Football Weekends break: Stockholm, July 2019!
Join us on the second Football Weekends break this summer! We are travelling to the stunning Swedish capital of Stockholm for a weekend of football.
We will see two league matches in two amazing arenas – with plenty of time to enjoy the many attractions you’ll discover in this city by the sea.
It’s the perfect opportunity to fill the normal footballing void of July with competitive games. We will see AIK Stockholm vs Elfsborg in the National Friends Arena, and Djurgården vs Malmö at the Tele2Arena.
The weekend runs from Friday, July 12 to Monday, July 15 with the option to extend your stay in Sweden by a further night if you wish.
Sell below for full details and package prices.
What are the matches?
We will be watching two games in the Swedish top league, the Ekstraklasa. The first, on Saturday, July 13, sees AIK Stockholm play Elfsborg in the Friends Arena. This 50,000 capacity venue north of the city centre in Solna is the national stadium as well as AIK’s home ground, and the first match there was Sweden vs England in 2012 (Sweden won 4-2 and Ibrahimovich scored the opening goal, we’re sure you remember).
On Sunday we will go to the Tele2Arena, another impressive new venue that is shared by Stockholm sides Djurgården and Hammarby. We will watch Djurgården play the current champions, Malmo. It is based in Stockholm Globe City, a district just south of the centre including an ice-hockey venue and other indoor arenas.
Both matches taken place in late afternoon allowing plenty of time for you to explore the city beforehand, and then enjoy the lengthy summer evenings afterwards.
How does a Football Weekends trip work?
It’s a group break but there will be plenty of opportunities to do your own thing. There will be a welcome gathering on Friday, and we will attend the matches together on Saturday and Sunday, but the rest of the time is your own – feel free to spend it with other members of the party or do your own thing. Your choice!
Our first trip was to Dortmund a month ago. Here’s a few of the comments we received after the trip!
‘The perfect football weekend, one we will never forget’ – Alan
‘Great to meet up with other groundhoppers after traveling solo most of the time’ – Kieran
‘A great introduction to German football. Superbly organised and hassle-free. Highly recommended’ – Steve
‘Jim was an ideal host who was very helpful and knowledgeable’ – Graham & Melinda
Sweden. It’s a bit pricey, isn’t it?
That’s a familiar question! And yes, there are of course cheaper parts of the world than Scandinavia. However some of the outrageous claims you may have heard are wide of the mark – after all, this is the country that gave us H&M and IKEA! Sweden is significantly less expensive than Norway, and the package we’ve put together ensures that many of your costs are covered before you arrive.
We have experience of Sweden so we can advise you on how to seek out the best deals – for instance many bars and restaurants offer fixed price lunches, and happy hours for drinks.
Indeed, there’s plenty to see and do in Stockholm that won’t cost you a Swedish Krona – such as daily free walking tours of the city.
What does Stockholm offer?
Stockholm is the biggest city in Scandinavia but its location by the sea means it has a really chilled, laid-back feel, particularly in summer. The old town, Gamla Stan, is based on one small island and you can spend several hours ambling around the cobbled streets packed with shops and cafes.
You can visit the ABBA Museum, dedicated to the country’s most famous musical exports. Check out the world’s only preserved 17th Century ship at the Vasa Museum, or step back in time at Skansen – the world’s oldest open-air museum celebrating Sweden’s traditions and heritage, alongside the city zoo.
Tour the city on foot, by bus or boat. You could extend your trip by an extra day and hop aboard a boat to explore Stockholm’s giant archipelago of islands.
How do I get to Stockholm?
You’ll want to choose the best flight routes and times that work for you so we let you make your own arrangements: flights are not included in this package.
There are daily flights from UK and Irish airports to the three Stockholm Airports – Arlanda (ARN), Skavsta (NYO) and Västerås (VST). We recommend you search for flights that arrive by early/ mid afternoon on Friday, July 12, as our welcome gathering will take place from around 5pm, but it’s not crucial. When you choose to return from Monday morning onwards is entirely up to you!
All these airports are connected to Stockholm city centre by comfortable Flygbussarna express buses, with single fares just £7-£11pp. We will give you full guidance and info on making these transfers.
What’s the price?
Our package includes:
- 3 nights at a quality hotel in Stockholm (inc breakfast)
- Welcome drinks with FW editor Jim Stewart
- Quality match tickets to AIK and Djurgårdens
- 3 day city travel card
- Welcome pack and tourist information
The price, based on 2 persons sharing, is £299pp. Single supplement is £125.
There are no age limits, children are welcome. Please be aware that there may naturally be some pre and post match gatherings in bars but it’s entirely up to you where you go and how you spend your weekend.
Please note hotel prices may increase according to demand, affecting our package price, so we recommend early booking. Want to upgrade your hotel or add an extra night? Let us know and we’ll give you a price.
The booking and payment will be handled by our experienced travel partners Nickes.Com. They’re Swedish-based so they are on home ground with this trip!
Complete the booking form here – we will then be in contact to confirm details and the price and, once you are satisfied, we will arrange payment. Please do not book your flights until you receive confirmation from us.