Encompassing the largest stadium in Scandinavia, Solna is a leafy residential district north of Stockholm’s city centre. It’s home to several research institutes and a massive shopping mall, as well as a unique round church that dates back to the 12th century.
Things to do in Solna
For a retail fix, head to the Mall of Scandinavia, which is one of the largest shopping malls in the Nordic countries. It is home to more than 220 stores, as well as a wide choice of global eateries and a 15-screen cinema complex. Adjacent to the Mall of Scandinavia is the Friends Arena, a 65,000-capacity stadium that hosts soccer games and live music concerts.
To escape the hustle and bustle of Stockholm, head to picturesque Hagaparken, a vast green space that hugs the shores of the Brunnsviken. Its sprawling lawns, landscaped gardens and wooded areas form part of the Royal National City Park and were initiated by King Gustav III in the 18th century. Admire the Italian villa-inspired architecture of Haga Palace and the king’s former outdoor dining room, the Haga Echo Temple.
Adjacent to Hagaparken is the Northern Cemetery and the unique round church of Solna Kryka. It was built for defensive purposes in the late 12th century, with an armoury attached to its central tower and a tall cupola rising above. Step inside to admire the 13th-century choir and the church’s medieval murals, several of which have been attributed to Albertus Pictor.
Getting around Solna
Solna is around 10 minutes’ drive from the centre of Stockholm and 25 minutes from Stockholm Arlanda Airport, which has flights to destinations across the globe. Trains connect from destinations across Sweden to the Solna railway station while local subway services and buses travel throughout the area.