Stockholm Ferries and Boats
From: Stockholm Transportation
Stockholm is a maritime city, and--especially during the summer season--ferries offer convenient shortcuts between its major islands.
In the city center, you'll see antique Djurgården pedestrian ferries zigging and zagging through the harbor almost constantly. These antique ferries carry some 2.4 million passengers a year, primarily in summer.
The Djurgården-Skeppsholmen-Slussen line operates year-round, with departures every 15 to 30 minutes during summer and a limited schedule the rest of the year. The ferries are part of Stockholm's SL transit network, so you can ride them with SL zone tickets and travel cards. (Transfers between the ferries and SL buses or tunnelbana trains are free, and you can bring your bicycle on board unless the boat is crowded.)
Sightseeing and excursion boats
The harbors of Stockholm are jammed with excursion boats of every variety, from historic steamers to modern tour boats.
Strömma offers a good selection of boat tours, including a "hop-on hop-off" boat that stops at the major sights. You can take either the Royal Canal Tour or the Historical Canal Tour free with the Stockholm Card.
Strömma Kanalbolaget has sailings to Drottningham Palace, archipelago tours aboard the 1912-vintage Gustafsberg VII, brunch cruises on the steamboat S.S. Stockholm (see photo), a full-day "thousand islands" cruise with the Waxholm III, and other sailings. (I enjoyed the Stockholm cruise during a September visit; the three-hour roundtrip to Waxholm included a smorgåsbord-style buffet.)
Cinderella Båtarna uses modern, multi-deck boats on its day trips, lunch cruises, and dinner cruises in the archipelago. In December, it sails to Utö's Christmas Fair.
Finally, Waxholmsbolaget (already mentioned under "Ferries" above) offers both transportation and excursions on its fleet of classic steamers, fast ferries, and year-round vessels.
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