Best Time To Go
Summer and fall—from June through October—are usually sublime with long, warm, sunny days. In the winter, the snow can be beautiful, but the darkness is challenging. Temperatures hover around freezing from November through April, and due to its far northern location, there can be as little as six hours of daylight in the dead of winter. (The upshot is that you can sometimes see the aurora borealis from Stockholm.)
Stockholm is a compact city and pleasant to explore on foot. There’s also an easy-to-navigate subway and extensive bus routes, though the bus maps leave much to be desired. SL Centers in the subway stations can help you with tickets, everything from a single journey for $4 to a seven-day pass for $35. One word of caution: there are a surprising number of dodgy taxi companies in town that must be avoided. Stick to the big, reputable ones, which include Taxi Stockholm, Taxi Kurir, and Taxi 020.
February is the coldest month, with an average temperature of 23°F (-5°C). July is the warmest, at 72°F (22°C).
Know Before You Go
July is when Swedes take their annual month-long holiday. Many restaurants close, and people head off to their country houses, so the capital can feel either pleasantly calm or disappointingly quiet. The same mass exodus happens around the midsummer holiday, in June.
Swedish, but absolutely everyone speaks excellent English, and they don’t think it at all rude if you address them in English.
Type F (two-prong plug)