We have just arrived back from a fantastic day trip out to Birka with our sons aged 8 and 5. We were nearly put off by the review from 2009 saying that you had to use your imagination a lot as there was not a lot to see as we worried the boys might be bored. We needn't have worried. the site has clearly been developed further since 2009. our guide Andreas was an archaeologist also working as a guide to Birka. He was extremely knowledgeable and culd elaborate on any subject if questioned further, but kept things concise and amusing so the boys didn't get bored. He accompanied the boat from Stockholm pointing out sites of interest and giving some Viking background history along the way and was also in full Viking period costume, which added to the excitement for the boys. The trip out by boat took abut 1h 45min and passed breathtaking islands with some beautiful old houses and boats to admire. The island of Bjorko would be worth the trip in itself with spectacular views and nice little beaches. However there are now some reproduction houses and Viking boats to look at in addition to the remains of the Birka settlement, which is really just a filed and the remains of the city wall to see. However there are burial mounds to see and you should definitely take the guided tour as this really brought it all to life. It was exciting enough for the children not to get bored and as it was outdoors and we were lucky enough to have a beautiful day, younger ones can run about and jump on the rocks and burial mounds if they have had enough of listening. The museum is small but interesting and well presented. Many of the treasures of Birka have been moved to the historical museum in Stockholm for security. The cafe is good with stunning views of the bay. Our favourite activity in the Stockholm area so far, a definite must see for any Viking mad kids. Lots of very viscous Mosquitos when we visited so take your insect repellant.
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