The Djurgården island is a fun leisure area in Stockholm which has some of the city’s main tourist attractions, such as the Vasa Ship Museum, the Nordic Museum, the Gröna Lund amusement park, and the Skansen open-air museum. All of these things are worth a visit and it seems many locals also think so as it was busy despite being a weekday.
If you like Nordic history, the Skansen “open-air museum” could keep you busy for most of a day, wandering around the old buildings, most of which seemed to be authentic and not replicas. Skansen also had a very good aquarium, but these are separate posts.
Skansen also has a zoo of animals that are local to Sweden. This was quite refreshing, as there is nothing worse than seeing animals in climates where they really aren’t meant to be (yes, Singapore Zoo, as much as I love you, I am talking about the polar bear). All of their living areas were a bit overgrown and had been left “natural” and this was really nice, and made it feel like you were seeing them in the wild.
Reindeer escaping the sun:
Finally, the animal that was most exciting to see in Iceland – the Arctic Fox! Hard to find even if you are looking for them and seen by accident in Skaftafell. This one is in the middle of changing its white winter coat to a brown summer coat. It was quite far away by the time the photo was taken but was still a trip highlight.
It was really fun to see this wild seal colony bathing on sandbanks at Hvítserkur. There were several groups, but this was the one you could get closest to from the beach.
One came over to investigate – I was hoping it would come on to the land on our side of the water, but this was as close as it got. It was amazing to have an encounter with a wild seal.