Sweden’s vibrant capital city Stockholm is surrounded by water and has a fantastic position at the heart of a beautiful, natural archipelago which contains more than 30,000 islands and islets. The city was founded around 1250 BC and today has grown to a population of just under a million people, making it Sweden’s most populous city.
Stockholm’s archipelago is wonderfully expansive and is peppered with thousands of islands – some large, containing entire villages and communities and some very small. Some of the smallest islets are uninhabited, but a number of them have one or two holiday homes that the inhabitants of Stockholm use in the summer months when Stockholm becomes too hot. I definitely think having a little holiday home on a private island sounds like my idea of a great time!
I loved exploring more of Stockholm and it’s archipelago by using one of the many hop-on hop-off boat services that are offered here. With a city surrounded by water it’s a really quick and easy way to get around and is also surprisingly inexpensive.
Services like this allow visitors to get to some of the more remote islands within the archipelago easily and if you’re travelling with kids (or are just a big kid yourself!) you’ll love being able to get to Gröna Lund’s Amusement Park.
A hop-on, hop-off boat service is also a perfect way to see the city if you’re visiting as part of a cruise holiday and so have limited time ashore. It’s easy to see many different parts of the city and it also affords you great views as you travel between the points of interest within the archipelago.
Another great place you can get to by boat, or on foot in Stockholm is the Vasa Museum. The Vasa Museum is housed in a pretty unique building, which has the sails of a ship protruding through the roof, it’s hard to miss it!
The Vasa Museum displays the only almost completely intact 17th century ship that has ever been salvaged and is said to be the most visited museum in Scandanavia. Kids and adults alike will love learning about the Vasa ship, the people who sailed on it and their life on board.
My favourite part of Stockholm is the Gamla Stan, the most well preserved medieval city centres in the world. In this area you’ll find The Royal Palace, where you can watch the impressive parade of the soldier as part of the daily changing of the guards. I’d advise you to get there early though as it’s quite popular and gets very crowded, especially in the summer months.
I think one of my favourite parts of visiting Stockholm on a cruise holiday is sailing into or away from port through the beautiful, natural archipelago. It’s a wonderfully enjoyable sail with some wonderful scenery that you’ll love. Grab your camera and head onto deck to snap some amazing photographs!