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|Blue Lagoon Stockholm Archipelago|
The Stockholm Archipelago lies to the east of the capital and is a wondrous world of water, remote islands and boats. It is a popular holiday destination particularly those who like boating and walking. The archipelago is less than an hour from Stockholm, and a good starting point for a tour is the delightful village of Vaxholm.
The archipelago is served by four companies. The principal operator is Waxholmsbolaget, owned by Stockholm Council, who have over 20 vessels comprising ice-going ferries such as Gallno (lower left), high speed ships such as Vaddo (centre) and Sodertorn (centre right) and classic steamships such as Norrskar dating from 1910 (above left). They provide a variety of services from Stockholm and Vaxholm to many of the islands in the archipelago. The other main operator is Cinderella Batarna who have three large high speed boats including Cinderella II (lower right). Passengers enter and exit over a gangplank at the bow while the boat is secured by a single rope. More prosaic are the yellow car ferries, owned by the government, that ply between several of the islands, such as Nina (top) which runs from Vaxholm to Rindo. The timetables on all routes start early in the morning and finish late at night, with regular departures throughout the day. Finally there is Stroma Kanalbolagat who have a fleet of steamships based in Stockholm. They provide tours including trips to the archipelago and dining cruises using Stockholm (above right).
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