The first Urban Trail in Stockholm

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The Urban Trail Series are popular runs in Belgium and the Netherlands. I’ve been running the Urban Trails in Ghent and Antwerp and everytime had a great time. When I found out the Urban Trail was coming to Stockholm, I didn’t hesitate: I wanted to be there! If you are a regular reader of Take me to Sweden, you know I don’t really need an excuse to go to Stockholm.

An Urban Trail takes you to places you’ve never been before. You don’t only pass by buildings, you also enter them! An Urban Trail isn’t about being the fastest runner (although I was from time to time checking the colors of the start numbers of the runners that passed me by as I didn’t want to start with the first group and finish with the last one), it’s about having a lot of fun. Unfortunately my Runkeeper app was completely in an Urban Trail mood and didn’t register my pace.

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I was in the first group and had to be at Djurgården around 8 o’clock. Walking from my hotel to the start, I noticed more and more runners in blue shirts. Everybody who participated got a technical running shirt from Craft. It would have made a nice commercial to film everybody from all over Stockholm going to the Urban Trail by drone!

Running in Skansen

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After warming-up we could go. It started quite challenging: uphill in Skansen! Skansen is a beautiful open air museum with old houses. Some actors were cheering for us, playing music and even dancing. Along the tour there were a lot of selfie spots. Great idea! Also: great for catching your breath again. Yes, I walked the first uphill. My goal was to run the whole time, apart from the stairs but not even 5 minutes in the run, I failed 🙂 Lucky enough for me: what goes up must come down and that first hill was the toughest. Afterwards, it only got easier (let’s just forget about the stairs for a minute).

Bring in some drama

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After Strandvägen (how beautiful is this lane? Probably one of my favourite spots in Stockholm!) we got to run through Dramaten, the Royal Theater. You could choose the fast lane or stop for a selfie. What an amazing theater Dramaten is! Next time I’m in Stockholm, I might try to see a play here, in Swedish. Always keep challenging yourself!

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Running in a gym doesn’t sound special at all but running through SATS during an Urban Trail is not something you experience every day! The staff in the gym were great cheerleaders and gave us some new mental energy. In Paradiset, a supermarket, they gave us some energy bars. We needed that. They have automatic escalators but they were off 🙂

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In MOOD, one of the shopping malls in Stockholm, a dj pumped up the beat and with the beat our pace as well. Those who got tired could take a rest (or a selfie) in a hotel bed. We ran through the movie theater and some stayed to watch a piece of the movie and just before reaching the finish a classical orchestre performed in another magnificent building.

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Finish!

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I have to admit: I hadn’t been running a lot lately. And it surely had been a while since I ran 10 kilometers. Apart from the first hill, I could run at a steady pace. Of course Urban Trails are pure fun: you are distracted by all the things that happen, you make some stops to take pictures and your time and speed are not important. I was surprised that I already reached the finish and still felt so energetic! Afterall, my breakfast consisted of a diet shake (don’t ask) and a blåbärsoppa.

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If you are thinking about running an Urban Trail: just do it! You have Urban Trails in Belgium and the Netherlands and I think they have been organised in Copenhagen too. If the Urban Trail returns to Stockholm, I’ll be there too!

SkyView – see Stockholm from above!

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Globen

One of Stockholm’s most remarkable buildings is Globen. With its diameter of 110 meters and its height of 85 meters, it is the largest spherical building in the world. Globen opened in February 1989. In the arena, both sports matches and concerts take place. A total of around 16,000 people fit in. Globen also has some other concert halls as neighbours: Tele2 Arena, Hovet and Annexet.

Since 2010, you can go to the roof of Globen, in the gondolas of the SkyView attraction. On top a beautiful view of the Stockholm area is waiting for you. Every 10 minutes a gondola (a glass ball lift) goes to the top of Globen. You’re together with 15 other people in the gondola. The ceiling above the gondola slides away and the gondola goes up slowly. Upstairs, the gondola stays some time so you have plenty of time to look around, take selfies and photograph the surroundings.

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The SkyView: a must see?

Because I want to do everything in Stockholm, SkyView was on my list. I’m glad I’ve done it so I know what it’s like, but let’s put it this way: one time is enough.
Fortunately, we had a Stockholm Card and access to SkyView was included. But: you have to pay 30 kronor extra if you arrive after 12am. I did not know about this and the girl behind the cash register could have said this in a kinder way. It is recommended that you do the SkyView in the morning because it is usually quieter then. If you have the Stockholm Card, you can not book in advance and sometimes you have to wait a while before it’s your turn.

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The total ride lasts for about 25 minutes. That is with a commercial movie about the different arenas (Tele2, Annexet, Hovet and Globen itself) included. You already read it: I did not really like it a lot. But let’s face it: I’ve seen Stockholm from many different angles already. Still, I am happy that I did it. It is a special feeling to be on the roof of Globen. Certainly if you know that I was there when the Eurovision Song Contest was organized inside Globen. But if it was not included in the Stockholm Card, I probably wouldn’t have visited it.

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How to reach the SkyView?

Globes and SkyView are located south of Södermalm. Not a walk to do by foot. The easiest way is to take the metro and get off at ‘Globen’. Hence it is just a few minutes walking to the entrance.

A culinary experience at Oaxen Krog & Slip

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Stockholm has a lot of culinary hotspots. One that was on my list for a while was Oaxen Krog & Slip on Djurgården. I previously stayed at the Prince van Orangiën, belonging to the same group and across the water of the restaurant.

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Oaxen Krog & Slip has been listed as one of Stockholm’s best restaurants for a few years already. You can have a quick lunch or an extensive dinner. For dinner it is advisable to make reservations. The restaurant is often fully booked long in advance. If you would like to be sure, you can also book for lunch.

A praline of 5 euro

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Oaxen Krog & Slip serves a limited menu. For lunch there is a weekly changing menu. The serving dishes were just put on the table and you could serve yourself. The portions were spacious and we both liked it a lot.

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Make sure you leave some place for dessert. One of the desserts on the map is the Oaxen praline. Don’t get scared by the price tag. You pay about 5 euros for the praline. As Belgians we were surprised because there is no special stuff at all in it. It’s just a nice piece of chocolate.

Despite the price of this praline, lunch at Oaxen Krog & Slip is quite affordable. The water is served for free and the service is impeccable. You get healthy, fair and tasty dishes and it’s a very beautiful setting with a view over the water.

Have you ever been to Oaxen Krog & Slip? Which other culinary adresses in Stockholm can you recommend?