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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. 

Stockholm: Royal Bridges and Canal Cruise

4. 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: 1.5-Hour Ghost Walk and Historical Tour

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

Start your 1.5-hour guided ghost walk 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. By the light of lantern, be entertained and horrified by tales of poltergeists, plagues, public executions, and murders. Experience the past brought back to life as you smell, taste, and see what medieval Stockholm might have been like.

Royal Canal Tour - Explore Stockholm by Boat

6. 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: Kungsholmen Canal Cruise in Old Mahogany Boat

7. Stockholm: Kungsholmen Canal Cruise in Old Mahogany Boat

Explore the waterways and canals of Stockholm from onboard a quaint, mahogany boat. With your tour guide and captain, take in various views of the city's landmarks from the comfortable vantage point of your open-boat vessel. Meet your friendly guide and captain at the start of your tour down by the pier. Once aboard the vessel set-off on a journey through the narrow canals of Stockholm. Experience the capital of Sweden from a unique perspective during this 55-minute tour. Relax as you are transported in an old mahogany boat dating back to the 1950s. Soak in the warm weather when the chapel is removed on board or sit comfortably inside and enjoy views of the city from the window during the colder months. Learn about the city from your Swedish and English-speaking guide as you pass along some of the city's main landmarks like the City Hall, Military Academy, the island of Långholmen, the old Birger Jarl's tower on Riddarholmen, and much more.

Stockholm: Old Town Walking Tour

8. 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: 2-Hour RIB Speed Boat Tour of the Archipelago

9. Stockholm: 2-Hour RIB Speed Boat Tour of the Archipelago

The experienced crew pick you up from central Stockholm in our stable RIB boats "Rigid Inflatable Boats". As the boat leave Stockholm behind you'll see the Old Town, Södermalm and Nacka from the water. Passing the island of Fjäderholmarna we pick up speed on our way to experience the main waterways into Stockholm that been protected by Fortresses since the 16th Century. You will travel through magnificent landscapes made up of lush and rocky islands. Passing islands both inhabited and uninhabited. You will experience historic sites and summer houses. Before heading back to Stockholm we pass by Vaxholm, also called the Capital of the Archipelago, where many sailors come to proviant before heading out to sea. On the way back we go through the Djurgårdsbrunns canal and under the famous bridges. This is a truly genuine tour where one experiences the true archipelago where locals live and vacation. Summer houses here are passed down from generations to generations and many never come out on the open market.

Stockholm: Top Highlights Bike Tour

10. Stockholm: Top Highlights Bike Tour

Join a local guide for a relaxed and informative bike tour that takes you past Stockholm's most emblematic sights and attractions. Hop on your bike and get some authentic insight into what life in the Swedish capital is really about. Begin your tour at a convenient meeting point located in the heart of the city. Cycle between the city’s must-see attractions, including Gamla Stan (the old town), City Hall, and the Royal Palace. Visit the many islands that earned the city the nickname “Venice of the North.” Ride through the first national part in the world, a natural oasis in the midst of a bustling metropolis.  Make plenty of stops for photos and explanations by your knowledgeable guide. Learn about the city's history, culture, and lifestyle while witnessing it all firsthand. After the tour, chat with your guide to get some helpful insider tips that will benefit you during the rest of your stay.

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What people are saying about Stockholm

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 2,548 reviews

The amphibus was a high point of our trip to Stockholm. We got to hear interesting facts about Sweden and Stockholm. The tour guide was entertaining with dry (Swedish?) humor. The bus also had speakers and the guide played some music according to the situation. The driver/captain also had a part of the show and made us all laugh. The bus itself was worth seeing and the feeling when we got to water was exciting. All in all a great experience to lay back and enjoy the ride with Stockholm's beautiful scenery!

Our guide, Joel’s, English was excellent. He did a great job explaining and highlighting the top sights of Gamla Stan and the Vasa Musuem.

The boat was really lovely. Not too crowded and the staff was very friendly. We enjoyed seeing the beauty of the archipelago!

Very nice tour the captain and the tour leader entertained us also the most fun way to explore the city highly recommend

The show gave a lot in a short time and experiencing Stockholm's customs both on land and sea was a real highlight