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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 warriors at Ribe Viking Centre in Denmark

Ribe Viking Market – a top event in Denmark

Put Ribe Viking Market on your bucket list

Every year around May 1st Denmark’s most authentic Viking Market takes place in Ribe VikingeCenter. More than 500 Vikings from all over Europe meet to join the market.
Visitdenmark  – the Danish tourist board –  mentions it among the “Top events in Denmark 2015

Viking ready to fight
Viking ready to fight at Ribe Viking Market

Do you dare to look in the eyes of a Viking

In 2015 this event will take place from May 1 to May 8.
We hope you feel inspired to put Ribe Viking Market on your travel bucket list for  your next adventure when you have enjoyed (- or have been repelled) by our Viking photos of expressive Viking men’s faces.

Viking drinking from drinking horn
Viking drinking from drinking horn

Best photos from last year’s Viking Market

If you want to see more Viking photos, check out Danhostel Ribe‘s best Viking photos from last year’s market : Our best photos from Ribe Viking Market and the links on the bottom of this article.

Viking with eyes made impressive by a kohl-like eyeliner
This Viking is trying to impress you with long hair, a beard and eyes made impressive by a kohl-like eyeliner

The Vikings will make an effort to impress

Make no mistake – the Vikings will make en effort to impress you.
Maybe Vikings during Viking Age didn’t smell very well – but they wore jewellery, combed their hair and trimmed their beards and used a kind of kohl around their eyes to impress their enemies and win the attention of the women. Since the Viking woman could choose their own husbands, the Viking men had to make an effort in their appearance to be attractive for the women.

Arab with long hair and beard at the Viking market
Arab with long hair and beard at the Viking market

Long hair and beard symbolized strength

If longer hair and beard symbolized strength among the Vikings this Arab visiting Ribe Viking market was able to compete with them. He had the longest beard we have seen at the Viking Market. He named himself after Ibn-Fadhlan, an Arab writer who more than 1000 years ago described the Vikings as “the filthiest of all Allah’s creatures“.
Sadly, we will never meet Ibn-Fadhlan again in Ribe, as he passed away last summer. He was a good friend of the hostel and his good humor and kindness will be greatly missed. All honour to his memory.

ThisThis Viking will not make you feel very welcome
This Viking will probably not make you feel very welcome

Some Vikings will scare you…

This Viking may not have long hair and beard, but we think his eyes are scary, and we certainly wouldn’t like to meet him again at the Viking Market.

Viking with an axe
Viking with an axe

Lonely Planet’s Best in Europe

Last year Viking Denmark was on the “Lonely Planet’s Best in Europe” list and they said about  Viking Ribe  that it was “The jewel in Jutland’s Viking crown is Ribe”.

Viking boy with the firm and angry look of a grown up Viking
Viking boy with the firm and angry look of a grown up Viking

Boys grow up to become men

If you visit Ribe Viking Market yearly, you will see boys grow up to become men. This boy – Birk – is well on his way. We meet him every year at the Viking Market, and as you can see he already manages the impressive look of an adult Viking.

 Viking absorbed in his work
Viking absorbed in his work

What to do if you miss Ribe Viking Market

Ribe Viking Market marks the opening of Ribe VikingeCenter (Ribe Viking Centre) for the summer season ahead. So don’t worry if you miss the market, there are many other opportunities to get close to the Vikings in Ribe – Denmark’s oldest town – during the year.

Viking at Ribe Viking Market in Denmark
Viking at Ribe Viking Market in Denmark

Viking places in Ribe, Denmark

Viking Warrior training for children

Children 7 to 13 years old can – among others – learn how to fight as Vikings at Ribe VikingeCenter – so remember to put it on your family travel bucket list as well

Defeated Viking warrior
Defeated Viking warrior

Photography Exhibition at Danhostel Ribe

In our hostel you can see a Photography Exhibition of photos from Ribe and Wadden Sea National Park . Some of the photos are Viking photos, like this one of a defeated Viking. The photos can also be bought as postcards at the hostel.

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Danhostel Ribe’s photographer Gudrun Rishede took these photos

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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

Rune stone found in Ribe, the oldest town in Denmark

Rune stone found in Ribe
The archaeologists Morten Søvsø and Troels Bo Jensen are showing the rune stone to Danish TV, journalists and photographers

It was a dream that come true when archaeologist and head of the excavation team, Morten Søvsø, found a rune stone in the medieval archaeological excavation just next to Ribe Cathedral.
Though Ribe is Denmark’s oldest town with lots of Viking Era finds this is the first rune stone found in Ribe – and even the first rune stone from all of South West Denmark. The closest earlier found rune stone is the Malt-stone that can be seen at Sønderskov Slot.

Ribe's rune stone is studied by  Claus Feveile, Morten Søvsø, and Sarah Qvistgaard (archaeologists)
Ribe's rune stone is studied by Claus Feveile, Morten Søvsø, and Sarah Qvistgaard. 3 of the archaeologists who know most about Ribe’s Viking and Medieval Archaeology and history

A unique rune stone
The runic inscription on the Ribe rune stone is exceptionally beautiful and professionally done. A band formed around the stone shows a snake or a dragon, and even though it is only an 80cm x 50cm fragment of the original rune stone it is a unique find. The stone is probably from around the year 1000 – from the end of the Viking age around the time when Harald Bluetooth – who erected the large and famous rune stone in Jelling – was king of Denmark.
But not many runes are preserved on the Ribe stone. Syllables and a few words like: “fultrua”. The “t” in the word “fultrua” is part of the ornamentation in a way that is seldom seen, and when seen, it is on Swedish rune stones, like the ones the Swedish rune carver Åsmunde Kåreson made in the 11th century. The word is known from The Saga of the Jomsvikings and probably means: “a true friend” or “a trusted”.
Another word “sil(u)” can be interpreted as the word “soul” but other interpretations are also possible.
The Ribe rune stone doesn’t have any parallels in Denmark, but rune snakes or dragons with runic inscriptions starting near the animal’s head are known from the Danish island of Bornholm and from Sweden. Stones from there are the closest parallels to the rune stone found in Ribe.

Skeleton in the excavation
Maria Knudsen has found a Christian skeleton in the excavation - letting the skeleton face towards the east is a way of letting the body see the rising sun and face the right direction during the resurrection

The archaeological excavation in Ribe 2011
The archaeological excavation at the 500 m² site has just started and will go on all of 2011. We hope they will find the rest of the stone. It is possible for tourists and local people to stand on the sidelines and follow the excavation.

Ribes rune stone has now been placed at the museum “Ribes Vikinger – museum for vikingetid og middelalder” (Ribe’s Viking Museum)
Ribes rune stone has now been placed at the museum “Ribes Vikinger – museum for vikingetid og middelalder” (Ribe’s Viking Museum)

To see the rune stone you just visit the museum “Ribes Vikinger – museum for vikingetid og middelalder” (Ribe Viking and Medieval Museum).
Danhostel Ribe is located just 5 minutes’ walk from Ribe Cathedral, the excavation and Ribe Viking Museum. The photos on this page are taken by Danhostel Ribe’s photographer. We had hoped to be able to tell you the message on the stone, but more interpretations are needed – and probably also more of the stone…

Links:
1. The excavations own blog: Lindegården  (Danish)
2. The runologist Lisbeth Imer from the Danish National Museum in Ribe to study the rune stone, TVSyd (Danish Television)
3. The Danish National Museum and runologist Lisbeth Imer blogging about Ribe’s rune stone  (Danish)
4. From the first excavation the same place during 2008 and 2009: Denmark’s probably first Christian burials are found  (English)
5. YouTube Video from the excavation. Sydvestjyske Museer