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About Stockholm

One of the most beautiful cities in Scandinavia, Sweden's capital and cruise port Stockholm - where the Baltic meets lovely Lake Malaren - is approached through a necklace of 14 islands and myriad small islets set in sparkling seas, as you will discover on our Stockholm cruises.

The heart of this famous city is its medieval quarter, Gamla Stan, which dates from the 13th Century. Here you can stroll through narrow cobbled streets lined with quirky shops and atmospheric cafés. Embark on one of our cruises to Stockholm for the opportunity to explore the spooky Gothic cathedral of Storkyran, discover the elaborate 17th Century Nessin Palace and visit Sweden's oldest museum, the Livrustkammaren - home to five centuries' worth of royal carriages, clothes and weaponry (its most unusual exhibit is Streiff - the stuffed stallion which once carried King Gustav II into battle).

With the variety of attractions Stockholm cruise tours take in, don't dally too long, though - make time to explore the city's many waterways in a glass-topped sightseeing boat, which will give you the best views of Stockholm's dazzling architecture and some of the 40 elaborate bridges which link its islands.

 

Shore excursions in Stockholm

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

ABBA The Museum - The Swedish Sensation

Activity medium

Duration: 3 hours

Celebrate the success of one of Sweden’s most popular musical exports, with a visit to ABBA - The Museum; a must for all fans.

In May 2013, ABBA - The Museum opened its doors as a part of the new Swedish Music Hall of Fame. ABBA remains Sweden’s most successful band of all time, with sales of 378 million albums worldwide. Even though only one member of the band was born in Stockholm, the city is considered their home town to this day.

A panoramic drive from the pier to the city centre will provide you with views of the City Hall where Benny Andersson performed for the very first time. The tour continues past the Royal Opera House which was the scene of ABBA’s legendary 1976 royal wedding gala performance.

The museum tells the story of the band’s career from the very beginning back in 1970, the breakthrough with ’Waterloo’ in 1974, the hugely successful world tours and finally, the break-up of the group in 1983.

Since the band’s demise, ABBA has lived on through a wide range of musical projects developed by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, whose musical ’Mamma Mia!’ revived public interest in ABBA’s music. In 2013, ’ABBA Gold’ was officially named the best-selling CD ever in the United Kingdom.

ABBA – The Museum gives you an overall insight of the band, their music and the unlikely success they experienced in the 1970s and 1980s, with an interactive music documentary that invites you backstage as well as in front of it.

Essential information

The visit to the museum is self-guided; audio guides will be provided. The museum can become crowded in the height of the summer season. Please note that pushchairs are not permitted inside the museum. You will spend approximately 90 minutes inside the museum. Passengers are advised to carry a credit card if they wish to make purchases, as cash is not accepted at the Museum.

An Evening Glimpse of Stockholm

Activity low

Duration: 3 hours

Soak up the evening panorama of Stockholm and enjoy a glass of sparkling wine, whilst overlooking this magnificent city.

Your panoramic drive through Stockholm will cover the main sights of the city, such as the medieval Old Town, ‘Gamla Stan’, where the Royal Palace overlooks Stockholm’s inner harbour.

Continuing your drive, see the Parliament building, the Opera House and the city centre. Pass by the Royal Dramatic Theatre, along Strandvägen before venturing onto the island of Djurgården. This island is known for its recreational attractions, due to its wonderful parkland and gardens, as well as the Gröna Lund Tivoli and the Skansen Open-Air Museum. Djurgården is also home to the Vasa Musem, which houses the remarkable 17th century warship.

Your tour continues through the Diplomat quarters and on to the Northern parts of Djurgården to the TV Tower, Kaknästornet, the highest building in Stockholm, at 508 feet high. The Tower is surrounded by a wonderful nature that is part of the Eco Park and the first National City Park in the world. Take the elevator up to the bar and restaurant and enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and dry snacks, whilst admiring the magnificent view of Stockholm from above. View the whole city and its surroundings, the inner parts of the archipelago and much more.

Return to the coach for your leisurely drive back to your ship.

Essential information

This tour will operate by coach and on foot. There is minimal walking on this tour. Passengers must be able to negotiate the steps on to and off the bus.

Old Town and Icebar

Activity highRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 3 hours

For a real contrast between old and new, cosy and cool, don’t miss this unique tour.

Experience the charm of the old town, before heading to the world’s first Ice Bar! Stroll along the narrow, twisting alleys and cobbled streets of the old town and soak up the historic elegance of the exterior of the Royal Palace. At the Great Square stands the Old Stock Exchange, now home to the Swedish Academy and the Nobel Museum. There will be some free time to search for that all-important souvenir in the wonderful old town area, before rejoining your coach for the short drive to the heart of the city, where a ‘cool’ experience awaits.

Time to wrap up warm for your visit to the Icebar. The Bar is kept at a permanent -5°C all year round, so everyone will be provided with warm fur ponchos and mittens before entering. Drinks are served in fist-sized hollow ice cubes, placed on a bar made of clear ice blocks. The walls and tables are also built with ice harvested from the Torne River on the border between Sweden and Finland. A vodka drink will be served.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The visit to the Icebar is not suitable for passengers with medical problems that could be affected by the extreme cold. The visit to the Icebar is not exclusive to P&O Cruises. There are steep, cobbled inclines to negotiate during the walk in the Old Town.

Panoramic and Vasa Museum

Activity low

Duration: 3 hours

An orientation tour of Stockholm, followed by a visit to the ‘must-see’ 17th century Vasa warship.

Your introduction to Stockholm begins with a panoramic tour of the modern city centre and the business areas.

Cross through the enchanting medieval old town, pass the Royal Palace and the Royal Dramatic Theatre, travel along Strandvägen en route to the island of Djurgården, regarded as Stockholm’s amusement and recreation centre. Not only does the island have great parks, but also museums, including the Skansen Open-Air Museum and the Vasa Museum.

The Vasa Museum is built around the incredible 17th century warship, which sank in Stockholm’s inner harbour on her maiden voyage in 1628. Salvaged in 1961 and today restored to much or her former glory, the Vasa represents an authentic piece of living history. This remarkable ship is a sight to behold as you imagine a time when it was once the worlds largest and most prestigious warship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach. To derive full enjoyment, some walking is required. Approximately 1¼ hours is given to view the Vasa Museum.

Roof Top Walking Tour

Activity high

Duration: 3 hours

Join a walking tour with a difference. Discover the sights of Stockholm from the rooftops.

Try something unique to Stockholm - a guided walk conducted along the roofs of the city! Buckle up in your safety harness and take your first steps along the narrow rooftop path. Admire the fantastic views and the fascinating stories that your guide will narrate.

Your walking tour begins with a ride in a lift to the top floor and then attic steps to the roof of the Old Parliament building, 141 feet up. Admire the most breathtaking 360 degree views over Stockholm, including the historic old town of Gamla Stan and across 8 of the 14 islands on which the city was built. As you walk in single file along the path you are in touching distance from the spire of Riddarholmen Church, built by the Franciscan monks and the final resting place of most Swedish Kings.

Back on terra firma, you’ll continue your adventure to the Old Town. Have your camera at the ready to capture the historic elegance of the exterior of the dominating Royal Palace. As you stroll along the narrow cobbled streets you’ll pass by a number of small boutiques from handicraft workshops, art galleries to antique shops. In the heart of the old town is the Great Square, Stortorget, and the former Stock Exchange, now the home of the Swedish Academy which meets annually to decide the laureate of the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Participants must be of a minimum height of 150 cm and weigh no more than 18 stone. This tour is recommended only for passengers in good physical condition, it is not recommended to those who have a history of cardiovascular problems, fear of heights or a tendency to faint. It is strictly prohibited to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The tour is recommended only for those in good physical condition. It is mandatory to wear enclosed flat footwear, suitable for walking.

 

A selection of cruises to Stockholm

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