Sightseeing Boat Tours, Stockholm
We found Stockholm to be a very beautiful city (though I am told it is most beautiful in summer when we were there...not so pretty in the middle of winter).
One thing that I found a pleasant surprise was all the water! The city is scattered across a series of islands, and one of the most popular sightseeing methods is by water.
You can do relaxing boat tours around the city. We were tempted to do once such tour that takes place on a Viking longship, there are even burly Viking warriors on board for your entertainment....it sounded like fun, but unfortunately we ran out of time.
As Stockholm is built on a couple of islands it makes perfect sense to see the city by boat. I took the Royal Canal Tour which takes you around Djurgarden Island and takes appr. 50 minutes. The commentary is recorded and available in 10 languages.
The tour is maybe a bit expensive with 130 SEK, but it's included in the Stockholm-Card (see my General Tip).
Boat tours are available from late April until mid of December.
Stockholm Sightseeing runs a number of different boat tours on the water around Stockholm.
My recommendation is the 1 hour long "Royal Canal Tour". But please avoid the trip "Under the Bridges of Stockholm", I was quite bored after that two hour trip.
Either you are tired after the long walks on Stockholm streets, or you are short in time and can't search every city nook and cranny, take the boat trip. I took the Under the Bridges of Stockholm one and liked it very much having possibility to take a look at most of the big city areas. It's easier to find your feet in Stockholm after you saw it's main parts location from the water. Besides, floating on the ship board accompanied with the guide telling you historical facts about all the places
'The Classic Way to See Stockholm' - Stockholm Sightseeing
During my stay in Stockholm I saw a lot of the city from its canals and waters. I took in the following tours:
Historical Canal Tour
I got this tour free with my Stockholm Card of 150 SEK (May 2011). The tour takes approximately an hour and goes back 1000 yesrs of Stockholm's history including its historic famous buildings. The tour passes the Old Town (Gamla stan) and also around Kungsholmen and Langholmen Islands.
Royal Canal Tour
I decided to go on this tour for getting a different perspective of the city. The Tour takes you round the Djurgarden Island and passes Fjaderholmarna, Prince Eugen's Waldermarsudde, the Vasa Museum, Sodermalm and Slussen. It costs 150 SEK (May 2011) to take this tour.
Under The Bridges of Stockholm
Since I still had energy to explore Stockholm by water I decided to join this tour! The tour travels under 15 bridges and passes throught two locks that connect the Baltic Sea with Lake Malaren. The tour takes in a lot of old and new parts of the city and I remember how I appreciated Stockholm from the water. The tour cost 200 SEK (May 2011).
You can find out more information on the Stockholm Sightseeing's website.
One of the things to do is to take a boat cruise to view Stockholm and its surroundings from the sea. Stockholm is actually made up of a cluster of islands connected by bridges and underground ways hence boat ways are the way to actually explore the area.
Decided to take a boat cruise - and ended up on an "original" wood Viking boat. For KR150 for 2 hrs - thats a bargain!
There is a guided 1 1/2 hr boat cruise at 530pm daily during summer.
Stockholm is a beautiful city, and what better way to see a city made up of islands than by boat? Strömma offers several tours varying in length and route. My husband and I chose the Under the Bridges of Stockholm tour. It was just under two hours long and took us by several points of interest, including Gamla Stan, Södermalm, Lilla and Stora Essingen, past the spot where the Vasa sank, Gröna Lund (the amusement park), and several significant buildings. The boat is covered and seats at least 50 people. There is a little café on board as well as a bathroom. The commentary is not done by a live person, however, but through headphones on the back of the seat in front of you. The commentary came in at least 10 languages, which is great.
The Under the Brides of Stockholm tour was 190SEK per person, departing from Strömkajen and Nybroplan, and runs from April to September. Check their website for more info on the different cruises.
This boat tour was the first thing we did in the afternoon of our arrival day. Our local friend and organizer suggested it in order to give us an idea and impression of the city and its townscape. A purpose which it successfully fulfilled. The cruise runs for almost two hours and takes you through lakes and bays around several islands, through two locks and under no idea how many bridges. You get an idea of the city’s layout, the correlation of topography and urbanistics, of landscape and architecture, and the individual characters of the different quarters and islands.
The comment is available in a dozen or so languages over headphones at each seat. The seats are comfy and there was more than one passenger who dozed off…
I decided to restrain myself from the comment and rather be on the move to take photos. I spent most time outside in the back, but it was cold and windy so every now and then I had to return indoors to warm up. The hot coffee and a very tasty chocolate muffin from the cafeteria counter (SEK 40 for both) helped!
I have read some bad reviews about this tour on the web and I have to admit that some points of criticism are justified: The layout of the boat will not allow those who have the middle seats to see much of the views because of the low, closed roof and the distance to the windows. Even from a window seat you see only one side. The major part of the boat is indeed indoors, only a small part in the back is outdoors and this has a (canvas) roof, too. However, we were lucky as the boat had no more than maybe 25-30 people on board, 10 of which belonged to our party. That meant an abundant choice of window seats and room to move around to one’s liking. Had the weather been sunny this might have been different.
So what I’d recommend doing is this: Board the boat at the first point of departure at Kungsträdgården, not at the second one in Nybrohamnen to be among the first boarding. Be there in time. Weather permitting, sit outside in the back. If the weather is not cooperating, try to grab a window seat.
More information: http://www.stromma.se/de/Stockholm/Sightseeing/Sightseeing-by-boat/Under-the-Bridges-of-Stockholm/
More bridge photos: http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/tt/ca4bb/
There are different cruise itineraries, some head for the Stockholm archipelago (skarsgarden), others head for a canal tour that allows you to experience the sights of Stockholm from a different perspective. The cruises are a convenient way to sample different impressions of the capital, and surely worth your time and money. Be aware that outside the main season you may have limited cruise options, as some routes are operated only in high season.
There are many boat tours that leave from the harbour in Stockholm- check out all the different options and choose one that fits your needs. They are fun, you get a great view and they are in English as well as Swedish.
is called "THE ROYAL CANAL TOUR" and will take ONE HOUR.
This tour on Stockholm's Waterways starts with a trip along the shady canal of Djurgården.
As the canal opens out into the sea, you return towards the City and pass FJäDERHOLNARNAR, Prince Eugen's WALDEMARSUDDE, the VASA MUSEUM and Södermalm and Slussen.
Again this tour takes one hour...
If you purchase the Stockholm Card, a free boat tour is included in the price. The tour isn't spectacular, but it's nice to relax and see the city from the waterside. It does give you the opportunity to see some things you may not otherwise visit. If you're more interested in history and such, a bus tour may be more suitable.
We went to this sight seeing boat trip called Under the bridges. It is exorbitantly priced.
It is just not worth it...
Instead one can take a round trip by Silja Line or Viking Line to Mariehamm & return. This works out very cheap than the sightseeing boat trip & really worth a visit.
There are 6 sightseeing boat tours with "normal" motorized tour boats, which of course is quite different from tours with the REAL OLD STEAMERS!
I SHALL TELL YOU ABOUT THE 6 TOURS IN 6 SMALL CHAPTERS....and then the choice is yours!!!
The first tour is called: "UNDER THE BRIDGES OF STOCKHOLM".
If you want to see the whole of STOCKHOLM from the water, you should choose this TWO HOUR conducted trip which passes under 15 bridges and goes through TWO LOCKS.
You will be travelling on both, THE SEA and on LAKE MäLAREN and you will see all the well-known buildings of the city....