Did you know that the sun in the northern part of Sweden does not set in the summer for a few weeks? From April to August it never gets completely dark at night. In the winter months you have the opposite phenomenon. During the polar night you will not see the sun above the polar circle for several weeks.
Where to see the midnight sun?
The midnight sun or polar day can only be seen above the polar circle. Like in Kiruna and near the ice hotel. The sun stays above the horizon for 24 hours a day. The further south you go, the longer the sun will disappear below the horizon during the summer months. Around the 21st of June, even as south as Stockholm it never really gets completely dark at night, but here you can’t see the midnight sun.
When can you see the midnight sun?
Of course it can’t be cloudy. As you can see from the photo above, I have not yet succeeded in capturing the true midnight sun. That one sunny day when I spent the summer in Swedish Lapland, I got into the tent at half past ten with severe migraines. I thought I would get to see the midnight sun several times in the 2 weeks that followed. I still regret not setting my alarm at midnight at the time. In the days that followed the clouds came every night. So I have to go back 😉
Between April the 20th and mid-August you have the best chance of seeing the midnight sun. The higher you are, the greater the chance that the sun won’t disappear behind the horizon at night. Furthermore, it also depends on how north you are to know in which period the midnight sun can see. This website tells you when the next equinox is.
Sleep masks and biorhythm
How nice are those long days in the summer? The Swedes spend as much time outside as possible and get the maximum out of the summer. Perhaps the only drawback is that you sometimes have to sleep and that, if it doesn’t get dark outside, is more difficult. Although the Swedes are used to the long summer evenings and the dark winters, it can quite confuse your biorhythm as a visitor.
Most bedrooms have blackout curtains and a sleeping mask is not a luxury. Certainly if you go camping or if you are a poor sleeper, it is best to put a sleep mask on your packing list.
Stendörren Nature Reserve is an hour’s drive from Stockholm. Stendörren is located in Sörmland, along the coast between Nyköping and Trosa. Via a suspension bridge you enter the archipelago where you can fully enjoy nature. The Stendörren area is also a popular destination for sailing boats and pleasure yachts.
There are several signposted routes in the nature reserve that you can follow, including Sörmlandsleden. A dip in the fresh water is highly recommended during the summer months. Be careful that you can get out of the water easily. I myself was very excited to jump into the water, but due to the slippery stones, I needed some help getting back out of it.
Stendörren consists of 2 parts. You can visit the first part without a boat via the suspension bridges. The second part, around the fishing port Aspnäset is only accessible by boat. The entire area is just under 1000 hectares, of which more than 70% is water.
Those who want to learn more about life in the Baltic Sea can visit the museum at Aspnäset. Through various exhibitions you can learn everything about the environment, the fauna & flora and cultural history.
In the nature reserve you will find waste bins, toilets and special fire pits where you can barbecue. You will find a wheelchair-friendly place at Lerviksudden. A grill place is provided here as well.
Staying the night?
You can’t just put up your tent in the nature reserve of Stendörren. But you can go to one of the cottages on the domain. Camping is only allowed on the parts that are not accessible on foot (so possibly with the canoe).
If you come by car yourself, follow the E4 to Vagnhärad or Tystberga and continue on route 219 to Studsvik / Stendörren. If you opt for public transport, take bus 554 from the station of Nyköping or Trosa. The bus has a “Stendörren” stop, but then it is still about 4 km.
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Stockholm has (another) a new hotel: Blique by Nobis. The hotel is located in Vasastaden (on the border with the Haga district) and is located in a former Philips warehouse. After a thorough renovation, it is now a modern boutique hotel with 249 rooms, a rooftop terrace and a courtyard with a resident food truck.
The hotel’s designer is the renowned Swedish architect Gert Wingårdh. For those who sometimes watch Husdrömmar on SVT, Gert is the male half of the presenters’ duo.
There are different types of rooms, from budget-friendly single rooms to luxurious suites and rooms with kitchenettes. Some of the rooms got the ‘sleep tight’ or ‘sleep deeper’ label. There are no windows in these rooms. I had not really paid attention when booking, so I had a room without windows. Although I usually prefer a nice view, it doesn’t really bother me if there are no windows. Especially in the summer months when the nights never really get dark, a dark room can be a plus. In the end you are only in your hotel room to sleep. The money that you save is a nice extra for some more shopping or to spend on fika.
In the bathroom you’re spoiled with products from the Swedish brand Byredo. A special mention for the breakfast and especially for the extensive choice of smoothies. Talking about a colorful start of the day! In the basement there is a mini cinema for private screenings (max. 20 people) and a sauna. The hotel regularly organizes parties and events.
There is a rooftop bar / restaurant with a view over the city. The restaurant has already become very popular in a short time, so it is best to reserve your table in advance. On the menu you will find cocktails and Scandinavian-Asian inspired dishes.
Blique by Nobis, practical information
How do you reach Blique by Nobis?
The hotel is located in the north of Stockholm. The immediate vicinity of the hotel is less touristy, but with the metro (T-bana or Tunnelbana) you can easily reach the heart of the city. Download the SL app to view the local and fastest timetables on site. Personally, I found the stop at Torsplan the easiest.