A Quick Guide to Stockholm for Art and Photography Lovers

Stockholm is a city made for lovers of art and photography. From the beautiful old town, to the unique art in metro stations, Sweden’s capital is photogenic and a haven for visual creatives. There are also some great galleries to visit.

I have to be honest and say that I’ve never really been much of an art fan. I tend to avoid art galleries and the like when travelling, I’d much rather go to an interesting museum or just wander around taking in a new place.

When I was putting together my itinerary for Stockholm, I hadn’t initially planned to include any art-related activities, until I was given some recommendations by a friend from university.

Whilst on my trip, somebody staying in my hostel also recommended Fotografiska to me. In the end, my trip was filled with art and photography! Even more than that, I loved the fact that it was and it’s definitely given me a little bit of a soft spot for art after years of complete indifference.


Here’s my pick of the best art and photography based things to see and do in Stockholm:

Moderna Museet

 A free modern art museum, this is well worth a visit. Located in Skeppsholem, close by the Abba and Vasa museums, this gallery contains a vast array of modern and contemporary works by artists such as Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse.

The main exhibition is free and it’s open until 8pm on Friday evening. I’d recommend heading there later in the day you’re a solo traveller, it gives you something to do during the evening and there are barely any other people there.





Metro artwork
As I wrote about in a post here, the Stockholm metro system is home to a number of different art installations, showcased across its stations. Buy a 70-minute ticket and head to as many stations as you can, you won’t be disappointed. T Centralen was my favourite, followed closely by Stadion.







 This was my favourite of all the arty places I visited and one of the best things I saw during my trip. I’ve been getting in to photography more recently but still wasn’t expecting to enjoy the gallery as much as I did! The exhibitions are only around for a limited time but there’s a few different ones to see at any one time.

The standout one for my by far was Paul Hansen’s “Being There”, which has sadly ended. For those of you who haven’t come across this work before (I hadn’t), Hansen is a Swedish photojournalist that has travelled all over the world photographing people and events. The exhibition was filled with amazing but also devastating photographs of people in various places such as Haiti, Syria and Ukraine. Each photograph was accompanied by a short commentary and I found myself holding back tears as I looked around. Truly incredible. You can read more about Paul Hansen here.

Fotografiska also has a gorgeous café restaurant with incredible views over the water and Stockholm. You need to have bought a ticket for the exhibition to enter. Admission costs 135 SEK (or just under £12). Factor in a few hours when visiting to ensure you have plenty of time to really immerse yourself in the exhibitions.




Stockholm Public Library

Ok, so this shouldn’t necessarily be included as an arty activity but I feel like the architecture of the library is so cool that visiting is a must. It’s like an exhibition in itself and you can visit for free. Designed by Gunnar Asplund, the main part of the library is a round hall surrounded by staircases. I’m not entirely sure how members of the public using it as an actual library concentrate; not only is the building beautiful, there are a number of tourists milling around snapping photos.




Get lost in the beautiful Old Town

Let’s face it, no trip to a European city is complete without visiting its Old Town.

Gamla Stan in Stockholm is one of the prettiest old towns I’ve come across in my travel and it’s a photographer’s dream, with gorgeous coloured buildings and cobbled streets.

Head there early morning to avoid the crowds and get lost in it’s winding streets, camera in hand.







There are a number of other art galleries and exhibitions that you could check out whilst in Stockholm that I didn’t make it to, such as:

Artipelag: an art, culture and design venue set in Varmdo in the archipelago.

Liljevalchs Konsthall: art and design exhibition.

Ark Des: national centre for archtecture and design.

31 countries and counting

2017 has been the year that I ticked off 4 new places and my total countries visited reached 31. Now, to me, this doesn’t sound that many but I remind myself that I’ve visited many different cities and towns within a lot of those countries. And clearly visiting the USA doesn’t add any new tallies to my total.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not ticking off countries purely to say that I’ve been to x number. I love visiting new places and experiencing new cultures. That said, I want to see as much of the world as I can within my lifetime and am slowly working my way through what this beautiful planet has to offer. I’m reluctant now to book trips to countries that I’ve visited before.

Compared to recent years, 4 new countries is quite a low number. However, the places I’ve visited have been absolutely awesome so I’m happy with quality if not quantity this time round! Here’s a round up of where I’ve been in 2017:


Scandinavia hasn’t really been on my radar travel- wise until this year, possibly something to do with the lack of beaches and cost of visiting. That all changed this year.

I headed off for a weekend in Copenhagen with friends in March this year and really, really liked it. You can read more about my trip here.

It was absolutely freezing and super pricey but everywhere was so pretty! And the vibe was just very laid back and cool. That trip made me eager to explore more of Scandi and what it has to offer. After all, the people in that neck of the woods are thought to be the happiest in the world!

IMG_0804.JPGThe oldest street in Copenhagen





Next up was a birthday trip to Poland with my other half. I know most people head to Krakow and I’d definitely like to visit, but I just felt it wasn’t the right place for a birthday weekend. I’d want to visit Auschwitz, which isn’t necessarily how I’d want to spend a birthday. I also wanted to head somewhere that wasn’t too heavy on the tourist front.

I’m so glad we booked to go to Warsaw. It was incredible; I totally fell in love with the Polish capital and would rate it as one of my favourite ever cities, particularly in Europe. The vibe was really chilled out, there was so much to see and do, and omg if you haven’t tried peroigis, do so right away! Amazing.

I wrote a little guide to the city; here if you fancy having a nosy.

IMG_1053.JPGWarsaw Old Town

IMG_1115.JPGWarsaw Barbican


IMG_1111.JPGWarsaw Old Town

IMG_0950.JPGWarsaw Neon Museum


As I wrote about in this post, all-inclusive holidays aren’t usually for me. I’m happiest with my backpack and Lonely Planet guide, living the flashpacker experience.

That being said, I loved this family trip to Cuba. The hotel was incredible and luxurious and I managed to explore a fair bit of what is an interesting, vibrant but sometimes frustrating country.

It was different to anywhere I’ve ever visited before, check out my travel tips here if you’re planning to visit. Even if not, I put together a post containing lots of pretty pictures; Cuba is by far the most photogenic place I have ever visited!

IMG_1157.JPGRoyalton Cayo Santa Maria infinity pool

IMG_1172.JPGPueblo Estrella





Last but not least was my only solo trip of the year. I decided in September that I wanted to visit more of Scandinavia before the year was out and booked a flight to Stockholm, along with accommodation at City Backpackers Hostel.

I LOVED Stockholm. Although I really liked Copenhagen and had an amazing time with friends, Stockholm did steal my heart a little bit. As with Copenhagen, everything was super pretty and it had the chilled Scandi vibe. But even more than that, it had so many interesting things to see and do. I really discovered a bit of a love for art, especially when exploring the amazing installations featured in stations across the metro network.

I also went on a super cool Millenium tour (more here) of the city, which I got way too excited about given that the trilogy are some of my favourite books ever!

Also, two words: Swedish meatballs. I don’t actually think the locals eat them but oh my god they are bloody delicious. Give me all the gourmet venison meatballs and lingonberries, yum!


IMG_1784.JPGStockholm Old Town

IMG_1605.JPGEarly morning reflections

IMG_1809.JPGStockholm Old Town

IMG_1853.JPGArt in Stockholm metro station

2017 has definitely been a year of ups and downs and some big changes in my personal life; more about that here. But travel-wise, it’s only been positive! I’ve surpassed my goal of 30 countries before 30 four years early, so I’m upping the number to 40. Not quite the same ring to it, but it’ll do.

I can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store.

Where have you been in 2017? What’s been your favourite trip or travel moment? I’d love to hear from you!