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From Stockholm: Full Day Small Group Viking Culture Tour

1. From Stockholm: Full Day Small Group Viking Culture Tour

Get a good view of Viking historical sites and an overview of Viking history in Sweden and its effects on modern Scandinavian culture. This 8-hour tour starts from Stockholm with comfortable hotel pickup. Visit the most important Viking sites close to Stockholm, including Sigtuna and Old Uppsala, with transportation included from central Stockholm. During this tour, you will visit several Viking sites along the way such as Broby bro - one of Sweden’s most famous burial grounds. Learn about and visit some mighty Viking burials sites, both a pagan one and an early Christan one from the transition period between Christianity and old Norse religion. Learn about Estrid, a mighty Viking woman. See Jarlabanki's bridge, a partly reconstructed Viking bridge. Stop at the Arkil Assembly site - a Viking Parliament. Learn about Viking laws, the construction of kin groups, and the use of that as a base in Viking society. Hear how the disputes could be settled in Sweden's history. Explore Sigtuna, the oldest town in Sweden on a guided walking tour. Visit the beautiful wooden town of Sigtuna, known as a place for Swedes to go on weekend vacations and well-known as the oldest city in Sweden. Walk among several different medieval church ruins and visit the local museum. Visit the king's grave mounds at Old Uppsala dating back 1500 years in time. This is one of Sweden's most important historical sites. Visit the former medieval Cathedral at the site as well and walk around the 11-meter high grave mounds. The guide will tell you all about its rich and long history. Take a walk around the biggest church of all the Nordic countries: The Uppsala Cathedral. Sneak inside Museum Gustavianum for a while before heading back to Stockholm.

Sigtuna: Lake Mälaren Historic Sites Kayak Tour with Lunch

2. Sigtuna: Lake Mälaren Historic Sites Kayak Tour with Lunch

This tour is a combination of some of the Swedish essentials on a full day trip from Stockholm or Uppsala. Paddle kayak on Lake Mälaren, explore historic sites and countryside, experience serene nature and walk through Swedens first medieval capital Sigtuna - today a cozy wooden town with some historic artefacts. Your guide will meet you in Märsta - a suburb in the north of Stockholm - where you start your experience. After a short drive you will first get full instructions of kayak paddling and start your adventure on the Sweden's third largest lake. Planned route is approx. 12 km but can vary slightly according to weather conditions and it takes some 3 hours of active paddling but with plenty of stops for sightseeing, walks, lunch and maybe even for a refreshing swim. You will see the posh baroque Steninge palace, the royal Rosersberg palace with its picturesque park, runestones, hike to the iron age settlement in Runsa and enjoy panoramic views over the lake from its top. The tour rounds up with a guided walk through Sigtuna with ruins of medieval churches, runestones and idyllic wooden architecture. There will be even time for ice cream by the lake before you will head back to the starting point!

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 21 reviews

This was a good value day trip that allowed us to see some historical Viking sites, Sigtuna, and Uppsala in a fun, enjoyable, relaxing, and informative way. We especially appreciated the unexpected treats (sweets, mead tasting) that our guide, Åsa, provided for us. If our van had had the full 8 visitors allowed on the trip, it would have been uncomfortably crowded. For the six of us, it was perfect.

We discovered the best guide we've ever met in Sweden for kayaking in one of Sweden's biggest lakes next to Stockholm. Without a doubt, this is the best day our family spent in the wilderness kayaking on a beautiful lake with a professional, fun and very interesting guide Simas. The best choice for the whole family if you're looking for an amazing family fun experience just outside of Stockholm.

We had a tour with Gabriel. He was very knowledgeable about history and catered to our interests. He also gave us some tips for Stockholm, where to go to eat and which places he can recommend.

Friendly and informative. Our group was so nice and we made new friends while seeing some of the area outside of Stockholm.

This is a very great tour to know Viking history. Our tour guide Gabriel was knowledgeable, delightful, and very helpful.