Whilst I love the thrill of being a budget backpacker, one of the best things about being an expat—rather than a traveller—is that every now and then you can splash out on something a little
Whilst I love the thrill of being a budget backpacker, one of the best things about being an expat—rather than a traveller—is that every now and then you can splash out on something a little more extravagant. Budget travel has many benefits, but who doesn’t love a little luxury once in a while?
The city of Stockholm sits on an archipelago comprising of 30,000 islands, on which many Stockholmers have a sommarstuga—their 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 archipelago trip is to take a brunch boat around the archipelago, from Stockholm to nearby island Vaxholm, we went on the SS Stockholm. Guests have the choice of sitting on the lower deck to enjoy the tour only, or paying more for the upper deck, which includes brunch.
The 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, where dinner in a restaurant will easily come in at over half of that price. With the round trip lasting 3 hours there is plenty of time to take your time and go back for more, while watching the stunning archipelago drift by.
The tour departs every Saturday and Sunday 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 the website
Do you like to splash out every now and then when you are travelling?