Are you a big fan of Norse mythology? Is Thor your favorite comic book character? How about Loki? Are you a habitual watcher of the History channel's acclaimed drama series, Vikings? Then you can probably consider yourself a fan of Vikings history and if so, then this is the perfect list for you.
There are destinations all over the world rich with Vikings history. Whether you want to learn about their day-to-day lives, their time on the battlefield, the way they dressed, their myths and legends; odds are, there's somewhere out there for you to visit and get some hands-on knowledge about their fantastical past.
10 10. L'Anse aux Meadows
In Newfoundland, you can visit the legendary L'Anse aux Meadows. On historical record, it is said the Vikings landed on these very meadows more than 1,000 years ago. Located in Canada, the L'Anse aux Meadows is a registered UNESCO World Heritage Site. This location is the only authenticated Norse site in North America, according to their travel website.
If you visit the recreated Viking encampment, you can do fun activities like blacksmithing and even talking to the character actors who walk around to add an air of authenticity. Norse mythology is discussed frequently by storytellers who are happy to regale tourists with tales of Loki and Thor.
9 9. Glaumbaer Turf Farmhouse
In northern Iceland, you can visit the Glaumbaer Turf Farmhouse. Viking ruins were discovered within 150 meters from the turf farmhouse and even a Viking longhouse. The turf is worth visiting because it has been preserved since 874 AD. All in all, the farm contains more than 10 different buildings.
It has been run as a museum for years and even though it is not entirely devoted to Vikings it contains plenty of integral Viking history that you won't want to miss out while planning your journey through Norse history. The best part is, looking around the area is free. You are only charged if you actually decided to go inside the farmhouse.
8 8. Trelleborgen Viking Fortress
The Trelleborgen, located in Trelleborg, Sweden, is the only known Viking ring fortress recreation in all of Sweden. Inside the fortress is a Viking museum, a shop, and even a reconstruction of a 14th century Viking farm. The fortress reconstruction was completed in 2005 and since then has become a popular travel destination for people who enjoy learning about the Viking lore and history.
If you visit, try and time your vacation so you'll be able to take part in one of the many Viking-themed events hosted in Trelleborg every year. They host a market, games, and even a midsummer celebration event.
7 7. Avaldsnes
The Viking Farm located in Avaldsnes, Norway is a dreamscape for avid Viking fans. You'll be able to experience life the way the Vikings did on this pristine old settlement. The area was created as an experimental archaeological program for researchers to experiment with the ways Vikings lived, concerning weaponry, cooking techniques, hunting, and more.
The Viking longhouse located on the farm is a recreation of the real longhouse discovered in Rogaland. There is a nearby Norweigan History Center with a fascinating Viking exhibit too. The exhibit showcases Norse mythology and highlights the ancestral beliefs along with detailing the ancient Viking lineage.
6 6. Waterford Viking triangle
Waterford is a gorgeous and historically rich city in Ireland. Actually, Waterford is known for being the oldest city in Ireland and guess who it was founded by? That's right, the Vikings. A big point of interest in the city is the Viking triangle where you can explore blackfriars, medieval towns, and museums.
The triangle got its name because the Vikings used to have walls surrounding the area. Guided tours are available in the area so you can check out the Waterford Treasures (all the notable museums in Waterfront), Reginald's Tower, and the Waterford Crystal. There is even a replica of a Viking longship near Reginald's tower.
5 5. The Viking Ship Museum
Vikings were well-known for their maritime adventures. If their methods of warfare and sea travel are of great interest to you, then schedule a visit to the Viking Ship Museum in Norway. It's one of the most famous Viking museums in the world because it contains the world's best-preserved Viking ships.
The ships found at the museums were all once ocean-going ships until they were brought back to the land in order to be used in burial rites. The museum also contains other important archeological finds from the era of the Vikings, including wood carvings and skeletons, many of which were found in Viking burial grounds.
4 4. Viking World
The Viking World exhibit is located in Keflavik, Iceland. Overall, it is a small museum but it is worth a visit if you are truly engrossed in Viking culture. Viking World houses an exact replica of the world-famous Gokstad ship. The original ship was excavated in Norway back in the 1800s.
The ship is a remarkable feat and was finished in 1996. There is an additional exhibit called Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga, that was commissioned by the Smithsonian Institute. It explores the history of the relationship between Iceland and the Vikings. The museum is also easy to get to and not particularly expensive.
3 3. Lofoten Islands
The Lofoten Islands are home to the notable Lofoten Viking Museum. In 1983, archaeologists discovered the home of a Viking chieftain on the island of Vestvågøya located on a Lofoten Island in Norway. The house was reconstructed into a museum, one that won an award for the European Museum of the Year in 2013.
Although the original house can no longer be entered, new buildings have been built to house recreations of the chieftain's home along with cooking sites, weapons, and more. The museum also extends outdoors so you can board a Viking ship and try and experience the landscape as the Vikings did.
2 2. Faroe Islands
The Faroe Islands are known for their splendor, scenic views as far as the eye can see, and its rich history. Did you know these islands are known for their vast Viking history? There are original Viking farms as old as 1,000 years. It's not surprising that the Faroe Islands, 18 archipelagos situated between Iceland and Norway, would be such esteemed grounds for fans of the Vikings.
Given Norway and Iceland's own history, it becomes obvious the Vikings would have traveled to and fro and passed through these magnificent islands. There are several different archaeological sites on the islands and even Viking burial grounds.
1 1. Dublinia
Dublinia is part of Dublin, it is found at the crossroads where old and modern Dublin meet. It's the best place to go for a rich trip back in time to the world of Medieval and Viking Dublin. There is a famous Viking museum where you can see real artifacts and even learn about their moss toilet paper!
They usually have actors dressed as Vikings to reenact moments from history and demonstrate the proper way to use Viking weapons. Outside the museum, you can also visit an old Viking house, Viking streets, and even board a Viking warship.