Norway

Vikingvalley (NO)

Member of EXARC
Yes

Viking Valley, Gudvangen - in the heart of the unique UNESCO listed Norwegian fjord landscape - is the setting for the town of Njardarheimr, bringing to life the real history and culture of the Viking Age.

Viking Valley is a two hours’ drive from Bergen (five hours from Oslo). Here, between the fjord and the mountains the Naeroyfjord area was awarded World Heritage status by UNESCO in 2005, and has been described by National Geographic as one of the most beautiful places on the planet.

Conference Review: Norwegian Forum for Experimental Archaeology 2017

Črtomir Lorenčič (SE)
The Norwegian Forum for Experimental Archaeology (NFEA) is a yearly seminar aimed at presenting and popularising experimental research within archaeology. It has been held since 2011 at the Veien Cultural Hertage Park, and as the name implies, it is a gathering of Norwegian archaeologists, held and presented in Norwegian. In 2017, things were done a bit differently...

Viking Festival at Avaldsnes

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Norway

The Viking Festival, Avaldsnes has become the biggest Viking Festival at the West Coast of Norway. The Viking Farm will  be populated by more than 200 Vikings from all over Europe, living in their tents. The Viking Festival takes place at The Viking Farm, a 15. minutes walk from the Nordvegen History Centre and the St. Olav church.

Siri Neslein

Member of EXARC since
Member of ICOM
No
E-mail address
siri.neslein [at] gmail.com
Country
Norway
Crafts & Skills

Lives in Trondheim, Norway, and studied Archaeology at the Norwegian University of Science & Technology. She is a member of Trondheim Vikinglag.

Picture by Miras Kuźma

Lofotr Viking festival

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For Public
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Norway

Five days filled with market for Vikings and visitors, fight shows, theater and musical performances, workshops, Viking ship sailing, games and competitions. 100 – 150 Vikings from many European countries will be gathering at Lofotr, around the Viking ship harbor, in beatiful, natural and authetic surroundings.

The Movement - Comments on the Booklet How to Organize a Historical Event involving Reenactment Groups

Ingrid Galadriel Aune Nilsen (NO)
I have happily noticed that there is a movement within the re-enactment scene - a move towards discussing re-enactment and living history on a meta-level. In 2014 I published my festival guide How to organize a historical event involving reenactment groups (Aune Nilsen 2014). As a part of an EEA-grants project, we were asked to organize a re-enactment event in Transylvania...

Lands Museum (NO)

Member of EXARC
No

Lands Museum is located above the village centre of Dokka. We are a local museum of the Søndre og Nordre Land kommuner. The museum was established in 1927 to document and preserve the history of the Country. Today the museum is a centre for cultural and natural history, and is active with conservation and international wetland work.

In the open air area we have over 35 historic buildings that reflect the region's architectural style from the Middle Ages up to the 1900s. One of the houses is a reconstructed smoke cottage from right before the time the Black Death struck this area (1349). It was built in 2002 based on excavations in Oslo and Uppland County.

Midgard Vikingsenter (NO)

Member of EXARC
No

Midgard Viking Centre is part of Vestfold Museums IKS. It was opened on 27 May 2000 by HMS Queen Sonja and has as main objective to create and disseminate knowledge about the Viking Age in Vestfold.

Midgard Viking Centre is tasked with creating and disseminating knowledge about Vestfold Viking. The centre is located next to the beautiful Borre Hills, with Northern Europe's largest collection of monumental burial mounds from the Merovingian and Vikings. In 2007 remains of large hall buildings were found in the area, and in 2013 opened the Banquet Hall, a grand reconstruction of a Viking chieftain hall.

Stiklestad Nasjonale Kultursenter AS (NO)

Member of EXARC
No

Stiklestad is the battlefield where King Olav Haraldsson fell 29. July 1030, and he became known as St. Olav. The battle of Stiklestad represents the introduction of Christianity in Norway. The consequences of the battle were huge and led to that Norway got its first kingdom which eventually led to the state of Norway. Christianity was accepted as the only legal religion, after the killing of the Viking king Olav Haraldsson here. He became a saint and is today known worldwide as the saint of unification. The battle and the saint king made it possible for Stiklestad to act as a symbol of both Christianity and the kingdom.

The Stiklestad National Culture Centre has since 1996 been responsible for disseminating knowledge about St Olav. "The St Olav Drama" is presented on an open air stage at Stiklestad every year at the end of July. This is the oldest and largest open air theatre in Scandinavia. The centre offers exciting exhibitions, the Olav Museum, burial mounds and a Folk Museum. Throughout the year there are concerts, theater performances and family arrangements here. Today the centre also includes a culture house, a medieval farm Stiklastadir as well as an open air theatre and a hotel.