The 2014 FIM Speedway Grand Prix season arrives in Stockholm this September, guaranteeing high speed thrills and spills at Scandinavia’s largest multifunctional arena. Don’t miss out on one of the highlights of the motorsport calendar.

Scandinavians have a soft spot for speedway, and Sweden has produced more Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme world champions than any other nation, making the Stockholm Grand Prix one of the most anticipated events on the schedule. Mingle with the thousands of speed demons who’ll descend on the northern municipality of Solna, which thoughtfully complements its excellent sporting facilities with fantastic shopping, a vibrant bar and restaurant scene, and easy access to the centre of Stockholm.

Start the engine

Conserve your energy for the night ahead by taking a gentle stroll around Stockholm’s old town, Gamla Stan. Begin at the main square, Stortorget, from where you can easily reach the Royal Palace to watch the changing of the guard. Wander through the maze of colourful houses and mediaeval cobbled streets and see if you can squeeze through the city’s narrowest passageway, Marten Trotzigs Alley. After all that, reward yourself with roast reindeer at the equally cosy Restaurang Kryp In. The name literally means “creep in”, but they’re equally comfortable with guests entering by walking, ambling, or even sauntering.

Pre-race build up

After the charm and tranquillity of Gamla Stan, get into race mode by jumping on the train for the nine-minute journey back to Solna and spending an hour exploring the impressive business and retail district of Solna Centrum. The centre has plenty of familiar shops, bars and restaurants, and is right next to our Park Inn by Radisson Solna, making it a great place to chill before the main event.

Full throttle

Now it’s time to join your fellow petrolheads up at the Friends Arena, an easy 25-minute walk from Solna Centrum. This impressively flexible Arena hosts everything from Swedish football league matches to music concerts and big truck Monster Jams, in addition to boasting full conference and exhibition facilities and a retractable roof. In autumn 2015, Scandinavia’s largest shopping mall will open right next door, so even those less enamoured with biking will be able to keep busy.

Winding down the gears

Once the winners have been decided and the medals awarded, you can enjoy a post-race meal or nightcap in one of the Arena’s four restaurants. If you’ve come up trumps with a cheeky bet on the victor, spend your winnings in style at one of the two on-site champagne bars.

Keep the engine ticking over

Next day, slow things down with a walk to Haga Park, where you can explore the ground of the Haga Palace, home to Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel. After a picnic on the banks of Brunnsviken Lake, hop aboard the boat to the 17th century Ulriksdal Palace and enjoy a guided tour around the magnificent state rooms.

A final fix

If you’ve a few hours to kill before leaving Stockholm, head up to Sollentuna to visit the MC Collection, a museum of over 100 classic motorcycles. You’ll doubtless bump into a few fellow enthusiasts as you admire machines such as a 1920 Ner-A-Car and a replica of the iconic chopper from the film Easy Rider - although unfortunately, you can look, but don’t touch.