Swedish Summers are known for the warm weather and long days, but the Spring has been a mix of sun and rain. I hope that the weather gets better in time for my parents to visit next week! I have a slew of touristy activities planned for them to show off this lovely city. My parents have decided to try Airbnb for the first time ever, and they were thrilled with the response from Swedish apartment owners!
One of the activities they will be here for is Midsummer. Midsummer celebrations in Sweden were traditionally held to welcome summertime and the season of fertility. A typical Midsummer menu features pickled herring, boiled new potatoes with fresh herbs, sour cream and chives. This is often followed by a BBQ main dish of some kind, such as spare ribs or salmon. For dessert, the first strawberries of summer will be the preferred choice either in a cake or served with cream.
The traditional beverages include cold beer and schnapps, preferably spiced. For first time schnapps participants, get ready for some singing and try to take the Fläder and Citron… my personal least favourite is “Bäska Droppar”. Every time the glasses are refilled get ready for a new song! I recently came across a video all about Midsummer here! This is a highly entertaining but stereotypical description of a Swedish Midsummer.
Many Swedes take this long weekend as a chance to get away from the city, so it may seem quiet in Stockholm. If you plan to be in the city, then the Skansen Open Air Museum hosts traditional parties with dance, song and fun games. There will also be family friendly parties in parks around the city such as Vasaparken and Tantolunden. This is a great place to experience a traditional Midsummer celebration.
Do you have any great tips for tourist attractions or Midsummer parties?
Have a great weekend!