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Photographer: Jesper Anhede

Steamboat cruises on Lake Vättern

Day trips on Lake Vättern with a floating museum of working life

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.

Protected vessel for pleasure

The steamship Ångaren S/S Trafik was built in 1892 to ply the route between Hjo and Hästholmen. Today she is fully refurbished, listed as a protected vessel and classified as a Traditional Ship. In 2013 she won an award as the “Museum of Working Life of the Year”.
During the summer you can now board this piece of maritime history to enjoy Lake Vättern’s varied sights, destinations and beaches.

Day trips to beaches, castles and medieval history

Take one of the many day trips around Vättern’s big blue. Spend a whole day on Hästholmen, or choose a shorter family trip. Enjoy summery musical cruises with live music on board, or a visit to Hjo during the annual Woodworking Fair. Visingsö, the “pearl of Lake Vättern”, offers visits to Visingsborg Castle, bike rentals or rides on horse-drawn “remmalag” carriages, cooling dips in the lake, and excellent food. More information from Visit Hjo!

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The medieval town of Vadstena is home to Vadstena Abbey, the Abbey church, and Vadstena Castle. The town centre has great shopping, too, and good food in restaurants and cafés.
More information about Vadstena


Year of construction: 1892
Number of seats: 150
Length: 31.62 m
Width: 6.42 m
Speed: 11 knots
Designated seat: NO, free seating 
Pram/pushchair: FREE (specify when booking)
Bicycle: Additional fee
Meal service: Light meals served on board
Toilets: Available on board
Life jackets: Available on board

Chartered group excursions

Take your colleagues, friends, your association or your extended family on an exclusive chartered boat trip on Lake Vättern. Meals for 60 seated guests between decks, and a total capacity of 150 guests on board. Check prices and bookings here

”One of Sweden’s best-preserved steamers from 1892 – and still going strong!"

Contact information

Ångaren Trafik

Hjo hamn

54430 Hjo

Phone: +46 503 106 88

E-mail: info@sstrafik.se

Website: sstrafik.se