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Best Viking Museums in Europe

Most notably known for their sea travels and trade across Europe, Vikings had fascinating expeditions throughout their existence. If you translate the word from Old English, it will literary mean “pirates”. That is true in many ways, as they were exploring the world in their longboats while fighting in battles and wars. Typically, their lives are described in a romantic way, but it is important to remember that they were not just peaceful traders and villagers. In many cases, they were ruthless warriors fighting in wars. Yet their culture is fascinating to many, as they have influenced a lot of the great European countries, such as Britain and France. The period, greatly attributed to great Viking explorations is referred to as the Viking Age.

The rich heritage is truly breathtaking, which is why millions of people visit Viking attractions each year. In case you want to find out more about this great sea travelers, visit one of the Viking Museums, there is a number of those around the globe. Originally, they came from Scandinavia, so unsurprisingly this area is filled with Viking Attractions.

The Viking Ship Museum in Oslo

Located in Oslo, Norway. If you easily get excited about Viking longboats, this museum is a place to go to for you. The exhibit features a number of ships, one of which is The Oseberg Viking Ship. Additionally, the museum has the best-preserved ship in the word. Its name is The Gokstad Viking Ship.

Inside, you can see a film specifically tailored to educate viewers on the Viking longboat history. You can view the film while visiting the regular exhibition, it is shown three times a day. After seeing it, you will know how the boats were built and further used to travel around the world.

Overall, the museum tells a great story about the Viking history to its visitors. It is breathtaking, so it will not be a waste of time to go there. It features many Viking artifacts and attractions that will give you a new perspective on their history.

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Oseberg Ship
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Lofotr Viking Museum

Located in Vestvågöy, Norway. The most unusual in this list, this is a reconstruction of a village! Located on an island, it is isolated from an outside world to give you a real sense of the Viking lifestyle. This museum is most defiantly worth visiting, especially if you plan on going with kids as they will not forget it.

The museum is located at the actual site where Vikings used to live. The archeologist has discovered the area, and after their studies were over – the museum opened its doors to the visitors. There are two permanent exhibitions in the village. Both feature unique Viking artifacts from the era.

In this museum, you are encouraged to explore the area. You can walk around the site to enjoy the landscape. If you wish, you are welcomed to look around the houses, most of which were rebuilt, yet they give a great understanding of the Vikings’ life. Finally, you can go on board of an actual ship. This Viking Museum will give you an experience of a lifetime.

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Reconstructed long-house at Lofotr Viking Museum
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The Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde

Located in Roskilde, Denmark. It is the country’s national museum, dedicated to ship craftsmanship. The Viking longboat exhibit is not the only one in the museum, but it is defiantly the most significant one. It features five ships, discovered by archeologists. Some of those are cargo ships, while others were built to participate in wars.

However, the most interesting about this museum is that it offers a training on how to sail a Viking ship. This is not a theoretical course in any way. The participants go on board of an actual boat to get the hands-on experience. It is a full day course, filled with loads of information about sailing.

Another interesting experience that the museum offers is the evening boat trip. It is a tour on a traditional boat. The instructor on the boat will tell you about the ship history, and you will get to participate in a ship sail setting.

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A view of the Viking Ship Museum from the Roskilde Fjord
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Ribe Viking Center

Located in Denmark. Archeologists are still working here on discovering new Viking artifacts. This museum offers a lot of experiences for its visitors. There are many sights and reconstructions you can visit here. Most notably, you can visit an old church built back in the 10th century. Inside, there are many artifacts made out of carved wood.

Ribe Viking Center offers “warrior training” for kids. This is a fun and playful activity with a little bit of educational purpose for children aged seven to thirteen years old. Additionally, you can visit the International Viking Market there. Offering a great experience, this site was designed to give a sense of ancient markets. Here you can meet craftsman and warriors, all dressed up for the occasion.

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Ribe Viking Centre
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Jorvik Viking Centre

Jorvik Viking Centre is located in York, England. The exhibit is fully dedicated to showcasing Viking lifestyle. It consists of multiple mannequins and dioramas. The museum gives a great understanding of the everyday life of Vikings. There is a time capsule and a tour around a reconstructed village that you can witness.

The museum is filled with many Viking artifacts. Overall, there are more than eight hundred things, discovered by archeologists. The most notable one is the Coppergate Helmet, one of the six of its kind that we can see today.

There is an annual festival, organized by the museum. It takes place in February, usually in the second week of the month. It is designed to resemble traditional ancient festivals and features battle reenactments.