Birka the Viking city

Birka, The Viking City in Sveriges Landskap

A trip to Birka the Viking city starts and ends with a boat trip through the great Stockholm archipelago. Birka is located on the island of Björkö in Lake Mälaren, about an hour and 45-minute boat ride inland from Stockholm.

Here at Björkö, in the middle of Lake Mälaren in Stockholm, 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, going here is almost like travelling back in time.

Guided tours, museum and restaurant
There are daily guided tours where our guides introduce you to the Viking era. These tours are included in your ticket. But Birka is also a beautiful island with a historical landscape, perfect for a stroll or a refreshing swim. Restaurant Särimner offers meals and drinks.

How to get to Birka – The Viking City
Boats depart from Stockholm (Klara Mälarstrand), Hovgården, Härjarö and Mariefred and the boat trip is between 15 min to 2 hours. The boat from Stockholm also stops at some piers along the route. Get more information about departure piers here >>

The café is open during the full duration of the trip.

Read more about Birka The Viking City and see the current program for the entire season >>

The stay on Björkö is around 3.5 hours and you can book a tour and the boat trip from and to Björko with Strömma they offer a fully packaged excursion.


Reconstruction of Viking house at Birka