Lofotr Viking Museum, Vestvagoy

Categories: History Museums, Museums
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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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  • a step back in time. really interesting and lot of things to do. There are a few artifacts that were found locally plus a recreated longhouse 
  • For the second time, we visited the Vikingermuseum in Denmark. It is very interesting to see how the old Vikings lived and exciting to hear the stories of the people. The Museum is modern equipped with audio guides and cinema, which runs a very moving film. You should but really time plan and not just run through.
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  • There were many learning aspects of the visit that included background information such as the beautiful film, "Dreaming of Borg." The exhibits in the chieftain's house were beautifully displayed and ...  read more »
  • 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).
  • Wow! Viking longhouse, ship under sail and lot's of artefacts on display - with guiding via headsets in multiple languages. Rather impressive
  • The museum is very well done, starting from the permanent exhibition: the audio description is well made, and they clearly put a lot of effort into making the laser device. The longhouse is incredible, it really seems like a dive into the past. The area of the lake itself is also very nice, with all the shops and the Viking ships: lots of handmade objects or food to buy in a friendly atmosphere, in which everyone is eager to explain what they are doing and a bit of viking history. The boat ride is nice and gives you a good perspective on how the Vikings used to navigate on water. Make sure to go to the museum during the Viking Festival, where ceremonies and events (axe throwing competition, arrow competition, etc.) make everything even more enjoyable!
  • I can definitely recommended to see Lofotr viking's museum in Borg... and also to smell! We have been there during our bicycle trip around Scandinavia in summer 2004. Restored large living house (chieftain's house) is equipped with replicas of original furniture, tools and decorations. Museum staff operates around some parts of exhibition in historic costumes and demonstrates typical activities, jobs and crafts. You can smell the odour of resin from the wooden logs, a smoke from the open fireplace and food prepared in the central hall and stink of animals stabled around and inside the house. We did not taste the food (it was quite expensive option), so we only dribble around the pot on the fire. ;-) Other attractions are scattered around the house - more craft workshops, (modern) church and Viking's ships in the cove nearby.
  • Happy to be here
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