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Steamboat Trafik - Visit the Island Visingsö

Day Tour to the biggest Island in lake Vättern

Hjo's steamboat Trafik is one of Sweden’s oldest steamboats built back in 1892. In the summer, our visitors have the opportunity join tours each week to various destinations in Lake Vättern, mostly Visingsö island.

Visit the Island Visingsö

You travel from Hjo in the morning at 10 am and will be back in Hjo at 6.15 pm. The journey takes approximately 2 hours 15 minutes. You have about 4 hours to spend on the island. Several dates are avalable. Read about what you can do during your stay at Visingsö here >>

  • Dates available:
    Sunday 19 June 
    Saturday 17 July
    Sunday 7 August
    Sunday 14 August
    Sunday 21 August

Practical information about the trip

You preebook your tour online.

Book your ticket here

  • Tickets are not rebookable / refundable.
  • Purchase of a one-way ticket by contacting Hjo Tourist Information
  • Online booking can be made up to 1 hour before departure. Any remaining tickets are sold at the quay before departure.
  • If you have any questions about booking please contact Hjo Tourist Information Center; visithjo@hjo.se, +46 (0) 503 352 55

About Trafik 

Trafik boasts a fascinating history. She was built back in 1892 and, at that time, she transported goods and passengers between Hjo and Hästholmen on the other side of Lake Vättern.

However, over time she only operated in the summer and, in 1959, services across Lake Vättern stopped altogether. Trafik was laid up in the harbour and even sank to the lakebed for a few weeks because she was in such poor condition.

Then "Sällskapet S/S Trafiks Vänner" (Friends of S/S Trafik) was formed. The association bought the steamboat in 1972 and began restoring her at the shipyard in Sjötorp.

Finally, in 1977, she could return to Hjo harbour and today she is considered one of the best-preserved steamboats in Sweden, and is even listed. Furthermore, in 2013, the boat was awarded Working Life Museum of the Year. 

Other trips

During summertime Trafik operates from June till August and has several destinations. You can make a day-trip to Vadstena and Hästholmen on the east side of the lake Vättern. Or you can choose to visit Island Visingsö, which is the biggest Island in lake. Steamboat S/S Trafik also offer jazz cruises and a music evening where passengers can enjoy a magical evening on board listening to live music. Sometimes they also offer one hour trips, if you are short on time.

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Steamboat cruises on Lake Vättern

Take the steamer Trafik out into the scenic Vättern archipelago and experience unique places. During the summer the boat departs from the port of Hjo, the “timbered town”, bound for beautiful Visingsö, Vadstena and Hästholmen. There are pleasant day and family trips as well as musical cruises and group excursions.

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Contact information

Visit Hjo, Hjo turistinformation

Bangatan 1 B

544 30 Hjo

Phone: +46 503 352 55

E-mail: visithjo@hjo.se

Website: visithjo.se