Lofotr Viking Museum, Vestvagoy

(4/5 based on 360+ reviews on the web)
Join a Viking feast, row an authentic Viking longboat, or learn how to throw an axe at Lofotr Viking Museum. Established at the site of a Viking village excavated during the 1980s, the museum features a chieftain's house, a blacksmith's forge, and a wide outdoor area crossed by gravel walking paths. Two full-scale replicas of the Gokstad ship are anchored on the lake. See original handicrafts as well as historical reenactments of Viking life. The smell of the bonfire and tar, and the stories told by costumed actors, will transport you back to ancient times. The new building houses two exhibition halls and a cinema. Audio guides are available in six languages. To visit Lofotr Viking Museum on your trip to Leknes, use our Leknes vacation trip planner.
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  • We are glad that we visited this Viking museum before our flight. Very informative museum with Viking experience in the long house. Highly recommended.  more »
  • The reproduction of the viking chiefdom has some ethnological interest. You can also enjoy having a direct contact with the objects of everyday life. As for theatrical supper with the Chief and his family, it will remain as a moment in our memories.
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  • A really interesting Museum, a piece of history, a must see. Well structured and organized with audio/guides in Italian.
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  • The museum part is tiny, and not very interesting in my opinion. More a representation of what life was at that time, not a real presentation of vikings. (Go in Oslo for that, good museum there) However the longhouse is extraordinary, and there are people inside explaining you stuff. We did not participated to the feast because everyone said it was too expensive for what it is, but the longhouse in itself is worth it. Definitely.
  • The exhibition is a bit small, although with much detail in the headsets for each object. There is a short movie about the residents of the place (so-so but I guess a nice addition). The Viking ship down by the water was very nice - you can row the boat every hour out into the water, for 15 minutes. There is also a smithy and a small kiosk selling food and drinks. Outside of the museum they made a big Viking stew with lamb, sold at outrageous prices (although it looked nice). The other halls of the Viking place were interactive, and gave a good feeling for how it could have looked once upon a time. The coffee place/restaurant is made int the form of a Viking hall, but with glass everywhere - it was very stylish!
  • It was an interesting place to visit but we felt that it didn't live up to expectations or take full advantage of the possibilities that the Viking culture provides. If you don't know much about Vikings, you'll leave not knowing much. We learned a lot about one man, as its his home, but still you leave with the impression that they were peaceful farmers. We had hoped for more experiences, or learning more about Viking culture, origins, and fall, but instead left feeling like the experience was "ok". It's like they got 90% of the way there and then stopped. The long house was really cool and well built, but when you're inside it's filled largely with tables, and not much is said about the function, who lives there, who was invited, which rooms did what (there was a small description in the last room of the layout).
  • Nice interesting museum but too modern and money-seeking. I exoected something more authentic.
  • Great reproduction of viking house, and staff are well informative & friendly services. As museum, they should have more historical items to display.