Väsjöbacken is a small local hill in the northern suburbs of Stockholm. If you're looking for the Alps this is not the place to go, but if you're looking for somewhere to teach your children, or if you're looking for somewhere to go after work for a quick ski (this is what I used to do when I lived around the corner) or if you're looking for a place to go for a day when you're holidaying in Stockholm, then this is a great hill to try. The ski hire is excellent and the equipment if of the highest quality. There are minimal facilities beyond this, but that doesn't detract from the fun.
Sollentuna station + local bus routes
When I first went to the Stockholm archipelago I was left literally speechless by the sheer beauty of it and I still remember the trip to this day. There are many many ways to experience its sheer stunning beauty but by far the best in my opinion is from a boat, and even better is in a kayak, island hopping from spot to spot with your camping equipment.
This was my local lake when I lived in Stockholm. There are numerous great swimming spots along it's borders, but my favourite is the one very near the northern end on the northern shore, just along from Edsberg. It's great because you can jump in off some rocks for the plunge experience, there's a selection of grass and rocks to sit on and there's an easy entry point for those that don't want to jump in. Wild swimming as it should be.
There are better views in Stockholm, from Gondolen for example, and there are better settings for hotel bars - such as the Nobis on Norrmalmstorg.
But for grown up drinking, this bar simply cannot be beat. As part of one of Stockholm's hippest hotels, it's a place that concentrates on the details. An intriguing mix of classics and truly original recipes, all made with the best ingredients and just the right amount of theatre by staff who are friendly, knowledgeable and ready to suggest exactly what you should be trying next.
It's a wonderful place, and not to be missed.
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