Vikingaliv, Stockholm’s newest museum

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The image of the Vikings we have has been coloured over the centuries by assumptions. Vikingaliv, Stocholm’s newest museum, would like to show a correct image and relies only on established facts. This is not always easy because new information is still added through the excavations, for example, in Uppåkra in Skåne.

Life of the Vikings

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For those who have to admit that they do not really know a lot of the Viking age, the museum has a comprehensive timeline. In addition to the many info tables (English / Swedish), there are also interactive panels and videos where you can wittness testimonials of different Viking characters. For example, there is Völva, a kind of priestess who also returns in the story during the ride “Ragnfrids Saga” on the lower floor.

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One of the highlights of the museum is a replica of a Viking. Through DNA research on a skeleton from a museum in Sigtuna, they could reconstruct how a Viking looked. This replica has been done extremely well. It really looks like a lifelike person. If he would suddenly start talking or moving, it would not even surprise me!

The guides in the museum are very helpful and knowledgeable about the Viking Age and they can give you extra information if you want.

Ragnfrids Saga

Where the upper floor of Vikingaliv is mainly informative and educational, the ground floor offers a surprising ride. A 10-minute drive takes you to the time of the Vikings. You can choose the language yourself. Unfortunately, Dutch is not available.

Ragnfrid and her husband Harald play the lead. You are seated into carts and end up in the middle of the Viking era. Together with Harald you go on a trip. I do not want to explain too much, but this ride really makes visiting the museum worth the effort. All the pieces of information you get in the first part suddenly fall into place and I could imagine it all much better.

Restaurant Glöd

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End your visit to Vikingaliv in the museum shop and the Glöd restaurant. We stopped for a short fika and the cardemum bullar have been approved by us! It is nice with views over the water and the islands across Wasahamnen. They serve food with a Nordic touch. Most dishes are ecological and seasonal.

Vikingaliv – practical

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Vikingaliv is located at Djurgården, near the Vasamuseum. Take tram 7 and get off at the Vasa / Nordiska Museet. Walking from Gamla Stan brings you in around 20 minutes (along Strandvägen) to the museum. For access prices and opening hours, you can visit their website.

Meet the Vikings

Can’t get enough of Vikings? Until September 2017 you can visit an exhibition about Nordic myths and sages at Historiska Museet. You will find one of the largest exhibitions with artifacts and stories about the Vikings and their role in slavery. You will also find a whole collection of gold and silver treasures.

More about the Vikings? Visit Birka and Sigtuna!

Grodan, French-Swedish cuisine in Stockholm

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I keep a list of places I still want to visit in Stockholm and Grodan was already on top for a while. This restaurant, near Stureplan, with a French-Swedish cuisine gets good reviews everywhere. So it was a restaurant I wanted to keep for a special occasion. When I went to Stockholm with my mum, for Mother’s Day, this seemed the perfect time to book a table at Grodan.

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Le Grenouille

It is highly recommended to make a reservation instead of just showing up and hope for a free spot. Although the restaurant has several rooms, all the tables were taken. We got a table in the bakfickan, a cozy little room near the kitchen. The restaurant was formerly known as Le Grenouille, but apparently it was not easy to pronounce or remember for the Swedish clientele. So the owners decided to go for “the frog” in Swedish. The restaurant also has also a wine bar and during the summer months you can also sit on the terrace.

On the menu of Grodan

The menu includes both meat and fish dishes. Vegetarians can also choose from a variety of dishes. The seafood dishes proved very popular. I went for a pasta salad with prawns, cream, lime and chili. My mom choosed the Fish Casserole which was actually a delicious fish soup based on lobster soup and with large pieces of different kinds of fish and mussels. This was served with extra croutons and aioli. I was excited about my surprising pasta but I think I would go for the fish soup the next time. The waitress pointed out we could ask for seconds and that this was included in the price. Also included is tap water, as is generally the case in Sweden.

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As dessert we both chose for a Pavlova. The Pavlova was served with fresh raspberries, passion fruit and some whipped cream. We felt like we were in dessert heaven!

Fjäderholmarnas Krog

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Previously I told you about Fjäderholmarna . I mentioned Fjäderholmarnas Krog but because the restaurant is so amazing, I thought it deserved a separate article. So I would love to take you to Fjäderholmarna for a second time.

Michelin restaurant

On the menu you’ll mainly find fish dishes but meat lovers and vegetarians have a good choice as well. I chose Toast Skagen as an apetizer and I can honestly say that it was the best I ever ate. As a main course I went for a dish with grilled fish. The dessert was amazing, with strawberries and märäng.

In addition to the fantastic cuisine, it is also the setting that gives that little extra. In the summer months, try to get a seat on the terrace: the waterfront view is really relaxing. Occasionally, a boat passes by but you mostly just see nature.

Fjäderholmarnas Krog deserves its spot in the Michelin Guide. No wonder celebrities are regularly spotted in this restaurant!

Hours

Fjäderholmarnas Krog opens for the season, late April of beginning of May. They will then stay open until early September, both for lunch and dinner. In September, you can only eat in the evening from Tuesday to Friday. During Christmas season you can also have a Christmas or Christmas table at certain times. Be sure to make reservations.
There are separate rooms available for small groups up to 12 people as well as larger groups up to 60 people. At Fjäderholmarnas Krog you can also do whiskey tasting.

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