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Address: Bjorko | Ekerö, Bjorko, Sweden
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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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Fantastic tour and great viking learning experience

The weather was a little cool and wet, but overall totally worth the trip. We took the boat from Stockholm which was fun to see Sweden from the water. The museum and tour are very... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 8, 2015
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31 reviews 31 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

The weather was a little cool and wet, but overall totally worth the trip. We took the boat from Stockholm which was fun to see Sweden from the water. The museum and tour are very informative (tour available in English or Swedish). There is also a little restaurant by the boat dock which served a great smörgåsbord for a reasonable... More 

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Moscow, Russia
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559 helpful votes 559 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Visiting this place off season, I'm quite aware it doesn't offer as much as in high season. However we planned on visiting certain UNESCO World Heritage sites of Sweeden as cheap air tickets would permit us and so March it was. We decided to see the Hovgarden site as the ferries to Birka don't sail in winter. It was an... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We were three generations of Swedish and Norwegian descendants visiting from Canada. Our 10-year old grandson followed our guide, Andreas, around asking lots of questions. He was totally engaged in the excellent storytelling and fact sharing. The rest of us were equally fascinated with the history of the area. The authentic looking guide made the experience even better. The small... More 

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Cookeville, Tennessee
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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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59 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 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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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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61 helpful votes 61 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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