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    The longest Viking longship in the world is part of the Danish National Museum’s major special exhibition, VIKING, which will be exhibited at the National Museum in Copenhagen between 22 June and 17 November 2013.

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    On June 22nd, the National Museum of Denmark opens its international special exhibition, VIKING, which presents a modern picture of the Vikings and displays a large number of unique finds from museums in 12 countries.

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    Once feared across Europe for their raids and pillaging, it’s 1000 years since the Viking invasion of England by the Danish king, Swein Forkbeard* in 1013, and subsequently crowning of his son Canute as King of England in 1016, yet the legendary Vikings still provide fascination for those eager to learn more about this famous warrior race.

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    With four new flights plus the refurbishment of the grand dame of Copenhagen hotels and the opening of the world’s smallest hotel in the Danish capital, it’s never been a better time to visit Denmark in 2013. This year also sees the opening of a number of new attractions and exhibitions including Europe’s largest Aquarium and three new rides launching at Tivoli. Other watery highlights include a new Maritime museum in Elsinore and a major exhibition of the Viking’s seafaring past with the world’s longest Viking long ship on display. Here’s a round-up of what’s new for 2013

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    With Viking celebrations scheduled for 2013 and 2014 in both the UK and Denmark to mark the invasion of England by the King of Denmark and subsequent crowning of his son Cnut as the King of England, why not delve deeper into this fascinating history with a short direct flight under two hours to North Jutland’s capital Aalborg to discover this delightful region.

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    A thousand years ago, the Vikings forced themselves onto the world stage and left an indelible mark on many parts of Europe. Denmark, their homeland, has been shaped by Viking culture and here are some of the places you can see this most strikingly.

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    The Viking Ships In the Viking age, the easiest way of transportation was by ship and the contact between one end of Denmark to the other was only made possible by ship. The Viking ships also allowed for both trade and war to be expanded to for instance England. Vikings thus depended on their different kind of ships. There was the long and slender war ships built for speed and the broader and bigger trading ships built to transport goods.

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    Denmark is a safe country packed with fun offerings for all the family. From world class attractions, such as Legoland, to thousands of kilometres of unspoilt beaches, you'll find something for your whole family on holiday in Denmark.

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    Come and meet real Danish Vikings when they take over St Katharine Docks in London! See a sixty-foot Viking ship, docked at IMAGINATION for the entire three weeks. The Vikings will invade from 6 – 8 August, during which time you can take part in Viking activities, see Viking battles, forage for Viking coins and much more!

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    Covering 3,600 kilometres, Denmark’s famous Marguerite Route is well-known by locals as one of the best ways in which to explore the country by car. Based on Queen Marguerite of Denmark’s favourite drives, the route is characteristically marked by marguerite (daisy) road-signs and stretches from rustic islands of Falster, Lolland and Moen in South Zealand to the very top of North Jutland to Skagen and Grenen where the two seas, Kattegat and Skagerrak meet.

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    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.

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    Denmark is the spiritual and historical home of the Viking.

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    Discover atmospheric streets and get up close to local culture in Denmark's four fantastic city break destinations. In Aarhus and Aalborg, attractions and natural areas are within walking distance, making both cities easy to get to know on a short break. Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen, was just named the world’s most liveable city and you will quickly discover why when you take a Copenhagen city break.

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    Follow this easily accessible route around the country and piece together the Viking history of Denmark.

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    Hrólfr and Beowulf Many great legends and sagas exist from the Viking age. The legends are full of gods, heroics and supernatural elements. One of the better known legends is the tale of Danish king Hrólfr and the hero Beowulf which has inspired the Hollywood movie 'Beowulf'.

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    Denmark is full of exciting news in 2015, ranging from re-openings of state of the art museums, a Nordic Michelin Guide and even an European golf tournament.

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    From fascinating carvings to fully-preserved prehistoric corpses, Denmark's ancient origins are visible in many places and waiting for you to experience them.

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    Beautifully picturesque and steeped in medieval history, Denmark’s oldest and best preserved town Ribe's Viking history can be traced back more than 1300 years.

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    The Viking and his ship Around the year 900 a rich king died in Denmark. His ship was then towed on land and filled with all his most valued belongings and things that he needed for his last journey to the underworld.

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    After a good run, DFDS closed its route from England to Denmark on 29 September 2014. Please click here for alternative ways of getting your car to Denmark.

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    Visit Vejle and let yourself go in beautiful green nature and on the sandy beaches of the fjord. Go cycling over rolling hills or explore a Viking world heritage site in Jelling. Spend a day shopping on Strøget or pamper yourself with relaxing wellness treatments with a beautiful view over the Vejle Fjord.

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    Viking ships and Viking festivals with handson activities – and historic Viking fortresses. Denmark offers a unique chance to experience 1000 years of Viking heritage. Download itinerary as PDF

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    Just as West Jutland's landscape is dominated by the sea, so is its culture and heritage. Feel the maritime past pulse through you at museums, lighthouses, galleries and historical buildings across the region.

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    Explore the hometown of Hans Christian Andersen and Scandinavia’s oldest town, Ribe. And discover Viking history and the world’s first LEGOLAND – all in the Region of South Denmark. Download itinerary for The South of Denmark

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    From country towns and regional cities to wonderful wildlife and beautiful beaches, a short break in Denmark offers a huge range of possibilities that will appeal to all walks of life. And to really gain an insight into the country and its culture, what could be better than a visit to its very heart? The Trekanten region, located in the eastern part of the Jutland peninsular, is at Denmark's geographical centre and as such makes a splendid base from which to discover the essence of this thoroughly laid-back and enticing country.

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    Fly SAS to Denmark in only one and a half hour and experience good service and great fares coupled with on-time flights. Include 23kg baggage, online check-in and free seat reservation within your ticket price, and don’t worry about extra costs. Come and feel the atmosphere in Denmark's historic capital and at the same time a modern city.

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    Get struck by Cupid’s arrow in Denmark and take your loved one on a romantic weekend break. You will be seduced by world-class gastronomy, charmed by our old cities and captivated by coastline sunsets. Whether you choose to bike, walk or drive, Denmark is the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate.   

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    A green vibe flows through every corner of Copenhagen, whether you are looking to eat, drink, shop or sleep the city has an eco-friendly option for you. According to the city’s climate strategy Copenhagen is to be the world's first CO2 neutral capital by 2025. Take a dip in the Harbour or have a green smoothie - there is a lot to do. All of Denmark boasts more bikes than cars and the best way to explore it is by bike.  Try The Margurite Route, a scenic route that passes through spectacular countryside. 

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    This year it is 1000 years since the viking King Forkbeard and his son Canute came to the English shores and drove out Ethelred the Unready. After a long effort at conquest, and shortly before his death, in 1013 King Forkbeard became the first of the Danish Kings of England.

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    Viking Castles In the late 1000th century the Viking king Harald Bluetooth unified and rearmed Denmark. As a part of this armament he constructed circular castles around the country, their likes never seen anywhere else in the world.

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    You've seen the Little Mermaid, taken a Hans Christian Andersen tour and now you might be on the lookout for something a little different? Explore the weird and wonderful things that will make you see Denmark from a whole new perspective! Dive with sharks, get lost in a crowd of Santa Clauses and hike up one of Europe's biggest sand dunes.

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    It’s easy to get out onto the water and experience real Danish maritime history for yourself. A number of harbour towns around Denmark have important maritime attractions, festivals and vintage sailing ships to board. Here are some great places to discover Denmark’s history on the high seas.

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    Carefully selected for their fascinating history, attention to detail and gourmet food, Small Danish Hotels represent Danish hospitality and offer an excellent option for exploring Denmark’s regional cities and surrounding countryside.

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    Coined the ‘Garden of Denmark’, the island of Funen and its archipelago of southern islands combine some of Denmark’s most stunning scenery of lush rolling pasture lands, steep cliff tops and wide sandy beaches with a fascinating array of historic sights, beautiful fairytale castles and the urban appeal of Odense.

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    In Vejle you can come up close and personal to the history of Denmark, from the stone and bronze ages through the Viking era and to the present day. Highlights include Viking exhibitions and a world heritage Viking site in Jelling, the mysterious Ravningbro, the Barrow of the Egtved Girl, Vingsted Historic Workshop and the ancient Army route. The landscape is characterised by a wealth of church spires, castles and manor houses.

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    Denmark is steeped in a rich and diverse history, just waiting to be discovered. Come and find your own Viking treasures, try a trip in a Viking longboat or walk amongst ancient rune stones and burial mounds. The impressive legacy of Denmark's long, regal past also awaits you, in the many Danish castles and manor houses open to the public.

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    New Flights with Norwegian Airlines to Copenhagen from Liverpool Airport make the Danish Capital even more accessible

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    The Vikings Return  With Viking celebrations scheduled for 2013 and 2014 in both the UK and Denmark to mark the invasion of England by the King of Denmark and subsequent crowning of his son Cnut as the King of England, why not delve deeper into this fascinating history with a short direct flight under two hours to one of Denmark’s many Viking heritage sites.

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    The Viking's last journey In the Viking age it was tradition to burn the dead. This might seem weird but one explanation is given by the traveler Ibn Fadlan after experiencing the burial of a Viking chief. According to Ibn Fadlan, the Viking was dressed in his most beautiful clothes and with expansive gifts he was placed on a ship which was burned on a river. When asking why they did this, the Vikings explained that the Viking should not be eaten by worms or the earth but instead through smoke directly begin his life after death.

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    IMAGINATION– Discover the Danish Spirit is a fantastic three-week showcase celebrating the best of Danish culture, lifestyle, food and drink and VisitDenmark welcomes you all to discover what Denmark has to offer 27 July – 12 August at St. Katharine Docks in the heart of London.

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    The Viking life The everyday life of a Viking was all about obtaining food and shelter. This was no different for the children who worked and did not go to school. Everything that a child needed to know it learned by doing as the adults did. The Vikings were farmers and traders and the women took care of the household. The traveler Ibn Fadlan has explained that the Vikings traded like normal merchants, but tales from Christian monks explain how Vikings stole, plundered and captured people to use as slaves.

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    Viking fun and games Playing is fun. But playing is also an educational experience and can be used to better yourself. In the Viking age playing was not only for children but also adults played with each other. In old Nordic sagas it is described how men used jumping-games, throwing-games and running-games. Games and playing was their way of practicing before going to war and could therefore mean the difference between life and death.

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    The Danish monarchy is a popular institution in Denmark and is one of the oldest in the world. The current monarch, Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II, can trace her lineage back to the first Viking kings of Denmark over 1000 years ago. Denmark is a wonderful place to experience royal traditions, monuments, palaces and celebrations.

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    Discover Denmark's idyllic countryside on a self-guided touring itinerary using four wheels, two wheels or your own two feet

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