Nynashamn (Stockholm), Sweden
In the Footsteps of the Vikings
Local Sightseeing, All
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Nynäshamn boasts a beautiful countryside, vibrant town center and magnificent views of the sea from the mainland. A short motorcoach drive is your opportunity to take in the beauty of this petite city. You will take Strandvägen Road, with its magnificent views of the archipelago, and stop at the Nature Reserve of Lövhagen to learn a little about Swedish flora and fauna.
Follow the paths of the Vikings to discover the 27 rune stones in the municipality of Nynäshamn. Some can be traced back to the 11th century -- the very apex of the Viking Age. Rune stones are not gravestones, as many believe; rather, they were created in memory of ancestors. Take a photo of these intricately-carved works of art -- a wonderful way to remember your visit to Nynäshamn
Your guide will tell you about the Vikings and the adventures of Viking Toste who, in 1036, made the decision to join a Viking expedition to the Caspian Sea (from which he never returned). You'll stop at the Stone of Toste, situated in the forest and just a short walk from the coach.
By the 11th century, paganism was dying out in the wake of Christianity. You will visit the Ösmo Church, originally built in the 12th century but substantially renovated in the 14th century. When you step inside, you'll see beautiful paintings created by Albertus Pictor, considered the most celebrated church painter of the Middle Ages. It is in this spot where the noted Swedish author August Strindberg gave trial sermons in the 19th century.
You will also visit the small marina at Nynashamn before returning to the pier.
This tour covers Nynäshamn and the immediate surrounding areas only; it does not visit Stockholm. The terrain is gravel at the church. Inside church visit(s) may not be possible if religious services are being held.