Sweden’s capital city spreads out over 14 islands in Lake Mälaren and looks out proudly to the Baltic Sea to the east. Gröna Lund is located on the seaward side of the Djurgården island and is one of the oldest and smallest theme parks in Europe. Founded in 1883 the park has a family cool retro feel. The boardwalk, the flat funfair rides and the smell of cotton candy provides a nostalgic amusement park experience. Unfortunately Gröna Lund only has 15-acre, mainly due to its central location, which limits expansion. But to compensate this minor issue the view of Stockholm from the park is quite impressive and the rides are very good.
There are over 30 attraction rides, including 6 roller coasters literally built on top of one another. The most impressive coaster is 2009’s Insane built by Intamin that reaches a speed of 60km/h (37mph) on a 250m long track (820ft) and a height of 35m (116ft). Not impressive numbers but the ride is located near the seaside and during the fall you almost fell that a water plunge is inevitable. In the summer 2015 when we visited the park opened a new horror house called “House of Nightmares”. If you’re feeling especially daring, try the Power Tower. At 350 feet, it’s one of Europe’s tallest free-fall amusement-park rides and one of the best ways to see Stockholm. Also try “Fritt Fall”, which drops you from a height of 80 meters – make sure you choose the “tilt” option where you sit on bike seats instead of chairs and where it tilts forward before dropping you.
The park is also a popular venue for concerts during the summer (on the eve of our visit there were a monster concert with Marilyn Manson). The downside is that queues are very long (manly in the summer) and the park it’s much overpriced. Like Tivoli Gardens, you pay an admission (110 SEK for adults) and then have to pay for rides separately. But Unlike Tivoli, you are not able to purchase an unlimited ride wristband at the door. This costs 320 SEK and can only be purchased inside, which makes your ticket essentially cost 430 SEK (46€) total. Each ticket costs 20 SEK and they have a map telling you how many ticket each ride requires. The rollercoaster coasts 2/3 tickets and you also have to pay extra for “House of Nightmares”. We had the Stockholm card so admission was free, so if you plan to visit this could be a good option (especially because you can also visit Skansen next door for free).
During our stray the staff were very friendly and the food seemed reasonable quality at the expected theme park prices. There were an animated beer garden but be warned the alcohol in Sweden it isn’t cheap.
In 2017 the park constructed Ikarus an eight-seater tower where riders are winched to the top of the ride’s 95m (310ft) tower before the gondola is tilting forward more than 90 degrees. Then comes the drop, at 90 km/h.
All in all Gröna Lund it is a fun but expensive little theme park.
By Rita Moura, Rosa Ferreira, Ana Alegria, Ana Rita Mendes, Sandra Nunes and Carlos Canaes. Updated 28/09/2018
Location: Lilla Allmänna Gränd 9, 115 21 Stockholm, Sweeden
Admission/Ride pass 399 SEK (38€) online
Park is open from April to OctoberTop Rides
Insane, Power Tower, Fritt Fall
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