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Viking Age Scandinavia

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.

July 9 – 25, 2017 (17 Days)
$7,485 (exc. international airfare)
Single supp: $1,500

July 8 – 22, 2018
17 Days


Tour Description


  • Travel through Scandinavia’s spectacular and varied landscape, and learn how it would come to shape life in the Viking Age
  • Explore the huge royal burial mounds of legendary Viking rulers at Gamla Uppsala, Sweden’s Norse cultic center

  • Enjoy a free afternoon in the Swedish capital of Stockholm to take in some haute cuisine, cutting-edge shops, or culture
  • Stop in Birka and Sigtuna, the market towns from where intrepid Vikings would make the journeys to Russia and Constantinople

Meals: All breakfasts, 10 lunches & 4 dinners


July 9 & 10:
We arrive into Stockholm on Monday and transfer to our hotel.
Hotel: Stockholm.

We begin at the Museum of National Antiquities. We continue to Vasamuséet, home to the Vasa warship built in 1628. We walk through Stockholm’s old town, ‘Gamla Stan’, Here we see Swedish parliamentary buildings, Riddarholmen Church and the Great Square.
Hotel: Stockholm.

July 12: UPPSALA
We start the day in Gamla Uppsala, touring the three huge royal burial mounds that legend attributes to kings Aun, Egil and Adlis. In modern Uppsala we visit Domkyrkan, Sweden’s largest cathedral, and the manuscript room of the University Library.
Hotel: Stockholm.

July 13: BJÖRKÖ
We spend today on the island of Björkö. Here we explore the Viking town of Birka, a UNESCO World Heritage Site founded in 750 CE. Birka greatly benefited from its strategic location and was once an important Viking trading center.
Hotel: Stockholm.

Our morning begins at the Ramsund carvings, which depict several sagas about Sigurd. We visit Anundshög, the largest royal burial mound in Sweden, where standing stones represent ships and a rune stone. Leisure time this afternoon.
Hotel: Stockholm.

July 15: GOTLAND
We travel to the ancient Baltic island of Gotland and spend our day exploring Visby, its historic buildings and Gotlands Fornsal Museum. Most notable among the museum’s collections are the Hall of Picture Stones and the Viking Treasury with its hoard of gold and silver.
Hotel: Strand Hotel ,Visby.

July 16: FROJEL
We tour the town of Visby, including the excavations and medieval church at Frojel. Enjoy an afternoon of free time to explore Visby at your leisure.
Hotel: Strand Hotel ,Visby.

July 17: LUND
After a morning flight to Malmo, we make out way to the historic city of Lund to see its magnificent Cathedral, considered a masterpiece of Romanesque architecture. In the afternoon we cross into Denmark via the Öresund bridge.
Hotel: Radisson Blu Hotel, Copenhagen.

We visit Copenhagen’s National Museum, which displays material covering Danish prehistory, most notably the Gundestrup cauldron. The museum’s ethnographic galleries are among the most important in the world, with many traditional artefacts from Arctic and non-European countries. We tour the city this afternoon, stopping to view Copenhagen’s most important sites.
Hotel: Radisson Blu Hotel, Copenhagen.

We begin in Roskilde and visit the fabulous Roskilde Domkirke and its splendid royal chapels. We continue to the Viking Ship Museum, which houses five preserved ships excavated from Roskilde fjord, and stop in Gammel Lejre, which holds the remains of a Viking ship burial.
Hotel: Radisson Blu Hotel, Copenhagen.

July 20: AARHUS
We stop today at the huge Trelleborg Fort, one of seven Viking ring castles We cross the Great Belt Bridge and continue to Ladby to visit the Ladbyskibet Viking Chief burial. Our last stop is Jelling, to view the burial mound of Viking king Gorm the Old.
Hotel: Royal Hotel, Aarhus.

July 21: AARHUS
Aarhus has been designated a European Capital of Culture 2017 — and rightly so. Our walking tour of the old city begins with the cathedral and includes the Viking Museum. We depart for the Silkeborg Museum, which houses the Tollund Man. If time allows, we will end our day at the Moesgard museum.
Hotel: Radisson Blu Hotel, Copenhagen.

After a morning exploring this famous city, we board an overnight ferry to Oslo.

July 23: OSLO
We begin at the Kulturhistorisk Museum, which houses several magnificent stave church portals. We spend the afternoon walking in the city center, dotted with important landmarks.
Hotel: Thon Bristol Hotel, Oslo.

July 24 & 25: BYGDØY
We visit three museums — Vikingskipshuset, specially constructed to house three 9th century Viking ships; Frammuseet houses the Fram, the ship that carried Roald Amundsen to the South Pole; and the fine Folk Museum. We gather for our farewell dinner on the night of the 24th, flying home on the 25th.
Hotel: Thon Bristol Hotel, Oslo.

We transfer to the airport for flights home or onward travel.




Jul 2017
Prof Kenneth W. Harl

Jul 2018
Prof Kenneth W. Harl

Additional Information

Calendar Year

2017, 2018

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2018 Tour Details

Thoughts about Viking society are evolving. No longer considered just barbarian plunderers and savages, it is now accepted that many Viking raids were focused on trade and meeting foreign mercenaries.


  • Explore the transition from pagan to Christian religion
  • Visit ship and maritime museums with original ship displays

  • Discover a sacrificial bog at the reconstructed village of Lejre


The Vikings were great seafarers, raiders and traders. Far from being a race of barbarians, they presided over an extensive trading network. Travel through the Viking homeland, exploring society’s trade links, burial customs and religious ideals – to discover what it meant to be a Viking. Discover a variety of Scandinavian burial traditions practised by the Vikings through archaeological sites and museum exhibits. The elaborate Viking chief ’s ship burial at Ladby is a particular highlight. Though we may think of Vikings primarily as pagans, they were quick to adopt Christianity and integrate it into existing customs. We also explore churches and temples across the region, discussing the transitional period.