Explore the Viking Age on a day tour from Stockholm

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Guided Viking history tours of the Swedish countryside

Visiting Stockholm and keen to explore Viking history? The Swedish capital is the perfect departure point for you to discover the ancient settlement of Granby, the site of a former Viking farm, original stones carved with mysterious inscriptions whose real meaning was only known to those who lived here nearly 1,000 years ago. Your excursion into Sweden’s fascinating past is easy with STOEX, the tour company that arranges an easy pick-up from your hotel and drops you back again.

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Tour highlights

Journey through a captivating array of historical sites that bring Sweden's rich Viking and medieval heritage to life.

31 OCT
The runestones speak of a time when bridges were built not only to span physical gaps but also to bridge the realms of the living and the divine.
Who was Jarlabanke? And why did he build a bridge?

Just north of Stockholm lies the work of a powerful local aristocrat from over 1,000 years ago, Lord Jarlabanke. A bridge and the carved runestones he commissioned form an essential Viking attraction easily accessible from Stockholm.

31 OCT
Located in Granby near Stockholm, the Granbyhällen runestone holds the record as Sweden's longest rune carving, rich with tales of the Viking family who once resided there.
Experience an authentic Viking longhouse and explore a historic Norse farmstead

Sketched in the 1700s for its intriguing runestone and later excavated in 1989, the Granby site with its Viking longhouse remnants has fascinated history enthusiasts for centuries.

31 OCT
Five remarkable Viking women challenge traditional gender roles, showcasing their significant contributions to history, from warfare to exploration and diplomacy.
Five fabulous and fiery Viking women

Both traditional and contemporary depictions of Vikings are often dripping with hypermasculinity. However, we lift the veil (and the misogyny) to reveal some of the most colorful, powerful, and interesting Viking women whose stories continue to inspire us in the modern world.

31 OCT
The Royal Mounds in Old Uppsala date back to the 5th and 6th centuries, making them one of Sweden's oldest national symbols.
The mysterious mounds of Old Uppsala

Do they contain the remains of Norse gods? Swedish royalty? Set atop a dramatic ridge, the burial mounds of Old Uppsala have fascinated visitors for centuries.

31 OCT
Close to Stockholm, Arkils tingstad represents a key Viking Age assembly location, characterized by its stone structure and two inscribed runestones detailing local history.
What does a bunch of stones have to do with the origins of Swedish democracy?

Whilst popular depictions portray Vikings as mindless barbarians with bloodlust for pillaging and plunder, many also participated in the creation of laws, rules, and governance. These efforts helped lay the early foundations of democracy throughout the Nordic region.

31 OCT
The ruins of St. Olof's Church in Sigtuna bear witness to the town's transformation from a Viking trading post to a Christian center in the 11th century.
Builders, not destroyers: How did Vikings help develop Europe's towns and cities?

Historians have often overlooked the significant role that Viking societies played in the establishment of towns and cities throughout Northern Europe.

Plan Your Visit

Our fluent English-speaking guides share their expert knowledge of Viking heritage on nine-hour tours – you can count on a full day’s Viking getaway! Visit Viking sites in the Swedish countryside, Sigtuna’s Old Town, and Uppsala withits historic burial mounds and cathedral. Tours are year-round.

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Why STOEX?

  • Small-group experience for a more personalized tour.
  • Visit landmarks such as Uppsala Cathedral.
  • Insightful commentary on Sweden’s history and modern society.
  • Enjoy a hassle-free day with all transportation and logistics taken care of.
  • Comfortable seating and ample legroom in an air-conditioned minibus.
  • Discover hidden gems and local insights not found in guidebooks.
  • Gain recommendations for the rest of your stay in Stockholm.
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STOCKHOLM EXCURSIONS STOEX

Your Stockholm Viking experts

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Authentic, personal Swedish experiences off the beaten track in the countryside around Stockholm

STOEX invites you to a journey beyond the ordinary. Our mission is to provide unparalleled experiences that connect you with the heart and soul of this cultural historic landscape. We offer small-group and private tours that unveil hidden stories, off-the-beaten-path landscapes, and the warmth of authentic Swedish life at our local farm partner in Vallentuna north of Stockholm.

Address Orkesta-Granby, SE – 186 94 Vallentuna, SWEDEN

Email info@stoex.com

Web www.stoex.com

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Our story

For over 15 years, we’ve passionately shared Sweden’s captivating history with the world. Founded by Lise, who has a deep love for her rural Stockholm community, our mission is to connect international explorers with the beauty of the northern Stockholm region. From our humble beginnings, we’ve crafted tours that breathe life into bygone eras, led by certified guides who unveil medieval towns, ancient ruins, Viking sites, and landscapes steeped in history. With countless rave reviews, we’re the top tour operator in the region, exclusively focusing on experiences beyond the city.

Our values

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Educational Focus

Our tours aim to educate guests about Swedish history and culture. Our guides provide factual information while allowing for personal interpretation and humor when appropriate.

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Anti-Mass Tourism

We prioritize small-group tours to maintain a sustainable impact on northern Stockholm communities. We aim to avoid overcrowding at historic sites, ensuring a calm and immersive experience for our guests.

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Local Community Development

Our long-term vision involves partnering with local businesses to contribute to community development. STOEX’s tours already support local towns and villages, where guests can enjoy local dining and purchase handmade crafts from independent shops.

TVH
Educational Focus

Our tours aim to educate guests about Swedish history and culture. Our guides provide factual information while allowing for personal interpretation and humor when appropriate.

TVH
Anti-Mass Tourism

We prioritize small-group tours to maintain a sustainable impact on northern Stockholm communities. We aim to avoid overcrowding at historic sites, ensuring a calm and immersive experience for our guests.

TVH
Local Community Development

Our long-term vision involves partnering with local businesses to contribute to community development. STOEX’s tours already support local towns and villages, where guests can enjoy local dining and purchase handmade crafts from independent shops.