Vikings: Facts and Myths

We all think we know the Vikings, from the stories of raiding and plundering to Norse mythology and those horned helmets. But how much of this is fact, and how much is myth? Here's a brief overview to help you brush up on your Viking knowledge. You'll be ready for your own Viking adventure in Denmark after reading this!

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The Viking Age

The Viking Age lasted from the first Viking raid on the Lindisfarne monastery in Northern England in 793 to the decisive Battle of Hastings in 1066. The Viking Age had a huge impact on the medieval history of Scandinavia, Great Britain, Ireland and many other countries in Europe.

Viking boy

Who Were The Vikings?

The Vikings, or "Vikingr" in Old Norse, is the collective term used to describe the Scandinavian explorers, traders and warriors who raided, traded, explored and settled across large parts of Europe, Asia and the North Atlantic islands from around the eighth to the middle of the eleventh century.

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Viking facts
  • The Viking age lasted from around 793 to 1066.
  • Vikings came from across Scandinavia
  • Vikings were the first Europeans in North America
  • Vikings had their own runic alphabet, "futhark"
Viking myths
  • Vikings did not wear horned helmets
  • Vikings were not wild savages
  • Vikings did not drink from skulls
  • Vikings did not solely use battle-axes
Viking animation

The animation film is part of the new exhibition "Royal Residence and Ritual Site - The Vikings at Tissø". Visit Naturpark Åmose for more information .

Come to The Kingdom of The Vikings

Set sail and explore Viking Denmark. Live the history at Viking markets, festivals, and Viking battles. Plan your Viking odyssey here.