Lofotr Viking Museum

Vestvågøy, Norway

The Lofotr Viking Museum is a historical museum based on a reconstruction and archaeological excavation of a Viking chieftain's village on the island of Vestvågøya. In 1983, archaeologists uncovered the Chieftain House at Borg, a large Viking Era building believed to have been already established around the year 500 AD. A joint Scandinavian research project was conducted at Borg from 1986 until 1989. Excavations revealed the largest building ever to be found from the Viking period in Norway. The foundation of the Chieftain House at Borg measured 83 metres long and 9 metres high. The seat at Borg is estimated to have been abandoned around AD 950.

After the excavation ended, the remains of what had once been the long-house remained visible. The long-house has been reconstructed slightly to the north of the excavation site. In 1995, the Lofotr Viking Museum was opened. The museum includes a full reconstruction of the 83-metre long chieftain's house, a blacksmith's forge, two ships (replicas of the Gokstad ship, one in full scale size) and their boathouses, and various reenactments intended to immerse the visitor in life at the time of the Vikings. The main building was designed by Norwegian architect, Gisle Jakhelln.

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Founded: 500 - 950 AD
Category: Museums in Norway

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Alan Gee (6 months ago)
We went here as part of a trip organised by Hurtigruten. We only had one hour here and by the time we had been ushered in, sat down and eaten our dinner it was virtually time to go so had to quickly go round the house through the shop and to the awaiting bus. Definitely could do with more time here to look around properly. The meal experience was good and the food representative of the period. We enjoyed the experience and the staff tried hard to make it authentic. The prices in the shop seemed reasonable (what little we saw of it) so if a bit more time we may have bought something?
Kate Hirst (8 months ago)
Although you know lots of tourists pass through this museum the experience of a viking feast feels incredibly authentic. I visited whilst on the northern part of a Hurtigruten cruise and time is limited because of getting back on board. That said, we had a fantastic guide who gave us lots of info on the coach going to and from the site. I loved it.
Juho Risku (13 months ago)
Luke this museum a lot, it gives quite a bit of practical touch along with renovated Viking house as well as Viking boat trip. Good stuff in case of rain prevents climbing…
Jannes (14 months ago)
Great museum. Very interactive and for all ages: they had Medieval board games and props to put on. I learned a lot and I would like to return. The people were all dressed in Medieval clothes and they were very friendly. Outside of the museum are 2 viking age ships and a place where shows are organized. I recommend this museum to anyone that is interested in the Viking Age and in Scandinavian History in general.
David Oliveira (15 months ago)
Really cool place with a nice representation of the viking house. I went in May so low season, and walk all the way down the path to find out the ship was stored, would like to have know that before walking that much.
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