Northern suburbs of Stockholm
The northern suburbs of Stockholm, Norrort [ˈnɔrˈuʈ], consist of several municipalities, separate from Stockholm: Danderyd, Täby, Vallentuna, Sollentuna, Upplands-Väsby, Upplands-Bro and Järfälla. To the west they border Västerort (the western suburbs) and Western Uppland; to the north is Sigtuna, and to the east Roslagen and Stockholm archipelago. The inner suburbs, Solna and Sundbyberg, are autonomous towns, usually regarded as part of Norrort.
During the Viking Age and Middle Ages, the area was known as Attundaland, an entity surviving only with the fire brigade Brandkåren Attunda and the courthouse Attunda Tingsrätt.
During the 20th century, the area between Sigtuna and Stockholm transformed from farms to suburbs. Helenelund and Danderyd are affluent garden cities.
- Stockholm-Arlanda Airport (IATA: ARN) is by far Sweden's busiest airport, and a hub for Scandinavian Airlines. See Sigtuna for airport amenities. From the airport, the northern suburbs are easy to reach by car, by taxi, or by commuter rail.
- Commuter trains cover most of the region. See Stockholm county#Public transit.
Some long-distance trains call at Upplands Väsby.
- Roslagsbanan is a narrow-gauge commuter railroad running through Danderyd, Täby and Vallentuna, worn down and noisy, but more quaint than regular railroads.
- Edsbergs slott. A 17th century palace, today mainly used by the Royal College of Music.
- Bögs gård. A farm in Sollentuna for displaying traditional agriculture. The farm has been featured twice at American The Amazing Race.
- MC Collection Museum. A collection of more than a hundred motorcycles.
- Cedergrenska Tornet. Kungsvägen 2, Stocksund, is an interesting tower in Danderyd conceived by Albert Gotthard Nestor Cedergren in the early 20th century. Half built in 1908 it then stood unfinished until completed in 1995. The tower is now used for conferences and parties but is open to the public for Sunday brunches. Apart from the tower the surrounding park is worth a visit in its own right. The tower is a 1km walk from Stocksund Station along Roslagsbanan and there is also a bus from the bus terminal at Danderyds Sjukhus that gets you a bit closer.
- Several beaches for open-water swimming, especially at Järfälla and Sollentuna.
- Hiking, cycling, fishing and bathing during summer. Ice-skating and cross-country skiing during winter.
- Väsjöbacken, Väsjön, Sollentuna. Open daily when weather allows.. Alpine skiing during winter, with six ski-lifts and a designated snowboard park. Equipment rental on site.
- Brukets skidbacke. In Järfälla, alpine skiing and snowboarding during winter.
- Creative Brick Zone. In Danderyd, allows children and adults to play with LEGO toys.
- Stockholm Quality Outlet, Majorsvägen 2-4, Järfälla (Commuter train to Jakobsberg and then bus 567). Open M-F 11:00-20:00, Sa 10:00-17:00, Su 11:00-17:00. Close to one of Stockholm's two IKEA stores, in the suburb Barkarby, rather far out northwest of the city center, you will find a factory outlet village that claims to be the first and biggest in the Nordic countries, and promises prices 30 to 60 percent lower than in the city center stores.
- IKEA Barkarby. Metropolitan Stockholm's second IKEA store, newer and slightly smaller than the one in Kungens kurva.
- Täby Centrum (Roslagsbanan Täby Centrum). Open daily 10:00-19:00.
- Sollentuna Centrum (Commuter train Sollentuna). M-F 10.00-20.00, Sa-Su 10.00-18.00.
- Stinsen (Bus 514 from train station Sollentuna or walk from Häggvik). M-F 10.00-20.00, Sa 10.00-18.00, Su 11.00-18.00.
- Väsby Centrum. A shopping mall 800 metres from the rail station.
The suburban centres have low-end diners.
- IKEA Barkarby. While the IKEA stores are similar around the world, the diners are the cheapest in Sweden, with a two-sandwich breakfast for 10 SEK, and a full meal for 45 SEK.
- Edsbacka Wärdshus, Sollentunavägen 220 (Commuter train to Sollentuna, buses 607, 627 to Edsbacka), ☎ +46 8 96 33 00. Located 15 km north of central Stockholm, Sollentuna’s rather traditionalist Edsbacka Krog used to be the only Swedish restaurant with two stars in the Michelin Guide Rouge. Extensive wine list. Mains 370-420 SEK, menus 750-1200 SEK.
- Riddersvik. Has Sunday brunches and à la carte on Friday evenings.
As most residents venture to central Stockholm for nightlife, the suburbs mostly contain local hangouts and hotel bars.
- Magasinet, Upplands Väsby station. A sport bar, and one of the few nightclubs in the area, in a railroad warehouse.
- Scandic Star Sollentuna, Aniaraplatsen 8. Right by Sollentuna Centrum and the railstation.
- Scandic InfraCity, Kanalvägen 10. 320 rooms.
- Näsby slott, Djurholmsvägen 30. In Täby, a 17th century manor, rebuilt in 1902.
- Danderyds sjukhus. An emergency hospital in Danderyd.
These districts are generally safe. As with the rest of Sweden, nightlife brawls are a major risk factor.