Head south from Roskilde and you’ll come to the Viking stronghold of Trelleborg. This impressive ring fortress is surrounded by a 134-metre-diameter wall. Walk the site and visit ancient archaeological finds in the museum, next to a reconstructed castle. In summer, you can enjoy a fantastic Viking market.
From Slagelse near Trelleborg, drive west over the Great Belt Bridge (Storebæltsbro) to the island of Funen (Fyn). South of the town Kerteminde, you’ll find Ladby Viking Museum. This museum is at the site of a Viking burial mound found to contain a 20-metre-long Viking warship in which a Viking chieftan was buried along with his most precious things.
According to legend, the seat of power of ancient kings and sons of Odin, the Scyldingas, was located in Lejre in the Iron and Viking Ages. Archaeological finds testify to the fact that powerful men and women once lived here and their presence can still be seen and experienced in many of Lejre’s tourist attractions. Explore the remains of a unique stone ship in Gl. Lejre that is one of Scandinavia’s largest. Also visit the the exhibition Lejre of the Mythical Kings at Lejre Museum to learn more about the ancients.
You can also experience the adventure of ancient life hands-on. In Land of Legends, history comes to life as you visit houses and settings from the Stone Age, Iron Age, Viking times and the 19th century. The Maritime Research Centre offers authentic long and short Viking excursions in some of the biggest Vikings ships in the world.
Ribe’s Viking Museum
140km south west of Kerteminde in Jutland, you come to Ribe, Denmark’s oldest town. You can sense the history all around in this picturesque country town. At its Viking Centre, you can wander through a full-size reconstruction of Ribe’s Viking market place. See their film, Odin’s Eye, which also takes you back to Viking times.
Bork Viking harbour
From Ribe, head north west towards Ringkøbing Fjord. At its southern end, you’ll find Bork Viking harbour. Learn all about life in the area in Viking times at the new visitors’ centre and experience reconstructed Viking ships and houses.
Jelling rune stones and burial ground
Head east again from Ringkøbing Fjord and a few kilometres before the town of Vejle, you’ll reach Jelling – one of the most important historical sites in Denmark. Here you’ll find the incredible Viking rune stones, known as Denmark’s birth certificate. They tell the story of Denmark’s birth as a nation, as well as King Harald Bluetooth’s introduction of Christianity to the country.
From Jelling, head to Aarhus and further north to Hobro, around 135km away. Here you can visit the Hobro Museum and its rich collection of prehistoric and Viking archaeological finds. Close by, you can see the foundations of a large Viking castle.
Lindholm Høje, Nørresundby
40km north of Hobro, towards Aalborg, you’ll come to Nørresundby and Lindholm Høje – the biggest ancient burial ground in Scandinavia. The site dates back to the Iron Age and Viking period and contains a staggering 700 graves, marked with striking stone rings and patterns. There’s also a great museum for you to visit.
As a fitting end to this grand Viking journey, head to Aggersborg near the small town of Løgstør. Here you can wander around the atmospheric ruins of a round Viking castle fortress and absorb the thousand years of history you’ve collected on your journey back to Viking Denmark.