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Viking children from Ribe in Denmark

Viking Children. 26 Photos from Ribe in Denmark

Viking child exploring the world outside the Viking house
Viking child exploring the world outside his home at Ribe VikingeCenter

Vikings  in Ribe – a favourite subject to photograph

Those who follow this blog will probably have noticed a long time ago, that Vikings are one of  my favourite subjects to photograph (I am Gudrun from Danhostel Ribe – the hostel in Ribe, Denmark).

Viking children do also see the beauty of dandelions
Viking child exploring the big world

Photos of Viking children

Throughout the years I have also photographed Viking children.   In this new blog post I will  show you some of my less known photos  –  most of them never published before.

Viking woman with child at Ribe Viking Market
Viking woman with child at Ribe Viking Market

Ribe International Viking Market

I hope these photos will remind you of the big international Viking Market in Ribe. In 2016 it will take place from the 2nd of May to the 8th of May at Ribe VikingeCenter. The market brings 500 Vikings from all over Europe to Ribe in Denmark.

Viking boy with sword and drinking horn
Viking boy with sword and drinking horn

Similar Viking photos

A few of the photos might look like photos you saw before. Maybe you have seen  one similar to this one here: Vikings 

Viking food at the Viking market in Ribe, Denmark
Viking food at the Viking market. Viking woman and her son cooking Viking food at the market

Viking photos I never stopped liking

Most of these photos I took over the last couple of years, but a few are older. Like this one – it is almost 10 years old. The boy is now an adult, and maybe you’ll meet him as a Viking warrior or a tradesman in Ribe .

Viking children learn early to work with their fathers or other grown ups
Viking child learning carpentry

Learning Viking’s skills at an early age

During the Viking Age it was common for the children to start helping their parents from a very early age. They had to learn skills as farming, trading and also fighting.  In Ribe VikingeCenter you will see Viking children work with real axes and hammers.

Viking boy working as as a helper or a smith's apprentice
Viking boy working as a smith’s apprentice

This Viking boy works as a smith’s helper and will probably once  become a skilled craftsman himself.

Viking girls had to learn to milk the cows
Viking children. Girls help at the farm

Skills of Viking women and girls

Most of a Viking woman’s life was bounded by working at home. She was responsible for the household, and had all the keys to the house in her belt. She was cooking and taking care of the smaller children. If they were farmers, she milked the cows and made the cheese, but she should also be able to run all the farm while her husband was away.

Viking child baking bread
Viking girl baking bread

Viking cooking and brewing

Viking girls helped their mothers. They had to learn to cook and brew beer and mead. They would also learn to make cheese from milk.

Handwork of a Viking girl
Handwork of a Viking girl – while she is keeping an eye on her younger brother

 Handwork of Vikings

Women and girls also spent much of their time spinning, weaving and making clothing.  Sewing and repairing old clothes were important too.

Viking boy selling Viking beads at the market
Viking boy selling Viking jewelry at the market

Selling Viking jewelry at Ribe Viking Market

At the big international Viking Market in Ribe are many wonderful things for sale – and Viking children are taught to be skilled tradesmen.

 to start a fire and keep it going
A Viking child had to learn how to start a fire and keep it going

Keeping the fire going – a vital knowledge

Viking children and fetched water and collected sticks for firewood, but it was also vital for the older children to learn how to start a fire and keep it going.

Viking baby at the Viking Market in Ribe
Viking baby at the Viking Market in Ribe

A  Viking baby

This little Viking baby is lucky. At the Viking Market in Ribe he was cared for and admired. If he had been born in the Viking Age his first challenge would have been to survive.  Many children did not survive infancy and childhood.

Viking children also learn to be a warriors
Viking children learn to be warriors early in life

Viking children – Playing and learning Viking life

Viking children had to learn many skills necessary for survival in the Viking Age – for the boys one of them was to be successful warrior. Also some Viking girls learned to fight.

Viking boy on guard against enemies
Viking boy on guard against enemies

Boys were taught to use sword, spear, battle-axe and shield at an early age. The youngest boys had toy weapons, but the toys were an important part of learning real-world survival.

Viking boy playing by the river bank
Viking boy playing by the river bank

In the blog post Our best photos from Ribe Viking Market you can see a photo of Viking Boys  playing the the Viking board game Tafl (- or Hnefatafl) and another photo of Viking boys playing by a river bank trying to reach the other side with a rope without getting wet feet.

Viking girls made and played with dolls
Viking girl with Viking toy doll made from wool

Also Viking girls played with dolls. This Viking girl is playing with a toy doll made from wool.

Viking instruments - castanets
Viking boy with castanets. Viking instruments

Viking instruments

Vikings liked music and had a variety of instruments –  castanets were some of them. A wonderful photo of a boy playing a Jew’s harp a can be seen here Our best photos from Ribe Viking Market

Viking childr with dandelion
Viking child with flower
Viking girl at Ribe Viking Market
Viking girl at Ribe Viking Market
Viking child picking dandelions
Viking child picking dandelions
A viking drinking horn
A viking boy with a drinking horn
Viking boy in Viking ship at Ribe Viking Museum
Viking boy with the Ribe cup in Viking ship at Ribe Viking Museum

Viking raids

When Viking children grew up most of them would be farmers, traders and craftsmen, but some of them would also sometimes join Viking raids and bring back treasures from abroad. This boy is admiring the Ribe cup. This beautiful little silver bowl was part of a silver hoard from the 700s found in Ribe. The cup has a Christian motif and was originally used in church ceremonies. The cup is Frankish and produced in southern Germany or the Alpine region. How it ended in the pagan Ribe is still all in the air. Was it stolen goods of a Viking raid or part of a trade?

Weeping viking child
Weeping Viking child

 Enough – He wants a break!

For small children, Ribe Viking Market can be a little overwhelming – so I’ll stop for a while.


Viking Places in Ribe


Viking girl - Ribe, Denmark
Viking girl in tent. Ribe, Denmark

Hope you have enjoyed my photos. Please like and share with other Viking freaks – but please don’t copy.
Here are links to more of our blog posts with Viking knowledge and Viking photos from Ribe in Denmark:

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Roses in a cobbled street of the Viking town Ribe, Denmark

Roses and hollyhocks in the cobbled alleys of the Viking town Ribe, Denmark

Hollyhocks and a timber framed house in Ribe, Denmark
Hollyhocks and a timber framed house in Ribe, Denmark

Ribe is a unique historic town and one of Denmark’s prettiest

All these flower photos are from Scandinavia’s oldest town, Ribe.
Already in the early 700s Vikings in Ribe lived in a vibrant and international town with commercial relations far beyond Scandinavia’s borders. Ribe is now Denmark’s best preserved Medieval town and one of Denmark´s most pretty and picturesque with narrow cobbled streets and roses and hollyhocks climbing up the walls of old and crooked half-timbered houses. Ribe is so pretty that it won the title of: Europe’s Best Big-Time Small Destination 2014″

Ribe is a historic town - Denmark's and Scandinavia's oldest town
Ribe is a historic town – Denmark’s and Scandinavia’s oldest town

Ribe is not an open air museum, but a lived-in old town

Wandering around the historic centre of Ribe on foot, taking in the atmosphere and sights of Denmark’s and Scandinavia’s oldest town, you will notice that people actually live in these old houses.
Ribe has many preserved houses and buildings, but it is not an open air museum like the Old Town Museum  (Den gamle By) in Aarhus

Hollyhocks and gossip mirror in one of Ribe's picturesque streets
Hollyhocks and gossip mirror in one of Ribe’s picturesque streets

Denmark’s best preserved town or city

Ribe has approximately 120 listed houses and even more are declared worthy of preservation. The only place in Denmark you’ll find more listed houses than in Ribe is in Copenhagen, but in Copenhagen they are spread over a  big area, while in Ribe they are all within a short walking distance from our hostel, Danhostel Ribe

Hollyhocks in flower fit lovely together with the old idyllic Ribe town
Hollyhocks in flower fit lovely together with the old idyllic Ribe town

Blooming hollyhocks and roses

The hollyhocks and roses in flower during the summer months fit lovely together with this old idyllic town.
In this blog post we will show you some of the streets and alleys with blooming flowers. Find the streets or houses yourself – or find some that are just as pretty.

Ribe is one of Denmark´s most picturesque towns with cobbled streets and narrow alleys
Ribe is one of Denmark´s most picturesque towns with cobbled streets and narrow alleys

Ribe citizens are proud of their town and maintain their houses well

Though many of the houses in Ribe centre (old town) are very small it is a very popular choice for the citizens to live in these houses and the residents are making an effort to maintain their houses well and make them fit into the picturesque oasis of tranquillity and perfect idyll in Ribe.

In Denmark’s most ancient town, Ribe, you have the chance to learn more about the country’s Viking and medieval history.
In Denmark’s most ancient town, Ribe, you have the chance to learn more about the country’s Viking and medieval history.

A walk through Danish history

Many of Ribe’s houses have a history of interest, like one of the houses on this photo from approx. 1540. It was once a pub and has a stone close to the entrance door. This stone was placed there to help drunken pub guests to throw themselves up on their horse when leaving the pub. Read more: Old Town Walk. A self-guided walking tour of old town Ribe. A Two-Hour Walk Through Danish History

Ribe's biggest attraction is RIBE - a town awarded with  Michelin stars
Ribe’s biggest attraction is RIBE – a town awarded with Michelin stars

Ribe’s biggest attraction is RIBE

Ribe has many  museums and activity centres and a cathedral with Michelin stars in the Michelin Guide to Sights and Attractions, but an examination among tourists in Ribe revealed that  Ribe’s biggest attraction is: RIBE.
Ribe town centre is besides from being a well preserved town –  which is also awarded with  Michelin stars – also a busy town with many cafes, restaurants and specialty shops in the town centre. Many festivals and events also attract visitors.

Sit down on a bench and enjoy life in the peaceful cloister garth at St Catherine's Church and Abbey in Ribe, Denmark
Sit down on a bench and enjoy life in the peaceful cloister garth at St Catherine’s Church and Abbey in Ribe, Denmark

Time for reflection in the cloister garth

Save the most peaceful place till the last. Sit down on a bench  under an arcade in the cloister garth of St Catherine’s Church and Abbey. In  this  relaxing, peaceful and historic atmosphere it’s time for reflection. By now we guess that you have also fallen in love with Ribe like the hostel’s guest blogger Josephine (Instagram: @adayinthelifeofafool ), a young Copenhagen newcomer in Ribe did. Read her story here:
Denmark’s oldest town seen through the eyes of a young Copenhagen art historian and newcomer

A summer walk in the streets of Ribe in Denmark
A summer walk in the streets of Ribe in Denmark

These links might also interest you:

In spring and autumn you'll see other beautiful flowers in Ribe . Enjoy this lovely spring photo from a garden in Ribe
In spring and autumn you’ll see other beautiful flowers in Ribe. Enjoy this lovely spring photo from a garden in Ribe

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at Danhostel Ribe, the hostel in Ribe. Read more about the hostel on our homepage (this is our blog): Danhostel Ribe
All rooms have bath/toilets and half of them have a view of Ribe old town and the Wadden Sea National Park

Book Online at Danhostel Ribe
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© Hope you have enjoyed our photos.
All photos were taken by Gudrun Rishede, Danhostel Ribe

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.

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© All photos were taken by Danhostel Ribe

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.

Links:

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

Viking ship in Ribe River, Denmark

Viking Ribe in Viking Denmark

Viking warriors, Ribe, Denmark
Viking warriors, Ribe, Denmark

Lonely Planet has revealed the 10 best destinations in Europe 2014: “Lonely Planet’s Best in Europe 2014” .
The editors of the famous travel guide choose “Viking Denmark” as number 5 on their list.

Viking Family in Ribe VikingeCenter, Denmark
Viking Family in Ribe VikingeCenter, Denmark

Lonely Planet also tells its readers about the most important Viking sites in Denmark – and Ribe is of course one of them ” Viking Denmark: following the footsteps of ancient explorers

Viking ship in Ribe River outside the hostel, Denmark
Viking ship in Ribe River outside the hostel, Denmark

About Ribe town Lonely Planet writes: “The jewel in Jutland’s Viking crown is Ribe, the country’s oldest town which was founded around 700 as a Viking marketplace. This is historic Denmark at its most photogenic, all cobblestones and higgledy-piggledy houses – so pretty, it was recently voted Europe’s Best Big-Time Small Destination

Ribe in Denmark. Town Square around Ribe Cathedral
Ribe in Denmark. Town Square around Ribe Cathedral

Here is Danhostel Ribe’s self-guided walking tour of old town Ribe,  if you want to go your own way on a self guided holiday in Ribe: Ribe Old Town Walk
(Danhostel Ribe is Ribe’s hostel)

Ribe's Night Watchman - a free guided tour of old town Ribe
Ribe’s Night Watchman – a free guided tour of old town Ribe

You can also choose to join the free guided tour with Ribe’s Night Watchman every evening from 1st of May to 18th October 2014

Viking sites in Ribe

Viking woman. Ribe Viking Centre
Viking woman. Ribe Viking Centre

Ribe is also nowadays a  hive of Viking activities as it was in its Viking heyday, and your research into Ribe’s Viking Era could start at Ribe Viking Centre (Ribe VikingeCenter). The reconstructed Viking village is like a living museum with hands-on experiences.

A heathen master with his beheaded slave. Though a heathen it is from the exhibition 2014 "The Christian Vikings". Ribe Viking Museum
A heathen master with his beheaded slave. Though a heathen it is from the exhibition 2014 “The Christian Vikings”. Ribe Viking Museum

– afterwards you can continue your research by visiting the Viking Museum (Museet Ribes Vikinger) with thousands of artefacts found during  archaeological excavations in Ribe.
The special exhibition in 2014 is called ” The Christian Vikings”.

Christian Viking graves. Archaeological excavations in Ribe, Denmark
Christian Viking graves. Archaeological excavations in Ribe, Denmark

Excavations around Ribe Cathedral from 2008-2012 revealed a Christian cemetery from around 850, more than a 100 years before Denmark was officially Christianized according to the UNESCO World Heritage rune-stone of Harold Bluetooth in Jellinge.

Video: The dicovery of a dark age horse burial in Ribe, Denmark.
Much of the time archaeological excavations are going on in Ribe, and maybe you will be lucky to see one, when you visit our town. The finds from this Viking-Age period are numerous when archaeological excavations are going on in Ribe. The newest is unique and less than a week old, when a fully equipped warhorse from around 700 was found . (See the video)
Here you can read about the rune stone, that was found in Ribe: Rune stone found in Ribe

Viking Market at Ribe VikingeCenter
Viking Market at Ribe VikingeCenter

Every year the first week of May Ribe’s International Viking Market, Denmark’s most authentic Viking market is taking place at Ribe Viking Centre – don’t miss it . It’s 7 incredible days with hundreds of Vikings, craftsmen, warriors, archers, riders, jesters and many others from all over Europe

Horse sacrifice. Ribe VikingeCenter, Denmark
Horse sacrifice. Ribe VikingeCenter, Denmark

At last we will mention a Viking Walk in Ribe. You can pay for your own guide at the Viking Museum, who will take you to all the places in Ribe where the Vikings lived, worked and was buried 1300 years ago – you can also walk Danhostel Ribe’s self guided Viking Walk: Viking Walk . On this walk you will hear about horse sacrifices and if you follow our blog www.danhostel.org we will later this year tell you more about horse sacrifices and show you a video

Don’t forget to book your room at Danhostel Ribe


Danhostel Ribes‘s photographer, Gudrun Rishede, took the photos

A Viking with a big beard. Together with his daughter

Our best photos from Ribe Viking Market

Enjoy Danhostel Ribe‘s best photos from the big International Viking Market in Ribe, May 2014

A Viking kiss at Ribe Viking Market
A Viking kiss at Ribe Viking Market

A Viking Kiss.  A 900 year-old Norse runic code on wooden tablets in some 80 inscriptions has
recently been broken by a runologist. The message was simply  “kiss me” .
Maybe this lovely kissing Viking couple sent this message to each other before this Viking kiss.

Viking warriors fighting with axes
Viking warriors fighting with axes

Viking Warriors fighting with axes at Ribe Viking Market in Denmark.

An Arab trader having his beard pulled by a Viking woman
An Arab trader having his beard pulled by a Viking woman

Ribe Viking Market is really international, but the Arab trader should beware of the Danish Viking
woman – she might give his beard a huge pull if he comes to close to her.

A Viking with a big beard. Together with his daughter
A Viking with a big beard. Together with his daughter

A Viking with a big plaited (braided) beard. Here together with his daughter

A Viking boy playing a Jew's harp
A Viking boy playing a Jew’s harp

A Viking boy playing a Jew’s harp at the international Viking Market in Ribe, Denmark

A cattlewoman and her child are looking after the cattle on the Viking manor farm
A cattlewoman and her child are looking after the cattle on the Viking manor farm

A cattlewoman and her child are looking after the cattle on the Viking manor farm

Viking child with his mother
Viking child with his mother

Viking child with his mother.

Viking boys playing with a rope. Will they fall into the stream or will they reach the other shore?
Viking boys playing with a rope. Will they fall into the stream or will they reach the other shore?

Viking boys playing with a rope. Will they fall into the stream or will they reach the other shore?

Viking boys playing the Viking board game Tafl
Viking boys playing the Viking board game Tafl

The Viking Boys are playing the Norse variant of the Viking board game Tafl or Hnefatafl.
Tafl in Old Norse means “table”. The board game was already played by the Scandinavian
people before A.D. 400.

Viking Photos
Viking Photos
Viking photo and the manager at Danhostel Ribe
Viking photo and the manager at Danhostel Ribe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All the photos are taken by Danhostel Ribe’s photographer, Gudrun Rishede
See more Viking photos on the hostel’s walls and on the postcards “Vadehavskort“.

In Ribe old town you can walk our Viking Walk and in that way follow the footsteps of the Vikings in Denmark’s oldest town: Viking Walk

More knowledge about Vikings in Ribe. Ribe VikingeCenter and Museet Ribes Vikinger (Ribe Viking Museum)

See also the new lovely photos from Ribe town “Ribe – a photo essay” by Horsens and Beyond – Slow travel in Horsens and Southern Denmark

Find Danhostel Ribe på facebook
Danhostel Ribe’ facebook

The Viking wise woman was the late Middle Ages witch

Viking Wise Woman reading runes. Ribe, Denmark
Viking Wise Woman reading runes. Ribe, Denmark

During Viking Age and Norse paganism  (approximately from 800-1100) the völva – wise woman – was a highly respected member of the Viking society. She was a seer, a fortune-teller, she saw and understood more than most people – she was a master of prophecy.
In Ribe – the oldest town in Denmark and Scandinavia – you can still meet a Viking wise woman (völva) at Ribe VikingeCenter (Ribe Viking Centre) and if you have the courage to let her tell her prophecy for you, you can let her throw and read the runes for you.
In this video you can listen to her prophecy for Danhostel Ribe’s photographer who had just survived a severe cancer (Danhostel Ribe = Ribe’s hostel):
During the late Middle Ages and Renaissance – when Christianity spread in Europe – wise women were considered as witches who practiced witchcraft.

Witch Maren Spliid - Street Theater
Witch Maren Spliid – Street Theater

During the witch hunts,  they  were condemned as witches and burned alive at the stake.

Ribe is famous for its witch trials. Denmark’s best known witch was Maren Spliid from Ribe, she was burned at a fire at the Gallows Hill near

Ribe on November 9th 1641. The last one burnt as a witch in Ribe was Anna Bruds who was burned April 1652.
When you walk around in Ribe Old town you can still see many houses from around 1600 AD with a cross carved into the wooden brackets that hold the roof. These crosses were meant as protection against witchcraft.

Witch cross in Ribe, Denmark
Witch cross in Ribe, Denmark

Be wiser on the Viking era and the Middle Ages in Ribe

In Ribe – Denmark ’s oldest town  – you can be wiser on the Viking era and the Middle Ages in Ribe Viking Museum (Ribes Vikinger), at Ribe Viking Centre (Ribe VikingeCenter), at Ribe Viking Market (1 week around 1st of May every year), by walking the Ribe Viking Walk, or Ribe Old Town Walk – and you can follow Ribe’s Night Watchman when he takes tourists on a free town walk through Ribe’s historic streets.

These links might also interest you:
Viking sacrifice of horse to norse gods at Ribe VikingeCenter
Viking Ribe in Viking Denmark

Looking for cheap accommodation in Ribe

Summary in Danish

VIKINGETIDENS SPÅKONE VAR MIDDELALDERENS HEKS

Under vikingetiden  (ca. 800-1100) var en vølve – vikingernes kloge kone – et højt respekteret medlem af Vikingesamfundet. Hun var en seer, en spåkone –  hun så og forstod mere end de fleste mennesker og var en mester i profeti.
I Ribe – den ældste by i Danmark og Skandinavien – kan du stadig møde vikingernes kloge kone (vølven) på Ribe VikingeCenter, og hvis du har modet, kan du lade hende kaste og læse runer for dig.
I denne video kan du lytte til hendes profeti for Danhostel Ribe‘s fotograf : Kaste runer

I løbet af middelalderen og renæssancen – da kristendommen spredtes i Europa – blev vølve betragtet som hekse, der praktiserede hekseri. Under Europas heksejagt blev de dømt og  brændt levende på bålet.
Ribe er berømt for sine hekseprocesser. Danmark bedst kendte heks var Maren Spliid fra Ribe, hun blev brændt på et bål på Galgebakken nær Ribe i 1641.
Den sidste, der blev brændt som heks i Ribe, var Anna Bruds, som blev brændt i 1652.

Kors i knægt - kors mod hekse
Kors i knægt – kors mod hekse

Når man går rundt i Ribes gamle bydel kan man stadig se mange huse med et kryds skåret i knægten, der holder taget. Disse kors skulle beskytte mod hekseri og stammer fra perioden omkring år 1600 efter den store bybrand i Ribe.
I Ribe – Danmark ‘s ældste by – med masser af fund fra Vikingetiden kan du blive klogere på vikingetiden og middelalderen på Museet  Ribes Vikinger – museum for vikingetid og middelalder, på Ribe Viking Center , til Ribe Vikingemarked (en uge omkring 1. maj hvert år), og ved at gå en Ribe Vikinge-Gåtur eller Gåturen i Ribes gamle bydel – du kan også følge Ribes Vægter, når han tager turister på en gratis byvandring gennem Ribes historiske gader.

Tilbud på Viking miniferie på Danhostel Ribe indtil 12.juli 2013

A Viking women playing 2 nose flutes at a time is the most popular YouTube video

– we have uploaded since we uploaded our first video 1 year and 2 months ago.

“Viking Music, Viking warriors, Viking children, etc. Ribe VikingeCenter, Denmark”

has been seen 3250 times the first year. Gudrun Victoria Gotved is the Viking Woman playing the flutes

The comments to this video have been very different:

  • Danish vikings!
  • shes hot
  • Yak! Does she really put the flutes in her mouth after having them in her nose???
  • Go Gudrun:)
  • What the fuck?
  • what place is this? Where people don’t want to live in the modern world and decide to live as our forefathers instead??

Though we have seen this Viking woman play nose flutes we can still be facinated by others doing the same. Take a look of  this Nose Flute Musician in Mumbai

More than 10.000 people have seen one of our YouTube videos the first year.
The second most seen is our breakfast video (in Danish).

We understand people prefer to see a video about Vikings to a video about  Danhostel Ribe’s breakfast. And we also think it was much funnier to film the Vikings than our own breakfast.
But we are sure that those who like our Viking video also will like to taste our breakfast buffet when they stay at the hostel:-)
Here we will show the video in English. Breakfast at Danhostel Ribe

The third, 4th and 5th most seen  of our videos are from the Danish Championship in rock climbing in our sports hall, Ribehallen, 2010

Viking photos from Ribe Viking Market

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Viking Women with hand-dyed colors
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Viking woman

 

Once again an impressive Viking market in Ribe opened the season for Ribe Viking Centre (Ribe VikingeCenter).
See more Viking photos and find out where you meet the Vikings in Ribe on Danhostel Ribe’s homepage

When you are in Ribe don’t miss Ribes Vikinger (Ribe Viking Museum, Ribe’s  Museum of the Viking era and the Middle Ages). Thousands of artifacts found during archaeological excavations in Ribe, Denmark’s oldest town can be seen here – also a  rune stone  found last  week close to Ribe Cathedral. 
If you return to this homepage in a few days we will show you pictures of the stone.

Vikings
Vikings in the Viking manor