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International Viking Market in Ribe, Denmark

Soak up the Ambience and some Viking History at the International Ribe Viking Market in Denmark

Every year we enjoy to step back in time to wander amongst the Vikings and the Viking Market stalls at the International Viking Market in Ribe.

Ribe Viking Market in Denmark
Ribe Viking Market in Denmark

Ribe Viking Market is Denmark’s most authentic Viking Market. Every spring it attracts several hundred Vikings from all over Scandinavia and Europe. Often even Arab merchants will find their way to Ribe.
In this article you will only find photos from this year’s Viking Market

The Viking Women are sewing during winter in the manor house - the Viking longhouse
A Viking Woman is sewing in the manor house – the Viking longhouse at Ribe VikingeCenter

The Viking Market season in Denmark starts with Ribe Viking Market and of course the Vikings are eager to sell the various kinds of goods they have produced during the cold winter

The Vikings meet at the  market to buy, sell, meet Viking friends and listen to the latest news and gossip
The Vikings meet at the market to buy, sell, meet Viking friends and listen to the latest news and gossip from the Viking World

– of course they are also looking forward to meeting Viking friends

Vikings are meeting friends at the Viking Market and keep up with the latest news and gossip
Vikings meet friends at the Viking Market and keep up with the latest news and gossip

– and keeping up with the latest news and gossip from near and far.
Just as they probably did at Ribe Viking Market during the  Viking Age when Ribe was an important international Viking town.

Viking Age handcraft - a Viking drill
Viking Age handcraft – a Viking drill

We immerse ourselves in Viking history and keep learning new things about the Vikings’ fascinating world. This year one thing we learned was that this small drill was the Black & Decker of the Viking Age

Iron extraction in a clay furnace in Viking Age
Iron extraction in a clay furnace in Viking Age

– and how the Vikings built furnaces of clay and extracted iron

Viking woman selling her handmade garments of wool at the Market place next to Ripa Harbour (Ribe harbour at Ribe VikingeCenter)
Viking woman selling her handmade garments of wool at the Market place next to Ripa Harbour (Ribe harbour at Ribe VikingeCenter)

And of course we come home every year with new supplies of bargains like wool yarn in beautiful colours, drinking horns  and clay mugs –

Viking domestic utensils at Ribe Viking Market
Viking domestic utensils at Ribe Viking Market

–  leather, tools, jewellery, kitchen utensils, etc

Viking children play and learn from the grown ups
Viking children play and learn from the grown ups

We enjoy to see how the Viking children learn from the grown ups

A Viking raid
A Viking raid

– and that new wonderful Viking images will pile up in our camera. We frequently use them on Danhostel Ribe’s website, Danhostel Ribe’s blog and social media (Facebook , Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest).

Viking woman with Viking children
Viking woman with Viking children

Next time we write about Vikings in Ribe on this blog www.danhostel.org we might show you some of our lovely Viking Children photos

Excavation in Ribe, Denmark (June 2015)
Excavation in Ribe, Denmark. Professor Søren Sindbæk, Aarhus University, archeology students from Aarhus University, and archaeologist Maria Knudsen from Sydvestjyske Museer. (June 2015)

– or tell you about one of the newest Viking Age theories: that the Viking Age started in Ribe as early as 725 AD and not with a Viking raid to England in 793 AD  – or maybe tell you interesting news about the viking excavations that are going on right now (photo) as a continuation of the  excavations last year when archaeologists among others found a fully equipped Viking warhorse.

To be the first ones to know, please follow Danhostel Ribe on some of our social media.

Viking craftsman at Ribe Viking Market
Viking craftsman at Ribe Viking Market

Don’t worry if you missed Ribe Viking market this year, there are many other opportunities to get close to the Vikings in Ribe – Denmark’s oldest town – during the year.

Young Vikings in Ribe, Denmark
Young Vikings at Ribe Viking Market in Ribe, Denmark

If you want to know more about Vikings in Ribe and see more Viking photos:

Vikings on Icelandic horses
Vikings on Icelandic horses

Hope you have enjoyed our photos. Photos: Danhostel Ribe
Please like and share with other Viking freaks.

– And don’t forget to book your room at the hostel in Ribe

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Viking Ribe. A horse sacrifice

Viking Sacrifice of horse to Norse Gods at Ribe VikingeCenter, Denmark

The Vikings in Ribe in Denmark have sacrificed a horse
The Vikings in Ribe have sacrificed a horse  . Denmark

A sacrificed horse and lamb was the shocking sight that met one of Danhostel Ribe’s visiting groups at Ribe VikingeCenter. The völva, the wise woman of the Vikings, had slaughtered the horse, skinned it and placed the hide on a long pole, so that everybody could see her big sacrifice. The blood she sprinkled on a sacred stone filled with other gifts to the gods.
Why did the völva slaughter and sacrifice the horse, and should the hostel’s guests be afraid of being the next in line?
Listen to the völva’s own explanation in this video.

Blot – a pagan rite in the Viking Era

The völva  was in the Norse Mythology supposed to have a special connection with the old gods and goddesses, the Aesir. Therefore it was also often her who carried out the pagan rites like the offerings to the gods. The “Blot” was a main rite celebrated in Heathenry. In this video the blot is a ritual sacrifice of a horse to honour the gods, followed afterwards of a feast at which the meat was eaten by the participants.

Horse sacrifice at Ribe VikingeCenter in Denmark
The völva has sacrificed a horse at Ribe VikingeCenter in Denmark

Horse and human sacrifices

To sacrifice a horse to the gods demonstrated you had great wealth, but also slaves were sacrificed, as you can see in the exhibition “The Christian Vikings” at Ribe Viking Museum  (2014 and 2015)

Master with beheaded slave. Ribe Viking Museum
Master with his beheaded and sacrificed slave. Ribe Viking Museum

Real Viking Era Horse sacrifices in Ribe

A pit with a horse sacrifice is found in the middle of a graveyard from the 700s in Ribe (next to the railroad). This indicates that this burial place was founded with a sacrifice to the Norse gods (see  link number 10).
In the summer 2014 an archaeological excavation in Ribe revealed a fully equipped warhorse from around 700 .  The archaeologists can’t say if this is a horse sacrifice, but it is unique  to find a grave with a war horse  from the Early Medieval Era  in Denmark. In the article “Viking Ribe in Viking Denmark“, you can hear the archaeologists tell about the find in the video “The discovery of a dark age horse burial in Ribe, Denmark” .

The Viling völva reading the runes at Ribe VikingeCenter in Denmark
The Viking wise woman, the völva, reads the runes at Ribe VikingeCenter in Denmark

The völva could also tell you your fortune

The völva was also a seer and a fortune-teller.  At Ribe Viking  Centre she might throw and read the runes for you, and tell you her prophecy. That was what  she did for the hostel’s photographer, listen to the völva’s prophecy for the photographer in the video in this article: The Viking wise woman was the late Middle Ages witch

Viking Places in Ribe

  • Ribe Viking Museum (Museet Ribes Vikinger).  Here you can see many of the archaeological findings from Ribe town and different special exhibitions, The Viking Museum is 0,5 km. (0,3 American miles) away from Danhostel Ribe
  • Ribe Viking Centre (Ribe VikingeCenter)  is a ‘living village’ reconstructed according to archaeological findings in Ribe town and with lots of hands-on experiences. Ribe Viking Centre is 3,2 km (2 American miles) away from the hostel
  • Ribe Viking Market takes place at Ribe VikingeCenter one week around 1st of May. See photos
  • Book a guide for a Viking Walk at the Viking Museum or walk the hostel’s self guided walking tour in Ribe
Facts about the horsehide
Facts about the horsehide
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Photos and video: Gudrun Rishede, Danhostel Ribe