Lofotr Viking Museum, Vestvagoy

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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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  • This is a great example of being able to touch and feel the artefacts... however, it was disappointing that not all the activities were manned and there were no outside activities, despite it being a ...  more »
  • This is the best example of a recreated Viking long house. The interior was divided into four sections and I was able to participate in weaving, spindle spinning, grinding corn, and being thoroughly e...  more »
  • Awesome Viking lady who told authentic Viking stories (in English). Great movie and exhibits with recorded descriptions of archaeological finds. Hands-on exhibits in reconstructed long house, includin...  more »
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  • Great museum with the traditional mixed with the usual museum elements. It's very interactive and they try to relate through an active learning experience - you can go on a long boat ride throw axes and shoot bow. They have a couple of big boar like pigs and a functioning blacksmith. The longhouse is the key element of the museum. Over all well worth visiting.
  • A fun place for the whole family, everyone enjoyed the interactive history lesson and museum displays. There is also archery, hammer throw and a boat. And lovely views. The food was good to, much of it using core ingredients that would have been available in viking times.
  • There are 2 main parts to this museum. In one part, there are relics such as tools, bits of weapons and jewelry found at the excavation of the long house site. In the reconstructed long house, there are replicas of items from Viking life to touch and play with. First a guide explains the lifestyle and mythology, then try on chain mail, get a photo in a helmet or on a pelt strewn bed. See games and kitchen items, watch a costumed guide weave Viking style. So much to see.
  • Ok museum. Spend 2 hours here. All ships and farmhouse are reconstructed.
  • 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!