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  1. Skeppsholmen is an old naval yard which makes the environment quite special. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skeppsholmen There is a bus stop for bus #65 (departs every about 20 minutes) close to the hotel. There is also a ferry stop at Skeppsholmen but I think you need to alert the ferry that you want to come along. If you want central central there are a few hotels around Kungsträdgården, like Hotel Kungsträdgården, Hotel Nobis, Berns, Grand Hotel, which is pretty much as central you can get. These are quite fancy hotels though and I don't know of your price preference. Slightly further north of Kungsträdgården there are a whole bunch of hotels.
  2. If you could accept a land trip I would suggest Abisko in northern Sweden. https://www.google.se/maps/place/STF+Abisko+Turiststation/@68.477907,17.8932376,158335m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m8!3m7!1s0x465f9fd02d364e9d:0xc55289638cc7a2a7!5m2!4m1!1i2!8m2!3d68.3584158!4d18.7836386 https://www.google.se/maps/place/Aurora+Sky+Station/@68.3434066,18.6767435,11501m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m17!1m11!3m10!1s0x465f9fd02d364e9d:0xc55289638cc7a2a7!2sSTF+Abisko+Turiststation!5m2!4m1!1i2!8m2!3d68.3584158!4d18.7836386!9m1!1b1!3m4!1s0x45d0ba7af3c9f951:0x51f4c3ef2d1207d0!8m2!3d68.3616902!4d18.7233961
  3. You will pick up the pilot at the entry of the archipelago at Söderarm/Tjärven lighthouses and from there it is about 5-6 hour journey through the archipelago (Follow the blue lines from Söderarm/Tjärven). The first really close passage is Furusund. This likely means that you will pick up the pilot/enter the archipelago around midnight. One you are a week or closer to your arrival at Stockholm you can use this website to see when the pilot is scheduled to be picked up. https://app.sjofartsverket.se/pilotinfo. Where it says "Lotsområde" choose "Stockholm/Svartklubben LS", adjust your date preferences and click "sök".
  4. If you want something more unusual there is Hotel Skeppsholmen https://www.google.com/maps/place/Hotel+Skeppsholmen/@59.3256565,18.0904334,15.75z/data=!4m8!3m7!1s0x465f711ca9cee9b5:0xf8ee739d6c7426a6!5m2!4m1!1i2!8m2!3d59.324751!4d18.0876589 Other then that, there is tons of "regular" hotels: https://www.google.com/maps/search/Hotell/@59.3348702,18.0959003,14.5z
  5. Which ship are you going on and when? Also define "near". Your ship will likely berth at either Frihamnen or Stadsgården (Masthamnen). https://www.google.se/maps/dir/Frihamnen+Stockholm/Masthamnen+kryssningsterminal/@59.3331478,18.1006443,14.25z/data=!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x465f82b5f7bbc471:0x33a0e36acdbbfaf2!2m2!1d18.1191714!2d59.3432219!1m5!1m1!1s0x465f79b7d41244c7:0x5b41919a73b6843f!2m2!1d18.1031907!2d59.3159316!3e2
  6. One of Sweden's longest hiking trails, Sörmlandsleden, starts at Björkhagen south of Stockholm. It is easily reachable by subway to Björkhagen's subway station. First section is about 8,5 km and at the end of that section there is 15 min walk to the nearest bus stop. http://www.sormlandsleden.se/vandring/etappbeskrivningar-och-kartor/
  7. https://auroraskystation.se/ https://www.svenskaturistforeningen.se/aktiviteter/abisko-aurora-sky-station-2/ However you have to be aware that going by the arranged top tour is quite pricey and there is not guarantee of northern lights. I've read though that you can buy non tour tickets for the ski lift that goes up which is cheaper.
  8. The Hop On Hop off doesn't go that far out. Your ship will be at Arendal quay or Skandiahamnen quaywhich is quite far out from the city centre. HoHo map: https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1VYwwmL9T4kbA0RgVRhMV-ZCL9rPjLuCs&ll=57.700515314153336%2C11.911195082449648&z=14 I guess it would a decent way to see Göteborg but should be combined with a boat sightseeing tour.
  9. Some info here: I've also stayed at the Radisson Blue Royal Viking next to the central station and it was a nice hotel (5 star) but also much pricier (due to location). There is also a Radisson hotel at Nybroviken (5 star hotel Radisson Collection, Strand Hotel, Stockholm) but I haven't stayed there yet. That hotel has a very nice view of Nybroviken and strandvägen. Then there is the Scandic Klara (4 star hotel) which is very central. Hotel Kung Carl and Elite Hotel Stockholm Plaza are 4-star hotels. If you want something different perhaps Hotell Skeppsholmen would be of interest? https://www.google.com/maps/search/Hotell/@59.3281131,18.090439,14z/data=!3m1!4b1
  10. Vasa museum will open again on Wednesday next week.
  11. I can only second what trosebery says about cruises that berths in Nynäshamn and not in Stockholm. First of all you will miss the sail in and sail out through the archipelago and secondly you are "locked in to" either use the commuter train or use a ship organized transport. When you berth in central Stockholm you will have a much bigger freedom to do what you want and choose what transport to use. If you berth at Stadsgården you can even walk back to the ship via a very scenic route via Katarinavägen/Fjällgatan.
  12. As dogs says, best method of transport depends on where your ship will berth. Hoho-boats might work if you are at Stadsgården but otherwise not and they are doing their routes clockwise so from Vasa to Gamla Stan walking to Allmänna Gränd and use Djurgårdsfärjan from there might be just as quick or quicker then waiting for a HoHo boat at Vasa.
  13. See this post: I've stayed at Elite Hotels Stockholm Plaza and at Kung Carl. Both are very nice hotels. When stayed at Kung Carl there was a big celebrity party going on so it wasn't that calm and it's also close to the party area Stureplan. Sheraton is indeed part of the Marriot chain but is still called Sheraton Hotel Stockholm.
  14. Here is one with Royal Carribean, starts in Copenhagen and ends in Stockholm. https://www.royalcaribbean.com/cruises/itinerary/10-night-ultimate-scandinavia-russia-from-stockholm-on-adventure/AD10CPH-2909958156?sail-date=2021-06-17&currency=USD&country=USA
  15. Aida does. https://aida.de/finden/VI10210705/PREMIUM
  16. Today is 13th May and about 100 km west of Stockholm we had very intense snowing while last week was warm enough for me to sit outside in a t-shirt and eat my lunch
  17. Not quite. While technically not a full lockdown there are lots of restrictions even if people are allowed to be outside and go to/from work. Gatherings larger then 50 people have been banned, sports event has been banned/cancelled, public events has been cancelled (like 1 May demonstrations). Museums are closed, people are being told to stay at home if possible, told not to travel anywhere (except for absolutely necessary trips). Restaurants are open but are legally required to separate guests/tables with several meters (if they don't comply authorities will close them down). Lots of offices/factories and other non essential are either closed completely or have staff work from home. Tourism is closed down, borders are closed and etc. So there is a lockdown, it's just not as strict as in other countries and I don't the other countries can keep the lockdown ongoing for much longer. Besides sitting at home doing nothing and not going outdoors at all can be very dangerous too in the long run. Personally I don't see cruising or international travel being allowed to resume in Sweden this year/summer. Possible intra EU travel later in the autumn but not trans global with cruises and such.
  18. Yes, The Royal Palace in Stockholm is open for visits (or parts of it). https://www.royalpalaces.se/english.html https://www.royalpalaces.se/english/royal-palaces-and-sites/the-royal-palace.html
  19. I think it's too optimistic, possibly travel within Scandinavia or European Union will be allowed but full international travel might be a little too optimistic.
  20. Swedish armed forces' birthday greeting to his majesty the king.Normally the king and general public would attend too but due he Corona situation the king has temporarily moved to a smaller palace in the country side in the Södermanland province. The honorary guard are provide by Livbataljonen from the Livgardet regiment (Royal Life Guards). Music is provided by the Swedish Army Band.
  21. It varies from year to year. It could be warm, sunny and summer-ish but it could just as well be cold and rainy and autum-ish or somewhere in the between. Some years the temperatures have cooled down considerably but other years the summer will extend far into September.
  22. Vasa ship onboard/inside video . Use your mouse or the arrows in the upper left corner to pan around.
  23. The Swedish maritime museums are closed until further notice due to the Covid 19 outbreak. This includes The Vasamuseum.
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