Runriket

A collaboration between Stockholm County Museum and the Täby and Vallentuna municipalities, the tour area Runriket shows the history of the runestones at 9 sites located around the Vallentuna lake. The gateway is located at Jarlabankes bro with an information centre, outdoor exhibition, experience park and a reconstruction of the Viking Age monument.

In a time of intrepid voyages, grand claims to power and a belief in change, this was the place that the Viking woman Estrid and her family called home for several generations. Find out about Östen and his voyage to Jerusalem, Holme who went to fight in Italy, and the great chieftain himself, Jarlabanke – who claimed to be the owner of all Täby.

A thousand years may seem a long time, but in this unique district, ancient history will feel like present day. Nowhere else in the world can boast as many well-preserved runic inscriptions as the area around the lake Vallentunasjön, inscriptions which help bring the characters of the Viking Age back to life.

Inscriptions were often engraved on commission by expert engravers known as “runemasters”. They provide us with detailed information about Viking Age lifestyle. The texts on the stones were frequently tributes to a family member who had passed away. They also allow us an insight into contemporary foreign travel, bridge construction, burial mounds, farms and ownership rights.

Starting at Jarlabankes bro, visitors can enjoy an introduction to Runriket. There is a childrens' playground at  the experience park and and outdoor pavilion exhibition. The scenery around the lake is beautiful and there are several attractive picnic areas near the historical sites.

The tour round the lake can be done on a bike, in a car or by public transport. The entire route is almost 35 km in length. All ancient monuments are clearly marked and additional information about the history and significance of each site is available in English on the numerous information boards. We provide multilingual guides who can describe Runriket in more detail and tailor a tour to your group.

Runriket is a partnership between Stockholm County Museum and the municipalities of Täby and Vallentuna.

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Stockholms County Museum
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Destination Viking Association has already involved partners both in the Scandinavian 'home lands' of the Vikings in the Nordic countries as well as in a number of the lands in the west where Scandinavians settled (the Isle of Man, Orkney and Shetland, Faeroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland and Newfoundland) and some of the Baltic Sea areas with strong Scandinavian impact during the Viking Age (Germany, Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Russia). The partnership is open to new partners and new countries.