Stockholm is sometimes called ‘The Venice of the North’ thanks to the city’s amazing waterways that goes through the Baltic Sea archipelago. Onboard the ship M/S Vindhem you can enjoy both history and beautiful views on a two-hour lunch cruise.
Many stockholmers know the ship M/S Vindhem because of its legendary shrimp and tacos nights. But what many may not know is that the ship also offers guided cruises in the middle of the day around the Stockholm archipelago. From the sea side you can get a completely different view of Stockholm, beyond what you’re used to, and you can also have lunch onboard.
The guided tour takes about two hours and departs from from Skeppsbron 101 in front of the Royal Palace. During the trip, a guide tells about everything you see when the boat travels the blue waters. The goal of the tour is Skurusundet, Stockholm’s ‘miniature fjord’. The guide tells you about Stockholm both in English and Swedish.
“Both Swedish and international tourists go on our sightseeing cruises,” says Louise Hammerud Hamilton, who’s been a guide at M/S Vindhem for four years.
Regardless of the weather, you have a great view of the archipelago. Sitting out on the deck when it’s sunny is a wonderful experience, but if it’s raining or it’s a bit cloudy, you can always choose to sit inside. During the first part of the tour you’ll see, among other things, Waldemarsudde, Gröna Lund, and Nacka Strand. When the ship has left the central parts of Stockholm, it passes Skurusundet where you can see all the luxury beach villas and piers.
“People often ask what the different houses cost,” says Louise Hammerud Hamilton, and adds that it’s hard to answer that question since individual house prices changes from day to day.
“Otherwise, questions about the Swedish system, Swedish culture and politics are very common,” says Louise.
On the way back to the city from Skurusund, the ship travel between Fjäderholmarna, and past Blockhusudden on Djurgården and Katarina Church on Södermalm. As mentioned, the trip takes two hours and while you enjoy the fantastic views you don’t need to be thirsty or hungry. In the small café onboard there are sandwiches with homemade Skagen mixture, Caesar salad, shrimp, baked potatoes, or elk roast. If you’re in the mood for sweets, there are cinnamon buns or homemade apple pie. In addition to the food, there’s coffee and soft drinks. M/S Vindhem also has a fully licensed bar where they sell alcoholic beverages.
The guided lunch cruises are offered during the summer, and the ship departs from from Skeppsbron 101 at 11 am or 1:30 pm on Wednesday to Saturday. Note that you can’t pre-book the tour, it’s just drop in.
Find more information on vindhem.com