We sailed down the beautiful archipelago towards Stockholm, arriving around 9am The weather looked kindly on our last day and did its very best to provided broken clouds and sunshine.
Our excursion today took us outside the city for a seven hour tour which included a 20 mile ride on the Uppsala-Länna Heritage railway.
It took us around an hour to reach our departure station and we were delighted that it was a chartered train - 3 vintage carriages just for we 25 Vikings. The train was a beautifully restored engine and carriage set dating back to around 1890.
We travelled for around 40 minutes, past lakes and expensive looking dwellings, arriving in Länne around 12:30pm for lunch in a track-side restaurant. The food was simple, but well presented. Steaks and sides, with wine, followed by blueberry tart and coffee.
We then continued our train journey for another 30 minutes, or so, to Uppsala, the end of the line.
We were given an impromptu “panoramic” of Uppsala as we were ahead of schedule. It’s a lovely University city that well deserved a “proper” visit to take it in.
The journey back to Stockholm travelled though more picturesque scenery. Then we reached Stockholm at an inopportune moment. There’s a UN Conference on Climate Change (I think) being held here and we arrived at the time when the delegates’ motorcades closed much of the city centre. On the positive side, the slow traffic gave us a chance to look at parts of the city.
We’ve visited twice and I’m sure haven’t begun to scratch the surface of what this beautiful city and its 14 islands have to offer.
What a wonderful day to end our journey before travelling home tomorrow.