Spend a full day immersed in Viking history accompanied by a private guide on this 8-hour tour from Stockholm. Stops include Sigtuna and the countryside area of Markim-Orkesta. Round-trip hotel transport included.
8-hour Viking history tour from Stockholm
Private tour for just you and your party
Visit Viking sites including Signtuna and Markim-Orkesta
Begin your private tour with convenient pickup at your hotel or the cruise port at 9:30 a.m. Find a seat in a comfortable tour vehicle and get to know your guide as you travel through the Swedish countryside, stopping first at a reconstructed Viking farm to see what life was like back in the Viking era. In Sigtuna, get to know the country's oldest town through walks in the church ruins and down the main street on a guided tour. At the Nordian Burial Mound, learn about the Venel Swedes, the people that predated the Viking Swedes. Travel on to Markim-Orkesta, a scenic countryside area, to see the Orkesta England Runestone and a farm that is home to Viking horses and the Icelandic horses, a breed nearly unchanged since Viking times. Stop in Vallentuna for a coffee break (own expense) before journeying to a Viking parliament location and the iconic Jarlabanke bridge, where you will learn about the powerful Lord Jarlabanke. The day's last stop is the graveyard at Broby, one of the most excavated grave sites in the country, to learn about the famous Viking woman Estrid. End your full-day tour with drop-off back at your accommodations. This private tour ensures a flexible itinerary, plenty of time to ask questions of your guide, and personalized attention.
While the tour guide was knowledgeable and informative out of 8 hours over 5 spent in the car. Felt like the tour company did not want to follow thru with pick up and dropping off at port and they cut out a planned part of the tour.
Hi, thanks for your review. First and foremost sorry to hear about your long car ride. Good to hear that your tour guide was knowledgeble and informative.
Yes, in your case the Sigtuna stop was cut out to get time on the other stops and to make sure you got back to your ship in time due to it being ca 1.5h-2h from the general tour area to Nynäshamn.
There are around 45min distances between Uppsala/old Uppsala and the other stops who than comes with ca 5-10min in between (apart from Sigtuna who is 40min off compare to the lake Vallentuna stops).
This full day tour is, as you write perhaps not the best shore excursion if comming to Nynäshamn harbour (Värtahamnen, Stadsgården and Frihamnen harbour is set inside Stockholm city itself) due to the long transportation to get to Stockholm and back to the ship again. I explained that it would be a lot of time in the car but fully understand your comment and thank you for this reveiw and insight. We don't normaly include Nynäshamn in our pickup or drop off service due to it being around 1h and 50km outside Stockholm city. That have now been made more clear in our decription of the tour.
This was nice, relaxing, and educational! We had a good time as family, and our guide Quentin was very accommodating and knowledgeable. We learned new things, and saw interesting places. There is a lunch stop at your own cost, at town of Sigtuna.
The reason we decided on a driving tour was because my husband has issues with walking, and this was a good option. There was a bit of an issue on scheduling, but was resolved well. Oddly, our guide was a 20-year-old Frenchman with a love for Vikings, who had just started working for the company three weeks before. But he tried his best, and we were amazed at how well he navigated the freeways after only being in the country a limited amount of time. The tour was a little unconventional, which included taking an unknown to him back trail across a forest on the way to see some Viking era-descendant horses, missing the way to a burial mound we've seen several burial mounds in our lives and told him not to worry about it, and speaking only limited English. I'm sure his English is much better now, that he doesn't get lost so often, and that the company coordinates guides with clients in a more orderly manner. Lunch was scheduled for the buffet at a golf club we paid, which initially seemed odd but it was full of traditional Swedish dishes. We saw several runes, but the best thing of the tour was the first stop -- a visit to a farm that was was being run in the same way it would have operated in the Viking era. One of the gentleman living that life was very knowledgeable, very articulate and he and the authentic buildings and practices were the highlight of the this tour. The city of Sigtuna was somewhat interesting, but we may have been burned out on historic churches at the end of our three-week European tour.
The tour was interesting and had a good variety of Viking history and information - things to see and to hear about. There were, of course, the stone runes, but also a farm, a museum, churches, the lovely town of Sigtuna, and a knowledgeable guide. He was not the typical guide who has learned enough to be a freelancer. The guide grew up in the area and has a true interest in the subject matter. It was nice to drive about the country side too.