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Woman shooting with a bow and arrow at the Lofotr Viking Museum
Woman shooting with a bow and arrow at the Lofotr Viking Museum
Lofotr Viking Museum at Borg in Lofoten.
Photo: Kjell Ove Storvik / Lofotr Vikingmuseum
Lofotr Viking Museum at Borg in Lofoten.
Photo: Kjell Ove Storvik / Lofotr Vikingmuseum
Experience the Viking culture

Norway's top Viking sites

Interest in the Vikings has reached an all-time high in recent years. From newly discovered ships to living villages and high-tech exhibitions – here are some of Norway’s top Viking sites.

Travel back in time and explore authentic ships and treasures, as well as modern Viking experience centres filled with cutting-edge technology. Attend a Viking festival or challenge your inner Viking in one of the many villages that have been built as open-air museums throughout the country. Here are the main Viking attractions in Norway – from south to north.

The Oslo region

In June 2019, a 1600 square metre state-of-the-art interactive entertainment centre opened in the city centre of Oslo. With ground-breaking virtual technology, high-end film productions, and a 270-degree cinema, The Viking planet is the first of its kind in Norway. Step back in time and experience Norwegian Vikings like never before!

The Viking Ship Museum on the Bygdøy peninsula just outside Oslo’s city centre has long been the most popular Viking museum to visit. Here, the three preserved Viking ships found in Norway – Oseberg, Tune and Gokstad – are exhibited. They are ranked among the world’s best-preserved vessels from the era. Unfortunately, the museum is temporarily closed for construction of the new, more modern Viking Age Museum. The new museum is scheduled to open in 2025/26. In the meantime, you can visit The Historical Museum in Oslo, which contains exquisite objects from the Viking Age.

In recent years, archaeologists have discovered two new Viking ships in the Oslo region, creating headlines around the world. The latest find was in Horten in Vestfold in 2019. Vestfold is also home to several museums where you can dive into Viking history. At Midgard Viking Centre in Horten, you can visit the magnificent Gildehallen, a reconstruction of one of the Viking Age's largest halls, and see exhibitions that show many aspects of Viking life.

In the Viking hall at The Slottsfjell Museum in Tønsberg, you can experience Norway's fourth best-preserved Viking ship, the Klåstad ship, discovered in 1970. In Tønsberg harbour, you can see, and maybe even sail aboard, an exact replica of the world-famous Oseberg ship, built by volunteers of the Oseberg Viking Heritage Foundation. At the Kaupang Viking town in Larvik, you can experience Norway’s first urban settlement from the Viking Age.

All three museums are located just a one-hour drive from Oslo.

Fjord Norway

Viking fans have lots to look forward to in Fjord Norway. At the modern Viking museum Sagastad in Nordfjordeid, visitors can explore the 30-metre-long Myklebust ship, enjoy interactive exhibitions, and learn more about the region’s proud Viking history.

Viking house, located in the heart of Stavanger, is another groundbreaking concept. The museum uses VR technology to recreate the exciting life that the Vikings from the region once lived. Only a few kilometres away, by the Hafrsfjord, you can visit the impressive monument Swords in Stone (Sverd i fjell in Norwegian). This was the site where King Harald Fairhair united all of Norway into one kingdom in 872.

Avaldsnes on the island of Bukkøya near Haugesund is one of Norway’s most important historical places. Here, the first king of Norway, Harald Fairhair, had one of his seats during what many consider to be the golden age of the Vikings. Today, you can see authentic Viking culture as it unfolds in real life on the mainland, or join a digital historical tour using the "Time Travel" app. The Viking Farm was designed on the basis of archaeological discoveries made in the county. At Nordvegen History Centre, you can learn more about the chieftains and kings that ruled at Avaldsnes for 3,000 years. The museum tells the story of how Avaldsnes became the first royal seat of Norway.

Another highlight is the Viking village Njardarheimr in Gudvangen near Flåm, where you can experience how the Vikings lived 1,000 years ago, when Gudvangen was first founded. The 400 Vikings living here have unique knowledge about Viking life, and are more than happy to invite you to learn and take part.

Trøndelag

When it comes to Norwegian Viking history, one cannot forget Stiklestad in Trøndelag county. The site is famous for the Battle of Stiklestad in 1030, where the Christian Viking king Olav Haraldsson – later known as St. Olav – fell at the hands of local chieftains. He later became the patron saint of Norway. The battle marked the consolidation of Norway and a definitive breakthrough for Christianity.

This battle is recreated every July as an outdoor theatre event called “The St. Olav Drama”. The re-enactment coincides with the traditional celebration of Olsok, a festival full of story-telling, concerts, food, markets, and everything else you need to travel back in time and feel like a true Viking.

Stiklestad National Culture Centre is open year round and offers exhibitions, events, and fun activities. The Folk Museum at Stiklestad comprises around 30 buildings, mostly from the 1700s and 1800s. The buildings are brought to life with people, activities, music, and more at a variety of events held there throughout the year. 

Northern Norway

Spectacular remnants of Viking life are also found further north in Norway, including the remains of the longest building discovered from the period.

Located at Borg on the island of Vestvågøya in Lofoten, this 83-metre long structure has been restored and now hosts the Lofotr Viking Museum. The museum exhibits objects such as imported glass, gold and ceramics – artefacts that suggest that the area was once home to a wealthy and powerful clan.

Take part in a Viking feast, row a Viking ship, shoot a traditional bow and arrow or try setting up a timber frame building. Lofotr is a living museum offering fun, interactive experiences for Viking buffs of all ages.

Every year in August, Borg hosts a five-day Viking festival featuring more than 100 Vikings from near and far, and includes a market, competitions, theatre, concerts, and more.

Find Viking experiences

Visit historical sites, take a sea voyage onboard a Viking ship, or go all out and be a Viking for a day!

The Oslo region
The largest collection of items from pre-historic times and the Middle Ages found in Norway. Read more
The Historical Museum
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Fjord Norway
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Sagastad Viking Center is an exciting experience center for the whole family. Here you will become familiar with Viking history from Nordfjordeid, a… Read more
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Trøndelag
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The Folk Museum at Stiklestad National Cultural Centre
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Stiklestad National Culture Centre
Northern Norway
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In the center of Tromsø you will find the Enter Viking Hotel. Read more
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Explore the Viking Age with all senses at Norway's first digital Viking museum Read more
The Viking Planet
Midgard Vikingsenter was opened in 2000 with the purpose of promoting Vestfold's Viking heritage. Read more
Midgard vikingsenter
Approxomately 20 minutes walk from Nordvegen history centre, through beautiful cultural landscapes, on a small forested island, you will find the… Read more
The Viking Settlement at Avaldsnes
Viking House is a groundbreaking concept. For the first time, we get a Virtual Reality based world-class visitor centre to tell the Viking history of… Read more
Viking House
The world's most important discovery from the Viking era was made just outside Tønsberg in 1904; The discovery of the famous Oseberg viking ship. Read more
The Viking Ship Saga Oseberg
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Hamar Vandrerhjem Vikingskipet
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"Stiklestad Summer"
At Avaldsnes, you can be "Viking for a day". Dress up like a Viking and experience what life was like in the Viking age. What did Vikings eat, and how… Read more
Viking for a day at Avaldsnes
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Hamar Hostel Vikingskipet
Vikingegarden Maurenga is situated approx. 2 km west of Gardermoen. The building, interior and food, etc., are all based on the Viking theme. Read more
Vikingegarden Maurenga
An impressive reconstruction of the largest longhouse that has been found dating back to the Viking Age. Read more
Lofotr Vikingmuseum
The Vikingship Gaia, a replica of the Gokstad ship, was built in Sunnmøre in 1990. The ship is 23.55 metres long and 5.25 metres wide with a height of… Read more
The Vikingship Gaia
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In the Homeland of the Vikings with GuideCompaniet
Reconstructed settlement from the Viking Bronze Age. Fertility labyrinth, archery and story-telling. Read more
Bronseplassen Viking experiences
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With fantastic views of water, waterfalls, mountains, fjord, and glaciers, you will find Vikinghaug Apartments in Odda. The guests live in large,… Read more
Vikinghaug Apartments
The world's most important find from the Viking Age was made just outside Tønsberg in 1904, the famous Oseberg ship. Read more
Vikingodden
Viking Valley, Gudvangen - in the heart of the unique UNESCO listed Norwegian fjord landscape - is the setting for the town of Njardarheimr. Read more
Viking Village Njardarheimr
Kaupang Viking town is open during the summer season. Learn about the history of the Vikings' life in Kaupang town. Learn something new and experience… Read more
Kaupang Viking Town
Let the family enjoy an activity together in Nordfjordeid’s unique Viking-Warrior climbing gym at Hamna Activity Centre. Hamna Activity center have… Read more
Viking Warrior | Activity center
The Irish Viking is pub located in Haugesund city centre next to well-known statue "the fishermens". Read more
The Irish Viking
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Viking feast & Northern light
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Winter Fjordsafari & Ægir Viking Dinner
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"Olav - Viking and Saintly King"
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Snowshoe Hike & Ægir Viking dinner
In the center of Tromsø you will find the Enter Viking Hotel. Read more
Enter Tromsø Viking Hotel
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Viking Chieftain Tore Hunds Empire
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