Travel here and in Stockholm
There are two airports in Stockholm – Arlanda and Bromma. Skavsta airport is located quite far from Stockholm but Ryanair and Wizz air have cheap flights here from several locations.
Public transport in Stockholm is run by SL – they have a ticket app and sell weekend travelcards with good value.
The tube runs around the clock during weekends. All lines stop close to our venue Konstnärshuset on Smålandsgatan 7. The closest stations are Östermalmstorg (red line) , Kungsträdgården (blue line), Hötorget (green line) and The Central Station-T-Centralen (all lines).
Getting to Stora Skuggan on Thursday evening is easiest by tube to Universitetet (red line) and then a 15 minute walk. If you use a map app type “Stora Skuggans värdshus”, “Dansbanan Stora Skuggan” or “Spegeldammen” to get directions to the pavilion. Sharing an Uber or taxi is also a good idea, or renting a bike or scooter.
Stockholm is expensive. Book early to get better rates. The standard of hostels is very good and there are several to choose from in the centre. Here’s a list of hostels (vandrarhem in Swedish). Other options are of course airbnb, hotels and camping. We’ll do our best to arrange private hosted housing (email email@example.com if you forgot to mention this wish when registering).
The marathon venue is situated in a quite posh area with lots of busy night life. Södermalm, Vasastan and Kungsholmen are quieter and more affordable areas to stay in.
Cash is not king
Swedes have almost completely abandoned cash. We use Swish, a payment app connected to a Swedish bank account, or debit/credit cards for almost every purchase. Some cafés and stores don’t even accept cash anymore. Be prepared!
At our marathon, on the other hand, you can NOT pay by debit or credit cards, but we will accept cash in euro, SEK, and payments by Swish.
Eat, dance, snack, dance, dance, snack, dance, sleep, snack, dance, snooze, dance…
When you need to fuel up for a few tandas more there will be snacks – sweet and salty – at the marathon.
For proper meals there is an abundance of choices surrounding the venue. There are fast food-places, fancy restaurants, pubs, Thai food…
One important fact: Swedes dine early – often no later than 7 pm. So restaurants in Sweden tend to close their kitchens early, as a rule at 10 pm. This may come as an unwelcome surprise for Southern Europeans who sometimes have their dinner closer to midnight… There are a few places in the city where you can eat late. If you are hungry like a wolf after midnight there is a 24-hour-open McDonalds in Vasagatan, opposite the Central Station.