Stockholm and the Vasa Museum

Trip Start May 03, 2012
Trip End May 14, 2012

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Flag of Sweden  , Stockholm,
Friday, May 11, 2012

As our ship arrives in Stockholm around 7am this morning, we enjoy the beauty of the shoreline. There are thousands of small rocky islands that boats have to make their way through to reach the city of Stockholm.  We immediately notice that Sweden in greener and warmer than Helsinki.  The trees hadn't even started to bloom in Finland, but we’re seeing trees and flowers in bloom in Sweden.

Our ship is docked right near the city center so we get an early view of what Stockholm looks like.  

We join another tour with a local guide to take us around the city and show us the key sights.  Stockholm is made up of 14 islands all connected by bridges or tunnels. Our first stop is City Hall. It was built in the early 20th century and the sight of the Nobel Prize Banquet.   The building is designed with an Italian piazza on one floor where the banquet is held and the second floor is covered in more than 10 kg. of gold mosaic and is where the music and dancing is after the banquet. 

Stockholm has 2 cities…the old and modern.  In the 1950’s the local government wanted to create a more modern city center where they can enjoy the new architecture so they destroyed over 700 buildings from the 18th century.   Stockholm is a fairly large city so there are more than enough "old" buildings to enjoy.

We visit the Vasa museum.  The Vasa is a wooden military ship that was built in 1628 and sank on its maiden voyage. It sat on the bottom of Stockholm harbor for more than 300 years until it was discovered and salvaged in the 1950’s and put into a museum in 1991. The water of the Baltic Sea preserved the wood and even some of the sails. It was a really impressive sight.

Stockholm is a very pretty city and definitely on my short list of favorites.  We have an early afternoon departure so we only spent a a day in Stockholm, but we see enough to appreciate it.   As we make our way out of the harbor we’re amazed at the number of islands the Captain has to navigate through to reach the open water.  We come so close to some of the islands it’s a bit scary.  The Captain can’t be asleep at the wheel for this one. 

We have a full sea day tomorrow then arrive back in Copenhagen on Sunday.  Happy Mother’s Day to Mom Brady and Mom Crandall!
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Paul Jordan on

Looks like you guys had another great vacation! Have a safe trip back!

Don S on

Pretty awesome. How much do they want for the Vasa? I think it would look great in yuor slip at Rivermist... Just sayin'.

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