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Address: Bjorko | Ekerö, Bjorko, Sweden
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
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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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Birka

The island of the viking and the go back in time. Enjoy the viking dress entertainment and enjoy the viking game too.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The island of the viking and the go back in time. Enjoy the viking dress entertainment and enjoy the viking game too.

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Strommagroup, Kundansvarig at Birka and Hovgarden, responded to this review

Hi, and thank you for your review. I´m glad to hear that you enjoyed the viking entertainment and games. I hope you had a nice stay in Stockholm. Best regards Sara More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was amazing island for day trip by boat , the Vikings will meet you on arrival with their dress , this island is the original of Viking history , you can walk around for 2-3 hours and eat the berries from the trees, nice place to take photos , small museum near the port . Take a ticket from... More 

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Strommagroup, Kundansvarig at Birka and Hovgarden, responded to this review

Hi, and thank you for your taking your time to give this nice review. I´m glad to hear that you enjoyed the island and the Viking history. Welcome back to Stockholm. Best regards Sara More 

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2016

It's a long boat ride but it is part of your understanding of the urge to go "viking" . You have the museum, the village , partly reconstructed, the craft areas, the burial sites, the models, the fort, and not enough time if you came by boat from Stockholm. Maybe if you brought a picnic lunch and ate on the... More 

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Strommagroup, Kundansvarig at Birka and Hovgarden, responded to this review

Hello and thank you for you review. I'm glad to hear that you liked the tour. The reconstructed village is really impressive, it was built by students from Stockholm university studying viking age build craft. The museum back in Stockholm is a good compliment of the trip to Birka. I hope you had a nice stay in Stockholm! Best regards... More 

Ottawa
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2016 via mobile

Starting from the begining: The boat trip is nice. Lots of nice places. Islands, boats... Arrival at Birka is an eye opener two battered "vikings" yelling at the lake. The so called viking coty is a combination of possible things that maybe where used on that era with tons of modern days equipment. The things showed in ads pictures are... More 

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Strommagroup, Kundansvarig at Birka and Hovgarden, responded to this review

Hello and thank you for your review. I'm happy to hear that you would recommend this tour. In my opinion Birka is a really cool place to get a glimpse of how the vikings used to live. I went on the guiding a couple of weeks ago and I do not recognize the errors you are pointing out from my... More 

London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2016

We had excellent weather, but doing this on a rainy day could spoil the experience. Although you can get tickets on board, 90% of people in the queue booked online, so do taht as well to avoid dissappointment. The boat (modern with an engine, not a Viking drakkar :-) from Stockholm to Birka takes 2 hours and departs at 10am... More 

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Strommagroup, Kundansvarig at Birka and Hovgarden, responded to this review

Hello and thank you for your review. I'm glad you liked the guided tour. The guides on Birka have great knowledge of how the vikings used to live, some of the guides are even educated archeologists. The guided tour is, in my opinion, essential to understand why Birka is a important part of our history. Before the guiding it's an... More 

Stockholm, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016 via mobile

Went on a family trip to Birka by boat . The boat trip takes around 2,5 hrs and it's a nice ride in the southern arcapeligo of Stockholm , the commentary is also useful to get a bit of history about Stockholm and Brika . There is a cafe on board with a few snacks and coffee/ soft drinks but... More 

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Strommagroup, Kundansvarig at Birka and Hovgarden, responded to this review

Hello and thank you for your review. Birka is perfect for the family on a sunny day. It gives you a nice insight to how the vikings used to live. It's great that you brought your own food but please enjoy it on the island and not on the boat :) I will send this review to the staff on... More 

Stockholm, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016

This small island was the center for a very big part of the trading in Scandinavia and there is so much to learn from the professional guides on the site. The museum is small but very nice and the staff in the shop are also guides and archeologists and can help you with historical questions. The trip is well worth... More 

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Strommagroup, Kundansvarig at Birka and Hovgarden, responded to this review

Hello and thank you for your review! I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed the island. We are very proud of our guides at Birka, they always do a great job! I hope you liked your stay in Stockholm. Best regards Jakob More 

Bucharest, Romania
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016

Not much to see. You have to use your imagination and think under 25 centimeters of ground are the remains of Birka city. Next to the reconstructed viking houses you could find bottles and garbage.

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Strommagroup, Kundansvarig at Birka and Hovgarden, responded to this review

Hello and thank you for your review! I'm sorry to hear that you didn't like the experience. Garbage around the sites is not acceptable, I will send this to the staff on the island! I hope your stay in Stockholm was pleasant! More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016 via mobile

I'm kind of surprised this trip is so highly rated. It's not bad, but it's just not worth what it cost. The boat ride to the island is nice and scenic, but if you've already been in Stockholm for a few days, you've likely already seen much of it. Upon arriving on the island, we took the guided walking tour,... More 

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Strommagroup, Kundansvarig at Birka and Hovgarden, responded to this review

Hello and thank you for your reply I'm sorry to hear that you didn't think the trip was worth the money but happy that Daniel did a good job. I hope you had a great stay in Stockholm as a destination and that we might see you here again Best regards Jens More 

Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2016

Our trip to Birka was the highlight of our visit to Sweden. A thousand years ago Birka's location made it an ideal crossroads for the craftsmen and artisans who settled there. Vessels travelled north from Denmark and Holland and then, from Birka headed West into Sweden's east coast and across the Baltic. The artisans of Birka had access to precious... More 

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Strommagroup, Kundansvarig at Birka and Hovgarden, responded to this review

Hello and thank you for your review. I'm very happy to read that you enjoyed your trip to Birka. I agree that Birka is a special place and that the imagination takes overhand. I hope your trip to Stockholm was a great one! Best regards Jens More 

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