In the Iron Age, there were 10 - 15 Chieftain´s seats in Northern Norway. One of these were located to Borg in Lofoten. Borg is the only place where we have found the Chieftain´s house itself.
Lofotr Vikingmuseum consists of an impressive reconstruction of the Chieftain´s house, in full size (83 meters long), next to the site of the original house. In the Chieftains´s house there are several rooms; living quarters, gildehall (feasting hall) and the former animal stable. Today, the stable offers exhibitions on i.e the belief of the vikings (mythologi) and a childrens play corner. From 15th of June - 15th of August, we serve (sell) lamb soup cooked over open fire in the gildehall. You may even taste the drink of the Gods - the honey wine!
In the Glassgården (entrance area with museum gift shop, cafe and exhibitions) you may study archeological finds, learn the history of the sensational findings of Borg and watch the 12 min long film "Dreaming of Borg". The exhibitions and film operates with smart-phones which allows you to choose between 6 different languages. Simply wander around with ear phones and let history be told to you. Due to Covid-19 we can not lend out smart-phones/i-pods so we reccomend you to bring your own smart-phone for the best experience.
In the Chieftain´s house, the handcrafts of the viking age is being demonstrated. Lots of beautiful and interesting objects are placed in the house, along with intricated wood carvings and other interior decorations.
By the sea, you may explore the reconstructed boat house, the forge (smithy), the activity area and the viking ship. 1st of July - 31st of July you may row or sail the viking ship and try your hand at i.e. archery and axe throwing - all included in the entrance ticket.
Horses, cows, wild boars and sheep - all of old types - are grazing in the fields around the Chieftain´s farm.
The vikings at the museum are happy to answer all your questions. Groups (min 15 persons) may pre-book a guided tour and/or viking meal, all year.
The museum is recommended for families.
Opening hours 2021:
01.01 to 31.01: CLOSED
01.02 to 21.02 CLOSED
22.02 to 28.02: Wednesday and Saturday kl. 12:00-16:00
01.03 to 30.04: CLOSED
01.05 to 12.05: CLOSED
13.05 to 17.05: Every day 12:00-16:00
18.05 to 21.05: CLOSED
22.05 to 24.05: Every day 12:00-16:00
01.06 to 30.06: Every day 12:00 -17:00
01.07 to 31.07: Every day 11:00 - 18:00
01.08 to 31.08: Every day 11:00 - 16:00
01.09 to 30.09: Monday - Saturday, 11:00-15:00
01.10 to 31.10: Wednesday - Saturday, 11:00-15:00
01.11 to 30.11: Wednesday and Saturday, 11:00-15:00
01.12 to 22.12*: Wednesday and Saturday, 11:00-15:00
* The museum is closed from 23rd of December 2021 to 2nd of January 2022.
02.01 to 31.01: Wednesday and Saturday, 11:00-16:00
01.02 til 30.04: Monday to Saturday, 11:00-16:00
01.05 til 31.05: Every day, 10:00-17:00
01.06 til 31.08: Every day, 10:00-19:00
01.09 til 15.09: Every day, 10:00-17:00
16.09 til 31.10: Monday to Saturday, 11:00-16:00
01.11- til 22.12*: Monday and Saturday, 11:00-16:00
* The museum is closed from 23rd of December 2022 to 2nd of January 2023.
Changes may accur due to Covid-19
Lofotr Vikingmuseum are strictly following the rules set by the authorities to prevent spreading of the Covid-19-virus.
We are following strict procedures to ensure safety for visitors and staff. The procedures include all aspects of running the Lofotr Vikingmuseum; maintenance, cleaning, ticketing, shop sales, serving of food, activities and more. We rely on your effort to follow the rules set by the authorities by us. Information is given upon arrival by posters and from our staff.
The authorities rules and regulation on isolation, quarantine, and travel advice has to be followed by all. The Norwegian Institute for Public Health is continuously updating their home page.
If you are experiencing symptoms of infection, you are not at liberty to visit the museum.
Lofotr Vikingmuseum, E10 , 14 km north from Leknes.