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Warriors, runestones, helmets and swords!
The Danes are famous for their Viking heritage and stories of Beowulf and war times. Read on for more information about the Danish Vikings

Denmark’s Viking heritage centres and markets are popular attractions where history is brought back to life. Here families can taste Viking food and watch craftspeople and warriors in action.

2013 - we are marking the arrival of Danish Vikings at the English shores exactly 1000 years ago. There will be a number of exciting Viking events in the UK throughout 2013. We kick-started a year of celebration at the Jorvik Viking Festival.

The Danish Vikings are back

1000 years ago Danish Vikings arrived at the shores of England and conquered the country. Dane geld was collected, King Forkbeard was crowned as king of England and the British people were under Danish Viking rule. Now the Danish Vikings are back but this time they come in peace - and they will even repay the Danegeld.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The annual Jorvik Viking Festival is the city-wide celebration of York’s Viking heritage and this year, VisitDenmark will join the celebrations along with a group of peaceful and friendly Danish Vikings.

From the 21-23 February the Danish Vikings will set up camp and take over Parliament Street in York with Norse mythology, runes, swords and lots of Viking fun. Even the notorious Viking hero Beowulf, who according to legend saved a Danish King by slaying a vicious monster, will join the celebrations and offer tips and tricks on how to fight like a real Viking.

Visitors will have the opportunity to watch Viking duels, dress up as Vikings and engage in real Viking activities such as coining money, ‘pulling ropes’, ‘throwing dinner plates’, learning the art of jewellery making - and if they have the courage, they can even get a Viking tattoo. This is also the chance to reclaim the Danegeld, collected by King Forkbeard’s Vikings from the British people 1000 years ago, in the shape of chocolate gold coins.

No place in the world has as much Viking heritage as Denmark and VisitDenmark are eager to share their Viking knowledge and stories so don’t miss out when the past meets the present in the centre York. Come meet the Vikings at Parliament Street, gain an amazing insight into how the Vikings lived, played and worked and be inspired to plan your own Viking journey to Denmark.

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Daily Programme 21-23 February

11.00 The Vikings are coming and they are ready for a fight

11.30 Viking Games - try ‘pulling ropes’, ‘throwing dinner plates’ and other true Viking games.

12.00 Hands-on Viking activities – find out if you have what it takes to survive in the World of the Vikings.

13.00 The Vikings are coming and they are ready for a fight

13.30 Viking Games - try ‘pulling ropes’, ‘throwing dinner plates’ and other true Viking games.

14.00 Hands-on Viking activities – find out if you have what it takes to survive in the World of the Vikings.

15.00 The Vikings are coming and they are ready for a fight

15.30 Viking Games - try ‘pulling ropes’, ‘throwing dinner plates’ and other true Viking games.

*Subject to change

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Kathrine Lind Gustavussen

Press Officer, VisitDenmark UK & Ireland
Phone: 07 500 955 133

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