You can travel to Birka from several places along Lake Mälaren. The following shipping companies have tours to Birka; Strömma Kanalbolaget, Rederi Mälarstaden or Museiföreningen Ångfartyget Ejdern. Please read more at the shipping companies’ websites
Tips for traveling from Vårby jetty, Jungfrusund and Rastaholm – here you will find the departure points.
We recommend you who travel from Vårby jetty to be out in good time to find your way down to the jetty.
The pier is located by the cultivation plots and the Viking playground, just a few minutes walk from the bus stop or about 10 minutes walk from the metro station Vårby gård.
Jungfrusund’s jetty can be found at Jungfrusund’s Marina. Behind the Restaurant Jungfrusund’s mini golf you can find the jetty at the end – it’s connected to the sam jetty that the mini golf couse is at.
At the end of the headland at Rastaholms Värdshus is a small wooden jetty which is the departure point for Rastaholm’s jetty.
To find the pier, go through the car park and through one of the boat docks to get to the Rastaholms Värdshus. If you come by bus, we recommend that you are out in good time to find your way to the bridge.
TIP! During the high summer, Birka is a popular destination, to guarantee your place on board the boat, we recommend that you pre-book your ticket.
When you are travelling with Stromma the ticket includes a round trip to Birka, access to the museum and a guided tour of the ancient fields. The boat trip is between 15 min to 2 hours depending on departure pier. The boat from Stockholm also stops at some piers along the route.
During the low season November to April the Museu mand the Restaurant are closed and there are boat traffic to the island. You can explore the island on your own if you have a private boat. You can moor in the guest harbor.
Birka is an island with about 10 inhabitants and most of the island is a cultural reserve and world heritage. This means that you can go wherever you want on the island as long as you: