Ribe Viking CentreJuly 6 in Denmark
A few kilometres away from Ribe's motorhome park was Ribe Viking Centre. Now, museums don't usually draw us in, but this one seemed to be the Danish equivalent of The Black Country Museum or Beamish, so we thought we'd give it a go. Hopping on the tandem, we soon pulled into the bike park at this open air site.
First on the route was Hviding Manor, a reconstruction of a 34m longhouse. Stepping into the dark, it took a while for our eyes to become accustomed but when they did we saw people in period dress, peeling and cutting veg for the pot, which hung ready over an open fire. The benches were lined with animal hides, and painted shields and tapestries hung from the walls. A whole village, including church, harbour, farm, blacksmith and market had been created and there were enough staff dressed as Vikings to allow your imagination to stretch to what life must have been like back then. Real food was used, real wool was spun and real metal was heated and shaped. With the summer holidays already underway in Denmark, the kids of employees had even been enlisted to dress up and put on a show, playing games with sticks, ropes and leather bags, not a mobile phone in sight!
We ourselves were encouraged to sit and play the Viking equivalent of naughts and crosses, using a wooden board with draughts pieces made from pale and dark horn. Outside we were introduced to catching and throwing games. Everybody we spoke to knew English and the fact that so much of our experience was hands on meant we really enjoyed our time, losing ourselves in yesteryear! At 130kr (£16) each, the entrance fee was more than we were used to paying for attractions but it was most definitely worth it.
You can watch a 3 minute video of our experiences here on the VnW Travels You Tube Channel: https://youtu.be/u6kzz9Dnl60Read more