About the Castle
Vikingsholm is noted for its outstanding architecture and scenic location. It represents an era of gracious living. Days at Vikingsholm were not filled with one thrilling event following another. Instead, each day blended into the next in the relaxed, unhurried atmosphere. Mrs. Lora Josephine Knight constructed Vikingsholm in the Scandinavian style because Emerald Bay reminded her of the fjords she visited on trips to that region. Mrs. Knight enjoyed entertaining and had a number of guests visiting during the summer months. Contrary to many stories, Mrs. Knight rarely used the Teahouse on Fanette Island, which she also owned. Vikingsholm is a California and National Historic Landmark.
“We had a great time and were very impressed by the knowledge and enthusiasm of the tour guide. It is nice to see things so well run. Thank you.”
Vikingsholm is available for public tours during the summer months. The 30-minute tours are conducted by the experienced and knowledgable guides of the Sierra State Parks Foundation. Proceeds go towards the restoration and education efforts for Vikingsholm.
May 25-September 30, 2020
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Tours begin every 30 minutes from 10:30am-4pm
$15 for adults
$12 students 7-17 years and with valid college ID/active duty/seniors
FREE: Children under 7 years
Purchase tickets at the Visitor Center just past Vikingsholm. The Visitor Center is open daily during the tour season from 10am-4pm.
SCHOOL GROUP TOURS:
School group tours can be arranged by calling the Sierra State Parks Foundation office at 530.583.9911.
Access to Vikingsholm is via a STEEP one-mile trail from the parking lot located off of Highway 89 or a less steep 1 1/2 mile trail that leaves from the Eagle Point Campground campfire center. Please make sure you are physically able to make the climb back up the hill.
Note: Dogs are not allowed in the Vikingsholm area, including the trails leading into Emerald Bay. Please plan accordingly.
NEW VIKINGSHOLM BY BOAT
The Sierra State Parks Foundation is partnering with Action Water Sports and Cruise Tahoe by offering tour packages to the historic Vikingsholm Castle by water! Cruise the crystal-clear waters of Lake Tahoe and experience the awe-inspiring beauty of Emerald Bay. Then tour the magnificent Vikingsholm Castle, a must-do on your Lake Tahoe adventure list. Skip the hike down and go by boat!
Call California State Parks at 530-525-7232 or email Emerald.BayADA@calparks.onmicrosoft.com to inquire about eligibility and availability.
The Sierra State Parks Foundation hosts several fundraising events during the summer months where guests can drive into Emerald Bay. Visit our event page for more details.