Discover the old Viking and Vendel site Valsgärde and try out to row a Viking boat!
Guided tour in Swedish prehistory and the Viking age on the one of most historically significant burial sites and boat inhumation graves in Sweden – Valsgärde. The site is situated approximately three kilometers north of Old Uppsala (Gamla Uppsala) and approximately 14 kilometers from Uppsala City. Tour is ideal if you want to experience a part of the most exciting part of Swedish history in approximately two hours.
Go back in time and listen to the stories about the Viking and Vendel age, their society and the Fyrisån river that was an important communication and transport way long back in the history. As you are going to be able to see for yourself from tumuli, the river connects Valsgärde with other historically important places such as Old Uppsala church (Gamla Uppsala kyrka), which was the seat of the Archbishopric of Sweden to the 1273, and boat inhumation graves nearby, Uppsala Cathedral (Uppsala domkyrka), and much more. From Uppsala City, Fyrisån runs all the way to the Lake Mälaren.
Together with our expert guide you are going to continue unveiling the mysteries of the Viking and Vendel age on the way to, and in the Viking boat itself, and experience how to row in a Viking boat!
This tour is a part walk part boat tour.
The tour begins with gathering in the parking lot with Sport Adventure Travels. Once everyone has arrived you can dress as a Viking (optional). From this place we are going to take a walk (approximately 800m) to the Valsgärde with our guide. After approximately one hour, we are going to continue listening to our guide and walking to the boat. Before we get on the Viking boat, you are required to wear a life jacket while aboard (under the Viking clothes).
During this adventure you are going to have a rare opportunity to experience rowing a Viking boat and navigating through the beautiful nature of Fyrisån. You can choose to either row yourself or just sit and enjoy nature and historical stories. We row on the Fyrisån for about 30 minutes. Our guide welcomes all your questions!
After the experience, the group can stay on our terrace with free FIKA!
Please make sure to arrive at least 10 minutes before meeting time. Guided tours have to run when scheduled!
Participation conditions: You are going to row through calm waters and no prior experience is required for this tour.
Date and time: from May to September 2023
Place: Fullerö Ensta 115, Valsgärde, Fyrisån
Start/end location: Sport Adventure Travels, Fullerö Ensta 115, Google Maps
Duration: 2 hours
Number of people: min – 6, max – 10
Age: from school age
What’s Included: Viking boat, Viking clothes, life jackets
With us you can: change, leave your excess things, use the toilet, park your vehicle, pour the water, have a coffee.
To take into consideration: shoes for walking in nature, water bottle (can be refilled on site), sunglasses, sun cream, clothing for bad weather (depending on the weather), umbrella, caps, mobile phone protection, food
Fika: included in the price
Weather: guided tour will be held regardless of weather conditions. More info
Instructions: instructions in rowing technique and safety before and during the trip
Parking: available at the address
Price: SEK 750 for adults, SEK 600 for students and pensioners
How to get here:
– By car from Uppsala: 2 km after Gamla Uppsala turn left at the Sport Adventure Travels and Valsgärde sign.
– From Storvreta/E4: turn right about 1 km after Fullerö Handel at the Sport Adventure Travels and Valsgärde sign.
– By bus: bus 110 and 823 leave from Uppsala Central Station or look in the UL or SL app. Get off at Ensta stop, walk 800m.
– There is a possibility for transportation from the bus station to the location. Car transport option only by agreement.
LARGE GROUPS – BUSES – the possibility of arrangement for groups of up to 20 people in the same period, contact the provider on email email@example.com or call 0046 (0)72 3245 832, 0046 (0)73 5302 484.
You can cancel up to 48 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
For a full refund, you must cancel at least 48 hours before the tour’s start time. If you cancel less than 48 hours before the tour’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded. Any changes made less than 48 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted. Cut-off times are based on the local time tour’s start. The tour is going to be held regardless of weather conditions. If it has to be canceled due to extreme poor weather which may endanger the safety of the group, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund. This experience requires a minimum number of participants. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund. Additional info confirmation will be received at time of booking.