Fyrkat Viking Centre
An expedition through the Viking age
The Viking age has a special attraction for people of all ages: Majestic ships, blood-thirsty Danish warriors roaming Europe, mysticism, pagan worship, chieftains, kings and impressive fortresses. The Fyrkat Viking Centre’s mission is both to disseminate knowledge and information and provide activities for its visitors. The Centre was built as a reproduction of a rich Viking’s manor farm in Vorbasse, near the royal town of Jelling, home of Harald Bluetooth. The farm is located approx. 1 km from the Fyrkat ring fortress built during the time of Harald Bluetooth.
The manor farm was intended to provide various activities that help visitors gain insight into the daily lives of the people of the Viking age. School groups and tourists may stay at the farm and live as the Vikings did and participate in numerous activities. At the Visitor’s Centre you can dress up as a Viking - both in everyday clothing and in battle dress.
There are also games and other activities such as cooking over an open fire, baking, working with wool and yarn, blacksmithing, archery, and much more.
The mystical ring fortresses
Even though the Fyrkat ring fortress is a reconstruction of the original, it’s not difficult to sense the presence of history when you visit the fortress. You can almost hear the bustling noise of the soldiers and their families who once lived inside the fortress. Fyrkat is one of four Viking fortresses built around 980 AD in Denmark and Skåne in Sweden. Since all of the fortresses were built according to the same pattern, it is presumed that they were built at approximately the same time by the same people, namely the Danish kings.
Particularly well-fortified against intruders, Fyrkat was likely a military stronghold. The fortress was an ideal place from which to monitor all traffic through Jutland. All of the ring fortresses were built at strategically important locations. The inhabitants themselves may have served to uphold and render visible the power of the king.