We meet at the bus station in Sigtuna for a two-hour walking tour. We start at the lakeside where both Harald Hårdråde, who died at Stamford Bridge in 1066, and the Swedish princess Ingegärd married to Yaroslav the Wise of Kiev Rus, set off on trips East and West. We then walk along Sigtuna's main street, the plan of which has changed little from the 10th century. Next stop is the Sigtuna Museum where we can see some of the very many archeological finds from Sigtuna's golden age during the 10th, 11th and 12th centuries. The museum is located at the place where the Viking king Erik the Victorious founded the city in the 970s, making it Sweden's oldest city. We then head off to see the St. Per church from the 11th century, the Church Hill, the St Olof church named after the Norwegian saint Olof who also visited the city, and the Maria Church founded by Dominican monks in 1255. We finish with a horn of mead at the very small Sigtuna Town Hall built in 1744.
I am Sven and my name is mentioned on at least three rune stones here in Sigtuna so I might have been here in a previous life. I have a Ph.D. in Geography and I have lived in Sigtuna for two years. I am interested in local history and I am very knowledgeable about Sigtuna and the area around Sigtuna. I can promise a unique experience, focusing primarily on the history from the 6th to the 12th centuries, including Sigtuna's Viking heritage.
A horn of mjöd (mead) and museum entrance
We will walk along Stora Gatan (Main Street), visit the harbour, walk past the St. Per and St. Olof churches, climb the Church Hill and visit the Maria Church. We will also drink a horn of mead at the main square and visit the Tant Brun coffee shop for a traditional Swedish fika.
TOUR THE VIKING TOWN OF SIGTUNA