Vikingeskibmuseet Roskilde

The Viking Ship museum in Roskilde

Photographs by Hanne Svensmark

Around 1080 in the narrow entrance to Roskilde Fjord five Viking ships were sunk, presumably to make it difficult for fellow Vikings to sail up and attack the city of Roskilde.

In the 1950s the wrecks were investigated first by sports divers and then by museum officials.

In 1962 a big cofferdam was built so that archaeological work could be done on dry land, this work lasted 7 years until 1969.

A beautiful museum next to Roskilde Marina was built to exhibit the finds. 

When they were digging a drainage channel to expand the museum in 1997 they found another nine buried ships!

What a peculiar quandary for a museum to be caught in: expand the museum again to display the new finds and potentially discover even more exhibits...

The recovered ships were in very good condition and a great deal has been learnt about the construction of Viking long ships.
So much has been learnt about the design of Viking ships that replicas are built and sailed by enthusiasts.
There are many period costumes on display, and occasional large shows.
The Viking Ship Museum has its own boatyard with a staff of about six boat builders, a boat-builder apprentice and a rope-maker apprentice. Work is carried out so that the public are able to follow the craftsmen at close quarters.

(You are relatively safe to be near Danes with axes nowadays.)

Das ehrgeizigste Wikingerschiffsprojekt der Welt befindet sich gegenwärtig im Wikingerschiffsmuseum im Bau. Es handelt sich um den Neubau des Langschiffs Skuldelev 2, das mit 30 Metern Länge eine Klasse für sich darstellt. Das Schiff repräsentiert die großen, seetüchtigen Kriegsschiffe der Wikingerzeit, die in Bardenliedern und Sagen beschrieben werden.

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