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Birka and Hovgarden

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Address: Bjorko | Ekerö, Bjorko, Sweden
Phone Number: +46 8 120 040 00
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: Here at Bjorko, in the middle of lake Malaren, Birka town was based during...
Here at Bjorko, in the middle of lake Malaren, Birka town was based during the 750's and is today known as Sweden's first city. To this day there are visible traces of the people who were born and who lived and died here. Today Birka is one of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites and has several important ruins and offers seasonal reenactments of Viking life. Birka is also a beautiful island with a historical landscape, perfect for a stroll or a refreshing swim. Restaurant Sarimner offers meals and drinks and the museum gives you an insight the the life of the Vikings that lived here.
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NICE RESTFUL AN EDUCATIONAL DAY TRIP

1000-1630hr day trip to Viking island. Historical walk enjoyed by young and old. English tour available

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2014
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Cookeville, Tennessee
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Cookeville, Tennessee
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33 reviews 33 reviews
20 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

1000-1630hr day trip to Viking island. Historical walk enjoyed by young and old. English tour available

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Quebec City, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

We took the boat from the City Hall - it takes about 1h30m before landing on Birka. On our way, a friendly staff member with a Viking look highlighted some key historical facts while we enjoyed a great view of the lake. Once on the island, we went for the museum and took our time to read a lot about... More 

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Toronto
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41 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

After about 90 minutes by boat, we were dropped at the island. We grabbed a quick lunch (most others went straight to touring, so there was no line and we were on our way quickly) and had time to see the reconstructions, the museum and hike around the island a bit before the guided tour. Do not, under any circumstances,... More 

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Parker, South Dakota
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Had a great time on our trip to Birka! The 1.5 hour boat trip goes through beautiful areas, then had a great lunch once we landed before taking the tour to the world heritage site.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

The whole trip from Stockholm, by boat, to Birka was Amazing and should not be missed. The 1.5 hour boat trip from Stockholm to Birka passes through some of the world most beautiful nature. In Birka we learned a lot about the Vikings and Sweden. The Small Museum was nice and informative. The herds of goats were cute and lovely... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Strömma run day trips to the Viking town of Birka on the island of Bjorko. Boats leave from the front of City Hall and take an hour and a half to reach the island. It is a world heritage site but you need a bit of imagination to figure out what it looked like in Viking times. Make sure you... More 

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Lee-on-the-Solent, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Four of us spent a pleasant couple of hours sitting on the top deck of the boat winding it's way through lake Mälaren to visit Birka on the island of Björkö. When we got there a little Viking boat was setting off which was kind of cool, even the life-jackets..., it was a very very hot day and I noticed... More 

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Stockholm, Sweden
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

Birka, the Viking Town, is situated on the Island of Björkö which is reached by boat from Stockholm city.The boat trip is very nice and enjoyable 2 hrs. To get out the most of the visit at Birka and Björkö a guided tour is recommended. It is usually the archaeologists that act as guides which makes it even more interesting... More 

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Stockholm, Sweden
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

This place should be visited for all Viking lovers as the guides truly gives you an insight in how it was to live as a Viking, what that meant to the families of the Viking and all facts surrounding this exciting time in history. The guides are archeologists with the Viking time as speciality and their true and genuine interest... More 

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Stockholm, Sweden
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013 via mobile

I must point out that I visited the island in september, when the summer activities and the viking market was over. When I was there there were no 'vikings' on the island and the village was empty, and all houses were closed. There was no viking boat either. The museum was nice, and there is a guided tour too. I'm... More 

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