Stockholm may not be Venice but the option of doing a sightseeing tour by boat is another little oddity of this charming city. And it is a great one! As you may know, Stockholm was built on several islands, small and great. There are hundreds of bridges in the city and again, it may not be like Venice but let me assure you - the ocean and Lake Mälaren make Stockholm the special place that it is.
In the spring EVERYONE who lives in the city and of course also every tourist hangs out by the water as soon as the first sunshine was sighted. Doesn't matter whether or not it's still chilly outside. And when I "lived" in Stockholm for the past couple of weeks, I didn't behave any differently.
But instead of doing the boat tour in March when the weather was warm, I did it on my second day in Stockholm in February.
And I loved every minute of it! Although it was raining and absolutely cold, the weather cleared up as soon as we went onboard. It's a double-decker boat (you can say that right?) so we had the option of staying on deck or inside. Myself and most of the other passengers went on deck and stayed there until we left the city centre of Stockholm. I had a very nice lunch then inside and went back outside again right after it. And the views were absolutely stunning.
The boat trip gets you to the Fjäderholmarna, the feather islands, which apparently are THE hotspot on summer weekends as most Stockholmers seem to spend their free days there. The tour then goes past Djurgarden, the museum and attraction island that I already spoke of in my Östermalm&DjurgardenPost, and then brings you safely to the city centre again.
You'll find more information on how, where, what etc. later on.
But now you want to see pictures, right? Here they are.
I did the Stockholm winter tour with Strömma AB. They depart three times a day from Strömkajen.
Metro from Central Station towards Kungsträdgarden. The pier is opposite of Grand Hotel and only 5 min from the Royal Palace. You can't miss it.
What:Strömma AB offer combined bus and boat sightseeing or boat trips to Djurgarden, Fjäderholmarna and the Stockholm Archipelago. Just check out their website to find out more: www.stromma.se
When: The winter tour is lovely, especially when there is snow and ice. You get blankets and reindeer fur that keep you warm on deck. In summer there are a dozen of different tours that could be of interest to you.
Price: The price of the winter tour was 210SEK without and 280SEK with soup lunch. Children 6-11 get half price and 0-5 go free. Tickets are available online or at the information disk at the pier if you want to go spontaneously.
Highlights: The soup is delicious and makes you feel warm again. Also the short view of the Stockholm archipelago is great if you don't have the time to explore the archipelago properly.
Suitable for: Everyone!
Don't forget: Warm clothes!! (in winter and summer as it's windy on deck)