Fantastic place in summertime
So near a big city and still you dont have that feeling
A bit of "old" Sweden in a nutshell that still is here...
Vaxholm was still a military installation until 2006, when the military pulled out for good.There were a few small artillery batteries and bunkers protecting the northern slope of the island, where invading forces would first come into sight. Now, the storage bunkers are locked, but the mounds of the battery are still kept clean as part of a...more
The old town of Vaxholm was originally a humble fishing community. There were seven boats of fishermen that worked out of the protected north harbor. They sold most of their catch to the big city, not the local town, but that and more details can be learned at the museum.The old wooden houses are built on stilts, partially projecting over the...more
As the Stockholm region is so full of castles, not least along Lake Mälaren, I have a hard time visiting them all in the short summer season and Bogesund is still on my to do list. Having said that, it is such a cool building that I think it shall have to be prioritised soon. You can see it sticking up above the treetops here where it is a major...more
Vaxholm with its position en route to Stockholm meant it was perfect when it was decided to build a fortress in the archipelago to defend the capital. In 1549 the first structure was built on the little island outside Vaxholm, initiated by King Gustav Vasa. Later it was added to and added to, including stone towers and seaside walls in the 17th...more
The main waterfront of Vaxholm has a few restaurant options. We passed by the larger ones near the hotel and opted for the slightly smaller, less trendy Restaurant Portobello.There are about 10 tables inside and maybe 10 tables outside on the patio. The patio does have a wind break and cover above to protect from the rain.The entrees come with a...more
This is a rather small shop, catering their homemade chocolates and sweets to anyone with a sweet tooth. Prices vary depending on the selection and are either per piece or per kilo, depending. A variety of ~10 pieces may cost 70Nok. The truffles are very good, with options like vanilla, mint, hazle nut, etc. There are also selections of various...more
You will soon see that herring is a major thing on Vaxholm menus, whether served from a cheap kiosk or at an expensive restaurant with proper lingonberry jam in the harbour. I won't recommend the place where I had this one as it was far from the best I have had but there is a great special herring shop on the way to the Heritage cafe which is...more
A whole island just for us! Yes, this is the one - let me know if you fancy a Euromeet or so :))) You can rent the place for up to 220 people, but it is also open to anyone on Fridays and Saturdays in July when a boat takes you there from Vaxholm at 18.30 or 19.30 if you want their summer buffet, or at 22.00 if you just want to listen to the music and party. Then a boat takes you back at 01.00 unless you call Vaxholm's watertaxi yourself. And remember, it's not really dark at midnight in July. Anyone tempted? I know I am :)
We opted to take the ferry only one way between Stockholm and Vaxholm. This was a disition based on the fact that we had already spent a lot of time on boats, seen numerous islands and wanted to save our money.The ferry is nice, but particularly for those on a budget, it can be expensive. If you are tight on money or have a Stockholm transit pass,...more
You can get here by bus from Stockholm too but that would be cheating. Boat is the way to arrive in Vaxholm in style and it couldn't be simpler as it is along most commuter boat routes all year round and with a whole buch of extra departures summertime when Stockholmers go to their archipelago cottages and tourist invade the city. Then there are...more
The boats between Stockholm and the hundreds of islands do not carry just people but also goods. Vaxholm is one of the last points easily reached from the mainland, where locals and summer cottage owners alike can buy building material for their homes and get it delivered to their islands by the bigger boats carrying cranes. These boats are even marked in the timetable so people can plan their deliveries.
Rindö is a 5 kilometre island visible from Vaxholm and where the yellow road ferries shuttle to all day long so you can even get here by bus from Vaxholm. That is unless you approach it from Värmdö east of Stockholm with its main road. On Rindö you find Oskar-Fredriksborg which I mentioned in my tip about the fortress, but also Rindö redutt which...more
OK, the water temperature is not Mediterranean but we get heatwaves in Sweden too, and if nothing else, you can sunbathe on the warm cliffs right in the middle of Vaxholm and watch the world and several boats go by. There is even a tiny beach where kids like to play. Yep, click on the second picture and you'll see just how central, yet secluded it is.
Favorite thing: Did you see my intro picture? Well that's one of the views you can have from the old Heritage house and cafe in town, right opposite picturesque Norrhamn. Either that, or you can sit in the back garden which overlooks Rindö and the other islands and where you have to be aware of hungry seagulls :))) The cafe itself has gorgeous fruit pies, buns and biscuits and I think this must be my favourite Vaxholm hang out. As its name indicates it is a house symbolising old Vaxholm and Saturday and Sunday afternoons in July and August it is open as a small local museum as well. Off season it is used for all sorts of community gatherings and people can rent it. If you come by small boat, feel free to use the jetty. If not, you probably walk and then Trädgårdsgatan 19 is what you aim for - signposted "Hembygdsgård".