See how a Viking blacksmith lived in about the year 900 AD. VikingHjem comes from the Old Norse heimr, which means ―to lie, settle– and refers to the home of a Viking.
With its timber frame, planked wall design and sod roof, the VikingHjem is a typical structure used throughout Scandinavia and Northern Europe during the latter Dark Ages to the early Middle Ages and could have served as a Danish Viking’s home and place of business.
From the blacksmith shop and woodworking area of the Hjem, to its attached living space, the interior appears as it would have in the Viking Age around 900 AD. A small fire pit is positioned in the center of the large room and around it is the living space, with stools, tables, weapons and shields, furs, and beds.
The work area is complete with tools and ongoing projects of a Viking blacksmith. Iron-made goods were a big commodity and since he created tools and weapons for others, the smith was one of the most important people in the Viking society.
The VikingHjem is the site for Viking reenactments and it’s a fun time to stroll around the camp, watch live steel combat, see Vikings in training, and play Viking games. From time to time, it will feature demonstrations, as well as presentations of the period’s arts and crafts, such as metal casting, weaving, woodworking, etc.
Learn more about the Vikings in Danish Culture & Traditions. To find great reading on Viking history as well as ships and iron goods in our museum store, click here.