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Stockholm: Under the Bridges Boat Tour

1. Stockholm: Under the Bridges Boat Tour

Book a sightseeing tour and experience Stockholm from the water. Board your sightseeing vessel and listen to the recorded commentary available in 10 languages as you take in the iconic sights of this stunning city. Pass under several bridges and through a lock that connects the Baltic Sea with Lake Mälaren. Along the way see the sights of Stockholm’s inner city, the Old Town, Södermalm Island, Lilla Essingen, and Stora Essingen, the new area known as Hammarby Sjöstad, and the green areas of Royal Djurgården. 

Stockholm: Land and Water Tour by Amphibious Bus

2. Stockholm: Land and Water Tour by Amphibious Bus

Enjoy a tour of Stockholm by land and water on an amphibious bus tour. Learn about the history of the city from a variety of perspectives, seeing notable landmarks like Gröna Lund, the Royal Palace, and the Royal Island of Djurgården Once everyone is aboard, head toward the Royal Theatre. Your guide will give a short introduction about the bus before switching focus to the sights. Drive along the fashionable street of Birger Jarl before landing at the nightclub mecca of Stureplan. Continue to the Royal Library, see the 1912 Olympic stadium, and turn into the street Karlavägen to arrive at the beautiful area of Östermalm. Suddenly the tarmac beneath you turns to gravel and now the real fun begins, it is time for the bus to get wet. Hold on to your phones and cameras and prepare for some butterflies in your stomach. The music gets louder and a big splash of water hits the windscreen. Before you know it, you are floating. After a couple of minutes of cruising on the water, you will also hear the story behind the Royal Island of Djurgården. Pass the Vasa museum and Sweden’s oldest amusement park Gröna Lund. Get your camera ready for a postcard-like view of Stockholm. The striking Old Town facades lie ahead, where the buildings date back to the 16th-century. In the middle are the German church and Stockholm city hall, which is a famous symbol of Stockholm with the three golden crowns mounted on top. Sail alongside the shore of Södermalm, the biggest of the 14 islands that constitute Stockholm. Cruise around the island of Skeppsholmen and get a great view of the Royal Palace, which is one of the biggest palaces in Europe. See the 19th-century ship Af Chapman docked on the island of Skeppsholmen, which was once Stockholm's naval station. Learn about the royal family and also how Sweden became the country that it is today. Hear how one of the poorest countries in Europe become a thriving industrial nation with a capital now considered to be Europe’s equivalent to silicon valley. Feel the current from Sweden’s third biggest lake pushing fresh clean water into the Baltic Sea. Further ahead, get a great panoramic view of Strandvägen, which is probably the most exclusive address in Scandinavia. Pass the ship of the world’s strongest little girl, Pippi Longstocking. It is time to return to dry land. The engine roars for a couple of seconds as the captain hits the throttle to push the bus back to land. Drive towards the starting point, passing the birthplace of the world-famous psychological phenomenon of Stockholm syndrome. Also pass the oldest building in the city and the oldest park in Stockholm, which once belonged to the royal family. To complete your tour, get a photo with the singing captain.

Stockholm: RIB Speed Boat Tour of the Archipelago

3. Stockholm: RIB Speed Boat Tour of the Archipelago

Jump into an RIB for a speedboat tour of the awesome Stockholm Archipelago. Admire the colorful 17th-century buildings of Gamla Stan from the water. Explore landscapes of lush rocky islands like Sodermalm and cruise under impressive bridges. Make your way to the waterway to meet your friendly guide and group for the day. Climb into the RIB boat and feel the wind in your hair as you set off for the Archipelago. Pass by Gamla Stan, Stockholm's Old Town, and watch the reflection of the colored houses in the water. Pick up speed until you enter the Archipelago and view the summer houses on inhabited islands. Cruise around the shore of Sodermalm island and the Nacka Municipality before being immersed in wild scenery of rocks and forests. Head back to Stockholm and enjoy views of Vaxholm as you drift under historic bridges.

Stockholm: Self-Guided 1 or 2-Person Kayak Tour

4. Stockholm: Self-Guided 1 or 2-Person Kayak Tour

Arrive at the green island Långholmen (Södermalm) and be greeted by a professional instructor. Leave all unnecessary things at the rental and collect all of the equipment, such as lifejackets, and drybags. One of the instructors will go through everything you need to know about kayaking and where to go. On the water, explore the many canals of Stockholm. One of the more popular tours is to go around the islands Långholmen and Reimerisholme. Exploring Stockholm is more fun from a kayak since this city consists of islands. See the City Hall and parts of the Old Town. Choose between a single-person kayak or a 2-person kayak for the chance to sit close to your friend or loved one. For the latter option, the person in the front sets the pace, and the person in the back controls the steering.

Södermalm: 2-Hour Sightseeing Tour

5. Södermalm: 2-Hour Sightseeing Tour

Voted by Vogue Magazine as “One of the 15 coolest areas in the world”, the neighborhood of Södermalm is a hip island south of the city center. It will be there that you can find vintage stores, trendy cafes, and some of the most breathtaking views of Stockholm. Throughout this tour you will get to explore "SoFo", which is considered Stockholm’s equivalent to New York's Soho. Whilst there you can indulge in world-class Swedish design, and will also be introduced to some of the most popular and secret city beaches. Along with your local guide you will uncover the best-kept secrets this district has to offer, taking in the bountiful views as you travel.

Stockholm: Old Town, Djurgården Island & Vasa Museum

6. Stockholm: Old Town, Djurgården Island & Vasa Museum

Your tour begins at Stortorget, the main square of Old Town. Hear legends and stories about the city and the people that used to lived here. You’ll walk past some of the best-known landmarks of the area, such as the Royal Palace, the Coronation Church, and the statue of St. George and the Dragon. If you have chosen this option, board the Djurgården ferry for the short trip to the island of Djurgården. On the way you’ll be able to see parts of Stockholm from the water, including Old Town and the island of Södermalm. Stop at the Vasa Museum, the most visited maritime museum in the world. Marvel at the nearly 400-year-old wooden ship that is remarkably intact despite being under water for more than 300 years. Enjoy a 30-minute tour of the museum, which will be the end of the guided tour.

Stockholm: Södermalm E-Bike Tour

7. Stockholm: Södermalm E-Bike Tour

Biking is certainly one of the best ways to discover Stockholm, and the Swedes’ favorite mode of transport when spring comes. Delve further into Stockholm and visit Sodermalm, known to the resident hipsters as "SoFo." This tour avoids the main attractions to the city. With your e-bike, you'll ride up and down SoFo's many hills without breaking a sweat. SoFo is steeped in history, has a vast array of beautiful architecture and is bursting with quirky cafes, bohemian shops, and vintage boutiques. It was voted the ‘coolest’ neighborhood in Europe by Vogue Magazine back in 2014, and anyone who visits will agree; it certainly does not lack character. Discover SoFo's charming atmosphere for yourself. It also some of the best views of the city.

Stockholm: Self Guided Kayak Adventure

8. Stockholm: Self Guided Kayak Adventure

The kayak dock is located right in the heart of the city, just 400 m from the Adventure Café, so you will start your self-guided tour in a prime location. Enjoy a leisurely sightseeing paddle that allows you a fabulous vantage point as you look in on the city from your kayak. Stockholm is lovingly known as “The Venice of the North” as it is situated over 14 islands and linked by 57 bridges, so exploring by kayak is a great way to see the city. Even better, paddle at your own pace on a self-guided tour. You'll be provided a brief introduction on kayaking and all the equipment needed for your adventure, then you can set sail on your adventure.

Stockholm: Highlights Guided Walking Tour

9. Stockholm: Highlights Guided Walking Tour

Stockholm is a city built on 14 islands connected by a total of 42 bridges. The charm of its setting therefore lies in the intermingling of land and water but if you have never explored it before how do you know which of the islands to start on and how to best navigate between the many bridges to get the best out of the city? This is where this tour comes in! As Stockholm is a terrific city to absorb on foot we explore the highlights of this Scandinavian capital while introducing you to World-class museums such as ABBA, Vasa and Nordic museums, theaters, galleries, and gorgeous parklands as well as trend setting fashion, design and music scenes that has influenced the rest of the world for decades. Stockholm is a metropolitan city with a tangled old town where you can find the picturesque and narrowest street in Sweden. Walking along Skeppsbron that connects Gamla stan to Södermalm, you will enjoy the unmistakable scent of freshly baked cinnamon buns from Skeppsbro bakery. You will explore new city icons such as the golden bridge of Slussen and the revamped Sergels torg. We will also visit the dynamic down town of Kungsträdgården where you might be treated to street food festivals or the namaste Indian culture day. Experience Djurgården, the first ever national park in the middle of a city where you will stroll through the blue gate and visit junibacken, the fascinating world of famous author Astrid Lindgren.

Bohemian Stockholm: Södermalm Island Walking Tour

10. Bohemian Stockholm: Södermalm Island Walking Tour

Explore the historic district of Södermalm Island on a 1.5-hour guided walking tour of one of Stockholm’s most bohemian areas. Dubbed SoFo (South of Folkungatan) as a play on Manhattan’s SoHo (South of Houston), today it is known as the trendiest area in Stockholm; home to the city’s hipsters, fashion brands, vintage shops, and excellent restaurants and cafés. Learn the history of the area, starting from when people moved to Södermalm after the Old Town ran out of space. Hear dark stories behind the beautiful views, including tales of executions and witch trials. Walk in the footsteps of Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomqvist from the “Millennium” trilogy by Swedish novelist Stieg Larsson, now adapted for both Swedish TV and American film. See colorful houses, and learn how the area was regenerated from the working class cottages of the 18th century to the expensive apartments and boutiques of today.

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What people are saying about Södermalm

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4.5 / 5

based on 2,426 reviews

nice tour in the canals, the panorama is naturally beautiful but also the vision of the less visited and well-known areas of Stockholm is very interesting, the story of the audio guide is interesting

The boat tour was a great way to get a good overview and idea about city, culture and way of life. I strongly recommend and enjoyed a lot.

A must do when visiting Stockholm. You get to experience other small islands that Sweden has to offer.

Very nice and recommended to get an idea of everything that Stockholm encompasses

Well organized tour and recommend for short stay travelers.