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Address: Bjorko | Ekerö, Bjorko, Sweden
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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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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Go if you are interested in the Vikings!

I decided to go to Birka because I was interested in the Vikings and wanted a boat ride. The Stromma boat tour takes two hours each way to get there and you are allowed about... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

I decided to go to Birka because I was interested in the Vikings and wanted a boat ride. The Stromma boat tour takes two hours each way to get there and you are allowed about three hours on the island. The ticket price was 380 Swedish Krona and includes the boat ride, a one hour guided tour of the Viking... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015 via mobile

While visiting family in Stockholm we decided to take a day trip to Birka Island, it was a great decission! The weather was perfect which made the trip that much more enjoyable! It took about 2 hours (by boat) to to get there from Stockholm and the scenery along the way was gorgeous. When we docked, we grabbed a snack... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

This is the probably the best place I have ever been! The boat trip alone was incredibly beautiful and interesting but the island itself is so peaceful and educational. The viking exhibits are interesting and accessible in English but the real value is just walking around the island and having a picnic atop the central rise with incredible views.

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Summit, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

We took the Stromma boat tour from Stockholm to Birka and had a great time. It was a nice day and a pleasant two hour boat ride to the island. The archeologist / guide was fabulous, with the right balance of humor and information. He really painted a good picture of what Birka was like in the Viking age. We... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Spent the day over at Birka, was a lovely warm day nice breeze so was great to be on an island. The tour guide was brilliant and clearly passionate about the vikings. Worth doing if you fancy a boat trip and a wander around an island.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015 via mobile

Went to Birka and Hovgarden because it is a UNESCO world heritage site. Booked the tickets on line - easy. Great boat ride to the island from the dock near City Hall. Good scenery along the way with great commentary in Swedish and English. Guide on the island gave a great overview of what we were looking at in English.... More 

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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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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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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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