The five Viking ships


During the late Viking Age, a system of barriers are established on Roskilde Fjord, making it possible to control the sea routes to one of Denmark's great royal and ecclesiastical cities.
Three worn-out ships are towed out to the narrowest point, just outside the village of Skuldelev. The ships are filled with stones and sunk in Peberrenden, the most direct route to Roskilde. the sailing channel. After twenty years, the barrier is reinforced with two more ships. An effective defence system is created.

A thousand years later an iron cofferdam is driven into the seabed around the barrier. One of the most significant excavations in Denmark can begin...


The oldest part of the Museum, the Viking Ship Hall, is constructed as a showcase around the five Viking ships, found in Roskilde Fjord. Together, they provide a unique perspective on Viking Age maritime culture: shipbuilding, seamanship, trade, defence and warfare - and the ability to journey far and wide and explore new horizons.
A raw architectonic simplicity enhances the ship's lines and aesthetic. And a
giant window and sweeping views over the fjord creates a background, that are connecting the ships to the water, once again.
The experience is undisturbed and gives room for immersion and fantasy.

The permanent exhibitions unfolds this historically diverse and illustrative find: what were the ships used for a thousand years ago? Which role did they play in the Viking Age society? And how was life on board?

See film from the Sea Stallion voyage to Dublin, dress up as a Viking and go onboard at trading ship and a war ship.