Stockholm, October 23

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Stockholm, October 23

Postby haisuli » Sat Sep 01, 2012 5:49 pm

We've got free boat tickets for Viking Line and we're planning some sort of a trip there, if possible (depending on holidays etc). It's been a while since last visit, over 10 years, so there's no idea where to visit. Free tickets are for cruise with about 7 h stay in city, but we're not sure if we could add one night in hotel if paying some extra.

Anyway, does anybody know if there's something interesting happening in Oct/Nov? No need for night clubs, we're most likely travelling with our 6-y old daughter. :wink:

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Tack så mycket! :lol:
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Re: Stockholm, October/November

Postby loveliberate » Sat Sep 01, 2012 5:55 pm

I will be watching this thread with interest! :)

How did you manage to get the free boat tickets?"Travelhacking" / finding ways to travel for free or at least as cheaply as practical is a strong interest of mine. I have even managed to get a couple of free airline tickets thanks to promotions the companies were offering! :)
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Re: Stockholm, October/November

Postby haisuli » Sat Sep 01, 2012 7:19 pm

It's not very rare to have "free" tickets for these routes. :wink:
I think one reason is that boat companies calculates that it's better to give some free tickets than sail with half empty boats. Free tickets are usually valid for Sunday to Thursday, not so popular travelling days. Food costs quite much, and there's also tax free shop etc. People will go to party on these cruises, it's more like sailing night club on weekends. Usually people will spend more money on board than for tickets. Popular way to get free tickets is to buy enough from tax free shop and second one is the promotions. We got our tickets from relatives, I don't know how they got it, maybe they just bought lot of spirits from store, but they can't spent their free-tickets, I didn't ask. :P
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Re: Stockholm, October/November

Postby fredrikw » Sat Sep 01, 2012 7:37 pm

Don't know exactly what happens around then, but let us know when you're planning on coming and we'll try to get a meetup happening I think :)
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Re: Stockholm, October/November

Postby loveliberate » Sat Sep 01, 2012 10:12 pm

[quote="haisuli"]It's not very rare to have "free" tickets for these routes. :wink:
Good to know! Taking a ferry between Finland & Sweden is one of the travel experiences that is highest on my list - even better if the ride is free! :D
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Re: Stockholm, October/November

Postby Linnéa76 » Sun Sep 02, 2012 9:19 am

If you only have 7 hours, I'd suggest just walking around town, maybe take a guided boat tour and then
go for a big dinner with your local VF-friends. :)
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Re: Stockholm, October/November

Postby Kraft » Sun Sep 02, 2012 6:40 pm

If you´re travelling with a 6 year old meybe you need some kind of activity. Here http://www.barnistan.se/ you can find loads of stuff for kids to do. My kids like the "dinosaur museum" (Naturhistoriska riksmuseet) http://www.nrm.se/ very much but you don´t see a whole lot of Stockholm if you go there. Stockholms stadsmuseum http://www.stadsmuseum.stockholm.se/ind ... ak=english sometimes have activities for kids and also Spårvägsmuseet http://sparvagsmuseet.sl.se/ and both those museums have a low or no entrance fee and they´re situated in town.
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Re: Stockholm, October/November

Postby haisuli » Thu Sep 06, 2012 5:17 pm

Tack så mycket för hjälpen!

Still not booked, my workmate just came from work trip. He bought so much (mostly snuff) from boat that he got free tickets and he said that probably he can't spend those. Might be that we can choose between Viking Line and Silja Line :lol: Or we can give other ones to loveliberate :lol: Only minus is that these are usually valid for couple of months...

But looking forward for this! Great if we could meet some "neighbours" in Stockholm!
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Re: Stockholm, October/November

Postby fredrikw » Thu Sep 06, 2012 5:35 pm

indeed! let us now :)
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Re: Stockholm, October/November

Postby haisuli » Sun Oct 14, 2012 2:48 pm

Tjena! Här som uppdatering:

We're coming on Tuesday 23.10 at 10.00 am and the boat leaves back at 16:30. It's Viking Line's boat, harbor is Stadsgården.

Not much time! Are you all working on Tuesday, if so, would it be possible to go for a lunch etc? Restaurants, I think there are several good options? :wink:
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Re: Stockholm, October/November

Postby haisuli » Mon Oct 15, 2012 3:22 pm

Now date is correct!
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Re: Stockholm, October 23

Postby fredrikw » Sun Oct 21, 2012 2:57 pm

Oh, this thread was left hanging... I'm working too far away to get into the city for lunch unfortunately.
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Re: Stockholm, October 23

Postby haisuli » Sun Oct 21, 2012 4:33 pm

Ok, next time then! :wink: Yeah, it's bit tricky time for those who are working.
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Re: Stockholm, October 23

Postby haisuli » Wed Oct 24, 2012 2:31 pm

Here's some kind of a report:

Boat (Viking Line):
Service was very friendly. We informed staff in advance and there was warm vegan meals available for us. There's mostly meat & fish meals in buffet, but also some suitable stuff like seaweed "caviar", hummus, beans etc. and of course salads. Adding those to the warm dish there was a decent set. Warm dishes we're not very rich in protein, but over all buffet was positive experience. Breakfast buffet was ok, porridge was vegan, there was vegan margarine, berries, bread, jam etc.

Stockholm:
We planned to go eat some traditional Swedish food to Lao Wai :wink: http://laowai.se/ But it was full and waiter thought that food could have been also quite spicy for daughter. Nearby was Organic Green (Rehnsgatan 24), so we wen't there. Maybe not gourmet, but still was worth it. Vegan options were clearly marked with green letters.

Goodstore was a good store. http://www.goodstore.se/ Prices were ok and service friendly with every language we spoke with staff (Swedish, English, Finnish). :lol:

Kafe 44: http://www.kafe44.org/ We drank coffee and some sweet pastry in a hurry before walking back to ferry. Food looked promising.
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Re: Stockholm, October 23

Postby loveliberate » Wed Oct 24, 2012 4:26 pm

Thanks for the reportback! Kafe44 looks particularly neat. Did you do anything fun besides eat? ;) Take any photos?
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