Photos from a dramatic day
On the 6th and 7th December, the Viking Ship Museum had some difficult days as floodwaters threatened to break through the Viking Ship Hall's glass façade, and the rising water inundated the buildings on the Museum Island.
The Viking ships suffered no damage and the Viking Ship Hall stood firm against the waves and the extreme water level. Luckily, the damage was limited to the museum buildings and grounds.
No artefacts were affected, thanks to a formidable and early intervention on the part of the Danish Emergency Management Agency, Police, Home Guard and volunteers, conservators from the National Museum and the employees at the Viking Ship Museum.
The Viking Ship Museum was well prepared for the storm, and although there was no panic, it was an intense and very uncomfortable night as the water rose to 206 cm above normal sea level, and the force of the waves caused the windows of the Viking Ship Hall to crack.
» The pictures were taken by photographer Werner Karrasch. Click on one of the pictures to see them bigger and series.
Watch a film about the struggle against the rising water
Photographer at the Viking Ship Museum, Werner Karrasch, has made this film about the storm and the struggle against the rising water. The language of the film is Danish, but the images speak for themselves ...
» Watch the film ...
More photos from the storm
The Viking Ship Museum staff saw the dramatic events firsthand. We have compiled a small portion of the images, giving a good impression of the many hours of collaboration to ensure the the Viking ships.
» Click to see the staff's photos ...