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Experience the Viking Age

January 2011

The Viking Age, between 500 and 900 AD, may not be the golden age of Denmark’s history but it is, without a doubt, the historic period for which Denmark is best known.

What could be a more exciting experience for groups visiting Copenhagen than to experience the life and times of the Vikings in a historically authentic environment? The Viking warriors have a reputation for pillaging and ravaging conquered territories but, in fact, were equally astute traders and hardworking settlers.

Some 35 kilometres from Copenhagen, in the heart of the Viking countryside surrounding Roskilde, Sagnlandet Lejre - The Land of Legends - has reconstructed a Viking settlement where people can experience how the Vikings lived some 1,200 – 1,500 years ago.

At Lejre, you can enjoy a “hands-on” experience of Viking life and culture by participating in a variety of activities. Just expect a few surprises!

The Challenges
Typically, upon arrival at Lejre, the group could be ambushed by a group of warriors with prisoners being taken as sacrificial gifts to the gods, Thor and Odin. To maintain face and hopefully negotiate the release of the prisoners, the group will meet the local Vikings in the settlement of Lethra, nestled in the hilly countryside and overlooking Lake Buesø. There, the Vikings will challenge them, on their own ground and using their own techniques, in a series of activities.

The group would be divided into teams of 6 – 8 persons and the activities could include production chores such as
  - Chopping firewood and making a fire
  - Grinding flour for small bread
  - Forging tools and weapons at the smithy
  - Using ancient tools for various purposes
As well as hunting and fighting activities such as
  - Archery
  - Spear throwing
  - Tug-of-war
  - Performing sacrificial rites at the Sacrificial Bog

Each team will have 20 – 25 minutes for each activity and a specially appointed, local Viking will ensure that each team moves on to the next activity at the appointed time and without delay. Cooperation within each team and between teams will be key to the release of the sacrificial prisoners, who will also be expected to participate in the activities to ensure the goodwill of the local Vikings.

Another challenge (best suited for larger groups) requiring ingenuity, cooperation and strength would be to move a massive stone weighing several tons using Viking Age implements and techniques.

The Food
The Vikings were nothing if not practical. So during the activities, it would of course be possible to obtain Viking style finger-food nourishment (in those days it was not called “take away”) to stave off any onset of hunger - beef sausages (made with meat from the descendants of the aurochs), salt-cured meats and salami, bread and – naturally – mead, which is drunk from a drinking horn.

Once the challenge activities have been completed, the party will be invited to a Viking style lunch of nettle soup, beef casserole and stewed fruit, all of which can be washed down with beer and mead. During lunch, the release of the sacrificial victims will be assured.

After lunch, the group will bid the Vikings farewell and move on to the town of Roskilde – once a Viking settlement on the sheltered waters of Roskilde Fjord – to visit the Viking Ship museum before facing a new challenge.

The group will now be divided in to crews of various sizes before being allocated to a replica Viking sailing vessel. The helmsman and captain of each vessel will instruct the crews in the arts of setting sails, raising flags and rowing the various Viking ships on the waters of Roskilde Fjord. After 1½ hours of tough, Viking style seamanship, the group will be back at the dock for disembarkation.

The Result
It will have been a day of Denmark at its best with lots of fresh air, history, fun and games.


For more information, please contact Mr. Flemming Madsen at

Viking Ship


Viking Warriors

Viking Warriors

Briefing Challenges



Viking Food