Turku is the ideal place of departure for a trip to Stockholm –you can take the ship directly from Turku. It is possible to spend just one day in Stockholm without booking accommodation there, and instead spend two nights on board on the ship. This option will be described here. I am going to make some suggestions as to what you could do to get the most out of one day in the Swedish capital.
If you choose the day trip option, you leave from Turku harbour at 20.55 p.m. and arrive in Stockholm very early in the next morning, at 6.30 a.m. You disembark the ship at Stockholm Stadsgården. From there, you can take the bus to the central station, from where you can easily walk into the city centre.
As it is still very early when you arrive, I suggest you have breakfast in one of the cafés in the centre, which are already open at this time. Afterwards, you can have a walk to see the main sights of Stockholm – the Parliament House, Stockholm Cathedral and the Royal Palace, which are located in close proximity to each other. At the palace, there is also a daily changing of the guard. The palace marks the starting point of Stockholm’s old town, called Gamla stan in Swedish. It is the founding place of Stockholm and dates back to the Middle Ages. In this area, there are narrow cobbled streets and colourful houses in which there are souvenir and design shops, for instance.
Besides, Stockholm offers a great variety of museums, many of which are located on Djurgården, an island in the east of the city. I suggest you take the bus or tram to go there. There is, for example, the Vasa Museum, which is the most visited museum in all of Scandinavia. It hosts the well-preserved war ship Vasa that sank on its maiden voyage in 1628. Another attraction worth seeing in this part of Stockholm is Skansen, an open-air museum that includes a zoo for wild Nordic animals. Here, you have the chance to watch elks or reindeers, for instance. For lovers of music, there is also ABBA The Museum.
The ship back to Turku leaves at 8 p.m., which allows you to spend about 12 hours in Stockholm itself and should give you a good idea of the city.
Text & photos: Jasmin Jäger