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The walls come alive – it’s like stepping into
a Viking history bubble

The Viking Ship Museum in Oslo are expanding with a brand new attraction –
a wraparound video experience that brings history to life.

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Vikings have played a major part in Norwegian history, and in 2021 Oslo is getting a brand new Viking museum situated in Bygdøy.

For those who find a four year waiting period to be a bit much, the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo are now preparing a brand new attraction.

Norwegian broadcaster NRK are reporting that the University of Oslo are collaborating with Storm Studios, responsible for the visual effects in films such as “Kon-Tiki” and “Trollhunter”, on the making of an animated experience that is to be projected onto the walls and firmament of the museum.

Here, visitors will follow the tale of a Viking ship from the time it is built until its journey ends.

“We have to show that these ships have lifespans, the same way people do”, says archeology professor Jan Bill to NRK.

“They are built by a king and later repurposed as tombs for the king who had the ship built.”

According to the report, standing inside the projection alongside the historical ships feels like “standing in a bubble looking out on the Viking age”.

Work on the animation will be completed April next year, but until then there are plenty of other of activities for those with an interest in Vikings.

Here are three top tips for Christmas and winter.

1. A Viking feast under the northern lights – Lofoten

 

One of the main attractions at the Loftr Viking museum in Lofoten is the opportunity to participate in an authentic Viking feast in a reconstructed chieftain’s house – with the chieftain and his wife playing host.

Visitors partake in a traditional winter sacrifice to bring back the sun, whilst Viking slaves serve plenty of mead and lamb cooked from ancient recipes.

And if you are yearning for a glimpse of the northern lights, just stretch your legs in the yard right outside the door and tilt your head skyward.

2. A virtual Viking park – Borre

Borreparken
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Borreparken.
Photo: Midgard historisk senter

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Borreparken.
Photo: Midgard historisk senter

One of the more inventive Viking experiences is the app “Vikinghallen” made by the Midgard Historical Center in Borre near Horten.

The app is focused on the Borre Park, an area featuring a large number of great mounds – graves made for Viking leaders, that became important symbols of power. The remains of two great Viking halls have also been discovered here.

Wandering the park with the app loaded, visitors can see what the park looked like during the Viking ages and explore the Viking hall that stood here 1,200 years ago.

The center is also offering guided tours based on the app. It is open every Sunday, starting January 8th.

3. The Viking Ship Museum – Oslo

 

Even though the animated experience doesn’t arrive until april, there are already plenty of things to see at The Viking Ship Museum in Oslo. It is hard not to be impressed by the museum’s trio of well preserved Viking ships: Tune, Oseberg and Gokstad.

The museum also features rotating exhibits. Until the end of the year, visitors can see how a Viking axe was crafted and explore the diaries and notes of professor Gabriel Gustafsson, the man who led the excavation of the Oseberg ship.

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