SWEDEN - Sketching Stockholm


Bring your travel sketchbook, your pens and pencils and watercolors for this week of sketching in beautiful Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, frequently called the "Venice of Scandinavia".

Dates: June 21-27, 2020.

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Courtesy Henrik Trygg/mediabank.visitstockholm.com


Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, is often called the "Venice" of Scandinavia. The beautiful city is built on 14 islands and is surrounded by water everywhere you go. The city is known for its beauty and its closeness to nature. It is not uncommon to see people riding horses as well as stand up paddle boarding on the waters right in the middle of the city.

Its 750 years old "Gamla Stan" (Old Town), one of the best preserved medieval city centers of Europe, breathes history with its many narrow streets and old buildings, among them is the Royal Palace, one of the largest palaces in the world, with 600 rooms. 


Often referred to as the capital of the whole Scandinavian region, Stockholm is home to a thriving business scene, innovation, design, culture, and it will not be hard to find inspiration to draw, sketch and paint in this gorgeous Nordic city on the water.


Tour: Sketch Stockholm 

Dates: June 21-27, 2020

Tour Leader: Lo Mathews

LodgingHotel Stallmästaregården

OR similar hotel

Closest airport: Stockholm Arlanda Airport

Note: No art instruction is given on these trips. The program is suitable for any artist (beginner to advanced) who want to explore a different venue, find inspiration in a new location, and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow artists.

Courtesy Henrik Trygg/mediabank.visitstockholm.com



Dates: June 21-27, 2020

Price: $ 2,795 per person

Price includes

5 days sketching around Stockholm and its vicinity

6 nights lodging double occupancy

All excursions, museum entrances and other programs during the week.

All transportation including pick up at the Arlanda airport in Stockholm

Boat trips as per itinerary

Use of light-weight camp chairs

6 breakfasts, 3 dinners

1 glass of wine with dinner

Professional production and program

Single supplement: $ 595

Early Bird Discount of $200 off Package Trip if you  book by 12/1/2019.


Dates: June 21-27, 2020 

Price: $ 550 / Euro 495 per person

Price includes

5 days sketching around Stockholm and its vicinity

All museum entrances

Use of light-weight camp chairs

Professional production and program

We recommend that you buy five days worth of transportation for the buses and subway! 

Lodging: Hotel Stallmästaregården

Stallmästaregården is an intimate boutique hotel and inn, located off the Royal Haga Park and Brunnsviken. The hotel is surrounded by a peaceful and tranquil environment with magnificent scenery while at the same time close to the city's pulse. The restaurant has a long gastronomic heritage and is designed in warm copper tones. The food has an emphasis on traditional kitchen with exciting new Swedish flavors. The hotel breathes both history and contemporary design in a tasteful combination and here you will find writing inspiration and also relaxation in the idyllic and historic atmosphere.

Itinerary for Stockholm Sketching in Stockholm, Sweden

With Daily Excursions to Inspire!


We’re so excited about our JULY 18-24, 2020 trip! Below are some of the wonderful moments that we’re creating for this unique tour. And we also included a few interesting tidbits about the wonderful country of Sweden. 

Note: we will find 2-4 spots to draw, sketch and paint in the city and its surroundings every day during this tour. The sketching locations will vary from city scenes, architecture, water scenes to landscape sites.

Day 1! 

Tour of Stockholm

On our first day in Sweden, we’ll start with a slower morning to introduce you to your art week and our beautiful historic hotel Stallmästaregården. Enjoy its beautiful grounds and waterway before we embark on our sightseeing tour of the capitol, Stockholm. After the tour, we will find a spot to start creating in our travel journals.


In the afternoon, we’ll take in all of the city's architectural and cultural glory. We’ll end the day at Stadshuset and climb the steps of city hall to a fantastic view of this city called the “Venice” of Northern Europe. 


After an early dinner, we’ll return to our hotel for our nightly recap of the day!

Swedish Tidbit

Did you know that Sweden is a monarch with King Carl the 16th Gustaf as the Regent? His oldest daughter, Princess Victoria, is first in line to the throne.



Day 2!

Tour of Old Town


Each day will start with breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, we’re off to see the center of Stockholm, the Royal Palace and the Royal Gardens of Kungsträdgården, followed with a walking and sketching tour of Old Town.

Dinner this evening will be at another one of Stockholm's reputable restaurants and afterwards, we’ll return to our hotel

for "critiques" and to share everyone's art work.


Swedish Tidbit

Swedes love their “fika” their coffee or tea time with pastries, and make sure they sit down for this at least four to five times each day. (What is their secret for staying so slim?!)



Day 3!

Train to Mariefred

After breakfast, we’re off by train to the hamlet of Mariefred for more breathtaking views, gourmet tastes, and exploratory tours of beautiful Sweden. We’ll even see a grand castle, the Gripsholms Castle.


With a relaxing train ride back to Central Station in Stockholm and dinner at our hotel, you’ll be ready to share again at our nightly critique. 

Swedish Tidbit

We chose Sweden as our destination due to the fact that there are more than eighteen hours of daylight in Stockholm in the summer. In December, there are only six hours of daylight in Stockholm.



Day 4!

Boat to the Archipelago

Since many artists have discovered that spending time in nature is an excellent way to create unique art, we’ll go to the water and depart for the docks at Nybrokajen. By boat, we’ll taxi to the closest archipelago island of Fjäderholmarna and experience this incredible beauty to sketch and paint.

This lovely day will conclude with dinner at a local restaurant. 


Swedish Tidbit

Did you know that the Swedes invented?

  • the zipper

  • Dynamite (Alfred Nobel)

  • Skype

  • Minecraft

  • Spotify


Day 5!

Nature Tour


Today we will let nature be our guide as we explore and sketch in the magnificent park just outside of Stockholm, Djurgården. After we savor the extra sunlight and our new friendships late into the evening, we’ll retire to our hotel in order to be ready for our last full day in Sweden.

Swedish Tidbit

In 2015, Sweden was ranked as the most sustainable country in the world. Be sure to do your part while visiting and bring your reusable water bottle to stay hydrated.



Day 6! 

Tour of Skeppsholmen and Museums


Today, we’ll be headed to the island of Skeppsholmen, which is a beautiful part of Stockholm. Also, be sure to take some time to sit at one of the outdoor cafes overlooking the water to sketch, paint and reflect.

Here, we can also tour one of the interesting museums: the Modern Museum or the newly-renovated National Gallery


For our farewell dinner, we’ll dine at our hotel, which by now you’ll know why it’s renowned for its exquisite cuisine.


We’ll reconvene for our final critique and share memories to last a lifetime.

Day 7!

“Adjö, min vän!”

On our last day in Sweden, there will still be time to squeeze more sketches in your travel journal after breakfast and before departing for the airport.

With new ideas and creative inspiration, may you find your way as the artist you wish to become.

Thank you for joining us on this wonderful journey!

We reserve the right to change the itinerary, including changing daily excursions, lunch or restaurants choices, events and activities.


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