Being my first time in Scandinavia, I wasn't quit sure what to expect.
That large, remote figure always looked so daunting on the map.
I though it would be barren, cold, and filled with burly-looking men descended from Vikings.
hundreds of dark-green, pine covered islands scattered about.
It turns out this little archipelago consists of over 30,000 islands,
giving Stockholm the nickname "Venice of the North."
Here I was thinking Sweden was just part of one giant blob on the map,
when in reality it is made up of well over 200,000 islands!
buy an island hopping boat pass valid for several days or up to an an entire month.
Stay at bed & breakfasts, hostels, or even go tent camping
on some of the most remote islands... talk about a retreat!
northern part of the city known as Normalm.
This district contains the central train station, hotels,
and the main shopping street known as Drottninggatan.
During the day, this area is buzzing with people enjoying the cafes, markets, and shops.
This island is teeming with cafes, pubs, and souvenir shops.
a residential neighborhood offering great views of the city
and many ethnic restaurants to choose from.
This area is popular with backpackers and hipsters.
Here you can find some of Stockholm's best architecture and museums.
As you walk along the waterfront, you will find several houseboats, floating restaurants, and bars.
the Vasa Museum!
What makes it so remarkable is that this ship was salvaged almost fully intact
after being submerged for over 300 years.
Its preservation can be mostly attributed to the cold, brackish (mixture of salt and fresh) water,
which made it difficult for microorganisms involved in decomposition to survive.
From the remote islands to the bustling neighborhoods,
there's bound to be something to explore!
Now follow us as we set sail across the Baltic Sea...