Overnight Cruise Viking Line

Before we knew it, our holiday in Stockholm – the “Venice of Scandinavia” ended and we had to board the Viking Line on 9 June 2011 late afternoon for an overnight cruise to Helsinki, the capital of Finland. We thought it looks nicer than DFDS Seaways (from Copenhagen to Oslo).  At least they bothered to…

The Royal Palace of Stockholm

The Royal Palace of Stockholm is His Majesty The King’s official residence and major royal palace of the Swedish monarch.  The King and Queen, together with the departments in the Royal Court, work here.  The palace is built in baroque style by the architect Nicodemus Tessin and is formed as a Roman palace.  The palace…

Gamla Stan, Stockholm

Gamla Stan is the old town of Stockholm, Sweden.  It consists primarily of the island Stadsholmen.  The surrounding islets Riddarholmen, Helgeandsholmen, and Strömsborg are officially part of, but not colloquially included in, Gamla stan.  The town was set up during the 1300 century. There are about 3000 people living in the old city today.  Most…

City Hall, Stockholm

Stockholm City Hall with its spire featuring the golden Three Crowns, is one of the most famous silhouettes in Stockholm.  It houses offices, conference rooms as well as ceremonial halls.  In addition, it is the venue of the Nobel Prize banquet and one of Stockholm’s major tourist attractions but tourists can only visit the City…

Drottninggatan, Stockholm

After a Scandinavian buffet breakfast at the hotel, we were brought to the major shopping street, Drottninggatan, right in the city centre of Stockholm and given 1.5 hours of free time!  Finally some time to roam around on our own, though still very limited…… Drottninggatan (Queen Street) is a major pedestrian street and largely car-free, lined…

Scandic Södertälje hotel

There was no real sightseeing on our first day in Sweden as most of the time were spent on the coach except for toilet breaks and lunch & dinner.  After hours of travelling on the road taking blurry “far-away” pictures, we finally reached Scandic Södertälje hotel for a night’s rest. Originally, we were supposed to…

Lake Vänern, Karlstad

We bid farewell to the scenic Norway on an early Wednesday morning 8 June 2011, and started our road journey to the capital of Sweden – Stockholm, via Karlstad which is situated between Oslo and Stockholm. About 1.5 hours away from Oslo Airport, we reached the border of Norway and Sweden, where Morokulien Infocenter sits…