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Birka and Hovgarden

Bjorko | Ekerö, Bjorko, Sweden
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Birka the Viking City - Boat and Walking Tour
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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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Bjorko | Ekerö, Bjorko, Sweden
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

British people have an in-built hostility to the Vikings, but there are two places in Stockholm that changed my mind. One is the Swedish history museum that shows the vast extent of Viking trade, the other was Birka. We took the boat on a hot...More

Thank Patrick N
Reviewed September 10, 2017 via mobile

Very interesting world-heritage area, fully accessible for tourists, especially when enjoying a guided tour packing historical facts in interesting stories of how it could have happened a to 1000 years back. I like to especially mention the excellently created models of Birka town!

Thank brothen
Reviewed August 10, 2017

I and my group of friends pre-booked our tickets for the boat and guided tour in advance, however we were joined by another friend who had not decided in advance, and he had no problem buying a boat+tour ticket on board. The guide on board...More

1  Thank Lucas E
Reviewed August 9, 2017 via mobile

We haven't planned ahead the trip to Birka, first we waited to check the weather in the morning and luckily it was sunny and warm. Advice for tourists visiting in August. Try to pre-book or arrive before 9:30 as it was a little crowded..and we...More

Thank Irimescu A
Reviewed August 7, 2017

Birka and Hovgarden are an archeological site for the first viking city in the North - dated 700-900 AD. You can visit by boat from Stockholm (takes two hours, definitely recommend), where you are introduced to your guide (ours was an archeologist and in Viking...More

Thank LE v
Reviewed June 24, 2017 via mobile

The cruise from Stockholm to the island of Birka island an ancient viking trading port is worth doing if you are interested in a leisurely day in Sweden. It starts with a relaxing cruise to Birka and it is amazing how quickly you escape the...More

Thank Steve R
Strommagroup, Kundansvarig at Birka and Hovgarden, responded to this reviewResponded July 18, 2017

Hi, and thank you for your review. I´m glad to hear that you enjoyed the experience on the island of Birka and the museum and guiding. Welcome back to Stockholm. Best regards, Sara

Reviewed March 25, 2017

Hovgarden can be accessed by car, but Birka can be accessed by boat only. I think the best way to visit Birka is join a tour, which can show you lot of Viking history, much better than you come alone. Because there is nothing in...More

2  Thank wil331
Strommagroup, Informationsansvarig at Birka and Hovgarden, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2017

Hi and thank you for your review, It's correct that Birka only can be accessed by boat (unless you're a very good swimmer). Birka open on the 30th of april with guided tours and excursions. All the best Jens

Reviewed January 27, 2017 via mobile

Disembark from a relaxing boat ride to be greeted by Vikings for a great photo opportunity. Wander all over the island, encounter Vikings in traditional dress, marvel at the fantastic displays, stand high on rocks by an ancient cross and see in your mind's eye...More

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Strommagroup, Kundansvarig at Birka and Hovgarden, responded to this reviewResponded February 7, 2017

Hi, and thank you for your review. I´m glad to hear that you enjoyed Birka. Welcome back! Best regards Sara

Reviewed December 22, 2016

Birka is a must see for any tourist, expat living in the Nordic countries, or Viking history students. The only way there is by boat and we left with the boat from Mariefried. The island itself is very beautiful and the volunteers set up a...More

Thank livermoronexpat
Strommagroup, Kundansvarig at Birka and Hovgarden, responded to this reviewResponded January 24, 2017

Hi and thank you for your nice review! Now we´ve also identifed a previously unknown 40 m long viking house at Birka so welcome back next summer. Best regards, Sara

Reviewed September 26, 2016

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

2  Thank joanadventure
Strommagroup, Kundansvarig at Birka and Hovgarden, responded to this reviewResponded September 30, 2016

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

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April 30, 2015|
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Response from thor2705 | Reviewed this property |
Bonjour Leon, No the boat to Birka is not free. It is 390 SEK and includes everything. It is only one a day for mid summer is leaving at 10.00 from Stockholm and return at 17.30. There are two other boats that arrive in... More
Gabriel B
February 25, 2015|
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Response from Strommagroup | Property representative |
Dear Gabriel, Unfortunately Birka is not open in March. We open on May 2nd this year and that is also when the first boat leaves for the island. But we have other tours in March that might interest you instead. Please... More
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