Ingvar the Far-Travelled

Day 4 - South of lake Mälaren

On the south side of lake Mälaren, I visited no less than 10 runestones or fragments. This was probably the longest day of my runestone rides this summer.

On the lawn of the castle Gripsholm stands the most famous of the Ingvar runestones.

Four of the runestones at the cathedral in Strängnäs are about Ingvar the Far-Travelled. Three of them are incorporated into the cathedral walls. A smaller fragment stands on the lawn in front.

The church in Jädraås was under renovation. The runestone there was protected by a wooden box.

Twitter thread

Route map


Sö 105 - Högstena

Jun 20, 2021

Sö 105 stands next to the road close to Högstena. It was raised by Holmvid in memory of his son Torbjörn who travelled with Ingvar the Far-Travelled.

Sö 107 - Balsta

Jun 20, 2021

This runestone, Sö 107, stands next to the road from Eskilstuna to Kjula.

Sö 108 - Gredby

Jun 20, 2021

Sö 108 is a carved runestone that stands next to Sö 107 and Sö 109 near Balsta.

Sö 179 - Gripsholm

Jun 20, 2021

This is one of our most famous runestones. It stands outside the Gripsholm castle in the town Mariefred by the lake Mälaren.

Sö 277 - Strängnäs

Jun 20, 2021

To the left side of the main entrance of the Strängnäs cathedral, the runestone fragment Sö 277 is built into the wall.

Sö 278 - Strängnäs

Jun 20, 2021

Sö 278 is yet another runestone fragment used as part of the wall of the cathedral in Strängnäs. The material is brown sandstone.

Sö 279 - Strängnäs

Jun 20, 2021

The runestone fragment Sö 279 is not used as part of the wall of Strängnäs cathedral, but stands freely close to the main entrance.

Sö 281 - Strängnäs

Jun 20, 2021

The runestone Sö 281 was found in Strängnäs cathedral where it was used as a doorstep. When it was found in 1863, it was instead incorporated into the church wall.

Sö 335 - Ärja church ruin

Jun 20, 2021

Just a few kilometers from Gripsholm castle lies the Ärja church ruin where there are two runestones. One of these is an Ingvar runestone, Sö 335.

Sö 96 - Jädraås

Jun 20, 2021

Sö 96 was set in the door to the sacristy of the church in Jäder. Now it stands next to the church together with Sö 97 which was also found in the church.