5 ways to explore the beauty of Stockholm by boat

Sightseeing in Stockholm by boat

Stockholm is a strikingly beautiful city, with countless sights to see. For a different angle to the best the Swedish capital has to offer, hop on a boat and take in the beautiful surroundings.

We've all been transported between famous city sights by bus, but have you tried it the watery way? Stockholm is built on 14 beautiful islands all connected by 57 bridges, and this means sightseeing by boat is somewhat of a given.

Sightseeing Stockholm by boat

1. Hop on - hop off boat tour

One of the many tour companies operating in the canals of Stockholm is Strömma Sweden. They have a wide range of tours available and among them is the hop on - hop off boat tour. This is a fun, beautiful and comfortable way to make the most out of your Stockholm stay, taking you from Nybroplan to places like the Royal Palace, the Vasa Museum, Gröna Lund amusement park and many other attractions. You can even get a combination ticket with both bus and boat sightseeing included.

Stromma boat sightseeing in Stockholm

 © Strömma Turism & Sjöfart AB, Claes Helander

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2. The best of both worlds

If you love sightseeing the old-fashioned way by bus, but still want to try a boat, then we have got the perfect solution for you. Hop on board the Ocean Bus! Like the name suggests, this tour bus will take you around Stockholm both on land and into the sea. Owned and operated by two brothers, you're in for a humorous and fun ride through the city, with plenty of fun facts and interesting stories along the way. Could it get any better?

The Ocean Bus Go sightseeing in Stockholm

3. Boating Queen

What would a visit to Sweden be without a little bit of ABBA? Being one of the most famous pop-bands in the world, they have left their mark on the Swedish capital. The ABBA Museum/Boat Tour takes you around the beautiful and tranquil Djurgården, where parts of the movie about the band was filmed, and several other film locations before ending at the museum. On board you'll be treated to the many hit songs by the four famous singers.

Stromma Sightseeing Stockholm by boat

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4. Learn more as history goes past you

Are you falling in love with Stockholm and want to learn more of the city's past? Then the Historical Canal Tour is the way to go! Board the boat at City Hall and let it transport you around the second largest island in Stockholm, Kungsholmen, and the historical islands of Långholmen and Reimersholme. Learn more about the exciting past of the Swedish capital whilst making your way through narrow canals and it's striking scenery. All aboard!

Canal tour of Stockholm

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You really can't go wrong with one of these tours, offering you the perfect view of the best sights and attractions in the city. With tours running several times daily it is easy to make the most of your day in Stockholm, whether you're here for a week or just on a short layover.

All of Stockholm is easily accessible from the Radisson Blu Arlandia Hotel and the Arlanda airport. Prefer to stay in the city center? Then the Radisson Blu Royal Viking or the Radisson Blu Waterfront hotels would love to have you!

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