Sea Stallion arrives at the museum harbour on Saint John’s Eve

The world’s longest reconstructed Viking ship – the longship Sea Stallion from Glendalough – arrives at 20:00-20.30 on the 23rd June. Free admission fra 17.00 - 20.30.

The Viking Ship Museum offer free admission and lots of exciting events on the evening of Saturday 23rd June, from 17:00 – 20:30 to celebrate Saint John’s Eve.
 One absolute highpoint will be when the Viking Ship Museum's reconstruction of a 30 meter longship - the Sea Stallion arrives in the Harbour 20:00 - 20:30. 

Genuine Olympic torch - but no fire - on board the longship, Sea Stallion

An authentic Olympic torch will be carried on board Sea Stallion into harbour - but without any light in it due to the drought that has hit Denmark this spring. The torch was used during the winter Olympics in Pyeongchang in South Korea and once it arrives on land at the Museum harbour, it will continue on a 4km-long torch run through Roskilde. 

The Viking Ship Museum celebrates Olympic Days with free admission and activities on Saint John’s Eve – the 23rd June from 17:00 – 20:30.

From 19:30, spectators can begin to keep an eye out for Sea Stallion as the ship is due to arrive with the Olympic torch in the Museum Harbour at 20:00-20:30. The torch will be borne by a previous Olympian. On board, there will also be two banners, carried by two previous Olympic banner-bearers from the Roskilde area – and the 45-strong crew!

When the torch arrives on land, it will be given to athletes from Roskilde’s sports clubs, who will bring it on a 4.2km long torch run which will conclude at Byparken, where Mayor Joy Mogensen will give a Mid-summer speech.

Programme for Saint John’s Eve at the Viking Ship Museum

The Viking Ship Museum celebrates the arrival of the Olympic torch with an exciting evening programme from 17:00 – 20:30 and there will be free admission to the entire museum during this time period. 

17:00 – 20:30 Viking Age Games:
Viking Games and activities on the grass in front of the Viking Ship Hall

17:00-20:30 Do-it-yourself activities:
The Viking Workshops on the Museum Island are open.
Paint a shield, make a bead necklace or strike a coin.
These activities have an extra charge.

17:30-18:50 Sailing:
Midsummer sailing on the fjord – 80 minutes. Price: 160 DKK
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18:00-20:30 Sailing:
Midsummer sailing on the fjord - 150 minutes. Price: 270 DKK
Sail out and see the Olympic torch on board the Viking ship. 
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18:30-19:00 Guided family tours:
It’s free to take part in the family guided tours – everyone is actively involved in the story and it’s fun for both adults and children.
Meeting Point for the guided family tours: On the Museum Island, by the bridge.

19:00-19:45 Guided tours in the Viking Ship Hall:
Guided tours of the five Skuldelev Ships. The tour is free and is aimed at adults.
Meeting Point for the tour: in the Viking Ship Hall

19:00-20:20 Sailing:
Midsummer sailing on the fjord – 80 minutes. Price: 160 DKK
›Click here to buy a ticket from Billetexpressen

20:00 - 20:30 The Sea Stallion arrives in the museum harbour.

20.30 - 23.00 Saint John's Eve celebrations
The celebrations continue in the nearby city park with choral singing, speeches -  and the evening's big finale is fireworks show over the fjord. 

Saint John’s Eve menu at Café Knarr

For Saint John’s Eve, Café Knarr has put together a delicious menu based on local, midsummer ingredients. This will be served from 17:30 – 20:00

Main Course: 150 DKK

  • Ramson-marinated chicken breast
  • Summer salad with pearl barley, cabbage, green leaves and carrot
  • Oven-baked parsnips
  • Pea pesto with ramson mayonnaise  

Dessert: 60 DKK 

  • Red berry pudding with cream and wood sorrel  

The ‘Olympic Days’ event in Roskilde is organised by an association of previous Danish Olympians and the Danish Olympic Club. It is this association who secured the arrival of the torch to Roskilde Saturday 23rd June.
Athletes from Roskilde’s sports clubs will run the 4.2km long route which will bring the torch past the Viking Ship Museum, Roskilde Cathedral, Kulturstrøget and Folkeparken before the torch will be used to light the other torches for the Saint John’s Eve bonfire.  


By: Rikke Tørnsø Johansen