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Our most recommended Stockholm County Cruises & Boat Tours

Stockholm Archipelago Cruise with Guide

1. Stockholm Archipelago Cruise with Guide

This is the perfect boat tour when you want to experience the best of Stockholm archipelago in a short period of time. During the 2.5 hour tour, a guide on board will tell you about the history of the different sights you pass. Enjoy a journey with beautiful sights and fascinating stories.  Tavel on board M/S Östanå I, built in 1906, or S/S Stockholm, built in 1931. Both ships are beauties and two of the older ships in the fleet. There is a cafeteria on board that serves hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, salads and pies. Your guide will explain the natural sites of the Stockholm archipelago, the second largest in the Baltic Sea.

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: Under the Bridges Boat Tour

3. 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. 

Royal Canal Tour - Explore Stockholm by Boat

4. Royal Canal Tour - Explore Stockholm by Boat

Experience the greener parts of Stockholm on board a lovely canal boat and sail along the Djurgården Canal, separating Djurgården Island from the northern mainland. Built under the orders of King Charles XIV in 1825, the royal canal leaves behind the inner city from Nybrokajen, passing beautiful buildings en route to the peaceful canal. Audio guides are provided, with headsets, in over 11 languages, including English, Swedish, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Japanese, and Chinese. Get fabulous views of the Stockholm skyline as you head back to the city at the end of your 50-minute cruise, providing a different perspective of the Swedish capital.

Stockholm: 1.5-Hour Ghost Walk and Historical Tour

5. Stockholm: 1.5-Hour Ghost Walk and Historical Tour

By the light of lantern, be entertained and horrified by tales of poltergeists, plagues, public executions, and murders on this exhilarating walking tour of Stockholm. Watch the past come to life as you visit the sites of a mixture of great and gruesome events.  Start your walking in Gamla Stan and end in the heart of the Old Town. Along the way, hear about Stockholm's beginnings and learn how the city developed. Discover the most important events in the city's history by visiting the locations where they took place. Leave the main streets behind and explore forgotten courtyards, touch the old walls, and let the city's history come alive. Experience the past brought back to life as you smell, taste, and see what medieval Stockholm might have been like.

Stockholm: Royal Bridges and Canal Cruise

6. Stockholm: Royal Bridges and Canal Cruise

See the sights of Stockholm from its waterways on a 1-hour cruise along the city’s canals and waterways. Cruise to the royal island of Djurgården, and enjoy panoramic views of the Stockholm skyline. Board the boat by the Royal Palace in the Old Town, and cruise along the narrow Djurgårds Canal. Head out into the open bays and shores of the islands of the Stockholm Archipelago, and marvel at the colorful buildings of the Gamla Stan. Pass the Royal Game Park of Djurgården island. Continue to the small islet of Riddarholmen (part of the Gamla Stan), and cruise past the trendy streets of Södermalm. Enjoy free Wi-Fi on board the mint condition boat, along with facilities such as toilets and a small café. Along the way, listen to an informative audio commentary with your complimentary earphones.

Stockholm: Old Town Walking Tour

7. Stockholm: Old Town Walking Tour

Follow in the footsteps of the city's founding fathers on this enlightening shared or private walking tour of Stockholm's Old Town. This eventful walk reveals colorful stories and legends of early life in the city as you stroll along well-preserved cobbled alleyways.  Admire the grandeur of the Riddarholmen Church, the statue of Stockholm’s founder Birger Jarl, and the 16th-century royal palaces. Your guide will tell stories and legends about the city and the people who have lived here. Enjoy panoramic views of picturesque Lake Mälaren and the surrounding countryside. This is a perfect introduction to Stockholm and its Old Town district.

Stockholm Archipelago: Half-Day Kayaking and Fika Tour

8. Stockholm Archipelago: Half-Day Kayaking and Fika Tour

The adventure begins at Skärgårdens Kanotcenter, where you’ll meet your kayaking guide and take part in a short safety briefing. Your guide will help you to make some adjustments to the kayak if needed and will discuss the route. Once you’re familiar with the basic paddling and safety techniques, it's time to hop into your sea kayak and explore the archipelago from the perspective of the water. Follow your guide as you explore the beauty of Vaxholm and admire typical Swedish architecture. With its famous fortress that was used to defend Stockholm and traditional fishing cottages in the harbour, it's the perfect place to get the full archipelago experience. On the other side, there is one of Stockholm's largest nature reserves. While kayaking and exploring the islands from the water, listen to local stories about the area, which was once home to Vikings over 1000 years ago. Soak up the scenic views and feel immersed in the tranquil atmosphere of the reserve, which will leave you feeling as if you're a million miles from the stresses of the city, despite being just 30-minutes from Stockholm. Once you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite, find the perfect spot for a rest and enjoy a typical Swedish 'fika,' also known as a coffee break. You are also more than welcome to bring a swimsuit for a Baltic dip if you wish. After the break, head back onto the water and watch out for the reserve’s array of native wildlife including beavers and coastal birds. At the end of an unforgettable experience, it’s time to begin the journey back to the starting point, admiring the last of the views along the way.

Stockholm: Old Town Walking Tour

9. Stockholm: Old Town Walking Tour

Travel back in time on a historical walking tour of Stockholm's Old Town. Discover hidden gems and old tales from the city's past. See top city attractions like the 17th-century Baroque Royal Palace. Explore Stockholm's old town, or “Gamla stan” as it is known locally. Immerse yourself in the most mythical and legendary neighborhood in Stockholm. As the city's historical center, this is where you find out about ancient events and hear fascinating stories and tales that will last for a lifetime. Enjoy a tour which is like stepping into a time machine. Get whisked back to the middle ages where noblemen, princesses, and dukes roamed the streets. Learn about the Stockholm Blood Bath, see a cannonball wedged in the façade of a house, and discover the legend of St, George and the Dragon.

Stockholm: Archipelago Winter Kayaking and Fika Experience

10. Stockholm: Archipelago Winter Kayaking and Fika Experience

Your adventure begins at Skärgårdens Kanotcenter, where you’ll meet your guide and take part in a safety briefing. Your guide will help you to make some adjustments to the kayak if needed, and will also discuss the route. Once you’re familiar with the basic paddling and safety techniques, it's time to hop into your sea kayak to explore the winter archipelago from the perspective of the water. Follow your guide as you explore the beauty of Vaxholm and admire typical Swedish architecture. With its famous fortress that was used to defend Stockholm and traditional fishing cottages in the harbor, it's the perfect place to get the full archipelago experience. On the other side you'll find one of Stockholm's largest nature reserves. Whilst kayaking and exploring the islands from the water, listen to local stories about the area, which was once home to Vikings over 1,000 years ago. Soak up the scenic winter views and feel immersed in the tranquility, despite being just 30-minutes from Stockholm. At the end of an unforgettable experience, it’s time to begin the journey back to the starting point, admiring the last of the views along the way before warming up over a cup of coffee.

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What people are saying about Stockholm County

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 2,548 reviews

This was my first Cruise... I knew the Liner was not going to be like the Carnival.. Super luxury. But over all great experience. The rooms were small it's good if u aren't sharing cause it can get really tight. The Grand Buffet dinner was really good. The resturants on board were great too. So great experience. Very good stag at the Info counter.

Lovely boat, interesting route and, best of all, the lady who narrated the tour. She was informative, clear, and had a wonderful turn of phrase - she should have her own radio show!. Highly recommended.

Great to see the city from both land and water. The guide was wonderful.

the audio guide shared a lot of things about stockholm and sweden.

A great way to see this seaside city from the water.