Play like a Viking

Published 25th Jun 2020

There are not many sources that tells us what it was like to be a child in the Viking Age. From what we know of the period, we assume that childhood has looked very different 1000 years ago than it does today. However, there has been room for play!

Every day you can explore the Viking Ship Museum large outdoor areas, where we have designed a new experience area.

You can challenge each other and play like the Vikings! Throw on strategic games like 'Throw Thor's Hammer' or 'Mooring Throw' or test your muscle power by 'going to Iceland after herring'.

In the games you are tested on cooperation, strength and tactics. These skille can be seen in relation to Viking Age combat training, where strength was not enough to become a good warrior: Speed, fine motor skills and decoding of movements were equally important qualities to possess.

In the Viking Age, the games were part of the warrior training, where strength was not enough to become a good warrior: speed, fine motor skills and strategy were equally important attributes.

Viking games at the Viking Ship Museum

Where: on the lawn in front of the Viking Ship Hall
Hornår: Daily from June 27th - August 31st
Price: The games can ble played free of charge once you have bought an entrance ticket to the museum. 


Created by Sabine Stubbe Østergaard