News from the Viking Ship Museum

The Viking Ship Museum writes news about current topics we work with at the museum.

Here you can find stories about the boatbuilders' new building projects at the boatyard, the marine archaeologists' excavations and research results as well as information on current exhibitions and activities.

News from is archived by year and can be found by searching in the search box or clicking on the current year in the list under archived news.

Armed with spears and shields, the trial participants leave the ship by jumping over thegunwale in the forebody of the ship and then run ashore – Fotos: Catherina Sahl.

Knowledge: Viking-Age seaborne military operations

Published 30th Mar 2020

Seaborne military operations were a trademark of Scandinavian Viking warriors. These operations were characterized…

Information regarding COVID-19

Published 17th Mar 2020

At the time of writing, the conference is not affected by injunctions or prohibitions from Danish authorities.…

[Translate to english:] Kom med på en unik tur på Roskilde Fjord

Evening boat trips 2020

Published 27th Mar 2020

Genuine sailing experience in a traditional, Nordic boat with oars, sail - and with the scent of wood tar in the…

The programme is ready – registration is open!

Published 15th Jan 2020

We are pleased to announce that the program for NKM IV is finalised (subject to change). Look forward to two-three…

Submission form error and deadline extension

Published 09th Dec 2019

We are sorry to inform you that there has been yet another error in the form for submission of conference…

New course: 'Fish and eat'

Published 02th Dec 2019

The Viking Ship Museum offers a new course in Viking Age fishing, where you will have the opportunity to try out…

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Free Guided tour in English: Canceled due to COVID-19

Published 30th Oct 2019

The Viking Ship Museum offers daily guided tours in English every day. The guided tours are free once you’ve bought…

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Error in submission form

Published 11th Sep 2019

Unfortunately, we have been notified that the form you used to submit your contribution is not working correctly.

The Viking ships have made their mark in the Nordic, maritime culture. Today's Nordic, wooden boats are still being built based on the same tradition as in the Viking Age.

UNESCO ICH Nordic clinker boat nomination

Published 02th Jul 2019

Nomination for the inscription of Nordic Clinker Boat Traditions on UNESCOS Representative List of the Intangible…

In 2016, the Viking ship 'Skjoldungen' conducted an experimental journey along the west coast of Greenland. This year's experimental journey is about 775 nautical miles, from the Sognefjord area in Norway to Roskilde in Denmark. Photo: John Rasmussen

775 nautical miles for the Nordic clinker-building tradition

Published 08th Jul 2019

This summer, Skjoldungen, the Viking Ship Museum’s reconstruction of the smallest of the Viking ships found at…

Nordic Conference for Maritime Archaeology IV: 2nd Call for Papers

Published 30th Aug 2019

Deadline for submission of papers to the conference is approaching.

From 2007 – 2008, Sea Stallion undertook a trial voyage from Roskilde to Dublin and back again. 2,482 sea miles were sailed along Viking Age sailing routes with the aim of testing the reconstruction.

Sea Stallion begins to show its age

Published 01th Jul 2019

15 years doesn’t sound like much of an age but for a Viking ship, which has sailed thousands of sea miles, it’s…

Midsummer greetings! 

Published 26th Jun 2019

Even though it may seem a long time until the Nordic Conference for Maritime Archaeology IV in May 2020, we would…

Nordic Conference for Maritime Archaeology IV: Call for Papers

Published 03th May 2019

The call for submission of papers to the conference is now open.

Full day course: Learn to sail a Viking ship

Published 02th Dec 2019

The full-day course takes you out on Roskilde Fjord in a Viking ship and gives you an insight into the very special…

2020: Nordic Conference for Maritime Archaeology IV

Published 09th Dec 2019

May 14 -16 2020, the Viking Ship Museum is hosting the fourth Nordic conference for maritime archeology. The…

Reconstructing a medieval wooden boat in a digital age

Published 20th Sep 2016

By uniting traditional boatbuilding and open source digital media, the Gislinge Boat Open Source Project has…

Medieval ship from Kalverev

Published 01th Apr 2020

The rare find will provide the archaeologists with new knowledge concerning the development of the Nordic ship,…

Trial voyage to shed new light on Viking life in Greenland

Published 28th Jun 2016

This summer, a unique voyage will shed new light on pivotal questions concerning the Scandinavians who, 1,000 years…

The special exhibition at the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde, Denmark, 'In the Wake of the Vikings' - opening 13. November 2015 - is the story about how the five Skuldelev ships have shaped the museum to what it is today: how the remarkable find has been

In the Wake of the Vikings - Special exhibition

Published 31th Oct 2015

The special exhibition 'In the Wake of the Vikings' is the story about how the five Skuldelev ships have shaped the…

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Rare underwater find of Mesolithic settlement

Published 06th Oct 2015

Maritime archaeologists from the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde have found an 8,000 year old settlement under 5m of…

Underwater find of Mesolithic settlement

Published 01th Apr 2020

Maritime archaeologists from the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde have found an 8,000 year old settlement under 5m of…

2013: Maritime Networks and Urbanism in the Early Medieval World

Published 26th Nov 2015

The two-day conference, held 11-12 April 2013 at the Viking Ship Museum, convened an international research forum…

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2013: Maritime Networks and Urbanism in the Early Medieval World

Published 25th Nov 2015

11.-12. April 2013 a two-day conference held at the Viking Ship Museum, convened an international research forum to…

Extra courses in sailing Viking ships

Published 08th May 2012

Due to an overwhelming interest in the course 'Learn to sail a Viking ship', we offer two additional courses on…

Ottar is a reconstruction of Skuldelev 1. The original ship was built in Sognefjord, Western Norway, around the year 1030, while Ottar was built at the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde in 1999-2000. Ottar can carry about 20 tons, has square sails and a crew

Ottar is sailing to Gotland

Published 23th Jun 2011

Extra efforts are being made to prepare the sea-going Viking ship. This year, the destination is Gotland and nearly…

2004: Wulstan's Voyage

Published 26th Nov 2015

Here follows an abstract of the introduction published in the proceedings of the seminar: Wulstan's Voyage.

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2004: Wulfstan's Voyage

Published 26th Nov 2015

Here follows an abstract of the introduction published in the proceedings of the seminar: Wulfstan's Voyage.

2003: The 10th International Symposium on Boat and Ship Archaeology: Connected by the Sea

Published 26th Nov 2015

Here follows an abstract of the introduction published in the proceedings of the seminar:

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2003: Ohthere’s Voyages

Published 26th Nov 2015

Here follows an abstract of the introduction published in the proceedings of the seminar: 2003: Ohthere’s Voyages

2003: The 10th International Symposium on Boat and Ship Archaeology: Connected by the Sea

Published 26th Nov 2015

Here follows an abstract of the introduction published in the proceedings of the seminar:

2003: Ohthere’s Voyages

Published 26th Nov 2015

9.-10- May 2003 an interdisciplinary seminar on Ohthere’s Voyages was held at the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde.…

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1991: The 6th International Symposium on Boat and Ship Archaeology: Crossroads in Ancient Shipbuilding

Published 26th Nov 2015

The Sixth International Symposium on Boat and Ship Archaeology (ISBSA 6) was held in Roskilde, Denmark, from…

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1991: The 6th International Symposium on Boat and Ship Archaeology: Crossroads in Ancient Shipbuilding

Published 26th Nov 2015

The Sixth International Symposium on Boat and Ship Archaeology (ISBSA 6) was held in Roskilde, Denmark, from…

1989: Nordic Seminar on Maritime Aspects of Archaeology

Published 26th Nov 2015

Here follows an abstract of the introduction published in the proceedings of the seminar:

1984: Sailing into the past – first international seminar on Replicas of Ancient and Medieval Vessels

Published 26th Nov 2015

In April 1984 the city of Roskilde in Denmark hosted the first international research seminar on the problems of…

Climb Aboard - a new exhibition in the Viking Ship Hall

Published 10th Oct 2017

The exhibition takes you to the open sea where the weather changes from calm breeze to storms, thunder and high…

[Translate to english:] 'Viking-Age War Fleets' af museumsinspektør Ph.d. Morten Ravn udkommer 24. oktober 2016

Viking-Age War Fleets - A new book by the Viking Ship Museum

Published 26th Oct 2016

Fourth volume of the series Maritime Culture of the North deals with the building and use of ships for warfare in…

Photo series: Skjoldungen in Greenland

Published 18th Jul 2016

See the pictures from Skjoldungens summer voyage- They're going to Greenland and you're invited!

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Maritime archaeologist, Matko Cvrljak, working on the excavation of the medieval ship from Kalverev. Before the archaeologists could begin to get an idea of the extent of the wreck, they first had to remove 1.4m of sand and silt. Photo: Nilas H. Møller

The Viking Ship Museum recovers a medieval ship in Storstrømmen

Published 27th Sep 2016

The rare find will provide the archaeologists with new knowledge concerning the development of the Nordic ship,…

The Friends of the Viking Ship Museum have donated 250,000 DKK, setting the course towards the world’s longest Viking ship.

Published 12th Sep 2018

The Friends of the Viking Ship Museum have donated a quarter of a million kroner to finance the first steps towards…

Viking Ship Museum receives support for ‘The clinker-built, open boat’ project

Published 20th Nov 2018

Nordea-fonden has given 1 million kroner to a two-year project intended to increase interest in traditional working…

The Friends of the Viking Ship Museum have donated 250,000 DKK, setting the course towards the world’s longest Viking ship. (kopi 1)

Published 07th Mar 2019

The Friends of the Viking Ship Museum have donated a quarter of a million kroner to finance the first steps towards…