Lofotr Viking Museum – Borg, Norway

Lofotr Viking Museum – Borg, Norway

Archeological exhibits in Viking museum in reconstructed longhouse and a nice little harbour for the Viking ships.

The Lofotr Viking Museum is a historical museum based on a reconstruction and archaeological excavation of a Viking chieftain’s village on the island of Vestvågøya in the Lofoten archipelago in Nordland county, Norway. It is located in the small village of Borg, near Bøstad, in the municipality of Vestvågøy. It is part of the Museum Nord consortium.

In 1983, archaeologists uncovered the Chieftain House at Borg, a large Viking Era building believed to have been already established around the year 500 AD. A joint Scandinavian research project was conducted at Borg from 1986 until 1989. Excavations revealed the largest building ever to be found from the Viking period in Norway. The foundation of the Chieftain House at Borg measured 83 metres (272 ft) long and 9.5 metres (31 ft) wide, and the reconstructed building is 9 metres (30 ft) high. The seat at Borg is estimated to have been abandoned around AD 950.

The museum is open every day from 1 May to 15 September. The administration of Lofotr Viking Museum is located in the former parsonage of the Borge Church.

Lofotr Viking Museum is nominated for Museum of the Year 2011 (in Norway) and the European Museum of the Year Award 2013.

Video Source: Lofotr Viking Center from Cimbrer Bushcraft on Youtube  ⁄ CC BY

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