Lift the lid on Sweden’s rich Viking and medieval past on this enthralling full-day trip from Stockholm! Travel northward from the capital through Sweden’s picture-book countryside. See intricately carved runic stones and other relics that attest to the richness and complexity of Viking culture. Visit Sweden’s oldest town of Sigtuna, see the haunting religious sites of Gamla Uppsala (Old Uppsala), and enjoy time free to explore the historic town of Uppsala itself. Along the way, history is brought to life with informative insights from your guide. It's a great day out for history buffs!
Start your tour with a pickup from your centrally located Stockholm hotel. Meet your friendly guide and relax as your comfortable minibus travels northward through Sweden’s picturesque countryside. Stop at Täby to view the Jarlabankes bro, an ancient Viking causeway. Admire the runic stones here and then continue to what was once a Viking parliament at Arkils Tingstad. Here, examine the rings of stones once used as seats by council members. Your guide explains how the Vikings would use places like this to settle disputes and decide laws. Next on your route is Granby, an important village that existed between 400 and 500 AD. Admire the Granbyhällen, a massive rock decorated with swirling rune engravings. Contemplate what you’ve seen on a break for coffee or a light lunch (own expense) at the nearby Hökeriet café and vintage store. Perhaps buy some souvenirs here in the shape of Swedish handicrafts and homemade preserves.Afterward, continue through the scenic Lunda region to Sweden’s oldest town, Sigtuna, founded in the 10th century. Enjoy free time to amble around the quaint streets and wonder at its Viking runic stones. Then, travel to the small village of Gamla Uppsala. It is home to royal burial mounds, and considered one of Sweden’s most important sacred sites. Lastly, head for new Uppsala, where you have time to explore on your own. You might go to see Uppsala Cathedral, Sweden’s oldest church, or delve into its charming old quarter and shopping streets.Your tour ends with a drop-off at your hotel in the late afternoon.