Best Times to Visit Stockholm
The best time to visit Stockholm is in the summer -- albeit the city's priciest season -- because the temperatures are warmest and daylight lasts up to 24 hours. Average summertime highs range between 68 and 71 degrees Fahrenheit, with the hottest weather occurring in mid-July. It's important to bring layers, however, as temps can sometimes drop by 10 to 20 degrees at nighttime. The fall and spring seasons are chillier with high 50s and 60s. Winters in Stockholm tend to be extremely cold but are ideal for travelers interested in winter sports or a picturesque Christmastime getaway.
Airfare and room rates are slightly more expensive than the winter, but springtime in Stockholm is still cheaper than the summer. Early spring can bring cold temperatures -- March averages drift between the mid 20s and 30s -- but it warms up to the low 60s by May.
Although the most popular attractions extend their hours during the summer, hotels also raise their rates in anticipation for this peak season. And since the sun barely sets in Stockholm's summer, expect local activity to last well into the night (or day, depending on your perspective).
After a busy peak season, attractions shorten their hours and some even close. Be sure to check on hours of operation for your must-sees in advance. Room and airfare rates are also cheaper this time of year -- around $30 USD a night at a mid-range hotel -- but the wintertime is still affords better bargains.
With freezing temperatures and very few hours of sunlight, visitors shy away from winters in Stockholm. The temperatures can drop as are as low as 4 or 6 degrees Fahrenheit. But hotels and airlines offer deals for the brave traveler willing to layer up. Christmastime in Stockholm, with its Skansen Markets and glögg wine, are worth the trip.