Lofotr Viking Museum – a very special museum
When you step into a full-scale re-creation of the largest chieftain’s house ever unearthed, you will feel transported back to the Viking Age. Light flickers from open fires and fish-oil lamps, and you breathe in the scents of tarred wood and lamb stew. The smoke rises nine metres up to the roof of the mighty hall. The farm, smithy, Viking ships and boathouse area are brought to life by guides, arts and crafts and activities – and everyone is dressed in period costumes. Outside you will see traditional races of livestock thriving in the fertile cultural landscape. Take a trip on the Viking ship and feel what it was like to have to use muscle power to travel across the water.
Lofotr Viking Museum has been built on the site of the residence of one of the mighty Norwegian chieftains. On the basis of finds made during extensive archaeological digs on the site, the museum presents new and fascinating information about the Vikings of the north. It is the largest building that has ever been unearthed from the Viking Age, and it represents the pinnacle of the aristocracy of the time.
The chieftain’s residence, which was reconstructed in 1995, is a “three-nave long-house” measuring an impressive 83 metres in length. The building comprises a living area with a central hearth, an entrance hall with two openings, a storage area, a barn and a banqueting hall with a large central fireplace. During the guided tour, you will have the chance to see demonstrations of traditional crafts and to look at some of the finds made here.
Ships and boathouse
The sites of three boathouses from Viking times and the Middle Ages have been unearthed close to the chieftain’s seat. The Viking museum has two reconstructed boats – Lofotr and Vargfotr – which are both copies of boats from the Gokstad find. You can take part in daily rowing trips leaving at 13.00 in the period 15 June–15 August. The trip lasts around 20 minutes (minimum 10 people, weather permitting)
In 1997, work was completed on a sunken smithy between the boathouse and the chieftain’s farm. The smithy was covered with birch bark and peat, so it blends in with the surrounding terrain. Here, you can watch a demonstration of the traditional blacksmith’s craft and see how charcoal and iron were produced.
The barn in the chieftain’s residence was 32 metres long and could have housed up to 50 cattle. However, it is likely that a part of the space was used as stalls for the horses. In the winter, the animals were kept inside, but in the summer they were put out to pasture. Today, you can see horses, wild pigs, sheep and cattle grazing right next to the building.
Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to wander among the Vikings at Borg more than 1,000 years ago? The sound of men preparing weapons and ships for voyages south, the smell of food cooking and the sounds of the poet preparing a new song in honour of the chieftain. Come along to the Viking Festival that is held here every August. Stroll around the marketplace and look at all the fascinating stalls, take part in an archery contest, take a rowing trip on the Vargfotr, admire the skills of the street performers, enjoy period music and song, listen to interesting lectures …
Guided tour and opening hours
Guided tours are available in the summer season, and you will also have the chance to buy lamb stew and mead.
The museum shop sells a range of museum copies as well as products from local and international artists and craftsmen. The shop is open throughout the summer during the museum opening hours.
In the reception centre, you will find a café that serves light refreshments. The café is open in the summer season during the museum opening hours.
For information about opening hours, see the presentation of Lofotr Viking Museum.
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We recommend that you allow plenty of time – at least 1.5 hours – for your visit to the museum. The attractions are ideally suited to families with children. For additional information, contact Lofotr Viking Museum
To find out more about other sights and attractions in Lofoten, visit: www.lofoten.info