A rather cold, quiet, dead town

Vaxholm Travel Blog

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The main harbour

The problem about visiting Scandinavian countries as I discovered this time is, whilst it's quiet and nice and affordable in the city's environs, the outskirts and touristy towns are almost impossible to visit. Or, when you do - practically everything is shut down. Good thing that I wasn't planning that much of sightseeing anyway.

I had a very pleasant, and rather long drive to Vaxholm. This involved changing train + bus at the University district, which was nice to see (the main University hall is adjacent to the main terminus). People were very helpful. Whilst the bus to Vaxholm didn't stop at the main terminus, one had to climb steps to get to a bus stop by the highway. The bus arrived on time  and it took an additional 45 minutes to reach Vaxholm.

The main harbour
 

Apparently, (and again, mark under - "things Vikram realises AFTER he's done with a trip"), but Stockholm subways are famous for their rather flamboyant cavenous platforms. And apparently, the line I took was one that had stops in the most colourful ones! Too bad I didn't take a single photo!

So, at Vaxholm - the whole town was practically dead, save for a supermarket. 

I  walked along the harbour, saw the famed fortress but there were no ferries (again, closed for the season). It was pretty windy as well. I noticed the harbour is a busy ferry stop - several local vessels coming in and leaving, all looked comfy and warm.

I walked along the road, and then to a townhall, and then into a supermarket to buy me some chocolate (Marabou and Daim are big here). I walked back te the ferry stop hoping to take a ferry, but they said it wasn't covered in the card. So I ended up taking the bus back, and changing on to the metro at the University station. 

I spent the rest of the evening in the shopping area - bought a pretty cool jumper, Happy Socks and some Marimekko serving bowls. Quite bulky, if not heavy. I returned to the hostel with some microwaveable dinner, packed and rested. All in all, another active day! 

Ils1976 says:
reading all this and even Pauls comment, Sweden is a strange country to visit once you get out of the capital! :D
Posted on: Jan 01, 2018
Paulovic says:
I'll tell you. I was in Norway two years ago. It was mid august and I was in a touristic little town. I went to there for a day trip by public transport. As I was there I wanted to do a boat tour because that supposed to be one of the main things to do. I went to the place where they should sell the tickets. Their answer was: "Sorry, we're closing because season is over. We're getting ready for winter now.".

Season is over? Getting ready for winter? IT'S D*MN*D MID AUGUST!!!!!
Posted on: Dec 16, 2017
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The main harbour
The main harbour
The main harbour
The main harbour
The main harbour (loved the little…
The main harbour (loved the littl…
The famed fortress (which houses a…
The famed fortress (which houses …
The famed fortress (which houses a…
The famed fortress (which houses …
The quiet bylanes of the town
The quiet bylanes of the town
The main city hall?
The main city hall?
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