Are you visiting Denmark? Do you want to learn more about Viking history?
As you probably know already, the Vikings originated from the Scandinavian countries, Norway, Denmark, and Sweden. All those countries are beautiful and worth seeing. But if you are a fan of the Viking culture, you may not know how many Viking sites you can visit when you are there! Some of our favorites are in Denmark. They are all listed here.
It is far from a comprehensive list of everything accessible, but it is an excellent place to start if you want to have a Viking experience in Denmark.
Concerning the Danish Vikings
The Vikings were great merchants, explorers, and seamen who ventured as far north as North Africa and the Caspian Sea.
Viking history has influenced Denmark. When you are in Denmark, you will come across many visible examples. The Viking period lasted many centuries, and it began in AD 793 when Vikings plundered the Lindisfarne Monastery in northern England.
Assimilation and settlement wars caused a drop in warfare and raiding, and the Viking age ended in 1066 with the defeat of the Vikings at the Battle of Stamford.
The Most Popular Attractions to Visit in Denmark for a Viking Experience
Jelling, Denmark: The Jelling Runes (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
The Jelling Runes are among the most magnificent Viking monuments in Europe. They are in the village of Jelling. The Jelling Runes is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Because of that, the town of Jelling receives over 150,000 visitors each year.
Kings Gorm the Old and Harald Blatand (Bluetooth) built the two great burial mounds and two massive rune stones in Jelling. The earliest inscription that mentions Denmark as a nation is on one of the rune stones.
The Kongernes Jelling – Home of the Viking Kings- is an experience center. It is located right adjacent to the monuments and the Jelling church. The Kongernes Jelling teaches you everything you want to know about King Gorm and Harald Bluetooth. The National Museum of Denmark is responsible for its maintenance.
Roskilde, Denmark: The Viking Ship Museum
In the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde, you can see a nice collection of boats. There is also a boatyard where Viking ships are rebuilt. It is an operating museum, so you can see artisans working and participating in marine crafts.
One time per year, a group of museum ships sails. It is a part of the education about the art of sailing. You can even track the movements of the ships and read their records online. If you want to learn more about how Vikings traveled in all those places, Roskilde is the place to go.
Trelleborg, Denmark: The Trelleborg Viking Fortress
The first rediscovered Viking ring fortress was the Trelleborg Viking Fortress (translated as “the fortress created by slaves”). It is a circular fortress built by the Vikings with roadways and gates pointing in four directions. It probably is the most well-preserved Viking ring fortress you can visit today.
In addition, there is a more than 1,000 years old Viking castle close by, which was erected in 980 AD. Most travelers also visit the Trelleborg museum nearby. You should find some extra time to do so.
Ribe, Denmark: The Ribe Vikinge Center
In the last few years, fresh archaeological findings have been found at Ribe. They are confirming Ribe’s significance during the Viking Age. Through Viking role-playing, the Viking International Market, important academics, and other innovative initiatives, the Ribe Viking Center brings recreated Viking history to life.
The facility is well-known for having a team of forty students who work to keep the property in good condition. The Ribe Viking Center is at the vanguard of communication and reconstruction, which means that new activities and surroundings are always being added.
Aggersborg, Denmark: The Aggersborg Viking Fortress
Aggersborg is the largest old Viking ring fortress you can see in Denmark and one of the country’s most important archaeological areas. The Aggersborg Viking Fortress was erected in 981 by Harald Blatand. It consists of a circular barrier with four main pathways leading to the castle’s core.
The old fortress had around 50 dwellings and houses inside it.
The Aggersborg Viking Fortress that you will visit today is a 30 years old rebuild that stands lower than the old castle. This location is famous because it has served as a launching point for several Viking excursions to the rest of Scandinavia and England.
Fyrkat, Denmark: The Fyrkat Viking Center
The Fyrkat Viking Center is a historical fortress and also a Viking farm. The region is made up of nine recreated cottages made of wood and with walls made of mud. They form a large chunk of Viking land. The Fyrkat Fortress was built around 980 during the reign of the Viking King Harald Blatand (Bluetooth). You can participate in many Viking activities on the farm, such as wool spinning, forging, and bread-making. You can also educate yourself about Viking clothing.
Ladby, Denmark: The Ladby Viking Museum
The Ladby Viking Museum is home to the only Viking ship in Denmark, which is still in the same place where it was more than a thousand years ago. This ship was discovered back in 1935, together with eleven other burials, and riches from the Monarch’s ship grave. You can see the grave where the king was buried and also the treasures he was buried with.
There are some more things you can see in the museum. The Ladby Tapestry, the Viking Ladby Dragon, and the Dead Ship are a few of them.
Ringkøbing Fjord, Denmark:The Ringkøbing-Skjern Museum and The Bork Viking Harbor
The Bork Viking Harbor is a recreation of a 700-950 AD Danish Viking Harbor town. If you visit the area in the summer, you will learn a lot about the life of Vikings, and you will also see how they worked.
The lagoon that you will find in the area, was formerly utilized by Vikings to sail ships from this location. This lagoon was also a shelter from bad weather. There are several outdoor activities for adults and children, as well as every day guided excursions. You are also allowed to bring your pet with you!
The Bork Viking Harbor belongs to The Ringkøboing-Skjern Museum. The museum consists of 15 buildings rich in art and cultural heritage. The place is not big, but it is a fun place for learning for the whole family.
Frøstrup, Denmark: The Tømmerby Viking Burial Site
The Tømmerby Viking Burial Site is an old burial site. It is located in an area full of hills and stone monuments. If you are seeking a little Viking history, look no further! It may not seem much, and it is hard to discover much information about it, but if you are interested in archaeology, this is a site you surely want to visit. Also, this is one of the few things you can do for free in Denmark, as there are no entrance fees to visit the burial site.
A piece of advice
Before you visit any of those places in Denmark, we recommend visiting the webpage of the location you want to go to. You need to ensure that you have the most up-to-date information. We do our best to stay up, but sometimes an update slips through the cracks, so your best chance is to do your homework before you start your Viking adventure.
We know you will love these inspiring Viking locations and hope you will find the chance to visit them. You will learn so much about the Vikings, and you will also help spread the interest in the Viking culture worldwide!