Birka : A Viking Village

Our friends from England left today, and we have been busy the last few days doing some trips. Yesterday was a particularly good one, and one which we had never before done with the kids – Birka, the viking village.

One of our friends from England is currently being home educated, and is doing a project on the vikings, so it seemed like a fantastic chance for him – and all the kids had a great time.

Getting the boat from Stockholm took almost 2 hours, upon which was an English (and Swedish) narrator, who told us about the history of ‘Birka’, and about some of the historical events which happened on the surrounding sea and it’s islands. The island itself housed a fantastic museum, life-sized reconstructions of viking buildings and viking boats, and in the summer months it also has viking crafts and guided tours available (some especially for children).

The kids enjoyed playing in an old rowing boat when we first got off the boat...

The museum housed many fantastic model viking villages, as well as treasures found, and a film for children about archaeology...

... and viking shields, spears and swords...

The reconstruction of a (life sized) village was great fun to look at...

... as were the viking boats...

Dressed up characters gave guided tours and talked about their lives in viking times...

... some more ghastly than others....

You could have a lesson in archery (Leon succeeded in 'shooting' the middle three times!)...

... or make a viking coin...

Alternatively, watch a viking preparing her skins at the 'market'....

...or see the blacksmith at work...

And if all else fails, there's a little beach where the kids enjoyed a swim (and Alfie enjoyed a sleep!) before the boat came in to pick us up...

A wonderful place to visit on a warm summers’ day !

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One thought on “Birka : A Viking Village

  1. A wonderful place to visit indeed! My sweetie and i would have loved to have joined you! We have never outgrown our childhood fascination for Vikings.

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