planning your itinerary. Food and activities especially are more expensive than in many other capitals. On the other hand, public transport is more accessible thanks to daily passes for ferries, trams, and the metro.


Whether you’re a history buff, a foodie, or an architecture enthusiast, Oslo has something to offer everyone. So, whether you’re planning a short city break or a longer vacation, be sure to check out some of these top things to do in Oslo, and experience the best that the city has to offer.

Are you traveling to Norway soon? Check out our guides and day trips in Oslo and the Lofoten and Vesteralen Islands.

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Gamla Stan walking tour (including a map and hidden gems)

Gamla Stan is one of the oldest and most fascinating neighborhoods in Stockholm. With winding streets, colorful buildings, and countless attractions, there’s no shortage of things to do in Gamla Stan. Are you interested in knowing more? Follow us on our Gamla Stan walking tour to enjoy the best activities and sights!

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Before you dive into our Gamla Stan walking tour

This is the itinerary I created when I was visiting Stockholm, and it assumes that you are arriving from Gamla Stan metro station, situated in the South West of the island.

Gamla Stan neighborhood is mainly on the island of Stadsholmen, but it also includes the islets of Riddarholmen, Helgeandsholmen, and Strömsborg, which I have included as well in the itinerary. Don’t hesitate to follow the map below to locate the exact locations.

Depending on where you are coming from, feel free to skip our first three stops. If you have a tight schedule you can directly start your tour from Stortorget, one of Gamla Stan and Stockholm’s symbols.

The duration of our Gamla Stan walking tour will entirely depend on your pace. Personally, it took us about 6 hours including the pause for launch. But I think it could take also less. We took our time to enjoy Storkyrkan Cathedral as we got in the middle of an Easter representation for kids. And we rushed a little through the Nobel Prize Museum where you could easily spend 2 hours.

Disclaimer: I really had fun crafting this VERY detailed itinerary, and I know that some stops may look “weird” (sorry Källargränd urinoar). Feel free to take this as inspiration to create your itinerary.

Without no further ado, let’s start our tour.

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Sweden’s oldest urinar, källargränd urinoar.

René Descartes Last House and Mårten Trotzigs

Start your Gamla Stan walking tour from the Southern part. A few minutes from Gamla Stan metro station you will find a small corner square. Adorned by beautiful ancient buildings, your attention will focus on one in particular. It’s where René Descartes spent the last months of his life when he was tutoring Queen Christina. A commemorative plaque stands outside the beautiful building adorned by sculptures.

You could easily pass by Mårten Trotzigs without noticing it. And that’s because being only 90 centimeters wide at its narrowest point, the alley is Stockholm’s narrowest street. Note: there is a small black portal to cross (normally it’s open) to enter inside.

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Stroll through Västerlånggatan

All the alleys are a joy for the eyes in Gamla Stan, but Västerlångatan is indeed one of the most beautiful. The narrow, cobblestone street is lined with colorful buildings, quaint shops, and charming restaurants. Take your time to soak in the atmosphere and admire the architecture, which ranges from medieval to baroque styles.

Be sure to keep an eye out for hidden alleys and courtyards, which often lead to quiet, peaceful spots away from the crowds. you may even find small statues or fun panels.

Pass by the German Church

On your way to Stortorget admire the external facade of St. Gertrude’s Church, also known as the German Church because during the Middle Ages, it was in an area dominated by the Germans.

The Church was built in the 15th century, but through the centuries it underwent many renovations. The interior is in Baroque style with large colored windows.

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Stortorget and the Nobel Prize Museum

Stortorget, from Swedish “Grand Square”, is the main square in Gamla Stan and is one of the most picturesque and historic spots in Stockholm. The square is surrounded by beautiful buildings which were built between the 15th and the 17th century.

Buildings number 20 and 18

Of all the buildings, two stand out and are often represented as Stockholm’s symbols: I’m talking about buildings number 20 and 18. Respectively the red and yellow constructions in Stortorget Square. They are among the oldest, and since the 17th century, they have been merged.

Building number 20, the red one, is known as Ribbinska huset (the House of Ribbing) and has 82 white stones, that are said to symbolize the noble’s heads decapitated by the Danish king during Stockholm Bloodbath in 1520.

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The legend of the cannonballs

There is one last detail that should capture your attention: the cannonballs on the buildings’ walls. Many tourists look for the most famous, above the sign at the corner of building number 7. But there are 3 more to look for on the facade of the adjacent building.

The legend narrates that they were fired during Stockholm Bloodbath. But most likely the first cannonball on building number 7 was put there by the furniture merchant who renovated the palace by the end of the 18th century, to honor Gustav Vasa’s siege to free Stockholm from Danish domination. While the other three were added as a sort of competition between the owners of the two buildings.

The Wooden Horse Museum

On the left angle of the square (close to the Nobel Museum), there is a small shop that deserves a mention. It’s the Wooden Horse Museum. Even though it’s more a store than a museum, it collects many different types of Sweden’s unofficial symbol: the Dala Horse.

The shop showcases also artists at work to create the small wooden statuettes and many different models in size and colors. Of course, the prices are quite expensive, you can find Dala Horses at cheaper rates elsewhere in the capital, but even if it’s only to admire the different models it’s worth spending a few minutes. There is no entry fee.

Opening Hours: 11 AM to 6 PM (2nd, May – 20th, December), Tue to Sat 11 AM to 6 PM (March – April), January – February by appointment only.
Wooden Horse Museum website.

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The Nobel Prize Museum

If you’re interested in science and history, you will love our next stop: the Nobel Prize Museum. Located inside the ancient Stockholm Stock Exchange Building, the museum explores the history and impact of the Nobel Prize, which was founded by Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel.

Visitors can learn about the lives and work of Nobel laureates, as well as view interactive exhibits and installations. The museum also features a gift shop, where you can purchase unique souvenirs related to the Nobel Prize.

And since by the end of your visit, it will be lunchtime, why not enjoy a meal at the museum’s bistro? This is where the Nobel laureates eat the famous Nobel Ice Cream, a delicious vanilla ice cream with a topping of red fruit sauce.

But the hidden-not-so-hidden gems of the bistro are its chairs. Why are they special? They are signed by some of the most brilliant minds in the world. In fact, it’s a tradition for every Nobel laureate to sign the chairs when they come to Stockholm. Who knows on whose signature you will end up sitting?!

Opening Hours: Tue to Fri 11 AM to 5 PM, Sat to Sun 10 AM to 6 PM.
Nobel Prize Museum website.

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Järnpojken and Stockholm’s oldest urinal

On your way to Storkyrkan, you can admire Swede’s tiniest public statue, the Iron Boy gazing at the moon. The Järnpojken was made in 1967 by artist Liss Eriksson who lived in an apartment inside the square where the statue is.

To find the statue use the GPS if possible as the square is rather secluded and difficult to find, it may look like you are entering private property. Don’t hesitate to ask locals as they are often very happy to help and surprised of meeting a tourist who has heard of their dear Iron Boy.

Definitely less romantic than Järnpojken, the first urinal of Stockholm and probably also Sweden (Källargränd urinoar) is between the Nobel Prize Museum and Storkyrkan cathedral, and you won’t have any difficulty locating it, thanks to its vibrant green structure. In case you need a pit stop, you know where to go! 😉

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Storkyrkan cathedral

Storkyrkan Cathedral, also known as Stockholm Cathedral, is one of the oldest and most impressive buildings in Gamla Stan, and the first church built in Stockholm. The cathedral dates back to the 13th century when it was originally the parish church of the entire city.

It features a mix of architectural styles, including Gothic and Baroque. Inside, you’ll find a stunning altar, impressive sculptures, and intricate stained-glass windows. Don’t miss the chance to see the famous wooden statue of St. George and the Dragon a beautiful 3,5 meters statue with both religious and political meaning (it’s a tribute to the Battle of Brunkeberg in 1471).

Opening hours: Daily 9.30 AM to 5 PM

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The Royal Palace and its museums

No visit to Gamla Stan would be complete without a stop at the Royal Palace, the official residence of the Swedish royal family. The palace, which dates back to the 18th century, is one of the largest palaces in Europe, with over 600 rooms. Visitors can explore the various halls and chambers, as well as view the royal regalia and art collections. Be sure to catch the daily changing of the guard ceremony, which takes place in the palace courtyard.

Check out the Kungliga slotten (Royal Palace) website.

The Royal Apartments

The Royal Apartments in Stockholm’s Royal Palace are an exquisite display of Swedish craftsmanship and grandeur. Built in the mid-18th century, the apartments feature luxurious furnishings, intricate tapestries, and stunning artwork. The apartments were used by the Swedish monarchs until the early 20th century, and they are now open to the public for tours.

Visitors can explore the state rooms, which include the Throne Room and the Hall of State, as well as the private chambers of the royal family, such as the Queen’s Apartments and the King’s Apartments. The Royal Apartments offer a fascinating glimpse into the opulent lifestyle of Sweden’s royalty and the country’s rich history.

Note: due to the active function of the Royal Apartments, they may be partially or temporarily closed. Check out the website’s opening hours.

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The Treasury

The Treasury in Stockholm’s Royal Palace is located in the basement of the palace, and is home to an impressive collection of royal regalia, including crowns, scepters, and other ceremonial objects used in coronations and other state ceremonies. Visitors can also see priceless artifacts, such as the sword of King Gustav Vasa, dating back to the 16th century, and the silver baptismal font used in the christening of Crown Princess Victoria.

The treasury also displays the Order of the Seraphim, Sweden’s highest order of chivalry, as well as other orders and medals awarded to members of the royal family. Even if rather small, the exhibits in the Treasury provide a fascinating insight into the history and traditions of Swedish royalty and the country’s rich cultural heritage.

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Tre Kronor

The Three Crowns Museum is dedicated to the original Tre Kronor Palace in Stockholm. It showcases the history of the palace from a Viking wooden blockade to a Renaissance palace.

The palace was destroyed in a devastating fire in 1697, and the museum displays both rescued objects and newly created models to tell its story. The museum is located on the ground floor of the palace’s northern wing, which is also the section that withstood the fire the best. Visitors can enter the museum by passing through the 5-meter thick defense wall from the 1200s.

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Gustav III’s Museum of Antiquities

The museum opens its doors from May to September.

The Gustav III’s Museum of Antiquities is one of Europe’s oldest museums, having opened in 1794, and features a collection of over 200 sculptures purchased by King Gustav III during a trip to Italy in the late 1700s.

The sculptures were originally exhibited in honor of the king after his death, and today, they can be viewed in the Palace’s stone galleries during the summer months. The museum is located in the palace’s northwestern wing and provides visitors with a stunning view of the Logården, or “Shot Yard.”

The Larger Stone Gallery showcases the collection’s centerpiece, the Endymion sculpture, which gained great interest in the 1700s. Visitors can also enjoy a virtual tour of the museum, which is open from May to September.

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the Royal Apartments in the Royal Palace.

The Royal Armoury

The Royal Armoury, originally a storage place for Swedish kings’ weaponry, has been transformed into a museum that displays ceremonial equipment, weapons, and costumes from Sweden’s royal history.

The museum features intriguing items such as King Gustav III’s masquerade costume, complete with a bullet hole where he was shot, and King Karl XII’s blue cap, still stained with mud from when he was shot and fell in a trench.

Opening hours: Tue to Sun 11 AM to 5 PM, Thu 11 AM to 8 PM.

Riksdagshuset, the Parliament House

Located on the island of Helgeandsholmen in central Stockholm, the building was inaugurated in 1905 and has served as the seat of the Swedish parliament ever since. The impressive building, designed by architect Aron Johansson, features a neoclassical style with columns and a large central dome.

The parliament chamber is the main attraction of the building, and visitors can attend public debates and discussions during certain periods of the year. Riksdagshuset is not only an important political institution in Sweden, but it is also a significant cultural and historical landmark of the country’s democratic tradition.

If you are limited on schedule, you may end your tour here and head over Kungsträdgården Metro Station, which is also one of the most beautiful metro stations in Stockholm. Although, I highly recommend visiting also Riddarholmen Island before jumping again on Gamla Stan Metro Station.

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In case you chose to finish your Gamla Stan walking tour in Riddarholmen, head back to Stadsholmen and then towards Strömsborg an islet that hosts the building of an international intergovernmental organization. You will see Riddarholmen on your right.

Riddarholmen, which translates from Swedish as “Island of the Knights”, is a small island located just west of Gamla Stan. And while it may not be as well-known as its neighbor, it is still worth a visit.

The island is home to the Riddarholmen Church. Built in the 13th century Riddarholmen is one of Stockholm’s oldest buildings and a product of the Protestant Reformation in Sweden. The church is the final resting place of many Swedish monarchs and is a fascinating example of medieval architecture. Opening Hours: 10 AM to 4 PM (October – April) and 10 AM to 5 PM (May – September)

Additionally, the island offers stunning views of the Stockholm skyline, notably one of Stockholm’s landmarks: the City Hall. Its west side is a great spot for a peaceful stroll or picnic.

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Save money on museum entries thanks to Go City Stockholm Pass

Before wrapping up this blog post, I want to spend a last word about the Go City Stockholm Pass. When you are visiting Stockholm the pass is ideal because it will let you save money on museum entries.

On our Gamla Stan tour you would save the entries on the Nobel Prize Museum and Storkyrkan, if you add visiting the incredible Fotografiska, which is one metro stop away from Gamla Stan station (Slussen), or an archipelago tour you will easily repay the money on a 2-days or more pass.

Just remember that the Go City Pass Stockholm is profitable if you use it for two days or more since they removed the travel card which was included before. But depending on your Stockholm itinerary, I highly recommend doing the maths. For 3 or 5 days thanks to the Go City Stockholm Pass you could save up to 50% on your entry fees.

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Carriage entering the Royal Palace in Stockholm.

One last word about our Gamla Stan walking tour

In conclusion, Gamla Stan and Riddarholmen are two must-visit destinations for anyone traveling to Stockholm. These neighborhoods are full of history, culture, and charm, and offer a wide variety of activities and sights to explore. Whether you’re interested in architecture, history, food, or shopping, you’re sure to find something to enjoy.

Are you planning a trip to Stockholm? Check out our guides and itineraries for a perfect trip to Sweden’s capital, including this 3 days itinerary to help you make the most out of your visit.

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