Summer Holiday at The Viking Ship Museum

Published 07th Jun 2019

During the summer you can feel, touch, smell and try your hand at different crafts. There are plenty of experiences and activities to tackle when you visit the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde this summer.

I sommerferien summer Vikingeskibsmuseet af aktivitet, når vi hverdag tilbyder flere aktiviteter for både store og små. 

Come enjoy the summersun at the Viking Ship Museum, go for a walk on the habour and cool down with an icecream from Café Knarr.   

Daily sailing trips 

Experience how it was to be a Viking on board one of the Viking Ship Museum’s traditional Nordic boats, which are direct descendents of Viking ships. Our wooden ships sail several times a day, for an hour-long trip on the beautiful Roskilde Fjord. To take part, you must be over 4 years old and have an adult with you. Everyone takes part in the activities on board such a rowing, setting the sail and other such sailors work. There are a limited number of places available to children under 14 years of age.

» Read more about sailing trips here... 

Viking craftwork and theme days

The boatbuilders are constructing a Viking ship using replica Viking tools. Follow their progress every day and see the large collection of tools in the workshop. The guests will have the opportunity to attend daily workshops where they can try their hand with maritime crafts and to hear a craftmanstalk, where the craftsman demonstrate and tealk about his craft; the seaman who splits ropes - the weaver, working with sail - the ropemaker working the lime bast - the blacksmith who works with the reconstruction of the Viking Age tool. From the 1st of July - 25th of August, each week has its own focus, and besides meeting the daily craftsmen, you can meet the viking warrior, the smith, the ropemaker or the boatbuilder, and experience the "crafts world" at close range.
» Read more about the theme weeks here... 

Build your own boat

Beside the boatyard, both adults and children can build model boats and test how seaworthy they are. There is a ample opportunity to try and experiment, and to think over what it takes to make a boat sail. Twice a day you can launch your boat in the museum habour.

Viking workshops for children

Everyone can take part in the Viking workshops, where children can make time fly whilst decorating a shield or a sword with paint made from beer or strike their own silver or copper coin to hang on a leather thong and wear around the neck as a good luck charm. You can also decorate a Thor’s hammer or make jewellery from colourful glass beads.

Play like a Viking

There will be Viking games at the disposal of all guest. You can either try your hand at strategic games such as 'Through the Thor's hammer' or give some of the strength based games a try. On the ‘Jetty’ you can dress up as a Viking and imagine yourself back in the Viking Age. Learn to read the magical runes or play a Viking game. The Museum’s experienced guides open the ship’s chests and display swords, helmets, chain mail, axes and walrus teeth and explain all about Viking life and voyages. Go on board the two reconstructed ships: a trading ship filled with wares from the Vikings’ world and trading ports on distant shores, and a war ship, equipped for battle. 

Guided tours

Every day we offer guided tours for both children and adult - you can choose from three different tours.

Want to learn all about Viking ships? Daily guided tours focus on the five original Viking ships from Skuldelev, exhibited in the Viking Ships Hall.

Do you and your children want to go on a guided tour? Embark on special guided family tours focusing on Viking expeditions. We offer two guided tours in English, both based on different tales from the Viking world.

Are you fascinated by boatbuilding? The boatbuilders invite you behind the scenes, where they’re in full swing with many projects.  The summer’s main task is a reconstruction of Skuldelev 3 – a small trading ship. The Museum’s guides will show you around and tell all about the materials, tools and techniques of the their craft.

» You can find the schedule for the guided tours and more information about the activities here..

Created by Sabine Stubbe Østergaard