The Swedish capital of Stockholm offers a wealth of activities, exhibitions and tantalizing sights for the cruise ship passenger coming ashore here during a port of call, or for those lucky few who are able to embark their ship in Sweden’s capital. But unlike many large cities, Stockholm doesn’t just have just one berthing location: It has eight!
Finding information on which ships dock where in Stockholm can be tricky, which is why we’ve put together this handy guide:
|DOCKING LOCATION||WHAT'S NEARBY?|
|Nybroviken 5||Located right in the city centre; 5 minute walk to the Old Town|
|Skeppsbron||Located in the city centre, right next to Gamla Stan, which is all within easy walking distance.|
|Mooring Bouy||Tenders come ashore right in the old town; easy walking distance to many attractions.|
|Stadsgården 160||10 minute walk to the Old Town; 20 to the City Centre. This berth has a dedicated cruise ship terminal with visitor information, and is used by most large cruise ships.|
|Stadsgården 165/167||Not far away from Stadsgården 160, 20 minutes to the Old Town, 30 to the City Centre. 10 to 15 via taxi.|
|Värtahamnen 523||Located 3km away. 10 minutes by taxi or 20 by bus to reach the Old Town.|
|Frihamnen 650||Located 3km away. 10 minutes by taxi or 20 by bus to reach the Old Town.|
|Frihamnen 634/638||Located 3km away. 10 minutes by taxi or 20 by bus to reach the Old Town. This berth has a dedicated cruise ship terminal with visitor information, and can be used by larger cruise ships calling on Stockholm.|
There are some general rules to docking in the Swedish capital: Large cruise ships like Emerald Princess and Queen Victoria typically dock at STADSGÅRDEN 167, which features a brand-new cruise ship terminal with modern passenger facilities, tourist information and taxi stands.
The FRIHAMNEN docks are popular with ships like Regent’s Seven Seas Voyager and Royal Caribbean’s Vision of the Seas, while a handful of smaller vessels can dock at the SKEPPSBRON piers, located right at the foot of the historic Gamla Stan district. But this “honor” is typically reserved for ships with low passenger counts due to the lack of any real terminal or baggage handling facilities. In fact, when we joined Windstar Cruises’ Wind Spirit this past summer, we would have walked right past the terminal had it not been for the glistening white ship with tall sails berthed there.
You can see Skeppsbron via the live webcam here.
The general rule of thumb is that the smaller the ship, the closer you’ll be berthed to the heart of Stockholm. However, this isn’t always the case. Be sure to double-check your cruise itinerary for your ship’s exact berthing location.
Regardless of how you get to Stockholm, one thing is assured: This wonderful port of call will leave you talking about both it and Sweden for many years to come.
Curious to know where your ship will tie up in Stockholm? The Port of Stockholm’s website has a useful database of vessel calls and berthing locations as well as an iPhone App for upcoming sailings.