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Stockholm Motorhome Rental

Welcome to Stockholm, the enchanting capital city of Sweden and the gateway to the rest of the country for a motorhome holiday


Hiring a motorhome in Stockholm

Stockholm is the thriving heart of Sweden with slightly fewer than 1 million people living in the city, and just over 11 million commercial overnight stays from visitors every year. The city itself sits across 14 islands and is an ideal place to start your motorhome holiday in Sweden. Motorhome Republic has three fleets of campervans and RVs for you to choose from, making it easy to find the vehicle that most suits you, regardless of whether you’re looking for a long-weekend family holiday or a month-long tour of the country for two. 


Things to do in Stockholm with your motorhome rental

Before you get too far from Stockholm, make a stop at Skansen on the island of Djurgarden, which is the world’s first open air museum and zoo. It’s just 30 minutes from the heart of Stockholm and offers a mix of the country’s history and wildlife.


Right in the north of Sweden is the ICEHOTEL, the world’s largest hotel made out of snow and ice. Even if you don’t stay in the hotel, it’s worth a visit to see this 5,500 square meter structure that’s rebuilt at the start of every winter. This trip would take 14 hours all up to drive direct from Stockholm.


Sweden’s first marine national park is the Kosterhavet National Park, roughly 6 hours west of Stockholm. The islands themselves are car-free, so you can take the ferry across then rent a bike or stroll around this beautiful and rocky seaside area. 


One of the best castles in Sweden is just an hour from the capital. Gripsholm Castle is a renaissance era structure that looks like something out of a fairy tale. It was built in 1537 on the shores of Lake Malaren and now boasts one of Sweden’s best portrait galleries. 


There are approximately 55 ski resorts in Sweden, and when the conditions are right, you can’t really go wrong with any of them. One of the nearer ones to Stockholm is Salen, which is 5 hours away and offers a range of family, beginner and intermediate skiing and boarding. 


Gothenburg is Sweden’s second largest city and is approximately 5 hours from Stockholm. There’s something for everyone with the Garden Society of Gothenburg, the Volvo Museum, the Liseberg Theme Park and the Gothenburg Botanical Garden. 


Best times of year to visit Stockholm

Summer is arguably the best time to visit Stockholm, as even though it is the busy tourism season, it’s also the warmest time of year with daily highs around 65-70 degrees Fahrenheit. In fall, the daily averages drop from the mid-50s down to around the high-30s later in the season.


Come winter, the city is a great escape for snow fans but can get quite cold with daily averages just below freezing. Spring, from March to May, sees the slow return of the warmer weather, increasing from the low-30s to daily averages of around 50 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Once you are done exploring the city, you can head to Helsingborg or Malmo if you would like to cross the border to Denmark. Otherwise,Finland as well as Oslo, the capital of Norway can be reached quite easily.

Take a campervan break in Stockholm

Home to Ikea, minimalist design, H&M and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stockholm is Sweden’s cosmopolitan capital. Yet despite being one of the most modern cities in the world, Stockholm clings tight to its traditions and has much to offer the motorhome traveller. 
Water is everywhere, with canals and pedestrian bridges connecting the 14 islands that make up the city. Lake Mälaren flows into the Baltic Sea and passes the Stockholm archipelago with some 24,000 islands and islets.

Stockholm is a natural haven for camping

Sweden’s natural beauty lends itself to camping. Choose accommodation right in the middle of it.

Bredang Camping is about a five-minute walk from Bredang train station. From there, Stockholm city centre is only 25 minutes away. The area is in the suburbs and is mostly forest. It also has beautiful views across the Stockholm archipelago.

Angby Camping is a quaint campsite surrounded by forest and next to the water.  It’s located about 10 minutes from Angbyplan station. The facilities are basic, but there’s WI-Fi and the staff are friendly.

Långholmens Husbilscamping has a beautiful view of Riddarfjärden and is a motorhome-only camping site. It’s imperative you book well in advance, as there are limited pitches. It is just 2.5km to Slussen and The Old Town and you can catch a ferry to Djurgården with Skansen, Vasa Museum and Gröna Lund.

For a cheaper option, try Solvallavägen City Camping. This is a caravan park pure and simple, but if it’s convenience and budget you’re after, this basic site does the job.

Gastronomic Archipelago

Swedes love their food. They even have festivities such as cinnamon bun day, waffle day and practically a whole season dedicated to a gooey almond paste and cream bun.
Stockholm's famous Old Town is becoming quite a foodie haven. Just a block or so off the beaten track are some of the most well-loved bistros – relaxed, simplistic and relatively affordable.

Frantzén's little sister, The Flying Elk, is a gastropub in Old Town. A mix between Swedish traditional dishes and British pub fare, this is the place to experience top-notch cuisine and an extensive beer list. Pubologi is a true place for foodies, with innovative dishes and a cosy, pub-like atmosphere. Their ambitious wine list is worth noting, too.

Brasserie Le Rouge and Le Bar Rouge next door are quickly becoming Stockholm’s most popular hangouts. Far from the minimalist Swedish design, these are overtly French. Classic French and Italian cuisines are served here. For the most talked-about hot-spot, head to Restaurant Frantzén. Dinner here becomes a spectacular show, full of surprises.

More than minimalist

From the interesting architecture of the City Hall to the stunning natural beauty of the archipelago, there is plenty to see and do in Stockholm. The Swedish monarchy is a modern royal family that has become even more popular in recent years. Catch a crowd-free changing of the guard at the Royal Palace. You can even visit the palace and take a tour of the treasury or apartments.

Gamla Stan is Stockholm’s medieval old town, right in the historical heart of the city. It’s a compact area with beautiful cobbled alleyways and terracotta-coloured facades on the buildings. Head away from touristy Västerlånggatan into the upper sector where you can visit Riddarholmskyrkan – a beautifully preserved medieval church in Gamla Stan.

Since the 12th century, Gotgatan has been one of the longest streets in Soldermalm. Head up to the Skrapan – Och Himlen Dartill, for stunning views or wander along the street to discover architecture from almost every decade since.

Skogskyrkogården is a UNESCO World Heritage site and also known as Woodland Cemetery. It is one of Stockholm's most surprising architectural landmarks. Djurgården is a park that covers the entire island. A zoo, theatre, museums and restaurants are all hosted under the canopy of shady trees. Take a stroll here for a pleasant afternoon away from the bustle.

In Djurgården at the Vasa Museum you can discover the story of the warship Vasa. In the 17th century the Swedish king wanted a huge ship to sail around Europe, to show off the might of Sweden. Unfortunately it was top-heavy and sank on her maiden voyage.

Join the locals skating on the frozen canals for an achingly pretty afternoon in winter. Then warm up with a mug of glogg (mulled wine). Or if you’d rather be indoors, visit the multitude of sleek designer boutiques or get a massage. At Sturebadet you can be pampered next to a 1902 Art Nouveau pool. Later, rock out until the early hours at Sturehof – a three-storey venue known for hipsters, local band performances and a chilled atmosphere.

Where the sun never sleeps

While the weather is an important factor for when to visit Sweden, so too are the daylight hours. As a result of being so far north, the city has a dramatic variation in light. In summer, 18 hours of daylight is normal, while in late December, residents may only get to see six.

Summer weather averages highs of around 20-25°C However, heatwaves are not uncommon. In the winter months, from December through early March, cold spells with temperatures from -3°C to around -10°C can cause snow.

Hiring a camper in Stockholm

There are several companies that offer RVs for rent. Many of their websites are predominantly Swedish, yet if you call, they should be able to help you.

Touring Cars have luxury motorhomes in Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark. They do specials on one-way travel and have 30 years’ experience.

Pure Motorhomes have a great personal service, where your camper is delivered directly to Stockholm Airport, ready for pick-up. Or if you prefer, take a taxi to the depot and get full training on how to handle the vehicle. They have smaller and larger models, with budget and more expensive, luxury options.  

Pure Motorhomes and McRent Motorhomes

Pure Motorhomes and McRent Motorhomes in Stockholm offer a large fleet of RVs with options for all style of traveller. Those looking for a small motorhome can rent either a fully equipped van with all the features of an RV, or they can opt for a compact motorhome designed for two. The Family Standard and Compact Luxury Globebus from Pure both have sleeping space for four, are only a year or two old and have small kitchens and bathrooms on board. Groups with children can consider the Family Plus Sunlight, Comfort Standard T, or Comfort Plus, which cater to groups of two adults plus one or more children. These two brands operate from the same location at Industrivägen 3, 746 40, Bålsta, which is about 38 kilometres from Arlanda Airport or 45 kilometres from central Stockholm. You can book a transfer to get there for a price of SEK750 for up to four people, or you can take a taxi, which will cost approximately SEK1,200. The branch is open 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday, and from 10am to 3pm on Saturdays. If you are late returning your Stockholm motorhome rental, you will be charged SEK1,000 for every hour you are overdue. 


Touring Motorhomes

Touring Motorhomes is a Northern European company with a Stockholm branch at Måby Industriområde, Måby Leden, Märsta. That’s only about 5 kilometres from Arlanda International Airport, and Touring Motorhomes offers complimentary transfers to and from the airport. They also offer free transfers to and from airport area hotels, or paid transfers from Stockholm city downtown hotels for 169 Euros. Simply request the service when you make your booking. You can pick up or drop off your motorhome at any time of the day or night, provided you book in advance. If you are planning to pick up or return after 6pm or before 8am, note that there is a 149 Euro fee. The selection available at Touring Motorhomes is categorised into small, medium, large, family, and luxury, so you can easily pick which RV is most suitable for your trip. The luxury motorhomes are designed for two to four people and have added features such as televisions and air conditioning for an extra-comfortable holiday. Motorhomes in the small category are made for travelling pairs or couples and are a little easier to drive and park as they are more compact. 


Handy tips for camping with the Swedes:

  • To stay at a Swedish campsite, you sometimes need a camping card, which can be bought online. The most widely accepted card is the Camping Key Europe.

  • Like most of Scandinavia, you pay for the showers in camping grounds. Ask at reception for coins. 

  • Swedes are known for their planning. Not just weeks, but months ahead. Make sure you book any activities you’re interested in.

  • At midsummer Sweden closes down. Factories, offices and schools are closed as Swedes retreat to countryside cottages or gather in gardens to celebrate the season.