Autumn holidays 15 – 23 October 2022

The Vikings' Valhalla

In the Viking Age, autumn was a time where crops had to be harvested, the warriors came home from expeditions and the boats had to be maintained when winter was approaching. The days were getting shorter and the dark time was approaching. In the evening people gathered around the fire, where stories about gods and heroes were told to make the time pass.

The autumn holiday activities at the Viking Ship Museum take place around the Viking tents on ‘Strandengen’ – the beach meadow, where the lit bonfires create a cozy atmosphere and you can immerse yourself in life as it was 1000 years ago.

The longship 'The Sea Stallion of Glendalough' is docked by a low bridge next to the beach meadow, making it easy for everyone to get aboard. The Sea Stallion is the world's longest reconstruction of a Viking ship - a full 30 meters long - and when you are on board you can really imagine what it was like to travel across the sea in a longship.

The beach meadow

In the tent camp at the beach meadow, it is possible to train the skills a Viking would need when spring came: Throwing with mooring rope, fighting with a sword, or training one's strength in a game of rope pulling.

By the atmospheric fires, you can bake Birka-biscuits, a flatbread that is made according to a recipe from the Viking Age and is well suited for a day at sea or in the field.

Stories for children

If you fancy a quiet moment with a good story, take a seat in the storytelling tent and hear the exciting stories about the fantastic ships from Nordic mythology.

Hear, among other things, about Frej's fantastic ship 'Skibladner', that always had the wind from behind and could be folded to fit in the palm of your hand.

Facts about tales from Norse mythology

Every day at 11.00 and at 15.00 in Danish and 13.30 in English
Duration: Approx. 30 minutes

The family tour 'Mission Valhalla'

Twice a day, children and adults can take part in the family tour 'Mission Valhalla', which has Nordic mythology as its focal point.

Here the children must help the god Tyr to regain his lost courage by solving a series of tasks that require both cleverness, courage and cooperation.

The tasks to be solved are all based on maritime life in the Viking Age and the fantastic stories from Nordic mythology.

Mission Valhalla is based on DR TV's concept.

Facts about the Family Tours 'Mission Valhalla'

Every day at 12.30 in Danish and 14.30 in English
Duration: Approx. 30 minutes

The shipyard

At the shipyard, you will be able to see the initial work on the Skuldelev 5 reconstruction progress.

Watch our skilled boatbuilders work on the reconstruction of a Danish warship from the end of the Viking Age and ask questions about tools and clinker building techniques.

'Build a Boat' workshop for creative children and adults

At the boatyard, you can also test your boatbuilding skills yourself in our open workshop. Limited only by imagination. A good boat must be able to float, be stable in the water and be able to sail. If the children have heard the stories about the ships of the gods in the storytelling tent, they can be inspired to give their boat divine properties using crayons, paper and a good imagination.

Special tour - Skuldelev 5 and the reconstructions

The Skuldelev 5 tour is based on the history of Skuldelev 5 and the reconstruction of the ship, which was previously built by the Viking Ship Museum's shipyard, as well as the new reconstruction, which will be underway for the coming years.

The tour passes the original Skuldelev 5 ship in the Viking Ship Hall, the Helge Ask reconstruction in the museum harbor and the new reconstruction at the shipyard, which started this year. Find out more about the construction project, the importance and the very essence of experimental archeology and the work at the shipyard.

Get answers to questions such as: why we are reconstructing Skuldelev 5 once again. What are we doing differently now? And why didn't we do that 30 years ago? Have we become wiser since then?

Facts about the Skuldelev 5 tour

every day at 11.30 in English and 14.00 in Danish
Duration: approx. 1 hour

Explore the museum on your own

We have also made sure that there is plenty to do if you want to experience the museum on your own.

In the Viking Ship Hall, you can help solve the MuseumMystery, which is a digital game you can play on your own phones.

Listen to the museum's Audioguide telling stories for both children and adults - and a number of special 'expert versions' for those who want to go really deep.

One of the stories is about a ship’s boy from northern Norway. He comes for the first time to the large trading town 'Hedeby', which lies on the border between the kingdom of the Danes and the kingdom of the emperor to the south. He had never in his life seen so many people or houses gathered in one place - or at all! There are also stories about the boy who became a warrior and the princess who sailed onboard a longship to a foreign land to become queen of a distant Viking kingdom.

In the museum's special, child-friendly exhibition about the Vikings' voyages at sea, it is possible to dress up as Vikings and board the two large ships, which are surrounded by 'living walls' that make the ships appear to be sailing across the sea.

Autumn holiday program 15 - 23 October 2022:

Guided tours and story telling:

11:00: Stories for children (Danish)
11:30: The special tour: Skuldelev 5 and the reconstructions (English)
12:30: Family tour: Mission Valhalla (Danish)
13:00: Stories for children (English)
14:00: The special tour: Skuldelev 5 and the reconstructions (Danish)
14:30: Family tour: Mission Valhalla (English)
15:00: Stories for children (Danish)

• Bake Birka-biscuits over an open fire
• Fight with sword and shield
• Build a boat in the workshop
• Board Viking ships
• Dress like a Viking
• Joust in Viking games
• Solve the MuseumMystery - a digital game on your own phone
• Audio guide on your own phone

Activities opening hours:
15 - 23 October 2022: 10:30-16:30

Museum opening hours:
Every day from 10:00-17:00

Children under 18 free of charge
Adults: DKK 160
Family ticket for two adults and children under 18: DKK 300.00

The Viking Ship Museum, Vindeboder 12, 4000 Roskilde