6 ways to live like a Viking

Two words: Viking. Ships.

Located just west of Copenhagen is Roskilde, a historical city which also happens to be home to The Viking Ship Museum - and the only place in the world where you can go sailing in an actual Viking ship. Here are six things that make this place the definitive destination for Viking lovers

#1 You can conquer the seas like one

The Viking Ship Museum | Martin Heiberg Hjortsø

The Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde began with the discovery of several sunken ships in the nearby fjord in the 1960s. Fast forward to today, and several ships have been reconstructed and are now as seaworthy as any boat out there.

#2 And it's the only place in the world where you can do it

The Viking Ship Museum | Martin Heiberg Hjortsø

In case anyone is still in doubt about which of the Nordic countries is most serious about its Viking heritage, this should settle the debate once and for all.

See also: How to get to Roskilde from Copenhagen

#3 You can eat and drink like they did 

The Viking Ship Museum | Martin Heiberg Hjortsø

The Viking ships aren’t the only way The Viking Ship Museum has reconstructed the Viking way of life. They also do food tastings, and ‘mead’ (an ancient alcoholic beverage based on fermented honey) deserves an honourable mention as well.

#4 You can study their history

The Viking Ship Museum | Martin Heiberg Hjortsø

Apart from the reconstructions, the museum also boasts a serious collection of very well-preserved (and very real) ship remains – some of which date back nearly a thousand years.

#5 You can admire the world's biggest reconstructed Viking ship

The Viking Ship Museum | Martin Heiberg Hjortsø

Havhingsten (‘The Sea Stallion’) is the world’s biggest reconstructed Viking ship, accommodating a crew of 60 people. And of course, it’s also based in Roskilde – at least when it’s not out doing raids.

#6 You can become a Viking yourself

The Viking Ship Museum | Martin Heiberg Hjortsø

The museum has a variety of Viking apparel, equipment and weaponry, some of which you can try on for size yourself. They also host several ‘Viking games’, where battles and raids of yore are brought to life in front of a crowd of spectators.

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