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Stockholm & The Vikings
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This tour offers you an insight into the lives of the most feared warriors of old times, the famous Vikings, without missing the highlights of Stockholm.
Start with a drive to Stockholm, where you'll visit Vikingaliv - a museum for the entire family based on historical facts that are presented in an instructive, fun and interactive way.
Ragnfrid's Saga is an 11-minute-long ride where you are taken on a journey through life in the Viking Age year 963. The trip begins in Frösala Gård, home to Ragnfrid and her husband Harald; then you get to follow them on a journey out in the world.
Visit the exhibition where, based on the latest archaeological and historical findings, you'll see what the Viking Age might have been like. You can learn about the role of children and women, how people lived, what they cultivated and ate, and how they travelled. You'll see the impact of the slave trade, looting in the West, and religious practices. You'll even meet a life-size Viking, created using DNA from bones preserved at the Sigtuna Museum.
In the old town, the historic elegance of the exterior of the imposing Royal Palace contrasts starkly with the narrow, twisting alleys and cobbled stone streets at the foot of the Palace walls. As you wander with your guide, take in the bohemian atmosphere and the sense of age and history in houses, which date from the 15th and 16th centuries, with their baroque doorways and rusting coats of arms. You will see the Great Square (Stortorget) - the hub of the Old Town, on which the Stock Exchange, now the home of the Swedish Academy, stands and the narrowest street - Mårten Trotzigs gränd.
Your guide will also draw your attention to a very specific Viking object that can be found there - a runestone hidden away in one of the buildings. After, enjoy nearly 1 1/2 hours of free time for lunch or shopping.
An orientation drive through the city takes you past the Opera House, National Museum, Diplomat Town and the fashionable district of Ostermalm before reaching the Historical Museum and its famous Viking exhibition.
The Gold Room features some of Sweden's oldest gold objects from the Bronze Age, the famous gold collars from the Migration Period and silver and gold from the Viking era. The Middle Ages are represented by the Elizabeth Reliquary from Marburg, the Dune Treasure, which is the largest Medieval treasure in Europe, and the magnificent Gold Brooch from Motala River, to name just a few items. The objects illustrate the often staggering skill of ancient goldsmiths.
Another very interesting part of the museum is the Viking Room, which you will also visit. The Vikings are probably most famous for their warlike rampages and longships. But warring was not the only purpose of their journeys. These Northmen were also traders who established far-reaching contacts in different parts of the world. Thousands of objects can be seen in the museum's exhibition and many of them bear witness of contacts with other cultures. After the visit to these rooms you will have a few minutes of free time to browse in the souvenir shop or you might want to explore the Gothic Room on your own.
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Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.
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