1000 year mark of the Vikings coming to England

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.

Denmark is a Viking country and for thousands of years, the Vikings were superior at sea and kings of the battle-fields, dominating the culture and history of Northern Europe.

Viking holiday treasures

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. For children, there are hundreds of history museums with interactive exhibits and living museums outdoors. So step back in time and venture into the history of Denmark.

JORVIK Viking Festival

1000 years ago when York was under Viking rule, great celebrations took place in February called ‘Jolablot’ to herald the coming of spring and the survival of winter hardships. These celebrations were long forgotten until the 1980s when York Archaeological Trust revived Jolablot. Learn more about the Danish Viking history and 'meet' vikings from all over the world at the Jorvik Viking Festival.

Viking trips

Go raiding in Denmark's Viking past! Look at genuine longboats, walk among monuments and burial grounds, inspect the pallisades of Viking fortresses and learn more about the Danish Vikings and their role in world history.



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1000 year

2013 - we are marking the arrival of Danish Vikings at the English shores exactly 1000 years ago. Viking King Forkbeard and his son Canute came and drove out Ethelred the Unready - this was the beginning of our English-Danish shared ancestry.

Now - explore further a history beyond imagination and be inspired to plan your own Viking journey in Denmark.

Viking Denmark

Danish Vikings

The merciless ancient Danes that still strike fear into the hearts of people around the world.