Whilst I love being a budget backpacker, one of the best things about being an expat rather than a traveller is splashing out sometimes. Budget travel has many benefits, but who doesn’t love a little luxury?
Stockholm archipelago comprises of 30,000 islands, where many Stockholmers have their sommarstuga (summerhouse). In the warm months of June, July and August, the archipelago comes alive with yachts, speedboats, cruises and excited swimmers. Liners such as Viking and Silja transport passengers from Sweden to Finland, Latvia, Estonia, and Russia.
A popular way to explore the archipelago is to take a boat from Stockholm to nearby island Vaxholm. We went on the SS Stockholm. Guests can sit on the lower deck to enjoy the tour only, or pay extra for the upper deck brunch.
Brunch Tours of the Archipelago
Brunch is a buffet table set with classic Swedish dishes, such as pannbiff, köttbullar, Janssons frestelse, and a selection of sill. To the non-Swede, these dishes translate to: meat patties, meatballs, potato gratin with anchovy, and a selection of pickled herring dishes. Accompanying these dishes is a veritable feast of salad, cold and hot meats, breads, cheeses, and a dessert table to die for.
At 430 kronor ($66/£43), drinks not included, this is not a cheap trip, but it is good value for money in Stockholm. With the round trip lasting 3 hours, you can take your time and go back for more, while watching the stunning archipelago drift by.
The tour departs on Saturdays and Sundays all year round, with the archipelago being equally spectacular in either summer or winter. To find out more details about the SS Stockholm Brunch Cruise check out their website here
Do you like to splash out every now and then when you are travelling?