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Ways to Experience Viking History in Stockholm

Ways to Experience Viking History in Stockholm

Spread across 15 island, Sweden’s capital is a bustling city of cafes, galleries, and restaurants, but underneath lies a rich history of Viking tribes, warrior spirit, and Norse mythology. Here’s how to see the best of Stockholm’s Viking history.

Viking History in Stockholm

The Vikings dominated the region around what is now present-day Sweden between the late eighth century and the mid-11th century, establishing trade, colonization, and conquest routes to far-flung destinations including the British Isles, the Faroe Islands, Germany, Iceland, Norway, Russian, and Ukraine. Although widely revered as a barbaric, marauding force, the Vikings demonstrated advanced engineering skills and even artistic creativity, and their sphere of cultural and linguistic influence reaches far and wide.

Ways to Experience Viking History in Stockholm

Visitors to Stockholm can explore the region’s rich Viking history and heritage by choosing from a broad range of Viking-themed activities, day trips, and tours. In Stockholm, follow a tour guide on a Viking-themed walking tour around the Old Town (Gamla Stan) and take in top sites such as the Royal Palace (Kungliga Slotten) and the Parliament House. Along the way, hear how Viking and Scandinavian cultures have intertwined through the centuries. Alternatively, use Stockholm as a base and head further afield on a day trip to Gamla Uppsala, Sigtuna (Sweden’s oldest town), and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Markim-Orkesta, where the region’s Viking history comes to life.

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Viking History Small Group Tour from Stockholm: Half Day Including Sigtuna

Viking History Small Group Tour from Stockholm: Half Day Including Sigtuna

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Dig up some Viking history during this half-day history tour from Stockholm. In the company of a historian guide, learn about the Vendel Swedes, the predecessors to the Vikings, and their impact on Scandinavian history. Visit the Vada burial mounds, Jarlabanke's bridge, and Vallentuna Church. View some ancient rune stones and hear the folklore of the Vikings, including the great Viking woman Estrid and the all-powerful lord Jarlabanke.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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Viking History Full Day Tour from Stockholm including Sigtuna and Uppsala
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Viking History Full Day Tour from Stockholm including Sigtuna and Uppsala

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Get a comprehensive overview of Viking history in Sweden and its effects on modern Scandinavian culture during this full-day tour from Stockholm. Visit the most important Viking sites, including Sigtuna and Markim-Orkesta, with transportation provided from central Stockholm.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Viking History Short Day Tour from Stockholm
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Viking History Short Day Tour from Stockholm

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Get an overview of Viking history in this quick and easy tour from Stockholm. Visit some of the Viking era's most important sites, including the Viking parliament, ancient rune stones, and Jarlabanke's Bridge. Round-trip transportation from a central Stockholm meeting point is included.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Private Tour: Viking History Trip from Stockholm Including The Runic Kingdom
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Private Tour: Viking History Trip from Stockholm Including The Runic Kingdom

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Immerse yourself in the Viking history of the Stockholm area on this 3-hour private tour. Round-trip private transportation from your hotel or the cruise port included.
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  • 3 hours
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Viking History Tour from Stockholm

Viking History Tour from Stockholm

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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.
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  • 4 hours
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Private Tour: Swedish History Day Trip to World Heritage Candidate Markim-Orkesta from Stockholm

Private Tour: Swedish History Day Trip to World Heritage Candidate Markim-Orkesta from Stockholm

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Learn about Viking history and Sweden's past through a 5-hour visit to Markim-Orkestra from Stockholm. With your local guide, explore the UNESCO World Heritage Candidate Site, composed of two church parishes, which includes several ancient rune stones. Hear tales from the Bronze Age, the Viking Age and early Swedish history as visit a Christian Viking graveyard.
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  • 5 hours
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Private Viking tour by a lake + Swedish nature forest walk, 90min
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Private Viking tour by a lake + Swedish nature forest walk, 90min

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If you’re curious about Viking culture and history, then take a private tour of the well-preserved Arkils thingstead, or assembly site. On this 60-minute tour you’ll learn all about the age of the Vikings, including how the aristocracy made decisions and settled disputes. With its close proximity to Stockholm, you’ll find the site easily accessible by public transportation.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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