2nd – 5th November
Stockholm is an inspiring mix of past, present and future; beautiful old cobbled streets and gabled buildings mix with modern design and contemporary architecture. The paintings we will study range from Old Masters such as Rembrandt, Rubens and Goya, the Impressionists, much loved Swedish artists Carl Larsson and Anders Zorn, as well as a good body of work by Norwegian Edvard Munch. We will also see a wonderful galleon (in far better condition than our Mary Rose).
Not only is there a wealth of culture to visit, but throughout the fourteen islands fabulous shops line up beside excellent restaurants, renowned for their fresh produce. Our hotel is a perfect mix of Swedish style and hospitality with views over the bay. Join us for this new exciting venture.
Monday 2nd November
We will arrive in Stockholm late afternoon and settle into our hotel before heading out to explore Gamla Stan, ‘the Old Town’, the most scenic and atmospheric part of the city. Dinner will be at a relaxed restaurant close to the hotel.
Tuesday 3rd November
In the morning we will continue to explore Gamla Stan. We will focus on two churches, the Stokyrken or Cathedral and the Riddarholms-kyrkan – the church of the adjacent island. The former, a medieval structure, has been regularly refurbished, but contains one of the most remarkable 15th Century sculptures you will never have heard of; Berndt Notke’s ‘St. George and the Dragon’. The latter was the burial place of many Swedish Kings and Queens, and will form an ideal backdrop for an introduction to the history of this wonderful place.
After lunch we will visit the Nationalmuseum, only recently re-opened after a 3-year refurbishment. The new light and spacious interior is the ideal place to compare Western European Old Master paintings with the work of equivalent Scandinavian artists. The collection contains paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, Goya, Renoir, Degas and Gauguin along with the Swedish artists Carl Larsson, Ernst Josephson, C F Hill and Anders Zorn. We will eat in the centre of Gamla Stan.
Wednesday 4th November
By now we will know the importance of travelling by sea for the people of Stockholm – and Sweden as a whole – and this will be driven home by visiting one of the city’s most remarkable sites, The Vasamuseum. If you think the Mary Rose is impressive, wait until you see the Vasa! Although it travelled less than a mile before sinking on its maiden voyage in 1628, its location was lost until 1956. When it was finally salvaged and brought ashore, the Swedes built a museum around it. The level of preservation is impressive, and the size and scale of this ship is astonishing, perhaps the clearest demonstration we’ll see of the wealth and power of a people who are now sometimes unjustly seen as a backwater of world culture.
We will then take the bus to the end of Djurgården – the island which is home to the Vasa – where we will have lunch in the Thielska Gallery. Ernest Thiel was one of the most significant collectors of Scandinavian art at the beginning of the 20th Century, and as well as some impressive examples of work by the Norwegian Edvard Munch, there is also a number of paintings by his lesser-known Sweidsh contemporary Anders Zorn. Often mentioned in the same breath as Sorolla and Singer Sargent, you can expect a similar rich use of paint, wonderful colours and glamorous imagery.
In the evening we will go just a short distance to one of the more picturesque suburbs on the charming island of Södermalm for dinner.
Thursday 5th November
Having seen the outside of the Royal Palace on Tuesday, we will have a tour of the interior in the morning. As our plane doesn’t leave until the early evening, a relaxed lunch should still give us time to catch up on any shopping, or sightseeing, we may have missed out on close to the hotel. Our minibus will collect us early afternoon to take us to the airport for our flight home.
Dr Richard Stemp will lead the trip. Richard is one of our most experienced tutors and has led courses for Dilettante for many years. He is looking forward to exploring a new area with AHA.
We will stay at The First Hotel Reisen, a beautifully renovated 17th century townhouse on the waterfront of the Old Town. It has a perfect location, within easy reach of all the main sites, restaurants, cafes and also the boat stops. All our rooms are superior and have a sea view.
We do not book the flights thus allowing you to travel to suit your budget, use airmiles, travel between different airports or on different dates. We recommend buying the following flights with British airways:
2nd November London Heathrow 13.25 –17.00 Stockholm Arlanda BA0780
5th November Stockholm Arlanda 17.55 – 19.45 London Heathrow BA0781
There will be a private coach for the airport transfer to meet the recommended flights. We will mostly walk but will also have a private coach or taxis to take us anywhere beyond walking distance.
There is quite a bit of walking on this trip, as well as uneven terrain. There is also stepping on and off boats. As is the case for all our courses, there is a lot of standing while we discuss the works we are looking at.
We will send our safety protocol ahead of the trip. If for reasons of Covid-19 we need to cancel the trip 12 hours before we leave we will refund all money except for any payments made on non-refundable entrance tickets. If the trip is cancelled within 12 hours then we will only need to charge the cost of the hotel room.
The fees are £1700 which includes accommodation and breakfast, all lunches, transfers for the recommended flight, transport when connected with teaching, entrance fees, tuition, reading lists and local advice. The single occupancy room supplement is £120 (double room for single use). Not included are the flights, all other suppers and travel insurance. Numbers will be strictly limited.
The application form should be returned with a deposit of £600.00. Please note all new deposits paid after 24th March 2020 will be refunded if the current travel disruption continues due to Covid-19. Please call 01379 871800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any queries.
NB you must buy your own flights.