Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Roskilde's Viking Ships



Roskilde 

I have a slightly inexplicable love affair with Denmark. It's not the most dramatically beautiful of landscapes, but from the moment I first landed there (in 2005) I just felt extremely comfortable.

As part of my 2005 trip, I spent a few days in Copenhagen, the most memorable aspect of which was a day trip to Roskilde to visit the cathedral and the viking ship museum. So when we found out that we'd have to pass through Copenhagen in order to get to Greenland, I suggested we extend our trip for just long enough to take in a couple of days in Roskilde.

The viking ship museum looks after the remains of three ancient ships which were found in the sea nearby. But the most interesting part, to me, is their reconstruction work. They've built replicas of all three of the Roskilde ships (and several other boats), frequently take them out to sea, and even sailed one of them across the Atlantic. There are enough videos and tales from the voyage to make a sea-loving girl's heart flutter.

Definitely a fun day out - if you love boats half as much as I do, then this is a worthy diversion from Copenhagen.

Also, it's hard to overstate the entertainment value provided by watching a group of uncertain tourists learning to row...

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(At least none of them fell in the water!)


19 comments:

Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds said...

Wow. That looks like an adventure. Very cool that there's a place in the world where you can do it!

Tractor Mom said...

How cool!! My Hubby would LOVE this! Just wish we lived closer...maybe one day......

Come by when you can...

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blueviolet said...

I can only imagine the chaos taking place in that boat!

LindyLouMac said...

Not yet visited Denmark, but have seen Viking ships in Norway, would love to have a go!

Jo said...
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Jo said...

Now, that last line disappointed me-ha!

Nice pictures -- I hope to get there one day. I love the simplicity of Denmark. The people there simply seem to have the secret of life.

Stopping by after a long blog absence, glad this is finding you happy and well.

Peace and serenity,
~Jo
'The End Of The Rainbow: Life After Bankruptcy'

Jumbleberry Orchard said...

Ohh...I visited Denmark a couple of years ago, and I simply loved it - when I return I'll be sure to bear this in mind!

Kel said...

I've been to Denmark, but the closest I've ever been to a "real" viking ship was at in Norway at EPCOT. :) Glad no one toppled in.

smilla4blogs said...

Those graceful wooden boats are so beautiful (and evidently very seaworthy!) You made an excellent decision to delay your trip to enjoy these lovey Viking crafts!

Sam Liu said...

Wonderful post, the photographs are marvellous. I've never been to Denmark, though I would love to go one day :)

Stephanie V said...

Rowing is one of those things that looks easy - until you actually have to make the boat go somewhere. A good skill to have.

Fly Girl said...

I didn't know you loved Denmark so much. Viking lore has always been fascinating to me. The museum looks cool but I probably would have been the one falling into the water!

Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish said...

Wow! That would be so cool! Of course I am so clumsy I would be that person who ended up actually falling into the water!

Kazzy said...

My father-in-law lived there for 2 years as a missionary after he served in WWII. He loves it too and still talks about it with stars in his eyes.

ScoMan said...

Vikings are pretty cool, and now I know to research them further I should spend some time in Denmark.

Ladyulia said...

hm...
cant wait for your new post dear :D
and wish me luck
I wanna see denmark as well someday :)

The Blonde Duck said...

See, if I got in the boat I'd do something uncooth like wear a horned helmet.

Velva said...

Somehow I would think that falling into that water would be really cold! I would love to learn to row in Viking replica-awesome.

MJ said...

As an epic rowing nerd, this amuses me immensely. I'd have loved to have seen an EJECTOR CRAB! with one of the clueless tourists!

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