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
 
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. 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.
 
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. 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 as far east to Turkey and Russia - and as far west as to Iceland - Greenland and Newfoundland.
 
Viking Outfit
A typical Viking outfit with the tunica armour set - horned helmet and broad warrior sword.
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 horned 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 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

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 pictureques Roskilde Fjord - where visitor will be taken back to over thousands 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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