Summer at the Viking Ship Museum

Summer at the Viking Ship Museum means plenty of exciting historical good experiences and fun activities for the whole family, both indoor and outdoor - at land and at sea...

Feel the breath of history

The Viking Ship Museum is the only place in the world, where you can go directly from the experience of the original 1000 year old Viking ships in the Viking Ship Hall and out to the Museum Harbor, where reconstructions of full-size Viking ships are moored.

Explore the reconstructions and the other Nordic boats in the harbor, feel the smell of salt water and tar. Touch ropes and oars as you move from bow to stern in the 30-meter-long Sea Stallion - the world's largest reconstructed Viking ship. You can do it calmly - or jump from seat to seat like another viking ...

Sailing on the Roskilde Fjord

Everyday during the summer from May 1st to september 30th you can experience what it was like to be a Viking on board one of the 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’.

» See the time schedule for sailing trips here

Go on warfare - free family tour

The Viking ship is just a small dot on the great, endless sea. The foreign coast appears in the horizon. What awaits the many warriors on board the Longship? Take the whole family on an imaginative tour at child level, where everyone is involved in the exciting story of the Vikings' long journeys and life at sea 1000 years ago.

Our skilled communicators tell vividly about what it was like to sail on a cruise in the fast Longships. The special family tours are organized so everyone in the family can participate.

Family tours: Every day until 31th August
Time: 12:30-13:15 and agian 14:00-14:45
Duration: approx. 45 minutes

'Viking Talks'

The story is brought to life when our skilled communicators give 'Viking Talks' and take up various topics from the Viking Age. The overall theme this summer at the Viking Ship Museum is Ships, War and Royal Power.

In the exciting 'Viking talks' you will therefore hear changing stories about 'The shiny steel', Royal Power, Women in the Viking Age or the Longship - 'The Dragon of the Vikings'.

Viking Talks: Everyday until 31th August
Duration: approx. 30 minutes
Tiem: 12:00-12:30 (danish) 14:30-15:00 (english)

Boatyard

In the middle of the museumisland is the boatyard. During the summer months, boat builders here construct reconstructions of Viking ships and other traditional wooden boats.

The smell of fresh wood tar fills the air and the sound of the boatbuilder's axe against the oak tree echoes rhythmically across the shipyard yard.
 

Outdoor tours at the museum island (english)

Join us on a guided tour at the Museum Island, where we look closer at the reconstructed Viking ships. The ships are testimonials to the Viking Age's sea voyages , war, expeditions and trade, but also the museum's years long working to recreate the ships from the Viking Age.

English: Everyday until 31th August 11:00-11:45
It is free to participaint in the tours, when you have an entreticket to the Viking Ship Museum

Tours in the Viking Ship Hall

The Viking Ship Museum is built around the five original Viking ships from Skuldelev, which are exhibited in the Viking Ship Hall.

The five impressive Viking ships are the focus point of the story of the ships' importance to Viking society. It tells of war, raids, trade and travel - and life in the north 1000 years ago. Our skilled guides bring the original ships to life and put the discovery of the five Skuldelev ships into perspective in relation to the maritime culture of the Viking Age.

Danish: Everyday until 31. August at 13:00-13:45
English: Everyday until 31. August at 15:00-15:30

Craft dissemination

Throughout the summer, we take turns focusing on the many different maritime crafts that are associated with boat building in the Viking Age. Depending on when you visit the museum, you can go to warrior training, meet the blacksmith, make rope or carve in wood together with the museum's skilled craftsmen and mediators.

Among other things, you can experience how a rope maker makes ropes from linden bark, sealskin, wool and horsehair. The blacksmith lights up the ace and demonstrates his craft and you can help with the bellows or even hammer on the hot iron. There will also be wood craft dissemination, where you help to cut and chop in wood.

Café Knarr at the Museum Island

Enjoy the atmosphere on Museumsøen and eat New Nordic Viking food in the café, which is located with a view of the shipyard and the Viking Ship Museum's many beautiful Viking ships and historic wooden boats.

Read more about all the things happening at the Viking Ship Museum below

Spring activities

Sailing trips

Join one of the daily sailings from 1st of May - 30st of September and experience what it was like to be a Viking on board one of the Viking Ship Museum's traditional Nordic boats.

De fem vikingeskibe er udstillet i Vikingeskibshallen

Guided tour in english

Join us on an English guided tour in the Viking Ship Hall, focusing on the five original Viking ships from Skuldelev.

The tour is at 13:00-13:45 every day.

The activity is free when entrance tickets for the museum has been purchased.

'Build a boat' workshop

The popular public workshop 'Build a boat', gives creative children and adults the opportunity to test their boat building skills.

Every weekend until the summer holidays.

The activity is free when entrance tickets for the museum has been purchased.

Guided tour in danish

Join us on a Danish guided tour in the Viking Ship Hall, focusing on the five original Viking ships from Skuldelev.

The tour is only weekends at 11:00-11.45 until school holidays begin end June.

The activity is free when entrance tickets for the museum has been purchased.

Help Astrid to solve the MuseumMystery

The MuseumMystery is a digital game that takes you around the Viking ships and through the story of the Vikings' wild journeys.

You play the MuseumMystery via the 'Useeum' app, which you can download to your smartphone in App Store or Google Play.

Every day during opening hours.

Audio Guide

Imagine if Viking ships could talk. What would they say?

A dramatised audio adventure takes children and adults back to the days when Viking ships sailed the seas...

Download the museum app 'Useeum' and listen to the stories.

Events

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Sailing on Roskilde Fjord

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Download Audio guide and listen to dramatic stories

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Special exhibition 'In Smoke and Fire' - The battle in Fehmarn Belt, 1644

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Special exhibition: In the Wake of the Vikings

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Help Astrid to solve the MuseumMystery

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