City Walks: Exploring Stockholm’s Neighborhoods

Learn about the history and future of five neighborhoods in the eco-friendly city of Stockholm as you follow its wide-open streets along the shimmering coastline to lovely green spaces.
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Program No. 22982RJ
8 days
Starts at

At a Glance

Explore the city that is one-third urban spaces, one-third green spaces and one-third water! With your expert group leader and other locals, explore on foot five of the fourteen islands upon which Stockholm is founded, each with its own character and highlights – from the cobbled streets of historic Gamla Stan to the sustainable development at Hammarby Sjöstad and the hip neighborhood on the Island of Södermalm. Learn about the fascinating city of Stockholm from its Nordic seafaring history to its ecofriendly present and future. Each afternoon, spend some time getting to know the city better with time to explore on your own.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Experience Stockholm's pioneering approach to sustainable urban planning in the celebrated Hammarby Sjöstad neighborhood.
  • Discover by boat the beautiful Stockholm archipelago, which extends 50 miles east from the center of Stockholm out into the sea.
  • Get a taste for local life as you visit with Swedes over a cup of coffee at their home.

General Notes

Program includes independent time to explore the city and several meals on your own. Group Leaders will provide directions for self-directed excursions. Suggestions for free-time activities provided in preparatory materials.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Culture Smart! Sweden
by Charlotte J. DeWitt
This concise no-nonsense guide to local customs, etiquette and culture includes a short overview of the land and people along with practical travel advice.
The Messiah of Stockholm, A Novel
by Cynthia Ozick
Set in the dark of Stockholm's winter, this atmospheric short novel follows the peregrinations of Lars Andemeing -- and his search for his father Bruno Schulz.
Stockholm: 60 Creatives Show You the Best of the City
by Viction Workshop
A hip, colorful pocket guide with an emphasis on the artistic, drawing recommendations from 60 local creatives. Contains helpful travel advice, detailed neighborhood maps and a dust jacket that unfolds into an illustrated map.
Eyewitness Guide Sweden
by Eyewitness Guides
A handsomely illustrated guide to the country with color photos, recommended attractions, history and background information.
The Almost Nearly Perfect People, Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia
by Michael Booth
Guardian journalist Booth writes with laugh-out-loud humor and brutal candor about the Scandinavians, mixing history and his own experiences in Nordic regions in this searing cultural portrait.
Christina, Queen Of Sweden, The Restless Life Of A European Eccentric
by Veronica Buckley
A biography of the notoriously moody and flighty Queen of Sweden, Christina, who abdicated the throne, converted to Roman Catholicism and lived out the rest of her life immersed in the theater world of Rome.
A History of Scandinavia: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland
by T.K Derry
The story of Scandinavia from prehistory to the present with chapters on the Viking and Lutheran kingdoms, medieval times, monarchies, the World Wars and modern period, emphasizing the common cultural, political and social backgrounds.
Letters on Sweden, Norway, and Denmark
by Mary Wollstonecraft, William Godwin
Groundbreaking feminist Wollstonecraft records her observations of a late 18th-century journey through Scandinavia in this small masterpiece, rich in detail of people and place.
Stockholm, City of My Dreams
by Pers Anders Fogelstrom
Young Henning Nilsson arrives in Stockholm on the eve of the Industrial Revolution, eager for success, love and a fully experienced life in this Swedish classic of historical realist fiction, happily now available in an English translation.
Stockholm, A Cultural History
by Tony Griffiths
A literary, cultural guide to the art, architecture, traditions and history of Stockholm.
111 Places in Stockholm That You Shouldn't Miss
by Christiane Bröcker
This "111 Places" guide to Stockholm profiles so many strange and original places that it will surprise even loyal residents. Each hidden gem reveals the history and unique flavor of the Swedish city.
The Swedish Table
by Helene Henderson
Light and sophisticated, this collection of recipes from Swedish-born Henderson offers a healthier take on traditional Swedish cooking that is easily replicated in the American kitchen.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
by Stieg Larsson
Larsson combines murder mystery, family saga, love story and financial intrigue into a complex and atmospheric novel set in Stockholm and the snowy landscapes of northern Sweden.
The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life
by Anu Partanen
An emigrant to America from Finland, Anu Partanen compares and contrasts America with Scandinavia, debunking myths about socialism as she compellingly argues that the US would benefit from the Nordic approach.
Scandinavians, In Search of the Soul of the North
by Robert Ferguson
Wielding a mastery of Scandinavian history, broadcaster Robert Ferguson shows readers its slow sea-change from the Vendel and Viking Eras to the temperate, modern societies of today. He dissects two millennia with aplomb.
Smile of a Midsummer Night, A Picture of Sweden
by Agneta Blomqvist, Lars Gustafsson
Though it is a modest hardcover book, this work by one of Sweden’s preeminent writers is filled with surprising depth. Gustafsson and his companion, teacher Agneta Blomqvist, explore their Swedish homeland from south to north (Skane to Norrland) in their enticingly short work of great clarity.
Hanna's Daughters
by Marianne Fredriksson
A family saga spanning a swiftly changing century of Swedish history. Fredriksson reveals the female experience in 19th and 20th century Scandinavia.
Stockholm Noir
by Nathan Larson
This installment in the "Noir" series renders Stockholm, the chilled capital of Sweden, through the eyes of contemporary Swedish crime writers. Each of the dark, diverse and dramatic stories is set in a distinct neighborhood.
by Karin Alvtegen
Set in contemporary Stockholm, this tautly constructed tale marks the U.S. debut of Karin Alvtegen -- Sweden's Queen of Crime. Intricately plotted and emotionally complex.
DK Eyewitness Top Ten Stockholm
by Eyewitness Guides
A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions.
Fishing in Utopia, Sweden and the Future That Disappeared
by Andrew Brown
A eulogy to a lost way of life, memoir and travelogue, Brown's poignant account of his time in Sweden in the 1970s and many travels since (he was married to a Swedish woman) also traces changes in culture and society.
Insight Flexi Map Stockholm
by Insight Guides
An accordion-folded map of Stockholm, laminated for protection from weather and wear. It features a clear map of the downtown area, plus an index, recommended sights and some traveler's information. Scaled at: 1:12,500.

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