Stockholm Travel Blog› entry 20 of 42 › view all entries
Now I'm in Sweden and there's free internet at the hostel we're staying at so I thought I'd update you all on where we are (but it might take me a while because this keyboard looks like an English one but is actually a Swedish one, so the keys are somewhat of a surprise! Please excuse any typos!)
After leaving Rovaniemi and the rain, we headed south to Oulu which was a lovely city (and I also thought of you while I was there, Nadine, and went into Hemmingways especially!) Oulu is a university town (so there were lots of pubs and bars around) and it is very pretty, being set on the waterfront and also with a nice park right in the centre (I'll upload some photos later on) After Oulu was Helsinki which was great - felt like the first 'city' we've been to cos Oslo didn't really count. It was a bit of a shock to see all the people around and have hustle and bustle again.
Then last night we had our first experience on a 'cruise' ship! It was very exciting - it's actually a ferry from Helsinki to Stockholm but it has shops and restaurants and entertainment on board. Our Scanrail passes got us a nice little cabin (ok, it was in the bowels of the ship with no windows but it had 4 beds and a bathroom!) and it was actually cheaper than all our hostels! But of course everything else on board you had to pay for, so we couldn't afford to make use of any of the restaurants or the cinema or beauty parlour...
So we got to Stockholm at about 9.30 today and after organising ourselves we went to Djurgarden which is one of the islands with a national park, an amusement park (we avoided this and all the holiday hordes!) and a really interesting museum about the Vasa - a Swedish warship that sunk on its maiden voyage (about 25 mins in!) in 1628 and was able to be salvaged all in one bit 333 years later. It's huge, and amazing.