Birka, on the island of Björkö, was the hub of the wealthy area around Lake Mälaren during the Viking era. It was established as a trading post in the 8th century and became an important international port for visitors from near and far. Hovgården, once the royal residence, is just across the bay on the island of Adelsö. This World Heritage Site, Birka and Hovgården, harbours many remains of the people of the Viking era.
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