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Old Jul 20th, 2013, 09:32 AM
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5 and a half days in Stockholm in September

Hi everyone,

My friend and I are planning to go to Stockholm for approx. 5.5 days in the first week of September. We will be flying into Stockholm from Bergen (Norway). Here's our current plan:

Day 0.5: Arrive Stockholm in the evening
Day 1-3: Stockholm
Day 4: Visby,Gotland (incl.overnight stay)
Day 5: Back in Stockholm . Departing next day

Based on my research, for Gotland, we would need to take a bus from Stockholm to Nynäshamn , and then get on the ferry to Visby. I checked the ferry timings for when we will be there and since it's September, the ferry service is limited. Under Sept. timetable, we will get to Visby at 2:30pm on Day 4, spend the rest of the day there, and then the next day take the 7am ferry back to get to Stockholm around noon (the only other option gets us back to Stockholm around 11pm and that's too late since we want to squeeze in some last minute shopping). I've read many good things about Visby's historical/medieval significance and we would really like to go but I'm just wondering if the current plan makes it a rather hectic trip...so here are the questions:

1) Is this plan almost touch-and-go for Gotland? Is that enough time ? Would it be better for us to remain in Stockholm and pick 1 or 2 archipelago islands to visit on day 4, rather than venturing to Visby? The 3 days in Stockholm currently include a short 3-hr archipelago cruise.

2) Is 3 full days in Stockholm enough?

We're looking to have a relaxed trip and not spend our time stressing out about catching buses/trains or running around all over the city to see the main attractions. I realize we won't be able to see everything in one go and I'm fine with skipping some places...all the more reason to go back!

Would love feedback/suggestions on this.

Thanks!
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Old Jul 20th, 2013, 02:54 PM
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> Is 3 full days in Stockholm enough? ... I realize we won't be able to see everything in one go and I'm fine with skipping some places

It depends on what you want to see and do, but in general, I'd say that yes, 3 full days will let you see Stockholm's highlights. Since it sounds like you want a fairly relaxed pace, you might need to be a bit selective, so it will probably serve you well to think through your priorities in advance.

Enjoy!
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Old Jul 26th, 2013, 08:03 PM
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Hi kja,

Thanks for the recommendation. Will focus on prioritizing the important to see/do things! Any suggestions on where to get reasonably priced souvenirs to bring back?

Thanks!
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Old Jul 26th, 2013, 08:13 PM
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Sorry, I didn't shop for souvenirs while in Stockholm.

BTW, if you haven't already done so, I'd encourage you to consider visiting both the Vasa Museum:
http://www.vasamuseet.se/en/
and the City Hall in Stockholm:
http://international.stockholm.se/cityhall

And of course, leave plenty of time for strolling around Gamla stan.

Enjoy!
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I second the Vasa Museum and City Hall. Both are amazing.
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Arriving at 2:30 pm doesn't give you a whole bunch of time esp. if you are departing so early the next morning but it will give you a flavor of Visby- a beautiful city. The good thing is that the ferry terminal is located next to the walled city so you can easily get there by foot. You will want to make sure that attractions are open on the day of your arrival. Aren't some museums and things closed on Mondays, for example? You will want to visit the museum in Visby and hit the handcrafts shops, sample a saffron pancake with blackberries....
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1stEverSolo:

Would you mind posting the links for the bus and the ferry schedule? We're planning to do something similar in July 2014, so those would be helpful. If for this September (2013), you have your accommodation booked? I've heard accommodations can be tight.
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