Stockholm is in the midst of another winter. It happens every year and every year it is dark and cold. Thatâ€™s one of the reasons Stockholm isnâ€™t always at the top of the list of best places to visit in Europe during the winter. Which is a shame. The city has so much to offer. Stockholm is amazing shrouded in snow, and the Christmas markets are hard to beat.
But there are so many other things going on in the Swedish winter. Like sports. Thereâ€™s bandy, and ice skating, and skiing. And hockey. Of course, hockey. The Swedish professional hockey league, Elitserien, is one of the best hockey leagues in the world. The talent pool is deep and is usually home to several NHL prospects or former NHL players. One year the second division even managed to sign Ed Belfour, a potential Hall of Fame player to play for the season.
The nice thing about ice hockey in Sweden is that you donâ€™t need to be interested in hockey. The game becomes more of a cultural experience. The singing, the chanting, the mass of people in black coats preparing to head back into the Swedish winter waiting outside, it all comes together to give a greater understanding of Sweden and a look at a part of life that so many people forget when traveling abroad.
It needs to be experienced in person. It also needs to be noted that if you have small children who speak Swedish, the language can be a bit, well, adult. Be warned, but enjoy!