Monday, October 10, 2011

Stockholm Archipelago

To reach Stockholm our ship sailed through the Stockholm Archipelago, a vast, fan-shaped area of more than 24,000 islands and islets of which a small percentage are inhabited.

The landscape has been shaped and is still being shaped by land elevation. It wasn't until the Viking Age that the archipelago began to assume its present day contours.

The islands rise by about five millimeters each year.

A few old forts are visible along the way.

Historically this area was primarily a fishing area but is now used as a holiday destination.

Fortunately it was a gorgeous, sunny day during which it took us about 3 hours to slowly sail out of the archipelago of which we had an awesome and relaxing view from our balcony.

Posts on our last port of call to come soon!

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