Visit the Viking Ship Museum in the late summer

In the late summer, 26th August - 11th October, there is all sorts of things going on at the Viking Ship Museum.
We offer a lot of exciting activities for the entire family.  
Films about Viking Ships – Dress up like a Viking – Visit the boatyard – Build your own boat – Museum shop – New Nordic Viking Food – Scenic harbour setting with old wooden ships and Viking ships!

If you visit us in the autumn holiday from the 12th - 20th of October, you can take part in our special autumn activities. 

Experience what it was like to be a Viking on board one of the Viking Ship Museum’s traditional Nordic boats, which are the direct descendents of Viking ships. Everyone on board takes part in rowing, setting the sail and other ‘sailor’s work’.
From 1st May to 30th September, you can sail out on Roskilde Fjord every day. Find information on departure times at the ticket desk.

» Read more about the sailing trips here...

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 blacksmith, woodcarver, rope maker, willow worker and sail maker take turns in demonstrating their skills and if you are over 8 years of age, you can try your hand at the difficult crafts.
Make rope, weave with willow, carve beautiful patterns in wood or shape glowing iron at the smithy. Find out which of the exciting workshops will be open during your visit by asking at the ticket desk.

August 26th - September 15th: Every day, 10.00 - 17.00
Craftmanstalk: 11.30 in English 

September 16th - October 11th: Tuesday-Sunday, 10.00 - 16.00

Try your hand at boatbuilding in the boatbuilders workshop. Work with fresh oak and the Vikings’ tool! You can watch the professional boatbuilders work while working with the axe, hammer, drill and knife yourself. 

The museum guides will help you get startet. 

September 16th - October 11th: 10.30-12.30 and 14.00-15.30

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. 

When: August 26th - October 11th, at 10.00-16.30

Adults and children can explore, play, fantasize and learn about ships, sailing and the Viking age. Viking Age - labyrinth - write with runes - Can you survive as a viking - Dress like a viking - Climb aboard the Viking ships - sailor's diploma.  

When: August 26th - October 11th,  at 10.00 - 17.00

At the Viking Ship Museum we strive to convey our knowlegde of The Viking Age to adults as well as children and so we offer four diffent kinds of guided 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. The ships bear witness to the specialised sea faring of the Viking Age, to wars and raids, trade and voyages to distant shores and life in the North 1000 years ago. 
When: August 26th - October 11th, at 12.00 and 14.00 in English

Embark on a special family tour 
In the weekends, the Viking Ship Museum invites children and adults to take part in an exciting journey in the Vikings’ world! Join us on a family tour, where the focus is set on the Vikings’ journeys. We offer two different stories: one about war and trade, the other about journeys to distant shores.
When: Weekends August 26th - October 11th, at 11.00 in Danish

Welcome to the boatyard
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.
When: August 26th - October 11th, at 13.00. Language denpends on the audience. 

The reconstructed ship
Join our skilled guides on a tour of the Museum Island with focus on our impressive boatcollection. 
When: August 26th - October 11th, at 15.30. Language denpends on the audience. 

Our experienced sailing instructors will tell you about the museum's experiences with sailing with a square sail, both in reconstructions and traditional Nordic boats. 

Where: Tunet at the Museum Island
When: August 26th - September 30th, at 13.00 - 15.00
Price: Included in the entrance

Late summer activities

August 26th - September 15th

September 16th - October 11th

Guided tours in the Viking Ship Hall GB

12.00 & 14.00

12.00 & 14.00

Guided family tours DK



The reconstructed ship DK/GB



Tours of the boatyard GB/DK



Build your own boat

10.00 - 16.30

10.00 - 16.30

The boatbuilders workshop


10.00 - 16.30

Ask the sailor

kl. 13.00 - 15.00

kl. 13.00 - 15.00*

Viking craftwork

10.00 - 17.00

10 - 16**

Craftmans talk GB



Craftmans talk DK



Viking games

10.00 - 17.00

10.00 - 17.00

* Up to and including September 30th
** Tuesday - Sunday