Posted May 8th, 2007, 11:11 AM
I am so glad to find a Stockholm expert. Hope you can help us out on the May 30th sailing of the Rotterdam for the "Best of the Baltics". We just found out that on the day that we will be in Stockholm (June 9, Saturday) there will be a marathon that involves 18,000 people. Subways, buses, etc. are FREE to participants that day and I'm sure that many streets will be closed. I've seen a map of the race route and it covers just about every place that we hope to see. The race begins after lunch (about 14:00 maybe?) and we are trying to find out just when the streets will be closed off. I have e-mailed the race officials, but have heard no word from them. Do you think that trying to get to the Vasa Museum (by ferry, perhaps) would be possible? I'm sure that the buses and subways (and probably ferries also) will be so packed that we may not get anywhere! But, I think the buses of the ship's excursions will be stranded in traffic at closed off streets just like any other vehicle.
Help! What would you suggest?
There is more info, and websites, listed on the Roll Call Board for the Rotterdam, and specifically for the Rotterdam, May 30th.
Ah yes, the annual Stockholm Marathon, that does kind of mess things up as far as traffic goes. The city buses have to re-route, no doubt about it, and that would mean the private tour buses also have to find another way. Looking at the route map it does not look like the ferry to Djurgården (Vasa museum, Skansen etc.) will be interrupted. The Old Town, except for the street that runs in front of the Royal Palace should be unaffected by the race as well.
If it does not start until 2:00 you might be fine actually. The first lap bypasses Djurgården, so they wont be closing that bridge until much later. I'm pretty sure you will be able to see the things you want to without too much extra fuss.