The Hop on Hop Off busses are great way to get around the city. Stockholm being on 14 Islands can be a lot to walk around so I found that by taking the Hop on and off bus first I really figured out what I wanted to see the most. The pass is good for 24 hours. It is double decker bus so nice for photos in good weather.
There is a very good boat trip around stockholm. There is a choice, go for the longer trip. You get the boat from Stare Mesto, just south of the main city park.
Lots to see, lots of commentary, and very comfortable
I haven´t done this, but when I found their booklet about it I thought I could recommend it to all tourists inStockholm. During 2005 they have have five different trips around Stockholm:
1. Under the Bridges of Stockholm - You will see 15 bridges during this tour. 170 SEK/almost 2 hours
2. Royal Canal Tour -110 SEK/50 minutes
3. Historical canal Tour - 110 SEk/50 min
4. Harbour tour - 195 SEK/1 hour 45 min
5. Hop ON-Hop Off Boat Sightseeing -100 SEK/ 1 hour
Though you could actually walk around to see everything, if you feel like getting a general overview first, you could do the whole circuit with this bus and then coninue, getting on and off where you wish.
The ticket is valid for 24 hours.
Price: 180 Swedish Krone (160 if you have the Stockholm card)
From April 9 - September 26, the bus generally stops at each bus stop every 30 minutes between 10 AM - 4 PM.
Important bus stops:
Number 3: Vasa Museum
Number 4: Skansen
Number 7: Stockholm Palace
Number 11: City Hall
Number 13: Central Station
Number 14: Sergels Torg
I went on quite a few boat trips around Stockholm.
With Stockholm Sightseeing I did the 2 hour "Under the Bridges of Stockholm" tour (SEK160) which was probably my least favourite of the trips. Although it's longer you don't get any more of the main tourist areas of Stockholm on the tour than on the shorter trips. You go all the way round Sodemalm for example, although you get to see more of the city it's not got the same degree of sightseeing interest as the other trips in my opinion.
I also did the Stockholm Sightseeing 1 hour "Royal Canal Tour". This was free with my Stockholm a la Carte card, but only on certain trips - the early ones in the morning and the later ones in the afternoon. I think that I went at about 4.30pm. This trip takes you round Djurgarden and was quite interesting.
Both these trips were on fairly enclosed boats, each seat has a set of headphones where you can select your chosen language and commentary. I think that on the Royal Canal Trip there are also Swedish language options for kids and locals as well as the standard commentary. The kid's commentary might be in English too.
Be warned though, between snippets of information they play the same music again and again. You will be sick of them by the nd of the tour...
I also went out to Fjaderholmarna on a boat trip and up to Drottningholm and back on the s/s Drottningholm. Both of these were also nice trips, they didn't have any commentary but gave you the chance to see more views from the water.
a Sightseeing tour around Stockholm with open tip double decker buses. During the tour, you will pass most of Stockholm's sights. You can get on and off the bus as often as you want at the bus stops along the route - the ticket is valid for a whole day. Guiding is done in eight different languages trough individual headphones. Departures from Strömkajen (stop 9) or Stadshusbron (stop 12) Tel No. 08-686-06-12
STOCKHOLM FROM THE SKY (May - September)
An exclusive private sightseeing tour of Stockholm by air. You can experience Stockholm and the islands just in a few hours, and then enjoy a picnic in the countryside ashore Finnhamn or Sandhamn. Tour length is 3 hours, minimum 3 persons Price per person SEK 2 895. Prices includes Hotel pick-up, Refreshments & Lunch. Reservation required on tel 08-587-140-30, 24 hour booking service
ROYAL STOCKHOLM (29 June - 1 September)
City Sightseeing with luxury bus that take you through Stockholm, Departs from Gustave Adolf Torg in front of Dansmuseet, Skeppsbron 22, 111 30 Stockholm, Tel No. 08-587-140-30 or visit www.citysightseeing.com
VIKING SIGHTSEEING TOURS (June till end of August)
Magnificent Wooden Ship. Five tours daily from the Royal Palace along the quays of Stockholm and out in the archipelago. Buy your ticket on the ship or at the Sweden House Tel: 46-8-789-24-15 or www.sveaviking.se
Office: Centralvägen 5, 144 62 Rönninge, SWEDEN
Stockholm Sightseeing by boat. (April-December)
One- or two-hour tours, guided in nine languages. Boatsightseeing i Stockholm, frequent departures from Strömkajen by the Grand Hotel (Address: Grand Hotel, Södra Blasieholmshamnen 8, Stockholm) Telephone no for Stockholm Sightseeing: 08-587-140-20
Be sure to use the Sightseeing Boat. There are 4 choices and you won't regret each of them. Each boat has the guide, either the person with the microphone, or you will be provided by the earphone with the selection of 7 languages.
If you have the chance take a tour around the Stockholm's archipielago, he cinderella boats are a good option for it, the tour leasts 5 hours and you can see lots of islands in the middle of nowhere.
These two are always ready to show you and other tourists around Old Town for a while. You find them between the Parliament and V?sterl?nggatan in summer.