Europe on the Quick: A Long Weekend in Stockholm

In winter, airfares to Europe, and Scandinavia in particular, drop dramatically. Then again, so does the temperature. Would you want to spend 10 days there, strolling city streets in a parka? Perhaps not. But a long weekend can be absolutely refreshing, as Erik Torkells discovers in Stockholm.

Don't make too many set plans. The massages we reserved at Sturebadet were nice, but it was a distraction to have an appointment of any kind looming in the afternoon. Moreover, the whole experience--finding the spa, checking in, changing, showering, paying--took a much larger chunk of time than we'd expected. I wish we'd skipped it and walked around Söder more, spontaneity being more fulfilling.

Don't be afraid to relax. I don't sleep on planes, and find flying to Europe hard. But, boy, the sleep you get when you're jet-lagged is the best, and that alone is almost worth the trip.

Where the Scandinavian deals are

 

  • Continental Journeys 800/601-4343, continentaljourneys.com
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  • Finnair 800/950-5000, finnair.com
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  • Gate 1 Travel 800/682-3333, gate1travel.com
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  • Go-today.com 800/227-3235, go-today.com
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  • Icelandair 800/223-5500, icelandair.com
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  • Nordic Saga Tours 800/848-6449, nordicsaga.com
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  • Nordique Tours 800/995-7997, nordiquetours.com
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  • Passage Tours 800/548-5960, passagetours.com
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  • ScanAm World Tours 800/545-2204, scandinaviantravel.com
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  • Scandia World Travel 800/722-4322, scandiaworldtravel.com
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  • Scandinavian Airlines 800/221-2350, scandinavian.net
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  • Scantours 800/223-7226, scantours.com
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    Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.
     

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