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Hwy 89 at Emerald Bay State Park, South Lake Tahoe, CA
+1 530-541-3030
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Built as a summer home in 1929, this grand castle on Emerald Bay is considered one of the finest examples of Scandinavian architecture in the Western Hemisphere.
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  • Very good32%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
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“mile hike” (44 reviews)
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Hwy 89 at Emerald Bay State Park, South Lake Tahoe, CA
+1 530-541-3030
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is a spectacular home built in the 20's with local materials and a Scandinavian flair. The hike is is easy about 1 mike on a forest road. The home sits right on Lake Tahoe at Emerald Bay. There is admission for a tour but...More

Thank calsun99
Reviewed 1 week ago

The parking lot for Vikingsholm is just a short way past the Eagle Falls lot on Hwy 89 north. It is a pretty big lot and I believe there was a $7 parking fee. We (my grown daughter, wife and I) got there before 8...More

Thank danieloW7812SH
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful, interesting tour! The walk down to the mansion was marked with several small waterfalls. The tour guide did a wonderful job pointing out the history and details of the home. Highly recommend!

Thank Pattikin
Reviewed 1 week ago

It is a long walk down to the castle but once you get there its very beautiful. The tour guide was great and after she went through the history of how the house was built and the story behind it, we were allowed to walk...More

1  Thank Heather W
Reviewed 1 week ago

it was a wonderful tour and very interesting. lake tahoe is a beautiful lake and driving around we stumbled on this tour.

Thank Susan L
Reviewed 1 week ago

We lucked out by arriving early (about 10 a.m.) and could find parking at the top of the hill. Lovely walk down to the lake shore and the Vikingsholm. Our tour guide in the home was very informative and fielded our questions with facts. The...More

Thank violincello256
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Getting to Vikingsholm is the hard part. We went on the last guided tour on the last day of the season (Sept 30) and there was no parking anywhere near the trailhead. We parked 3/4 mile away on side of road and then walked to...More

Thank Jessica S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I visited CA from CT last month and one of our favorite adventures from visiting Lake Tahoe was hiking down to see/tour the beautiful Vikingsholm!! Amazing!! The hike down/up from the parking lot is not the easiest - about a mile round...More

Thank ljp2704
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It took a bit of a scary car ride and a mile hike to get to Vikingsholm and it was so worth it. Such a gorgeous house, tour, and knowledgeable fun tour guide. If you are in this area, make the effort. You will not...More

Thank Tamara13
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We hiked down the one mile easy smooth trail. I liked the viking styled cabin and reading about life in the past. A nice waterfall to hike to too. Back up was harder but worth the trip. We brought a lunch and had a wonderful...More

Thank glendag99
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23 January 2017|
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Response from Anita W | Reviewed this property |
I believe so and car parking charge too.
3 January 2017|
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Response from Booksloth | Reviewed this property |
No. I don't think so. Unless maybe across the water if you have a boat. It's a pleasant hike. It's on an old service road so no scrambling.
Ath S
29 December 2016|
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Response from Booksloth | Reviewed this property |
I think you would be very rushed. I would choose one and spend time to enjoy it.