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Gothenburg Viking History

Gothenburg Viking History

Like most Swedish cities, Gothenburg was inhabited by the Vikings from the late-eighth century. Sweden’s second-largest city still has much to appeal to modern-day travelers, from its neoclassical architecture to 17th-century canals. Here’s what you need to know to explore Gothenburg’s Viking past.

Viking History in Gothenburg

An important port whose west coast location made it a gateway to the North Sea and Atlantic, Gothenburg was a strategically important city for the Norse seafarers. The Vikings dominated the region around what is now present-day Sweden, Norway, and Denmark up until the mid-11th century, establishing trade routes around Europe, exploring America, and settling as far away as Russia and Ukraine. While brutal in their methods, the Vikings also demonstrated advanced engineering skills, as you can see in examples of their strong and extraordinarily seaworthy longboats.

Ways to Experience Viking History in Gothenburg

Traces of Gothenburg’s Viking history are few but the city is home to one star attraction—the impressively preserved remains of the Askekarr longboat. You can see the longboat and its runic inscriptions at the Museum of Gothenburg (entrance to which is included in the Gothenburg Pass). The building, the 18th-century home of the Swedish East India Company, is itself of interest to maritime history enthusiasts. 

The 10th-century Askekarr longboat was discovered in the nearby Ale Viking Farmstead, 19 miles (30 kilometers) away, a reconstructed version of which welcomes tourists. If you are here in June, you can also visit the Hornebore Ting Viking market in Hamburgssund, 79 miles (127 kilometers) north of Gothenburg. 

Explore the city at your own pace on foot, take a hop-on hop-off bus or boat excursion, or a guided bicycle tour.

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Gothenburg Instagram Tour

Gothenburg Instagram Tour

Finding the perfect locations and taking the right sort of pictures for your Instagram is an art form and this tour will help you do just that – create amazing art. Guided by one of our highly successful Gothenburg Instagram influencers, we will take you on an amazing exploration of the city, taking breathtakingly beautiful pictures in the best location of Gothenburg. From famous landmarks, spectacular views, trendy hotspots and hidden gems you will experience the absolute best and take amazing Instagram pictures with a professional who knows how to capture those moments and settings that will make for your dream Instagram feed. So if you love to travel, explore wonderful places, capture it on camera and create an Instagram feed for an influencer, this tour is for you!
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$72.95
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$72.95

The Instagrammable Places of Gothenburg with a Local

The Instagrammable Places of Gothenburg with a Local

This Experience is provided by a private local. Each LocalBini Experience is conducted in a small group of up to 8 people. If you want to spice up your instagram feed and impress your friends with stunning shots from your travels, then you are at the right place! Let me show you the most beautiful and impressive spots in Gothenburg and guide you with some useful tips to take good pictures from your phone or camera! Of course while strolling through the city and taking photos of the most unique places (like the Haga neighbourhood and The Lion Stairs), you will also get to know more about Gothenburg and learn about its secrets from a local's perspective. Join me on this adventure and give your insta feed an upgrade! Make sure you don’t book this Experience too late, as you don’t want to miss the golden hour!
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$65.33
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$65.33

Small-Group Walking Tour in Gothenburg

Small-Group Walking Tour in Gothenburg

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Get a more intimate experience of Gothenburg than possible on big bus tours. This small-group guided walking tour, limited to just 10 people, takes you to the city's most famous sites, including Feskekôrka (the fish church) and Haga Nygata district, as well as some hidden corners overlooked by most visitors. Along the way, your guide shares insight into Gothenburg's history and its modern-day role as a trendy hub of design and music.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$52.52
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$52.52

Gothenburg Like a Local: Customized Private Tour

Gothenburg Like a Local: Customized Private Tour

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Get to know the city through the eyes of a passionate local. With no set itinerary, you can customize the tour or leave it up to the local for an insightful introduction to the city. Make travel about the people you meet not just the places you see.
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  • 2 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$36.46
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$36.46
Price varies by group size

Gothenburg Private Walking Tour

Gothenburg Private Walking Tour

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See Gothenburg through the eyes of a local on this private walking tour. See the city's most famous sites—including Feskekôrka (the fish church), Skansen Kronan fortress, and the Poseidon statue—as well as a few off-the-beaten-track attractions tailored to your own interests. On a private tour you can set your own pace and route while getting illuminating insights not found in the guidebooks.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$175.20
Price varies by group size
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$175.20
Price varies by group size

Private Photography workshop in Gothenburg

Private Photography workshop in Gothenburg

Get fantastic photos of Gothenburg's landmarks during this private 3-hour photography tour. With your professional photographer guide, hit all the landmarks and highlights of the city, stopping to get the perfect photo each time. Get guidance and instruction on elements of photography such as composition, use of light and shadows, shutter speed and exposure. While you practice your craft, your guide will also provide interesting commentary on the culture and history of Gothenburg. Enjoy a flexible itinerary and personalized attention on this private tour.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$391.19
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$391.19
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The Best of Gothenburg Walking Tour

The Best of Gothenburg Walking Tour

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Planning a trip to Scandinavia? Looking for Off-the-Beaten-Path Tour in Sweden? What about visiting Gothenburg? Gothenburg offers an interesting selection of sights: state-of-art buildings, unique museums, and other stunning attractions that you must see once in a life. Which are Stockholm’s best sights? Gothenburg Opera house and Cathedral are definitely must-stops for your next trip to Sweden. The City Museum collects interesting facts about Gothenburg’s history. Get stunned with one of the last unspoiled cities in Scandinavia. Get ready to experience Sweden from a different perspective. A local charismatic guide will reveal interesting facts about Gothenburg city sights.
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  • 4 hours
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$484.94
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Make Your Own Tour - Guided Walking Tour

Make Your Own Tour - Guided Walking Tour

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Get a more intimate introduction to Gothenburg than you’d get if exploring on a bus or bike on a private walking tour that allows you to customize your own itinerary. As well as benefiting from the undivided attention of a private guide, you’ll be free to tailor your schedule according to your interests.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$65.20
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$65.20
Price varies by group size

Orienteering private tour in Gothenburg city

Orienteering private tour in Gothenburg city

Orienteering at the centre of Gothenburg—with a historical and cultural theme. But not in the usual way—YOU'RE the one who's navigating (with a map), and you'll also learn a new sport with this tour. We'll teach you the basics of orienteering, and guide you along the way. As in orienteering, we recommend you join this tour in running gear, but you can also walk this tour if you wish.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$177.69
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$177.69
Price varies by group size

Landvetter Airport Bus Transfer Departure

Landvetter Airport Bus Transfer Departure

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When it’s time to say goodbye to Gothenburg, end your trip the easy way with Flygbussarna Airport Coaches to Landvetter Airport. You will get a comfy and safe ride on a climate-controlled bus. We offer free WiFi, our buses are modern and our drivers are educated in soft driving, for your convenience and for the environment.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$16.59
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Landvetter Airport Bus Transfer Arrival

Landvetter Airport Bus Transfer Arrival

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Start your trip the easy way with Flygbussarna Airport Coaches to Gothenburg City. You will get a comfy and safe ride on a climate-controlled bus. We offer free WiFi, our buses are modern and our drivers are educated in soft driving, for your convenience and for the environment.
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  • 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$16.59
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$16.59

Haga Sightseeing Tour

Haga Sightseeing Tour

Haga is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Gothenburg. The pedestrian street Haga Nygata is lined with well-preserved houses, many in the characteristic Gothenburg style called "landshövdingehus" with one floor in brick and the rest in wood. Each iconic house and building have a wealth of historic significance and during this tour we will enlighten you in some of the best ones. During the 1900th century the entire neighbourhood used to be a slum with a seedy reputation although you would never know it today as Haga is by far the city’s hippest area with no shortage of cafes, delicatessens and independent shops guaranteed to charm you in the most Swedish of ways. Our local guide will navigate you to the must see places, the hidden gems, the local hotspots and give you a proper introduction into the most iconic neighbourhood of Gothenburg.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$48.63
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$48.63
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Private Airport Transfer: from Gothenburg to Goteborg Landvetter Airport (GOT)

Private Airport Transfer: from Gothenburg to Goteborg Landvetter Airport (GOT)

Book here your safe and reliable Private Airport Transfer from your hotel or location within the Gothenburg city area to Goteborg Landvetter Airport (GOT). Our service operates across 150+ countries and 1500+ airports with an excellent customer satisfaction rating of 9 /10 based on 35k+ reviews. - Fixed price with no hidden costs after booking. - Modern cars only. - Certified professional drivers. - 24/7 Customer Support (English, German, Spanish, Italian, French, Dutch and Portuguese).
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  • 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$43.20
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$43.20
Price varies by group size

Goteborg Landvetter Airport (GOT) to Goteborg City - Round-Trip Private Transfer

Goteborg Landvetter Airport (GOT) to Goteborg City - Round-Trip Private Transfer

Book your Private Round-Trip Transfer from Goteborg Landvetter Airport (GOT) to Goteborg hotel or address and return. Don't go through all the hassle of waiting in a long taxi or shared shuttles queues and use our private, door to door airport transfer. Your driver will be waiting for you at a scheduled time and you will travel comfortably to your destination. • Meeting with a Nameplate • We track your Flight • Door-to-door Service • No Hidden Charges • Clean cars & Professional drivers
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$58.15
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$58.15

Architectural Walk of Gothenburg with a Local

Architectural Walk of Gothenburg with a Local

This Experience is provided by a private local. Each LocalBini Experience is conducted in a small group of up to 8 people. Discover the most impressive buildings in Gothenburg and learn about each one and its characteristics in this invigorating architectural walk. Join me on this adventure and discover the beauty and unique characteristics of Gothenburg’s most significant buildings and get to know a bit more about the local culture from my own perspective. During this walk, you will become better acquainted with the local architecture, while also learning about the way in which this has changed over the years, with the city becoming more modern while still keeping its unique character. By the way, did you know that Feskekôrka is one of the most famous buildings in Gothenburg? And it’s included in our Experience! The design was considered very unconventional at the end of the 19th century, and opinions haven’t changed much since then.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$74.45
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$74.45

Departure Private Transfers from Gothenburg City to Gothenburg Airport GOT

Departure Private Transfers from Gothenburg City to Gothenburg Airport GOT

Gothenburg Airport Transfer Service aims to achieve the very highest possible standards possible for all its passengers. This is a one-way transfer and includes up to twenty minutes of free waiting time for guests. One of our professionally-trained drivers will greet you with a name sign in the reception of the hotel, ready to help you with your luggage and guide you to your vehicle to go Gothenburg Airport GOT. Traveling from your Hotel to airport with family or colleagues? A Business Car can be shared by up to 3 people together.
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  • 25 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$130.35
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$130.35
Price varies by group size

Hire Photographer, Professional Photo Shoot - Gothenburg

Hire Photographer, Professional Photo Shoot - Gothenburg

Glamorous professional photo shoot in unique Gothenburg locations. The Photo Experience will create amazing photo memories from your visit. You will be able to see undiscovered locations, and get the best photo story from your Gothenburg visit. We can tailor each photo shoot to meet your requirements. Our Photoshoots are ideal for any Tourists - Solo Traveler - Couples - Groups - Hen/Bachelorette & Stag/Bachelor Parties - Families - Secret proposal/Engagement - Honeymoon - Experienced Influencers and Models - New Influencers and Models What's Included: A Private online viewing gallery - 1 hour = 20 professionally edited photos* - 2 hours = 30 professionally edited photos* - 3 hours = 40 professionally edited photos* - 4 hours = 50 professionally edited photos* * same set of images - A unique location professional shoot experience - DELIVERY - Up to 14 days after photoshoot. What's Excluded: - Transportation - Entry fees
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$133.31
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$133.31
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Photogenic Gothenburg with a Local

Photogenic Gothenburg with a Local

This Experience is provided by a private local. Each LocalBini Experience is conducted in a small group of up to 8 people. Come with me to discover the city of Gothenburg through your camera lens! Join me on this short city walk for this unique opportunity to get to know the city from an insider’s point of view and take stunning pictures of it at the same time! Our walk will take us from the most beautiful spots in the Old Town to the charming parks and waterside views. While you use your camera to capture the beauty of Gothenburg, you will also get to discover local spots and hidden gems that a typical tourist tour won’t show you. Treat your curiosity by discovering an alternative side of Gothenburg and all the unique beauty it has to offer! Don't forget to book the Experience at a suitable time to have the best light possible for the pictures! The harbour cranes by the river can offer some very special artistic shots, and our tour will conclude right at the Gothenburg harbour!
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$71.41
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$71.41

Gothenburg city tour by traditional tram

Gothenburg city tour by traditional tram

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You will visit the popular and main destinations of the city by tram and walk which will include all about its culture, heritage, people, markets, shops, agriculture, and modern constructions. It’s a complete package to get to know the city from its core to the fullest. You can also choose to go on this tour on a bus with your private guide.
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  • 2 hours
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$356.87
per group
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Gothenburg Private Transfer from Central Gothenburg to Gothenburg Airport

Gothenburg Private Transfer from Central Gothenburg to Gothenburg Airport

Take the worry out of your departure to Gothenburg Airport and pre-book a private transfer to suit your group size (up to 6 people). Avoid the long lines for taxis at the hotel, and travel in the comfort of a Premium car or minivan.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$103.09
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$103.09
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Gothenburg - Tasting of Swedish west coast food

Gothenburg - Tasting of Swedish west coast food

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- Tasting of West Coast food. - Visit places considered as providing the world’s best seafood. - Good Choice for Foodies. - Includes a Private guide. - Tour timings are flexible and can be amended depending on availability.
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  • 2 hours
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$350.72
per group
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$350.72
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Departure Private Transfers from Gothenburg City to Gothenburg Airport GOT

Departure Private Transfers from Gothenburg City to Gothenburg Airport GOT

Gothenburg Airport Transfer Service aims to achieve the very highest possible standards possible for all its passengers. This is a one-way transfer and includes up to twenty minutes of free waiting time for guests. One of our professionally-trained drivers will greet you with a name sign in the reception of the hotel, ready to help you with your luggage and guide you to your vehicle to go Gothenburg Airport GOT. Traveling from your Hotel to airport with family or colleagues? A Luxury Van can be shared by up to 6 people together.
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  • 25 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$165.90
Price varies by group size
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$165.90
Price varies by group size

Historical Walk through Gothenburg with a Local

Historical Walk through Gothenburg with a Local

This Experience is provided by a private local. Each LocalBini Experience is conducted in a small group of up to 8 people. Discover the historical side of Gothenburg with a passionate local who wants to share all the historical and fun facts about Gothenburg. Our excursion starts by the Museum of World Culture and take us on a winding stroll right through the new and the old parts of the central Gothenburg! Learn about how the city has grown and changed over time. From getting to know the historical Skansen Kronan to discovering the sublime fusion of old and new in the Gothenburg City Hall, discover unique sites that an ordinary tourist tour won’t show you! We always knew travelling was the best way of learning, but having a knowledgeable Local by your side to give you insider tips and share local secrets is even better! Of course, If you want to learn about something in particular or have a special interest, just let me know, and I will adjust the itinerary for you!
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$86.60
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$86.60

Skip-The-Line Access to Gothenburg Museum of Art with Tour Guide

Skip-The-Line Access to Gothenburg Museum of Art with Tour Guide

Book your last minute tour with private car and live tour guide visit The Gothenburg Museum of Art has one of the foremost art collections in Northern Europe. Works by masters such as Rembrandt, Picasso and van Gogh are shown side by side with works by contemporary artists such as Charlotte Gyllenhammar, Lina Selander and Cajsa von Zeipel.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.00
Price varies by group size
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$80.00
Price varies by group size