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We had a great time exploring Viking past outside Stockholm. Got to see countryside and learn about Viking past. Guide was fantastic. Would be great for families or individuals.
I really enjoyed this tour! Very interesting and informative. Angus, our tour guide, is very knowledgeable about the Viking history and he's also cool and witty! For me, Angus is the best tour guide I've met so far! Jonathan, who assisted Angus in the beginning of the tour is also good and cool! Special thanks also so Anna-Cari who was our tour guide in the Viking Village. And of course, I will not forget the most famous among them all -- Agnes the Viking Dog! :
If you like history and you are interested about the Vikings, I really recommend this tour!
Angus was our guide for this tour, which ended up being a private 5 hour tour, due to lack of bookings. He was extremely knowledgeable and informative. Angus was assisted by another member of his team who was also a pleasure to meet and learn from. We enjoyed every minute of our time with Angus, even in the pouring rain. Congratulations on providing an excellent experience for us. Thanks.
This was a history tour with great facts and details to back up sites viewed. Our guide made seaming ordinary rock decorations and village reconstruction sites from 1,000 years ago come alive. How the Viking age of warriors started and ended was vividly described.
The tour was a lovely day trip out of Stockholm and the guide and his on location colleague was extremely well informed on the Vikings and other subjects. Highly recommended!!
We really enjoyed this trip around Stockholm to Viking history sites. The working Viking village was really interesting. We stopped at several rune stone sites as well as a stop in Sigtuna for a tour of that town. Our guide Angus was very knowledgeable as well as the other experts at different stops
We found the tour extremely interesting. Although our tour was shortened, seeing the various burial grounds and rune stones gave a fascinating insight into the culture of the Viking age. We would highly recommend the tour.
This tour was incredibly informative, we learned so much about the Vikings! Our guide had an extensive knowledge base about Vikings and was eager to share their history. Our tour had to deviate from schedule unexpectedly, so we arrived in Sigtuna after all the shops had already closed. Other than that, it was a great day seeing the Swedish countryside and a really nice supplement to the city-touring in Stockholm.
I really appreciated that they ran this tour even tho the other people who had signed up cancelled, and I ended up being the only one that day. This was great as I had been so looking forward to the tour.
This was a really good mini- introduction to Sweden altho it is technically a tour between rune stones, churches, and historic towns and Viking parliament, Viking farm, and a modern day farm with beautiful Icelandic horses. I had arrived the day before and done some sightseeing around Stockholm, but this trip went out to Sigtuna and we got a view of the beautiful Swedish countryside in between driving to the various historic sites on the tour. This makes it a very good tour for people who have only a short time in Stockholm. Because in Stockholm you will have seen a gazillion museums, night life, frenetic urban economic activity. This tour will give you a break. But you should realize that it is NOT going to be some sensationalized blood and guts TV miniseries Vikings trip from hall to hall or to say here this one killed that one or there this one sailed to do that. Nor is it a sentimentalized cute tour where you go somewhere, take a selfie, go to a gift shop, and see some fake building. Instead, you will see real rune stones by the side of the road, and the site of an ancient local Parliament. Sigtuna is a very old town, and you will get a chance to wander thru it we got a delicious ad very reasonable lunch there. But there really are a lot of things to see, so if you want to go shopping, this is maybe NOT the tour for you.
If you are bringing children or young people, make sure you bring them the day of the week when the Viking Farm recreation is open. We saw it when the exhibits weren't in operation, and it was still great, and it's probably the single thing that would make the biggest impression on kids. But it would be cool when they had people doing things there. I don't know for sure how many reenactors they have when it's open, but it is quite amazing seeing the old buildings and enclosures.
This is definitely a tour for people who use their imaginations. When you stand in one of the clearings in the woods quietly for a bit you can try and imagine it a thousand years ago, and what life was like for the people living here then.
The guides Jonathan and Angus were just great both graduate students in the subjects, and are happy to answer all your questions. It was interesting later in my trip when I was visiting other Swedish historic sites, and even when I was in Norway visiting a stave church and looking at some carvings from churches, how many of the things that Jonathan and Angus had talked about came back to me and shed light on the things I was looking at.
I personally really enjoyed seeing the Icelandic horses at a farm on the route. This wasn't just because they are beautiful, friendly, etc. and because the farm's owner was so hospitable and answered all our questions. But also because the Icelandics are the closest horse breed we have to what the Vikings used to ride the horses on Iceland are descended from Viking horses that were brought there a thousand years ago, and no other horses have been brought there since, so they are the same still. People have started bringing them out of Iceland now because they are such a great breed of horse
This is a low key tour, but you will find afterwards that not only did you really enjoy it, but you learned a lot.
They do have some handouts with descriptions of special historic items that we saw on the tour, and the like. I do think that the tour might be improved by perhaps seeing a family dressed in historically appropriate clothing. This would help kids, at least, relate more to the history. Perhaps this is done at the Viking Farm when the exhibits are open? But even grownups enjoy talking with people who are dressed up and behaving in character from another time as it helps them understand that people 1200 or 800 years ago had many similarities as well as the obvious differences from us.
Overall this is a very interesting and informative tour! You learn much about the Vikings. First we stopped at a replica of a Viking farm. It was outstanding and well worth the stop. Next we stopped at several different Rune Stones. Jonathan was our guide here. He was very knowledgeable and gave very in depth information, overwhelming at times. Less information and fewer stops would have been better as the day dragged on long. Lastly, we toured Sigtuna, a quaint little village, well worth the stop. Unfortunately, we did not have enough time here and our driver Owe was our guide. Owe is a substitute driver who speaks softly and is difficult to understand. I don't feel we got everything we had hoped for at Sigtuna. As a result of this and Jonathan speaking too long, I have to downgrade what otherwise would have been a wonderful tour. There were only three of us on the tour and it lasted 9 hours, long day!
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