We rode the bus to the Hop-on Hop-off boat dock, which is conveniently located right next to the tour, and proceeded to a Hop-on Hop-off boat to the Vasa Museum. The Vasa Museum is an absolute must-see for anyone visiting Stockholm. If I should visit Stockholm 12 more times in my life, I would still visit the Vasa each and every time. It is truly special. The Vasa Museum features an authentic Viking ship which set sail on August 10, 1628, and sank in the Stockholm harbor where it lived until 1961 when it was rescued from the sea after a 333-year slumber. It was then reconstructed and preserved in this 6 level museum. The Vasa is truly a mesmerizing mark of Viking grandeur and extraordinary craftsmanship. We happen to arrive just before the start of one of several tours performed in English.
ticket booth for all of the boat tours. We quickly acquired tickets for an afternoon
At this point, we needed to make our way back to the area we had just come from so as to be on time for our boat tour. The boat tours originate in the same area the tickets were purchased. Unfortunately, taking the Hop-on Hop-off boat would take too long to cycle back to that stop, so we took the 7 tram (streetcar) back to the waterfront. Upon arrival, we realized we had just enough time to grab a quick bite to eat and save ourselves some money on lunch by taking advantage of the outdoor dining kiosk right across the street from the ticket booth. They serve modest fare: burgers, fries, ice cream, and the like. While unexciting, we found it to be a quick and economical option. Our priorities lie more in having a nice dinner as a splurge and saving
on breakfasts and lunches where possible.
There are a great number of boat tours in Stockholm. They all vary in length, sights featured, and
amenities offered. We opted for the Archipelago Boat Tour to Vaxholm. This is one of the lengthier tours, taking 3 hours to complete (1 1/2 hours in each direction). The same basic tour exists under two names: Vaxholm and Archipelago. You can opt to get off at Vaxholm, and re-board later. Many people like to make a day trip of it, go shopping, etc. We opted to stay on board. This is a fairly classy cruise on a beautiful Yacht, where many other boat tours take place on board much more modest vessels. This Yacht features a rather nice restaurant, where you can opt to be seated for a nice full-service meal. We opted to enjoy the lower deck, seating ourselves in the bar area, where we enjoyed some Pimms and beers. This tour also features a guide person, as opposed to a pre-recorded guide. The tour guide provides anecdotes in both English and Swedish so as to provide further cultural and historical insight regarding the sights along the way.
Full of fish and culture, we leisurely made our way back to our hotel to plan for Day 2 of our pass.
Where we saved money:
- Stockholm Pass: Junibaken Museum, Vasa Museum, Hop-on Hop-off bus and boat, and Vaxholm Boat Tour (no additional charge beyond the pass)
- Breakfast at the hotel (free)
- Public Transit: 24 hour unlimited pass
- Lunch at the outdoor kiosk/cafe
Where we splurged:
- Nice dinner at Stockholm Fisk