The Vikings were a political force that existed during the years between 750 – 1100 grouped by people from Denmark, Sweden, and Norway.
Visiting the Viking farm in Avaldsnes is one of the things-to-do in Norway to grasp the importance of Viking history in the past of
The origins of the farm
The farm is walking distance from the church at Avaldsnes in the small island of Bukkøy that was occupied by lords and kings, who for 3000 years controlled the shipping traffic in the coast of Norway. Avaldsnes is known to be the First Royal Throne of Norway. The legend says king Olav Tryggvason drowned here a group of wizards thousands of years ago for being against Christianity – he was king from 995 to 1000.
The farm was originally conceived as an experiment by an archeological research study assembled in collaboration with the Archaeological Museum in Stavanger. The researchers wanted to learn more about the Viking era, the building techniques of those times, the use of different tools and how the timber was prepared to use in these constructions.
The leading researcher and archeologist that designed the buildings in collaboration with craftsmen was Jochen Komber.
Today it acts as a cultural heritage site that is used for different purposes.
What you'll find
In the island, you'll see a boathouse used in a Viking warship, a barn, a roundhouse from the pre-Christian era and other smaller buildings. The main part is the longhouse, which was authentically reconstructed as one found in Oma, Rogaland.
Visiting the Viking Farm
The farm officiates as a Viking school for children from March to October.
In the summer season, it opens to the public during the evenings and during the weekends. Visitors can rent the longhouse, which includes a guided tour and a banquet around the fireplace. It is an experience that will transport visitors to the 19th century.
In June, a four-day Viking festival takes place at the farm and the island is filled with Viking campers that come from different parts of the world to set their tent and enjoy the many activities that are offered.
The festival is a way of preserving Viking traditions from generation to generation. Newcomers get to meet craftsmen, traders, sailors, musicians. It is a great place to learn more about the Viking age and make new Viking friends.