The image of the Vikings we have has been coloured over the centuries by assumptions. Vikingaliv, Stocholm’s newest museum, would like to show a correct image and relies only on established facts. This is not always easy because new information is still added through the excavations, for example, in Uppåkra in Skåne.
Life of the Vikings
For those who have to admit that they do not really know a lot of the Viking age, the museum has a comprehensive timeline. In addition to the many info tables (English / Swedish), there are also interactive panels and videos where you can wittness testimonials of different Viking characters. For example, there is Völva, a kind of priestess who also returns in the story during the ride “Ragnfrids Saga” on the lower floor.
One of the highlights of the museum is a replica of a Viking. Through DNA research on a skeleton from a museum in Sigtuna, they could reconstruct how a Viking looked. This replica has been done extremely well. It really looks like a lifelike person. If he would suddenly start talking or moving, it would not even surprise me!
The guides in the museum are very helpful and knowledgeable about the Viking Age and they can give you extra information if you want.
Where the upper floor of Vikingaliv is mainly informative and educational, the ground floor offers a surprising ride. A 10-minute drive takes you to the time of the Vikings. You can choose the language yourself. Unfortunately, Dutch is not available.
Ragnfrid and her husband Harald play the lead. You are seated into carts and end up in the middle of the Viking era. Together with Harald you go on a trip. I do not want to explain too much, but this ride really makes visiting the museum worth the effort. All the pieces of information you get in the first part suddenly fall into place and I could imagine it all much better.
End your visit to Vikingaliv in the museum shop and the Glöd restaurant. We stopped for a short fika and the cardemum bullar have been approved by us! It is nice with views over the water and the islands across Wasahamnen. They serve food with a Nordic touch. Most dishes are ecological and seasonal.
Vikingaliv – practical
Vikingaliv is located at Djurgården, near the Vasamuseum. Take tram 7 and get off at the Vasa / Nordiska Museet. Walking from Gamla Stan brings you in around 20 minutes (along Strandvägen) to the museum. For access prices and opening hours, you can visit their website.
Meet the Vikings
Can’t get enough of Vikings? Until September 2017 you can visit an exhibition about Nordic myths and sages at Historiska Museet. You will find one of the largest exhibitions with artifacts and stories about the Vikings and their role in slavery. You will also find a whole collection of gold and silver treasures.
More about the Vikings? Visit Birka and Sigtuna!