On the Trail of the Vikings

The world of the Vikings fascinates many. Are you passionate about history, mythology, legends and everything about the Nordic cultures? Are you impressed with those untamed peoples who expanded their domains between the eighth and eleventh centuries in Europe and even crossed the Atlantic.

If you are someone suffering from this fascination, moreover, deservedly so, today we recommend the essential destinations to immerse yourself in the Viking world. Certainly, they will not disappoint.

The Viking Triangle Ireland is a destination that will not disappoint anyone. This is the name that has been given to the route that runs through the towns of Waterford, Wexford, and Kilkenny, through which you can visit all the historical remains of the Viking past of this region.

The other must stop in Irish land is a small fishing village, Annagassan, near which is Linnduchaill from the ninth century. It is a huge viking, a construction that has made this area of the country into a major tourist center since it was discovered in 2010.

Thingvellir is one of the key places in the history of Iceland. Here he foundedAlþingi, in 930, one of the oldest parliaments which are recorded in the world. In 1928, Pingvellir became a national park, so that houses history as the natural wealth of the region, part of the famous Iceland Golden Circle. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2004.

On the Isle of Man, they have been found numerous archaeological Vikings. The cemeteries, the crosses are here. Walk through a magical setting. It has its greatest exponent in the Viking festival that every year is celebrated during the month of July.

If there are two landmarks of Viking history and their preservation they are Birka on the island of Björkö, and Hovgarden, on the island of Adelsö, which are located on Lake Malaren in Sweden. Declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1993, its origins date back to the eighth century, when Birka was founded and became an important center of trade and production; while in the neighboring island the royal palace stood.

For those fascinated by the Vikings and love with their boats, the Museum of Viking Ships in Oslo (Norway) is a must-see destination. The longships that can be seen here were unearthed in the early twentieth century, when they were found, accompanied by the objects with which the nobility were buried in three royal tombs . The collection of boats that exposes is the best preserved in the world.

In Denmark, Jelling stones in the village of the same name is an example of the transition that occurred between pagan cults and Christian religion. Since 1994 they are World Heritage, cataloging in the mountains of the environment. Here the remains of King Gorm the Old of Denmark and his wife Thyra were also included. To properly know the place, you should visit the Kongernes Jelling museum.

The Lofoten islands make up an idyllic archipelago of Norway. Here you can learn about the life of the Vikings through the Lofotr Viking Museum, visiting the largest Viking house communal pool, located in Borg.

With Aalborg (Denmark), a city that was founded by the Vikings, locates the Viking cemetery : Most important of all the country Lindholm Hoje. Their tombs, arranged chronologically, totaling 682, and is also more than a hundred vessels of stone. You can learn more about this place Høje Lindholm museum.

They say that Ribe is the oldest town in Denmark. The current village is a tourist destination which missed for all those who want to explore its medieval streets and knowing what was one of the most important ports in the country. The history of the town can be discovered at the Viking Museum in Ribe. In addition, you can enjoy the ancient Viking market in Ribe Viking Center.

Denmark, the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde can visit the ships Skuldelev 5 Viking ships from 1000. The museum center year is located on the banks of the fjord, where these ships remained stranded, rescued from the seabed in 1962. The museum was built 7 years later.

Along with the exhibits and boats, you can climb aboard a replica of a Viking boat war in the Puerto Viking, observe the construction of a traditional boat and buy any souvenir of the visit at the store where you will find up copies of the jewels of the time.

We will not go far if we have been in Roskilde Viking to discover another important destination. In Lejre, remains of Viking houses, burial mounds and the remains of an important settlement were found. The most interesting place is the archaeological park Tierra de Leyendas (Land of Legends), a veritable outdoor museum where we can feel and imagine firsthand what life was like at the time that both seduces us.

While some may think otherwise, traces of the Vikings lead us to Canada. There the remains of ancient Viking houses found in L'Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland, and were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1978.

Vikings Norway images

The historical past of the Vikings in Sweden is a topic of great interest to many tourists who come to the Nordic country and especially to Stockholm. In this post, I want to tell you what to see and do in and around Stockholm to learn more about the world of the Vikings and See yourselves part of it for a few days.

1. Visiting exhibitions about the Vikings in Stockholm

The latest start point is the new Vikingaliv museum located on the island of Djurgården and takes you to the life of the ancient Vikings through immersion in the history of a family. The museum will move to 963 EC and can experience the world of the Vikings as it was in truth and turn away from what long ago were thought to customs and ornamentation. The story revolves around the saga of Ragnfrid.

Historiska Museet - the history museum has an exhibition dedicated to the Vikings and this is one of the museums in Stockholm that now have free admission. If you want to see runes in Stockholm you find a black and red at Skansen and another in Gamla Stan at the confluence of the Prästgatan and Kakbrinken streets.

2. Eat or drink in a Viking restaurant

If you fancy a Viking themed restaurant in Gamla Stan, on the main street Västerlånggatan, you Aifur. This restaurant has not only replicas of objects from excavations made in Sweden and Norway but try to reproduce the festive banquets of yesteryear using spices such as saffron or cumin is believed that abounded in the Vikings dishes arrivals now Istanbul. Aifur You can also try different types of mead - mjöd in Swedish - as a Viking will explain their origin and method of production.

3. Shopping and Viking festivals

Gamla Stan all you can shop Viking inspiration but probably the best place you find in Handfaste on the main street of the old town of Stockholm. Here you will find jewels, runes, candlesticks, bowls and Viking bowls, knives and, of course, Thor hammers in different materials among many other things. In the Fjäderholmarna islands, 25 minutes by boat from central Stockholm is held the Viking Festival in Stockholm in mid-August.

4. Explore the Runriket

The Stockholm region has the highest density of runic stones in the world. A 25 km north of Stockholm is Runriket (the realm of runes) an information and guided tours of the surroundings of Lake Vallentuna routes. Here you will meet the Vikings Östen got to travel to Jerusalem, Holme who fought in what is now Italy and Jarlabanke master of the whole area of Täby. History of 1000 years ago in runes preserved like nowhere else on the planet.

You can reach Runriket drive (up Jarlabankens bridge bro) or the train to stop Täby Kyrkby. There you will find an information center, an outdoor exhibition, an experiential park and a reconstruction of a monument of the time of the Vikings. The route around Lake Vallentuna has an area of 35 km and can be done by bike, car or public transport. They have audio guides in English and even multilingual guides for group bookings.

5. Visit Gunness gård

Upplands Väsby, 30 km north of Stockholm, is Gunness gård. Gunness farm GARD is a reconstructed based on archaeological interpretations of an ancient Viking farm found just outside Bålsta by Lake Mälaren. Besides Viking runes you find tombs of the Iron Age and a selection of animals that are responsible for keeping in good farm land.

You can reach Gunness Gård drive from Stockholm or the train to Upplands Väsby. Once in the station you can take the bus 536 or 560 to stop and walk Ryttargatan 6 minutes or 30 min walk directly from the station.

6. Knowing the Viking settlement of Storholmen

Northeast of Stockholm, just outside Norrtälje about 90 km from the capital, is the Viking town of Storholmen . Vikingaby Storholmen is an archaeological museum outdoor lakeside Erken in the area known as Roslagen. You can participate in the daily activities of the Viking Age as iron forge, Swedish crisp bread baking - the tunnbröd - or do crafts with wool.

You can also listen Viking sagas or try games. Next to the museum there is a "cemetery" where 165 viking mounds surrounded by ancient oaks are preserved. You can visit all year round by reservation and in summer is when you can do vikingas family activities. From late July to early August celebrating Family Storholmen Viking Festival.

You can reach Storholmen Viking village by car or public transport in Stockholm taking the bus 676 towards Norrtälje which stops at Danderyds Metro Station Tekniska Högskolan or Sjukhus. Once in Norrtälje bussstation (an hour later) you switch 636 and low Norrmalma. From there you walk 10 minutes arrive. The approximate time from Stockholm public transport is from 1:30 to 1 h 45 min.

7. A Viking cruise to Birka

One place par excellence where any visitor interested in the Vikings being in Stockholm is about the Viking town of Birka on the island of Björkö. Not surprisingly Birka is one of the sites selected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in Sweden.

In Birka you can walk between houses and watch Viking Viking life was in town when it was at its peak. Here are the famous cross of Ansgard that is the subject of selfies by most tourists arriving in Björkö and celebrating the arrival of the missionary who brought Christianity to Sweden in the distant ninth century. The cross was placed in 1834 to commemorate the 1000 anniversary of the arrival of Ansgar.

One of the best times to visit Birka is during the three weeks of July in which the Birka Viking Week is celebrated. Then we craftsmen working different materials and live will see the activities performed the ancient Vikings.

In Birka you have guided tours from April to September in English visits. It is advisable to look times because there is usually only one per day except July and until mid-August when there are three. There are also themed tours with the Viking gastronomy looks for a week in late May and again in late August. Birka can be arrived by boat from Stockholm with Strömma. The boat leaves the dock with the City of Stockholm.

Vikingaliv - the Museum of Viking life is one of the most anticipated museums in Stockholm that opened its doors on April 29, 2017. If you want to know the Vikings and their world before catching the boat into the Mälaren and go to the Viking island of Birka you can do it in a much closer island - one of fourteen that make up the Swedish capital - Djurgården.

What you can find in the Vikingaliv?

In its 2000 m2 the museum intends to move back in time to the year 963 CE and together with our families to experience the world of the Vikings as it was in truth and turn away from what long ago were thought to their customs and ornamentation. In fact, the Vikings are probably the most distorted figure in Swedish history so that the image that the entertainment industry and tourism have spread is far from reality.

The main attraction of Vikingaliv Stockholm museum is the saga of Ragnfrid in which a Viking woman named Ragnfrid with her husband Harald take us for 11 long minutes of travel. It depicts the ancient Nordic inhabitants. So you immerse yourself in the struggle for survival of a Viking family.

The Viking museum also has a space for exhibitions where we can delve into what life was like in a time in which society is governed solely by kingdoms and legislatures. You can learn about the lives of men, women and children in those days; how they lived, what they planted, what they ate and how they traveled. It also has a section where the latest discoveries and the latest runes are exposed.

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