Vikings in Denmark, Sweden & Norway

Uppsala Cemetary
Uppsala Cemetary
Uppsala Cathedral
Uppsala Cathedral
The old city of Aarhus
The old city of Aarhus
The Ansgar Chapel
The Ansgar Chapel
Gamla Uppsala
Gamla Uppsala

This tour is operated by Archaeological Tours.

This distinctive tour through Sweden, Denmark and Norway places the Viking Age in the wider context of European history, and in Scandinavian history, from the Bronze Age to the modern day. Through this tour of archaeological sites, objects and landscapes, Norse gods and Viking heroes will come alive once again.

  • Traverse Scandinavia’s incredibly diverse landscapes and learn how they shaped life in the Viking Age
  • Enjoy a free afternoon in the Swedish capital of Stockholm where you can explore local gastronomy or vibrant culture
  • Discover the huge burial mounds of legendary Viking rulers at Gamla Uppsala, Sweden’s Norse cultic center
  • Stop in the market towns of Birka and Sigtuna, from which intrepid Vikings would travel to Russia and Constantinople

Please note that the price of this tour does not include flights to and from the UK. Of course, we are very happy to arrange international flights from any UK airport, just give us a call and one of our expert customer care team will be able to assist you.

Itinerary 2018

Day 1

We board flights and land in Stockholm, ready for day two.

Day 2

Stockholm Sweden’s eclectic capital: an immaculate city of islands, bridges and Scandinavian style, first founded by the Vikings in around 1000 AD. We take the rest of the day to unwind after our flight, coming back together in the evening for an introductory lecture from our Guide Scholar, followed by dinner at our hotel.
Hotel: Nobis Hotel, Stockholm.

Day 3

We begin our first full day in Scandinavia with a visit to Vasamuseet, a maritime museum named for the 17th-century ship which is its centerpiece: the only preserved vessel of that era in existence. Artefacts displayed along with the ship include weaponry, keepsakes, and human remains – a direct glimpse into Sweden’s seafaring past.

Our next stop is the Swedish History Museum, with a Viking exhibition that aims to reveal the truth about these people and their mostly peaceful lives. The museum paints a picture of the every-day through artefacts such as jewelry, textiles and tools. Keep your eyes peeled for the “smoothing stones” – early precursors to the ironing board!

Taking lunch in the old town area, Gamla Stan, we continue with a walking tour of Stockholm’s Medieval streets, stopping at its earliest religious building, the Great Church, as well as the Riddarholmen, the Medieval burial site of many a Swedish royal and aristocrat.
Hotel: Nobis Hotel, Stockholm.

Day 4

Following breakfast we make our way to Uppsala’s cathedral, Domkyrkan, a 13th-century monument celebrated as the tallest church in the Nordic countries. Having admired the Domkyrkan’s grand interiors, we drive on to the Old Norse restaurant of Odinsborg for a bountiful Swedish buffet.

In the afternoon we head for the Gamla Uppsala Museum, an Iron Age settlement containing a number of prehistoric tombs, including three prestigious Royal Mounds. Excavations here have also revealed boat graves dating from the Viking period, and a wealth of intricate hidden treasure, much of which is now on display.

Later we pay a visit to the 13th-century Brick Gothic church of St Mary’s in Sigtuna, Sweden’s first Christian town, followed by the rugged ruins of St Olaf’s – which are thought to stand atop the foundations of a far older, sacred building…
Hotel: Nobis Hotel, Stockholm.

Day 5

We make like the Vikings this morning and take to the sea on a ferry from Stockholm to the beautiful island of Björkö.

Following a barbecue buffet lunch, we embark on a walking tour to Birka Vikingastaden, an archaeological area thought to be the location of Sweden’s first city. Now part of a UNESCO World Heritage site, Birka was established in the 8th century, and became an important trading center during the Viking age. Extensive excavations have revealed around 3,000 graves here, one of which contained the earliest ring inscribed with Arabic lettering to have ever been found in Scandinavia.

We return to Stockholm by ferry, being sure to enjoy the natural sights and sounds of the archipelago.
Hotel: Nobis Hotel, Stockholm.

Day 6

This morning we drive to Anundshög, where we find Sweden’s largest burial mound – a final resting place for royalty from the 6th to the 8th centuries. The site features standing stones laid out in the form of ships, as well as an intricate rune stone. Evidence of damage suggests that it may have been deliberately destroyed by Christian converts hoping to eradicate the influence of Paganism.

Our next stop is Sigurdsristningen, where we view the mysterious standing stones and Ramsund carving: runes depicting scenes from the legendary tale of Sigurd the dragon-slayer. This stunning selection of Nordic art dates from around 1000 AD.
This afternoon we return to Stockholm for free time to experience the city at our leisure. Visit its stylish boutiques, wander the peaceful paths of the botanic garden, or treat your taste buds with some of the city’s prized Scandinavian cuisine.
Hotel: Nobis Hotel, Stockholm.

Day 7

We bid farewell to Stockholm this morning and fly to Copenhagen, a city frequently named as the happiest in the world. Much like its Swedish counterpart, Copenhagen was founded by the Vikings in the 10th century, and since then has grown from a humble fishing village to become one of the world’s most hip and happening capitals.

Upon arrival we skip back across the Swedish border into Lund, the oldest surviving city in the country. While here we enter Lund’s 11th-century Romanesque cathedral, a building renowned for its original crypt, in which we find the famous statue of Finn the Giant, the cathedral’s creator, embracing an underground pillar.

The day ends at our hotel in the heart of Copenhagen, where we enjoy a welcome dinner and drinks as a group.
Hotel: Radisson Blu, Copenhagen.

Day 8

We spend the whole of this morning exploring the National Museum of Denmark, the country’s largest institute of cultural history. On site we find an impressive collection of artefacts charting all aspects of Viking society, from food and weapons to magic and rituals. Don’t miss its exhibition of silver hoards, as well as the findings of the Mammen grave, a burial site from the Viking era, which features both Pagan and Christian symbolism.

This afternoon we make our way to the tranquil countryside setting of Gammel Lejre, an Iron and Viking Age settlement which was once the home of chieftains and kings. Six sets of stones marking the outlines of ships still stand here, the largest being over 80 meters long. We visit the excavations as well as the site’s enlightening museum, before returning to Copenhagen in the late afternoon.
Hotel: Radisson Blu, Copenhagen.

Day 9

Roskilde Domkirke is our first destination today – a magnificent UNESCO World Heritage church on the island of Zealand, celebrated for being the first Brick Gothic church in all of Scandinavia. We stop next at Vikingeskibsmuseet Roskilde, a museum all about prehistoric and Viking seafaring, within which we find the remains of the Skuldelev Ships – vessels deliberately sunk in the 11th century to block enemy attacks from the sea.

After spoiling ourselves with a buffet lunch, we spend the afternoon on a relaxing bus tour of the capital, stopping at all of its most intriguing and important landmarks.
Hotel: Radisson Blu, Copenhagen.

Day 10

We start the day with a scenic drive to Trelleborg’s modern Museum of the Viking Age. The museum offers a chance to imagine life as it would have been at this well-preserved 10th-century fort – one of just seven Viking ring castles discovered in Denmark and Sweden.

Our second stop of the day is the Vikingemuseet Ladby, where we view a preserved Viking ship contained within the burial mound at which it was originally discovered.

Stopping for lunch at the old-timbered Restaurant Den Gamle Kro – a much-loved inn that dates back as far as the 17th century – we resume our explorations with a walking tour around the city of Odense. It was here, in 1086, that King Canute IV was murdered by uprising peasants – an act which marked the passing of the last of the Viking kings.

We continue to Jelling, seat of the first monarchs of Denmark at the time of the Vikings, and home to the famous Jelling Stones, the runes of which are typically associated with the birth of the Danish nation.

Our final destination of the day is Aarhus, Denmark’s second-largest city, founded on the shores of a fjord in the 8th century, where we check in to our historic four-star hotel.
Hotel: Radisson Blu, Copenhagen.

Day 11

Our eleventh day begins with a tour of Aarhus, taking in its towering cathedral, a 12th-century construction built over the church at which the beloved son of King Canute V, Saint Niels, was laid to rest in 1180. Before leaving the city we also stop at the Vikingemuseet, an underground museum erected on the same spot where Århus was first founded. A treasure trove of displays and artefacts, including a preserved Viking well.

In the afternoon we pay a visit to the Silkeborg Museum, home to the incredible remains of the Tollund Man, a perfectly mummified 4th-century corpse discovered in a peat bog in the 1950s.

We proceed to catch a local ferry, which carries us back across the water to Copenhagen.
Hotel: Royal Hotel, Aarhus.

Day 12

This morning is ours to enjoy Copenhagen at our own pace – its gardens, galleries, museums and shops – before boarding our overnight ferry to Oslo.

Onboard this evening we enjoy a private lecture from our Guide Scholar, followed by an indulgent buffet dinner with the group – a wonderful way to travel between countries, and one which would surely have met with the Vikings’ approval!
Hotel: Overnight ferry.

Day 13

After breakfast onboard we disembark in Norway’s capital, and waste no time heading straight for the Kulturhistorisk Museum, with its stellar collection of over 1,000,000 Nordic artefacts, including original carved standing stones.

Following this, we break for lunch in a contemporary brasserie. Feeling thoroughly fueled, we take an afternoon walking tour of the city, getting to know such sights as the sumptuous Oslo Cathedral, Stortinget – the seat of the Norwegian government – and the City Hall, with its striking 1950s murals.
Hotel: Thon Bristol, Oslo.

Day 14

Our final full day in Scandinavia begins with a drive to the verdant Bygdøy Peninsula, where we stop at the Viking Ship Museum, an attraction housing original vessels and maritime artefacts. Among the many highlights is the Oseberg Ship, part of the largest ship burial ever discovered.

We continue on to the Frammuseet, a fascinating museum which charts the history of Norway’s polar expeditions. Here we step aboard Fram herself, for an in-depth look at the legendary vessel which transported Amundsen on his pioneering voyage to the South Pole.

We also dip into the neighboring Kon-Tiki Museum, which tells us all about Thor Heyerdahl’s daring 1940s voyage across the Pacific Ocean.

After a light lunch at a lovely waterside restaurant, we proceed to the Norsk Folkemuseum, an engaging 19th-century museum which boasts a re-erected 13th-century church, a Medieval farmhouse, and a gripping exhibition on Sámi culture through the ages.

This evening we celebrate our last night together in style, with dinner and drinks at the exceptional DS Louise, a nautical-themed restaurant in the harbor serving superb Norwegian cuisine.
Hotel: Thon Bristol, Oslo.

Day 15

We transfer to the airport and board our return flight home.

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Tour Manager
  3. Local Travel - Private a/c coach
  4. Meals - All meals included
  5. Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
  6. Field Notes
  7. Hotels

Hotel Info

Nobis Hotel, Stockholm

We arrive at our first base for the tour, the Nobis Hotel, in the center of the cultural hub of Stockholm. The hotel gives a fantastic introduction to life in a Scandinavian capital city, with plenty to explore in the evenings, including the old town with its cobbled streets and the Royal Palace. Additionally, and possibly more importantly, the stylish rooms live up to our high standards which we’ve come to expect from contemporary Swedish design, with elegant spaces and plush furnishings giving you a relaxing and enjoyable stay.

Radisson Blu Hotel, Copenhagen

Step into the Radisson Blu’s lobby and be stunned by the beautiful marble spiral staircase and reflective façade. The open and airy spaces, as well as the fresh and modern amenities are guaranteed to leave you feeling refreshed on your stay. The innovative design boasts ‘egg chairs’ in the rooms and suitable amenities for your every need, including high-speed WiFi, minibar, and 24-hour room service… and an insider’s tip, make sure you try the city’s famous bakery right opposite the hotel.

Royal Hotel, Aarhusroyal

This royal hotel is truly fit for a King or Queen. With traditional décor throughout the hotel still retains a luxurious and comfortable feel and invites you to relax surrounded by its plush fabrics and cozy spaces. The hand selected food on the breakfast menu won’t fail to delight either, with a selection of freshly made bread and pastries and meat from local producers.

Thon Bristol Hotel

The Thon Bristol Hotel is in a great location, a short walk from the pedestrian shopping street, seafront and Royal Palace. The historic hotel is comfortable and clean, with all the modern amenities – WiFi, minibar, TV & en-suite. This hotel in the perfect mix of traditional and modern decor in a chic and sophisticated style. The dining room has a grand staircase with beautiful dark wood furnishings and Chesterfield-style seating, however moving through the hotel you’re met with bright colors and flat-screen TVs.

Travel Information

Joining the Tour

There are a few options for joining the tour and we’ll be happy to help or book your international flights for you*

  1. You can choose to join group flights departing from London (connecting flights & transfers available).
  2. You can choose to book your flight directly to your final destination. You can either meet the group flight at the airport arrivals hall or the hotel (transfers available).
  3. You can book your flights on your own, all we ask that you forward your flight details to us as soon as possible after booking.

Connecting flights, additional travel arrangements, and accommodation before or after the tour available on request, for further information just call our office. (*Additional cost applies.)

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