Nordic Vikings and Norsemen

Norse seafaring traders, settlers and warriors have commonly been called Vikings.

The Viking Age lasted more than 300 years, from the late 8th century to the late 11th Century.

When you look at the preferences of the Vikings, you will find a fascinating story of the Scandinavian Vikings, closely linked to their role as masters of the sea. 

However, this does not complete the story of the Vikings. They were also poets, farmers, lawmakers and great artists. Their superior ships explored unknown seas, and they settled in new lands.

You will find incredible stories and landmarks of the Vikings throughout the Nordic area, from coastal cities and regions like Ribe in the south of Denmark to Lofoten in northern Norway.

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Viking attractions in Denmark

Viking attractions in Norway

Viking attractions in Sweden



How did the Vikings live

Even if the Vikings were known abroad as ruthless pirates, the story tells via remarkable findings how the Vikings' population was rapidly growing when they conquered lands. They lived in a well-ordered society based on laws and democracy. 

There was a clear social hierarchy among the Vikings called Jarls, Karls and Thralls. The Jarl owned land with great economic power, free-holding farmers with the right to bear arms and attend the Ting, and slaves without rights.

The Ting, or the general assembly, was responsible for maintaining law and order and is by many considered to be one of the first proper democratic organs in history. Learned men quoted the laws, and then lawsuits were heard.

In simple cases, everyone present, often hundreds of people, was judged; in essential cases, 12 chosen men were judged. This is considered the beginning of the modern jury system.

The women held a powerful position in Viking society and were responsible for the farm when their men were abroad. They were also very clever and impressive in developing clothing and textiles.

If her husband took the keys from his wife, she could divorce him instantly and keep their shared property. No women were forced into marriages, unlike most other cultures at that time.



About the Viking Ship

The Viking ship was an essential part of the culture, and all Vikings had close contact with their boats. You can say it this way, no Viking boats-no Vikings. The boat construction was very effective in connection with war and raids but also very robust and manoeuvrable.

In addition, the boat contained much regard for trade.  Fighting against all kinds of weather combined with the risk of being hidden by an opponent, The Vikings showed exceptional courage and determination to survive and win in constructing their open Viking ships.


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The Viking Ship Museum in Denmark 


About the famous Viking helmet

Vikings were, as said, also skilled craftsmen and developed effective weapons. Remarkable findings tell about swords, axes, bows, arrows and spears.  Defensive weapons included helmets, shields and Armor.

When you see a Viking in comics, games and movies, he often has a horned helmet. But the real Vikings bar useful, effective helmets without horns. Of course, it promotes a unique picture of the brutal Vikings and Nordic mythology. For large festivals and parades, the horn helmet is much favoured by all and is a popular souvenir to take home.


Jewellery of the Vikings

The Danes are looking back on the traditional craft and silver production with pride, and this tradition can be traced back to the Viking Age silver culture flourish.

Today Denmark’s famous silver jewellery brands are famous companies like Georg Jensen and Pandora.