After traveling to Sweden on multiple occasions for business meetings and mini-holidays, the city boat trips that I enjoyed while visiting Stockholm are still some of my favorites rides in the world.
Believe it or not, Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, is actually built on 14 islands connected by 57 bridges which makes it great for sightseeing from the water. If you like to sit outside and feel the fresh air then you might want to enjoy your boat ride between late May – September as my trip in early October was very chilly!
Another idea is to visit the island of Djurgården which is home to some of the city’s most popular attractions. Check out the world-famous warship the Vasa, the world’s oldest open-air museum Skansen, or Astrid Lindgren’s Junibacken. Also be sure to walk through the small winding streets of Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s old town which is one of the best preserved medieval city centers in the world.
From a food perspective, the level of gluten free (glutenfri) and allergy free (allergi fri) awareness in Sweden and other Scandinavian countries is extremely high.
As an example, in Sweden, believe it or not, McDonald´s, Max and Burger King all offer gluten free hamburger buns (glutenfritt hamburgerbröd)!! What a surprise to have a bun just like everyone else and not have to use a knife and fork when you’re eating fast food! Progress is happening!!
In addition, there are more restaurant chains across Sweden that offer gluten free items as well as allergy charts. The following quick servicee recommendations have been provided to me from the Swedish Coeliac Society who recently featured GlutenFree Passport in their monthly magazine.
- Pizza Hut offers a gluten free pizza crust (Glutenfria pizzabottnar)
- Expresso House offers an allergy chart with lactose free lattes (allergiguide, laktosfri latte)
- Wayne’s Coffee offers gluten free cookies and lactose free lattes (glutenfri cookie, laktosfri latte)
The Swedish Coeliac Society also provides a list of over 200 other eating establishments from bakeries to restaurants that I would like to share with all of you.
Although most people speak English, remember glutenfri = gluten free and laktosfri = lactose free. Also, I highly recommend that you have your translation cards available with you at all times.
I hope you enjoy Sweden and Stockholm as much as I have and be sure to eat a hamburger on a gluten free bun!