Norway is popular for its gorgeous fjords and Viking heritage. I have always had a fascination with the history of the Vikings, so this is one place I wanted to visit while I was here. Moreover, you can take a ferry to the island of museums in summer. This is where they have 3 ancient burial Viking ships and their priceless treasures. Not to mention, The Viking Ship Museum is over 100 years old. It houses Viking longships and artefacts from the peak of Viking marine engineering. The Viking ship was well preserved when it was found, and it could be easily reconstructed.
The Viking Ship Museum is Norway’s most Prized Possession
Archaeologists discovered a Viking ship burial containing the bodies of two women 100 years ago at the Oseberg fjord. The identities of the women are yet a mystery. Some researchers believe that the old lady was the Viking queen and the young woman was her slave. Then again, another theory claims that they were female shamans. Either way, these ladies were found with plenty of burial items with them. Above all, it included household items, a cart and agricultural tools. Experts say that the Ship was constructed for the burial of wealthy Vikings and the rich ornamentation contributes to that theory.
The Viking Age from 800-1100 AD was the age of sleek, swift longships. These lightening rapid ships had the strength to survive ocean crossings in 20 inches of water at times. This allowed navigation in very shallow water. Without this pivotal advancement in ship technology, Vikings would have never become a dominant force in medieval warfare, politics, and trade. In addition, the Vikings had their own burial tradition like the Egyptian’s. Therefore, there’s a lot to learn in this museum.
The Viking Ship Museum is in Bygdoy
The ship museum is a part of the cultural history of Oslo. Notably, it houses archaeological finds from Tune, Gokstad, Oseberg and the Borre mound cemetery. The main attractions at the Viking Ship Museum are the Oseberg, Gokstad and Tune ship. The museum exhibits two of world’s best preserved 9th century Viking ships. In addition, you will see a few small boats, a cart with ornamentation, sledges, harness, tools, silver coins, household utensils and textile items. Oseberg, on the other hand, was excavated from the largest ship burial provision of the world.
The 2nd World War caused delay to the construction of the last hall! This Hall showcases other finds from the ‘Oseberg’ ship. The Oseberg ship is 71 feet long, 17 feet wide and contains a single square sail, with 15 pairs of oars. Enjoy the exceptional view from the balcony of the premises.
Plan a Trip to Viking Ship Museum
A visit to the Viking Ship Museum also includes entry to the Norwegian ethnographic collection in the Museum of Cultural History. This collection includes Egyptian mummies and medieval decorative artefacts. You get to visit 2 striking museums in the same ticket. What else would a tourist need! Although, use your Viking Ship Museum ticket within 48 hours to get a free entry to the Historical Museum.