The Viking Age has ended for about 1000 years, but its historical relics, stories, art and culture are still maintained in some particular ways. Today, in Scandinavia, there are villages where the people actually are living like their ancestry. Of course, it’s not in the sense of them acting as looters, raiders or brutal pirates who would threaten other lives. They have been simply making a lifelike re-enactment on the daily life of the Viking times. There have been groups of Scandinavians who enjoy this Viking lifestyle for their entire life, while others have come to experience modern Viking life in a few days. No matter what age, race and gender you belong to, you’re welcome in this medieval village.
Lifestyle In A Norway Village For Vikings
In 2017, Fjord Norway welcomed a brand-new medieval experience for the Viking lovers. The site is called ‘Njardarheimr’, well-known as the home dedicated to the Northern God Njord. As a new historical and cultural area, the site was created with a particular aim to represent a prehistoric Viking village.
For the past two decades, the Viking market has been held at this location every summer. Because it was also a major trading post for the Vikings, more than 100 members of the Najadar Viking Association visited the village to organize activities such as trading, archery, crafts, cooking, and weapon-making. The village is also known as the Gods’ Field.
In 2016, work started on making the village more solid and complete. Following that, the public was allowed to visit the first tier of the village. There are 20 wooden houses totaling up to 1,200 square feet in size. This was an ideal location for the village’s true Vikings to settle.
The Viking Experience In The Modern Day
Visitors of all ages will not need a time machine to return to ancient Viking day when they visit the village. They not only dress up as Norsemen, but they also eat and do other things like real Vikings.
The Viking experience begins with a 45-minute tour through the village. An assigned guide at the village will assist you in traveling back in time, immersing yourself in old Viking stories that you may not have had the opportunity to learn. Vikings have a rich culture, and it’s critical that you understand and love it before you try to live like one.
Visitors are allowed to walk around the village of Njardarheim and see many old scenes that only appeared a few decades ago. Cattle heads are hung from spears outside the village’s houses. The authentic sounds of the village’s activities paint a vivid picture of a Viking town.
Diving Into The Viking Lifestyle
Aside from the fascinating observations, all children, young people, and the elderly are welcome to participate in the activities here. Many young people participate in activities such as archery, tug of war, and sword fighting. In the meantime, women, the elderly, and children compete in cooking competitions, weapon making, and crafts.
Don’t expect the food to taste like anything you’d eat at home in the modern day. The Vikings have long used a wide range of exotic herbs and spices for both food and medicine. These include thyme, basil, cinnamon, and wild garlic, which are frequently brought back from European trips. Bread and soup, cabbage salad, and pan-toast with salmon, sausage, and sour cream make up a traditional meal. All food must be made with only authentic Viking recipes. So you can not only live like a Viking, but also eat like one!
Noteworthy Aspect Of The Village
Olafr Reydarsson was the ruler of the Viking town of Gudvangen in Najardarheim. For the past 22 years, he has been a full-time Viking. Needless to say, Vikings like him are the main source of income for keeping the village alive and appealing.
Vikings have always had high expectations for what they have built. Visitors who come to integrate into village life are expected to follow the rules and way of life. Any visitor who needs to use the phone must change into street clothes and leave the village.
When you visit this village, you are not only fascinated by items that appear to have been lost thousands of years ago, but you are also impressed by the Vikings who run it. They are well-versed in their history and are eager to share it with those around them. So this is not just a man-made ancient village for visitors to see, but a real community where the Vikings lived in the modern day.
In case you forgot or still haven’t known about daily life during the Viking times, we’d like to tell you a bit about it before you come to that unique Viking village.
What Did Vikings Live In?
Each Viking family in a village would have a farmstead or a longhouse where the family members and farm animals lived together in the same space. Every day, women spun silk, produced cloth, sewed clothes, cooked, took care of their children and did some small work on the farm. Meanwhile, men are in charge of plowing, raising farm animals, cutting trees, building houses, and other jobs that require strong health. Viking children did not go to school; they must stay home to help their family with the farmwork and house chores.
What Were The Vikings' Daily Activities?
There used to be a lot of members in such a Viking grand family. That is why they had to live in a longhouse sharing house tasks, food, and living space. Everything seemed to evolve around farm work back then, however, they also knew how to entertain themselves. Several common outdoor activities back then could be tug of war, archey, wrestling, stone throwing, sword play, etc. Besides, the Vikings enjoy indoor games as well, especially board games. Some of them were known as pretty much the same as chess in our modern days.
At nights, the Vikings often gathered around a fire to chat or have late dinner. They told each other stories of gods and monsters, had grilled meat and warmed their bodies during cold weather.
What Are Vikings Known For?
The Vikings are known as healthy, brave, intelligent, ambitious and having strong mindset. They loved to explore new challenges and were combative in battles. Nevertheless, not all of the Vikings are bloodthirsty. Some came to another place to just live a peaceful life without plaguing anybody.
Vikings are actually very hygienic and care about their appearance. They often wear layered and brightly colored clothing, jewelry and handcrafted accessories; older people had long beard. Also, many archaeological documents show that the Vikings were actually very clean. Toothpicks, nail clippers, combs, brushes and various cleaning tools were found in Viking graves.