Get a taste of Sweden’s fascinating Viking and medieval past on this half-day tour from Stockholm! As an expert guide unravels the country’s Viking history, absorb the views as you travel north from the capital through scenic countryside. Visit Täby to see the stones of a Viking assembly; view the runic stone at Granby which is Sweden’s longest inscription in runic stone; and admire the frescoes and inscribed stones at the church of Orkesta. Then, enjoy time free to stroll around the Viking stones and handicraft shops of medieval Sigtuna, Sweden’s oldest town. Perfect for history aficionados!
Start your tour with a pickup from your centrally located Stockholm hotel. Settle into your comfortable minivan for your journey north into Sweden’s beautiful interior as your driver-guide lifts the lid on the country’s Viking and medieval history.Your first stop is at Täby to see the Jarlabankes bro, an ancient Viking causeway. View the runic stones here and continue to Arkils Tingstad, the site of an age-old Viking assembly. Walk around the circles of ancient stones here — they were once used as seats by parliament members when they discussed disputes and laid down new laws for the area.Next, travel through the picturesque Vallentuna region to Granby, an important Viking settlement in around 400 to 500 AD. See the decoratively carved Granbyhällen, Sweden’s longest inscription in runic stone, and then enjoy a break of roughly an hour for lunch (own expense) at a nearby café. Travel to the medieval church at Orkesta (Orkesta Kyrka) to see its beautiful runic stones and 12th-century wall paintings, and then on through the picturesque Lunda region to Sweden’s oldest town, Sigtuna. Established in the 10th century, this charming place boasts narrow lanes, fine churches and many relics and runic stones from the Viking age. Enjoy time at your leisure to stroll around its historical sites and perhaps pick up some souvenirs at its many interesting craft shops and boutiques.Later, return to your minivan for your drive back to Stockholm. Your tour comes to an end with a hotel drop-off in the mid-afternoon.