Scan Magazine, Issue 144, July 2022

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Experience of the Month

Explore the Viking way of life at this historical Danish market Some might associate the Vikings with things like raids, but actually, only very few of them ever went abroad. Most Vikings stayed at home, perfecting their crafts for trading in markets. A reconstruction of such a market can be explored at Københavns Vikingemarked (The Copenhagen Viking Market), where you can get a glimpse of everyday life during the Viking Age. By Karen Gilmour Kristensen


Photos: Københavns Vikingemarked

For the second year in a row, the Viking market will invite visitors to engage with Viking history. Opening on Wednesday 3 August and running until Sunday 7 August 2022, the market will feature several activities and events throughout the week, including historical re-enactments of battles. Last year, Københavns Vikingemarked attracted about 10,000 visitors and the 62 |

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organisers expect the same number this year. “Visiting the market is a way of experiencing Nordic history and culture for yourself,” explains spokesperson, Dennis Fuller. “We strive to provide our visitors with an authentic view of the people who lived during the Viking Age.” A stroll through the stalls at the market will allow you to breathe in the different scents, listen to the type of music Vikings

enjoyed and explore what life would have been like for the Vikings, more than a thousand years ago. A living museum Adding to the authenticity are the hundreds of Viking re-enactors who will stay at the marketplace during the week. Their homes will look as authentic as possible, and they will dress accordingly. “The market needs to be telling a historical narrative,” explains Fuller. “We strive to match the atmosphere at the market with the current understanding we have of the Vikings, and it’s important to us that Københavns Vikingemarked is as authentic as possible. That’s why you won’t see our reenactors sitting on plastic chairs or wearing jogging shoes.”

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