9. Half-Day Viking Culture Tour from Stockholm
You will start your 5-6 hour tour by being picked up at your centrally located hotel or by the Stockholm Central Station. From one of these locations the journey starts in a minivan taking you out into the Swedish countryside. The maximum group size of the tour is 16 persons. Have a nice time with the other members of your small group and enjoy the scenic ride togheter.
First stop at Broby bro, a Viking and Iron Age gravefield where people have been buried for more than 1000 years. Take a walk in the pagan gravefield with your Viking guide and uncover the Vikings burial traditions and mythology. Learn about how a person was buried. Also hear the story of Estrid - a Viking woman. In 1995 a skeleton was found in a Christian part of the gravefield, it was a 60-year old woman identified as Estrid. Get to know how the Stockholm County Museum were able to identify her and experience her life.
The next stop is Jarlabanki's causeway, a 11-th century Viking age bridge built by earl Jarlabanki. He was a cocky Viking who liked to show off his power. Take in the view of the 150-meter long causeway and learn about bridge-building and the development of roads and communication in that era. Head on to a Viking council, preserved on its original location for 1000 years. Get to understand the Viking culture, society and mentality through the guide's explantion at the council. Learn how the Vikings ruled their society. Venture further to the medieval Vallentuna church, dating back to the 12th century. It used to be the home of the Vallentuna Calendar, likely Sweden's oldest book. Have lunch after this stop before arriving in Sigtuna. Eat a tasty and fresh buffet of Swedish and international food for a typical Swedish lunch price (approx 10€).
The main attraction on this tour is Sigtuna (from the 1 January 2018, not included before this date). The little town of 8000 inhabitants is the oldest still existing town of Sweden and holds many historical gems both by the streets and inside the Sigtuna museum (you can visit the museum if you want to). Enjoy a guided walk in the town a have around 45 minutes of free time on your own. Catch nice views of the Sigtuna bay, the main streets 18th-century wooden houses and the 12-th century romantic church ruins. After Sigtuna, venture back to Stockholm and your hotel. Your guide can also drop you anywhere in Central Stockholm.