Water plays an integral part in Stockholm's life and no fewer than 50 bridges of every shape and size link the 14 islands upon which the city is built. The islands are separated by broad sparkling waterways, which impart a sense of spaciousness and light to this modern and highly functional city. With water accounting for one third of Stockholm's total surface area and parks and woodlands adding an additional third, the city's environmental habitat make it unique among capital cities.
The center of Stockholm is strategically placed where freshwater Lake Mälaren meets with Saltsjön. Lake Mälaren serves as a reservoir for the city of Stockholm's drinking water. The glittering waters that embrace Stockholm are not merely a delight for the eye alone; bathing in these refreshing waters and fishing in the city center are popular diversions, while sail boats make full use of the larger channels.
Cruising the many waterways and canals, you will have ample time to contemplate the serene beauty of Stockholm's waterside setting. With parks, tree-lined squares, wide boulevards, many admirable architectural facades and playgrounds seen in every view, it is difficult to remember as you glide peacefully along, that you are in a bustling cosmopolitan city. No doubt you will soon agree that Stockholm truly deserves to be called beauty on water. Some of the sights you will be able to view during your tour are the Royal Dramatic Theater, Strandvägen, Old Town, Royal Palace and Djurgården Island before returning to the pier.
Please note: Guests must be able to walk 150 yards to the boat embarkation platform and negotiate the steps into the boat. Therefore, it is not available to wheelchair guests and may not be suitable for those with mobility concerns. Some of the boats may not have both inside and outside seating.