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  • Location:Stockholm, Sweden
  • Duration:5 hours (approx.)

Viking History Half-Day Tour from Stockholm

Delve into Sweden’s fascinating Viking heritage on a half-day tour from its captivating capital, Stockholm. Uncover the mysteries of the country’s rich history with an accomplished guide and visit sites of profound cultural interest. See a collection of ancient runic stones at Täby; decipher ancient inscriptions at Granby; and visit Sweden’s oldest town, Sigtuna, to browse bespoke boutiques and wander charming medieval streets. Convenient round-trip transportation from your hotel is included in this tour. 

Highlights

  • Half-day Viking and medieval Swedish history trip from Stockholm
  • Discover Sweden’s fascinating Viking and medieval past at a series of historical sites
  • See an old Viking parliament and visit Täby to view a Viking causeway
  • Admire Sweden’s largest runic stone at Granby
  • Explore the craft shops and historical sites of Sweden’s oldest town, Sigtuna
  • Soak up the picture-postcard Swedish countryside as you travel

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What You Can Expect

Viking History Half-Day Tour from Stockholm

See the relics of Sweden's Viking past on this half-day tour

Depart from your centrally located Stockholm hotel in a comfortable minivan and venture north into Sweden’s scenic natural sprawl. Stop fist at Täby, home to an ancient Viking causeway known as the Jarlabankers bro; stroll around the circles of ancient stones and hear about how this was the site of a Viking parliament from your knowledgeable guide. 

Next, weave your way through the beautiful Vallentuna region to Granby, an archaic Viking settlement dating back to 400 AD. Decipher the mysteries of the Granbyhällen, Sweden’s longest inscription upon a runic stone, then venture to the charming medieval church at Orkesta (Orkesta Kyrka) to observe more spectacular stones and beautifully preserved 12th-century frescoes. 

Travel to your final stop through the gorgeous countryside and disembark at Sigtuna, a town that boasts the title of Sweden’s oldest. Stroll the ambient tangle of streets in search of endless relics and Viking ruins and browse its bespoke boutiques for special souvenirs. 

Return to your minivan and relax during the journey back to Stockholm, where the tour concludes. 

Customer Reviews

Lucy M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Very interesting tour. There were just 5 of us and it was really nice having a small group. The tour was outside of Stockholm so it was so nice to see the Swedish suburbs, which were beautiful. Our guide was very knowledgeable. He was so into the tour that he even stopped by the side of the woods, which was not part of the tour, to show us what ligonberries looked like. They were very close to the ground and there were also wild blueberries growing there. We got a taste of both. I just wish he gave us some time to have photos taken by the ruric stones, but other than that, he was an excellent guide.

Veta W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This was an excellent choice. Urban was an excellent guide and taught us a great deal.

Sharon G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The tour was excellent and tour guide great. The only issue was that when we bought the tour it was to be 8 hours and go to Upsalla. The tour guide thought it ended in Sigtuna. The other members of the group also believed it went to Upsalla, so the tour guide took us and was very thorough and gracious. But not sure why there was this confusion. All in all it was a very excellent tour and I highly recommend it.

Laura I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great trip wit lots of information. However, you are seeing rocks.... so if you are looking for artifacts, this is not the trip for you go to Oslo viking ship exhibit. This trip does give you history, an idea about the vikings, great coffee stop and lunch in a small village

Tatyana G USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Small group. Excellent guide. A lot of very interesting information. They even serve us coffee and homemade pastries, it was a rainy day so it was very kind of them to do that. Great tour!

Mrs_twitter

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

If you want to know about Vikings and the history of this area this is the tour to take. Our guide was full of interesting details and catered the tour to the interests of the group. It opened our eyes to the many artifacts that we bypass every day. The trip through the countryside was also beautiful.

gofergirl

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Our tour guide, Urban, was exceptional. He was very knowledgeable and personable. We were supposed to take the half day tour, but ended up switching to the full day tour. I would definitely recommend it. I was a little disappointed that Sigtuna didn't have tourist shops. I had gotten the impression that there would be handicrafts but there were only a few in the tourist info building.

Lisa J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

This tour was amazing our tour guide urban was great and full of knowledge would highly recommend this tour

John S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Great experience. Brilliant guide with a great general knowledge and engaging personality. I have done Viator tours before and generally have a very good experience, but this one was unique, largely because of the efforts of our guide who imbued very activity with energy and passion. I would recommend the experience highly.

Daniel H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Simply amazing! Our tour guide Eric took us through the history of early Viking life and how they used the rune stones to document events. As we drove around the countryside those stones appeared everywhere, on the sides of the road and even incorporated into the walls of buildings and walls! This then lead to a history lesson of the early church followed by the effects of the reformation. Throw a few kings in the mix, a plague, some wars and you start to get a basic timeline of events in Sweden. It was well worth the time and I would highly recommend it even if you are not a history buff because you can't beat the beauty of the Swedish countryside!

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