Comprised of 14 islands on an extensive Baltic Sea archipelago, Stockholm is one of Europe’s best destinations for boat tours.
The waterways of Stockholm are perhaps second only to Venice anywhere in Europe in terms of fame. But perched on a vast archipelago, the city is also a hugely popular jumping off point for water-based excursions beyond the city’s own 14 islands. If you’re coming to Stockholm and would like to embark on a boating adventure during your stay, we’ve picked out 5 of the best Stockholm boat tours currently on offer.
Stockholm Archipelago Cruise with Guide
Climb aboard a classic archipelago ship and cruise the waterways of Stockholm on this 2.5-hour sightseeing tour. Ideal for those keen to experience the untouched nature of the city’s unique archipelago but don’t have all day to do so, the guided tour won’t only treat you to sensational views form the water, but will also send you away brimming with facts and stories about the history of the sights and landmarks that you pass. For refreshments, there’s an on-board cafeteria serving sandwiches, snacks and drinks. From €32 per person.
Royal Bridges and Canal Cruise
See the sights of Stockholm from the water on this 1-hour boat cruise along the city’s canals and waterways. After boarding in the Old Town, you’ll cruise along the narrow Djurgårds Canal before heading out into the open bays and shores of the islands of the Stockholm Archipelago, marvelling at the colourful buildings of the Gamla Stan as you go. You’ll pass the Royal Game Park of Djurgården island, continuing to the small islet of Riddarholmen and past the trendy streets of Södermalm, all the while listening to informative audio commentary. You’ll also get to enjoy a traditional Swedish “fika” of coffee and cakes before returning to your departure point. From €23 per person.
Kungsholmen Canal Cruise in Old Mahogany Boat
Explore the waterways and canals of Stockholm aboard a quaint, mahogany boat dating back to the 1950s on this tour that comes in just short of an hour. Accompanied by your tour guide and captain, you’ll get to take in picture-postcard views of the city’s landmarks from the comfy vantage point of your vessel as it negotiates a network of narrow canals, while learning about the history of major landmarks like City Hall, Military Academy, the island of Långholmen courtesy of your experienced and knowledgeable guide. The tour starts and ends down by the pier in the city centre. From €24 per person.
RIB Speed Boat Tour of the Archipelago
Not one for the faint-hearted, visitors can explore the Stockholm Archipelago on this thrilling 2-hour RIB speed boat tour. After pick-up from central Stockholm, you’ll board your RIB to leave the city behind as the Old Town, Södermalm and Nacka disappear into the distance. Passing the island of Fjäderholmarna, you’ll pick up speed as you hit the main waterways around Stockholm, before passing magnificent landscapes made up of lush and rocky islands, historic sites and summer houses. As you head back to Stockholm via Vaxholm, where many sailors stop for provisions, you’ll pass through the Djurgårdsbrunns canal and under the famous bridges before arriving home. From €135 per person.
Private Custom Yacht Cruise with Lunch or Dinner in Stockholm Archipelago
See the Stockholm archipelago in true style on this 3-hour private cruise that can be customised to your preferences and tastes. With so many islands to choose from, it’s hard to know where to start, but the cruise is designed to take in some of the area’s most scenic spots. During the trip and depending on your departure time, you’ll also sit down to either a light lunch or 2-course dinner on deck as the captain steers past Stockholm’s historic waterfront and remote islands. Be sure to look out for exotic marine wildlife among the islands, too. The tour price includes pick-up and drop-off at your Stockholm hotel. From €1,238 per group (max 6 people).