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Trip to Sweden - questions


shush 1 | 212
11 Jun 2010  #1
Hey there,
i m going to be in Sweden soon for a short trip. I m planning to stay in Stockholm. I would like to know if anyone knows about a nice hotel reasonable priced with short distance to Arlanda airport and with late check-in? Also, i would like to visit some cities close by, something what would be nice to see having only one or two spare days without staying there overnight. Anyone would have any reccomendations? I would be grateful for any tips regarding Sweden!

And one more - what currency can be there used? only swedish corona? is pound and euro accepted?

Thanks for help!
internaldialog 4 | 145
11 Jun 2010  #2
not one for pointing out the obvious but maybe asking about Sweden in a different forum might help .. you might get some responses if members of a Polish forum have been to Sweden :D

here's a couple of links that might help with your query:

britishexpat.com/expatforum/country/viewforum.php?f=47
topix.com/forum/world/sweden
thelocal.se/discuss/index.php?showforum=44
tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowForum-g189806-i232-Sweden.html
OP shush 1 | 212
11 Jun 2010  #3
Yes, i m looking in other forums also but i thought here may be some swedish people who were to sweden in this forum as well :D

Thanks for the links ;)
internaldialog 4 | 145
11 Jun 2010  #4
no probs hope provides some answers for you :) There might be some people from Sweden or have visited here on PF it does generate a mix bag of individuals :)
internaldialog 4 | 145
11 Jun 2010  #6
i'd like a game of hide and seek in one of them :)
skysoulmate 14 | 1,297
11 Jun 2010  #7
Yes, i m looking in other forums also but i thought here may be some swedish people who were to sweden in this forum as well :D

Shush, don't look for other forums, PF is all you need! LOL

First of all - Välkommen till Sverige! :)

Born in Polska, raised in Sverige, fell in love with America so there you have my background. I visit Sweden every few years, sometimes more often.

They never really accepted the British pound in Sweden, German Mark in the past was ok but only a few stores would let you do that, nowadays a few stores will let you pay with the €uro, not common at all. If you take a boat to Finland or Estonia (booze cruise! ;) they'll accept everything -> Swedish, Danish, Norwegian Kronor, Estonian Kroon, Euro, and even grains of gold LOL.

In Sweden you gotta use the krona or kronor [pronounced kroner] in plural. If you persist they might accepted your Brittiskt Pund at few places but you'll get a horrendous rate.

I never really stay in hotels when in Sweden as I have family and friends all over the country but in the past I've stayed at the Radisson SAS Stockholm, I have no idea if it was expensive or not (probably) as it was a crew hotel - company pays. Nice hotel for European standards but nothing extraordinary. Asian and Middle Eastern hotels have gotten me spoiled lol.

If you want something really close to the airport I suggest Jumbo Stay Hostel which is litteraly on the opposite end of Arlanda. It's a converted Boeing 747, which I'm very familiar with :) and it has small but cute and practical rooms, showers, etc.

It has a bitter-sweet meaning to me as my exwife and I stayed there one time and we had a blast. It's not "cheap" but I thought it was reasonable, it's been a while though so prices might have changed.

As far as you venturing out of Stockholm, personally I'd advice against it because you only stay there a few days. I'd say soak in the Gamla Stan' atmosphere (Gamla Staden), it's the old section of the city, i think they called it Rynek? in Wrocław, can't remember.

I'd visit the Vasa ship, an amazing experience in itself.

If you go there with a friend, visit the ice-bar, pretty neat.

Actually typing this from the Anchorage airport and I'll be gone for a few days in case you reply so Trevlig Resa (Have a nice trip) and Vi ses igen (see you again).

Hej då
Sayonara :)
OP shush 1 | 212
11 Jun 2010  #8
Jumbo Stay Hostel

OMG it looks so lovely!

As far as you venturing out of Stockholm, personally I'd advice against it

I was thinking about some train trip, just to see how the landscapes look like etc but perhaps you are right.

Actually typing this from the Anchorage airport and I'll be gone for a few days in case you reply so Trevlig Resa (Have a nice trip) and Vi ses igen (see you again).

Well, thanks for the all useful info, i will certainly have a look :)
SouthMancPolak - | 104
11 Jun 2010  #9
i'd like a game of hide and seek in one of them :)

You hide, I'll seek ;)
internaldialog 4 | 145
11 Jun 2010  #10
;) ok wont be that difficult to hide, but you'd give up after a while and cease seeking me out :)

If you take a boat to Finland or Estonia (booze cruise! ;)

that sounds an idea though i think I'd go Estonia to Finland and back again when i visit Estonia next year :D

OP enjoy your trip to Sweden
SouthMancPolak - | 104
11 Jun 2010  #11
;) ok wont be that difficult to hide, but you'd give up after a while and seize seeking me out :)

That depends on how much I want to find you, doesn't it? ;)
Mr Grunwald 19 | 1,542
11 Jun 2010  #12
Norwegian Kronor

such thing doesn't exist, there is only Norsk(e) Krone(r)
:)

i m going to be in Sweden soon for a short trip.

How short? Going through to catch a ship or business stuff?

I been to Sweden many times but only taken a hotel 1 time I think

It was nice enough since I was just going to sleep there. Should be some Swedish hotel sites at the internet no?
skysoulmate 14 | 1,297
12 Jun 2010  #13
such thing doesn't exist, there is only Norsk(e) Krone(r)
:)

True, i keep forgetting about the misspelled Swedish some people call Norwegian. Just keedin'. LOL
Ha det. ;)
Sasha 2 | 1,083
12 Jun 2010  #14
Shush, I stayed in Mornington hotel på Norrbyvägen. That doesn't exactly meet your wants, since you were looking for a hotel close to Arlanda but I generally liked their offer and the hotel itself wasn't really bad.

If you're planning to see sights of Stockholm and visit its museums I would recommend that you purchase stockholmskortet. Are you renting a car btw? If you're staying mostly in Stockholm I don't think it's a good idea.

You can pay with euroes almost everywhere. In the hotel I realized I didn't enough kronor and they allowed me to pay in euroes (at not very profitable rate of exchange though).

Lycka till! Good luck!
Mr Grunwald 19 | 1,542
12 Jun 2010  #15
True, i keep forgetting about the misspelled Swedish some people call Norwegian. Just keedin'. LOL
Ha det. ;)

You mean the Norwegians whom were so annoying that they got their asses kicked eastwards? :p

Yeah me too just kidding lol :)

Ha det, ha det :)
Amathyst 19 | 2,702
12 Jun 2010  #16
i'd like a game of hide and seek in one of them :)

I'd like to point out that they dont have arrows on the floor in the one in Malaga and everyone walkes in different directions, this was quite disconcerting as I'd just got off an early flight totally knackard and just wanted to sleep - or is it just in the UK where they have arrows on the floor telling us what direction we should walk in, or is just a Warrington Ikia thing?

By the way there is a very nice chap on here called SzwedwPolsce who Im sure would happily help with any questions you have..he's lovely.
skysoulmate 14 | 1,297
12 Jun 2010  #17
Yes, it's mainly in the UK and the reason is the driving on the left side which translates to the walking patterns. For example, the escalators go up on the right side and down on the left side all over the world except in the UK, Singapore, Japan, Thailand, etc.

I have no problem at all switching back and forth when I drive in different parts of the world but ALWAYS find myself walking in the wrong direction in shopping malls, etc. when in the UK and other "wrong-sided" ;) parts of the world. Arrows help! LOL

PS. I agree with you and am surprised SvenskiPolen hasn't chimed in yet...

You mean the Norwegians whom were so annoying that they got their asses kicked eastwards? :p

Their asses getting kicked? Huh?? Is this some Weegie "alternative" history you know? :) Nah, it was the Norwegians who were so whiney we granted them independence without one shot being fired...

There's only so much whining a person can take. :)

Seriously though, I do like Norge and feel at home there almost as much as in Sverige.

Ok, time to work... Hej då
espana 17 | 911
12 Jun 2010  #18
Trip to Sweden

All Swedes work for IKEA to make furniture for fags
Amathyst 19 | 2,702
12 Jun 2010  #19
I have no problem at all switching back and forth when I drive in different parts of the world but ALWAYS find myself walking in the wrong direction in shopping malls, etc. when in the UK and other "wrong-sided" ;) parts of the world. Arrows help! LOL

Cheeky! I was being serious! What is it with the arrows..I was looking for them on the floor when I arrived in Malaga and was sooooooooooo tired from the early morning flight (who the hell wants to start a holiday in Ikia?) and like I said found it disconcerting that people pushed their damn trollies in different directions...we like the whole clock work orange thing in the uk.

All Swedes work for IKEA to make furniture for fags

I think by that you mean furniture that is easy to assemble - me and my friend put together a table 4 chairs a coffee table, 1 large chest of draws 2 small chest of draws, a small book case and large book case with doors in 2 days (with breaks at the beach and tapas)- I LOVE IKIA! You make instructions that anyone can read and you dont have drill stupid holes, everything fits and goes together perfectly...for this I thank for inventing the Swedes :D They make women look good at DIY!
pgtx 29 | 3,159
12 Jun 2010  #20
All Swedes work for IKEA to make furniture for fags

Spain has a big market for IKEA products...
skysoulmate 14 | 1,297
12 Jun 2010  #21
Cheeky! I was being serious! What is it with the arrows..I was looking for them on the floor when I arrived in Malaga and was sooooooooooo tired from the early morning flight (who the hell wants to start a holiday in Ikia?) and like I said found it disconcerting that people pushed their damn trollies in different directions...we like the whole clock work orange thing in the uk.

I was serious too. The only ikea stores I've seen with arrows were in the countries that drive on the left side of the road. Since 90% of the world drives on the right side of the road it makes a difference for the tourists. People tend to walk on the same side as they normally drive on. Same with stairs and escalators hence the arrows. I wasn't picking on you folks. Heck, we still use gallons, Fahrenheit, inches and some other measurements no one else does. :)
Amathyst 19 | 2,702
12 Jun 2010  #22
I was serious too.

That doesnt explain why people were all over the place in the Ikea in Spain, in the UK we go in one direction, in Spain they were come at me from both directions...no order whatsoever...it was like a car crash..but they seemed happy though, actually less stressed than in the UK...Oh but no meat balls :( they had crappy damn hot dogs with hydroginated onions! ...the only consolation of going there was that I'd get meat balls (there's no bad time to eat them - even at 09:00)....can you explain that to me?
espana 17 | 911
12 Jun 2010  #23
Spain has a big market for IKEA products...

There are 11 stores on mainland Spain & 4 stores in the Canary Islands & the Balearic Islands.

Warsaw has two stores in Janki and Targówek. There are also stores in Gdańsk, Wrocław, Katowice, Kraków Poznań, £ódź. Bydgoszcz, Białystok, Gdynia, Szczecin Częstochowa, Lublin , Rzeszów

50/50
skysoulmate 14 | 1,297
12 Jun 2010  #24
What?! IKEA without meatballs is just sacrilegious to me! Wrong! Like music without ears or sex without orgasm, should be illegal! ;)
Meatballs made of moose meat are the best by the way and no one beats my mom's homecooked meatballs. That's a different story though.

What you experienced is the Latin way of thinking which is "it'll all be good", enjoy your life and don't worry about rules and regulations. Germanic way of thinking (and the UK is part of the Germanic family) is all about rules and following the rules. It applies to the language, ways of life and yes walking in shopping malls.

If they had arrows in Malaga stores no one would follow them anyways. In Asia Japan and Singapore follows the ORDNUNG mentality whereas China, Korea, the Philipines are followers of the WHATEVER way of life. :)

Both ways have their own pecularities and I just follow along.

IKEA with no meatballs! What an outrage! ;)
SzwedwPolsce 11 | 1,595
12 Jun 2010  #25
Summer advice from a Swede:

Take a trip with the boats around in the Sthlm archipelago. There are many lovely island.
OP shush 1 | 212
12 Jun 2010  #26
Take a trip with the boats around in the Sthlm archipelago. There are many lovely island.

Thanks a lot for that :) i will certainly think about it too.

How short? Going through to catch a ship or business stuff?

Well, I will be there for 10 days (may be shorter, i may have to go somewhere else too) but i will have really only 2-3 days to go somewhere further than Stockholm.

Should be some Swedish hotel sites at the internet no?

Yes, there are - i was just looking at some. But what i really need is a hotel with late check out, midday is too early :S and the best would be close to Arlanda airport or at least with good transport links (from airport) :S

Also, i would like to know about travel around Stockholm... Are there any bus passes or day or weekly travelcards which would be the best to buy?
Amathyst 19 | 2,702
12 Jun 2010  #27
Yes, there are - i was just looking at some. But what i really need is a hotel with late check out, midday is too early :S and the best would be close to Arlanda airport or at least with good transport links (from airport) :S

Most if not all hotels in Europe will kick you out at 11am..Its a standard..
OP shush 1 | 212
12 Jun 2010  #28
Well, actually they kick u out at 12pm but i am still hoping i will find one who is more friendly lol

wonders if she can sent pm to SzwedwPolsce to ask him about tickets
Amathyst 19 | 2,702
12 Jun 2010  #29
Well, actually they kick u out at 12pm but i am still hoping i will find one who is more friendly lol

In the UK its more the 11am mark...certainly not 12..

wonders if she can sent pm to SzwedwPolsce to ask him about tickets

Ive already told you, he's lovely...a real gent and sweet with it (read his posts, Ive never seen a negative, argumentative not constructive comment off him - kinda makes me feel bad sometimes)


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