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Old silver Viking coins

Viking Money: From Bartering to Coins in the Viking Age

For almost three thousand years, humans have been using coins as payment. As that winds down in an increasingly cashless world, let’s take a look at how the Vikings dealt with money. Coins can tell us...
A viking trading vessel was an important part of the Viking economy

The Viking Economy: Trade in the Viking Age

Most of us know the Vikings used ships to launch raids on other lands. But they were also a key tool for trading, which fast became a cornerstone of the Viking economy. If you want progress...
Viking cat sitting on wood

Viking Cats: The Preferred Pets of the Northmen

Formidable warriors, fiercely protecting their territory and exploring widely to conquer new lands. No, we’re not talking about Vikings this time. Well we are, but a specific subset…Viking cats! To put another nail in the coffin...
Gokstad Viking ship excavation

Gokstad Ship: The Story of Norway’s Most Famous Viking Ship

In 1880, the Gokstad ship was discovered and excavated from the shores of the Oslofjord. 140 years later, it remains the most significant Viking Age find and a major tourist attraction for Oslo and Norway. Have...
Viking grave dig in Sweden

Viking DNA Study Turns Up Surprising Results

Results from a major new research project suggest that the Viking Age may have looked quite different to what the history books present. An international research project analysed DNA from 400 Viking Age skeletons. Said to...
Illustration of the Viking eternal battle with Thor and Loki

11 Viking Video Games to Play Before You Reach Valhalla

Here's our pick of the best video games with a Viking theme. Skill up on your Norse warrior battle strategy while you wait for the year's hottest release. Okay, so you’re probably not heading to Valhalla....
The Viking sword was discovered by archaeologists in a grave in central Norway

Archaeologists Find Viking Sword in Central Norway

A 9th century Viking sword has been unearthed by archaeologists in central Norway. Read on for the full fascinating story, and some questions that remain. During the Viking Age, a man was buried with a full...
A modern interpretation of a Viking tafl strategy game

Viking Games: Fun & Games Then and Now

The sagas of the northmen make the perfect subject for games. We take a look at historic games played by the Vikings, along with modern video games inspired by the era. When they weren’t swashbuckling their...
Runic inscriptions in Scandinavia

Viking Runes: The Historic Writing Systems of Northern Europe

Viking runes were not for everyday use. The Northmen's history was told orally, and runes used only to record moments of great importance. Let's dive deep into the fascinating world of the Viking alphabet. We’ve talked...
Viking museum exhibits in Norway

The Best Viking Museums in Norway

Are you a fan of Viking history and culture? We round-up the very best Viking museums in Norway to help you plan your next trip. Many tourists are drawn to Scandinavia to investigate and experience its...