Stockholm is unarguably one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, and everyone I’ve met who has been there has had a great time. There is however, nearly always one complaint – the weather.
“The people are friendly, the city is beautiful, the girls are stunning – but the weather is horrible!” – is usually how it goes.
Stockholm has a really harsh climate, but when the weather is nice, it’s absolutely amazing! If you get there at the right time, you’ll get the best of everything, but if you’re there at the wrong time of the year – you won’t want to step out of the door..!
Stockholm Weather – When Is The Best Time To Visit Stockholm?
So When To Go?
June to August is typically the best months to visit Stockholm. This is during the summer, and the summer season in Sweden really is unlike most other countries in the world: the sun never sets! In Stockholm it’s only gone for about an hour before it comes back again. The dark months are long and cold in Sweden, so when the summer comes people want to do nothing else but being outside enjoying the weather. The summers are packed with locals (and tourists) in Stockholm, and you can enjoy the best of Stockholm at this time of the year. The fact that you can go swimming in the middle of the city is pretty special, but there are also hundreds of islands to take a trip to. At this time of the year there are tons of things to do; island hopping, outside concerts, canoeing etc. July is the hottest month in Stockholm, averaging between 24 – 26 degrees.
Visiting Stockholm in The Off Season?
Although the summer season may be hotter and sunnier, I would like to give a shout out to the off seasons as well. Spring and early autumn can be nothing less than stunning. Stockholm is a very green city, and seeing the city come to flourish in spring time is amazing. This is a beautiful time to walk around in parks, and in the city. It’s not packed with tourists, but you can still enjoy a hot chocolate on an outside seating at a cafe. The early autumn is just as beautiful, with the color changes in the nature. Often the weather is really nice at this time of the year, chilly but clear skies. Some people actually like the spring and autumn more than the summers. The best month to enjoy the springtime is in May, while the early autumn in September is amazing. The winter season is cold and dark, and the sun is only up for a couple of hours a day. Usually the temperatures average on -3 degrees.
Snow is common in Stockholm, and the old town looks really cozy at this time of the year. If you go there before Christmas it’s especially nice since they have put up Christmas decorations everywhere and you can take a visit to the Christmas market. The Swedish Christmas food is very special, and in Stockholm there are many places to go to get the best experience and tastes of the Swedish Christmas. Another nice place to visit on a clear day is Skansen, which is open all year round. They also have a Christmas market, as do Gröna Lund (the theme park).