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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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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 Viking City - Boat and Walking Tour
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Better join a tour to visit Birka

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... read more

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Beijing, China
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83 reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 these two place only story remained now.

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

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 More 

Queensland, Australia
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6 attraction reviews
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 a Viking settlement spread out below. Ahh Birka, I shall never forget you!

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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 Birka. Welcome back! Best regards Sara More 

Strangnas, Sweden
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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 simulated replica of the village of Birka that they live in and use throughout the... More 

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

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 More 

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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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.

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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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Reviewed September 13, 2016 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 del Este, Uruguay
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
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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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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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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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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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 

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