Roskilde Fjord is nearby the Viking museum

Roskilde Fjord is nearby the Viking museum

Roskilde Fjord

Roskilde fjord is one of Denmark`s most historical fjords and close to Roskilde Viking Museum.

Roskilde Fjord features one of Denmark’s most beautiful and diverse landscapes. The narrow inlet, which extends 40 km into the Zealand landscape, is dotted with around 30 small islands and islets, home to rich and largely undisturbed flora and fauna.

Sitting in a boat on Roskilde Fjord makes it easy getting the mood of the old days, and imagine ancient times with Stone Age dugouts, Viking longships, and large medieval sailing vessels.

One of the most historic fjords in Denmark

When visiting the Roskilde fjord area, you will constantly be reminded of the incredible historical background. Traces of the past are visible everywhere along the shores of Roskilde Fjord.

For example, there are ancient refuse heaps from Stone Age kitchens, bearing witness to the hunters and fishermen who prepared food overlooking the bay over six thousand years ago. Bones from animals and shells from the mussels and oysters they ate are still present in the middens, as well as tools such as arrowheads and stone knives.

An important town in the Viking age

Back in time the trade in the Viking Age and the early Middle Ages often took place at sea. It was one of Denmark’s most important towns, with the fjord providing the link to the outside world.

At the end of the Viking Age, it was necessary to block the passage in Roskilde Fjord for enemy ships, and it tells all about the great importance and history of this Fjord. 

Afterwards, many shipwrecks were found near Skuldelev. The remains of ships and reconstructions are on display at the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde.

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