Viking Routes

Viking Routes

Viking routes


The Viking Age dates from around AD800-1050 during which Vikings achieved unrivalled boat building, navigational and seamanship skills allowing them to travel widely throughout Northern and Western Europe, the North Atlantic, into the Mediterranean and deep into the rivers of Russia and the Ukraine.

At a time when few people were travelling, the Vikings raided, traded and settled extensively. They established important mercantile centres such as at Hedeby, Birka, Jorvik, Dublin and Kiev. They also left a clear legacy behind them wherever they went. This can be seen in their early law courts, known as things, local place names and language, social structures, their legacies of art and literature and surviving archaeological sites. Much of the Viking story is recorded in the form of intangible heritage such as sagas, recounting the deeds and travels of the Vikings.

The Route is managed by the Destination Viking Association, made up of members from 10 countries with significant Viking heritage. There are around 50 sites on the route including examples of forts, towns, farms, quarries, ships, objects, museums, archaeological remains and reconstructed longhouses.

The Route is a traceable and identifiable non-lineal journey through the Viking world. The borderless Route encourages the exchange of stories, ideas and travel between shared Viking roots.

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More Viking routes

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1.Viking ship Museum, Norway
2.Borre cemetery, Norway
3.Moster Church, Norway
4.Urnes stave church, Norway
5.Stiklestad battlefild, Norway
6.Borg chieftain’s house, Norway
7.Museums Viking Material, Sweden
8.The Viking town of Birka, Sweden
9.Jarlabanke’s bridge, Sweden
10.Old Uppsala, Sweden
11.Themound of Anund, Sweden
12.The Sigurd rock carving, Sweden
13.The Rök Stone, Sweden
14.County Museum, Gotland, Sweden
15.Gettlinge cemetery, Öland, Sweden
16.Ale’s ship-setting, Sweden
17.The National Museum of Denmark
18.The Ladby Ship, Denmark
19.Viking Ship Museum, Denmark
20.The Trelleborg fortress, Denmark
21.The Lindholm Høje cemetery, Denmark
22.The Fyrkat fortress, Denmark
23.The Jelling stone and burial mound, Denmark
24.Moesgård Museum, Denmark
25.The Viking town of Ribe, Denmark
26.The National Museum of Iceland
27.The Arnastofnun Manuscript Institute, Iceland
28.Thingvellir, Iceland
29.Stöng farmhouse, Iceland
30.Reykholt, Iceland
31.Brattahlid, Greenland
32.L’Anse aux Meadows
33.Kvivik farmstead Fareoe Islands
34.Lindisfarne monastery, England
35.The Viking town of York
36.Gosforth Cross, England
37.Jarlshof, Shetland, Scotland
38.Brough of Birsay, Orkney, Scotland
39.Maes Howe, Orkney, Scotland
40.Kolbein Hruga’s Castle, Orkney, Scotland
41.National Museums of Antiquities, Scotland
42.Isle of Man, England
43.Viking Dublin, Ireland
44.Waterford and Limerick, Ireland
45.The Bayeux tapestry, France
46.The Viking town of Hdeby, Germany
47.Vanhalinna hillfort, Finland
48.Novgorod, Russia
49.Grobina, Latvia
50.Wolin, Poland

Destination Viking is a new travel experience concept. Partners from a number of countries have come together to develop a borderless tourism destination focusing on the Viking world.

Quality is a key word for Destination Viking - as a visitor you expect quality at every level, and we will deliver it. Quality means quality of activities, quality of presentations, quality of workmanship, quality of sites, quality of food, quality of souvenirs. In short: quality experience!