It’s an eternal question for anyone on a weekend break: how do you see as much of the city as possible in very little time, but at the same time, make sure that you enjoy your time, rather than feeling as if you are just rushing from place to place? We take a look at an innovative new city tour that’s becoming popular in Stockholm.
In the past, solutions have included walking tours, cycling tours, bus tours and even Segway tours, in which you are whisked from sight to sight with a guide. These can be enjoyable, interesting and fun, but in the 21st century, it’s easy to yearn for a more modern solution to getting to know a city in a limited timeframe.
This is where Stockholm’s 100 Point Challenge comes in. They aim to give you the chance to see a great deal of the city, while also doing a fun and modern activity that aims to give you a real sense of purpose. They have both public challenges, which are on Saturday mornings, and private group challenges, in which you and your friends are divided into teams and compete against each other.
In both public and private challenges, the teams are made up of three or four people. You are given trivia questions and some clues about places and historical events in Stockholm. You race against the clock to visit different places in the city, and are given an instant camera so that you can prove that you have solved the clue and reached your destination.
Every challenge has a guide, whom you meet in Stockholm’s Old Town, Gamla Stan. They will help to explain the rules to you, and can give you a hand if you have any questions. You usually meet them outside the metro station, but another location in Gamla Stan can be arranged for private group bookings. It is a good idea to dress for a brisk walk, and to ensure that you take your time to plan a route before jetting off.
There are three different variations of the challenge to choose from, depending on your level of knowledge about Stockholm and Swedish history and culture.
If you have little to no knowledge of Northern Europe’s biggest city, you can take on Astrid’s Adventure, in which you can soak up a number of Stockholm’s best sights while learning about the city and its history. This doesn’t mean the challenge is too easy, or not enough of a test, but it’s pitched so that you can arrive knowing very little about Stockholm and leave filled with knowledge and some great memories of Sweden’s capital.
If you are returning to Stockholm and you know your Södermalm from your Gamla Stan, then Bjorn’s Battle will be the perfect game for you to play. Its questions are more specific and are likely to be more challenging for anyone who knows a little about the city, as well as the events and cultural quirks that it embodies.
Finally, for any Stockholm experts out there, Gustav’s Glory is the most challenging of the games and will really test your knowledge to the limit. If you pride yourself on being a fountain of knowledge and a trivia master when it comes to Stockholm, this will be the perfect game for you. This challenge is particularly suited to people who live or have lived in Stockholm, as the questions are very specific and testing.
At the end of every challenge, each team gets a score out of 100; the team with the highest score is declared the winner, and they win a prize. The photos you take at each stop are yours to keep and make a great souvenir.
If you’re hoping to find an interesting way to see a city, which goes beyond a regular tour, the 100 Point Challenge may just be perfect for you. It turns Stockholm into your own personal playground, where you can explore the city while playing a fun and challenging game that doesn’t take up too much time.
Each game lasts only two hours, meaning that you can cram a lot in during your precious time in Stockholm. Take a look at their Instagram or Tripadvisor page to find out more about this special experience.