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Birka and Hovgarden

Bjorko | Ekerö, Bjorko, Sweden
+46 8 120 040 00
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As featured in Daytrips from Stockholm
Ranked #1 of 1 attractions in Bjorko
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access
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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

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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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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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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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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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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Florence, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

....difficult to say which part was more enthusiastic, the 2 hour cruise in lake Mälaren or the 3 hour visit on Birka. I would say that they complemented each other almost to perfection. On the way out you can enjoy the stories of the guide while having breakfast with a "köttbullsmacka" and a coffe. On the island you will be... More

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Netanya, HaMerkaz, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

I am in love with Nordic history and culture and Birka has that to spare! The cruise to the island is around an hour and 45 minutes, but it passes some amazing views of the islands, and in a good sunny day (like we had) you can have a lot of beautiful pictures and just a really nice and calm... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

We really enjoyed our trip to Birka and found it tremendously evocative of the Viking period. Our three kids had a great time and the fact that you can walk all over the site definitely kept them engaged. Parents enjoyed it too and learnt quite a bit!. A couple of tips: you can swim on the beach, so be prepared... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

As a big history buff, I really enjoyed the day trip to Birka (Bjorko). You must go as part of a package deal. There's not a lot on the island - the small museum takes, at most, 30 minutes. The Viking town ruins are not conspicuous, except for the ramparts around the hillfort. However, it's a lovely little island and... More

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Johanna K, Web communicator at Birka and Hovgarden, responded to this review

Hi ARedLetterDay. Thank you for writing a review! We´re so happy that you enjoyed your day trip to Birka! Take care! More

Arlington, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

Birka is an island with one of the oldest and largest of the known Viking settlements. You need to take a two-hour ride to get to and from the island. In summer, the boat leaves at 10:00 from Stockholm harbor and from Birka at 3:30. It has food and drink for purchase. This site is well worth visiting if you... More

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