Cruise around the main island of Trossö by M/s Spättan is a very popular boat cruise provided by Affärsverken in the archipelago of Karkskrona, only approximately 80 kilometer south of Kalmar in southeastern Sweden. M/s Spättan can accommodate up to 50 paying passengers with a Swedish and English speaking tourist guide explaning the various interesting attractions around the island and the archipelago.
The boat is approximately 14 meter long and four meter wide and cruising at the speed of around eight knots. The fare for this cruise is SEK 75.00 per adult and SEK 35.00 for children and takes approximately one hour to complete the journey. Own food and drinks are allowed to be consumed on the boat. We certainly had a wonderful time in Karlskrona. You may e-mail to the following address for more information about this cruise and/or other transportation by boats around the beautiful archipelago of Karlskrona:- firstname.lastname@example.org
Mini train is a very popular means of transportation for local and foreign tourists visiting the city of Uppsala! It certainly adds colours to the city. Mini train is mainly used by those tourists who visit the city with small children and grand parents, handicapped persons or those who are simply lazy to walk!
The city of Uppsala is very small and almost all the tourist attractions are within walking distance. The mini train travels on the main city roads and gravel paths around the famous tourist attractions in the city as depicted in our photograph above. It is only operating during the summer months between June and August each year. English guided tour of the city is held at 11.00 a.m. The mini train is operating from Fyristorg just opposite the tourist information office. More information can be obtained from Uppsala Tourism office below.
If you visit Uppsala in a big group, you may want to take a round trip boat cruise along Uppsala's scenic Fyris River downstream to Lake Mälaren (cruise to nowhere) or to Sigtuna (approximately 3½ hours) or to Stockholm (approximately 8 hours). M/s Sjösala is an excellent choice for your boat trip! It is a perfect condition old boat constructed in 1897 in Gotheburg and is only used today for leisure, recreational, conferences or simply for your birthday party or small wedding reception. The boat can accommodate up to 30 passengers based on the seating capacity of its restaurant onboard.
The first four hours cost 2,200 kronor per hour, thereafter the fare reduces to 1,200 kronor per hour with a minimum booking of three hours, i.e. minimum 6,600 kronor per trip. Please contact the below telephone number if you wish to charter the boat! The boat is anchored at Rederi Stenkajen, Brevduvevägen 6, Uppsala.
Arlanda International Airport Stockholm is located at Sigtuna Municipality near Märsta in Uppland. It is situated approximately 40 kilometers north of Stockholm and approximately 35 kilometers south of Uppsala. It is the largest airport in Sweden and one of the largest in Scandinavian countries. The international airport was constructed in 1960. It has three runways.
Arlanda International Airport has a capacity to handle approximately 25 millions passengers a year. The flow of passengers has been increasing annually over the recent years. There are four terminals in the airport, i.e. terminals 2 and 5 for international flights and terminals 3 and 4 for domestic flights. Among its impressive facilities in the airport are several hotels for transit passengers, 35 shops most of them are located at the Sky City, as many as 30 restaurants, two banks and numerous meeting and conference facilities.
Uppsala Central Station (Uppsala Resecentrum) has history which dates back to the second half of the 19th century. A new central station building has just recently been completed and opened to the public in April 2010. The new station building is located just south of the old station building with a new bronze sculpture erected in front of the east entrance.
The new Uppsala Resecentrum has been under construction since 2005 and will be fully completed in December 2011. There will be five new platforms when it is fully completed. The tunnel for pedestrians and bicycles has been completed and opened to the public since April 2010. The new Central Station has modern and sophisticated facilities and amenities with numerous shops and restaurants for the convenience of passengers.
Stockholm is located on the southeastern coast of Sweden on the mouth of Lake Mälaren where the lake meets the Baltic Sea. Strategically Stockholm is located on 14 islands with lots of waterways. Approximately 30% of the total area of Stockholm is made up of waterways. Thus it is also known as Venice of the North by some travellers.
Visitors can experience picturesque Stockholm from the waterways. This is the experience you will never forget! Several cruise operators operate boat tours from Nybroviken near Nybroplan such as the hop-on-hop-off boat, the Djurgården and the Fjäderholmsexpressen etc. An inexpensive way to travel by boats to Skansen and Gröna Lund at Djurgården is by boats operated by Djurgården 4 which were constructed in the late 19th century. You can travel free of charge if you purchase Stockholm Card.
Malmo is easily accessible by trains from major cities in Europe. A traveller can travel by trains to Gothernburg in western Sweden or further up to Oslo, the capital of Norway. One can also travel by trains to nothern part of Sweden. It is also very convenient to travel by trains between Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark and Malmo which is located on the southern part of Sweden. The picture depicts the Central Station in Malmo.
If you are worried about the road conditions during your travels, this might be a good website for you: Road conditions
Here you can find all the recent road conditions, due to weather, accidents and so on. Make sure the little yellow and red triangle on the top of the page is 'on'. This way will get messages describing the problems in a certain area when you click on it.
Also useful might be this PDF file with a description of all Swedish road signs
Stockholm road tax
When you are driving in the Stockholm area you might notice the "Trängselskatt" or "Congestion tax". This is a road tax for vehicles driving into and out of the Stockholm inner city zone on certain times during weekdays. There is an exemption for this tax to Foreign registered vehicles, so this might not effect you at all.
I am amazed how peaceful the traffic is in the parts of Sweden I visited so far (= southern Sweden). It is a very much bicycle oriented country. Many paths exist for cyclists and even if some roads do not have an extra bicycle road separated from the car road, the cars slow down when a cyclist is ahead.
The best though I saw (in context of cycling) was this Luftpump (= air-pump) for the bicycles in cities. I saw them not only once but several times already. Oh my, I wish so much that the traffic responsible subjects my own country would get their brain going and also establish facilities like these in Germany….
Stena Line, a Swedish ferry company, offers daily ferries from Kiel/Germany to Göteborg/Sweden. They depart at 7 p.m. and arrive at 9 a.m. It is a perfect way to get to Sweden if you want to avoid driving the long stretch through Denmark and across the several bridges. It includes a bed in one of the cabins, typically four bed cabins. I was lucky that the ferry wasn’t full, so I had the cabin all to myself. I was impressed by the logistics of the whole loading process. They started to let us drive on the ferry at 3 p.m., the last car raced up the ramp at 6:45 p.m. but 15 minutes later, all ramps were up and we left Kiel’s harbour. There is a lot of entertainment on the ferry but I am afraid to be not the best to describe all the amenities because I was out on deck almost all the time before I went to sleep. They wake up the passengers with announcements starting at 7 a.m., it is loud enough that no one will miss to get up. There is a big duty free shop on the ferry which is opened already 2 hours before the ferry leaves the port. It also has enough options to have dinner or a snack in the evening and of course a bar with several drinks to sample.
Prices for the crossing vary with the time of year and the day. My passage was on July 19, 2009 (in the middle of season) and I paid 250 € for the normal size car (without trailer) and me which was appropriate, given the time and driving hassle it saved me.
Kiel itself has an excellent logistics for the ferry passengers as well. The ferries for Sweden leave… haha, from Schwedenkai, which is at the northern side of the harbour. The ones for Norway leave, you guessede it, from Norwegenkai at the harbour south.
Stena Line (unfortunately it seems to be only available in German and Swedish for the ferries between both countries).
The other ferry I used was with TT Line, from Trelleborg (near Malmö) to Travemünde (Germany). I had planned to take a day ferry (leave at 9 am and arrive at 5 pm), but because I arrived ahead my schedule, I thought I could try and get on the next night ferry. The ticket office is located directly in the harbour building and I got my night ticket for the ferry which left at 10 p.m., but had to pay the difference amount (which was normal). I could go on the ferry at 7:30 p.m. It was a bit different compared to Kiel and Stena Line, but then three different lines leave from Trelleborg’s harbour. I got a number for the road track I had to follow and only minutes later we could board the ship. My cabin was a bit more luxurious than the one on Stena Line and again I had the four bed cabin all for myself. As for Stena Line, there is a lot of entertainment for the passengers. It seemed that the ferry I took was specialised on entertainment for kids. The ferry called Peter Pan and they had a lot of pirates running around and making jokes for the kids. Also TT Line has an announcement long before the ferry arrives. The breakfast (10 Euro) is excellent, buffet style.
Prices for the crossing vary with the time of year and the day. My passage was on August 7, 2009 (maybe end of season) and I paid 280 € for the normal size car (without trailer) and me.
Stena Line has the better organised “get on” procedure and bigger duty free shop but seemed to be a bit chaotic in the service of meals and breakfast. TT-Line has more luxorious cabins and excellent organised service. But this might have been a question of the ship crew or maybe the one had a good or a bad day. I would use both of them at any time. I can’t compare any of the entertainment, because my entertainment was outside on the decks, watching sunset, sunrise and the water.
Ferry port Kiel, Germany, on Google Maps,
Ferry port Göteborg, Sweden, on Google Maps ,
Ferry port Trelleborg, Sweden, on Google Maps ,
Ferry port Travemünde, Germany, on Google Maps .
© Ingrid D., October 2009 (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.)
I was very surprised how easy it was to travel around Goteborg and that all I needed was a map. Although the heart of the town is very compact and all important places are within walking distance, one can get from point A to point B by trams and buses. At all bigger stations, there are screens with arrival times so orientation in time and space becomes extremely easy. Tickets can be bought on the tram or bus (20Kronor) but daily tickets are available at kiosks at much cheaper price.
The easiest and fastest way to get to Goteborg is of course by plane. Airport is about 20km far from the town and airport coaches depart regularly. It takes about 45 minutes to get to the last stop, Goteborg central bus station. The price is 60Kronor
On Vägverkets site you can find a map with good information about the status on all main roads in Sweden. Just follow the link and click on the meny to the left to select more detailed view of different parts of the country.
Unfortunately all texts are in Swedish, so here is a short explanation of the colour code used:
Green - No problems
White - Packed snow
Blue - Some snow
Pink - Loose snow
Cyan - Ice
Red - Problems due to bad conditions
Now that there is the magnificent Öresund Bridge from Copenhagen you can drive. There is a fee, so if you will do it regularly, you might want to look into discount passes at the website below.
The trains from Copenhagen also use the Öresund Bridge and there are regular commuter trains across to Malmö (via Copenhagen airport) and fast trains to Stockholm a few times a day. www.sj.se
The same can be said for the buses. www.eurolines.com are the biggest from the continent to Sweden via Copenhagen, but there are also www.safflebussen.se and the Danish Grahundbus which can take you first from Berlin to Copenhagen and then Copenhagen to Malmö: http://www.graahundbus.dk/
You can also still take the car (or just yourself of course) on the ferries across from Denmark if you fancy the nostalgic way (or are on a budget as you can sometimes get good deals) north of Copenhagen (Elsinore/Helsingør) with www.scandlines.se or http://www.hhferries.dk/
From northern Jutland (Frederikshavn) in Denmark, Stena Line runs ferries to Gothenburg. www.stenaline.se
DFDS Scandinavian Seaways runs a ferry from Oslo to Helsingborg if driving seems too boring (but this is quite expensive - more of a cruise) and the same company also runs the ferries from Newcastle to Gothenburg. http://www.dfdsseaways.com/
There are also ferry crossings from Germany (Travemünde and Rostock) and Poland (mainly Gdansk) straight to various southern ports such as Ystad, Trelleborg and Karlskrona with the following:
You can get to Stockholm by ferry from Gdansk (see Polferries above), and of course from Finland (Helsinki, Åbo/Turkku, Vaasa and Åland islands) with http://www.silja.com
All very cheap if you are a foot passenger.
And from Tallinn and Riga, there are www.tallink.se and http://www.rigasealine.lv/en/index.asp
The low priced flights and destinations available with this airplane and its user friendly website make it an appealing airline to use to get to and around Scandanavia.
Other destinations around Europe too of course but they do do good deals to get to Stockholm, Copenhagen and Oslo and from Stockholm to Goteborg.
Some flights connect with Copenhagen with several hours or overnight wait between which is obviously not so ideal but their direct flights to Stockholm from London Gatwick are ideal. The website has a destinations map which clearly shows where they fly from and what connections.
Note that if seats are available flights can be booked on day of departure 3 hours up until departure.
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