Ready, set, go: find your own pace with an alternative Stockholm marathon this summer

Marathon participants run through the city of Stockholm

Sweat. Tears. Laughter. Crowds of spectators cheering you on. Your body overflowing with endorphins… They say that the magic of crossing a marathon finish line stays with you for a lifetime, and this couldn’t be more true for the Adidas Stockholm Marathon. Returning to the city on June 3rd, the Adidas Stockholm Marathon is regarded as one of the most scenic in the world. It also happens to be the largest in Sweden. But it’s not the only marathon you can expect to experience in Stockholm this summer. 

If intense physical exertion and sore muscles aren’t your thing, trade the running for a leisurely stroll through the streets of Stockholm as you pursue pleasure, relaxation, or pure hedonism with one of these three alternative marathons.

Food marathon

It’s a good year for foodies in Stockholm. The city has recently been crowned the European Capital of Gastronomy in 2023, which means that throughout the year, the city is hosting events to showcase its unique and sustainable food scene and its dedication to gastronomic pleasure. What better time for a food marathon?

Start your day with a light, plant-based brunch at gay-friendly The Green Queen. Nestled in Kungsholmen (one of the largest islands in Stockholm), this L.A.-inspired eatery serves vegan and vegetarian versions of your favourite fast-food staples, made with the freshest ingredients. Savour a succulent chickpea burger or colourful Buddha bowl, and wash it down with a refreshing glass or two of organic wine, then head to the picturesque Rålambshovs Park just around the corner to simmer down in the Nordic sun. 

Soak up the architectural sights of Stockholm as you take a slow walk to the island of Södermalm, stopping by a trendy coffee shop along the way for a hot drink and a ridiculously delicious Swedish cinnamon bun. After an afternoon of walking, you will likely have worked up an appetite. At the heights of Götgatan, Södermalm, the perfect climax to your food marathon manifests at The Hills – a welcoming, LGBT-owned Brasserie & Bar that serves a variety of mouth-watering French-Swedish dishes made à la maison. 

Wellness marathon

Desperate for some R&R? Then a wellness marathon is what you need. From relaxing massages and luxurious facials to therapeutic sauna sessions, the city of Stockholm has plenty of options for those looking to recharge their batteries. 

When it comes to choosing a place to stay whilst you embark on your self-care journey, it really is a no-brainer. Villa Dagmar is a stylish boutique hotel in Östermalm with its own exclusive wellness centre, known as the Dagmar Spirit & Retreat. This centre, spearheaded by professional dermatologists and therapists, offers guests a holistic yet personalised wellness experience with elements of modern spirituality. Villa Dagmar also has its own fully-equipped fitness centre and offers personal training with some of Sweden’s top personal trainers.

After taking a relaxing bath in the morning, head to the Dagmar Spirit & Retreat for a rejuvenating facial and gong healing session. For a more hands-on type of treatment, opt for the lymphatic body massage: this full body treatment is ideal for releasing tension after a long flight and will undoubtedly leave you feeling brand-new. 

Party marathon

Stockholm has a thriving party scene with something for every taste. For those seeking a hedonistic experience of the city, let loose and dance to the rhythm of the night with a party marathon this summer.

Start your party marathon with a bang at LGBTQ-beloved ABBA The Museum. Sing, dance, marvel at exclusive memorabilia, and try out virtual stage outfits at this interactive museum dedicated to our favourite dancing queens. You’re bound to have the time of your life! 

Once you feel like you’ve spent enough time being the 5th ABBA member, head over to Cirkus Arena & Restaurang – just a three-minute walk away. Cirkus is a landmark entertainment venue that has been hosting spellbinding shows and concerts since 1892. Enjoy a few cocktails or glasses of Champagne at the gigantic bar before heading to the arena space for an electrifying live performance, then hit the town for a night with no limits, fuelled by pulsating beats and great company.

Whatever marathon you choose to embark on this summer, make it even more unforgettable by staying at one of these exceptional hotels.