Fishing equipment, methods of preserving and taste experiences

The Vikings weren’t just proficient sailors. They were also skilled fishermen and on this course, you’ll get ample opportunity to try your hand at the historical fishing methods that were used on Roskilde Fjord in the Viking Age. You will also get to practice how to preserve our catch Viking style, using smoke, salt and drying techniques. And of course, we’ll round off the day by gathering around the table and eating a good dinner.

You’ll hear about the archaeological finds in the area, about boats, fish and fishing methods, and we’ll sail out in the Viking Ship Museum’s reconstructions of fishing boats from the Viking Age in order to try it all in practice too. We’ll fish using woven willow fish traps, hook and line and will try using throwing nets and fishing spears. Along the way, we’ll enjoy a simple but delicious lunch, made from ingredients known from the Viking Age.

During the afternoon, we’ll set course for the Museum harbour where we’ll land our catch. The majority of the catch will be given over to Café Knarr’s skilled chef, who will transform it into delicious dishes that will be eaten for dinner. We’ll clean the rest ourselves before smoking them so they can be enjoyed on the spot. Dinner will be served at around 6pm.

The party ends at 8pm, and everyone can go home happy, well-fed and tired after a long and eventful day.         


  • 08.00 - Welcome and introduction to fishing in the Viking Age: methods, tools, sources, biology and boats.
  • 09.00 - We’ll take out the rowing boats to check the traps the Museum set the day before.
  • 10.00 Time to clean the fish.
  • 11.00 - On the water again. This time with the sails up.
    We’ll try historical fishing methods such as fishing spears, throwing nets and long lines.
    We’ll eat a packed lunch on board or on land, depending on the wind and weather conditions.
    We’ll check lines and traps.
  • 15.00 - Back on land.
    Part of the catch is given to the kitchen, who will begin to prepare our dinner.
    The rest of the catch will be cleaned, smoked, salted or hung to dry.
  • 18.00 - Dinner in Café Knarr (beer/wine for the dinner is included in the price).
  • 20.00 - Well-fed and happy, the party ends.

Dates for day-courses in 2020:
Saturday 5th September - CANCELLED
Saturday 12th September - CANCELLED

Price: Adult: 1650 DKK per participant including a delicious packed lunch with water, coffee, dinner and admission to the Viking Ship Museum. Loan of equipment and a sailing trip on Roskilde Fjord are also included.

Saturday 08:00 – 20:00

Registration will close a week before the course. Buy your ticket here.
Cancellation must be done in line with the Museum’s general terms and conditions: Read the terms and conditions here.

Number of participants: min 12 – max 16.
If less than 12 sign up, the course will be cancelled with a full refund.