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Sleeping Shipboard at -17C

One degree Fahrenheit.

That’s how cold it was when I arrived to Stockholm in January on my frequent flyer flight.

I’ve written a guest post about my experience at Go Backpacking, highlighting the Vasa Museum (a recovered ship that sank in the 1600’s) and the Absolut Eisbar at the Nordic Sea Hotel. Here, I’ll share a bit about the fantastic lodging I found in Stockholm.

af Chapman Hostel in Stockholm

You wouldn’t think that sleeping on an old ship in -17C weather would be a good idea. But the Hostel af Chapman was remarkably comfortable. Yes, you heard right – a hostel! For a mere €23 a night, I had a bunk on a restored 1888 ship in a 6-bed room. The showers were hot, there were large lockers to secure my bag (if I’d brought a padlock), and the room was so warm I left my sleeping bag unzipped. By far the most amazing hostel I’ve stayed in.

In the background of the af Chapman you can see the Södermalm district, where Garlic & Shots is located.

af Chapman Hostel and Stockholm View

These photos were taken with my Canon SD1000 pocket camera (yes, that’s right!), using CHDK software and a mini tripod. Exposures of 10s and 3.2s, respectively, at ISO 25.

Getting to the af Chapman & Skeppsholmen:

  • Check out this Google map of the location. I took the public transport to Kungsträdgården T-bana and walked from there. There is an on-shore bunkhouse in addition to the ship. I haven’t seen the rooms in the bunkhouse, but I highly recommend trying out the ship – how often do you have the chance to sleep on an 1888 steel full-rigged ship?
  • I would highly recommend you try to visit Sweden in summer instead of winter, unless you are part polar bear or your skin is laminated Thinsulate and Gore-Tex.
  • For more on what sights to see in Stockholm while you’re staying at the af Chapman, check out my guest post at Go Backpacking!

Have you been to Sweden? Do you have any recommendations of what to see on my next trip there?

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Posted in World Travel 7 years, 8 months ago at 4:03 pm.

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  1. A pocket camera? LoL, I guess there are advantages to going light.
    .-= Captain Kimo´s last blog ..Got My Visa for Thailand & Cambodia =-.

  2. Yeah, that was before I got my D-SLR. For what it’s worth, the CHDK software really improves what the pocket camera can do.

    I’ll definitely be using the D90 for most of my photography on the upcoming RTW trip, though :-)