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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Christie Lin (21 months ago)
Very cool viking history reappear. Special and unique museum activity for viking experience. You can buy some good stuff with good price from the museum store.
Cathryn McCormack (2 years ago)
Time constraints of the Hurtigruten land expedition made the Viking Feast unfortunately way too brief. It was a fabulous evening with well-informed and entertaining staff keeping character throughout. The long-house was impressive and full of authentic and intriguing decorations. My biggest regret was to leave my wallet on the ship so couldn't purchase anything from the fantastic array in the gift shop.
James Trupiano (2 years ago)
The location was beautiful and the reenactments fantastic. The one thing we didn't particularly like was the movie and storyline that seemed theatrical and not as much historical. We were really interested in hearing and seeing a movie and some exhibits that better showed how vikings lived and what it was actually like during that time. All in all, the museum was nice and we would recommend it as a stop in Lofoten.
Alan Taylor (2 years ago)
Very good and a great feast in the long house with our Viking hosts. Coming off the cruise ship we unfortunately had limited time, would have enjoyed another hour to have a better look around. Worth a visit.
Finian Roantree (2 years ago)
Amazing!! Really enjoyed my time here. There was heaps of information about the Vikings, including many things I didn’t know. The best part is the tour of the long house (attached photo), it was really interesting to see how the Vikings lived and worked. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who has time to visit.
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