Denmark is famous around the world as a proud Viking land. There are many places in the country where you can not only visit Viking ruins and monuments, but also take part in thrilling Viking events and re-enactments. So grab a helment and prepare for battle!
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Whether you're in the market for Viking replica outfits or jewelry, or you just want to immerse yourself in a bit of history, Denmark's Viking markets are the perfect places to visit.
The Viking age
The Viking age is generally accepted to have lasted from the first Viking raid on the Lindisfarne monastery in Northern England in 793 to the decisive Battle of Hastings in 1066.
No matter where you go in Denmark, you are not far from Viking history. The country is scattered with Viking burial sites, fortresses, and indoor and outdoor museums. We have put together a guide of Viking sites, you can see on your holiday in Denmark.
North Jutland, especially Aalborg and the surrounding area, is packed with Viking heritage, Viking sites and Viking experiences. From burial sites and reconstructed dwellings to museums, Aalborg is a great destination for the Viking enthusiast.
The western part of Sealand is packed with Viking experiences. The area has great outdoor attractions with genuine Viking heritage, including a Viking-age fortress and the beautiful Åmosen Nature Reserve.
Jelling is located in East Jutland and boasts some of Europe’s most prominent Viking Age monuments, included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. Jelling is a perfect place to learn about Viking royalty and Viking life.
East Sealand is rich in Viking history and the relative short distances means that you can fit in many Viking attractions in one day. From genuine Viking ship exhibitions to outdoor museums, East Sealand has everything to satisfy your Viking craving.
Ribe is not only Denmark’s but also Scandinavia's oldest town. Ribe's Viking history can be traced back to around 710 AD, when it was a thriving market place by the Ribe River.
Denmark is the spiritual and historical home of the Vikings. Once feared across Europe for their raiding and pillaging, today's Vikings are a peaceful bunch who have traded in their longships for bicycles.
Denmark has a wide variety of world-class museums and there is something for all ages and interests. Whether you like history, art, nature or science, there's a museum for you. Here's a list of some of the more popular Danish museum attractions to get you started.
Shopping, sightseeing, eating, a night out... you can do it all in 48 hours in Copenhagen. The Danish capital is a fantastic city for a short break.
Getting to Copenhagen
Copenhagen Airport is modern and quick, and best of all, you can go from airport arrivals to the centre of town in less than 15 minutes!
As winter begins to rear its head in Denmark, the country explodes with Christmas markets. Enjoy a spot of present shopping, sample seasonal delicacies such as gløgg and æbleskiver or simply soak up the festive spirit in cosy surroundings.
Denmark is full of great things to do during the Christmas month! So fight the temptation to snooze in front of the fireplace and head out for some fun-packed days for all ages.
The official happiness report
Hygge is as Danish as pork roast and cold beer and it goes far in illuminating the Danish soul. In essence, hygge means creating a nice, warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people around you. The warm glow of candlelight is hygge.
The Danish word "hygge" (sounds a bit like “hooga”) roughly translates to coziness. However, that definition doesn’t quite cover it.
Traditionally the Danish Christmas tree is the common spruce type, also known as Norwegian spruce. In more recent time, the common spruce has made way for the Normann spruce as it lasts a bit longer and results in fewer scattered needles on your living room floor by New Year's Eve.