Fans of Stieg Larsson's Millennium book series will love this excursion, as it highlights the island of Södermalm, where the books' characters live and work. Not only will you experience Stockholm from the characters' perspective, but you will also enjoy a panoramic drive of Stockholm and a visit to City Hall.
Boarding your coach at the pier, you'll begin with a panoramic introductory exploration of Stockholm. Venturing to the island of Kungsholmen and City Hall, you will pass the fashionable Östermalm district, the Royale Dramatic Theater, the city center and the colorful Hötorget market.
Your first stop will be at City Hall where you will have a one-hour visit which gives you ample time to fully appreciate this architectural masterpiece. Designed by Swedish architect Ragnar Östberg, the now-famous landmark was inaugurated in 1923 and has become one of the city's most popular points of interest, thanks to its impressive halls and picturesque location on the shores of Lake Mälaren. In addition to housing offices for around 200 politicians and civil servants, Stockholm's City Hall also hosts the annual Nobel Prize banquet, with a gala dinner held in the Blue Hall followed by dancing in the Holden Hall.
The next chapter of your adventure unfolds with a visit to the island of Södermalm, where a walking tour centered around Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy commences. Over 46 million copies of the books have sold worldwide, bringing a touch of Stockholm into the lives of readers from around the globe. Today, you will have the opportunity to experience the Stockholm of Larsson's best-selling books firsthand. With a little imagination, you might even feel as if you are a part of the books' suspenseful plots. Your guided stroll will be spiced with factual information and intriguing stories that tie the real Stockholm to Larsson's works of fiction.
Leaving the world of the Millennium trilogy behind, rejoin your coach and head back to the pier, stopping at Fjällgatan overlook and then passing the Royale Palace, Parliament building and Royale Opera House en route.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of moderate to strenuous walking. The walking portion of the tour in Södermalm is comprised of extensive walking over cobbled and uneven surfaces. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Warm, layered clothing; rain gear; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. City Hall may close on short notice due to state visits or functions. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.