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 and decipher ancient inscriptions at Granby. Convenient round-trip transportation from your hotel is included in this tour.
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
Soak up the picture-postcard Swedish countryside as you travel
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.
An informative introduction to reading ancient Rune Stones. Angus read the inscriptions on a number of stones and showed how the writing is laid out. We saw several Viking sites including a meeting place, a farmstead, and a causeway. It was a treat to go into the countryside north of Stockholm. We had a “fika” at a farmhouse near several of the Viking sites; people have lived in this area for thousands of years
Our guide was very nice and knowledgeable. We stopped at various spots to see old runes. We also made a stop at a wonderful farm, where we were given delicious homemade rhubarb pie and coffee. The trip concludes in Sig Tuna, before heading back to Stockholm. It's a great 1/2 day trip out of Stockholm to learn some history, see old runes, and hear about the Vikings.
Disappointing. Although the driver and guide were nice people. The guide's explanations of the history were confusing and his English could be better. We were crammed into a hot mini bus. Best part of the day was a lovely Swedish lunch in an old house and the drive through the snow covered villages at the end of the tour. The tour promoted Sigtuna - a walk in the town etc, but that didn't even happen!
Pity - I was looking forward to visiting Sigtuna the most.
TOUR OPERATOR COMMENT: Thank you for your feedback. Regrettably, we had to make a change to the scheduled itinerary due to extreme weather and snow on the date of this tour. This resulted in not being able to drive to Sigtuna given the weather and distance. We apologize this affected your overall enjoyment of the tour and hope you were still able to enjoy your remaining time in Stockholm.
Truly wonderful. I had a splendid time taking this half-day tour while in Stockholm. It was limited to a tiny group of people and our guide, who was friendly, pleasant, and incredible knowledgeable, led us to many of the most fascinating and beautiful Viking sights. I probably would not have had a chance to visit these ruins and sights in person otherwise. Highly recommended.
Could be better if the guide knew more history and explain everything that happened around. We felt like hiring a chofer. Too bad because there are a lot of things to tell about the area. Sigtuna is a beautiful little town to visit longer, we know it was cold but he only took us to the beautiful church, we only saw the old rock church but he did not give us more info, the smallest city hall in Sweden and the tourist info center. The guide did not cover our expectations eventhough the area is nice, thanks God we had a written guide to know more about all around.
This tour in my opinion was worth taking, just don't expect too much as there was really nothing spectacular about the places we've visited except the history itself. The tour guide I forgot his name was devoted to the retelling of the history/facts but we were not given enough time on our own to take photos and enjoy each sight. I actually had to sneak away silently while he was talking just so I could take photos before we'd leave every place! :o
So cool, Too bad he had so few things about the Vikings there, he wanted to see a lot more, very much. The guide is a very nice gentleman and the organization was pretty cool too, the transportation excellent.