After my family and I had an amazingly fun time together overnight and off the ship while we were docked in Scotland, I knew I wanted to fit in one more hotel-room stay during our Semester at Sea adventure in Europe this summer. Our stint in Scotland made me so happy because we’d booked a cottage overnight in the countryside, and I figured I could do the same in Sweden, while docked in Stockholm. Indeed, I happened to come across the most wonderful, remote lodging on the island of Dalarö, a two-hour train and bus ride away from the capital city.
Though Dalarö is linked to the mainland by a short bridge, it is very much an island resort community in the archipelago, one that caters mostly to vacationing Swedes in the summer months. In fact for many of the folks we talked to, namely the friendly gents who run the Dalarö visitors center, we Americans were an interesting anomaly, and were asked how we ended up on Dalarö. I had to tell them that it was one spot where I could find affordable, high-season family accommodations on short notice (ones that didn’t involve shared toilets, anyway).
In all, we truly loved our exploration of Stockholm, with its charming, narrow streets in Old Town, and Dalarö, with its decidedly laid-back vibe and beachy things to do. Here are the highlights, in photos:
I didn’t expect to enjoy our glimpse of Sweden as much as I did. I would be so happy to return to spend more time in Stockholm and explore many more islands in the surrounding archipelago. I keep telling my children to consider studying abroad in Scotland or Sweden… so I can visit!
Previous posts on Semester at Sea, chronological order:
- I’m Sailing around Europe with My Family in Tow
- Logistics and Paperwork for a Summer Abroad
- 24 Hours in London with Kids
- Settling in on the Ship
- Lisbon, Portugal, with Kids
- Bilbao, Spain, with Kids
- Scotland Stole My Heart
- More Hiking Happiness in Ireland
- Highlights of Norway
- Highlights of St. Petersburg, Russia