Discover the Viking Culture in Denmark

Denmark is known as the Viking country. It’s here where you can still experience what it was like during the Viking period. In certain parts of Denmark, visitors can still have a closer look at landmarks such as burial sites and artifacts including the famous long boat of the Vikings.

The summer season is also an ideal time to experience The Viking Chronicles. This is a theatrical performance that reenacts the journey of the Vikings in the olden days. It’s normally being held at an open-air amphitheater in Jels. This has been going on since the year 1977 and it even features the very popular Viking long boat on the Jels lake.

This unique performance involves spectacular scenes including sword fights as well as colorful costumes. The amphitheater where the play is enacted has been in existence since the 1950s. It can accommodate some 1,500 people in one performance. This year, the play will run until July 18 so if you’re heading to Denmark, make sure to catch this performance for a truly worthwhile experience in this country.

The Viking Age from the late 8th to the mid-11th century is considered a major part of the medieval history of several areas in Europe notably Scandinavia to include Denmark, Norway and Sweden, Britain and Ireland. The Vikings were referred to as warriors, merchants and pirates who sailed on their unique boats, raided, traded and settled in a large part of Europe.

If you’d like to explore more Viking sites across Denmark, here are some you can visit. These are the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde, the Ribe Viking Center, the National Museum in Copenhagen, the Jelling Stones in Jutland, Trelleborg in Seland, Ladby Ship in Funen and Lindholm Hoje in North Jutland.

And while you’re anywhere near Aarhus in Denmark, it might be a good idea to check out the Moesgaard Beach for the Viking Moot or Fair late this month. Each year in July, hundreds of warriors from other parts of Europe as well as local residents come to this place to watch the spectacular fights with warriors saddled up on their horses and all geared up in their Viking war suits and equipment. The reenactments of the battles and the horse shows are the fair’s main attraction.

The Viking Moot is said to be Denmark’s oldest Viking Market. Since the 1970s, Moesgaard has become a place where authentic Viking wares are being displayed courtesy of the Moesgaard Museum. Some items such as clothing, silver jewels and homemade food are also sold during the fair. The date chosen for this event is normally close to the Saint Olai Day on July 29th following a tradition in old Aarhus when markets were common. This year, the Viking Moot will take place from July 31 to August 1.

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