• Restaurant Särimner at Birka
  • Restaurant Särimner at Birka
  • Restaurant Särimner at Birka

Restaurant Särimner at Birka

  • cafe
  • restaurant

Restaurant Särimner has two lovely outdoor areas – on a wooden deck at the end of the restaurant and in our outdoor garden serving area. The food is made from ingredients that have been produced in the local area – even the beer comes from breweries in Adelsö and nearby...

Restaurant Särimner has two lovely outdoor areas – on a wooden deck at the end of the restaurant and in our outdoor garden serving area. The food is made from ingredients that have been produced in the local area – even the beer comes from breweries in Adelsö and nearby Härjarö.

In 2017, Särimner had a major facelift. In cooperation with Martin “E-type” Erikson, the restaurant has been “Vikingified” and you will be taken on journey 1,000 years into the past, both with regard to the entire experience and your taste buds. Here you will experience grill evenings, enjoy pleasant company and indulge in good food. Some evenings in July will also be arranged with musical entertainment.

 

Opening Hours 2018
28 -29 april 11-16
5 may – 8 june thurs-sun      11-16
9 june – 21 june sun – thurs   11-16
fri – sat         11 – 21
22 june – 12 aug sun – thur     9 – 21
fri – sat         9 – 23
13 aug – 31 aug thurs – sun    11 – 16
fri – sat         11 – 21
1 sep – 23 sep thurs-sun      11-16

 

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Menus 2018

Restaurant Särimner

  • Seasonal vegan soup with bread 115 kr
  • Birkaburger with bread, salad, dressing and pickled red onion and carrot 95 kr
  • Smoked salmon with 4 cereals, roasted roots, and sauce from Bysans 175 kr
  • Moose with 4 cereals, roasted roots, cream sauce, and lingon berries 175 kr
  • Wild bore sausage, med 4 cereals, roasted roots, sauerkraut and mustard 175 kr
  • Shrimpbox with aioli och bread 135 kr

For the little vikings:

  • Pancakes with cream and raspberry jam 75 kr
  • Meatballs with potatoes, cream sauce and  berries 75 kr
  • VIK-INg (like a pasty but better – spinach and feta cheese or pork tenderloin) 70 kr

Desserts:

  • Rhubarb pie and custard 60 kr
  • Spinach cake 40 kr
  • Carrot cake 40 kr
  • Cinnamon roll 27 kr

 

Children 6-12 years half price on the adult menu.

The restaurant is fully licensed. The menu may change during the season.

For reservations or group bookings, email us at sarimner@stromma.se

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  • The Viking Village

The Viking Village

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  • for_families_with_kids

At Birka you can feel like a real Viking, but not in terms of becoming a savage seafarer of course. Here, you can stroll around the Viking houses in our Viking village, which is built exactly as the houses in the Viking Age. You can also visit our skilled craftsmen...

At Birka you can feel like a real Viking, but not in terms of becoming a savage seafarer of course. Here, you can stroll around the Viking houses in our Viking village, which is built exactly as the houses in the Viking Age. You can also visit our skilled craftsmen that are using the same techniques and tools that Birkas residents did once upon a time.

The craftsmen are here during our theme weeks “Vikings at Birka” in July. Take a look at our calendar for more information.

The black soil tells the story of Birka

Since the houses were built of wood is no ruins, but based on previous archaeological excavations and with the help of the so-called black soil, we know quite a lot about how the city was built.
Black soil is traces that the prolonged settlement is leaving in the ground. Within archaeology such areas give a good indication of what the buildings looked like and how long a site has been urbanized.

Vikings housing

During the Viking Age a family of 6-10 people lived in each house. The Vikings earned a living as craftsmen or traders. The houses consisted of one large room where they both lived and slept and one room used as a workshop or storage. To have the whole family in the same room created both safety and warmth.
The houses in the excavated area had a lifespan in between 2.5 to 15 years, which by today’s standards would be an incredibly bad investment. The short lifespan was mostly caused of fires, rot, roof leaks or economic reasons.

Reconstructions

Our reconstructions of Viking houses are based on the knowledge obtained during excavations made on the island and on previous knowledge on house building in the Viking Age.

Everything starts over

In 2006 we started the work with building up the Viking village again. We built one wooden house with switching technique and one house structure using braiding and clay. In 2007-2009, we expanded the urban environment with three new houses built in collaboration with the University of Gotland. In 2010 we started to decorate our houses, and after that, we continued our efforts to build a clear plot structure in the neighborhood. Between the plots are smaller streets and larger passageways down to the harbor-just as the city looked before.

A project driven by passion

The reconstruction work is led by experts and craftsmen and it’s funded by Stömma in collaboration with Gotland University. The group’s mission is to ensure that the reconstructions are in line with current research and archaeological excavations on the island. Our passionate team of experts consists of Björn Ambrosiani, Lena Holmqvist Olausson, Dan Carlsson and Magnus Sjöholm.

Dates/Times

Vikings at Birka 9 july -30 august 2018

  • Museum & shop
  • Museum & shop
  • Museum & shop

Museum & shop

  • shop

You can almost touch history in our Viking museum. In our exhibition you can see ancient wooden objects from the archaeological excavations and exciting maps as well as a lost rune stone that was recently found. In the museum’s permanent exhibition you find detailed models that show how life might...

You can almost touch history in our Viking museum. In our exhibition you can see ancient wooden objects from the archaeological excavations and exciting maps as well as a lost rune stone that was recently found.

In the museum’s permanent exhibition you find detailed models that show how life might have been like for the inhabitants of Birka in the Viking Age. You can also watch archaeological finds and replicas from Birka’s many excavations.

Museum shop

At Birka we know the meaning of memories. Therefore, we selected special gifts and books to bring you fond memories of your visit. In the shop you find exciting books about Vikings and carefully made replicas from the exhibitions.

You can also buy jewelry, glassware and toys or some beautiful items for your home like pottery, jugs, bowls, hooks, ladles, wooden gods and more!

Prices 2018:

When you are traveling with Strömma the ticket includes a round trip to Birka, access to the museum and a guided tour of the ancient fields. Marina Guests receive 20% discount on the entrance if they show receipt from the marina.

Entrance and tour of the ancient fields: Only entrance:
Adult 150 SEK Adult 100 SEK
Children 6-12 years 75 SEK Children 6-12 years 50 SEK
Children 0-5 years free entrance Children 0-5 years free entrance

Contact


+46 (0)8-560 515 40
birka.museet@stromma.se

Opening hours 2018

Dates Times
28-30 April Mon-Fri 11:00-14:30,

Sat-Sun12:00-15:00

1-5 May Closed
6 May – 8 June Mon-Fri 11:00-14:30,

Sat-Sun 12:00-15:00

9 June – 20 June 11:30 – 15:30
21-22 June Closed
23-25 June 11:30 – 15:30
26 June-12 Aug 11:00-17:00
13 Aug- 31 Aug Mon-Fri 11:00-14:30, Sat-Sun 11:00-15:00
1-23 Sept Thurs-Fri 11:00-14:30, Sat-Sun 12:00-15:00
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  • The Monument of Ansgar

The Monument of Ansgar

Ansgar was a missionary who lived during the 800s. He is known as the Nordic apostle since he was the one who brought Christianity here. At Birka you can find the famous Monument of Ansgar that is a memory of his arrival to Sweden.

Ansgar was a missionary who lived during the 800s. He is known as the Nordic apostle since he was the one who brought Christianity here. At Birka you can find the famous Monument of Ansgar that is a memory of his arrival to Sweden.

Sweden and Christianity

It was the Emperor Louis the Pious, who sent hit missionary Ansgar after receiving envoys from the Swedish king. The year was 829, and the King said that there were many in his country who wanted to turn to the Christian faith. It would prove to be a truth with modification.

The first congregation

Ansgar and his assistant monk Witmar formed a first small congregation that year. It was not quite the success that the King predestined and you can, in hindsight, believe that the request was more a friendly gesture to the Christian Emperor.

Assembly dissolved

For unknown reasons the congregation ended up in conflict with the pagan population and dissolved. Ansgar was, therefore, to return to the island in the early 850’s to restore the Christian congregation. However, his mission to Christianize people were a failure, they continued to worship the ancient gods, and Ansgar had to leave Birka once again.

A memory to visit

At the top of Borgberget, inside the ancient castle on Birka, you find the Monument of Ansgar, or the Ansgar Cross as it is also called. This famous landmark was raised in 1834, a thousand years after Ansgar arrived to Birka.

Take a 360°-tour of the monument before your visit.

How to get there?

Directions
The Monument of Ansgar stands on a hill northeast of the harbor. Follow the road until you have passed the museum. Where the road forks, take left and follow the signs to the monument.
  • Café Eldrimner at Birka

Café Eldrimner at Birka

  • cafe
  • restaurant

Just as today, meals played a big role for the Vikings, both for socializing and to feed hungry stomachs of course. Here, at Birka we have restaurant Särimner for those who are a bit hungrier and café for those who just fancy a bit. Café Eldrimner is a perfect stop...

Just as today, meals played a big role for the Vikings, both for socializing and to feed hungry stomachs of course. Here, at Birka we have restaurant Särimner for those who are a bit hungrier and café for those who just fancy a bit. Café Eldrimner is a perfect stop when you are a bit hungry! There is a cozy covered patio and we always try to serve a lot of locally produced food.

At Café Eldrimner you can stop to get cold drinks, coffee or tea, a warm VIKING (meat in bread or spinach and feta cheese on bread), pancakes, freshly baked pastries, ice-cream and much more to satisfy your hunger. This may be needed when you have followed the Vikings’ footsteps all day.

Opening hours 2018
1 july – 12 aug 11-15:30

If you would like to eat at other times you are welcome to Restarurant Särimner who are open

sun-thur 9-21

fri-sat 9-23

 

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  • Guest harbor

Guest harbor

  • boat
  • cafe
  • restaurant

You can of course take your own boat to Birka, and you are welcome to stay and enjoy the island. During the summer season there is fresh water, garbage disposal, shower and toilet, personalized service, change of freezer packs and sale of ice and from July 10 also tobacco sales.

You can of course take your own boat to Birka, and you are welcome to stay and enjoy the island. During the summer season there is fresh water, garbage disposal, shower and toilet, personalized service, change of freezer packs and sale of ice and from July 10 also tobacco sales.

Guest harbor fees 2017

Day: 125 SEK
24 hours: 175 SEK

Please feel free to tie up with the broad side but since it takes up extra space it costs double harbor dues. Note that the current charges, regardless of how long it is moored. The fee is paid at Restaurant Särimner or to one of our port hosts. The fee includes access to toilet and shower and fresh water. Contact the restaurant upon arrival to get the current code. The restaurant is open according to the website, but is flexible in great demand.

Regulations

The water around Björkö belongs to an archaeological area. Therefore, anchoring is forbidden in the bay, and 50 meters from the shore. We want the noise level to be kept down between the 23:00 and 06:00. There are fire restrictions throughout Björkö, but if you feel like grilling there are existing barbecue places adjacent to the marina pier.

Position: 59° 19,8 N 17° 32,5 E
Number of berths: 40
Harbour depth: 1-3 m
Mooring:  Anchor
Harbour host 1: Restaurant Särimner
Harbour host 2: The Birka Museum
Electricity/Water: No/Yes
Emptying latrines: No
Toilet/Shower: Yes/Yes
Diesel/Petrol/LPG: No/No/No
Trailer ramp: No
Boatyard: No
Ground: Selected ground near the pier in SW.
  • Swimming area

Swimming area

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The Vikings were not some dirty savages, as you might think. On the contrary, they were actually unusual clean for this time era and bathed regularly. The story tells about “Saturday bathing” and in Sweden Saturday actually means “bathing day”. Compared to other Europeans who took a bath 1-2 times...

The Vikings were not some dirty savages, as you might think. On the contrary, they were actually unusual clean for this time era and bathed regularly. The story tells about “Saturday bathing” and in Sweden Saturday actually means “bathing day”. Compared to other Europeans who took a bath 1-2 times a year! And then it’s perfect to live on an island!

Here at Birka you find a small beach, so if you pack bathing clothes you can take a dip and cool off after a walk in the archaeological area. And then you are actually bathing in the same water that served as the Vikings bathtub.

And whether you bathed or not, you can always take the opportunity to pause at the Restaurant Särimner or Café Eldrimner located nearby. They serve lunch, coffee, ice-cream and other goodies!

  • Guided tours

Guided tours

The best way to bring the Viking age to life is to join a guided tour around the island. Our knowledgeable guides will show you around the archaeological area and give you a clear picture of the place where the city of Birka once stood. The guided tour is included...

The best way to bring the Viking age to life is to join a guided tour around the island. Our knowledgeable guides will show you around the archaeological area and give you a clear picture of the place where the city of Birka once stood. The guided tour is included if you come with one of Strömmas boats.

During the season we offer several guided tours at Birka. There are of course tours in Swedish, but also one that is tailored to our foreign visitors. The tour is about an hour long and involves a walk of about 1.5 km in varied terrain.
During our theme weeks, we have in-depth archaeology tours that tend to be incredibly appreciated! Current theme tours can be found under Upcoming Events.

Birka tour in English

For foreign guests we have a guided tour of the archaeological area in English. The English tour includes some more basic information than for the Swedish-speaking guests.

All guided tours starts at the museum.

Dates/Times

2018:

June 30 – Aug 12
12:15 Swedish
13:15 English & Swedish
14:15 English & Swedish

Aug 13 – Aug 31 (mon - fri)
11:30 English
12:45 Swedish

Aug 18 – Sep 23 (sat – sun)
12:30 English
13:45 Swedish

Sep 6 – Sep 21 (thur -fri)
11:30 English
12:45 Swedish

Private guide

If you come as a group to Birka, or if you have special wishes, interests or needs, you can hire your very own guide. The guidance takes about one hour. We usually recommend larger parties and groups to hire a private guide. With your own guide you can plan your day at Björkö just as you want! Another advantage with a private guide is that you keep the group together and have a greater chance to ask questions and have a dialogue with the guide.

Price for private guide 2018:
2975 SEK excl. VAT
To book your private guide, please contact us at: +46 (0)8-1200 40 00

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  • The Ansgar Chapel

The Ansgar Chapel

The Ansgar Chapel was built around 1930, one hundred years after the Monument of Ansgar was raised. The chapel is built 1100 years after Ansgars arrival to Sweden. Ansgar was a monk that came to Sweden to Christianize the country. Today the Ansgar Chapel is a summer church, which is...

The Ansgar Chapel was built around 1930, one hundred years after the Monument of Ansgar was raised. The chapel is built 1100 years after Ansgars arrival to Sweden. Ansgar was a monk that came to Sweden to Christianize the country. Today the Ansgar Chapel is a summer church, which is open for individual visits, group visits, weddings and christenings.

The chapel was designed by architect Lars Israel Wahlman and decorated by great artists and architects that made paintings and sculptures that tell of Ansgar’s life and commandments.

The Ansgar Chapel is managed by a foundation and Ekerö parish is responsible for the care.

Take a 360°-tour of the chapel before your visit.

Contact

Ansgarskapellet, Björkö 20, 178 92, Adelsö
+46 (0)8-560 387 00
http://www.svenskakyrkan.se/ekero
ekero.pastorat@svenskakyrkan.se

  • Kids Archaeology 2018

Kids Archaeology 2018

Do you have what it takes to dig up the history? Now you can try out what it’s like to be an archaeologist! We have staged an excavation where you both get to know how an excavation works, and you will get the chance to interpret the findings that emerge.

Do you have what it takes to dig up the history? Now you can try out what it’s like to be an archaeologist! We have staged an excavation where you both get to know how an excavation works, and you will get the chance to interpret the findings that emerge.

Who knows most about the Vikings?
Take the Birka quiz where you can challenge each other with exciting questions about the Vikings and find out who is the Viking expert!

Dates/Times

6 august – 12 august 2018

  • Vikings at Birka 2018
  • Vikings at Birka 2018
  • Vikings at Birka 2018
  • Vikings at Birka 2018

Vikings at Birka 2018

During some weeks in July we invite skilled craftsmen, who work in exactly the same way as the ancient Vikings did. You can stroll around the neighborhood and visit the Viking craftsmen who talk about their work. You can also bake bread (currently not available due to fire ban) and...

During some weeks in July we invite skilled craftsmen, who work in exactly the same way as the ancient Vikings did. You can stroll around the neighborhood and visit the Viking craftsmen who talk about their work. You can also bake bread (currently not available due to fire ban) and try archery.

Dates/Times

9 july – 5 august 2018

  • Departure pier Mälarehamnen Södertälje

Departure pier Mälarehamnen Södertälje

Mälarehamnen is situated in Södertälje, south of Stockholm. The ticket includes a round trip to Birka, access to the museum and a guided tour of the ancient fields.

Mälarehamnen is situated in Södertälje, south of Stockholm. The ticket includes a round trip to Birka, access to the museum and a guided tour of the ancient fields.

  • Departure pier Stadshusbron, Stockholm

Departure pier Stadshusbron, Stockholm

  • boat

Take the boat from central Stockholm. The ticket includes a round trip to Birka, access to the museum and a guided tour of the ancient fields. The boat stops at the piers by Stadshusbron, Nya Kungshatt, Vårby brygga, Jungfrusund and Rastaholm.

Take the boat from central Stockholm. The ticket includes a round trip to Birka, access to the museum and a guided tour of the ancient fields. The boat stops at the piers by Stadshusbron, Nya Kungshatt, Vårby brygga, Jungfrusund and Rastaholm.

Tours with M/S Victoria from Stockholm are guided in both Swedish and English, cafeteria on the boat.

Travel time

2 hours from Stockholm (each way)

Dates/Times

Season: 29 April 2017 - 24 September 2017

Prices

Adult: SEK 395
Children 6-15 years: Half price
Children 0-5 years: For free

The ticket includes a round trip to Birka, access to the museum and a guided tour of the ancient fields.

Contact

Klara Mälarstrand 4, 111 52, Stockholm

How to get there?

Bus Subway Boat
SL 3, 50 and Hop on Hop off busses Cental station Riddarfjärdslinjen (85) from Söder Mälarstrand
  • Departure pier Hovgården

Departure pier Hovgården

  • boat

Hovgården is located on the neighboring island Adelsö, here you find a World Heritage and an archaeology site. From here you can easily get to Birka with boat by Strömma.

Hovgården is located on the neighboring island Adelsö, here you find a World Heritage and an archaeology site. From here you can easily get to Birka with boat by Strömma.

Travel time

15 minutes (each way)

Dates/Times

Season: 01 July 2017 - 13 August 2017
Tour: 3 hours and 30 minutes

Prices

Adult: SEK 280
Children 6-15 years: Half price
Children 0-5 years: For free

The ticket includes a round trip to Birka, access to the museum and a guided tour of the ancient fields.

How to get there?

Bus
312 from Brommaplan
  • Departure pier Rastaholm

Departure pier Rastaholm

  • boat

Rastaholm is situated on Ekerö, it is the last stop before Birka if you took the boat from Stadshusbron. The ticket includes a round trip to Birka, access to the museum and a guided tour of the ancient fields.

Rastaholm is situated on Ekerö, it is the last stop before Birka if you took the boat from Stadshusbron. The ticket includes a round trip to Birka, access to the museum and a guided tour of the ancient fields.

Travel time

30 minutes (each way)

Dates/Times

Season: 28 april 2018 - 23 september 2018
Tour: 4 hours

Prices

Adult: SEK 325
Children 6-15 years: Half price
Children 0-5 years: For free

The ticket includes a round trip to Birka, access to the museum and a guided tour of the ancient fields.

How to get there?

Bus
311 and 312 (bus stop Rastaholm)
  • Departure pier Vårby brygga

Departure pier Vårby brygga

  • boat

Vårby brygga in Huddinge is convenient for those coming from the south side of town. To travel from Vårby select the tour that departs from Stadshusbron. The tour is guided in both Swedish and English, cafeteria on the boat.

Vårby brygga in Huddinge is convenient for those coming from the south side of town. To travel from Vårby select the tour that departs from Stadshusbron. The tour is guided in both Swedish and English, cafeteria on the boat.

Travel time

1 hour (each way)

Dates/Times

Season: 29 April 2017 - 24 September 2017
Tour: 7 hours and 30 minutes

Prices

Adult: SEK 395
Children 6-15 years: Half price
Children 0-5 years: For free

The ticket includes a round trip to Birka, access to the museum and a guided tour of the ancient fields.

How to get there?

Bus Subway
191, 707, 740 Vårby gård and Masmo
  • Departure pier Mariefred

Departure pier Mariefred

  • boat

Travel to Birka from the picturesque city of Mariefred. The ticket includes a round trip to Birka, access to the museum and a guided tour of the ancient fields.

Travel to Birka from the picturesque city of Mariefred. The ticket includes a round trip to Birka, access to the museum and a guided tour of the ancient fields.

Travel time

1 hour (each way)

Dates/Times

Season: 01 July 2017 - 13 August 2017

Prices

Adult: SEK 395
Children 6-15 years: Half price
Children 0-5 years: For free

The ticket includes a round trip to Birka, access to the museum and a guided tour of the ancient fields.

  • Departure pier Härjarö

Departure pier Härjarö

  • boat

Härjarö is a peninsula and a nature reserve located northwest of Stockholm. Härjarö is a good departure point for those who live on the north side of Lake Mälaren and traveling by car. Large parking available.

Härjarö is a peninsula and a nature reserve located northwest of Stockholm. Härjarö is a good departure point for those who live on the north side of Lake Mälaren and traveling by car. Large parking available.

Travel time

1 hour (each way)

Dates/Times

Season: 2 July 2016 - 14 August 2016
Tour: 5 hours and 30 minutes

Prices

Price for boat tours with Strömma.

Adult: SEK 395
Children 6-15 years: Half price
Children 0-5 years: For free

The ticket includes a round trip to Birka, access to the museum and a guided tour of the ancient fields.

  • Departure pier Nya Kungshatt

Departure pier Nya Kungshatt

  • boat

Kungshatt is an island located between Ekerö and Sätra. From here you can hop on the boat that departed from Stadshusbron – and if you are already on the boat, this will be an opportunity to see a gem in Stockholm’s beautiful archipelago.

Kungshatt is an island located between Ekerö and Sätra. From here you can hop on the boat that departed from Stadshusbron – and if you are already on the boat, this will be an opportunity to see a gem in Stockholm’s beautiful archipelago.

Travel time

1 hour and 30 minutes (each way)

Dates/Times

Season: 29 April 2017 - 24 September 2017

Prices

Adult: SEK 395
Children 6-15 years: Half price
Children 0-5 years: For free

The ticket includes a round trip to Birka, access to the museum and a guided tour of the ancient fields.

  • Departure pier Jungfrusund

Departure pier Jungfrusund

  • boat

Beautiful Jungfrusund is situated on Ekerö and it is one of the stops when you take Strömmas boat from Stadshusbron. The ticket includes a round trip to Birka, access to the museum and a guided tour of the ancient fields.

Beautiful Jungfrusund is situated on Ekerö and it is one of the stops when you take Strömmas boat from Stadshusbron. The ticket includes a round trip to Birka, access to the museum and a guided tour of the ancient fields.

Travel time

1 hour and 30 minutes (each way)

Dates/Times

Season: 29 April 2017 - 24 September 2017
Tour: 6 hours and 30 minutes

Prices

Adult: SEK 395
Children 6-15 years: Half price
Children 0-5 years: For free

The ticket includes a round trip to Birka, access to the museum and a guided tour of the ancient fields.

How to get there?

Boat
Car ferry from Slagsta