Viking Culture in Denmark

*A Part of the Danish Cultural Heritage*
 
 

 

 

 

 

Vikings in Denmark
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The Viking Era & Viking Culture in Denmark
The Danish Vikings and their left historical landmarks in Denmark
 
 
 
Denmark is also Vikings & Viking Country
 
The Trelleborg Ring Fortress - 980 A.C.
The Trelleborg Ring Fortress built by King Harald Bluetooth around 980 A.C. - is a great tourist venue.
 
 
The Viking Culture & Viking Era
 
Vintage Viking Play Poster.
The Viking Culture & Viking Era
Viking Country has throughout the time - obviously always been associated with Denmark - and the - Home of the Vikings and Viking Culture - as well as the heartland of the great Viking Society during the historical Viking Age from around 800 to about 1050 AC - which is a very important part of Denmark’s history and culture that formed the way to build up the Danish kingdom.

Descendant of the Vikings
As a descendant of the Vikings - ethnic Danes are commonly coupled with the terms of being a Viking Worrier - coming from the "Barbaric North" with adventurous blood running through their veins. . But actually the Danes are the most peacefully and freedom loving people and have been awarded and crowned - as being the happiest and most satisfied citizens in this world - and have left their more than 1000 years of "barbaric" legacy behind them - as "barbarian warriors" - “plunderers invaders” - as well as “bloodthirsty raiders”.

Visit the Viking Settlement and Viking Play opened every summer at Frederikssund in North Sealand (Zealand).

 
The Vikings conquered the Northern hemisphere
Map showing how the Vikings in the 9th and 10th century expanded their territory by exploiting their seafarer and navigation skills to find new trade routes around Europe and North America - as far east as to Turkey and Russia and as far west as to Iceland - Greenland and Newfoundland.
The Sea Stallion - the world's largest Viking ship
Replica of the Sea Stallion (Havhingsten) Viking Ship that had a crew of 60-70 persons and was used for voyages to England and Ireland. The original ship was found at Roskilde Fjord in 1962 and now exhibited at the Viking Ship Museum. The vessel was the largest Viking ship ever built.
 
 
 
The Sea Stallion (Havhingsten) - The world's largest Viking Ship
 
 
The original Viking longship from 1040 A.C. was found at Roskilde Fjord in 1962
 
A reconstruction of the Viking longship Sea Stallion was built at the Viking Ship Museum - and launched in 2004. The building of the Sea Stallion from Glendalough - and the trial voyage from Roskilde to Dublin and back to Roskilde in 2007 and 2008 - was the culmination of almost 25 years of basic research in experimental archaeology of the Danish Viking Age.
 
 
 
 
The Viking Settlements 
The word Viking in Danish either means - People of the bay - or - Pirates - and their legacy was often as plundering barbarians scaring most of Europe - or talented merchant traders.

The Vikings - Great Seafarers
As great seafarers - the Viking settlements were usually placed alongside Denmark’s coastline - either as small villages or huge fortresses - where the fleets of Viking ships called “Long ships” for warfare - and the smaller merchant ships called the “Knarr” were harboured at the shores of the Viking colony. The Viking settlements were centered around The “longhouse” - where families lived with their cattle in one large room - and it was from these locations the Vikings expanded their territory - as traveling around Scandinavia - as far east to Turkey and Russia - and as far west as to Iceland - Greenland and Newfoundland.
Vintage Viking Poster.
 
 
Viking Outfit
Typical Viking outfit with the tunica set - steel helmet and heavy warrior weapons - as the vital Viking axe.
Amber - Viking Gold
Amber was the Viking gold and was used to make jewelry and other holly ornaments.
Aggersborg - Viking Ring fortress
The Aggersborg ring fortress from 980 in North Jutland on the banks of the Limfjord.
 
Ingenious shipbuilders and Runic Alphabet
The Vikings were best known as ingenious shipbuilders and clever craftsmen - who invented the amber jewelry - and wore iron helmets. They developed their own alphabet with 16 individual letters called runes - and runic stones carved with this script can be seen all over the countryside.
 
Heroic Vikings
In Denmark there are long traces after the legendary Danish Vikings - as well as their culture - and before the Danes turned towards Christianity about 960 A.C. - their ancestors professed to the Gods of the Nordic Mythology - Odin
and Thor. Many historical landmarks are left after these heroic Vikings that can be visited and experienced several places in Denmark.
 
Viking Centre Fyrkat - 980 A.C.
The Viking Centre Fyrkat from 980, with its circular fortress and houses placed in a square.
Largest Viking Burial Plot
Lindholm Høje near Aalborg is the largest Viking burial area in Denmark - with over 700 plots.
The Viking Ship Museum
Replicas of Viking ships at the Viking Ship Museum that was used to conquer England in 1015.
 
 
Viking Food & Drinking Culture in Brief
Danish Food Culture is inherited from the Danish Vikings primeval Food Culture
 
Preservation of Meat
The Viking way of preserving ham - pork and lard by smoking the meat that could be stored for a very long time - and used during the many crusades to Europe and North America. Photo: Ribe Vikinge Center.
 
Viking Feast - Roasted Pork
Roasted Pork - was one of the Vikings favourite eating and meals - and the Danes still favour their roasted pork meal and dish - which is a vital part of the Danish Food Culture - and Culinary Eating Heritage.
Preserved Danish food & Viking Food Culture
The natural content and ingredients in Danish food culture has been built up for centuries and flavoured to match the taste of the Danes nowadays traditional eating habits - which also vary from region to region - and have been modified up to this century - and mainly based on recipes from the rural areas in Denmark. Preserving foodstuffs like meat - fish - dairy - fruit and vegetables in olden days was a demand and quite necessary - as the preserved and treated food that either was salted - smoked - pickled - marinated or dried - could be stored for a very long time - especially for nutritious food supply during the cold wintertime.

The Danish Kichen & Viking Food Culture
The modern Danish kitchen uses many old recipes from the non-refrigeration period - which is still highly preferred and enjoyed at the dinner tables in Denmark - as it also was during the Viking Era. It was the courageous and furious Danish Vikings that started the fine art of preserving various foodstuffs like meat - fish - dairy - fruit and vegetables - which was used on their long crusades around Europe and North America.

Danish Food Culture & Culinary Eating Heritage
The various foodstuffs that the Vikings preserved and fermented was mainly salted - smoked - pickled - marinated or dried and had quite an nourishing and healthy content - and have since contributed to numerous delicious meat - fish - dairy - fruit and vegetable recipes - just adjusted to the Danes flavour and taste up to our time - which is an important part of the Danish Food Culture - as well as the Danes Culinary Eating Heritage that was inherited from the Danish Vikings primeval Food Culture - and later on developed through all of the various Ages and Eras up to our century - and still a vital part of nowadays traditional eating habits and the everlasting Danish Food Culture.

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Danish Food Culture
 



 
Viking's Drinking Habits
 
Viking "Mjød" - and Alcohol habits & drinks
The Danes consume almost 50 million litres of different types of alcoholic drinks for various occasions every year - and the Danes drinking culture tops mostly by consuming all kinds of beers and wines to their meals - as well as joining together on festive events and joyful celebratory arrangements - which has been - and is more than ever - the Danish way of enjoying life with alcoholic drinks - just as their ancestors have traditionally consumed and practised for generations. And the Danes just love their beer and wine - plus all the other stronger alcoholic "fire waters" that are a vital part of the Danes cultural heritage and everlasting history. "SKÅL"


Viking "Mjød" - and the Danes Alcohol Culture
The Danish Vikings brewed their own special type of strong thick alcoholic beverage called “Mjød” (mead) - for more than thousand years ago - containing honey with various herbs - spices - grains - corn that created stirring flavours and a alcohol percentage between 10 - 20% - which really could make the Vikings quite “dizzy” and ecstatic - especially during their wild festivities with giant booze and meat orgies. And the Danes has since inherited the taste of “Mjød” - and the Viking drinking culture from their ancestors - that makes them find traces of an aftertaste of “Mjød” in some of the strong Danish beers and brewed alcoholic products that Danes are so proud and fond of - which also calls for a traditional Viking “skoal” and toast! And real fearless Vikings drank their "mjød" from drinking horns produces in many shapes and decorative styles from their cattle - goat’s and other horned livestock’s - and the Viking's drinking culture is actually the birth of the Danes tousand years of enjoyable and traditional Alcohol Culture. “SKÅL”.
Genuine strong and thick Viking "Mjød" - can be purchased in special beer and wine shops - or liquor stores - and is a potent kind of hefty "fire water".
 
The traditional Viking Drinking Horns - and genuine Viking "Skjoldmøer" - tough shield-maidens.
See: Danish Food Culture
 
 
Viking Landmarks - Viking settlements
& Historical Viking Venues
 

Aggersborg - Jutland
Aggersborg Ring Fortress built in 960-980 A.C. - on the banks of the Limfjord by King Harald Bluetooth - North Jutland

Fyrkat - North Jutland
Fyrkat Viking Fortress built by King Harald Bluetooth around 960-980 A.C. - North Jutland

Jelling - Jutland
The Runic Stones in Jelling erected more than 1000 years ago by King Gorm the Old and his son King Harald Bluetooth - East Jutland
See: Jelling

Lindholm Høje - North Jutland

Lindholm Høje - The largest Viking burial area with over 700 plots established around year 750-800 A.C. - North Jutland.

Moesgaard Museum - Aarhus
Permanent and magnificent Viking exhibition with numerous artefacts and storytelling of the Danish Viking's Culture and history.
See: Aarhus

Nonnebakken in Odense - Funen
Nonnebakken - The Nun Hill - is a former Viking Settlement and Ring Fortress establish around 960 A.C. during the reign of King Sweyn Forkbeard - “Kong Svend Tveskæg” - who had forced his father King Harald Bluetooth to leave Denmark and seek refuge in Poland.

The National Museum
- Copenhagen
The National Museum - The voyages of the Vikings - Copenhagen
See: National Museum

Trelleborg Viking Fortress - Sealand
Trelleborg Viking Ring Fortress from year 970-980 A.C. with “longhouses” and artefacts - plus a Viking burial plot - and established by King Harald Bluetooth - South Sealand

Viking Centre - Ribe -Jutland
Ribe Viking Centre built as a museum on the grounds of a former Viking marketplace - Jutland.

*Viking Ship Museum - Roskilde - Sealand
Viking Ship Museum at Roskilde situated on the bay of an ancient Viking Settlement -
Mid Sealand.

 
 
*The Viking Ship Museum - Roskilde
 
Five Prehistoric Ships
Five prehistoric ships from the Viking period around 1030-50 A.C. is exhibited at the Viking Ship Museum - that is beautifully located on the seashores of Roskilde Fjord.
 
Tours in Viking Ships
There are daily tours for visitors in reconstructed Viking Vessels - who can enjoy the scenic Roskilde Fjord plus test their skills as Vikings at sea.
 
Viking Ship Building
Visitors can follow the creation of new Viking Ships at the ship building venue of the Viking Ship Museum - which is a fascinating experience.
 
The Viking Ship Museum
Danish Viking Culture & Viking Heritage

The Viking Ship Museum is located attractively on the seashores of pictureque Roskilde Fjord - where visitor will be taken back to over thousand years of Danish Viking history and splendid ship-building traditions of the Viking Age - as well as the display of five prehistoric ships from the Viking period around 1030-50 A.C. - which was found in 1960
- nearby the Viking Ship Museum venue - and purposely sunk down by the Vikings at the bottom of Roskilde fjord - as a shield against sea-based foreign intruders and plundering enemies.

Visitors will experience the activities around the always busy ship building area - were new replicas are built of ancient Viking Ships - and guest can take a trip in one of these Vikings Boats on Roskilde Fjord. The ship collection includes around 40 small and big Viking Vessels - all built at the primitive shipyard of the Viking Ship Museum and located at the museum’s harbour. The Danes have proud sailing traditions as merchants since the Viking era - where the Vikings were great explorers and voyagers.

The Viking Ship Museum at Roskilde Fjord - will tell a fascinating and exciting story about the Danish Vikings and their well organised lifestyle and thriving settlements during the Viking era in Denmark - that is supported with numerous historical artefacts and archaeological gems plus the main focus on the primeval Viking Ships and the reconstructed Viking Vessels that will give the spectators the full insight in the rich Danish Viking Culture and the Vikings legacy - as being great shipbuilders that turned them into genuine Masters and Explorers of the Sea. The Danes are enormously proud of being the descendants of these courageous Viking warriors and enterprising merchants - that also is a vital part of the Danes Viking Heritage - and Denmark - which is best known as Viking Country.

 
 
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