The sea and rivers of Europe were the allies of fleets of Viking ships between the 9th and 12th centuries. These men crossed Europe from the cold lands of the north to the warm shores of the Mediterranean. They first expanded along the shores of the Baltic and the North Sea, and then headed down to Scotland, England and Normandy. Later they came up against great distances and attacks into southern Europe and the Asian continent.
This exhibition tells how this group of Norsemen related to other communities and European cultures, the symbolism of their ships, and their extraordinary and superb craftsmanship.
The scientific content of the exhibition is shown in 400 original objects from the Statens Historiska Museet that have been on display only in exceptional cases outside the Scandinavian territory. The exhibition is divided into eight areas that offer insight into the various aspects of the Viking culture – daily life, rituals and beliefs, mythology, craft and its meaning, their boats... The exhibition also features interactive elements and multimedia productions, and has been well received internationally.