The viking town
What do we know about Birka?
Excavation and research at Birka has been going on for
at least 150 years. Initially, most focus was on the
large number of burial mounds, but later on Birka's town
area and Borg, the defense area.
We know that the city of Birka was here
from about 750 to 970 but still only a small part of
Birka has been excavated and much more remains to be
Excavation of bridge foundation in 2015
Traces of extensive trade and intensive
crafts have been found in the urban area. Birka's
protected location in the middle of Lake Mälaren (which
was then a deep bay to the Baltic Sea) had an intensive
network of contacts to the east, to present-day Russia.
Via the rivers in Russia, they went all the way down to
the Black Sea and the rich city of Constantinople
(present-day Istanbul). Expensive commodities such as
silk, silver and carnelian and much more were imported
Once the goods from the east arrived
in Birka, they were highly sought after. Together with
local goods and handicrafts, Birka became a very rich
and well-known trading place that attracted many
The fact that Birka was at the same time in the middle
of the fairway to Old Uppsala, the Nordic region's most
important cult and meeting place, made the city even
more well-visited. On their way to and from Old Uppsala,
many stopped at Birka to eat, rest, shop and get news.
Are there older traces of Birka?
In recent years, traces of the time before the Viking
Age have been discovered, Vendel Age. Several larger
hall buildings have been located northeast of the town
and many unusually large cup marks in the northern part
of the burial field "Hemlanden", one of the world's
largest Viking-era burial fields.
No research of these sites has been
performed yet. An uncertain dating, however, suggests
that there may have been activity in the area as early
as the 5th century.
As a visitor to Birka, I recommend that
you go to Hemlanden, Kugghamn and Korshamn. It is not
only beautiful and exciting areas with very few
visitors, it is probably in this area that future
research and new discoveries about Birka will take
The nature on Birka
Birka is a rural idyll with cows and sheep in the
pastures. The forests with their grave fields are today
very beautiful and peaceful with a rich flora and fauna.
I recommend that you bring binoculars, a bird book and
an herb book.
Find your peace!
If you need to change environment for a while, get fresh
air and harmony in body and soul and at the same time be
inspired by exciting history, Birka is the place to go.
If you go with me, I make sure you find exactly what you
are looking for. I will be your personal guide even if I
only take care of the crossing. With me, it is you who
decides the time you want to be at Birka.
Ending the day at Birka with friends
up on Borg on the sun-warmed cliffs at sunset is a
memory for life. Don't forget the well-stocked picnic
Visit the entire World Heritage Site!
If you go to Adelsö and then
go with me over to Birka, you can see the entire World
Heritage Site, both Birka and Hovgården and also the
Checklist before the
Well stocked picnic
Extra water is recommended.
Binoculars, bird book
and herb book.
Birka's nature surprises so be ready.
Clothes that suit the
Good shoes are important, the terrain is partly hilly.
rainwear, extra sweater and blanket to sit on.
Convenience at Birka
On Ångholmen on western Birka is the island's
concentrated visitor area. During the tourist season,
there is a toilet, restaurant, museum and Viking ship
and house reconstructions here as well as children's
activities and a small swimming area. If you have your
own boat, there is a guest jetty.
During the tourist season,
various activities take place on Ångholmen during the
day. In the evenings, the restaurant is usually open and
a few times every summer there is a wild boar barbecue
with viking-inspired entertainment.
Take me to Birka!
The crossing takes place from Lindby bridge on southern
Adelsö. You get an overall guide and my detailed guide
booklet. The guide folder is designed so that you can
easily guide yourself all over the World Heritage Site.
No time limit!
You explore Birka in peace and quiet and stay there as
long as you wish. When you want to return, you book a
pick-up about 30 minutes in advance.
I take 8 people in the boat and run round trips if there
are more of you. Life jackets are available to borrow.
If you have your own car,
you park it in the Runestone park.
The walk down to the jetty is 900 meters.
Call 30 minutes in advance for pickup.
Tel: 070-776 48 22
Start fee SEK 300 + SEK 150
per person, round trip.
(Example: 2 people SEK 600 (300 + 150 + 150)
You can also book me as your private guide at Birka as a
Price: SEK 1,500 per hour.
Phone: +46 70 776 48 22
You can cancel the trip at any time for no reason and
free of charge.