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    Jorvik Viking Centre

    http://www.jorvik-viking-centre.co.uk/

    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?

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    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.
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    Wolin Island - Biggest Viking Festival in Europe!

    Anyone been?

    http://www.oocities.com/odinistlibra...olinisland.htm

    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:

    http://www.ulfhednir.dk/uk/index.html

    http://www.tryglaw.org

    http://www.ulfhednar.org

    http://www.jomsvikings.com

    http://www.vikingsonline.org.uk






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    I will come and ask for repayment for the occupation

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    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.

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