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

Viking History Half-Day Tour from Stockholm

Get a taste of Sweden’s fascinating Viking and medieval past on this half-day tour from Stockholm! As an expert guide unravels the country’s Viking history, absorb the views as you travel north from the capital through scenic countryside. Visit Täby to see the stones of a Viking assembly; view the runic stone at Granby which is Sweden’s longest inscription in runic stone; and admire the frescoes and inscribed stones at the church of Orkesta. Then, enjoy time free to stroll around the Viking stones and handicraft shops of medieval Sigtuna, Sweden’s oldest town. Perfect for history aficionados!


  • 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

Start your tour with a pickup from your centrally located Stockholm hotel. Settle into your comfortable minivan for your journey north into Sweden’s beautiful interior as your driver-guide lifts the lid on the country’s Viking and medieval history.

Your first stop is at Täby to see the Jarlabankes bro, an ancient Viking causeway. View the runic stones here and continue to Arkils Tingstad, the site of an age-old Viking assembly. Walk around the circles of ancient stones here — they were once used as seats by parliament members when they discussed disputes and laid down new laws for the area.

Next, travel through the picturesque Vallentuna region to Granby, an important Viking settlement in around 400 to 500 AD. See the decoratively carved Granbyhällen, Sweden’s longest inscription in runic stone, and then enjoy a break of roughly an hour for lunch (own expense) at a nearby café.

Travel to the medieval church at Orkesta (Orkesta Kyrka) to see its beautiful runic stones and 12th-century wall paintings, and then on through the picturesque Lunda region to Sweden’s oldest town, Sigtuna. Established in the 10th century, this charming place boasts narrow lanes, fine churches and many relics and runic stones from the Viking age. Enjoy time at your leisure to stroll around its historical sites and perhaps pick up some souvenirs at its many interesting craft shops and boutiques.

Later, return to your minivan for your drive back to Stockholm. Your tour comes to an end with a hotel drop-off in the mid-afternoon.

Customer Reviews

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

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

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.

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

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!

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.

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.

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

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.

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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