Stromma: Spring excursions in the beautiful city
By Malin Norman
Experience Stockholm, its canals and stunning archipelago with Stromma’s tours, a fabulous way of getting to know the Swedish capital.
Whether you are a local or visiting from elsewhere, Stromma offers a wide range of boat and bus tours for every taste, occasion and weather. Perfect for first-time visitors is a ride with the Hop On – Hop Off buses that stop by, for example, the Old Town and the City Hall. This gives a useful overview and you learn how to find your way around the city.
“Stockholm is such a beautiful city, and it’s fantastic seen from the water,” says Cecilia Sandberg, marketing director at Stromma. “Sightseeing by boat gives a new perspective on the city, its many famous sights and the surrounding nature.”
For those looking for a cruise with a delicious meal, there are options for all flavours. The archipelago shrimp cruise is a must for seafood lovers, and the cruise with buffet and live music is a treat, with grand views of the archipelago.
Gustavsberg is well worth a visit too, recommends Sandberg. “The boat makes a stop at Hålludden, where the art museum Artipelag is located. If you’re interested in ceramics and design, check out the Gustavsbergs Porcelain Museum. Or go for a stroll around the harbour and stop at one of the many restaurants and cafés.”
Birka, Sigtuna and Skokloster
One of the most popular tours is that of Birka, the Viking City on Lake Mälaren. “The guided tour gives a background to Birka, and afterwards you’ll be all set to explore on your own,” explains Sandberg. “During summer, there are theme weeks including role play; it’s a fantastic experience to see the dressed-up participants and their commitment to the Viking era.”
Another gem is Sigtuna, with its picturesque, old wooden houses dating back to the 18th century, while the Baroque Skokloster Castle is one of Europe’s most breathtaking settings. You can also explore more of the archipelago with Cinderellabåtarna. In summer, lots of people take the boat to one of the islands for a picnic on the cliffs or a swim in the sea.
Stromma offers similar guided tours also in Gothenburg and Malmö. “In Gothenburg, you can visit the island of Vinga, with its famous lighthouse,” says Sandberg. “And let’s not forget the sightseeing tour with the classic Paddan boats. Expect the typical tongue-in-cheek humour from Gothenburg.”
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