Destination Viking is a concept for all who wish to experience the Viking era. Partners from a number of countries in Europe are collaborating to create a borderless tourist destination with focus on the Viking world.
Members of Destination Vikings
Norway’s oldest royal seat.
Galician Tourist Board, Spain
Ruins of Brattahlíð, a Viking colony founded by Erik the Red in the town of Qassiarsuk, Greenland
Centre for Nordic Studies, University of the Highland and Islands, Scotland
Municipality of Catoira., Galicia, Spain.
Catoira was one of the towns visited by the Vikings during the early Middle Ages and there is considerable interest in their Viking heritage. The site is only in Spanish and Galician.
Dublin City Council. The Irish capital is proud of its Viking heritage and has many activities, such as the Clontarf Viking Festival to honour and preserve it.
Dublinia is a heritage centre in the heart of Dublin’s medieval centre, which in an exciting, interactive way encourages visitors to explore the city’s Viking and medieval history.
Foteviken is located near Malmö in Skåne, Southern Sweden. It is an open-air, archaeological folk museum which shows how town life might have been in the late Viking/early medieval period.
Frederikssund Viking Games., Denmark. Every summer at the end of June and beginning of July, about 250 adults and children put on a performance that recreates the colours and excitement of Viking times. Many other activities also take place.
The Vikings have conquered Hollywood and now they have returned to Norway. Put on your Viking helmet and come meet the Vikings on a bus tour in Stavanger.
Gunnes Gård (Gunnes Farm), Upplands Väsby, Stockholm. An open-air museum with living history and experimental archaeology. (Website only in Swedish.)
Jomsborg Vikings Hird is a lively Polish historical re-enactment group who recreate the traditions of the Jomsvikings. It was founded in 1998.
Lofotr Viking Museum, Lofoten Islands, Norway. At the village of Borg in the Lofoten Islands you can experience the Viking era in a lively outdoor environment.
Ornavik, Normandy, France. An experimental, pedagogical archaeological site where you can learn about being a smith, weaving, growing crops and discover how the Norman Vikings lived in the 11th century.
Manx National Heritage, Isle of Man, UK takes care of a significant amount of the island’s physical heritage including the 3000 acre coastal landscape
Museum Dorestad, Wijk bij Duurstede, The Netherlands. This local museum tells the exciting story of Dorestad, the famous medieval emporium.
Site in Dutch only.
Museum Vestsjælland, Denmark. A fusion between eleven local museums in the West Zealand area including Kalundborg museet, Odsherred, House of History – Ringsted Museum & Arkchive, Sydvestsjælland Museum and Holbæk Museum. During the Viking and medieval eras, West Zealand was a major centre of power.
The National Trust is a conservation organisation which preserves and protects historical sites and green areas throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It describes itself as “a charity that works to preserve and protect historic places and spaces—forever, for everyone.”
Orkney Islands Council, Scotland. The local government for the Orkneys, an area rich in Viking history.
Rogaland County Coucil, Stavanger, Norway. Now the oil capital of Norway and the country’s fourth biggest city, Stavanger is also rich in Viking history. There are several tourist attractions where you can learn more about its colourful past.
Rosala Viking Centre, Finland. This museum offers a glimpse into Viking life in the Finnish archipelago and has a variety of different activities.
Runriket (The Rune Kingdom), Täby and Vallentuna, Stockholm, Sweden. A co-operation between Stockholm County Museum and Täby and Vallentuna municipalities. A visit to the Rune Kingdom reveals the history of the rune stones at nine different places around Vallentuna Lake.
Sagnlandet Lejre, Denmark. The Land of Legends at Lejre is an atmospheric and exciting park containing buildings and scenes from the Stone Age, the Iron Age, the Viking era and the 19th century. Researchers and the general public work together in a variety of innovative activities to learn more about the past.
The Shetland Amenity Trust strives to preserve and enhance the many aspects of the Shetland Islands’ cultural and natural heritage.
The Viking Village of Roslagen, Sweden. This archaeological open air museum in the beautiful countryside of Roslagen, an hour north of Stockholm, offers visitors a chance to travel back in time
Sør-Troms museum, Harstad, Norway. This is the regional museum for Troms County, Norway, an area with a rich Viking heritage. Website only in Norwegian.
The British Museum, founded in 1753, was the first national public museum in the world and has a fine collection of Viking relics.
The Icelandic Saga Trail Association. This site is an excellent portal to Viking and other attractions on Iceland. (Most of it is in Icelandic, however.)
Trelleborg Municipaity, Sweden. The Trelleborg Viking fortress is a reconstruction on the original site of a quarter of the fortress based on archaeological finds. Not to be confused with the Danish town with the same name. (Site is only in Swedish)
Trelleborgs Kommuns Utvecklings AB is a company for marketing the local area owned by Trelleborg Municipality.
Löddeköping, Sweden. VikingaTider (The Viking Times) is an archaeological open-air museum which recreates the cultural landscape of Viking times, complete with farms, meadows, fields, animals, crafts and daily life based on the archaeological finds made in the area.
Trelleborg, Denmark. The Trelleborg Viking Fortress near Slagelse in West Zealand stands on the site of one of the great ring fortresses built by Harald Bluetooth. The open-air museum offers a wide range of activities.
Viking Ship Museum, Roskilde, Denmark. Five magnificent Viking ships discovered in Roskilde fjord are on display and there are a range of different activities including boat trips in a longboat.
The portal for Viking tourist attractions in Norway.
Viking Route, Vestfold County, Norway. Vestfold, just west of Oslo, has one of the highest densities of Viking remains in Norway. This 60 km long route includes many of them.
The Sottish National Tourist Organisation provide inspiring information and advice on travelling, accommodation and things to see and do in Scotland.
The three museums in the Viking Triangle are located very close to/near each other, and in the heart of Ireland’s oldest city.
The Jorvik Viking Centre in the town of York is one of the UK’s premier tourist attractions and has welcomed over 16 million visitors during the past 29 years. Travel back in time and experience the reconstruction of the Viking era streets which look, sound and smell exactly as they did 1000 years ago.
Öresunds Event Center (OEC) is a project with the goal of making the Öresund Region one of the leading locations in Sweden for attracting, developing and organising international sports, cultural and scientific events.
Fonden Østdansk Turisme is a regional development company within the tourist sector, aimed with the task to develop the tourism strategy of Själland.
Other websites about the Vikings
A site that explores pre-Nordic mythology.
Lite om vikingaskatter under kategorin: Fornsalen.¨¨The Gorland Museum contains tresures from the Viking era.
Food from the Viking era.
Art and handicrafts from the Viking era.
Interactive map showing the Vikings’ travels.
Video: Varifrån kom vikingarna? (in Swedish only)
Om ett nybyggt vikingaskepp. (in Swedish only)
The Swedish History Museum in Stockholm has collections of objects ranging from the Stone Age up till today. It also tells of the thoughts and ideas, memories and forgetfulness, and how life was portrayed. The museum has the world’s largest collection of Viking objects.
Birka – Vikingastaden.
Birka, the site that is allegedly Sweden’s first town, is on the island of Björkö, and can be reached by boat from Stockholm. There is a museum and reconstructed Viking village.
Uppakra Archaeological centre, near Lund, Southern Sweden. Between 100 BC and the 11th century AD there was a densely built community spread out in this area, which is now Uppåkras meadows. An impressive sight for any visiting Vikings.
You Tube-klipp, TV-programmet ”Sveriges Historia – Vikingatiden”. (in Swedish, no subtitles)
BBC´s web pages on the Vikings.