Venice of the North
Scandinavia is known the world over for its cruise lines and Stockholm has plenty of cruise holiday options, ranging from budget to luxury. Regional cruises go between Stockholm and Finland (both Turku and Helsinki) and are operated by Silja Line. Some Stockholm to Finland ferry lines have the reputation of being wild overnight drinking parties, so don’t go on these expecting a relaxing or restful journey if you have budget, below deck cabins. Fares are higher in spring (and on Fridays throughout the year) and almost double during summer months. Prices to simply stay on deck start at under 10€ during the winter, with basic tourist class cabins at under 30€. Sea-side cabins are still higher, with suites over 150€ during low season. Again, these prices as much as double during spring and summer. Larger luxury cruise lines often include Stockholm on their cruise holiday itineraries, such as Royal Caribbean, Princess and Oceana. These routes include other stops such as Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Tallinn, Gdansk, Copenhagen, Warnemunde, Kiel Canal Transit, Amsterdam, Zeebrugge and Dover. A river cruise from Stockholm is a picturesque and relaxing way to experience Sweden’s many unique sights and landscapes. 6-day cruises on the Göta Canal go from Stockholm to Gothenburg, traversing “Two seas, one river, three canals, eight lakes and 66 locks”. Prices start at around 1,700€ per person.