Summer at the Viking Ship Museum
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.
From the 1st May - 13th October children can make their own model boat and play viking games.
The whole family can embark om a family tour involving children and adults or a tour of the five original Viking Ships.
You can meet various craftsmen and women, such as the rope maker, sail maker, blacksmith and wood carver.
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.
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.
A cinematic projection of a distant horizon brings the walls around the ships and sail to life and follows the hulls rhythm in the waves. Light from 30 LED lamps create a vault of changing colours above the room and beams of light meets in a floating night sky. Authentic recordings from Sea Stallion and Ottar's voyage is composed into a soundscape of creaking masts, the noise of the wind, the skipper's command and waves beating against the ship's sides.
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At the Viking Ship Museum you can meet a craftman everyday. The boatbuilders are building 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.
At 14.00, you can participate in a workshop where you can try your hand at the craftwork and gain an understanding of its complexity.
When: 14.00 - 15.00
Where: In the craftsman's workshop, usually on Tuney. Ask at the ticket sales where today's craftsman has put up shop.
Note: How many guests can participate and how much time will be spent depends on how extensive the task is and how much assistance the guests needs. However, the workshop will last at least 30 - 60 min. and a minimum of five guests can participate, after the first come first serve principle.
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.
Everyone can take part in the Viking workshops, where children can make time fly whilst decorating a shield 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.
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.
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.
From the 25th of June - 26th of August, each week has its own focus. 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...
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.
Embark on a special family tour
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.» Read more about the special family tours here…
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.
Take a seat around the craftsman's workshop and immerse yourself in the fascinating craftsmanship.
During the craftmanstalk, a skilled craftsman tells you about a piece of craftsmanship, and you get an insight into the craftsman's knowledge and a feel of the cultural heritage and complex knowledge that is the basis of the craft.
Find a tour that suits you in the timetable below.
|Guided tours July 23 - August 26||Daily schedule|
|Guided tours in the Viking Ship Hall ENG||12.00 / 15.00|
|Guided tours in the Viking Ship Hall DK||14.00|
|Guided family tours DK||12.00 / 15.00|
|Guided family tours ENG||11.00 / 14.00|
|Tours of the boatyard ENG||13.00|
|Workshops July 23 - August 26||Daily schedule|
|Workshop||14 - 15.00|
|Boatyard||10 - 17.00|
|Build your own boat||10 - 17.00|
|Craftsperson of the day||kl. 10 - 17.00|
|Viking Workshops for children||kl. 10 - 17.00|
High Season from 1st May - 21st October
Spring: 1st May - 22nd June
Summer: 23rd June - 26th August
Late summer: 27th Augst - 21st October
Opening hours: 10.00 - 17.00
Entrance: Adult 130 kr. Children under the age og 18 free.
Some activities require additional payment: The artisans, the workshops and special activities.