The “City That Floats On Water” is built on 14 islands, where Lake Mälaren flows into the Baltic Sea. By ship, Stockholm is approached through an archipelago of 30,000 islands and skerries, fishing villages, thousands of sailing boats and quaint red summer cottages.
Cruise ships dock in the city center, just steps away from a wealth of cultural treasures, including medieval walking streets, magnificent cathedrals, parks, theaters and open-air and indoor markets — all easily accessible by foot or public transportation. Most Stockholmers speak English.
The beginning or ending port for many Baltic Sea cruises, Stockholm boasts having Scandinavia’s largest airport — with five terminals and more than 60 airlines that fly to and from more than 100 international destinations. Stockholm’s Arlanda International Airport is located 26 miles north of the city with easy train-to-city-center connections on the Arlanda Airport Express.
Excursions around Stockholm include Sigtuna, Sweden’s oldest town; Steninge Palace and Cultural Center, featuring an 18th century palace and a national heritage stone barn; Uppsala, featuring Sweden’s oldest university and largest cathedral; Mariefred and Gripsholm Castle, with Sweden’s largest portrait collection and the country’s oldest inn; Skokloster Castle, one of Europe’s best-preserved baroque castles; and the Stockholm archipelago, with 30,000 islands, islets and rocks that can be reached by boat from Stockholm’s city center.