Ancient capital of Denmark

In the village of Vikings local enthusiasts give their tribute to history creating replicas of Viking ships. Doing so, they not only meticulously reproduce the parts of the vessel kit and materials, but also the ship building process that involves medieval tools. The results are so successful that five newly-built vessels are used for tourist voyages of various distances.

From 14 May to 30 September it is possible to cross the fjord of Roskilde by Viking ship. All the participants of the voyage will be involved in the process: setting the mast, rowing and probably steering. The ship leaves every day at different time. So it is required to find out the time of leaving in the ticket office at the entrance to the museum of Viking ships. The journey time is 50 minutes, including distribution of life jackets, learning about the ship and an intensive rowing course. Children under 4 are not allowed on board. Each child must be accompanied by at least one adult.

That will be the start of our excursion around this marvelous town. Having walked along the fjord, we will visit the Viking ship building museum, located nearby. Here everybody can put on Viking clothing, try a heavy sword, sign in the visitors’ book, write their names in the ancient runic letters, look closer at the process of making a sail for a Viking ship, watch a 14-minute video about the life of the Vikings of the time and visit a ship building workshop, where the Viking ships are restored.

In addition, in summer from 25 June to 31 August you can also (at extra cost):
- make your personal Viking coin as a souvenir
- paint a wooden shield according to the individual design
- make a chain of glass beads
- make an amulet with Thor’s hammer
- make a rope out of willow branches
- carve their names on wood in runic characters.

Video about a boat trip:

In 1020 Roskilde became the bishop’s residence, which made this town stand out of the other settlements at once and till the early 15th century it was the capital of the Danish state, but not Copenhagen. It was the place of the monarch residence and the most important decisions were made here too. Therefore, learning more about the epoch of the Vikings we will go to the city museum, where we will be able to see genuine artefacts of the Danish past, trace the history of fashion, furniture, toys and household items of Roskilde citizens.

Unfortunately, ancient original houses have not been preserved in the old capital of Denmark – the town of Roskilde. All of them were demolished either by fire or subject to reconstruction. However, there is a breath-taking place in the town – it is St. Lucius Cathedral, where 39 members of the royal family were buried. In 1170 bishop Absalon – not only a clergy man, a politician and a warrior, but also the founder of Copenhagen started building a new stone cathedral, which was to become the most important cathedral in Denmark. Construction lasted nearly 100 years and was completed in 1280. It required about three million bricks. Today Saint Lucius’s cathedral is a bright specimen of the brick Gothics, in 1995 included in the UNESCO World Heritage list.

A walk along the tombs is like a journey along the history of Denmark. The cathedral is divided into 6 large tombs where monarchs of different epochs were buried. Those who found their eternal rest here include:
- Margret I, who managed to unite all Scandinavian states under the Danish umbrella;
- Christian III – the founder of the Danish Protestantism;
- Frederik II, who built Frederiksborg castle;
- Christian IV, who was marked in the history as the "king – builder";
- Frederik V, who the Danes nicknamed the "Kindest", despite his highly loose morale;
- Christian VII, whose name is associated with one of the largest scandals in the history of Denmark.
- Frederik VII, who gave the "green light" to the Constitution of Denmark
- Christian IX, who was called the "European father-in-law", for he managed to arrange family ties with a number of royal families in Europe and many other members of the royal family.

Tour length: 4,5 - 5 hours

Tour price:
1 - 3  people 360 euro*
4 - 7 people 360 euro* plus minibus rental (200 euro)
8 - 15 people upon request.

The price includes the transfer to the museum and guide’s services. The entrance tickets to the Viking shipbuilding museum and the cathedral as well as the food and drinks are not included into the price.

*If during the excursion you have an opportunity and willingness to take a trip on a Viking boat across the fjord, you should take into account the extra time of the guide’s work (50 euro per hour) and the price of boat tickets (95 DKK or 13 euro per person)

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Specifics of the tour: an opportunity to see the way the Vikings lived, travelled and entertained themselves. This place will be especially interesting for the children as they will be able to represent the Viking personages and experience their life both on land and in water. During the walk along the royal tombs, we will plunge into the history of the Danish kingdom based on the example of its rulers of the past and present.

A trip to Roskilde

Viking boat crossing the fjord

Roskilde

 Shipbuilding museum in Roskilde

 Shipbuilding museum in Roskilde

 Shipbuilding museum in Roskilde

Roskilde catedral

Roskilde catedral

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