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.
Now a National and California landmark, 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. All proceeds go towards the restoration and education efforts for Vikingsholm.
May 27-September 30, 2017
June 25-September 4, 2017:
Tours begin every 30 minutes from 10:30am-4pm
May 27- June 24 AND September 5-September 30, 2017
Tours are conducted 10:30 am-3:30 pm and begin on the half hour.
$10 for adults
$8 students 7-17 years and with valid college ID
FREE: Children under 7 years
Purchase tickets at the Visitor Center just past Vikingsholm. Open daily during the tour season from 10am-4pm.
PRIVATE AND SCHOOL GROUP TOURS:
Private (over 20 persons) and 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.
Call California State Parks at 530-525-9530 to inquiry 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.