STOCKHOLM, UNDER THE NORTHERN LIGHTS
Stockholm is a city on water, a city of 14 islands. You can find one where you can be alone or another one where you can be a tourist or feel the urban life. The best time to visit Stockholm is in the summer. It almost never gets dark. You will get a lot of light and energy and watch a sunset that never ends in darkness because the sun is eager to get up again. In this way you will find sleeping to be a nuisances. A midnight-summer dream can actually happen to you here.
You can even get a Nobel prize or dance with Abba. There is something for every taste. The metro and city buses can take you anywhere easily and ecologically.
Visiting sites and museums can entertain you for a month or more. What it’s warmly recommended is the Vasa museum. It is a lesson about how you can turn failure into success. Vasa is the only preserved seventeenth-century ship in the world, and a unique art treasure. More than 95 percent of the ship is original, and it is decorated with hundreds of carved sculptures. The 69 meter-long warship Vasa sank on its maiden voyage in the middle of Stockholm in 1628, and was salvaged 333 years later in 1961.
Around the ship it is built a museum. The ship that didn’t accomplished her goal: that is to sail and sank shortly after the inauguration because the king wanted the ship to be taller and more beautiful rather than to be safe, is now standing in one of the most visited museums in Scandinavia. There are still reachers and restorers working and learning about her.
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SIGTUNA, HOST OF THE ANNUAL MEETING
History of the city
Sweden’s first town, founded in the 10th century. Small-scale and pedestrian friendly, with charming wooden buildings by Lake Mälaren, less than an hour outside of Stockholm. In 970, King Erik the Victorious looked out at the surroundings and pointed out the location where Sigtuna town would be built – a new era in the Swedish history was about to begin… Today we can go back in time and visit medieval churches, ruins, castles and rune stones from the Viking Area.
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Sigtuna is a picturesque Medieval town of 8,000 inhabitants, founded in AD 970 by King Erik the Victorious, making it the first town in Sweden. Around year 970 King Erik the Victorious pointed out where Sigtuna town should be built. He was a modern Nordic king, who wanted to create a kingdom resembling the European kingdoms.
He knew how a town should be constructed and that he should cooperate with the new Christian church to achieve his goals. The goal was to form a kingdom with one king under one god. He, himself, would be the king as well as the head of the Church – the Man of God of the new kingdom. Initially this was a rather controversial concept for lords and peasants in the region – a Christian kingdom!
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Midsummer, also known as St John’s Day, is the period of time centred upon the summer solstice, and more specifically the Northern European celebrations that accompany the actual solstice or take place on a day between June 19 and June 25 and the preceding evening. The exact dates vary between different cultures.
European midsummer-related holidays, traditions, and celebrations are pre-Christian in origin. They are particularly important in geographic Northern Europe – Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – but is also very strongly observed in other northern countries of Europe.
The solstice itself has remained a special moment of the annual cycle of the year since Neolithic times. The concentration of the observance is not on the day as we reckon it, commencing at midnight or at dawn, as it is customary for cultures following lunar calendars to place the beginning of the day on the previous eve at dusk at the moment when the Sun has set.
Ancient Romans would hold a festival to honor the god Summanus on June 20. (source: Wikipedia)
Sigtuna Folkhögskola/Folk High School established 1917. You will find us located on a hill with beautiful views of lake Mälaren. Please notice that the accommodation will be provided at the same place as the venue of the conference.
ARRIVING TO SIGTUNA
1.Coming by taxi:
The easiest way is by taxi. You ask the driver to take you to Sigtuna Folkhögskola/Folk High School, the address is Manfred Björkquists allé 20. From Arlanda Terminal 5, it will take 20 minutes, and the cost will be around 33-35 €.
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2. Coming by bus:
You take from Arlanda terminal 5 the bus 583 direction Märsta, each bus leaves 20 minutes hourly. Arriving to Märsta station, change to bus 575 to Sigtuna Folkhögskola, each bus leaves 20 minutes hourly. The whole trip takes 1hr 6 min. The ticket should be valid for zone C. You can buy it on the bus, with 50 krona the whole price, or 32 krona reduced price; or at a ticket machine, with 36 krona, the full price or 20 krona reduced price.
Welcome to Stockholm!
When we all together arrive in Stockholm by the local train, we will be in the very centre of the town. Stockholm is located where Lake Mälaren — Sweden’s third largest lake — flows out into the Baltic Sea. The central part of the city is not so extended and it is possible to walk to most of the attractions. The centre consists of several islands, beautiful buildings and parks on the water, as well as the Royal Castel, the Old Town, shopping areas and a lot of very different Museums.
We begin with a guided tour of the City Hall, where the famous Nobel dinner takes place every year.
After the visit, we believe that a free afternoon will be the best solution for Fepto participants with many different interests. The days before our visit to Stockholm, we will guide you through the map of the town and present the many different possible attractions.
In many museums you pay no entry at all, and it is completely free to enjoy art, architecture, history and culture. You can now have a look at: 1.) The FREE options and 2.) The most peculiar attractions.
1.) Free Museums:
N.B. The National Museum is currently under renovation; nevertheless museum continues its activities through collaborations and temporary exhibitions at the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts (Moderna Museet) and in Kulturhuset (the House of Culture), both with free entrance.
2.) “Things to do in Stockholm”:
In the evening we will meet at the restaurant Ellora, (Hornsgatan 85, Stockholm) for the dinner. The restaurant is only a few minutes walk from the Station of the local train that will take us back to Sigtuna.
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There are of course a lot. We do recommend to stay at Sigtuna Folkhögskola, to be together with the whole community. In case for any reason you cannot, we recommend some closest to the venue of the FEPTO conference and Annual Meeting, which are not necessarily the best ones, and have much higher rates.
Closer to the Venue
- Sigtunastifseltsen Hotell and Konferens: around 800 SEK/day for a single room.
Address: Manfred Björkquists allé 4; Tel: +46 8 592 589 00; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sigtuna Bed & Breakfast: around 980 SEK/day for a single room.
Address: Tvärgränd 12; Tel: +46 70 35 33 722; E-mail: email@example.com
- Sigtunahojde: around 1200 SEK/day for a single room.
Address: Hertigvägen 7, Sigtuna; Tel: +46 8 592 577 00; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sweden is a Member-State of the European Union and has ratified the Schengen Agreement. Citizens traveling inside the E.U. just need to display their police I.D. Card without the need of a passport. However, a passport is necessary for a number of other transactions.
Visas are not required by citizens of Member-States of the Schengen Agreement. Sweden follows the provisions of the Schengen Agreement, which abolished controls on common internal lands, at air and sea borders and allows Member-State citizens to travel around without a visa for a short stay period of up to three (3) months. However, airlines and other carriers require a valid passport and/or police I.D. Card or other form of official identification means.
Citizens of the majority of the countries that are not Member-States of the Schengen Agreement require a visa to enter Sweden and the E.U. Visitors from these countries can obtain further information from the Swedish Embassies or Consulates in their countries, or even from their travel agencies.
For more information: https://www.migrationsverket.se
For all questions about the arrangement or accommodation, please contact the Local Organizing Committee (LOC):
Secretary of the Conference: Mariolina Werner
Tel: +46 76-206 67 71
Coordinator of the LOC: Judith Teszáry
Tel: +46 73-942 99 48