The Viking king's ship

Follow the Vikings - A King and a Ship

Around the year 900 a rich king died in Denmark. In order to set him on his way to the underworld, his magnificient ship was prepared and filled with valuables so that he could arrive to the underworld an important man.

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The Viking and his ship

When the king died, his ship was towed on land and filled with all his most valued belongings and things that he needed for his last journey to the underworld.

The ship was placed 50 meters from the sea and the king placed in the back end of the ship in his finest clothes and with all his finest weapons and everyday items. In the front of the ship 4 dogs and 11 horses were placed before a mound was constructed over the ship. This mount was clearly visible from sea indicating to all passers-by that a great man lay buried here.

That a great man was arriving in the underworld was not only visible in the valuable belongings that the king brought with him. The ship was a 21 meter long formidable war ship cleverly designed to sail along the coast line and through rivers and streams. The ship was constructed like a dragon and the head caused fear among people as the ship soared forwards.

Fast forward a 1000 years. Farmer Eriksen was walking across his field in Ladby stumbling upon some old iron. Little did he know that this iron actually was a 1000 year old part of a true Viking ship laying in the ground. Farmer Eriksen was actually stumbling upon this dragon-shaped ship of glory. Experts were brought to Ladby and it was decided that a museum was to be build on the spot allowing everybody to experience the Viking king's ship. Today a modern Viking museum, constructed in 2012, is located in Ladby but the main focus is still on the king's formidable ship.

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Follow the Vikings

'Follow the Vikings' is a collection of ten small educational pieces on Vikings, published in Danish by The ten pieces are all linked with historical Viking sites in Denmark and therefore allows you to both figuratively and literally follow the Vikings.

• Follow the Vikings – The last journey
• Follow the Vikings – Castles
• Follow the Vikings – Playing
• Follow the Vikings – Legends
 Follow the Vikings – Kings
• Follow the Vikings – The everyday life
• Follow the Vikings – Ships
• Follow the Vikings – Offerings
• Follow the Vikings – Rune stones

The Viking ship in Ladby
Trail of the Vikings

On the trail of the Vikings

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