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“Great Daytrip from Stockholm”

Birka and Hovgarden
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Here at Bjorko, in the middle of lake Malaren, Birka town was based during the 750's and is today known as Sweden's first city. To this day there are visible traces of the people who were born and who lived and died here. Today Birka is one of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites and has several important ruins and offers seasonal reenactments of Viking life. Birka is also a beautiful island with a historical landscape, perfect for a stroll or a refreshing swim. Restaurant Sarimner offers meals and drinks and the museum gives you an insight the the life of the Vikings that lived here.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 30 November 2012

As a big history buff, I really enjoyed the day trip to Birka (Bjorko). You must go as part of a package deal. There's not a lot on the island - the small museum takes, at most, 30 minutes. The Viking town ruins are not conspicuous, except for the ramparts around the hillfort. However, it's a lovely little island and if you've done a bit of background reading and have a good imagination, it's very evocative and I could have easily spent 2-3 hours longer than we had on the island. There's a small restaurant on the island that opens to meet day trippers for lunch. I highly recommend also making a reservation to have a late lunch/early dinner on the trip back to Stockholm. Make sure you take one of the guided tours that begin at the museum (once daily in English).

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Reviewed 1 September 2012

Birka is an island with one of the oldest and largest of the known Viking settlements. You need to take a two-hour ride to get to and from the island. In summer, the boat leaves at 10:00 from Stockholm harbor and from Birka at 3:30. It has food and drink for purchase. This site is well worth visiting if you are interested in the history of the Nordic countries and peoples.

6  Thank Eclipsegroupie
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Reviewed 28 July 2011

This place is other-worldly. I don't mean the village or the cafe or the museum, which are all fine, but take a long walk out to the burial mounds. It is worth it. Each pile of stones is a viking grave, and under that huge grey sky and among all the silence, just transporting to 1000 years ago. Just beautiful. Birch trees and green grass and wildflowers.

8  Thank SeasideNative
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Reviewed 12 June 2011

Having friends from abroad visiting, I was really eager to create a memorable day where the best of Stockholm and Swedish history were combined so I decided to bring my friends to the viking island Birka http://www.stromma.se/sv/Birka/ (unfortunately this site is not in english).
The boat ride were about a 2 hour joyful trip in beautiful surrondings and we could sit outside on deck and enjoy the sun with coffe and drinks from the boats small cafeteria. Arriving at Birka we decided to join the guided tour and we were really impressed with the skills of the guides who are actually archaeologists and very knowledgeable. They also took their time to further explain details and also showed great patients with the variety of "viking knowledge" amongst us visitors. I need to stress that a lot of the sites on Birka has to be created in your own imagination since a great part of the walk are open fields and meadows, but I found the guide and his way of story telling very helpful in doing this.

There is a small authentic village and I was told that in high season people will live and work there in viking manners which I think will be a nice add on especially for families travelling with children.

The museum was small but interesting and had for its size a very nice selected giftshop which was quite surprising. Birka also host a small restaurant with a limited but good selection of food and drinks and it was rewarding to be able to sit down and drink a cold beer after the walking tour. We spotted a family, smart enough to bring swimsuits on this hot day, to dip their feet into the lake and Im sure that there are many small seluded places on this island where you can have a swim before the boat will take you back to Stockholm.
With the boat back in Stockholm City we all concluded that the trip to Birka was a nice combination of history/culture/leisure and Im sure it will appeal to visitors both from Sweden and abroad. On a sunny day, dont miss Birka out!

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Reviewed 1 June 2011

We have just arrived back from a fantastic day trip out to Birka with our sons aged 8 and 5. We were nearly put off by the review from 2009 saying that you had to use your imagination a lot as there was not a lot to see as we worried the boys might be bored. We needn't have worried. the site has clearly been developed further since 2009. our guide Andreas was an archaeologist also working as a guide to Birka. He was extremely knowledgeable and culd elaborate on any subject if questioned further, but kept things concise and amusing so the boys didn't get bored. He accompanied the boat from Stockholm pointing out sites of interest and giving some Viking background history along the way and was also in full Viking period costume, which added to the excitement for the boys. The trip out by boat took abut 1h 45min and passed breathtaking islands with some beautiful old houses and boats to admire. The island of Bjorko would be worth the trip in itself with spectacular views and nice little beaches. However there are now some reproduction houses and Viking boats to look at in addition to the remains of the Birka settlement, which is really just a filed and the remains of the city wall to see. However there are burial mounds to see and you should definitely take the guided tour as this really brought it all to life. It was exciting enough for the children not to get bored and as it was outdoors and we were lucky enough to have a beautiful day, younger ones can run about and jump on the rocks and burial mounds if they have had enough of listening. The museum is small but interesting and well presented. Many of the treasures of Birka have been moved to the historical museum in Stockholm for security. The cafe is good with stunning views of the bay. Our favourite activity in the Stockholm area so far, a definite must see for any Viking mad kids. Lots of very viscous Mosquitos when we visited so take your insect repellant.

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