Welcome to Vaxholm

And yet, Vaxholm is more than just a gateway, its cobbled sloping streets, candy-coloured wooden houses, excellent restaurants and idiosyncratic shops making it a charming destination on its own.

To glean a sense of Vaxholm's history, head to Norrhamn. Just north of the town hall, the area is home to Vaxholm's oldest buildings, among them a typical 19th-century fisherman’s house (now also one of the island’s top cafes). And don’t miss the island's most prominent sight: the imposing fortress. Once guarding the waterways into Stockholm, it now holds a museum and a charming B&B.

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$255.47 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Stockholm Archipelago Sailing Adventure

Make your own way by ferry or bus from central Stockholm to Vaxholm, a pretty coastal town edging the stunning Stockholm Archipelago. Meet your skipper for the day at the ferry port at 9.30am.Receive a safety briefing and watch as the crew navigates the yacht into the archipelago! Europe’s largest archipelago is a lovely collection of 30,000 natural islands and skerries that are crying out to be explored. As you cruise, you’ll soon understand how legends have emerged about the islands’ fairies and elves, and why parts of the archipelago are nominated for UNESCO World Heritage and National Park status.Glide narrow straits lined with 19th-century houses and traverse bigger bays to reach more remote islands. Many are uninhabited yet accessible for landing, giving your yacht the freedom to roam anywhere!Refuel with a traditional fika of coffee and snacks, and assist the crew in handling the vessel. Then, take the helm guided by the professionals around you! Pick up the basics of navigation and hear about the history and wildlife of the archipelago from your skipper.Later, your yacht will stop at a picturesque island where you can go ashore and explore, swim in the fresh waters, and then enjoy a tasty lunch prepared on board, accompanied by refreshing drinks.Continue sailing after lunch and return to Vaxholm at around 6pm, where your sailing adventure ends. Return to Stockholm straightaway, enjoy dinner in Vaxholm (own expense) and return later, or perhaps hop on the classic steamboat dinner cruise that sails from Vaxholm back to the capital (own expense).

$78.59 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

3-Hour Lunch or Dinner Cruise of Stockholm's Archipelago

Step onboard S/S Stockholm from Strandvägen in central Stockholm. Upon going onboard you will be shown by the waiter to your reserved table. Order something to drink and relax as your food is being prepared in the kitchen onboard. S/S Stockholm will shortly set sail for Vaxholm, the capital of the Archipelago. It will not stay on the fairway but instead diverge and cruise around the small islands in the inner archipelago. If you're experiencing this tour in the summer the ship will make a brief stop in Vaxholm to let people on and off the boat.This tour will give you a peek of life in the archipelago and fantastic photo oppurtunities. When booking your ticket you may choose between going at lunch or dinner-time. Below are the set-menus for the alternatives. Archipelago Lunch Menu 2018S/S Stockholm's Smørrebrød. Curied salmon with dill stewed potatoes. Coffee Archipelago Dinner Menu 2018Three kinds of herring, västerbotten cheese, red onion, sourcream Pan-fried fillet of chicken served with seasonal vegetables and a citrus jus Vanilla ice-cream with seasonal berries

$89.70 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Stockholm RIB Sightseeing Cruise

Meet your skipper Strandvägen and receive a short briefing on your boat and the ride ahead. Then, don a lifejacket and waterproof gear, and board your modern RIB. Take your seat and hold the clutch rail as your skipper gets ready to go!Hold on tight and ogle the views over Stockholm, including the impressive Stockholm National Museum (Nationalmuseum), from the water as your boat picks up speed through the water. Glide past the city’s soldierly rows of russet and ocher townhouses, all beautifully reflected in the clear waters.Heading eastward, cruise past the castle-like turrets of the Prince Eugens Waldemarsudde museum and then feel the wind gather strength and your adrenalin race as you head into the Stockholm archipelago.Pass the island of Fjäderholmarnas and enter the archipelago, zooming past pine-cloaked headlands, rocky ridges and islands peppered with pastel-colored wooden houses. As your RIB reaches speeds of up to 40 miles per hour (64km per hour), feel the cold spray of the Baltic waters on your face — it’s an experience you won't forget!After a while, reach the island of Vaxholm, edging the open Baltic Sea. Here, slow down to admire the mammoth walls of Vaxholm Fortress, a fortified outpost first built in the 16th century and reconstructed some 300 years later to defend the main sea route into Stockholm.When the time comes, start retracing your route back to the start point. After around 1 hour in total, hop back onto dry land, where your cruise ends.

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