Vikingsholm Castle, Emerald Bay – Lake Tahoe

The Vikingsholm Castle is in one of the most photographed places in the world, Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe. Its location is not publicly accessible by car. Visitors must either take the two-mile, steep hike down from the highway or come by boat. And boating to the Vikingsholm Castle is one of our specialties at Lake Tahoe Boat Rides.

Emerald Bay Boat tour

Vikingsholm Castle, Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe

Our private powerboat tours have the option to drop you off at the pier in Emerald Bay. * Here, you can either go on the tour inside the Vikingsholm Castle put on by the California State Parks** or your Captain can anchor the boat and come meet you to continue the tales of Emerald Bay he started as you got here.

The history of Emerald Bay, the construction of the Vikingsholm Castle, and of Laura Knight is not only intriguing, but one that actually turned out well in the end. Our Captains don’t want us to spoil the fun of hearing these stories in person, so we can’t tell you anymore yet. You’ll just have to book a private boat tour with Lake Tahoe Boat Rides and hear it for yourself.

Giant Pine Tree near the Vikingsholm Castle

Giant Pine Tree in Emerald Bay

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Lower Eagle Falls in Emerald Bay

Emerald Bay Boat Tour - Vikingsholm

Fannette Island and the Tea House in Emerald Bay

Which tour do we recommend?

If you can make it work, our 4 hour, ½ day tours are the best! This gives you a good amount of time to spend in Emerald Bay as well as more time to either participate in watersports or to continue your sightseeing boat tour for more amazing places of Lake Tahoe. Hiking to the base of lower Eagle Falls or up to the top of Fannette Island to the tea house can also be done in Emerald Bay. These are dependent on weather conditions, time available, and your own ability level. You may even have to get in the water in order to get to the Island and the tea house.

Contact us today to make your reservation at 530-545-1223 or email

*Drop offs on the pier in Emerald Bay are subject to the condition of the dock and your own ability level to get on and off the boat.

**Please see the official Vikingsholm Castle website for up to date information. For 2020, they are reported to be open for tours from May 23rd – September 30th from 10:30am – 4:30pm with tours every 30 minutes. Tours can take up to 18 people at a time. Rates are $10 for adults and $8 children. Lake Tahoe Boat Rides is not responsible for inaccurate information. Please check with the California State Parks to confirm tour availability at their website here.

**Due to COVID-19 the Vikingsholm Castle tours may not be operational this year. However, our Captains are very experienced and wonderful tour guides that will give you a wonderful history tour in Emerald Bay and can walk you around the outside of the Vikingsholm Castle.

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