Tom’s Experience visiting Vikingsholm Castle:
Vikingsholm Castle is located in Emerald Bay. There is a hike down to the castle that can be challenging. It is 1 mile one-way but you drop 450 feet. Coming back can be difficult if you are out of shape. The trail is on an old dirt road that services this Tahoe Castle. Vikingsholm Castle was built by Lora Josephine Knight in 1928.
She wanted her home to reflect the Scandinavian architecture that she had fallen in love with while traveling through Europe. She also created a tea house on Fannette Island where she would take her guests for tea. The tea house has been destroyed but Vikingsholm Castle has been wonderfully preserved.
For a small fee, they offer Vikingsholm Castle tours of the inside of the castle or you can save your money and walk around the outside peering through the windows. There is a large courtyard, the roofs are covered with sod and many other interesting things to view. The trail for Lower Eagle Falls leads you right past Vikingsholm Castle. Dogs are not allowed in Emerald Bay.
Trail Info: The Emerald Bay parking is well marked by the side of the road off of highway 89. There is a fee to park. The trail down to Emerald Bay is well marked and often very crowded.
Emerald Bay Parking: 38.954378,-120.110307
Vikingsholm Castle: 38.952367,-120.106916
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