Stepping-back in time and reading and studying about the Viking exploits of old: I adore Viking history - from their first conquests out of Norway towards the British isles and Ireland, and later from Sweden to the Baltic Sea 🌊 (and eventually via Eastern European rivers to former Constantinople)!
Retracing Viking steps, I have been very fortunate to have visited all
of Norway 🇳🇴 via three separate maritime trips: including the Arctic ⭕️ circle (North cape and Svalbard), the western and southern Norwegian fjords and then over on a Baltic cruise to Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Denmark and finally another boat trip from Norway towards Iceland! 🇮🇸
One of my favourite Viking visits has been in Oslo, Denmark, and this one to Sweden 🇸🇪 was magical as well:
The Viking Museum in Stockholm 🇸🇪 Viking extravaganza
The museum is an adventure and a journey through one of history’s most mythical time periods. On 2,000 square meters in Wasahamnen on Djurgården a dramatized tale of the Viking Age, anno 963, is being created.
Throughout the world, the life of the Viking has taken hold, and global interest is now greater than ever. But is the picture of the Norse warrior with his horned helmet the whole truth?
Vikings have become a hallmark of Nordic history worldwide. But although there is great interest, knowledge is often limited, both among foreign tourists as well as domestically. How many know, for example, that the term Viking didn’t arrive until the 1800s at a time when Sweden wanted to create a heroic image of the Old Norse Swedish man?
Nothing of what the tourism industry claims about the Vikings is true
“The Vikings are the most falsified figures in our country. Virtually, nothing of what the tourism industry claims about them is true. We intend to change that while providing a colourful and exciting historic tale of our ancient Nordic citizens,” says Dick Harrison, a professor of history, and in charge of the historical anchorage at the Viking Museum!
Ragnfrid’s Saga, told by the old Viking woman Ragnfrid
The history of the Vikings is constantly rewritten as new finds and discoveries are made, and it is the current true picture that is presented at the Viking Museum.
The main attraction is Ragnfrid’s Saga, told by the old Viking woman Ragnfrid. During an 11-minute dark ride-journey inside the exhibition hall, visitors travel through an intimate, historically rooted tale of life in the Viking Age, at home on the farm and around the world.
A breath-taking ride into the Viking Age – Unique in the world
“The Viking Museum is a permanent museum and a world attraction in a perfect location by the water on Djurgården, opening at a time when the interest for Vikings is greater than ever. We can finally offer Swedish and foreign visitors a breath-taking ride into the Viking Age,” said CEO Ulf Larsson at the opening in 2016.
A time without kingdoms and parliaments
The Viking Museum, “Vikingaliv” in Swedish, also includes an exhibition that gives a description of a time when there were neither kingdoms nor parliaments ruling the society.
Here, the visitor will learn about the role of children and women, how people lived, how they cultivated crops, what they ate, as well as how they travelled to rob, steal and sell women as slaves.
… also do not miss the elegante Nordiska Museet 🏛
Discover Nordic lifestyle
Nordiska museet is Sweden’s largest museum of cultural history and brings stories about the life and people of the Nordic region. Discover homes and furniture, traditions and everyday lifestyle as well as fashion, clothes, textiles and jewellery from the past 500 years. The major exhibition in the Great hall,The Arctic – While the Ice Is Melting, allows visitors to meet people from some of the world's coldest places, where the environment and living conditions are changing at a rapid pace. Nordiska museet was given a special commendation at The European Museum of the Yeard Awards 2022.
Paris of the North
Advanced booking only. Timeless elegance, exquisite craftsmanship and tailor-made dreams. This fashion exhibition transports you to the golden age of haute couture and the northernmost outpost of Paris fashion – the French Couture Atelier at the NK department store in Stockholm
The northernmost outpost of Paris fashion
Scandinavian customers gathered in the salons of NK’s French Couture Atelier to view and order the latest fashion made to measure after Paris originals designed by Coco Chanel, Christian Dior and Yves Saint Laurent. It was NK’s French Couture Atelier that spread international fashion in the Nordic countries.
The heads of the atelier were famous for their unsurpassed ability to adapt Paris fashion to local conditions. The aesthetic was strict and elegant.
Fashion throughout the 20th century
You will encounter some hundred garments, from tightly corseted and floor-length to emancipated and miniskirted. The rise and fall of exclusive, hand-sewn couture reflect the arrival of modernity in Sweden. There is the little black dress, the professional woman’s power suit and tailor-made coat, timeless, romantic ball gowns, and unforgettable stage costumes.
You get close up to couture masterpieces from NK’s French Couture Atelier as well as spectacular original garments from leading fashion designers such as Chanel, Vionnet, Balenciaga and Givenchy. You will also discover forgotten professions, techniques, materials, processes and the art of ordering a bespoke garment.