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Sigtuna

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89 Reviews
9 Olofsgatan, Sigtuna, Sweden

The Basics

Stroll through the town to admire ancient Viking churches and visit Sigtuna’s main street (Stora gatan) to peruse shops, galleries, and a museum containing Viking artifacts excavated from around town. Families with kids can also enjoy exploring the children's library at Märsta.

Due to the town’s rich Viking heritage, many Sigtuna tours focus on the area’s history. Day trips from Stockholm provide round-trip transportation and typically allow you to explore Viking ruins on the route between Stockholm and Sigtuna, such as ornately carved rune stones that once acted as medieval directional signs and the ancient Viking causeway of Jarlabankes bro at Täby.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Stockholm

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Good overview of local Viking history
Landamom, Feb 2020
Viking History Small Group Tour from Stockholm: Half Day Including Sigtuna
Gabriel was very knowledgeable and I learned a lot in our short time. Not knowing much at all about Viking history I found the tour fascinating and very worthwhile to see all of it up close. The town of Sigunta is quaint and historic and the stop at the coffeehouse at the end was a great way to cap the day. He also filled us in on the local Stockholm area as well and gave us tips on restaurants and museums to visit.
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Hugely enjoyable and informative
DPOC186225, Dec 2019
Viking History Small Group Tour from Stockholm: Half Day Including Sigtuna
This tour was, by far, the best experience I had during a four day visit to Stockholm. Nadia, our guide, was brilliant, with a huge depth of knowledge about the Vikings - and a remarkable ability to communicate that knowledge. Great sense of humour, and enthusiasm about her subject,too. She’s an absolute gem and Viator are fortunate to have her services as a guide. A memorable day!
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McMahon’s Scandinavian adventures
juliemcmah0n, Aug 2019
Viking History Small-Group Trip from Stockholm including Sigtuna and Uppsala: Full Day
Bumpy start but quickly turned into a great tour. Quentin was informative and the bus driver patient. We saw amazing pieces of history in small distances and had plenty of free time to forage about.
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Thank you Quinten!
339jenf, Aug 2019
Viking History Small-Group Trip from Stockholm including Sigtuna and Uppsala: Full Day
We had a very nice tour of Viking stuff! We loved it. The runes were amazing! The local history told to us by our guide Quinten were amazing! I would have liked to have spent an hour in Uppsala strolling! But we’ll save that for another visit.
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Very nice guide but a bit overpriced
273kristienv, Sep 2019
Viking History Small Group Tour from Stockholm: Half Day Including Sigtuna
Our guide Quentin was very nice and knowledgable. The visit to the small old town was definitly our favourite and the lake nearby was beautiful. The tour is a bit overpriced however but maybe that's also due to the Stockholm area. Would recommend this if you're very interested in Vikings.
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Myth buster
B6784GErichardv, Sep 2019
Viking History Small Group Tour from Stockholm: Half Day Including Sigtuna
Informative excursion to some Viking historic sites. Our guide was an archaeologist who specialized in that period. Well done. Highly recommended. Certainly a must for all of those who know little about Vikings and their impressive history and accomplishments.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Sigtuna is a must-see for history buffs.

  • Although Swedish is the official language, most Sigtuna residents speak English.

  • Sigtuna's main street (Stora gatan) is accessible to strollers and easily explored on foot or by bicycle.

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How to Get There

Sigtuna lies just 31 miles (50 kilometers) north of Stockholm. While guided tours provide easy transportation, it’s also possible to arrive by car via the E4 highway. Train and bus transportation is also available, and several ferry routes operate during summer.

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When to Get There

Summer is the most popular time to visit Sigtuna, when the weather is ideal for exploring on foot, picnicking by Lake Mälaren, and searching out Viking rune stones.

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Sigtuna History

Sweden's first coins were minted here in the 10th and 11th centuries, and Sigtuna also served an important role in the creation of the Church of Sweden. Sigtuna was the center of Christianity in medieval Sweden and has seven churches clustered close together—although they are now in various states of disrepair, the Viking inscriptions in the churchyards can still be clearly seen. The town’s gridded layout also belies its origins in the Viking age.

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