Stockholm Weather – When Is Best Time To Visit Stockholm?

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?

Stockholm Weather

Stockholm Weather

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).

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15 Responses to Stockholm Weather – When Is Best Time To Visit Stockholm?

  1. Emily November 12, 2010 at 4:29 pm #

    Very good to know! I would love to visit Stockholm. I just can’t imagine being somewhere that’s light 23 hours a day! I went on an Alaskan cruise a few years ago, and as we went further north, the lighter it stayed at night. A few nights, it looked like a sunset all night and never got fully dark, so it was great that we had thick curtains. That would be wild to be somewhere where it’s really bright all the time–seems like it would be disorienting.

    • Nathan Schacherer November 13, 2010 at 6:38 pm #

      yeah i think its crazier when it gets dark at 3pm like it is now in winter time :p

  2. Sophie November 12, 2010 at 11:33 am #

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    • Nathan Schacherer November 13, 2010 at 6:38 pm #

      thanks Sophie – appreciate your nice comments. hope to see you around more 🙂

  3. GlobalButterfly November 12, 2010 at 7:44 pm #

    On my list of places to visit! 🙂

    • Nathan Schacherer November 13, 2010 at 6:36 pm #

      its a wonderful place – personally Summer is perfect, it’s a bit outta the way, but worth it i think 🙂

  4. Camila Navarro November 12, 2010 at 12:33 pm #

    A friend of mine lives in Västerås and I am planning to visir her next year. I guess I am going in a good time: August/September. Sometimes I ask her about the weather, in March or April, and she says: “It’s not cold anymore. Yesterday we had 10 degrees”. It’s too cold for me! 😉

    (English isn’t my first language too and “as we travel” is one of my favourite ways of practicing!)

    • Sofia November 12, 2010 at 7:32 pm #

      Hi Camila!
      August/Septemer would be a perfect time to travel there.
      Haha, it may sound depressing, but 10 degrees is warm for being March..!
      April is known to be a month where it’s warm and sunny weather one day and cold, rainy and hail the next – in other words, don’t go then!

      I’m glad you like our site, and thank you so much for your sweet comment!

  5. Anonymous November 14, 2010 at 3:23 pm #

    I agree! I went to Stockholm in mid-October, and while it was chilly, it was absolutely gorgeous–all the leaves on Djurgarden were changing color! I definitely wouldn’t want to go in the dead of winter, but I’m dying to head back for Midsummer!

    • Sofia November 17, 2010 at 8:35 am #

      Midsummer would be a great time to visit! It’s one of the Swedes most loved celebrations of the year, and you’ll really get a good chance to experience the Swedish culture, try the Swedish food and typical drinks, dance around the maypole etc.

      But if you’re going to Stockholm, make sure you head out to the islands, that’s where it all happens!

  6. Joya November 14, 2010 at 7:45 pm #

    I have never been to Stockholm but would love to go visit a friend of mine there. I would love to go during the summer but my Dad just returned from a short trip there in October and the fall colors in his pictures were gorgeous!

    • Sofia November 17, 2010 at 8:41 am #

      Hi Joya! Yes, the autumn is really beautiful in Stockholm, and since there is so much nature around you really get to enjoy the fall colors to the fullest!
      When to go all depends on what you want to see and do.

  7. enrolled agent cpe November 17, 2010 at 3:57 am #

    Weather is always a big factor to consider when planning a trip. Oftentimes I would opt to go during spring or summer but in places around Asia, it is better to visit when it is a bit colder. Hot air and humidity do not work for me.

    • Sofia November 17, 2010 at 8:45 am #

      I agree. I’ve made the mistake once of not checking what kind of weather it would be in the country before booking the tickets.
      It turned out to be the thunderstorm season with 30 degree weather and 85% humidity.
      We turned out to be very lucky as it barely rained at all, but the humidity was just crazy!

  8. Paula Phelan June 27, 2012 at 11:14 pm #

    Stockholm, to sum up in one word; Beautiful. It is an amazing city, in the summer it is quite lovely and is always hot and at night it is very warm and the city is just alive! In winter the weather can be cruel but the city is just too wonderful that the weather can’t dampen your spirit. Stockholm is a really special place. Impossible to be disappointed. A must see before you die city.