Stockholm by Water (without spending a fortune)

Just on a stroll through the historic core.

Just on a stroll through the historic core.

Stockholm is often termed the Venice of Scandinavia and not without warrant. The city is built on an elaborate series of canals and islands. It sits on the second largest archipelago in the Baltic sea. Its old town is beautiful and historic, filled with cobble stone streets and hidden nooks and crannies.

A very large and lovely salmo pulled from a canal in the historic core of Sweden.

A very large and lovely salmon pulled from a canal in the historic core of Sweden.

I knew when I wanted to be able to see Stockholm by water, but I soon discovered that not only were the tour boat ridiculously expensive ($20 USD was a large chunk of my daily budget) but also ridiculously crowded. Think sardines smooshed one next to the other. Honestly it didn’t look like that much fun so as we debated the merits of sardine life one of our group members went in search of an alternative.

It wasn’t more than five boats down that we were hailed by a friendly Swede asking if we were looking for a harbor tour. When we replied that we were he said that he was running the ferry and while there would be no audio tour (which was crap anyway according to him) there was a bar on board and we could ride round trip for about $5 USD.

The whole gang leaving Stokholm proper, ciders in hand, wind in our faces.

The whole gang leaving Stockholm proper, ciders in hand, wind in our faces.

We were sold and we were off shortly.

There were times when I missed the information on the city, but we had a great time laughing, enjoying each other, the countryside and a few cold ones. The best part our experience was our own. We were the only tourists on the boat. Plus we saved up enough to have a beer out that night. And that really is  saying something for Stockholm.

Until next time,

Enjoy the pictures from our adventure,

~LU

 

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