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Stockholm: Land and Water Tour by Amphibious Bus

1. Stockholm: Land and Water Tour by Amphibious Bus

Once everyone is aboard, head toward the Royal theatre. Your guide will give a short introduction about the bus before switching focus to the sights. After the theatre, drive along the fashionable street of Birger Jarl before landing at the night club mecca of Stureplan. Continue to the Royal Library, see the 1912 Olympic stadium, and turn into the street Karlavägen to arrive at the beautiful area of Östermalm. Suddenly the tarmac beneath you turns to gravel and now the real fun begins, it is time for the bus to get wet. Hold on to your phones and cameras and prepare for some butterflies in your stomach. The music gets louder and a big splash of water hits the windscreen. Before you know it, you are floating. After a couple of minutes cruising on the water, the guide will give some additional info about how the bus works. You will also hear the story behind the Royal Island of Djurgården. Pass the Vasa museum and Sweden’s oldest amusement park Gröna Lund. It is time to bring out your camera for the postcard view of Stockholm. The striking Old Town facades lie ahead, where the buildings date back to the 16th-century. In the middle are the German church and Stockholm city hall, which is a famous symbol of Stockholm with the three golden crowns mounted on top. Sail alongside the shore of Södermalm, the biggest of the 14 islands that constitute Stockholm. Once a blue-collar area but today it ranks as one of the coolest neighborhoods in the world. Cruise around the island of Skeppsholmen and get a great view of the Royal Palace, which is one of the biggest palaces in Europe. See the 19th-century ship Af Chapman docked on the island of Skeppsholmen, which was once Stockholm's naval station. Learn about the royal family and also how Sweden became the country that it is today. Hear how one of the poorest countries in Europe become a thriving industrial nation with a capital now considered to be Europe’s equivalent to silicon valley. Feel the current from Sweden’s third biggest lake pushing fresh clean water into the Baltic Sea. If you are thirsty you can have a drink of water here. The captain focuses as he takes the vessel under the bridge connecting Blasieholmen and Skeppsholmen. The current can be strong during spring time when the ice is still melting. Further ahead, get a great panoramic view of Strandvägen, which is probably the most exclusive address in Scandinavia. Pass the ship of the world’s strongest little girl, Pippi Longstocking. It is time to return to dry land. The engine roars for a couple of seconds as the captain hits the throttle to push the bus back to land. The bus wobbles a little as the front wheels hit the ramp. Then drive towards the starting point, passing the birthplace of the world famous psychological phenomenon of Stockholm syndrome. Also pass the oldest building in the city and the oldest park in Stockholm, which once belonged to the royal family. To complete your tour, get a photo with the singing captain.

Stockholm: Under the Bridges Boat Tour

2. Stockholm: Under the Bridges Boat Tour

Book a sightseeing tour and experience Stockholm from the water. Board your sightseeing vessel and listen to the recorded commentary available in 10 languages as you take in the iconic sights of this stunning city. Pass under several bridges and through a lock that connects the Baltic Sea with Lake Mälaren. Along the way see the sights of Stockholm’s inner city, the Old Town, Södermalm Island, Lilla Essingen, and Stora Essingen, the new area known as Hammarby Sjöstad, and the green areas of Royal Djurgården. 

Stockholm: Royal Bridges and Canal Cruise

3. Stockholm: Royal Bridges and Canal Cruise

See the sights of Stockholm from its waterways on a 1-hour cruise along the city’s canals and waterways. Cruise to the royal island of Djurgården, and enjoy panoramic views of the Stockholm skyline. Board the boat by the Royal Palace in the Old Town, and cruise along the narrow Djurgårds Canal. Head out into the open bays and shores of the islands of the Stockholm Archipelago, and marvel at the colorful buildings of the Gamla Stan. Pass the Royal Game Park of Djurgården island. Continue to the small islet of Riddarholmen (part of the Gamla Stan), and cruise past the trendy streets of Södermalm. Enjoy free Wi-Fi on board the mint condition boat, along with facilities such as toilets and a small café. Along the way, listen to an informative audio commentary with your complimentary earphones.

Stockholm: Old Town, Djurgården Island & Vasa Museum

4. Stockholm: Old Town, Djurgården Island & Vasa Museum

Your tour begins at Stortorget, the main square of Old Town. Hear legends and stories about the city and the people that used to lived here. You’ll walk past some of the best-known landmarks of the area, such as the Royal Palace, the Coronation Church, and the statue of St. George and the Dragon. If you have chosen this option, board the Djurgården ferry for the short trip to the island of Djurgården. On the way you’ll be able to see parts of Stockholm from the water, including Old Town and the island of Södermalm. Stop at the Vasa Museum, the most visited maritime museum in the world. Marvel at the nearly 400-year-old wooden ship that is remarkably intact despite being under water for more than 300 years. Enjoy a 30-minute tour of the museum, which will be the end of the guided tour.

Stockholm: SoFo E-Bike Tour

5. Stockholm: SoFo E-Bike Tour

Biking is certainly one of the best ways to discover Stockholm, and the Swedes’ favorite mode of transport when spring comes. Delve further into Stockholm and visit Sodermalm, known to the resident hipsters as "SoFo." This tour avoids the main attractions to the city. With your e-bike, you'll ride up and down SoFo's many hills without breaking a sweat. SoFo is steeped in history, has a vast array of beautiful architecture and is bursting with quirky cafes, bohemian shops, and vintage boutiques. It was voted the ‘coolest’ neighborhood in Europe by Vogue Magazine back in 2014, and anyone who visits will agree; it certainly does not lack character. Discover SoFo's charming atmosphere for yourself. It also some of the best views of the city.

Stockholm: Self-Guided 1 or 2-Person Kayak Tour

6. Stockholm: Self-Guided 1 or 2-Person Kayak Tour

Arrive at the green island Långholmen (Södermalm) and be greeted by a professional instructor. Leave all unnecessary things at the rental and collect all of the equipment, such as lifejackets, and drybags. One of the instructors will go through everything you need to know about kayaking and where to go. On the water, explore the many canals of Stockholm. One of the more popular tours is to go around the islands Långholmen and Reimerisholme. Exploring Stockholm is more fun from a kayak since this city consists of islands. See the City Hall and parts of the Old Town. Choose between a single-person kayak or a 2-person kayak for the chance to sit close to your friend or loved one. For the latter option, the person in the front sets the pace, and the person in the back controls the steering.

Södermalm: 2-Hour Sightseeing Tour

7. Södermalm: 2-Hour Sightseeing Tour

Voted by Vogue Magazine as “One of the 15 coolest areas in the world”, the neighborhood of Södermalm is a hip island south of the city center. It will be there that you can find vintage stores, trendy cafes, and some of the most breathtaking views of Stockholm. Throughout this tour you will get to explore "SoFo", which is considered Stockholm’s equivalent to New York's Soho. Whilst there you can indulge in world-class Swedish design, and will also be introduced to some of the most popular and secret city beaches. Along with your local guide you will uncover the best-kept secrets this district has to offer, taking in the bountiful views as you travel.

Stockholm: Self Guided Kayak Adventure

8. Stockholm: Self Guided Kayak Adventure

The kayak dock is located right in the heart of the city, just 400 m from the Adventure Café, so you will start your self-guided tour in a prime location. Enjoy a leisurely sightseeing paddle that allows you a fabulous vantage point as you look in on the city from your kayak. Stockholm is lovingly known as “The Venice of the North” as it is situated over 14 islands and linked by 57 bridges, so exploring by kayak is a great way to see the city. Even better, paddle at your own pace on a self-guided tour. You'll be provided a brief introduction on kayaking and all the equipment needed for your adventure, then you can set sail on your adventure.

Stockholm: 3-Hour City Tour with Live Guide

9. Stockholm: 3-Hour City Tour with Live Guide

Enjoy your own private car tour with a driver/live guide. Throughout your tour, you can learn about both the city and Sweden in general. You will be able to tailor the topics of the tour by talking to your guide, as this tour is completely personalized. Included in your tour is a visit to the Vasa Museum, where you will be given a guided tour and some time in the museum on your own. Among some of the other sites you will visit will be a slow drive over the Western Bridge, which will provide you with scenery over Stockholm. You will spend 45 minutes in the Old Town, with this tour suiting anyone who wishes to receive a dense and information-packed tour in the capital of Sweden. Sights that you will see are the Royal Palace, the Old Town, the Vasa Museum, the Diplomatic City, Södermalm, östermalm, various churches, City Hall, and more.

Bohemian Stockholm: Södermalm Island Walking Tour

10. Bohemian Stockholm: Södermalm Island Walking Tour

Explore the historic district of Södermalm Island on a 1.5-hour guided walking tour of one of Stockholm’s most bohemian areas. Dubbed SoFo (South of Folkungatan) as a play on Manhattan’s SoHo (South of Houston), today it is known as the trendiest area in Stockholm; home to the city’s hipsters, fashion brands, vintage shops, and excellent restaurants and cafés. Learn the history of the area, starting from when people moved to Södermalm after the Old Town ran out of space. Hear dark stories behind the beautiful views, including tales of executions and witch trials. Walk in the footsteps of Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomqvist from the “Millennium” trilogy by Swedish novelist Stieg Larsson, now adapted for both Swedish TV and American film. See colorful houses, and learn how the area was regenerated from the working class cottages of the 18th century to the expensive apartments and boutiques of today.

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What people are saying about Södermalm

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 1,287 reviews

Very nice staff. Very well planed. Would highly recommend for someone who is staying in Stockholm for a few days, ticks a lot of places of the list :)

Great accompaniment via audio guide, very instructive and entertaining, made the trip very entertaining.

The ship left on time. Had the tour in many languages and food upstairs if you wanted to eat something.

Pleasant and informative boat tour. A great way to discover the city. Maybe a little long for kids.

Can recommend seeing Stockholm from the water. Good information in the guide.