Sunday 15 September 

Explore the secrets of the Baltic Sea

The Baltic Sea has served as a travel route and meeting place for people of different cultures throughout time – a treasure trove of cultural history, with a unique environment that is home to thousands of shipwrecks and other artefacts preserved at the bottom of the sea. The Vasa ship is just one of many well-preserved finds from the Baltic Sea.

A new museum is being built next to the Vasa Museum in Stockholm. It intends to preserve and disseminate knowledge about the cultural heritage of the Baltic Sea, and bring the stories of its shipwrecks up to the surface. The Swedish National Maritime and Transport Museum’s new museum Vrak – Museum of Wrecks opens in 2020.

Join the museum’s maritime archaeologists on a shipwreck safari in the Stockholm archipelago. Together on board a historical ship, the steamboat Mariefred, we will glide over some of the world’s most unique wrecks. This unforgettable field study will offer insight into the unique preservation conditions of the Baltic Sea.

Read more about Vrak – Museum of Wrecks:


  • Sunday 15 September 14:00–17:00 pm. The shipwreck safari departs from the Vasa Museum.
  • Free of charge, limited number of participants.

The steamboat Mariefred

The first steamboat routes were scheduled in Sweden 200 years ago. 

The steamboat Mariefred was built in 1903. This boat has been operating the Lake Mälaren between Stockholm and Mariefred – a small town south west of Stockholm, since then. The steam engine and the name has been the same since it was built. Mariefred is owned by the same shipping company, Gripsholms-Mariefreds ångfartygs AB since 1905. This makes Mariefred to an world unique steamboat!

Facts: Built in Stockholm 1903, length 32.8 metres, width 6.3 metres. 298-horsepower compound steam engine. Coal-fired boiler.

Crew: commander, deck hand, chief engineer and stoker.

Watch the video about Steamers of Stockholm today: