Stockholm, Sweden | Baltic Cruise

Our next stop on our cruise was to Stockholm, Sweden! We didn’t do too many tourists things here because we met up with a friend of Stefan’s from school in Finland. This friend was born in Stockholm and currently lives there, so we had another personal tour guide, but most of our day was spent eating lunch with him (it was a short cruise port). My guide to using the public transportation will be at the end. It won’t be as detailed as my guide to Helsinki, because we walked almost everywhere and we had a local with us, so we didn’t pay that much attention. I did do some research beforehand though in case my husband’s friend had to work and wasn’t able to meet up with us.

First, we went to the Vasa Museum. The Vasa was a viking warship that sank about 30 minutes into its maiden voyage in 1628. The ship was located again in the 1950’s in Stockholm’s harbor. The ship is one of the best preserved viking ships in existence.

I really enjoyed the museum. The ship is huge! Almost everything you see on the ship is original. They are still recovering artifacts from it. This is one of the most popular attractions in Stockholm, and for good reason. Definitely make it a point to go here!

They even have recovered skeletons from the ship, along with some of these people’s personal belongings. The museum is quite dark to help preserve the wood, so it is difficult to take pictures in here. It is well worth the admission cost of SEK 130 (around $16).

Next, we took a tour around Gamla Stan, the old town of Stockholm.

We saw some interesting things, including the smallest statue in Stockholm. You are supposed to rub his head and make a wish. This is considered a “secret” tourist attraction because the statue is featured in very few tourist guides. It is also hard to find. It is located behind the Finnish church in a courtyard that you wouldn’t go in unless you were looking for this little guy. He is named Järnpojke if you want to put him into Google Maps and try to find him while you are there.

We also saw this Viking runestone on a building in one of the back streets of Gamla Stan. These were a memorial stone placed for those people who never came home after being at sea and are suspected to have died.

We also saw the Royal Palace. It was unimpressive in my opinion. I wouldn’t make a special trip to see it or anything, but if you are in the area it is worth stopping by.

And we did stop by at just the right time because we got to see a small changing of the guard ceremony.

After this we just ate lunch with my husband’s friend and hung out with him for several hours. We did a little shopping and sat in a local park. If we hadn’t met up with him I would have probably made a trip to the Ice Bar, but you could also go to the ABBA museum. These two things are popular attractions for those visiting Stockholm.

One of the best parts about stopping in Stockholm on a cruise is the sail in/sail out of the archipelago. Lots of people wake up super early (at like 4 or 5 am) to watch this, but there is only one way in and one way out. We opted to sleep in and watch the sail out from the hot tub. It was very relaxing and very pretty. A couple times I had to get out of the hot tub to get pictures and it was 2-3 hours of sailing through these little islands. Definitely something not to miss!

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Stockholm Public Transportation

A 24 hour pass for Stockholm’s public transportation (tram, bus, metro, and some ferries) will cost you 120 SEK (about $15).  A single journey ticket that will last you 75 minutes is 43 SEK (about $5.25). Definitely figure out if you can just use single tickets or if the 24 hour pass is a better deal for you. A hop on hop off bus/ferry ticket will cost you 300 SEK (about $36), so the savings is large if you are willing to try your hand at public transportation. You can purchase tickets at the machine located at most public transportation stops. You can also buy single ride tickets from the driver. Sweden is on its way to being a cashless society. You will need a credit card with chip and pin technology. I wouldn’t even take out any SEK at all. My husband’s friend tried to purchase some gum with cash and they wouldn’t take cash. He had to use his card.

My ship docked at Statsgården, so that is what I will be detailing here. From what I understand, this is where most cruise ships dock. From the cruise terminal the fastest way into Gamla Stan is to just walk. Public transportation takes almost as long as walking, plus you have to wait for it to come. Follow the blue line from your ship all the way into Old Town Gamla Stan. Here you can see the Royal Palace, the Nobel Prize museum, the small statue, several churches, the rune stone, etc. Rick Steves has a great audio walking tour that you can download to use here.

From here I would go to the Vasa Museum. From Gamla Stan you need to make your way to the ferry “Stockholm Slussen kajan”. You need to get on the 82 ferry to “Stockholm Allmänna gränd brygg”. You will get off at “Allmänna gränd”. It is a non stop ferry, so you shouldn’t need to worry about stops or anything. From here you will walk to the Vasa. You will pass the ABBA museum on the way, so if that is something you would want to do, stop in for a little bit. From the ferry you will walk about 9 minutes to the museum. Slight right on Allmänna gränd, left on Falkenbergsgatan, left onto Djurgårdsvägen, right onto Galärvarvsvägen, and the museum will be on your right. 

From here back to the ship you just reverse the directions above to get to Gamla Stan and then follow the blue line back to the cruise ship. Easy!

We use the app pictured below for navigating when in a foreign country. It is available in the app store and it is awesome. Definitely download it and use it in case you get lost!

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