Visit the Viking Ship Museum in spring
In the spring, 1st May - 22nd June, there is all sorts of things going on at the Viking Ship Museum.
We offer a lot of exciting activities for the entire family.
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. There are 1 – 2 sailing trips every day of the week. During the Danish summer holiday there are 9-11 sailing trips a day. Find information on departure times at the ticket desk or by contacting the Viking Ship Museum’s booking office.
Before or after the sail, you can take part in one of our many activities.
Films about Viking Ships and The Sea Stallion from Glendalough – Visit the boatyard –Activities for children – Museum shop – New Nordic Viking Food – Scenic harbour setting with old wooden ships and Viking ships!
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. There will be two craftworkers in place every day – find out which two of the exciting workshops will be open during your visit by asking at the ticket desk.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
The Nordic boat - our collection of traditional clinker builted boats
Join our skilled guides on a tour of the Museum Island with focus on our impressive boatcollection.
Find a tour that suits you in the timetable below.