Boat ride under the bridges by Maline
Being a city of islands, of course Stockholm also should be seen from the water.
Tourist boats depart several times a day from Strömkajen down town.
Last summer we went on the trip called "Under the bridges of Stockholm", a two hour boat trip with guiding in headphones.
The tour takes you into lake Mälaren, and through two locks, one of them is Slussen.
You get to see several islands and sights and the guiding was in various languages including english, french, german, italian and japanese.
Cost: Around 160 SEK per person.
Time: Approx 2 hours
Directions:Departure from Strömkajen. Check your map, it is close to Kungsträdgården.
We thought a tour boat would be a nice way to see Stockholm - so we bought a ticket - found a seat and plugged ourselves into the language of our choice and listened whilst a soothing voice told us about the various delightful sights we were seeing.
Cruises are hourly from Skeppsbron 22.
There are alot of cruises in and around Stockholm, and if you have time, I would try to get out to the Stockholm archipelago, which is very beautiful. If you have only one day, then maybe this would be a good cruise for you. You go on the boat called m/s Waxholm III which takes you through the inner and outr archipelago, and stops at several islands (Kymmendo, Bullero, and Sandhamn. There is onboard commentary and you your meals are included in the price.
Departs Stockholm at Nybrokajan at 9:30 AM and returns at 8:30 PM (11 hours)
900 Swedish Krone: cruise, lunch, drink, 2 course dinner, coffee, and guided tours.
700 Swedish Krone cruise, lunch, dinner, coffee, and guided tours.
These little ferry boats are great ways to get around if you want to rest your feet a bit! It's called the Djurgardsfarjan, and they connect the aquarium/Tivoli park/Royal Garden to Slussen (a very convenient subway stop on Sodermalm) and Nybroplan (very conveniently located in central Stockholm).
The ferries run every 10-20 minutes depending on the month you are there, and price is about 20 Swedish Krone for a one way trip.
There are many, many cruise ships stopping in Stockholm, but of course you'll only have a day. If you are visiting on a cruise ship, then I would personally recommend to do the following:
1) Go straight to the tourist office at SergelsTorg Square to find out when you can take a tour of the city hall (Stadshuset)
2) Take the tour of the Stadshuset (city hall)
3) Go to Gamla Stan and walk around the Royal Palace area, stroll the main street called Vasterlanggatan, see the square Stortoget, and viit the Tyskakyrkken (German Church).
4) Visit the Vasa Museum
5) Walk the Drottningsgatan, the main pedestrian street of Stockholm.
Hopefully you will have time for all of this in just one day, but I would try!
The great thing about taking the boat is that you will get a totally different, and most often, great view over the city. So besides being a practical means of transportation, it is also a fun one. The main company running the harbour ferries and the Archipelago boats is "Waxholmsbolaget". They have been serving the archipelago for more than 130 years and they carry approximately 1.8 million passengers per year in the archipelago.
So you can see there are lots of options! And if you can, you really should take one of these boats. Choose between a quick ferry crossing from the Gamla Stan to Djurgården or if you have more time maybe have a romantic dinner on a old steamer.
On the website of http://www.waxholmsbolaget.se you can find much more info about the ferries and archipelago boats, like the timetables.
I have only once been to Stockholm so far and we used the ferry from Helsinki.
As it was in April, there was still a lot of ice on the Baltic Sea. Nevertheless, the crossing was very smoth and coming in to Stockholm in the early morning light was just breathtaking.
You can go on guided tous around the harbour, and even further into the archipelago. However, you can whizz backwards and forwards across the harbour, including the Vasa Museum and Grona Lund using the local "ferries". With an unlimited day ticket these are tremendous value.
To get from the Frihamnen (used by Tallink and the Riga Sea Line) to the city center you need to take the blue bus line 1. The bus stop is just around the corner, if you come out of the terminal building take the road to the left. The bus stop is opposite the 'Banankompaniet'.
Discover the environs of Stockholm. Purchase a package and get around by yourself. The Excursion Store in Sverigehuset will help you find cultural pearls in the region. You can choose between almost forty complete packages both in the Archi-pelago, Roslagen and the Mälar Region. Pick and choose bet-ween attractive weekends in the Archipelago, wonderful lunch tours by boat, adventurous activities like warm air ballooning above Stockholm or weekends at palaces with good food. We also offer a special program for groups (of at least 10 persons).
See the archipelago from a cruise ferry to Finland. The ferry to Turku is extremely amazing as you are on the ship all day and there's hardly an hour where you see no island anywhere!
Click on the picture to see the large version of the map with the route!!!
CINDERELLA BÅTARNA (May - September)
Fast, modern, comfortable boats take you quickly far out into the archipelago. Daily departures from Strandvägen, near Nybroplan. Cinderellabåtarna, Skeppsbron 22, 111 30 Stockholm Tel: 08-587 140 50 Fax: 08-587 140 44, E-post: email@example.com
Strömma Kanalbolaget (May - September)
Guided trips to Stockholm's archipelago on classic boats. Crusises from half an hour to full day. Departures daily from Nybroplan and Stadshusbron. Details: Stockholm Sightseeing Skeppsbron 22 111 30 Stockholm, Tel: 08-587 140 00 Fax: 08-587 140 44 E-post: firstname.lastname@example.org
This is the boat or ferry whatever they called that I saw tourists hopping on in Stockholm city, they look like very interesting transportation to me but unfortunately I didin't try it cost too much for me.
To get a good impression of Stockholm: get into a boat. At the palace at Gamla Stan you can do boat tours. One hour tours cost only 8 euros per person.