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Saturday, January 14th, 2006, 10:06 AM
16th –26th February

For twenty-one years, York has resounded to the cries of hardy warriors, sea masters and ship lords who have trod the whale's way to terrorise the citizens of the city at the annual JORVIK Viking Festival.

In February, they will come again and King Sihtric of Dublin will arrive by ship to marry Princess Edith, the sister of Aethelstan, the West Saxon king of England in a spectacular Royal Wedding ceremony at York's great Minster.

However, not all are joyful at the coming of this fierce Viking to make a southern alliance in this Northern stronghold and the dogs of war bay at the gates. Dreadful handstrokes will be exchanged in terrible weapon play and there will be much to fight for before the day is done!

Download the programme (.PDF) (http://www.jorvik-viking-centre.co.uk/festprog06web.pdf)

Homepage (http://www.jorvik-viking-centre.co.uk/festival2006/festival.htm)

Saturday, January 14th, 2006, 03:55 PM
I wish I lived in England, would be easier to come there then *sigh*

Sunday, January 15th, 2006, 12:40 AM
What for? You live in Viking lands yet. Make your own Viking festival instead. ;)

Sunday, January 15th, 2006, 12:43 AM
What for? You live in Viking lands yet. Make your own Viking festival instead. ;)
Hehe, how should I manage that? I have never spoken personally to a heathen in Norway :runaway

Edit: I have spoken to a heathen, but not those whose belief lies in Norn mythologi and they don't care much for vikings...

Sunday, January 15th, 2006, 10:58 AM
Give me about two years, then I live somewhere around Tromsø and we will start our own (and even better!) Viking festival. :D

Alizon Device
Sunday, January 15th, 2006, 03:42 PM
York is a really nice place (though I say it grudgingly as a Lancastrian :rolleyes: ), with one of the nicest (and largest) railway stations in England.
(Just in case you were wondering).

Tuesday, January 31st, 2006, 03:31 PM
Preparations are gearing up for Shetland's annual Up Helly Aa Viking fire festival on Tuesday night.

The event sees up to 1,000 costumed "guizers", complete with flaming torches, set a Viking longship ablaze after a procession in Lerwick.

Shetland and Orkney were ruled by the Norse for about 500 years until they became part of Scotland in 1468.

The festival stems from the 1870s and attracts thousands of revellers to take part in the spectacle.

After the galley has been burnt, a series of dances and performances take place in local halls in Lerwick, with squads visiting each.

Wednesday is a public holiday and the islanders are out again at night for the Guizer's Hop.







Source: BBC News (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/4666204.stm)

Tuesday, February 6th, 2007, 10:13 PM
The Viking Festival at Egge is a major event for anyone with interest in the Viking age. The festival has special attractions for children; a viking playground with all kinds of viking activities, competitions and plays. The scary viking Silkeskjegg appears every day in a children’s theatre performance. The adult visitors can also enjoy a variety of happenings; the Viking Market offers all sorts of arts and crafts from all over Europe, there is a performance of the monolouge "trur eg" friday and saturday afternoon, and we must not forget the very special Gilde arranged at Friday and Saturday evening. The Gilde takes place in a magic atmosphere created by different performers - singers, riverdance, you can listen to Irish music and experience more of the things the vikings discovered during their forays around Europe. Finally, there are exhibitions and historic lectures for you to attend, you can become aquainted with the viking cuisine and viking mead, watch viking battles etc.

3nd Viking Festival at Egge, Norway,
12th - 15thof July.

More (http://www.vikingfestival.no/english/index.html)

Thursday, February 8th, 2007, 04:03 PM
I live in Trondheim, and im going to the festival. If anyone wants to join me they are welcome to.

Friday, February 9th, 2007, 08:47 PM
This looks like a festival I would like to visit :thumbup

Sunday, September 2nd, 2007, 08:54 AM

This is a pretty good website for what looks to me like a pretty cool actual site (and project), dedicated to recreating the daily life of the Norse settlers of York. The website also has a lot of good information about Viking Age society and culture in England in their About Vikings section.

Has anyone here been to the Jorvik Viking Centre? What did you think about it? Sometimes things like this can get too commercialized and/or stylized — is that a problem with Jorvik?

Sunday, September 2nd, 2007, 12:37 PM
I went there with a school-party several times over the past few years. It is "nice" but not terrific.
Usually there are long queues, which means a long wait, especially for families with young children, and even more frustration when you see a pre-booked school-party of 50 or so being allowed in before you, so that you have to wait even longer!
You get a good impression of what life may have been like in Viking times. You hear the sounds and you smell the smells that must have been prevalent in a village like that in those days. Problem is: some of the smells are so pungent that the whole village smells alike, so the smell of the kitchen and the smell of the cesspit and all the other individual smells intermingle to form one stinky smell.
If you look up from you time-capsule you see the modern ceilings of the museums, which is not very realistic. Neither are speaking wax-models that keep their mouths shut...
All in all it's more "family-fun" than for those of us interested in the historical backgrounds, but it has won several awards, so it can't be that bad. ;)
Once you leave your time-capsule you enter the shop with all its tacky souvenirs. Still, some are quite nice, like replicas of artifacts from that period.
In conclusion: it's worth seeing once. Once you're in your time-capsule, you'll be out into the street again in half-an-hour or so. A pretty expensive half hour at that.

Monday, September 13th, 2010, 08:07 AM
Anyone been?


Anyone got any real information out this event? Locations / booking details, hotels, tourist information centres, etc.

I have been looking for some time for information about Wolin Island - dates, hotels, camp sites, main contact for the festival, official website, etc but cannot find anything. Can you help?

Other true re-enactors, no tthose doing it just for fun:









Old Winter
Monday, September 13th, 2010, 08:54 AM
I will come and ask for repayment for the occupation :)

Monday, September 13th, 2010, 02:43 PM
Instead of running about in muddy fields playing at being viking warriors...they should be lopping the heads off of immigrants who are invading their country.

As their viking ancestors would have done without a second thought.;)